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Cultural Trek to Jomsom (8 Days)

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Trip Highlights:

Duration: 08 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 3795 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Flight / Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

Cultural Trek to Jomsom takes you to the town of Jomsom in the Annapurna region which is famous for Thakali hospitality and Himalayan biodiversity.

The trek begins with a mountain flight from Pokhara to Jomsom though travel by land  is also possible. Located at an altitude of  Jomsom is the administrative center of Mustang district and is home to Thakali people. Here you will be able to appreciate the Thakali culture and hospitality.  A day’s walk from Jomsom will reach Kagbeni, another historical town inhabited by Thakalis.

After a stay in Kagbeni, the next day you will head towards Muktinath (3800m), a sacred site of both Buddhists and Hindus. Muktinath literally means ‘god of salvation’. It is believed that taking a bath in its 108 water sprouts will rinse one of all sins. Muktinath houses a statute of Avalokiteshwara below which sits the eternal flame.

Along the trekking route you will cherish the spectacular views of Annapurna and Dhaulgairi mountain ranges.

You will return to Jomsom via the villages of Tukuche and Kalopani.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2713 m.) and trek Jomsom to Kagbeni (2895 m.

Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795 m.)

Day 04: The trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2550m.)

Day 05: The trek from Tukuche to Kalopani (2500m.)

Day 06: The trek from Kalopani to Jomsom (2713 m.)

Day 07: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.

This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty.

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindu along with the mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2713 m.) and trek Jomsom to Kagbeni (2895 m.) for about three hours.

You begin your trek to Kagbeni followed by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En-route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795 m.) takes about 4 hours.

The trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. You can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan style villages, apple garden, yaks herds, sheep herds and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: The trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2550m.) takes about five and half hours.

You now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. You continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Leaving Marpha, you begin your journey to Tukuche trekking along a flat leveled path at the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Tukuche, a beautiful Thakali village, is well known for its monastery, panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and excellent lodges that provide quality service to the guests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: The trek from Tukuche to Kalopani (2500m.) takes about five and half hours.

After trekking along a rocky trail with some bushes at the bank of Kali Gandaki, you reach Larjung. This is the view point for Dhaulagiri glacier, Tukuche peak, Dhaulgiri I and many others. You find apple orchards in and around Larjung. After trekking along a flat leveled path you cross a suspension bridge and after passing through the jungle you reach at Kokkethanti where you can enjoy lunch. There are good lodges lying at the bank of Kali Gandaki river. Finally you have to trek along a flat leveled path passing a few villages, lodges and cross a suspension bridge to reach Kalopani. This is a magnificent village surrounded by verdant forests from where you can have a closer view of Annapurna I. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: The trek from Kalopani to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about six hours.

While trekking along the bank of Kali Gandaki River, you will be mesmerized by the views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche Peak and many other unnamed mountains and peaks. This day you pass through jungle and villages along rocky trail from one place to another. To reach Jomsom from Tukuche, you trek along a flat trail at the bank of Kali Gandaki River. While trekking, you pass through a Tibetan refugee camp situated nearby Marpha, an apple orchard, distillery, an agriculture development farm and beautiful hills. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 25 minutes. Flights are available in the morning time.

On the morning flight, the sky is usually very clear and allows you to enjoy the splendid views of the different mountain peaks. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C car or van
  • One trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (one porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus
  • Flight ticket from Pokhara to Jomsom and from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment for the guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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Clients Reviews

Will be back again for Everest Base Camp trek

(5/5)

The Jomsom trip was great ! We even did it in 6 days, prettyhard, but so nice. We had the best guide, Ratna, we could wish. Hope for the next time we will do the Everest Base Camp with him. The office also do great work to organize the trip in less than a few hour. All positive go on like this.

Thank you!!

Andrea & Marvin
The Netherlands
06/09/2011

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