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Jomsom Cultural Trek - 7 Days

Highlights

Duration: 07 Days

Activities: Pokhara, Trekking up to Muktinath

Trip Type: Special Package Program.

Jomsom Cultural Trek is a short and splendid trek in the famous Annapurna region. The trekking trail falls well below 3500m altitude but offers some of the magnificent Himalayan views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. 

Trekking through arid desert-like valleys and cliffs of Mustang captivates every traveler and gives an impression as if you have reached Tibet. The area is a roaming place for rare wild animals such as snow leopard, Griffon vulture, Tibetan wild ass and Musk deer among others. 

On this trek you will visit the ancient trans Himalayan villages of Jomsom, Kagbeni, Tukuche and Kalopani situated on the banks of Kali Gandaki River. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about Thakali community, observe Buddhist culture, and visit ancient Buddhist gompas. The monastery of Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath located at an altitude of 3700m is one of the most sacred religious sites in the Himalayas. Pilgrims and tourists alike make it here to observe the statue of Padmasambhava, eternal flame and 108 stone spouts. 

Another major attraction of Jomsom Cultural Trek is Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world formed in the bosom of Annapurna and Dhualgiri, the tenth and seventh highest mountains in the world respectively. 

As the trail falls under the rain shadow area, Jomsom Cultural Trek is accessible throughout the year. Recently a motorable road has been in operation that takes you all the way to Jomsom and Muktinath. However you can still avoid the road and trek to Muktinath via optional trekking trails. This is an easy trek suitable for all age groups of trekkers and physical abilities. 

 

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  • Detailed Itinerary
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Day 01: After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to bus station. 

Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) and then trek from Jomsom to Muktinath via Kagbeni (2895m) for five hours. 

Day 03: Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2550m) takes about five and a half hours. 

Day 04: Trek from Tukuche to Kalopani (2500m) takes about five and a half hours. 

Day 05: Trek from Kalopani to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. 

Day 07: After breakfast take a day long drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu  which takes about seven hours. 

Day 01: After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to bus station. 

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 a tourist's paradise with full of natural and cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, museums, Buddhist and Hindu temples. You can also observe views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and Phewa Tal (lake). Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Alternatively you can opt for a short 25 minute flight from Kathmandu airport to Pokhara. 

Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) and then trek from Jomsom to Muktinath via Kagbeni (2895m) for five hours. 

As soon as you land in Jomsom, you begin your trek towards Kagbeni along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Kagbeni is ancient town inhabited by Thakali community known for their trading acumen. After a brief observation of Kagbeni you advance towards Muktinath (3795m). Muktinath or Chumig Gyatsa is one of the most sacred religious spots for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. The temple hosts a statue of Padmasambhava along with an eternal flame and 108 stone sprouts. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2550m) takes about five and a half hours. 

You now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, over a desert like arid landscape that gives an impression of Tibetan geography. Pass through Jharkot and Khingar villages full of Tibetan architecture, and continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Leave Marpha on a flat leveled path and soon you will enter Tukuche. Tukuche is another village inhabited by Thakali community where you can get a monastery, lodges along with panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Tukuche to Kalopani (2500m) takes about five and a half hours. 

After trekking along a rocky trail with some bushes at the bank of Kali Gandaki, you reach Larjung. Larjung is a perfect view point for Dhaulagiri glacier, Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I among others. Also enjoy a tour of apple orchards in Larjung. The trail further crosses a suspension bridge and into a jungle. Stop by at Kokkethanti for lunch before continuing trek towards Kalopani. Kalopani is a magnificent village surrounded by verdant forests from where you can have a closer view of Annapurna I. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: 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 peaks. This day you pass through jungle and villages as well as a Tibetan refugee camp situated nearby Marpha. The village of Marpha also features an apple orchard, distillery, an agriculture development farm all surrounded by beautiful hills. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. 

The flight is short and scenic one with panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, especially Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri etc. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. 

Day 07: After breakfast take a day long drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu  which takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar. Kurintar is where Nepal's first Cable car is located which takes you to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu. 

For short and comfortable journey back to Kathmandu, you can take a 25 minute flight from Pokhara airport to Kathmandu. 

The Trip includes the 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)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for National Park / Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's 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 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
  • 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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