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Muktinath-Jomsom Trek 14 days

  • Muktinath

  • Welcome to our home in the Annapurna Conservation Area


Trip Overview

Duration: 14 days
Maximum altitude: 3‘800 m
Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: February - May, October, November

The Muktinath Jomsom Trek is a classic Trek and the last third of the Annapurna Circuit. We follow the Kali Gandaki valley between the towering peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki River there are rocks which are holy to the Hindus.

In the north of the Himalayas lies the dry highlands of Tibet. After several days of walking to Jomsom, we reach our final destination, Muktinath. It is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and Hindus. We meet Tibetan traders as well as sadhus coming from far south of India. There is a sanctuary in a grove of trees including a Buddhist Gompa and the Vishnu Temple of Jwalamai. In the nearby ancient temple the famous eternal flame rises, which has a high religious significance for Muktinath.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara – 6 till 7 hours drive

Day 04: 1.5 hour drive to Nayapul - Trek to Ulleri 1'960 m

Day 05: Ulleri – Ghorepani 2'874 m

Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon Hill - Tatopani 1‘200 m

Day 07: Tatopani to Kalopani 2‘520 m

Day 08: Kalopani to Marpha 2‘670 m

Day 09: Marpha to Kagbeni 2‘810 m

Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath 3‘760 m

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom 2'710 m

Day 12: Panorama Flight (20 min.) back to Pokhara

Day 13: Back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara – 6 till 7 hours drive

Day 04: 1.5 hour drive to Nayapul - Trek to Ulleri 1'960 m
We start our hike in Nayapul. 15 minutes along on the bank of the Modi Khola River, the way brings us to Birethanti 1'025 m, a large village with shops and tea houses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the northern shore of Bhurungdi Khola. Then we climb steadily uphill to Hille 1‘475 m here comes now the challenging part of the day, the ascent to Ulleri.

Day 05: Ulleri - Ghorepani 2'874 m
After a rich breakfast we leave Ulleri and begin our climb to Ghorepani. The trail leads through oak and rhododendron forests to Banthanti 2‘250 m. From there we walk towards Nangethanti 2'460 m. After another hour we reach Ghorepani 2'874 m. Option: for those who want to enjoy the sunset on the Poon Hill.

Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon Hill 3‘210 m – Tatopani 1‘200 m
Still in the dark, and those who did not oversleep, make the one-hour climb to Poon Hill 3'210 m. A great spectacle. This vantage point offers a wonderful view of the sunrise over the Himalayas. We spend about 40 minutes and enjoy the wonderful experience before we get back down to Ghorepani and relish our well-deserved breakfast

After we had breakfast we head to Tatopani. The trail drops steeply to Chitre 2‘390 m. The area around Sikha is largely laid out in terraces. Sikha itself is a large village with shops and hotels on 1‘980 meters above sea level, from where the path goes after Ghara slightly downwards. After another descent of 500 m we cross the river by a suspension bridge and we arrive in Gar Khola. After a few minutes we reach the Kali Gandaki River which we cross before we finally turn north to Tatopani. Tatopani in Nepali means "hot water", the place worthy of the name, because the hot springs are lovely to relax after a day of trekking.

Day 07: Tatopani - Kalopani 2‘520 m
The route takes us through the Kali Gandaki gorge; it is considered the deepest in the world and is located between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri (8'000er). From there it goes slightly uphill to Dana 1'400 m and Rukse Chhahara 1'630 m with its breathtaking waterfall. The route takes us steadily upward to Kopchepani, Ghasa 2'080 m and Lete 2'480 m. Just before we reach Kalopani 2'520 m, we have a fantastic view of the Nilgiri in the East.

Day 08: Kalopani - Marpha 2‘670 m
Soon after we reached Larjung, the interesting village Khobang with its narrow streets appears. We will have lunch in the old "Thakali" village Tukuche. After crossing the gorge, the terrain is barren and the breeze is intense. We arrive in Marpha a Tibetan refuge place with a horticultural research centre. Marpha is a bigger village built in the Thakali architecture. The village with its typical architecture, narrow streets, flat roofs and whitewashed walls of houses and the Buddhist Gompa Nyingmapap waiting for your exploration.

Day 09: Marpha - Kagbeni 2‘810 m
First we hike to Jomsom 2'710 m, it is a large, lively settlement and the administrative centre of the region, with an airport, military camps, many hotels, shops, banks and government offices. Leaving Jomsom behind us, we walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2‘740 m. From there we follow the river to Kagbeni. The village is located at a junction of two rivers the Jhong Kohla & the Kali Gandaki. From the Mustang area it is the most northern village which we are able to visit without an entry permit. Kagbeni is rich on Tibetan culture and unique hospitality.

Day 10: Kagbeni - Muktinath 3‘760 m
It goes steeply up the Jhong Khola valley. Below Khingar 3‘200 m paths crosses, we follow the direct trail to Muktinath. Steadily we walk above the Jhong Khola to the impressive village Jharkot 3'550 m. It is worth taking the time for a little sightseeing. After our break we continue upwards to Ranipauwa where many shops and tea houses are. We finally arrive in our destination Muktina, where we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath, because the area is free of hotel and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and Hindus. We meet Tibetan traders as well as sadhus coming from far south of India. There is a sanctuary in a grove of trees including a Buddhist Gompa and the Vishnu Temple of Jwalamai. In the nearby ancient temple the famous eternal flame rises which has a high religious significance for Muktinath.

Day 11: Muktinath - Jomsom
On the way to Jomsom we meet people who comes from the restricted area of Mustang, they come here to sell their handicrafts to the pilgrims. Among their products there are also mollusc fossils called Shaligram. We pass some ancient caves and having a stunning view to the White Mountain “Dhaulagiri”. After a while we arrive in Kagbeni the heart of the old Trans Himalayan Salt Route, where two Rivers flow together. 

Day 12: Panorama Flight (20 min.) back to Pokhara

Day 13: Back to Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot (incl. domestic flight)
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.