10 days adventure into the sacred places of the Annapurna Mountains
High up in the Annapurna Mountains of the Himalayas is a holy place called Muktinath. This place has been a sacred pilgrimage spot for both Buddhists and Hindus. Fueled by an underground gas fissure, it has been burning for centuries. Muktinath Temple features 108 golden taps that continuously spouts holy water as it has done for centuries. Frozen water constantly flows from the bullhead and Kunda (ponds). Taking bath in the 108 waterspouts and Kunda is believed to bring you salvation.
The region of Jomsom and Muktinath is famous for its incredible beauty. It lies between the mighty peaks of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri, the 10th and 7th highest mountains in the world, respectively.
For 15 incredible days, you travel from the subtropical forests; north of the picturesque mountain city of Pokhara to the stunning heights near Muktinath at 3,817m; right in the heart of the snow capped peaks. On the trek, there are hot springs, the world’s deepest gorge on the Kaligandaki River and then for the awesome opportunity to witness sunrise over the Annapurna from Poon Hill.
There are 10 actual days of trekking in this trip, which begins with a short flight to Jomsom near Muktinath. The trek begins in the Tibetan plateau area of Mustang before working its way south to the sub-tropical forests near Pokhara. After taking the short climb to Muktinath, the trip is primarily downhill until you reach the village of Tikhedhunga before returning to Pokhara. The journey ends by bus ride through the Trisuli River Valley as you make your way back to the city of Kathmandu.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the most popular of the Annapurna Treks and attracts approximately 75% of visitors to the Annapurna region. The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is exceptional, featuring opportunities to see Nepal at its finest. The trip will include a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu where you will experience several famous UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a bewitching trek that will make your Nepal holiday a memorable one. Your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks will help you make this trip a dream-like reality for you. Be sure to talk to your representative at Nepal Tibet Tours and Treks today to learn more about the trek as well as other exciting treks and adventures.
The following program can be tailor made as per your request. We can use the morning 8 am flight to Pokhara which is a 30 minutes flight. So, we can start the trek on the same day and can take a flight back to Kathmandu late afternoon when we are finished with the Trek. We can adjust the program as per the time and interest. For instance, we can add Rafting, visit to Chitwan National Park, Paragliding in Pokhara, Jeep flyer, Mountain flight in Kathmandu and many more. Please do not hesitate to write to us about your interest; we will make the itinerary to suit your needs.
Χ All the expenses of personal choices, drinks, lunch and dinner city portion,
Χ All the Delay due to weather, situation beyond our control
Χ Nepal Visa, (USD25 for 15days, USD40 for 30days), Airport Tax, tipping, etc.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our representative at the airport and then s/he will usher you to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and checked into the Hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara by driving for 6 - 7 hrs in a tourist bus or a private car; depending upon the size of your group. Alternatively, you may fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu which takes only half an hour. Then, you will sign in to the Hotel and you have the afternoon to yourself. You can go for sightseeing around the lakeside area or you can go boating at Fewa Lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Today, you take a morning flight to Jomsom; the headquarters of Mustang district, from Pokhara. You reach Jomsom village where you will start your trek of about 3 hours beside the bank of Kaligandaki and get to Ekley Bhatti village. Then, you trek one more hour to reach Kagbeni which is located at the bank of two rivers Kaligandaki and Nilgiri. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Departing Kagbeni to reach Muktinath, you mount steeply to an altitude of 3880m. This is one of the most important pilgrimage places of interest for Hindus. Sanctified water flows from the 108 taps and you can also see the pagoda style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is also a residence to a lot of tribal Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come here to visit the temple.You will stay the night in Muktinath.
Today, from Muktinath you will trek down to the valley (more than 1,525 m below). A spectacular scenery will follow you to Jomsom. The Kaligandaki trade route is a major and active village. Tonight in Jomsom.
