Jomsom Muktinath Trek in the lower Mustang region of Nepal is one of those treks in Nepal that greets trekkers with variety in terms of landscape, vegetation, culture and lifestyle
Jomsom Muktinath Trek in the lower Mustang region of Nepal is one of those treks in Nepal that greets trekkers with variety in terms of landscape, vegetation, culture and lifestyle. This trek begins from a place called Nayapul located 45km away northwest of the lake city Pokhara. This trip offers opportunity to walk on the Tibetan plateau conquering the altitude of almost 3,800m passing through well cultivated terraced fields, indigenous villages, rhododendron forest, world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River, apple orchards and finally, treeless and arid land of the lower Mustang region. The trip offers the panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, while getting acquainted with the lifestyle and the hospitality of Gurung, Thakali and Sherpa people. In the middle of the trek you can enjoy in a natural hot spring at Tatopani.
As Jomsom, Muktinath lies in the rain-shadow area, the trek can be planned any time of the year. However, planning this trek in between March-May and September-December is considered more fulfilling.
Upon your arrival the Tribhuvan International airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali meal with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
This is a day to explore Kathmandu where we organise guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You should get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around midafternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Today, in the morning our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station to catch an early morning, comfortable tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head towards the west of Kathmandu Valley and continue the journey towards the western part of Nepal following the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli river. The bus will stop twice – one for breakfast and one for lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. The evening can be utilized to explore the lake area. Overnight in Pokhara
Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Tikhedhunga. First we drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. On reaching Nayapul, after two hours drive, the luggage is prepared for the porters. After a short pre-trek preparation, we start to walk towards Birethanti following the south bank of the Modi River. In Birethanti, our leader will take care of all the check in formalities at the ACAP office, and then we follow the trail that leads us towards Bhurungdi Khola. Passing Lamdawali, Sudame, Hile, and a few waterfalls we finally reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight at a lodge in Tikhedhunga
Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Ghorepani. We first climb up to Ulleri, following a stone paved steps. After climbing more than 3000 steps we reach Ulleri. A gentle ascent from here through the Rhododendron and Oak forest, passing Banthanti and Nangge Thanti will then take us to Ghorepani – a gateway to Poon Hill, which is the best sunrise view point in the Annapurna region. Overnight at a lodge in Ghorepani
Today is the third day of the trek and our destination is Tatopani. Today we wake up early and hike up to Poon Hill (3,193m) to catch the first ray of the sun striking the mountains of Annapurna region. We enjoy the view of sunrise, spend some time taking snaps and then get back to the lodge at Ghorepani. We have our breakfast and then proceed crossing Deurali pass, towards Tatopani. A vertical descend will first take us to a beautiful Magar village, Shikha. From Shikha, the trail will further take us down to the Ghar Khola Village, passing few small settlements like Kutuka, Ghara and Hellekharka. At the Ghar Khola Village, we cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki River to reach the destination of the day, Tatopani. Tatopani (hot water in Nepali), get its name due to the presence of natural hot water spring at this place. You can relax your muscles at this hot spring after a long walk from Ghorepani to Tatopani. Overnight at a lodge in Tatopani
Today is the fourth day of the trek and our destination is Ghasa. From Tatopani, following the trail along the Kali Gandaki River we head towards Dana (1,440m), crossing small settlements like Jalthale, Guithe, Suke Bagar, Banskot and Duwari Khola Gaon. Dana is the deepest gorge in the world that lies in between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain. Dana is a gorge in between Annapurna Dhaulagiri mountain. Following the same trail, from Dana we walk further and cross Rukse Chhahara (waterfall) and then on crossing a suspension bridge, a ascend towards Ghasa passing settlements like Kabre, Kopchepani, Pairothapla. We cross a suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki river before reaching Ghasa. Overnight at a lodge in Ghasa
Today is the fifth day of the trek and our destination is Marpha. From Ghasa, the trail ascends towards Kalapani crossing Lete. Following the sandy trail along the Kali Gandaki River, we walk up to Kobang passing Larjung. From Kobang we further ascend to Tukuche, a very popular Thakali Village. A short climb from Thukuche will finally take us to the destination of the day, Marpha. Overnight at a lodge in Marpha
Today is the sixth day of the trek and our destination is Kagbeni. Leaving the beautiful Apple orchard behind, we cross the wooden bridge Pongkyu River and head towards Jomsom. An easy uphill walk will first take us to Syang from where the trail drops down to Jomsom by crossing another wooden bridge. Jomsom is a windy valley, therefore we start early enjoying the view of Tukuche, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri; following the bank of Kali Gandaki River from Jomsom we walk up to Ekle Bhatti and then a steep climb from here will finally take us to the destination of the day, Kagbeni, which is an ancient salt trade route to Tibet. In the evening we visit Red Gompa and walk around the alleys of the town. Overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni
Today is the seventh day of the trek and we reach the destination of the trek, Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most important destinations of both Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. The day begins with a steep climb up to Jharkot (3,550m) passing Khingar, then an easy ascend through dusty and rough trail will lead us to Muktinath. The day will be spent exploring the Muktikshetra area and the monasteries nearby. Overnight at a lodge in Muktinath
Today is the last day of the trek and we walk from Muktinath to Jomsom. The trail descends towards Ekle Bhatti crossing Ranipauwa, Jharkot and Lupra. From Ekle Bhatti the trail following the bank of Kalagandai River finally takes us to Jomsom – the capital of Mustang. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom
Fly to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Today is the last day in Mustang district and our first destination is Pokhara and our final destination is Kathmandu. Early in the morning we board a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After 25-30 mins thrilling Tran-Himalayan flight between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, we land at Pokhara Airport. From Pokhara Airport, we directly board a flight to Kathmandu. However, if you are looking to explore the Pokhara city the flight can also be scheduled in the evening. We catch a flight to Kathmandu and on reaching Kathmandu one of our company representatives will take you to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey.
4×4 Safari Vehicle,
Kathmandu (3 nights),
Tea house (no facilities) (5 night)