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Jomsom Muktinath Trekking - 12 Days

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
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Highlight of the Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 

  • Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is famous for both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages. Trekking to the part of Annapurna circuit and passing by beautiful settlements, provides you a great chance to explore the local culture of many Mongolian people like Gurung, Magar, Rai etc., following their own traditions, customs, norms, and rituals.
  • Explore world deepest Kaligaandaski George, and Kaligandaki valley natural hot bath in Tatopani and great seen of Annapurna massif and other neighboring Himalayas.
  • Visiting Hindu and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple and enjoy with the Thakali and Rai cultures.
  • Along with this, trek offers you beautiful stunning view of  massif Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
 
Trip Summarize-
 
Jomsom and Muktinath trekking is the best trek in Annapurna region which is on the way to Mustang. Muktinath 3710m (12172 ft) is famous for pilgrimage spot for both the Hindus and Buddhists and great trekking area for travelers. Hindus, it is sacred as the place of salvation. The Hindus believe that bathing in the water here guarantees salvation after death. The Hindu god, Bramha, is thought to have lit the eternal flames that still burns at Muktinath which means (freedom from the karma). For the Buddhists, it is a place that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) had meditation, it’s source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as saligrams, which are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki valley. If you want to do shorter trek you can do Ghorepani Poonhill trek. Different amazing floras and faunas of this region provide you with unexpected moments of your life. You observe many endangered species like musk deer, leopards, spotted deer etc. in the beautiful forest of pine and bamboo.
 
However, while we do Jomosm Mukinath trekking we pass through the Kaligandaki George which is also the deepest George in the world. Some people like to fly and some drive to Jomsom 2743 m (8999 ft). So, Jomsom and Muktinath is also the main hub for Throng pass and Upper Mustang trek. Natural bath in the hot spring at Tatopani, amazing apple forest, and apple brandy in Marpha. Beautiful Kagbeni, Dhaulagiri ice falls, the unique culture of Gurung and Thakali, nice views of the Himalayas are main experiences of the trek.
 
Fascinating areas – culturally and historically, picturesque villages, monasteries. Unique landscape and easy access with very few trekkers in the area are the major highlights of this trip. Jomsom Mukinath trekking is among very few trips in Nepal which can be done throughout the year.
 


 Outlined Itinerary:

Day: 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4428ft)

Day: 2 Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara(850m/2700ft) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m/) – 35 min flight, 1 hrs drive, 5 hrs trek – B.L.D

Day: 3 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m/9020ft) – 6/7 hrs – B.L.D

Day: 4 Ghorepani – Hike to Poonhill & trek to Tatopani (1190m/3904ft) – 6/7 hrs – B.L.D

Day: 5 Tatopani to Ghasa (2110m/6922ft) – 5/6 hrs – B.L.D

Day: 6 Ghasa to Tukuche (2560m/8398ft) – 5.5 hrs – B.L.D

Day: 7 Tukuche to Kagbeni (2800m/9186ft)- – B.L.D

Day: 8 Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m/12170ft) – 5/6 hrs – B.L.D

Day: 9 Muktinath to Jomsom (2715m/8910ft)- 5/6 hrs – B.L.D

Day: 10 Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight optional) – B.L.D

Day: 11 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. – B.D

Day: 12 Departure/Farewell – B

(Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)


Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4428ft)

SAT airport representative pick you up from airport upon your arrival. Then transfer to the hotel for short briefing about the trip. In the meantime, you can roam around the city to get familiar with new city or take a rest and relax.

Day 2
Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara(850m/2700ft) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m/) – 35 min flight, 1 hrs drive, 5 hrs trek

Supported by the astounding mountain views and Lakes, we take 35 minute of flight to Pokhara. Pokhara – the second most touristic hub of Nepal, is also known as “the city of lakes” with many opportunities of adventures. Here we get to observe the local sttlements of people. Then we drive to Nayapul and trek up to Tikhedhunga through Birethati, Sudami and Hike (1495m) respectively. Along the ascend to the uphill: we pass by valleys, waterfall, suspension bridge and swimming hole. As we get a chance to cross by the beautiful villages, we also can observe the cultures and traditions follow by different ethnic groups of people.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 3
Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m/9020ft)- 6/7 hrs

