Overview

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek has distinguished the world-renowned ancient pilgrimage destination Muktinath for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Muktinath is the temple of such deities who help absolve the sins of people.  Depending on beliefs within each religion, different rewards are given to those who make the pilgrimage.  Along the way, we may see sadhus carrying a trident, paying homage to Hindu gods with little more than the clothes on their back. 

It is not just the enchanting spiritual aspects that make the Jomsom Muktinath Trek so wonderful.  Behold, we are continuously surrounded by jaw-dropping Annapurna Himalayan sceneries, picturesque windswept valleys, and traditional villages of ethnic groups indigenous to the area.  From thick forests and cascading waterfalls to the desolate, rugged highlands and snow-capped peaks, there is never a dull moment on this trek.  There is a constant sense of awe at the wonders of the Annapurna region.

The route lies north of Pokhara and starts after an hour of driving to the gateway at Nayapul.  We pass through various settlements, including Gurung villages Landruk and Ghandruk.  Continuing further, we reach the famous Poon Hill (3210m) viewpoint.  Our hearts and minds are full, taking in one of the best panorama mountain views in the region.  Within two days, we find ourselves in a completely different environment.  The trees become less and less and we find ourselves completely exposed to the Himalayas.   

Following the windswept trail of the Kali Gandaki Valley, the world’s deepest gorge, we reach Muktinath (3800m).  The gorge was formed between Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna I (8090m). For centuries, this valley was a major trade route between India and Tibet.  We’ll then visit the Muktinath Temple of Lord Visnu, and can stop at the Buddhist monastery in the area as well.  Some Hindus believe that Muktinath is “Muktikhsetra,” or the place of liberation/salvation.  The following day we reach Jomsom, the district center of the Mustang region.  It is situated on a high, dry plateau that resembles the landscape in Tibet.  Jomsom is populated by indigenous groups such as Thakali, Gurung, and Tibetans.  Their cultural heritage is unique and fascinating to explore. We may see people selling Fossil, a black stone that holds inside of it the remains of prehistoric ammonites that lived more than 140 million years ago.  From Jomsom, we take a plane back to Pokhara and head back to Kathmandu.  The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a perfect mix of the natural, cultural, and spiritual allures of the Annapurna region, leaving trekkers in constant amazement.

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project has worked to preserve the biological diversity of the Annapurna region.  On the trail, we will see the varieties of flora and fauna.  Trekking is possible throughout the year, but Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) provide the best weather.  During the Spring, there is a bit more color and the rhododendrons are blooming, and in the Autumn months, the skies are generally clearer.  The Jomsom Muktinath Trek requires moderate fitness and acclimatization to avoid acute mountain sickness. Breeze Adventure arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Highlights

Natural hot spring in Tatopani

Cultural beauty of local Thakali, Gurung, and other ethnic groups

Spiritual experience at Muktinath Temple

Fossils around the bank of Kali Gandaki River

Kali Gandaki Valley –the world’s deepest gorge

Beautiful Marpha village and its Apple Garden

Historical Kagbeni village, and a glimpse of Upper Mustang

A Scenic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri South, and numerous other high peaks

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Day 03: Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus.
  • Day 04: Day 04: One hour drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m), 4 hours.
  • Day 05: Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2835m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 06: Day 06: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m), Trek to Tatopani via Sikha (1189m), 6 hours.
  • Day 07: Day 07: Drive from Tatopani to Marpha (2670m) by jeep, about 4 hours driving.
  • Day 08: Day 08: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni (2810m), 4-5 hours.
  • Day 09: Day 09: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m), 4 hours.
  • Day 10: Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m), 5 hours.
  • Day 11: Day 11: Early morning flight back to Pokhara.
  • Day 12: Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Day 13: Day 13: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Trip note

Accommodation

All our packages include accommodation at the cost.  This accommodation is included during the set itinerary.  While in Kathmandu, we provide a 2-3 Star hotel for you.  During the trek, our guides will pick the best lodge for you to stay based on their experience as well as room availability. All the accommodations will be the twin-shared basis. In the mountain, Shower and toilet will be on Sharing basis. During high trekking season, you may have to share a room with a same-sex trekker from another group.  Our company provides you a sleeping bag, two-person tents with comfortable mattress for outdoor camping trek. Our Guide will try to set up your camp with a spectacular view.

Food

Nepal has a wide variety of food and it is easy to cater to your needs.  If you are a vegetarian/vegan, gluten or lactose free, we are able to work around that if you let us know ahead of time.  During your time in the hotel in Kathmandu, your breakfast is included.  Lunch and dinner must be covered on your own.  On the trek, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided.  For teahouse treks, we can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses.  While camping, we will prepare the meals for you.  After our trek, we will have a celebration/pre-departure traditional Nepali meal in Thamel. 

Guide & Porters

A government-licensed guide will lead the trek.  All our guides have tremendous experience on the trails and are passionate about the trekking industry.  Our guides and porters are dedicated to making your experience of trekking in Nepal a memorable one.  If there is any worry during your trek, our guides will address it.  Your safety is our number one priority.  For groups of more than six people, there will be two guides. For teahouse treks, there will be one porter for every two trekkers.  For camping treks, we will need more porters in order to carry the food, kitchen equipment, tents, etc.    

Acclimatization/Fitness/Experience

As many of our treks lead us high into the Himalayas, it is necessary to let our bodies sufficiently get used to the altitude.  Our treks have acclimatization days built into the itinerary.  It is best to take it slow to prevent altitude sickness.  The level of fitness necessary for our treks varies depending on the trek.  On average, expect to walk an average of 5-6 hours per day while on the trial.  Generally, the treks can be done with an average level of fitness.  More important than fitness or experience is one’s personal determination and positive attitude toward finishing and enjoying the trek. 

