Jomsom muktinath trek 14 daysBook
The Jomsom Muktinath is classic lodge treks inside the heart of Annapurna region following the world deepest Kaligandaki Valley between the soaring peak of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom Muktinath trek is popularly known as Himalayan shangri-la as it finally emerge to the wide valley of Jomsom.The trekking trails remain below the 4000 m providing the magnificient vista of giant mountain massifs. Other attraction of this trek is Muktinath sacred place for both Hindu and Buddhist loacated in the foot of Thorang La. Muktinath is considered as the palce of salvation.
Our Jomsome Muktinath 14 days trek itinenary is designed by the team of experts working in himalayan adventure field for more than decade. This trek is planned and conducted with the high degree of awareness against altitudes hazard. The following outline itinenary provide enough time for the acclimitization and exploration of the himalayan beauty with out putting your health on risk.
Day 1 : Pick up in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Welcome greeting at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu by the representative from Wild Stone Adventure. You will then transfer to the Hotel for refreshment where you will be served with welcome drinks. Depending on your interest and condition you can either rest, hang around the street or visit our office for rest of the day. Included: Welcome Drinks
Day 2 : Kathmandu sightseeing, trek briefing and preparation
We will start guided tour to several major historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu Valley. The tour cover UNESCO World Heritage Sites including historical Durbar Square, Sacred Hindu Temple (Pahupati Nath) ,popular monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists Shrine (Buddha Nath). After completion of city tour you will meet with guide and other helping staffs, you will be explained with nature of your trek and your trekking gears will be checked. Included: Breakfast
Day 3 : Drive Kathmandu- Pokhara
Early morning breakfast at Hotel and we will leave Kathmandu at around 7 am .The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara follows the upstream of Trishuli River offering greeneries, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries taking about six hours.Afternoon we will 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.
Drive Time : 6 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 : Trek Pokhara- Nayapul and Trek to Tikhadunga (1577m)
Drive from Pokhara to trek start point Nayapul.From Nayapul we follow the south bank of the river passing through forests to Tikhadunga via Birethanti. Enroute we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries.
Drive Time : 1 hours Trek Time : 4 hours Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 : Trek Tikhadung – Ghorapani (2840m)
We make steep ascend to Ulleri and ascent gently to Ghorepani passing through Magar Villages. Ghorapani is famous trekker's stop with small shops for selling local crafts and products.
Trek Time : 6 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 : Morning Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tatapani (1190m)
Early morning we climb the steep trail to the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill to enjoy the sunrise over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna I , Annapurna South , Annapurna III , Machhapuchhare (Fishtail.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After a breakfast at Ghorepani we descend throughpasses through the blazing rhododendron and oak forest, picturesque waterfalls making our way to Tatopani.The path to Tatopani leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. We continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb we then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from here it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. At Tatopani we can enjoy sauna at Natural Hot Springs.
Trek Time : 7 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 : Trek Tatopani – Ghasa (2010m)
Today the route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, you descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. This is the first Thakali village you come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 : Trek Ghasa – Marpha (2680m)
From Ghasa trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki. On the way to Marpha we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki through apple orchards. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. The local apple brandy of Marpha is especially well-known!
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 : Trek Marpha – Kagbeni (2810m)
Today the trail continues along the valley side rising gradually over a low ridge of Jomsom. We cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti (Lonely Pub). As the trail continues towards Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of brown, yellow and grey landscapes, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow, hastening your way to Kagbeni.
Trek Time : 5 Hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 : Trek Kagbeni – Muktinath (3802m)
Our journey starts steeply ascends over a beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan style villages, apple gardens, yak and sheep herds and the peaceful and happy local folks.We can enjoy a delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit a Monastery believed to be built in the 15th century. We then head towards Muktinath following a steeply ascending path for half an hour. From here you hike to Rani Pauwa 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 views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and others.
Trek Time : 6 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 : Trek Muktinath – Jomsom (2710m)
Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists.We take a morning hike for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. From Muktinath, we continue down along a flat path until Jomsom.
Trek Time : 5 hours Included:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 : Fly Jomsom - Pokhara
Today, after breakfast we take a stunning 30 minutes mountain flight to Pokhara. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer you to the hotel. After lunch we will continue our sightseeing to the Devi’s fall, Mahendra cave, Vindhyabashini temple and White river (Seti Gorge). Enjoy evening walk along the Phewa Lake and also take a boat around the lake. Included:Breakfast
Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu
After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu.While on the drive you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to our hotel for the refreshment and in evening you will pick up for the cultural dinner together with the Wild Stone Adventure staffs.
