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.
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.
After early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the tourist bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. The drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warm glimpse of Pokhara Valley and its beauty. If you choose to fly, you can reach Pokhara in 25 minutes. There are several flights from morning to afternoon available from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other mountain peaks. 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.
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.
After breakfast early morning, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you pass through Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and finally Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. Leaving Kurintar you head towards Thankot via Naubise. Thankot is the entry point to Kathmandu. If you choose to fly back to Kathmandu, it takes about 25 minutes. There are several flights from Kathmand to Pokhara from morning to afternoon.
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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
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 !
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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.