From Tikhedhunga we trek to Ghorepani. The trail offers amazing landscape and Himalayan scenery with pasture land and cultivated fields. We climb uphill after descending down and crossing the suspension bridge over Burundi Khola. We continuously trek past Ulleri (2070m) and pass a large Magar village, Banthati (2250m) & Nangethati (2460m) village before arriving to our destination, Ghorepani. Ghorepani is used to be an important campsite for horse traders before a long time.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Ghorepani – Hike to Poonhill & trek to Tatopani (1190m/3904ft)- 6/7 hrs

Early in the morning, we hike to Poonhill for stunning view of Himalayan range and beautiful sunrise view. Then we descend to Ghorepani and continue to our next destination; Tatopani. We steeply descend until Chitre (2380m) and further trail down to Sikha (1980m) – a large village with shops and hotels. Moving on, we descend gently to Ghara (1705m) and Ghara River respectively. Taking suspension bridge we cross the river and reach Tatopani after crossing Kali Gandaki and taking turn to north.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Tatopani to Ghasa (2110m/6922ft)- 5/6 hrs

After the breakfast trek to Ghasa begins via Kali Gandaki George – world’s deepest George that situates between two 8,000m peaks (Annapurna & Dhaulagiri). We continuously ascend to Dana (1400m), and pass by Rupse Chhahara (1550m) – you can see waterfall here and Kopchepani (1935m) from where a short climb escorts us to Ghasa (2110m) at the lower region of Kali Gandaki valley. During the trek we observe the amazing fascinating greenery of the forests as the region is mostly famous for bird watching program.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Ghasa to Tukuche (2560m/8398ft)- 5.5 hrs

Our trek starts by crossing eastern side of river and entering Larjung (2560m). Then after a short walk we come to an interesting village Khobang with narrow passages and reach Tukuche. Tukuche is famous for apple brandy and wine products and various communities with Thakali village. Along with this you can see the farm fields and apple orchads on the way.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Tukuche to Kagbeni (2800m/9186ft)-

Today our trek goes along the side of the valley to Jomsom (2713m). Jomsom is a large busy settlement and headquarter of the Mustang district. It is full of life with airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices. Walking along this side, we cross a river which takes us to Kagbeni. Reaching at Kagbeni, we get to observe the spectacular views of stunning mountains, Nilgiri, Daulagiri and many others.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m/12170ft)- 5/6 hrs

After having the early breakfast we check our permits and take a vertical route to Jhong Khola. We leave Kagbeni here and link ourselves for direct route to Muktinath. Throughout the trail we carry on high above Jhong Khola to the village of Jharkot (3500m)via Khingar at 3200m and climb up to our destination – Muktinath. Muktinath is a fascinating village with unique hospitality and influenced with Tibetan culture.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Muktinath to Jomsom (2715m/8910ft)- 5/6 hrs

Today we trek back to Jomsom through the same route of Kagbeni after visiting some monasteries and Hindu temples in Muktinath. Muktinath is mainly famous for the “Vishnu Temple” and is the main center for Hindu pilgrimages during the festive seasons. Reaching Ekle Bhatti, we continue our trek to Jomsom. Down the way, we get to see magnificent views of mountains and fields.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight optional)

After breakfast, we take jeep/bus from Jomsom and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of mountains and rivers. We pass Magar, Gurung & Thakali villages and enjoy fresh as well as dry apples and apple products.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in a hotel.

Day 11
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Pokhara to Kathmandu drive takes around 5/7 hours. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. After your arrival in Kathmandu, in the evening, you are treated with a special cultural dinner program as a complimentary commencement of Sunrise Adventure Trek.

Day 12
Departure/Farewell

After victorious ending of our trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home!

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All entry fees TIMS card and entry Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight major meals in cities
  • Airport tax and monuments entrance fees
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Jomsom Muktinath trekking starts easy and goes moderate along trek. It is suitable for those who can hike for 3 – 5 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Jomsom and Muktinath. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Jomsom Muktinath trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Jomsom Muktinath trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February. Jomsom Muktinath trekking can be done even during the monsoon season but not recommended.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Jomsom/ Mukti Nath and how can we prepare?

    Trekking to Jomsom/Mukti Nath is an easy trek as compared to others. And our company also provides well skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. People with weak ankles, lungs, hearts problems may suffer more difficulty on trekking. Well preparation is needed for every trek.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Jomsom/Mukti Nath trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Jomsom/Mukti Nath trek?

    Trek to Annapurna region with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 3800 meters
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy to moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 12 Days
  • 1-18 Pax