Drive Time : 6 hours Included:Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Activities: Explore Ason (Old Market) , Ride on Rickshaw
Day 14 : Farewell
Your Jomsom Muktinath Trek 14 daysTrek has come end. Wild Stone Adventure representative will transfer you to International airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Included:Breakfast
Money Matters so we would like to explain what you are paying for. We are local operator providing world class services to the travelers yearning to be foot on Himalayan trail. We provide you with the minimum price possible for fully inclusive trips .We are proud to guarantee NO HIDDEN COST.
- Airport Pick up and drop.
- Delux accomodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- All surface transfer as per the itinerary.
- Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour by English Speaking Guide on Private Vehicle.
- All the standerd meals(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trekking.
- Safe and ozonated water throughout the trek.
- Tea House Acomodation during trekking.
- Registered and trained Guide.
- Required number of insured Porter.
- Annapurna Conservation Area fees.
- All Surface transfer for your guide, porter and necessary cargo.
- Staff insurances.
- Government taxes and official charges. Visa charge not included here.
- Attractive First Aid Kits.
- Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.
This package doesnot cover following cost and should be personally paid by the traveller.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Beverages and other hard drinks cost
- Nepal Entry visa fee and airport taxes.
- Expences of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks etc
- Rescue and emergency cost/ Insurance cost but we will help to carry of the procedure.
- Personal trekking equipments
Your safety is our paramount concern while trekking with Wild Stone Adventure. Your Leader has full authority to amend any part of the itinenary due to safety reason. Every effort will be made to keep up with the above itinerary however it is the adventure in remote himalayan zone we cannot guarantee it! Wether condition, physical condition of trekkers and unexpected natural disasters can force to alter the itinerary.Your Leader will forward you with the alternatives so please be prepared to be flexible.
Upon your arrive at Tribhuban International Airport (TIA), Wild Stone Adventures' representative will greet you and transport you to your Hotel. The rest of the day depends on your interest and condition, you can either take a rest or visit our office.The next day you will be formally introduced to your Guide, brief about the trek and enjoy sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural and historical landmarks.
Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with private facilities which are of Western style.
Whilst trekking accommodation is in lodges and teahouses and is of a basic standard. Rooms may be twin or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot showers and Laundry facilities are available in some places for a small charge.
Wild Stone Adventure use high quality private transportation to get in and off the trekking put in point and put out point.On longer routes, we use private or tourist buses, which provide a slightly higher degree of comfort and safety.For air transportation Wild Stone uses modern, comfortable and most - reliable airline operator.In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities during your trip period. Jomsom Muktinath Trek cost include breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses menu while on trek. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
For Jomsom Muktinath Trek, there will be one leader (5 trekkers:1 leader)and the required number of sherpa porter (2 trekkers:1 porter).As you will be travelling in the group you will be exposed to all the pleasure of travelling in group. We can run annapurna circuit trek for any group size but generally we have maximum of ten people, we we found this to be best group size for the optimal success.
Group Leader and Support Staffs
All our trips are accompanied out by one of our local group Leaders . The aim of the group leader is make your Jomsom Muktinath Trek successsful, enjoyable, memorable and hassle free. Our leader will provide informationa on the culture, geography, ecosystem, flora and fauna of the place your are travelling. They will also offer suggestions for the optional activities and thing to do, recommend great places and introduce you to the local people. Our leader will also assist you to learn the local language.
All our outdoor guides are licensed from the Government of Nepal. Beside the license they have numbers of certificates including Wilderness First Aid, certificate from Kathmandu Education Projects, certificate from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, and Eco friendly guiding certificates.
Our Jomsom Muktinath Trek 14 days is a moderate trek suitable for passionate hiker. Walking in the higher altitude with a day pack is physically demanding than in a lower elevation, however if you are physically fit, self confidence and have stronger determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully.
No previous experience required, you should be physically fit and enjoy walking in high altitudes.
For Jomsom Muktinath Trek the general rule is you will need to be very fit and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. You will be walking at very high altitudes with your day pack, with the possibility of extreme variations in temperature. We recommend you to undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to boost your fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.
