Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath trek is lies on lower part of the Mustang know as Kali Gandaki Valley as well. Trek starts after short mountain flight to Jomsom, headquarter of Mustang. The Jomsom Muktinath Ghodepani trek is marked as moderate trek and situated at semi alpine arid in Annapurna Conservation area.

The 15days Jomsom Muktinath Ghodepani trek exposing a typical culture of Mustangee with wider view of arid valley, Mesmeric pond, impressive waterfall, superb view of snow soaring peaks, heart touching religious spot and panoramic view of Annapurna Himalayan ranges.

 

Next following days trek continues along the holy Kali Gandaki River and passing beautiful villages of Mustang know as Kagbeni, Tiri Gaun, Jhong, Jarkot up to Muktinath. The gradually climbing up track from Jomsom to Muktinath will exposing dramatically sceneries of arid plateau with soaring peaks namely Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho, Dampush peak and leading trail to Thorong La Pass. The ancient holy monastery at Kagbeni, Jhong, Jharkot and108 taps will touch your heart and get blessed from monk and priest.

The beautiful Kagbeni and Marpha village will seduce you to spend over night taste their typical hospitality. On way descend passing Kalapani Hot spring, Ghodepani and Ghandrunk. While passing world deepest gorge at Kopchepani, where the world 10th highest peak, Mount Annapurna stand east and Mt. Dhaulagiri, 8th highest peak stand on west of gorge. Then trek ascend to summit of Ghodepani called Poon Hill, which is a awesome viewpoint of Annapurna trek after that spend overnight at most authentic gurung village at Ghandrunk with typical home stay hospitality. We will guide you on this lifetime journey that will remain in your memories forever.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Itinerary

Day 01:
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 Ft)
Day 02:
Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03:
Kathmandu to Pokhara (850 m/2,750 Ft)
Day 04:
Pokhara to Kagbeni (2,900 m/9,256 Ft & 25 minute flight then 3hrs trek)
Day 05:
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,740 m/12,267 Ft & 5hrs trek)
Day 06:
Muktinath to Thini (3,260 m/10,692 Ft & 5-6hrs trek)
Day 07:
Thini to Kala Pani (2,3900 m/7,544 Ft & 6hrs trek)
Day 08:
Kalapani to Hot Spring (1,100 m/3,608 Ft & 6hrs trek)
Day 09:
Hot Spring to Ghodepani (2,780 m/9,020 Ft & 6hrs trek)
Day 10:
Ghodepani to Ghandrunk (1,900 m/6,232 Ft & 6hrs trek)
Day 11:
Ghandrunk to Pokhara 1hrs trek and 4hrs drive
Day 12:
8 hour drive to Kathmandu
Day 13:
Departure

Jomsom Muktinath Short Trek

Day 01:
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 Ft)
Day 02:
Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 03:
20 minute flight or 8 hour drive to Pokhara (850 m/2,750 Ft)
Day 04:
Pokhara to Kagbeni (2,840 m/9,315 Ft & 20 minute flight then 4 hrs trek)
Day 05:
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,740 m/12,267 Ft & 4 hrs trek
Day 06:
Muktinath to Thini (3,260 m/10,692 Ft & 5-6 hrs trek)
Day 07:
Thini to Jomsom (2,740 m/6,944 Ft & 6 hrs trek)
Day 08:
20 minute flight to Pokhara then transfer to hotel & Pokhara sightseeing
Day 09:
8 hour drive to Kathmandu
Day 10:
Departure

Note: The above itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern, which we provide you. Trek itinerary can be modified according to your interest, time and requirements. The trip cost will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provides us your details for a customized program.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,428 Ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, our official representative will receive you from arrival gate with your name in on Musical adventure Trekking placards. We do short 2 minute walk to car park then transfer to hotel at tourist hub, Thamel. Thamel is very convenient town of Kathmandu, you can easily access to international and local cuisine restaurant, walk to any shops like travel books, novel, handicraft and trekking gears.

Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu valley Sightseeing

Kathmandu valley is cultural city of Nepal with carrying more than 1000 years history of Nepal, the valley was ruled my different king dynasty in different era. The graceful valley has sophisticated temples, monasteries, stupa, chhorten from medieval era with amazing architecture on peace of stone and woods which was erected in various period. Musical adventure trekking arrange private tour guide and transport to take you around the historical valley to explore graceful Hindu temple and Buddhist stupas, first drive to Swayambhunath, exceptional view of colorful and misty Kathmandu valley with soaring Ganesh himal range in clear day. The complex is home of hives of brown money and money walk on string of Buddhist flags from one tree to another tree. Then drive east of valley to Buddhist habitants which called little Tibet as well, the largest stupa in Nepal is always Buddhist around with Tibetan bead on hand with praying wheel. Numbers of beautiful Tibetan monasteries around the bouddha like Serchen gomba, Sherpa gomba, Mustang gomba etc. Bouddha stupa is very popular for typical and delicious Tibetan foods with typical Tibetan souvenir. After lunch drive on bank of Bagmati River to oldest Hindu temple in the Kathmandu, Hindu ritual last rite cremation held on bank of holyriver at Pashupatinath ghat. The smearing ash Sadhu waiting tourist on east bank of river with long hair and nude. Elderly home is on west bank of river with more than 200 hundred elder people, after here drive to Thamel

Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 Ft & 7hrs drive)

We are leaving early morning from Kathmandu with deluxe tourist bus, a 7 hrs journey will break twice on Prithivi Highway for breakfast and lunch. It will be completely scenic drive, the scenery will be change theatrically like in movies and documentary, grand view of northern Himalayan range will see from Nagdung (snake stone) then valley of lush and green with cultivate landscapes. After that drive follow on bank of Trishuli and Marshyandi River on canyon. Once arrive at Pokhara, in-term of good weather ascend to world peace stupa and get awesome sunset on panoramic Annapurna Himalayan range.

Overnight at hotel

Day 04: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2,900 m/9,514 Ft & 4hrs trek) via Jomsom

Usually Pokhara to Jomsom flight begins early morning as it good weather, the 18 minute flight is scenic flight, as it take-off from Pokhara. Beautiful country side of Nepal with sloppy hummock and the valley with snake curve river. As flight onward to Jomsom, we will see tower of Poonhill and blue town Ghorepani in middle of Rhododendron forest. Now flight goes across Kali Gandaki valley with magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Jomsom airport set on brown plateau at bottom of Himalayas on bank of holy Kali Gandaki River. Now actual trek starts from Jomsom on bank of river with view of magnificent Himalaya and passing village with cultural excursion. We try to complete our trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni before mid-day, these area is very windy area. After lunch at walk to Tiri village, it is 35 minute along the west side of Kaligandi River, Tiny Tiri village is small house hold in part of upper mustang and the monastery is laying right atop of the village. It takes 20 minute from village to monastery with steep ascending pass sacred committal chhortens on hill. From the gompa you will massive view of vale, Himalayan desert and high mountains. Then trek back to Kagbeni before get dark.

Overnight guesthouse

Day 05: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,740 m/12,267 Ft & 5-6 hrs trek)

The breath less view of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak see from Kagbeni in the morning, after breakfast trek lead alternative trail with avoiding jeep track via Jhong village. We go up from north side of Kagbeni village with ascending up through boulder cut-off rock, from here you will see one of best picturesque photo of the Kagbeni village, Kaligandaki valley and soaring Himalayan peak above the arid plateau. Continuous trek after taken photos on plateau often find the fossils in different images, even encounter the goat grazing. Before reaching to Jhong village, get fine view of Thorong la pass between Thorong peak and Khangri. As we stopping for lunch at Jhong village short walk to medieval Buddhist monastery which offers massive view of brown wilderness landscape and Jharkot village other side of valley. As resume trek, trail pass through typical mud house villages to Muktinath temple. Muktinath Mandir is blend of Hindu and Buddhist culture on lap of Himalayas. While roaming at temple complex see Buddhist monasteries with half lion and human god, temple of Laxmi Narayan, 108 water tab with different image of animals, natural burning gas underneath of monastery, traditional grave of monks and nursery. After that walk to Ranipawa for overnight night.

Overnight at guesthouse

Day 06: Muktinath to Thini village (3,260 m/10,692 Ft & 5-6 hrs trek)

Stunning sunrise will see on Mt. Dhaulagiri from your guesthouse, from today we are descending via Lukprak village. We trek across the village and follow the goat grazing trail with exceptional view of valley and mountains. Descending on apple farm to Luprak village, a village of Bonpo religion, the tiny villager practicing bon Buddhism in Nepal. We walk aside of the river with see viewing traditional cave on cliff where monks do meditation (Chham) probably for 3 day, 3 month and 3 year before became the monks. The trail come to meet Muktinath-Jomsom road which makes loop then follow trail to jomsom and short ascend on apple farm to Thini village. The small Thakali village laying on the ridge where see great view of Jomsom village, the valley and mountains.

Overnight at guesthouse

Day 07: Thini to Kala Pani (2,390 m/7,544 Ft & 6 hrs trek)

Again we are going down from Thini Village to Kalapani with passing Tibetan refugee camp at Chhyama, Marpha, Chokho pani, Larjung, Kokhethanti then finally arrive at Kalopani. The trail lead a side of green lake and get picturesque view of Marpha village with red and white painted monastery.Then walk along bank of the river through villages and forest, get amazing sunset on Mt. Dhaulagiri from your room windows.

