Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a classic pilgrimage hike along the world’s deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki River valley to the divine Muktinath temple in the Annapurna region. This popular trekking in Nepal is a travel adventure to the lofty mountain region in a western region dominated by Dhaulagiri and the Nilgiri ranges of the Himalayas. Leading to the fascinating wilderness, Jomsom Muktinath Trek is laden with outstanding views of the barely credible mountain vistas, distinctive temples and elemental monasteries along the breezy valleys and gorges. Known to be one of the top trekking packages in Nepal, it follows the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna and Mustang regions.
Jomsom Muktinath trek is considered to be an easy trekking in Nepal’s most popular trekking region that attracts a huge number of globe-trotters to hike in this fabulous region. What makes this trek more worthwhile is the diverse Nepalese landscape coalesced with the rich culture of the ethnic communities residing in these areas. An astonishing mixture of pilgrimage and adventure in one of the best trekking destinations of Nepal, our Jomsom Muktinath trek passes through popular villages of Kagbeni, Larjung, Ghasa, Marpha, Tatopani, Ghorepani and Jomsom town. Panoramic views of mountain peaks that greet visitors include the Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Mt. Tilicho, Hiunchuli, Tukuche peak, Machhapuchhre, Mt. Thorongla, Nilgiri, and Lamjung Himal. Also considered as a proxy to the Annapurna circuit trek for hikers who are obligated by time constraints, the trails of Jomsom Muktinath trek bestow a mesmerizing insight into the lifestyle of the native Thakali, Gurung, and Magar tribes.
Come and join Royal Holidays and experience the brilliance of the snow-attired mountain peaks along with varied cultures and customary ceremonies of the aboriginals of the Annapurna region. We will show you the way to the distinguished Bonpo monastery, natural hot springs and apple orchards in the village of Marpha. Take delight in the picturesque landscapes and the eye-catching natural beauty during the entire trip. All you need is good health and a strong determination to hike along the exotic and enchanting trails, while we will take care about the rest of your needs.
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Duration: 30 minutes Drive
Altitude: 1340 M
On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 1340 M
After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at Swayambbhunath, Bouddhanath – a Buddhist shrine and one of the largest stupas in the world, and the charismatic Basantapur Durbar Square leaves impressive reminiscences at the back of your head for a considerable period of time. Later in the afternoon, you will visit our office where you will meet your trip manager, other trekkers, and crew members. Your trip leader will brief you shortly about your upcoming trip in the Annapurna region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 1800 M
After early breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, you will board on a domestic flight to Pokhara that offers fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. On arrival at Pokhara, you will drive along a snaky road leading to Naya Pul, the starting point of most of the Annapurna region treks. Walking through sub-tropical forests, you will reach a riverside village of Birethanti which is situated at the convergence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers. After crossing Bhurungdi River, you will ascend up to Sudame and make another gradual climb to Tikhedhunga village. Then you will cross a suspension bridge before making a dead steep ascent along thousands of tiring staircase up to the large Magar village of Ulleri. This village offers terrific views of the landscape of the valley floor that you just walked, along with stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountain. Overnight in Ulleri.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2800 M
Leaving behind the village of Ulleri after breakfast, you will commence the climb towards Ghorepani which is a scenic journey. Ascending with gentle pace through beautiful oak, rhododendron and magnolia forests, you will reach Banthanti. After a short walk from this small village, you will arrive another tiny hamlet of Nangethanti. You will be revitalized with the much-needed energy with the most panoramic views during your uphill ascent. After hiking for about an hour, you will arrive at Ghorepani, a fascinating stop with small shops and stalls that sell local products and crafts. The charming village offers outstanding views of the Annapurna South and Nilgiri Mountain peaks. It is here that you will begin to feel the chilled weather, as this village rests at a much higher altitude. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Duration: 8 - 9 hr
Altitude: 3200 M
