Jomsom Cultural trek is an easier trek in Annapurna Circuit and is ideal for those with less time or for those who do not prefer to go at risky altitude. One of the most significant features of Jomsom Cultural trek is that it can be done throughout the year as it falls under the rain shadow area. Although the trek remains below 4000 meters, Cultural Trek to Jomsom is purely stimulating and possesses a true sense of adventure. This remarkable trek allows you to explore the Buddhist and Hindu cultures and how both religions coexisted harmoniously from hundreds of years. Some of the other attractions of the Cultural Trek to Jomsom are the spectacular mountain views, witnessing the deepest gorge in the world and Jomsom which is a stunning arid valley.
To begin Jomsom Cultural Trek, you will take short 20 minutes flights into the headquarters of the Mustang district; you will walk to one of the most beautiful ancient village, Kagbeni that separates lower Mustang with Upper Mustang. From Kagbeni, you trek North-East to the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath through arid landscape. Muktinath is also commonly popular as “MuktiKshetra” in Nepal and India which literally means place of liberation. It is believed that Muktinath originated more than 2000 years ago. The journey then descends down following Kaligandaki River. Witnessing fascinating Hilltop vistas and the deepest Kaligandaki Gorge, you will finish your walking at Thakali and Gurung dominated Jomsom town. Thakali cuisines could grab your attention as their meals are quite popular in Nepal. Those who believe in Hinduism can visit Kaligandaki River to collect Saligrams, fossilized seashell stones.
Jomsom Cultural Trek is suitable for all seasons and for people of all age groups. However, trekking requires some sort of physical fitness such as ability to walk 4-5 hours a day. Contact us to book your next adventure trip and make memories that will last forever.
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.
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.
You trek along the bank of Kali Gandaki for two hours until you reach Jomsom. From Jomsom, you enjoy the splendid views of Tukuche peak, Nilgiri and many others. To reach Marpha from here, you trek along a leveled path for one hour. 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.
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.
While trekking along the bank of Kali Gandaki river, you will be mesmerized by the views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, 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.
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.
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.
Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor. Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc
Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses
Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.
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