Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Duration10 Days
Trip GradeEasy
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude3740
Group Size1-12
StartsKathmandu
EndsPokhara
ActivitiesTrekking/Hiking
Best TimeThrough out year

Highlights of Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Here are some of the highlights of the Jomsom Muktinath Trek:

  • Muktinath Temple: Muktinath is a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple complex at Muktinath is one of the main highlights of the trek. The temple is situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are also 108 water spouts around the temple, which are believed to cleanse the sins of those who bathe in them.
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge: The Kali Gandaki Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world. The trek takes you along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and offers stunning views of the gorge and the surrounding mountains.
  • Natural hot springs: The trek passes through Tatopani, where you can take a dip in the natural hot springs. The hot springs are believed to have healing properties and are a great way to relax after a long day of trekking.
  • Traditional villages: The trek takes you through traditional Thakali and Gurung villages, where you can experience the local culture and way of life. You can also sample the delicious local cuisine, which includes thukpa (noodle soup), momos (dumplings), and dal bhat (rice and lentils).
  • Scenic mountain views: The Jomsom Muktinath Trek offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The trek takes you through the world's deepest gorge, and you'll get a chance to see some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
  • Overall, the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a great option for trekkers who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without undertaking a more strenuous trek.

Overview of Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you to Jomsom and Muktinath Temple in the Upper Mustang region. Jomsom, which is also called the Dzong-Sampa (New Fort), is the administrative headquarters of the Mustang district.

Located in the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki River Valley, it is famous for Shaligrams (black rocks or stones). The religious faith of the Hindus is connected with these stones that they regard as the holy form of deity.

Jomsom (2,743 m) is a beautiful Himalayan town situated in front of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m) on its backdrop. It also has an airport that connects the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang with the outer world.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek guides you through the deep valleys, and high hills surrounded by the Annapurna (8,091 m) Himalayan Range. This region is populated by diverse ethnic communities spread in a wide type of landscapes from subtropical to arid.

Although it lies in Nepal geographically, it is highly influenced by the Tibetan lifestyle, culture, and tradition. Even the landscapes of the Upper Mustang region resemble that of the Tibetan Plateaus.

Also known as the Lower Mustang Trek, it rewards you with the enthralling view of the apple gardens of Mustang. Making Jomsom Muktinath Trek in spring is a brilliant idea to have the beautiful coverage of colorful rhododendron flowers to this region.

The highest place of this trek is Muktinath Temple (3,800 m) which is a popular pilgrimage tour in Nepal. Thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims make this trip every year. The eternal flame that burns of the natural gas and the 108-water sprouts are the attractions of this shrine.

You will be walking past the ethnic villages of Thakali, Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, and Brahmin communities. Annapurna Sunrise View Trek is the most done trip to have the best sunrise view of the Annapurna (8091 m) region.

Jomsom Trek Itinerary

Jomsom Trek itinerary is always a subject that can be customized. It depends upon a few aspects like your holiday in Nepal any desire to make the trip. From Kathmandu, you can reach Jomsom in about 11 hours by bus.

You can fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu in 25 minutes and then fly again to Jomsom in 35 minutes as well. Having the aerial view of the entire Annapurna region, you land at the New Fort of the Northern Himalayas.

From here, you can trek to Kagbeni, the gateway to the Upper Mustang Trek. Spending a night here, you can trek to Muktinath Temple the following morning. After relishing the enchanting view of the Himalayas and making a pilgrimage to Muktinath, you can return to Kathmandu by bus.

It means the Jomsom Muktinath Trek itinerary ranges from 5 days to two weeks and even longer. You can extend this to the Upper Mustang trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek and Mardi Himal trek as well.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Difficulty

Jomsom Muktinath Trek's difficulty depends upon whether you begin this from Nayapul, Pokhara, or Jomsom itself. If you start it from Nayapul, you will be gaining altitude gradually. You will have to ascend to the higher altitude.

Nevertheless, if you fly to Jomsom and begin the trekking, you will be walking at the same altitude. On the first day, you trek up to Kagbeni which is situated at almost the same altitude. This helps you to better adjust in higher altitudes.

The next day, you are going to reach the highest place on this trek. Muktinath Temple (3,800 m) is the highest place on this route. Then, you will descend gradually along the ethnic villages of the Annapurna region.

As the trails are in very good condition at all times of the year, it can be done by people of all ages. It is also a good package for family trekking in Nepal. As the trekking duration per day is not much longer, even children and senior citizens can also do this trek.

