Jomsom Muktinath trek

Trip Facts

Duration

14 Days

Fitness Level

Moderate

Max. Altitude:

3802 meters

Location

Nepal

Meals

Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and all meals during the trek

Accommodation

3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Teahouses during the trek

Group size

2-16

Arrival On

Kathmandu

Departure From

Kathmandu

Attractions of Jomsom Muktinath Trek

  • Pokhara, often referred as city of lakes, where you can enjoy sunset views from Phewa Lake. 
  • Kaligandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in Nepal and one of the deepest in the world. 
  • Jomsom, a touristic hub and the entry to Mustang.
  • A dip into the natural hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Culture of isolated Thakali tribe.
  • Muktinath temple, a temple holding a religious cultural significance for both the Hindus and Buddhist Village.
  • Views of 8000 metered mountains such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

Overview

Jomsom muktinath trek is one of the most cultural and scenic destinations in the lower Mustang district of Nepal. A culturally significant region and an equally beautiful one, you will experience a terrain like no other. The word mustang is a Tibetan word, which essentially means “Plain of Aspiration”. Mustang is one of the most remote areas of Nepal. However, it gets thousands of visitors despite its distant location to see the Tibetan influenced culture and its religious significance. Mustang is bordered by the Tibetan Plateau and mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and several other mountains above 7000 meters. 

The entire district of Mustang falls under the Annapurna conservation area and it happens to be the largest protected area in Nepal. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and a popular destination among travelers in itself.  The district of Mustang is characterized by eroded canyons, colored stratified rock formations and barren high-altitude deserts. The major highlight of the lower region of Mustang is Muktinath temple, which is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Located at an impressive altitude of 3710 meters, the word Muktinath also means place of liberation. 

The Jomsom Muktinath trek follows the the beautiful Thak Khola in Kali Gandaki Valley, a placed habited by the indigenous people of Thakali tribe. The Kali Gandaki Gorge formed by the Kali Gandaki River is the deepest gorge in Nepal and is one of the deepest gorges in the world with a staggering depth of 5571 meters and it is another major attraction of this trek. On our way from Jomsom to Muktinath, we walk through the Annapurna region, passing through paddy fields and passing through small villages that are mostly habited by people of Gurung and Thakali tribes. As we reach Tatopani, we can enjoy a natural hot spring located there.

Difficulty of the trek

The Jomsom Muktinath trek is not a demanding trek by any means. The average walking duration can be 5-6 hours and 3-4 hours depending upon the days. The average trekking distance stands at 10-12 kilometers per day. A moderately fit person can easily accomplish this trek. However, we suggest one carry warm clothes and proper wind cheaters for the mornings and evenings, as the temperature can drop as low as -10 degree Celsius, coupled with chilly winds. 

Best time for Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Like all trekking regions in Nepal, Autumn season (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best times to trek in Nepal. The monsoon, despite not bringing too much of rain in the arid yet beautiful region, it can be rather hot. The lower regions are greener during the monsoon region and vibrant wildflowers, but the weather can be rather unpredictable with the risks of landslides. However, for an adventurous soul, trekking can be done in this season as well.  

The winter season can be rather harsh for trekking. The temperatures can drop below freezing temperature, Also, the minimal crowd in the winter can give you a sense of solitude and undisturbed travel experience. The autumn and the spring season despite bringing in a lot of crowds, offers clear skies with good views and pleasant temperature. 

Accommodations

You can find lodges, guesthouses, homestays Jomsom Muktinath Trek Accommodationand resorts on your way to Muktinath. You can choose to stay in a homestay or a guesthouse if you are seeking for a more authentic experience and local cuisines. The bathrooms are shared and are perfect for those seeking affordability. However, choose one that has proper insulation. You can luxury resorts as well but they are few and far in between.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International airport a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will be waiting for you at the airport displaying a playcard imprinted with your name. He/she will then transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening we can enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Naata Trek and Tours. During the dinner we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine which will introduce us to the country’s food culture.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will have a pre trip meeting after breakfast where you will be introduced to your Guide. During the meeting you can assure yourself with any queries regarding the trip.
We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath Temple, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara–style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of Fifty-Five Windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 3: Drive to Pokahara

We start our drive early in the morning which is a rewarding sight in itself as we will be accompanied by rivers and views of green rolling hills. We enjoy the sunset at Pokhara Lakeside which is a tourist hub. You can also visit pubs, bars and restaurants.

  Maximum Altitude : 910 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel
 Driving Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

Today after a short drive to Nayapul early in the morning we start our trek. We walk along the banks of Modi river and reach Birethani which is a large village with many teahouses and shops. The trail then continues through the village and reaches another river called the Bhirungdi Khola. We steadily climb up the valley and finally reach Tikhedunga where we stay the night.