Autumn (September - December) and Spring (March-May) are the best seasons for the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking. The weather is excellent and offers tantalizing mountain views, but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec - Feb) is also good for Jomsom Muktinath Trek, only issue is cold and might be problem in the higher pass pass due to snow. Monsoon (June -August) can be the perfect time to capture the beauty of flowers and lush vegetation in higher valleys. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy the best of nature.
Weather and Climate
The Himalaya makes its own weather, which varies significantly over a few kilometers. There can be sudden storms and high winds and usually clouds in the afternoon. Jomsom Muktinath Trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cold, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.
We have decade long of experience in operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a gradual ascent at the higher altitude with the shorter walking hours with the time to acclimitise in the afternoon. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.
The official currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee (NRs)
It is best to bring a mixture of cash and travelers checks in major currencies - USD, CAD, EUR, AUD - and ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations. Money may easily be exchanged at Kathmandu airport on arrival and banks and licensed moneychangers in cities. Credit card cash advances and ATM withdrawals are in NPR only.
Before departing on your trek, make sure you have enough Nepalese currency in small denominations as change is hard to find in the villages ( 100 rupee are easy to trade )
Extra Pocket Money
While trekking with wild Stone adventure, all meals are included in your trip cost . You will need very little local currency for meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara extra snacks, soft drinks or souvenirs along the trail.
Extra money dependa upon your spending habit. Please consider your own spending habits when you count for extra pocket money.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 as an emergency fund, to be used when circumstances beyond our control ( natural disaster, extreme weather, nepal strikes) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Adequate and valid travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Your travel insurance must cover accidents, injury, illness and death medical expenses, including any related to pre-existing medical conditions, emergency repatriation (including helicopter rescue and air ambulance where applicable) and personal liability.
When visiting and entering temples and Nepalis house you must remove your shoes. In some temples, it is forbidden to wear any leather goods. Other temples, such as those in Pashupatinath, do not allow foreigner besides hindu to enter. These are normally marked with a sign in English, and we urge you to respect such practices.
Always ask permission before taking photos inside any temples, and before photographing any local people. When permission is granted, always be sensitive when photographing people, and non-intrusive when shooting inside temples when prayers are in progress. Generally, photography is allowed outside Buddhist and Hindu temples and at religious ceremonies and festivals.
You are guest in Nepal and it is appriciated if you behave like Nepali (Local):
- Dress Respectfully (no short shorts or revealing clothes)
- Do not show affection in public.
- Do not buy antiques.
- Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand not with one finger.
- Do not step over persons.
- Do not touch or step over offerings (red powder, flowers/rice)
- Do not use your left hand (dirty)
- Receive and give with two hands.
- Ask permission before taking people's photographs.
- Discourage begging, pay fair price
- Take off your shoes before entering a monastery or Nepali house.
- Go clockwise roung the stupas, temples etc
- Avoid touching monks / lamas.
Dress respectfully with an awareness of local standards. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool during hiking. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unaccepted. While visiting temples,monasteries and other religious sites men need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels and tea houses for a small charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your ownlaundry so we suggest you bring biodegradable soap.
While packing for “ Jomsom Muktinath Trek” it essential to considered wether condition and time of year you are travelling.
Please Click here for the complete packing list for this trip.
Tipping is expected but not compulsory and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your trip.
Being a responsible trek operator is at the heart of what Wild Stone Adventures is all about. The beautiful environment of the Himalaya is also an extremely fragile one. At Wild Stone Adventure , we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize the detrimental impact as much as possible.We are committed to responsible tourism and it is implemented in every trip through the following means.
- Leave no Trace
- Discourage deforestation
- Keep Water Source Clean
- Plant Saplings
- Plants Left in Their Natural Environment
- Alternative Source of Energy for Fuel
- Employ local leaders and supporting staffs
- Use local tea house and home stay
- Consume local food
- Reduce, Reuse and Recyle
Suggested reading for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek.
- Annapurna – Maurice Herzog
- Annapurna, A women's place- Arlene Blum
- Nepal Travel Guide – Lonely Planet
- Trekking in Annapurna Region -Bryn Thomas
- Trekking in Nepal –Antoine d’ Abbundo
- Rough guide to Nepal – David Reed
- Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya – Stan Armington
- Mountain sickness -Peter Hackett
- Pocket first Aid and Wilderness Medicine -Dr. Jim Duff & Dr. Peter Gormly