Although you have to spend a few nights above 2,500 m, there is not much threat of altitude sickness. It is so because you have enough rest while walking along the Kali Gandaki River Valley. However, you should follow the basic safety measures like drinking enough water, having enough rest and food as well as walking with slow paces.

Muktinath Trek Cost

The longer the trek; the higher the cost! Likewise, the quality of services you want during the trek also matters to fix the cost. This region has teahouses and lodges that provide quality services as well.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek itinerary could be minimized up to 5 days for your comfort. The cost of the 5-day package and that of 14 days differs from each other. Similarly, you have the option of mode of transportation.

You can fly from Kathmandu to Jomsom via Pokhara and return to Kathmandu by flight, too. Next, you can also directly drive to Jomsom via the Lake City Pokhara. The roadway to Jomsom goes past Beni, the gateway to the Guerrilla trek or even the Upper Dolpo trek.

The cost of flights is higher than that of roadway transportation. For example, a Kathmandu-Pokhara two-way flight ticket costs approximately USD 125. On the other hand, if you travel by local bus, the cost is nearly USD 5 and USD 25 in premium bus.

The cost of Jomsom Muktinath Trek could be fixed by talking to each other. You can contact us for more information.

Jomsom Trek Map

Jomsom Trek starts from either Nayapul,  Pokhara, or Jomsom, Mustang.  If you start it from Pokhara, you will fly to  Pokhara from Jomsom after completing the trek. If you want, you get bus services to Pokhara from there as well.

You visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu and then travel to Pokhara. After strolling around the major attractions of the Lake City Pokhara, you fly to Jomsom. From Jomsom, you trek along the Kali Gandaki River Valley up to Kagbeni.

Next morning, you trek to Muktinath Temple and then, you travel to Marpha “the Apple Capital of Nepal.” Then, the route moves along Ghasa, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Poon Hill-Tadapani, Ghandruk, and Pokhara via Nayapul.

To complete the route as given by the Jomsom Muktinath Trek map, it takes nearly 10 days. You will have wonderful experiences while staying at the stops. Like, you get to bathe with natural hot water and visit the Gurung Museum at Ghandruk.

Itinerary
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The representative of NTR welcomes you at the Kathmandu Airport and transfers to the hotel. After becoming fresh, you can take a side trip around Thamel Bazar on your own.

The tour guide takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley. out of the seven World Heritage Sites, you will visit four. Patan Durbar Square located in Lalitpur is the epitome of the Newari art and architecture of ancient Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa (the Monkey Temple) and Bouddhanath Stupa are two Buddhist cultural heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple is the greatest pilgrimage site of the Hindus dedicated to Lord Shiva.

After breakfast, you begin going towards the Lake City Pokhara in a private jeep or a local bus. You drive along the Prithvi Highway that crosses Dhading, Chitawan and Tanahun to reach Pokhara. If the time and itinerary favours, you can visit Bandipur, the Queen of the Hills en route.

After you reach Pokhara, you can visit the important landmarks. You can go boating on the Phewa Lake or go around Lakeside. Optionally, you can also go to the Devi’s Fall. Night life of the Lakeside is really something to experience in Nepal.

After breakfast, you are transferred to the Pokhara Airport to fly for Jomsom. During 25 minutes’ flight, you enjoy the aerial view of Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massifs.

From Jomsom, you will walk along the Kali Gandaki River Valley and reach Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a small village known as the gateway to Upper Mustang Trek. Kagbeni also gives you access to Upper Dolpo trek but it is less frequented.

The traditional mud houses with prayer flags hoisted on top, the stone-paved tracks and chortens all make this village a classic vantage. You can also find Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa built in 1429, which is perhaps the oldest monastery of this region.

Following the trail along the Kali Gandaki River Valley moving up and down, you walk past Ekle Bhatti (Lonely Teahouse). From here, leaving the route to Tibet via Upper Mustang, you follow the trial going higher up to Muktinath.

Muktinath Temple is a popular pilgrimage that is made by thousands of Indians and Nepalese every year. The natural gas that continuously keeps burning and 108 water sprouts are the major attractions of this shrine. Visit Bishnu Temple or the Gompa nearby Muktinath Temple to pay the holy place equally for both Hindus and Buddhists.

 You walk past an ethnic village called Ranipauwa which is located below the barren hills and an optional stopovers during Annapurna Circuit trek. You walk along the bizarre landscapes standing above the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge.

Finally, you reach Marpha Village also known as the ‘Apple Capital of Nepal’ for the night station. Here, you can taste different products of apples and if you like tasting local liquor, you can try ‘Marpha’. ‘Marpha’ is the liquor brand made up of apples and it is exported in and out of the country. It is very helpful in improving the economic condition of the local people.

