(15 Nights/ 16 Days)
Jomsom Muktinath trekking in Nepal is considered to be one of the most preferred tours in the Annapurna region. The trek entails visiting the Mustang region, also known as the Forbidden Kingdom in Nepal. The visit to the world’s deepest high altitude gorge, at the Kaligandaki river is another major attraction of the trek. Some of the prominent peaks, the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna Circuit peaks and more, lie extremely close to the Jomsom Muktinath trek route. One of the unique features of the trek is the visit to the houses and cattle sheds, to see how well they are built with a design to protect the inhabitants from destruction brought by heavy winds and snowfall in the region.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trek 16 Days, begins at Nayapul and ends at Jomsom. The dramatic backdrops of the snow-capped peaks are simply phenomenal. The visits to the holy temples and monasteries and the easy but adventurous climb in the rhododendron forest gives you all the inspiration and rejuvenation you need to keep coming back to Nepal every year. You can take rest at the overnight lodge stays where you could also acclimatize to remain in good health for trekking further.
Arrive Kathmandu (1527 meters)
Arrive Kathmandu. Flying into Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is in itself an unforgettable experience, with the entire Nepalese Himalaya sprawling out below you. After customs, you will pass out of the restricted area and into the passenger pick-up area outside the building. You will see a Classic Journeys signboard and your trek leader will be waiting to welcome you to Nepal.
We will be staying at the centrally located Hotel Marshyangdi in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. After transferring to your Hotel, you will be given a chance to catch your breath and then be given a briefing. Your air ticket will be collected to reconfirm your onward travel. Overnight hotel Marshyangdi.
Kathmandu. Guided sightseeing
A day in Kathmandu. Morning guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight hotel Marshyangdi.
Fly to Pokhara (885 metres), Trek to Tirkhedunga (1525 metres)
Fly to Pokhara (35 mins), where our trekking crew will be waiting for us. After sorting out our gear we load the bus and drive to Nayapul, which takes around 2 hours. The views from the ridge at Naudanda of the entire Annapurna range are spectacular and to the south is Phewa Tal. From Nayapul we walk for about 1 hour to our lunch spot, next to the BhurungdiKhola, which is excellent for bathing. After lunch we follow the BhurungdiKhola, through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Tirkhedunga, a village perched on the side of a canyon high above the river. (3 to 4 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Ghorapani (2833 metres)
Continuing through rhododendron forests to cross the BhurungdiKhola on a suspension bridge we begin the steep ascent towards Ghorapani. A series of stone steps brings us to the attractive slate roofed village of Ulleri, a large Magar village. As we gain height the views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli are becoming more impressive. From Ulleri the trail is less steep and it is a gentle climb through rhododendron forests to Banthanti. This marks the beginning of the oak and rhododendron forest that straddles the ridge. Continuing the ascent, we arrive at Ghorapani which means, “horse-water” and it is a welcome watering spot not only for teams of ponies but also for weary trekkers. From the pass we have a spectacular panorama of mountain peaks, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu in the east. (6 to 7 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Tatopani (1190 metres)
For impressive views of the mountains at sunrise we walk to the top of Poon Hill (3192m) before breakfast. Dhaulagiri, the Kali Gandaki valley, Nilgiri, Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare can all be seen. After breakfast we begin our descent through rhododendron forest to the Kali Gandaki river valley, which we will then follow all the way to Jomsom and Muktinath. There are good views of Dhaulagiri as we descend. Passing through the villages of Chitre, Sikha and Ghara we arrive at the bridge crossing the Kali Gandaki River. After crossing, it is a further 20 to 30 minutes walk to Tatopani. Tatopani means ‘hot water’ and there are several hot springs in which to bathe. Tatopani is also one of the most important villages for trekkers as it contains the necessary supplies for a successful trip – the best chocolate cake and apple or lemon meringue pies on the trail! (5 to 6 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Ghasa (2010 metres)
We now follow the Kali Gandaki north, passing through a small tunnel (the only one on the trek) soon after Jhatare. Continuing along the valley through the large village of Dana we arrive at the long village of Ghasa. We are now in the lower reaches of ThakKhola, the area inhabited by the Thakalis. The climate is cooler than in Tatopani and there are pine trees here. Rainfall is lower and this is reflected in the Tibetan style flat roofed houses we begin to see in Ghasa. The Thakalis are Buddhists and we begin to see signs of their Buddhist religion along the trail – Chortens (monuments) and large entrance gates, typical of the Thakali villages to the north. (6 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Tukuche (2590 metres)