Kicking off with a pre-dawn hike up to Poon Hill which is more or less an hour of ascent through rhododendron forests is a rewarding moment. It is ascertained that Poon Hill is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal, especially in the Annapurna region owing to its offerings of the awe-inspiring views of Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 of the highest mountain peaks including close-up views of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Lamjung Himal, and Mt. Manaslu. The most compelling instant for you today would be the unhindered and elucidated views of the sunrise over the exceptional Himalayas and far western ranges of the Dolpo region. No one would ever return from Poon Hill without ample photo shoot sessions and a hot beverage. Descending down to Ghorepani, you will have your breakfast and then begin hiking towards Tatopani (which in Nepali means ‘Hot Water’). Traversing all the way along the Kali Gandaki Valley, you will come across villages like Chhetra and Sikha before reaching Ghar Khola Village. A brief saunter through the regular road crossing a suspension bridge, your hiking trails winds up reaching the Tatopani village. As the name suggests, here you may immerse in hot water in the natural hot water springs to ease away your sore body and feet. Overnight in Tatopani.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2110 M
After breakfast at Tatopani today, you will start walking a gradual uphill trail on the Kali Gandaki gorge towards a tiny village Dana. This village is engrossed by orange orchard farms and you may be able to see local villagers selling oranges in baskets on the way. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will ramble through the Rupse village beyond which you will encounter a deafening waterfall cascading adjacent to the trail and is known popularly by the name of the village, the Rupse Chhahara. Crossing the gorgeous waterfall, you will enter the most precipitous and the most slender segment of the gorge from the village to begin walking on a layered stone path which is well built and wide enough. You will now ascend to a quaint village Ghasa, located at the lower section of the Kali Gandaki Valley. The convivial and appealing Thakali village is quite popular amongst bird-watchers. Overnight in Ghasa.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2500 M
The route outlet from Ghasa after breakfast this morning puts forward some far-fetched spectacles of the snow-clad mountains soaring high above. You will mount on an upright track leading to Lete Khola through rock-strewn path and forests of fir, cypress, and juniper by the side of the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. Hiking further and traversing on the eastern side of the river beyond Kalopani, you will arrive at Larjung village through a soggy section. At this village, you will be able to observe the fabulous architectural magnificence, tunnels, tapered lanes and houses raised in a customary manner. Overnight in Larjung.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Altitude: 2715 M
Today, you will depart from Larjung village after breakfast along the track chasing the expansive valley of Kali Gandaki traversing through Khobang and Tukuche. The trail rambles in the course of stone-walled orchards leading across a gate that marks the entry of Marpha village. This village is also popularly known as the apple capital of Nepal and consists of very hard working people. Plenty of white-walled houses and well-retained drainage arrangement is an impressive exhibition here in Marpha. You will carry on hiking after lunch at Marpha and head towards Jomsom, the district headquarters of Manang. As you near Jomsom, the landscape begins to transform significantly becoming barren and remarkable with a blend of brown, yellow and grey colors in contrast to the white snow-clad Tilicho and Nilgiri mountain peaks. Overnight in Jomsom.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Altitude: 3800 M
Walking through the graveled riverbed of Kali Gandaki after breakfast at Jomsom, your hiking recommences leaving the valley floor and rambling past the picturesque village of Kagbeni with beautiful meadows, streams, rivulets and apple orchards. You will then cross a small ridge valley to climb up to Khingar village, and more fields, streams and lush vegetation can be sighted as you hike towards Jharkot village with magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks throughout the trip today. You will then enter the village of Ranipauwa walking past other small villages like Purang and Changur encountering mule stables and steep barren hillside. From Ranipauwa, it is not more than an hour’s walk to reach Muktinath, which is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight in Muktinath.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 2715 M
You will have ample time this morning in Muktinath to ramble around as hiking from Muktinath to Jomsom, after a grueling and a languid spell of trekking, is relatively very easy and barely a few hours walk. And yes! This is your last trekking day. There are plenty of Hindu temples as well as Buddhist monasteries which you would want to visit before leaving Muktinath. Your initial trail from Muktinath will lead to Ranipauwa village from where you will descend down the spectacular Kali Gandaki Valley passing the tiny picturesque villages of Jharkot and Khingar. These petite villages are adorned with idiosyncratic Tibetan structural drawings. There is a notable monastery and plenty of Buddhist caves in Jharkot if you wish to have a brief peek before continuing your trek. Walking past gorgeous paddocks, streams, rivulets and fruit gardens, and a breathtaking village of Kagbeni, you will reach the district headquarters of Mustang that is Jomsom, following the valley floor. Throughout the entire walk today, you can savor the incredible and astounding views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Overnight in Jomsom.