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend having travel insurance before going on a trek.  We do our best to take care of you, but something can happen that is out of our control.  In case of medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.  You are unable to obtain medical insurance in Nepal and must do so in your home country.  Be sure that your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains. 

Best Time to Travel

The peak seasons for traveling in Nepal are during the Spring (March to May) and the Autumn (September to November).  These times provide the best scenery and clearest skies, but of course they are a little more crowded than the off-season.  It is possible to trek during the Winter (December to February), but you will face cold temperatures.  It is also possible to trek during the monsoon season (June to August), though the views will likely be covered by clouds and there is a high chance of rainfall.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    Welcome to Nepal! A representative from Breeze Adventure will welcome you our hotel. We will prepare you with information and gear for your trek. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Have breakfast and start sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle. We will see several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will learn about each site’s historical, religious, and cultural significance. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 03: Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus.
    We drive about a 6-7 hrs along the Prithvi Highway to the gorgeous lakeside city of Pokhara. The scenery along with drive, full of by terraced hilly rice fields and valleys builds excitement within us for the upcoming trek. Pokhara is a relaxing town, a nice contrast to Kathmandu’s busy-ness. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Pokhara
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 827m
  • Day 04: Day 04: One hour drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m), 4 hours.
    After driving to Nayapul from Pokhara, we begin hiking through the terraced hillsides. The trail is bound within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). A 3-hour trek leads you to Tikhedhunga, passing through paddy fields and along the Bhurungdi Khola. Another couple of hours brings us to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at guest house.
    • Tikhedhunga
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1577m
  • Day 05: Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2835m), 6-7 hours.
    After breakfast, we follow through the rhododendron forest, which adds much color to the trail while they bloom during the spring season. After having lunch and a nice rest in Ulleri or another village on the way, we continue the path leading gradually to our destination. Ghorepani is a Magar dominated village, located in the middle of the rhododendron forest. Overnight at guest house.
    • Ghorepani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2835m
  • Day 06: Day 06: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210m), Trek to Tatopani via Sikha (1189m), 6 hours.
    This unforgettable moment takes us by surprise early on in our trek. Early in the morning, we hike up to Poon Hill to watch the sun light up the snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most famous views in the Annapurna region. The breathtaking sight of Annapurna, Hinchuli, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and the surrounding will blow you away. We hike down to Ghorepani, have breakfast, we begin today’s hike. We descend through forests of rhododendrons and other delightful trees. We trek further to Sikha and stop for lunch. After lunch, we cross couples of little villages and decide all the way to Ghar Khola, And cross a bridge to Tatopani.
    • Tatopani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3210m
  • Day 07: Day 07: Drive from Tatopani to Marpha (2670m) by jeep, about 4 hours driving.
    From Tatopani, the road enters the deepest gorge in the world, following the Kali Gandaki River. There is a lot of construction going on in the area these days, so we may run into some delays. We know we are close to Marpha when we are driving alongside apple orchards. When we arrive, have a glass of Marpha’s famous apple cider or apple brandy. They even have an apple achaar (pickle) to accompany your delicious Dal-Bhat. Overnight in a guest house.

    • Marpha
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2670m
  • Day 08: Day 08: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni (2810m), 4-5 hours.
    We leave the whitewashed, stone houses and fertile fields towards higher elevation. Heading towards Kagbeni, we pass through Jomsom. Jomsom is a hub of the area, with an airport, plenty of guesthouses, and a bus station. We keep trudging along, hiking on the stones on the riverbank of the great Kali Gandaki. A couple of hours after Jomsom, we reach Kagbeni. Overnight in the guest house.
    • Kagbeni
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 2810m
  • Day 09: Day 09: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m), 4 hours.
    After breakfast, we have our permits checked and continue to Muktinath along the riverbank of the Kali Gandaki River. During our hike, we are surrounded by the picturesque Mustang region landscape – dry, desolate desert with high snowy peaks as the backdrop. The path climbs steeply until Jarkot village before finally reaching Muktinath. Check out the magnificent Muktinath Temple, where pilgrims from all over India and Nepal come to pay homage. Overnight in a guest house.
    • Muktinath
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 3800m
  • Day 10: Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m), 5 hours.
    After breakfast, feel free to make one last visit to Muktinath Temple and bathe in the sacred water. The trail today is a repeat of yesterday’s, so take in any sights you may have missed. Overnight in the guest house.
    • Jomsom
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 2713m
  • Day 11: Day 11: Early morning flight back to Pokhara.
    After breakfast, we check in the airport to catch the flight back to Pokhara. The short flight of 30 minutes gives us jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region peaks. We have a drastically different perspective of the mountains than we had before. In the afternoon, explore the Pokhara and the lakeside. Overnight in a hotel.
    • Pokhara
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 827m
  • Day 12: Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
    After breakfast, we take a drive back to Kathmandu along the Prithvi Highway. Take in any scenery you may have missed along the way. After 6-7 hrs, we reach Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Take a rest and spend your day freely. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m
  • Day 13: Day 13: Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
    Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport. Thank you for choosing Breeze Adventure as your trekking guide! We look forward to your next adventure with us.

    • Breakfast

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Ø  Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.

Ø  Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.

Ø  Two nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara, breakfast included.

Ø  All transportation for the trek.

Ø  Local guest house accommodation in the mountain.

Ø  Government-authorized experienced guide and porters

Ø  Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters

Ø  Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.

Ø  All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

Ø  First Aid Kit

Ø  Maps

Ø  Service charge and government taxes

Ø  Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes:

Ø  International airfare

Ø  Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast)

Ø  Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Ø  Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek

Ø  Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee

Ø  Tips for guide and porter

Ø  Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Ø  Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)