Overnight at guesthouse

Day 08: Kalapani to Hot Spring (1,100 m/3,608 Ft & 6-7 hrs trek)

Most of today trekking will be on humid temperature in steamy Kaligandaki valley with passing deepest gorge of the earth and longest waterfall in Annapurna region at Rupchhe Chhahara. We are escaping jeep track and trail follow through village to Tatopani.

Overnight at guesthouse

Day 09: Hot Spring to Ghodepani (2,780 m/9,020 Ft & 6-7 hrs trek)

We are ascending 1,680 m from Hot spring to Ghodepani in 6-7 hrs trek, as soon as we cross suspension bridge of Kaligandaki River, trail ascend up straight way pass the Magar villages Ghara, Shikha and stop at Chhitre for lunch. Superb view of Dhaulagiri will see on backdrop with blooms of rhododendron.

Note

As you preferring onward to Pokhara with drive from Tatopani, it will be bumpy drive to Beni along the Kaligandaki River with pass astonishing scenario of waterfall, boulder rock formation and landscapes. From Beni we will have 4 hrs smooth drive passing Maldunga, Kusma, Nayapul, Naudanda then finally arrive at Pokhara.

Overnight at guesthouse

Day 10: Ghodepani to Tadapani (2,680 m/8,790 Ft & 6 hrs trek)

45 minute sturdy hike take us to Poon hill, an amazing viewpoint in the Annapurna trek. Panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range will see while golden sunray touching the striking mountains. We will obviously take beautiful photos of parallel mountains then trek down to Ghorepani. The delicious breakfast gain power, again climb up as high as Poon hill on stone stair then downward through forest pass Deurali, Banthanti and trek uphill to Tadapani.

Overnight at guesthouse

Day 11: Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandrunk village

From Tadapani we trek into the dense forest with crossing stream and pass the village to Ghandrunk. We stop at Ghandrunk for lunch while cooking authentic Nepalese cuisine do cultural excursion throughout the Ghandrunk village. After lunch 1hrs walk down to Siwi then drive begins from here to Pokhara. It is 4 hrs drive to Pokhara including off road drive and good condition road drive to Pokhara.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu by 7hrs Drive or 30minute Flight

The bus departure 7:30 am from Pokhara bus station nearby Lake side the bus will carry us to Kathmandu. The road is same that we took on our way to Pokhara. It will stop in two places for snacks and lunch along the way. We will be driving via beautiful green hills, small countryside towns and thundering rivers.

Overnight at hotel

Day 13: Departure

Here we come to the end of our memorable a weeklong Himalayan trip. We transferred to international airport according to your flight schedule then onward journey to home.

Cost Includes:

  • International & domestic airport pick-up-drop-off service
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast plan as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Pokhara on bed and breakfast plan as per the itinerary
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara & drive back to Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus
  • Ghandrunk to Pokhara by private jeep
  • Pokhara to Jomsom by plan
  • Trekking information management system cards
  • Annapurna conservation area fees
  • Experienced English speaking licensed guide and experienced Porter with salary, accommodation, food and Insurance
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner with hot drinks)
  • Seasonal fresh fruits where available
  • Musical Adventure Trekking complimentary trekking equipment likely four seasonal sleeping bag, down Jacket (should be returned upon completing the trek)
  • First aid medical kit, oximeter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Normal lodge/guesthouse base accommodation during trek in the mountain
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu at typical Nepalese restaurant with live cultural show

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa fees 15/30/90 Day in cost of U$D 25/40/100
  • Travel and medical insurance which should cover emergency helicopter rescue
  • Meals and extra night accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing entrance fees, guide & transportation fees
  • Personal expenses (battery charge, telephone call, laundry, hot shower, internet etc
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Gratitude (Tips) for guide and porters