Moving from Jomsom, today you trek to Larjung. It will be a 5 to 6 hours trek. The Larjung valley is conquered by Thakalis amusingly related to Gurung and Magars of the Lutheran slopes. Tonight, you will get to experience their rich culture, tradition and also delicious food.
From Larjung, you set off to Ghasa. On the way, you will witness a spectacular change of plant life since the land is dry, infertile, deserted. While walking between Annapurna areas, you can see pine and conifer forest. And across Kalopani, you will see the splendid views of Annapurna range. In total, you trek for 5 to 6 hours and tonight you stay at Ghasa.
Today, you move down from Ghasa to Tatopani. Your path will come across valleys and grasslands; the striking Rupse Chhahara (waterfall) and leaving it behind you reach Dana village. Then, you have a 3 hours walk to Tatopani all the way through the Kaligandaki river coast. You will stay overnight in Tatopani.
Today, you leave Tatopani to reach Ghorepani, steadily climbing all day. You eventually go away from the terraced fields and pass through thick rhododendron forest entering the village of Ghorepani. Tonight, you camp at the pass and enjoy the greatest views of the sunset above the amazing, snow-capped Annapurna Range and Dhaulagiri.
Wake up early in the morning, today you trek to Poon Hill (3195m.). Poon hill is the spot where you can view the pleasant, mesmerising peak views and beautiful sunrise. Later, you trek down about an hour to Ghorepani then, you will have your breakfast there. You have the rest of the day on your own.
Today, you move from Ghorepani down to Tikhedhunga. You have to trek for 5 to 6 hours. In Tikhedhunga, you can see mules loaded with goods. Tonight in Tikhedhunga at a tea house.
From Tikhedhunga, you will trek down for 5 hours to reach Nayapul. Nayapul means New Bridge. Then, you drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, the day is all yours. You can either go around Pokhara or take a rest. Overnight at the hotel.
After Breakfast, you will be driven back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus or you can take your private vehicle which will take 6hrs. You may even fly to Kathmandu directly which will be only a half an hour flight. You will stay in Kathmandu in the hotel overnight.
Today is the last day of your stay in Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Airport. We, Nepal Tibet Tours & Treks, wish you a safe journey back home.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment are essential on all the routes that we have described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is the list of some recommended equipment required for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots; If it is brand new, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
2. Track shoes
A pair of track shoes; To wear in the camp or when the boot is wet.
A warm jacket; Fibre fills or down should be adequate. This is essential during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
4. Shirt and Sweaters
Woollen shirts and thick sweaters; these are essential during the winter season (December to February). Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. A lightweight long sleeved t-shirt is suitable for avoiding sunburn.
A pair of trousers; Jeans are not suitable to wear on treks. Cheap, loose, cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof or waterproof trousers are required on all treks going above 10.0 ft.
A tracksuit is comfortable to wear in camp and in the tent. You want to add at least two pairs of loose fitting long shorts or skirts.
Thermal underwear is the best for sleeping during the winter.
8. Sun Hat, SunCream/Block & Lip Salve
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection. A sunhat having a wide brim should be used which covers your face and neck. A woollen hat is a must during winter.
9. Glove/ Sandal/ Socks
A pair of gloves; Leather with lining and woollen are best, 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in the camp and about 4 pairs of thin and 4 pairs of thick woollen socks are required accordingly.
10. Sleeping Bag
As you do not carry sleeping bags yourself, this can be either synthetic or down but it is a must for all 4 seasons. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there.)
11. Personal First Aid Kit
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhoea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
Equipments and Accessories :
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day. e.g. toiletries, camera, film towel, soap, boots etc.
c) Water bottle
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage
g) Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) Candles and lighter to burn toilet paper
k) Snow gaiters required during winter
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful as a sunshade and when it rains.
m) Trekking map, adequate number of passport photographs
Optionals: rubber bands, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars, a small pillow or headrest, thermoses, an inflatable sleeping mat, etc.