Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is situated on north of Pokhara, Nepal's stunning diversity appears at its finest. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. This is the most popular trekking region, attracting over 75% of all trekkers (more than 30.000 annually). It's also among the tamest areas, with excellent lodges lining the main routes.The scenery and culture are top-notch, and you can avoid the peak-season crush and still get fine weather and views. The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the route actually crosses to the other side of the main Himalayan range for some curious views of the northern flanks.

After reaching Pokhara, you will fly to Jomsom early morning. You will enjoy spectacular view of Dhualgiri on left hand side and Annapurna range on right hand side of your plane. After landing at Jomsom, the trek walk gradual on the ridge of Kaligandai river and open desert to Gate of Upper mustang ( Kagbeni). Ascending next day, you will have the chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3,800m/12540ft) and wonder at the presence of 108 holy taps and mysterious natural gas fires. Descending down, You will visit "the capital of Apple" Marpha village.You shouldn't forget to test the different varieties of foods, juice and alcohol(for alcoholic people) from apple as apple fritter, apple pie, apple crumble, apple juice, apple brandy and apple cider which is probably the cheapest and best in the world. You will descend further down into the deepest gorge in the world on the Kali Gandeki River, all the way to Tatopani and its natural hot springs, where you can relax with a bathe in one of them. An early morning hike will lead you to Poon Hill (3,210m/10593ft) to see the most wonderful sunrise on earth, lighting up the picture-perfect Annapurna range. The trail leads you to another gorgeous site of Annapurna through beautiful walk in rhododendron forest. You will enjoy the closer and panoramic view of Himchuli, Annapurna south and Machhapuchre( Fish tail) including many more snowcapped mountains.

Descending further down to Ghandruk village,it will be time to start bidding farewell to the wonderful mountains as you descend down to NayaPul to make your way back to civilization and Pokhara.

Fact of this trek
Trip Duration      7 days trek
Max. Altitude: 3800m./12540 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 910m./3003 ft.
Grade: Easy
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Flight and overland 
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 30 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April,Sep, Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 : Pokhara-Jomsom fly- Eklebhatti-Kagbeni (2810m./9273ft.) 3 hrs walk
Fly early morning to Jomsom. You will have wonderful flight to Jomsom as Annapurna and Fishtail will be on right hand side and Dhaulagiri and other snowcapped mountains will be on your left hand side. After landing at Jomsom, walk gradual on the ridge of Kaligandai river and open desert to entry Gate of Upper mustang ( Kagbeni). Today is easy walk for digesting the altitude then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 2: Kagbeni-Muktinath ( 3798m./12560ft.) 4 hrs. walk
Ascend to Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will Visit Vishnu Temple and Gompa. Stay overnight there at lodge with breakfast.

Day 3: Muktinath-Jomsom-Marpha ( 2670m./8811) 6 hrs. walk
The trail today is quite surreal as you trek along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki world`s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles.  Stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 4: Marpha-Ghasa-Tatopani ( 1100m./3630 ft.) 4 hrs. driving                                    
Driving through Kali Gandaki valley. There is a 360* panorama of peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. 
Emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. You will see more villages in this area; enjoy observing the everyday lives of the local village people. Stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 5: Tatopani-Ghara-Sikha-Ghorepani ( 2800m./9240 ft.) 6 hrs. walk
After a long downhill from Muktinath ,You walk up again long way, you will stay at Ghorepani in order to make the climb to Poon Hill early in the morning. From this point you receive spectacular views of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri massif. Stay overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 6: Early morning Poon hill-Deurali-Banthanti-Tadapani ( 2650m./8745ft.) 5 hrs. walk
Early morning climb Poon Hill after morning tea/coffee with well equipped (3,210m. /10593ft) 45 minutes from where you will see a spectacular sunrise over the whole Himalayan range and surrounding terraces (a photographer's paradise!). Then climb down to Ghorepani and trek to Tadapani after breakfast. Stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Day 7: Tadapani-Bhasikhara-Ghandruk- Pokhara
The trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk  for 3 hours.From the trail you will see panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Also a possibility to see monkeys. Explore the village, visit temple, Gurung museum during afternoon after lunch. It is second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. You will drive to Pokhara by overland and stay at hotel on your own choice. 

 

TREKKING PERMITS AND NATIONAL PARK FEE

For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1.       Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2.       Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3.       Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4.       Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

                       Trekking season in Nepal 
Trekking area name Grade Good season No. of days Type of trekking 
Annapurna Area trek 1 to 3 Autumn and Spring 5 -27 days Tea house/Lodge
Arun Valley & Makalu  3 Autumn and Spring 15-20 days Tea house/Camping
Nepal tour 1 All seasons 4-10 days Hotel/Resort/home stay
Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking 4 April-May, Sept-Nov. 21-28 days Camping/organised only
Dolpo Area Trekking 2-4 April-July, Sept.-Nov. 16-27 days Lodge/Organized 
Everest Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-28 days Lodge /Tea house
Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek) 1-2  Autumn and Spring 5-18 days Home stay/Camping
Manaslu Area Trekking 2-3  Autumn and Spring 13 -18 days Lodge/Camping trek
Langtang Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-15 days Lodge/Camping
Tsum valley trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay/Lodge/Camping
Kanchanjunga 3 Autumn and Spring 16-23 days Lodge/Camping
Mustang Trekking 2-3 March-Nov. 10 -18 days Lodge/Camping
Panchase Trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 4-6days Camping/Organized only
Panchpokhari trek 3 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Campingm/organized only
Rara and Jumla trek 2 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Camping/Organized only
Royal trek 1 Autumn and Spring 4-5 days Camping only
Siklish Trek 1 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay
Tamang heritage trail  2 Autumn and Spring 6-8 days Community lodge/home stay 

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS

General:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion.

- Small daypack - 25 liters.

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack.

- Small towels

During winter Ads:

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Additional suggestion:

- Sandals or slip on shoes

- Camera and film.

- Spare boot laces.

TREKKING GRADE

It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:

Easy

Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Moderate

this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.

Strenuous

these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Very strenuous

this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

Mr. Rene Beerepoot
Holland

The trekking trip was perfectly organized by the company Nepal alternative treks. They were very helpful in addressing all our requests. The jomosm-Muktiinath trip was really “ the great outdoors” ready to stun everyone ! With our knowledgeable guide Dha we found every beautiful corner of the Annapurna circuit area. Once again, our thanks !
Rene beerepoot, Holland

Porntip Hotarwaisaya
Thailand

Dear all
I would like to say: this is the best place in the world, no lie, loved poon hill. Thanks for bring here Tej, Only one thing is relationship …that was such a beautiful ! Loved Hari and porters. They made me think liked we were a family. Thank you very much

Sue Atkinson
Germany

Great trek and excellent weather ! It is good that the itinerary is flexible to put in with both conditions as well client abilities or wishes. Due to being off season there were not many people found so it was quiet.  Great memories!

Thomas Fisher Sedona Arizona
USA

As an American who has trekked and climbed often in the Himalayas nothing has compared to the service, kindness, professionalism and caring that I have always received from Tej and his company on many of my trips to Nepal.

You will find many companies offerring a similar package---- but the quality of what Tej offers has always made me return each time to use his services. Over the years, I have referred many of my friends to connect with Tej and they have always called me afterwards expressing their thanks and gratitude.

I wish all of those of you who choose to connect with Tej and his company to have the trip of a lifetime. I can say---- YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT.

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