Jomsom Muktinath Trek

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  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Trip Facts

Total Duration: 15 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Group Size: Min 2 to Max 16 persons in a Group

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December.

Max Altitude: 3800 M.

Trip Cost: The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is classic lodge base trek starts with climb uphill and then descends to the world’s deepest gorge, on the Kali Gandaki River, going all the way from rhododendron (National flower of Nepal) forests to the beginning of the Tibetan village. It also offers us a chance to see mix cultural people who following their ancient traditions till today. The maximum elevaton reached on this trek is 3900 meters and can be completed by all the age people. keep Walking slowly through rhododendron forests, the majestic Annapurna range reveal itself as you appear from the forest into Ghorepani. A short hike from Ghorepani will bring us to Poon Hill (3210 meters), a place of timeless beauty give us magnificent views of the Himalayan Mountains.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek gets interesting in Tatopani where you will have the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs Continue along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, phenomenon at the superb peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri both of which reach heights in excess of 8000 meters. The majesty of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on show a little added up along with the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan village on the way to the holy Hindu and Buddhist both pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3900 meters). The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls that remind you of water flowing from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that attracted the mind. From here it is down hill to Jomsom village, on the Tibetan and Thakali people, where we can look around at the gateway to the “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang”and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still following.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check. 

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.
There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Days 3: Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) 6 hours by tourist bus.

Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek.discover beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall named after a tourist that fell inside. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Days 4: Drive to Nayapul (1010 meters) and trek to Tikhedungha (1570 meters) 3.30 hours.

Arrive to Nayapul and After a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola river, we reach Birethanti (1015m), a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola before climbing steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1495m) before reaching Tikhedungha at 1570m. Today’s walk is a short and relatively easy climb to allow you to get used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at guesthouse.

Days 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2840 meters) 6 hours.

Leaving Tikhedhunga, we continue with our journey with a steep climb up Ulleri. Uleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2250m. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m before arriving at Ghorepani at 2840m. Ghorepani is a relatively large village with excellent views of the Annurpurna range, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Here you can stock up on supplies such as drinking water, snacks etc. Overnight at guesthouse.

Days 6: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210 meters) and trek to Tatopani (1100 meters) 6 hours. 

from Ghorepani, we wake up early to visit Poon Hill (50min.), for the spectacular sunrise over the Annurpurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri ranges. An excellent vantage point, Poon Hill provides an unobstructed view of the high Himalayas. Here we spend an hour or so before returning back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Leaving Ghorepani, after breakfast, we continue our journey to Tatopani. The trail makes a descent steeply to Chitre at 2390 meters. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha , from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1705 meters. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. As you turn north, it takes you to the Tatopani at 1100 meters.Enjoy the natural hot spring. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Ghasa (2010 meters) 5 hours.

Today, the trail climbs up the Kali Gandaki gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated between the two 8000 meters peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently up to Dana at 1400 meters, and onto Rupse Chhahara at 1550 meters, there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani which crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935 meters. Then a short climb to Ghasa at 2010 meters. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Tukche (2600 meters) 5 hours.

We start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560 meters. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then we spend over night at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2600 meters. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Kagbeni (2830 meters) 5.30 hours.

From Tukche, we walk along the side of the valley to Jomsom. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative centre to the region that contains the airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices. We cross the river to the eastern bank; then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at. From here we take a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni, which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki which is the northern most village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to upper Mustang. This village is fascinating with its rich Buddhist n cultures and their unique hospitality which influences us greatly. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3900 meters) 5 hrs.

We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200meters. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500meters, well worth exploring. We take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath.As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes’ walks up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water- fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2750 meters) 5 hours.

Today we follow the same trail nearby Kagbeni and then the new trek takes you down to the Eklebhatti, then again follow same trail to Jomsom. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12: Flight back to Pokhara (900 meters) 20 min flight.

Morning Scenic flight takes us to Pokahra from Jomsom. Once we arrived at Pokhara airport, we then drive to hotel. The rest of the day will be free and relax. Take a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley if you are interested. Overnight back at hotel.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu (1400 meters).

We depart at approximately 7.30am for Kathmandu by tourist bus. We arrive back in Kathmandu at around 2-3.00 pm. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. 
Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Transfer you to the International airport for your final departure.
The trip concludes, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

 

Price Includes

    • Airport pickup and drop by private car / van / bus.
    • (3 nights)*** Standard hotel in Kathmandu.(B&B)
    • (2 nights)*** Standard hotel in Pokhara.(B&B)
    • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
    • Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate) three times a day.
    • All accommodation during the trek (standard)
    • All necessary paper work for the Annapurna National park entry permit.
    • Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
    • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by Deluxe tourist bus.
    • Airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure tax.
    • English speaking, trained government license holder Guide.
    • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.(1 porter for 2 trekkers)
    • Accommodation / salary / food / drinks / insurance / equipment / medicine and transport for all staff.
    • Medical supplies. (first aid kit will be available)
    • Sleeping bag and walking stick. (if it is required)
    • All government taxes,office expenses.
    • Farewell dinner with culture show.
    • Kathmandu sightseeing tour with guide and private car/van/ bus

Price Excludes

    • International airfare.
    • Nepal entry visa, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.(US $ 25 is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. You will also require 2 passport size photos.)
    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks and cold drinks)
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Tips for guide / porters (Tips is expected)
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
    • Sightseeing,monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on service includes section.

Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited - Only few space available.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 25 (approx. EUR 20.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 40 (approx. EUR 35.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 100 (approx. EUR 85.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trek of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trek leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  •  Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  •  Trekking Guide Training
  •  Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  •  English Language
  •  Conservation & Biodiversity
  •  Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

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