The trail climbs gently through forests of pine to Lete and Kalopani before crossing to the west bank and the trail to Larjung. It is around the point where the river bends between Kalopani and Larjung that you are at the bottom of the world’s deepest valley. The two highest peaks, Dhaulagiri 1 (8167m) and Annapurna 1 (8091m) are 22 miles apart on either side of the valley. You are standing at an altitude of 2540 metres, which is 3.5 miles below the summit of Dhaulagiri. The trail to Tukuche is along the wide riverbed. We are now in an arid region that extends far north to Tibet. (6 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Dhaulagiri Icefall / Marpha (2670metres)
We take a detour from Tukuche following the trail towards the Dhampus Pass and the massive Dhaulagiri Icefall. There are many grazing pastures high above the Kali Gandaki Valley and the trail to the Dhaulagiri Icefall climbs up the hill to the west of the Gompa (monastery), following a zigzag trail to the top and continues along the ridge. It takes around 5 hours of steady climbing to arrive at the pastures below the Icefall. There are fantastic views up the Kali Gandaki towards Mustang and a panorama from Tilicho Peak in the east round Nilgiri, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri to Tukuche Peak in the southwest. We descend to re-join the Kali Gandaki valley in the beautiful and prosperous village of Marpha with its rock-paved streets and hand built underground water and drainage system. (7 to 8 hours walking). For anyone who does not want to make this excursion towards the Icefall it is possible to take a gentler, lower route to Marpha (2 to 3 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Marpha (2670 metres)
This day provides an opportunity to explore Marpha and the surrounding area. Marpha is one of the most attractive villages in the Kali Gandaki; its narrow streets are paved with flagstones, which hide the local drainage system. There are some fine old buildings and splendid views of the Nilgiri peaks opposite. Overnight Lodge
Kagbeni (2800 metres)
Continuing along the Kali Gandaki riverbed we arrive at Jomsom, a large town that has a post office and airstrip. The landscape beyond Jomsom is barren with the Kali Gandaki riverbed almost a kilometre wide, the water flows in several separate streams. Some parts of the trail are over the pebbles and rocks by the river, others high above the bank. Kagbeni is a fascinating mediaeval village, strategically placed at the junction of two valleys. This is as far up the Kali Gandaki we can go without a special permit to enter Mustang. (4 to 5 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Muktinath (3800 metres)
From Kagbeni the trail climbs to Jharkot, which dominates a ridge on the eastern side of the valley and continues to Muktinath. Muktinath, located in a poplar grove, is a sacred shrine and pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. The Mahabharata, the ancient Hindu epic written about 300 BC, mentions Muktinath as Shaligrama because of its ammonite fossils called shaligrams. Brahma, the creator, made an offering here by lighting a fire on water. You can see this miracle (burning natural gas) in a small Buddhist shrine below the main Hindu temple. Springs are piped into 108 waterspouts in the shape of boars’ heads near the temple dedicated to Vishnu, the focal point for Hindus. (3 hours walking). Overnight Lodge.
Muktinath (3800 metres)
Muktinath is set in a true desert of brown rolling hills. The local ladies are canny traders, so be aware that these persuasive sales people can soon talk you into buying a few necklaces or woven belts before you know it. Today we make an optional excursion to the base of Thorung La pass, high above Muktinath. Overnight Lodge.
Jomsom (2710 metres)
From Muktinath we descend down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Valley, through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through villages with typical Tibetan architecture we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom, passing beneath vertical rock cliffs. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and from here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. (4 hours walking). Overnight in Lodge.
Pokhara (915 metres)
We take the early morning exciting mountain flight back to Pokhara providing dramatic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Here we check-in at the delightful Fishtail Lodge hotel situated on Phewa Lake. There is time for souvenir shopping and you may wish to take a boat ride on the lake. From the lovely hotel gardens, across the lake and above the terraced hillsides, we may catch a glimpse of the sun setting on Annapurna and Machapuchare. Overnight Hotel.
Drive /Fly back to Kathmandu.
We fly/ drive back to Kathmandu. Its 7 hrs. Drive if we take road journey & scenic flight is only 30 min.Transfer to hotel & your own free time starts. In evening cultural dinner with your guide.
Today it’s time for your onward journey. Trip Ends.
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