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Frequently Asked Questions

Trek duration and walking hours is based on physical ability of travelers. We suggest and we prepared standard pattern itinerary for our clients, it works and fit for 90% of travelers. Standard pattern itinerary advise to trek 4-7hrs each day.
You can obtain Nepal visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos and print out online form from http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. You might to stay in queue for a while, if you want to stay away from line. You can obtain your Nepal visa from your home as well. Just contact to nearby Nepal embassy around your home town. Does matter weather take 15 days, 30days or 90 days, it is a multiple visa there will different price for visa according to staying duration. 15 Days: 25 USD 25 Days: 40 USD 90 Days: 100 USD.
We will arrange best available accommodation will arranged while trekking in the mounain, Normally lodge and guesthouse bases accommodation are available alone jomsom muktinath trek. The room is cozy, neat, clean and twin sharing bed with a breathtaking Himalayan view from windows. There is complimentary blanket in every single room but that would be not enough in the night, should bring sleeping bag with you. Most of the guesthouse and lodge has neat and clean squat and western toilet inside the room even common toilet also same flour of the room. As we concerning of meal along the Jomsom Muktinath trek, we will give you open menu, you can select any meals from menu like Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Continental and Nepalese cuisine with hot soup. Our experienced guide know lot about the meal, please consult with him about foods along the trek.
Mountain/trekking guide are educated, experienced and knowledge about the culture, history and regions of Nepal. The guide have to attend certified course that are offered by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and they need to attend 45Days classes.
You should be up to date on routine vaccination where you are but the some of the health association WHO and CDC recommended get these vaccination before get into Nepal, like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, Malaria and Rabies. These disease can be transmitted to stranger people from water, meal, sexual relationship with local, animal bites etc.
You will not be responsible to carry your luggage from Jomsom - Muktinath - Pokhara. We offers package programs and porter is included. Standard weight of luggage for porter is between 25kg to 30kg (sharing between two trekker's). You will be responsible to carry your day pack with necessary & personal things like water, Camera, wind & waterproof jacket, sun lotion extra camera batteries.
Jomsom Muktinath trek is moderate trek in Annapurna regions. The trekking trail is flat, up and down but do not have any sturdy up. Yes you need to be fit to do jomsom muktinath trek. You could train yourself at back home with strap pack on your back and go hiking as long as you can. By doing hiking your feet and joints will become accustomed to the constant walking you will face on the trek. Also be sure to hit the gym and run.
Yes you could do jomsom muktinath trek even it is first trek in your life or scared of Heights. Our journey starts from kathmand an elevation of 1,350 m and then hikes up slowly to Muktianth (3,800 m/12, 464 Ft). As long as you eat, drink and sleep well. There will be no need to worry about high altitude.
Jomsom Muktinath trek might be the best trek can do with kids as long as kids understand and able to communicates with parent. The trek route is easy and slowly hiking up to Muktinath. The trek expose beautiful landscapes of mountain desert with great wider angle Himalayas view. Mustang has a unique and typical culture of residents known as Mudtangee. Kids can see beautiful villages with unique culture that scenery makes lifetime journey for kids. As long as kids eat, drink and sleep well they will be stay away from altitude sickness.
Yes and No, Yes there is ATM in Jomsom and muktinath but it is not worth to believe it. Even it works; you can withdraw limit amount in a day. It often stops to work. If you carry any currency with you either $/€/¥/£ travel cheque, it will be exchange but less value than commercial city like Kathmandu. If you prefer to carry cards with you, there is swap machine along the trail but 5% charge will be applicant on top of the total amount.

Equipment List

Accessories

Daypack up to 50 litre.

Down jacket

4 Seasons sleeping bag.

Sleeping bag liner.

Water bottle

Trekking pole

Hand

1 Pair liner gloves thin wool or synthetic.

1 Elevation water proof wristwatch.

1 Nail cutter.

1Pair wind/waterproof gloves.

Upper Body – Head/Ears/Eyes

Sun head or Gulf cap

Sun glasses 100% UV protection with side shields and hard-sided storage in case.

Headlamp or torch light with at least 1pair of extra battery.

Ear muffs

Sun Lotions /Sun cream.

Main Body

2 Cotton t-shirts.

1 Synthetic t-shirt.

2 Long sleeve polyester or synthetic lightweight for sunny days. V-neck.

Zipper provides addition venting options which are good for changing temperatures.

1 Soft shell jacket water & wind resist.

1 Women swimming dress bathing in Hot spring.

Inner cloths as required

Lower Body / Leg

1Pair nylon hiking short paints. Quick drying type not cotton.

1Pair cotton paints(loose jeans/khakis).

1Pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.

1Pair waterproof/windproof paint.

2Pair inner Thermal for day and night.

Inner cloths as you needed.

Feet

3Pair of trekking socks.

1Pairs woollen socks wearing on evening.

1Pair light sport or shoes sneaker.

Trekking boots.

Medicines / First Aid

Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.

Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrheal.

Diamox(commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.

1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides

Anti-infection ointments, etc.

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Medicines / First Aid

Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.

Imodium or Pepto Bismo capsules for upset stomach or diarrheal.

Diamox(commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please talk to with trek leader before taking medicine.

1Small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band aides

Anti-infection ointments, etc.

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

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Trip Facts

Activities: Trekking & Sightseeing

Maximum Height: 3,800 m/12,464 Ft.

Duration: 10 or 13 Days

Transportation: Car / Bus / Flight

Grade: Moderate

Season: Spring / Autumn

Accommodation: Lodge / Guesthouse

Meal: Full Board On Trek

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