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Jomsom - Muktinath Fly in /Trek out (12 Days)

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 12 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 3800 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation , Flight

Grade: Moderate

One of the easiest treks to the Annapurna region is the Jomsom – Muktinath trek. The striking feature of Jomsom Muktinath Trek is that this trek can be done throughout the year as the region falls under the rain shadow area. The Jomsom Muktinath Trek route remains below 4000m. and presents you the magnificent vista of the northern flanks of the Annapurna Himalayan range. Other attractions of this trek are the spectacular arid landscape of the Jomsom region, deep gorges and the beautiful temples in Muktinath.

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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.)

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

Day 04: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.)

Day 05: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.)

Day 06: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)

Day 07: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.)

Day 08: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.)

Day 09: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.)

Day 10: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.)

Day 11: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.)

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus

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 explore the various sites of Pokhara.

Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with 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

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

An early morning transfer to airport, fly to Jomsom. . This is one of the world's exciting flight to see mountain closely through plane, Annapurna One 8091 meters, Dhaulagiri 8167 meters, Fishtail 6997 meter and other numerous peaks. You begin your trek to Kagbeni following along 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 four hours.

The Trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. While gradually walking you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan Style villages, apple garden, yaks herds, sheep herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. You can enjoy delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit Monastery believed to be built in 15 century. Now you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Muktinath village. From here you hike to Rani Pauwa (3700m.), an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Here you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Now you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 taps. The people of Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath are close to the life style, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) takes about approximately six 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 which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.) takes about six hours.

Your trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) takes about five hours.

The trail descends steeply up to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) facing each other near Rukse Waterfalls. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07:Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about seven hours.

Your trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve Gorkha Regiment and Indian Regiment as well. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki river with panormic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wildlife such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) are a small pass and the village of Deurali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that we can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panorama of Dhaulagiri I,II,III, Iv, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges,Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang),Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The view you can see from here is probably the best view in the world. Not only this, Poon Hill is crowded by different visitors to enjoy the sunrise and sunset views over the snow-capped mountain.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En- route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

First part of your trek is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now the rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.).

Day 11: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows gravel road for two hours and then steeply descends to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you could take a vehicle to reach Pokhara.Stay overnight at hotel in Pohkara.

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus that 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 capital city.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • 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 in Kathmandu 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 Trip does not include:

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

Late Season Trek to Muktinath

(5/5)

Thank you Nava for the excellent trek in the Himalayas. We visited Nepal to see our daughter who was in a study abroad program as part of her University studies and hoped to see some of the country side while we were there. She had met with Nava and set up an amazing trip for us. All the details were arranged, our accommodations were clean and comfortable, and our guide Pancha led us on an amazing journey.

We visited in early December, which is late in the trekking season, but ideal for us as we enjoyed the clear fresh air and less crowds than you might find during the high season. One drawback was that some of the teahouses had already closed for the season, but Pancha knew those that would be open and would meet our requirements. We enjoyed hearty meals, warm hospitality from the Tibetan families that run the tea houses, and comfortable rooms. Note that indoor heating is rare in the mountains (or in Kathmandu for that matter) but Pancha made sure we had our meals at the owner's dinner table that was heated by a tray of hot coals from underneath.

Pancha was very knowledgeable and friendly; we especially enjoyed his respectful and reverent tour of the monastery in Kagbeni. When our daughter wanted to visit the less traveled village of Lubra on our return route, Pancha knew the best trail and found the only teahouse still open for lunch. This type of local knowledge is invaluable.

Our bus ride up to Jomsom was an interesting experience and opportunity to see the countryside and the plane ride back from Jomsom was quite a thrill! I would highly recommend Nepal Environmental Treks and Expedition.

kjbrown

Golden

Jomsom - Muktinath - Pokhara

(5/5)

Fantastic 11 day trek through some wonderful scenery and landscape. A brilliant way to meet a Nepali and also some Tibetans. We were very well looked after by our guide, Krishna and porter Bhakta. Always the best rooms and food in the teahouses. For someone whose only experience is golf, Krsihna make sure the pace was just right for me ! We had a great fun, singing and dancing on some evenings.

Chitwan - Again a brilliant experience. Saw lots of animals and birds, including a bear. Bathing with the elephant cannot be missed. Jungle activities were catered to meet our interests.

We shall be recommending Nepal Environmental to our friends back home.
If you're reading this and not too certain of going on a trek - Don't hesitate, go for it. You will be well cared for and looked after.

Many thanks to all and in particular Krishna and Bhakta.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

(5/5)

"If you can t decide whether you want a guide with Nepal Environmental, please read this! I had the same problem 14 days ago. I walked into the office reluctantly, because I had been traveling alone for 3 months around South East Asia, and was not about to hire a guide, let alone allow a company to hire one for me!" "However after speaking with the managing Director and remembering a conversation I had had with a friend who trekked in Nepal several times, I changed my perspective on things. First Nava Raj, the director, seemed very perceptive and caring, and I tusked that he would hire similar people to work for his company. In fact, this was the case. My guide, Krishna, was extremely kind, competent, trust worthy, and most of all, professional. I met several guides and porters along my trek to Kagbeni and back, and not all of them seemed 100% caring, component. I ran into one woman who was having a problem with her guide. HOWEVER I met about 10-12 guides/porters from Nepal Environmental, and not only did I find them to be warm, fun, and competent, but so did their trekkers. It seems to me that Nava Raj has a unique ability to select
1) very wonderful people to work for him, and
2) to have the intuitive sense to know which guides to pair with which trekkers."

Jackie Schwenker
45 Deer Crossing Road, Fishkill, New York
12524, USA
E-mail: Schwenkr@hotmail.com

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

(5/5)


"If you can’t decide whether you want a guide with Nepal Environmental, please read this! I had the same problem 14 days ago. I walked into the office reluctantly, because I had been travelling alone for 3 months around South – East Asia, and was not about to hire a guide, let alone allow a company to hire one for me!"

"However after speaking with the managing Director and remembering a conversation I had had with a friend who trekked in Nepal several times, I changed my perspective on things. First Nava Raj, the director, seemed very perceptive and caring, and I tusked that he would hire similar people to work for his company. In fact, this was the case. My guide, Krishna, was extremely kind, competent, TRUST WORTHY, and most of all, professional.

I met several guides and porters along my trek to Kagbeni and back, and not all of them seemed 100% caring, component. I ran into one woman who was having a problem with her guide. HOWEVER I met about 10-12 guides/porters from Nepal Environmental, and not only did I find them to be warm, fun, and competent, but so did their trekkers.


It seems to me that Nava Raj has a unique ability to select
1) very wonderful people to work for him, and
2) to have the intuitive sense to know which guides to pair with which trekkers."


On the other hand the Tourists who come to this country with a motive to explore and enjoy the beauty of this land spend their money for the fulfillment of their long cherished dream. We decided to establish such a Trekking Company that gives a chance to the Tourists coming here to explore and enjoy

Jackie Schwenker
45 Deer Crossing Road,
Fishkill, New York 12524, USA
E-mail : schwenkr@hotmail.com

Jomsom-Muktinath Trek

(5/5)

Thanks to our excellent guide (Shiva) & porter ( Krishna) for presenting us such a wounderful Jomsom trek in past 10 days. Even it was monsoon & rains sometimes. We have a good memory about the scenic view along the trek.

Xiaoda Yan
Canada
21/08/2009

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