Jomsom Muktinath Trekking - 9 days
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Jomsom Muktinath trek is one of the popular short treks in Annapurna region. It is a part of the long Annapurna circuit trek that can be completed within 9 days. It is an easy trek suitable for all types of trekkers which reaches a maximum elevation of 3850 meters.
The trek is famous among local and foreign tourists due to its religious significance. Muktinath is a sacred temple for both Hindus and Buddhists as a reincarnation of Lord Bishnu. The worshippers who visit every year are believed to find Moksha, happiness, and prosperity.
The trek wanders through the different terrains with great climatic variations. We descend from high altitude, arid lands to the sub-tropical vegetation in the hills. The trip begins from Jomsom and passes through hills and terraced fields to finally reach Pokhara.
The other highlights of the trek are Ghandruk, Tatopani, Poonhill, and Ghorepani . Annapurna, Dhaulagiri (8167m) , and Fishtail (6993 m) are the major peaks of the trail. We get a glimpse of Nepali lifestyle in the Gurung and Thakali villages. The natural and cultural experiences with the exquisite mountain giants make the trip worthwhile.
Day 1: Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni
From Kathmandu, we get to Pokhara either on a short flight or 6-7 hours long drive. From Pokhara, we take a flight to Jomsom (2713 m). This flight allows us to view Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and the gorge formed by them. We land in Tukuche and take the path along the valley to reach Jomsom.
Jomsom is a large settlement which also acts as the administrative center for the region. We cross the river to reach the east bank and then move towards Eklai Bhatti. From here, we take the path along the river that leads to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is located at the confluence of Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki at 2810 meters. It is a Tibetan village which welcomes us with warm hospitality and unique cultures. We stay here overnight.
Day 2: Kagbeni – Muktinath
From Kagbeni, we climb up steeply along Jhong Khola valley and take a direct trail to Muktinath. As we continue, we reach Jharkot, a village that we explore for a while. Then we climb the trail to reach Ranipauwa with its tea-houses. Trekking further from there we reach our destination, Muktinath at 3802m.
Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists alike. Muktinath is a temple of Lord Vishnu whose devotees are believed to achieve Moksha. There are 108 sprouts with holy water flowing that surround the temple. Bathing in this ice-cold water is believed to cure people of all their illness and problems. There is also a Buddhist Gompa and another temple, Jwalamai among the grove of trees. There is another temple with a spring and natural gas that sources the eternal flame in the temple. The earth-water-fire elements give the temple its religious significance. We stay here overnight.
Day 3: Muktinath – Marpha
We take the trail along the Kali Gandaki valley to reach Marpha. We reach the village after 6 hrs of trekking which is famous for its Apple orchards. Apple brandy of Marpha is famous among all the tourists. We spend the night here.
Day 4: Marpha – Ghasa
From Marpha, we take a new trail through a Thakali village called Chokhopani. The Himalayan panoramic views comprise of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Annapurna among many others. After crossing a river we reach Kalopani. A downhill road from here leads to a bridge which finally takes us to Ghasa. We stay here overnight.
Day 5: Ghasa- Tatopani
From Ghasa, our trail transitions into sub-tropical vegetation with banyan trees, poinsettias, and forests. The trail follows the river along a narrow gorge and then crosses a bridge. We also come across a famous waterfall called Ruptse Chhahara. Then, the trail passes through villages to finally reach Tatopani. We spend the night here.
Day 6: Hot spring
We take a day off in Tatopani. The main attraction is the hot spring, which is a natural sauna. People dip in the spring and relax to relieve the exhaustion of their trips. We can relax with a good book or chat with other tourists about our adventures. As we relax, we are revitalized for the remaining of the trip.
Day 7: Hot spring – Ghorepani
From Tatopani, we trek along traditional villages with terraced fields and farmlands. We make an ascent past rhododendron, magnolia and other flowers to finally reach Ghorepani. We are greeted by the evening sky with the mountains in the backdrop. It is a relaxing vantage point to spend the night.
Day 8: Ghorepani – Tadapani
Early in the morning, we take a detour to Poonhill which takes about 45 minutes. It is one of the best viewpoints in Nepal complemented by the golden, snow-capped Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and Nilgiri. We hike back to Ghorepani and then make an easy walk through forests to reach Tadapani.
Day 9: Tadapani – Ghandruk- Pokhara
From Tadapani, we make an easy 3-hour walk through forests to reach Ghandruk. It is a famous Gurung settlement. We are accompanied by beautiful birds and their singing in the trail. The village is famous for its unique language, culture, and lifestyle of the people who welcome us with warm hospitality. We can also enjoy views of Annapurna and Fishtail. Then we take a drive back to Pokhara. We can enjoy the evening in the many restaurants and pubs around the lakeside area.
- Pick up and drop from airport to the airport
- Flights to Jomsom with air tax and ground taxes
- Transportation to Pokhara by private vehicles after the trek
- All accommodations in teahouse
- meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the treks
- Complementary farewell dinner in Pokhara in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant
- All cost for a guide duruing your trips (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking)
- Porter to carry your bags (1 porter provided for two trekkers)
- All required major permits
- All necessary paper works and permits
- Rescue arrangements
- Medical Kit Bag
- local taxes
- all drinks
- all of your cost before and after trek (for the city like kathmandu /pokhara or other place)
- tips for porter and guide