Duration: 1 hr
Altitude: 1340 M
After breakfast at your hotel in Jomsom, you will get on board for an early morning exquisite flight to Pokhara along the Kali Gandaki Valley with mind-blowing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. On arrival at Pokhara airport, you will be connected with another flight scheduled to depart to Kathmandu. However, if you have a late afternoon connecting flight to Kathmandu, you may quickly browse the hotspots of the lake city, take a stroll at the lakeside for a scrumptious lunch, take pleasure of a boat ride at Phewa Lake and then return to the airport. Picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains will accompany you as you fly to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the evening, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or simply stroll around the bustling streets of Thamel or sit down in an upbeat pub enjoying every sip of your favorite Nepali beer and live musical bands performing your favorite songs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 30 min
Altitude: 1340 M
You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.
This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.
During your Annapurna region trekking, very basic accommodation, in the form of guesthouse, is available in almost every village. These lodges have neat and clean beds and comfortable mattresses. The bed is small and the bathroom must be shared. Some lodges are better than others. Although blankets are provided, it is better to have your own sleeping bags as it gets very cold at higher elevations and there is no provision of heating system inside the rooms. Usually at peak seasons, lodge owners expect you to dine at their lodge in order to guarantee you a sleeping place. At most lodges, there is a chimney heater in the common dining hall. Some lodges may offer hot showers for an additional fee as well.
During your Annapurna region trekking, you will find plenty of food items to eat. Lodges have menu offering Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali cuisines including some continental food. Normally, you will have your dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight while lunch will be served on the way where your trekking guide deems right for you. Eating Nepali dishes is a lot healthier and energetic that typically includes steamed rice and lentil soup aka Dal Bhaat along with local cooked vegetables like cabbage, green beans, carrots, potatoes, greens etc,. This powerful Nepali diet will be your basic lunch and dinner menu. Meat is readily available for non-vegetarian lovers. You may have Tsampa porridge, corn bread, buckwheat bread, barley bread or eggs & rice for breakfast. We suggest you to carry some energy bars, nuts etc. on your own in case you run into a situation where you have fewer options to choose from a menu.
Autumn in Nepal falls during the months from September to November while spring falls during March to May. These months have the best weather for trekking in the Annapurna regions. During these months, the skies are clearer than other seasons and you will be blessed with some of the most outstanding views of the Nepal Himalayas including the peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. During the winter and monsoon months, the trekking routes are quieter, and food and accommodation is much cheaper. Due to the inconsistency in weather conditions during these months, the views may not be as impressive as during the autumn and spring seasons.
Trekking to the base camp of the world’s tenth highest mountain Annapurna is definitely not as easy as one may think. It is a journey with lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and walking on different terrains. It does not involve technical climbing but having a prior hiking experience will do good while trekking. The trek gets harder as one keeps ascending to higher altitude. Any person with a strong body and a positive mindset, any level of trekkers can accomplish the trek without a problem. With increasing altitude, the air gets thinner and the possibility of altitude sickness increases. Each day of walking involves 12 to 15 km and 6 – 7 hours of trekking.
Yes, it is possible to trek in the Annapurna regions independently. But it is highly advised for those trekkers with prior experience of walking for a few hours every day. In addition, trekkers must be willing to carry their own baggage of at least 15 kg while trekking alone. Trekking without a guide would be the cheapest option to trek in the Annapurna regions but then, be ready to manage everything on your own including accommodation in the mountains, transportation to the trailhead and of course your meals. Nonetheless, if it is your first time in trekking in the Annapurna region, then it is best if you use a trekking guide for several reasons you wouldn’t regret later.