  Maximum Altitude : 1570 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 3-4 hours
 Driving Distance : 1-2 hours

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani

We continue our climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village. The trail gently ascends from this point and takes us through rhododendron forests and towards Banthanti. We then pass from Nangethanti which is also a small village and after an hour long walk from there we reach Ghorepani: an amazing place to spend the night.

  Maximum Altitude : 2850 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 6: Hike to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani

We start the hike ‘before the crack of the dawn’ to reach Poon Hill which stands at an elevation of 3210m. The sunrise there is a treat to your eyes. We spend some time soaking in the mind blowing view of the first rays of sun turn the White Mountain to gold. We return to Ghorepani where we will have breakfast and then continue our journey towards Tatopani.
The trail steeply descends to Chitre at 2,390m but as the trail drops down to Sikha the hills are widely terraced which sums up a beautiful village. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels and a beautiful one too. We descend further to Ghar Khola where we cross a suspension bridge. Heading north from Ghar khola will take us to Tatopani at 1,180 meters. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot springs thus earning the name Tatopani which translates to “Hot water”. We can take a dip and relax our body and soul there. We stay the night in Tatopani.

  Maximum Altitude : 3210 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 7: Trek to Ghasa

Today, the trail climbs up to the Kali gandaki gorge which is considered to be the deepest gorge in the world sandwiched between two 8,000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail gently ascends from there on to Dana at 1,400m and to Rupse Chhahara at 1,550m. On our way we can see a gorgeous waterfall. Continuing forward, the trail crosses the eastern bank of the river and we reach Kopchepani after crossing a suspension bridge at 1,935m. Next, we make a short climb to Ghasa where we stay the night.

  Maximum Altitude : 2010 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 8: Trek to Tukuche

We start the trek today by crossing to the eastern sde of the river, and again cross back before entering Larjung at 2,560m. A short walk from Larjung we reach an interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways making it a unique one in its own right. We spend the night in the ancient and popular Thakali village of Tukuche at 2,590m.

  Maximum Altitude : 2586 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 5-6 hours

Day 9: Trek to Kagbeni

We leave Tukuche behind us and climb aling the side of Jomsom valley which lies at 2,713 m. Jomsom is the largest town of the Mustang region and the administrative center of the region that contains airport, army camps, hotel, shops, banks and government offices.
We cross a river to the eastern bank and then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2,730m and then take a direct route to Muktinath that ascends a hill behind the village. Then, we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2,810m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki river. Kagbeni is the northernmost village of this region which can be visited without permit. The village has huge Tibetan influence and it all reflects on the culture, lifestyle, ethnicity to the landscapes as well.

  Maximum Altitude : 2810 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath

We have a long day before us so we start before the crack of dawn. We need to reach the pass before 10am because the strong wind of the day time can affect our journey. We continue our steep climb and the trail is easy to follow albeit bad weather conditions where the trail can get too snowy to trek. We climb the pass for four hours on trials marked by chortens and prayer flags and the beautiful scenery of the mountains never leave us throughout the trail. We walk for a further four hours and reach the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Muktinath means the place of nirvana and the valley is home to Muktinath temple as well. It is said that all the sorrows and pain are relieved when visiting the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Nearby the temple there a stunning natural spring and a eternal flame fueled by natural gas.

  Maximum Altitude : 3800 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom

We have breakfast and backpeddle towards Jomsom and the trail takes us down to Eklebhatti and again follow the same trail taking us to Jomsom.

  Maximum Altitude : 2743 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 6-7 hours

Day 12: Flight to Pokhara

A 30 minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. From the flight we can see the Kaligandaki gorge and the flight is an experience in itself due to the amazing scenery of the mountains that it provides. After we reach Pokhara we have plenty of time to stroll around the city and chill on the lakeside watching sunset.

  Maximum Altitude : 910 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu

We take scenic 5-6 hours drive characterized by rivers and hills back to Kathmandu. We have the rest of the day to stroll around the city and do some souvenir shopping. Later in the evening Naata Trek and Tours will organize a THANK YOU farewell dinner program.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Breakfast
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 14: Departure

Our trip concludes today. A Naata Trek and Tours representative will escort you to the international airport for your scheduled departure.

 Meal : Breakfast

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast Teahouses accommodation during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner programs
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Guided city tour of Kathmandu in a private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-liscensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Naata Trek and Tour’s trekking bag, t-shirt and trekking map (which are yours to take)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (Bring accurate USD cash and two passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porter, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
  • All other not mentioned in cost includes section

Traveler Reviews

Ramesh Jha
Ramesh Jha
August 12, 2019

Perfect Religious Trek

Doug
Doug
January 13, 2020

Where do I start? The beauty of the country or the company I got. To put it into few words, Nepal is one hell of a country more so if you are an adventure enthusiast and Naata’s team that put all the pieces together to make it a wonderful experience.

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