You walk along the track moving ahead from between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region. Then, it moves forward along graveled riverbed until Larjung Village. Moving ahead from Larjung Village, you reach Kalopani, a small Thakali Village.

From here, you can see the best view of Annapurna I and the entire Annapurna Circuit. Enjoying the 360-degree view of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna I, you reach Ghasa across the dense forests.

After breakfast at Ghasa, the journey begins along the pine and conifer woodlands between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You descend from the dry and arid landscapes to green forests while descending towards the lower elevation.

You will walk across Rupsi village and Dana village which gives a perfect view of Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m). When you reach Tatopani, you can take a bath at natural hot spring to get relaxation from the travel fatigue.

From here, you ascend towards Durbin Danda (Telescope Hill: 1,555m) and then Sikha Village via Ghara Village. Next, after crossing Chaitre Village, the trail runs along some terraced farmlands and rhododendron forests to reach Ghorepani. It is a Gurung village located in Annapurna region.

This is one of the most remarkable moment of the entire Jomsom trek. Get up early in the morning to hike to Poon Hill. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (Annapurna Sunrise View trek) is popular for the best sunrise view of Annapurna region.

From the top of 3,210m, you will have the amazing panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993m) and many more. Then, you will return to Ghorepani and trek further towards Tadapani by crossing the dense rhododendron and pine forests.

Following the trail along the thick rhododendron and pine forests, you continue the trip. By enjoying the stunning view of the natural springs and wonderful landscapes, you reach Ghandruk. On the way, you will also see Annapurna South, Himchuli (6,441m) and Mt. Machhapuchhre.

When you reach Ghandruk village, you can visit the ACAP Entry Permit Office. Similarly, the Gurung Museum is the prime attraction of this Gurung Village. You can get information about lifestyle, culture and tradition of the Gurung ethnic community. If you take a round of the village, you will meet the Brave Gurkhas who fought  bravely in the World Wars.

The trek begins after breakfast by crossing Ulleri, a Magar ethnic village famous for well-maintained trails, clean surrounding and 3,000 stone-paved staircases. Then, you walk past a few villages like Hile and Birethanti to arrive in Nayapul. From here, you drive in a local bus or private jeep to reach Pokhara. Explore the areas you missed previously or celebrate the completion of Jomsom trek.

You have two alternatives to return Kathmandu from Pokhara. If you fly, it takes nearly 35 minutes but the travel fare is high. On the other hand, if you drive along the Prithvi Highway, you can arrive within 6 hours. The bus fare is far too low comparing with the air ticket fare.

Arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening, we invite you to farewell dinner at the cultural restaurant around Thamel.

The member staff of NTR takes you to the Kathmandu Airport as per your flight schedule.

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Included
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off service and Nayapul to Pokhara transfer by private vehicle,
  • 5 Nights Deluxe Hotel accommodation 3 Nights in Kathmandu and 2 Nights in Pokhara
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participants porter=Maximum 25 kg of luggage)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & accommodation during the trekking
  • Pokhara to Jomsom flight fare
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara round-trip tourist bus service
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags, and trekking sticks if required,
  • Trekking permit of National Park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staff
  • First aid kit
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural program in a typical Traditional Nepali restaurant
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance & International airfare,
  • Tips for Guide and porter (trekking staff)
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (without itinerary )
FAQs

Jomsom trek is the journey towards Annapurna region for a lifetime experience. This trek rewards you with the deep valleys surrounded by Annapurna (8,091m) Himalayan Range. You get to experience diverse ethnic culture and tradition including variation in the landscapes.

Jomsom Muktinath trek lets you visit the famous pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists. You will be witnessing the stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Mt. Nilgiri (7,061m) during this trek.

You will get the best sunrise view of the Himalayas during Annapurna Sunrise View Trek. Likewise, you will be visiting the Gurung Museum while in Ghandruk. Exploration of the main attractions of the Lake City Pokhara also makes this trip more meaningful.

Yes, you can. This is a moderate trekking that is suitable for the people of all ages. Even  children and senior citizens can also do this trek. The trails are fine and the trekking duration per day is also short. As you have enough time to take rest in the middle of the journey, it is not much difficult. If you have a habit of regular walking and exercise, it benifits  you more.

Yes, of course! You can extend this trek to Upper Mustang trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek or Mardi Himal trek. For the right itinerary and cost, visit our website.

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