You will carry only important items required for your trek during the trekking. Any extra items that you have can be safely stored in our store room at our office or in our hotel. Your belongings will remain safe with us and there will not be any extra cost for storing your extra baggage with us.
You will carry your own luggage and backpack if you plan to trek independently. If you book your trip with us, we have not included porter cost in the package. However, if you require that your luggage should be carried by a porter and you are ready to bear the porter’s cost, then we will arrange a porter for you who will carry your luggage during the trek. But, you will be responsible for carrying you own daypack with all your valuable items, drinking water, camera, snacks and a medical pack.
In the past, there were no communication facilities until you returned to Kathmandu from trekking. But since the past few years, communicating with your relatives back home is not a problem at all from most of the places of the Annapurna regions, except from some places. While you are in Kathmandu, we suggest you to purchase a local SIM card, preferably NCell, and top up with certain amount of money. So, when you are walking in the mountains, you can talk to your friends or family, use internet facilities to upload photos of trekking and so on. Some lodges on the trek route also have Wi-Fi facilities for which you need to pay. Only some of the areas may face network problems due to which you may not be able to make phone calls or use your phone data to use the internet.
Your guide is a qualified, well-trained and an authorized person with a trekking license from the government of Nepal. He speaks English fluently and is also first-aid trained with an ability to handle almost any situation while trekking in the mountains. Some of the porters are also able to speak English fairly enough and all our guides and porters are fully insured.
A majority of the teahouses on the Annapurna trekking route have squat type of toilet facilities. In the recently built teahouses and lodges they have western style flush toilets due to the increasing flow of tourists in the Annapurna trail. However, at certain places, there may be shortage of water so it is advised to carry your own toilet paper and other toiletries.
Although it is not really necessary for you carry your sleeping bag, but we do advice you to carry one as sleeping at altitudes above 4000m during cold months could be really cold. The guesthouses at various places do provide blankets in the rooms but it may not be sufficient to keep you warm. If you do not have your own sleeping bag, we will arrange it for you to rent from some rental outlet at a small cost.
You can expect to have only about 3 – 4 showers during your trekking trip. Showers are normally the traditional hot water bucket showers that are available on request at an extra cost. It is not necessary to have shower at higher altitudes and our guide will provide tips on how to maintain personal hygiene during such times.
No, unfortunately there are no ATMs on the Annapurna trekking regions. Trekkers have to draw sufficient cash either from Pokhara or Kathmandu itself which have hundreds of ATMs. Every transaction in Nepal is done in Nepali rupees so you are advised to carry enough Nepali rupees bearing small denominations so that purchasing stuffs in the mountains is easier.
Teahouses and lodges in the Annapurna trekking regions provide filtered and boiled water, the major sources being taps, streams, and rivers from the Himalayas. Although it is possible to buy bottled mineral water at most of the teahouses on the trails, we do not encourage our fellow trekkers to use plastic bottles as they are not environment friendly. On the contrary, we recommend that you carry purifying agents like SteriPen UV, chlorine, iodine tablets or other purifying agents for environmental reasons.
We advise you to wear a comfortable pair of shoes that is previously broken in case it is newly purchased. Previously broken shoes will avoid your feet from getting blisters while walking. We normally recommend shoes with Gore-Tex style lining as it provides ultimate comfort and has thicker soles thereby making your walking experience on rough terrains a pleasant one.
Rainy seasons in Nepal fall during the months of June to August. During rainy seasons, the rainfall makes the trails slippery and less relevant for hiking. However, the trekking route remains less crowded and one can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Therefore, it is possible for you to trek during the rainy seasons or winters for a quieter experience with fewer trekkers on the trail.
Female tourists are subjects of esteem whether traveling alone, in pairs or as a couple. By and large, Nepali men are courteous and defensive of solo women travelers. There will be exemptions of course, but for the most part, there is no lack of enthusiasm related to traveling as a solo woman in Nepal. Nevertheless, for a solo woman or even a solo man, it is always wise to take a guide with you especially if it is your first trekking experience in the Nepal Himalayas. Overall, Nepal is safe for solo travelers where one can enjoy the companionship of other lone trekkers along the trail sharing the same passion.