Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

"Jomsom is a great place to start trekking. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along the trekking routes give marvelous insight into the way of life of rural Nepali people."

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Highlights

  • You can collect blessings after bathing in 108 waterspouts in Muktinath temple, a spiritual point for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
  • You may take a stroll around the Apple Orchards in the Marpha village and taste the special wine and apple products.
  • You will have a close encounter with the Gurung and Thakali people of the region.
  • You can meditate for some time at the monastery and gompas with the flapping prayer flags over you.
  • You will get to walk through the ancient Salt Trade route and witness Yak caravans as well.

Trip Description

The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a popular trek which encompasses very interesting Gurung and Thakali villages, apple orchards, rhododendron forests, the world’s deepest gorge, and the windswept Tibetan plateau. It also takes in both monasteries and Hindu temples for cultural flavor. With the highest point being Muktinath (3,710m) this is a relatively low altitude trek suitable for almost everyone. And it is one of the most effective ways to get near to the Himalayas; with marvelous views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri being the main highlight of the trip.

Although suitable for all, and a great family trek, there are a couple of challenges, starting very early on with climbing up thousands of stone steps at Ulleri Hill. But this just adds to the adventure and can be completed at a pace suitable to all levels of fitness. Marpha is just one of the interesting villages on the route. It is the heart of apple growing in Nepal and the village retains its original whitewashed buildings and narrow cobbled streets. There is a Buddhist monetary that can be visited in Marpha. Another fascinating place is the village of Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. Although this trek does not enter this forbidden Kingdom of Lo, visitors can look up the windswept valley and imaging the Trans-Himalayan salt trading route that used to run (and still does to some extent) through this village. Muktinath is the highest point of the trail, with its interesting Hindu Temple, 108 stone water spouts and eternal flame.

For those with less time but a desire to see the Himalayas at very close range, this is the perfect trip, combining mountains with culture.

The Trekking Group

For the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, there will be one leader and one assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant leader/guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group were to get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned.

Accommodations

We will be staying at 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and the best available teahouses during the trek. We stay in Yatri Suites and Spa or similar in Kathmandu and Hotel Milarepa in Pokhara. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. Please understand that since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses will be basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.

Meals

During our Jomsom Muktinath Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)

After landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be greeted by a representative of Nepal New Generation Team who will drop us off at our hotel. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted by Nepal New Generation Team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites. The Durbar Square reveals the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Boudhanath stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we are introduced to our fellow participants and discuss our trip at Himalayan Glacier’s office. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and trek to Tikhendhunga (1,552m/5,090ft): 30 minutes flight, 4-5 hours trek

We fly to Pokhara early in morning and enjoy amazing views of the valleys, hills and mountains from our airplane. After landing in the Pokhara airport, we drive to Naya Pul (1 hour and 20 minutes) and start the trek. We walk towards the Bhurundi Khola after which we ascend through lush forests and trails on the side of cliffs. Next, we cross a suspension bridge over the Modi Khola (river) and reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani (2,750m/9,020ft): 6-7 hours

We descend and cross a bridge over the Burundi Khola. From here we begin ascending to Ghorepani. The trail leading up to Ulleri is very steep. We continue ascending further and reach Ghorepani which literally means “horse-water” in Nepali. The village used to be an important campsite for horse traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft): 5-6 hours

We enjoy views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains in the morning before starting our trek to Tatopani. We begin with a descent to Sikha Village and continue descending to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing a suspension bridge, our trail climbs up to Tatopani. While here we can enjoy hot spring water and relax. Overnight in Tatopani.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,110m/6,922ft): 5-6 hours

We begin our trek after breakfast and ascend gradually on a trail with Kali Gandaki River on our right. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and continue our walk. The trail passes through the beautiful waterfall, Rupse Chhahara. We ascend further to Ghasa which is beautifully located in the lower part of the Kali Gandaki Valley and is warm and green. The village is also a popular place for bird-watching enthusiasts. Overnight in Ghasa.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Ghasa to Marpha (2,680m/8,792ft): 4-5hours

We ascend on a steep trail through a forest to the Lete Khola (stream). After walking further, we reach the Lete village. Next, we continue our trek on a trail east of the river and reach Larjung Village. On our trek today we also see beautiful apple orchards and vegetable farms. Marpha is known in Nepal for its tasty apples. Overnight in Marpha.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft): 4-5 hours

From Marpha we trek on a trail that clings to a valley. We ascend gradually on a ridge and reach Jomsom Village. From here we trek to the north towards Kagbeni, up the Kali Gandaki River which is the deepest gorge in the world. It gets windy after walking a while so it's important to walk carefully at a steady pace. We pass through Eklebhatti village and continue towards Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, we get great views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft): 5-6 hours

Our journey starts with a special permit check and then onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by and admire. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape untill Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours

Muktinath is an important place of pilgrimage for Nepalese of both Buddhist and Hindu faiths as these two religions are intricately woven together in Nepal. We visit the main temple in the morning and tour its surrounding. We can admire the water spouts before paying a visit to a Buddhist monastery nearby. From Muktinath, we retrace our steps back to Jomsom, enjoying good views of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Jomsom.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 15 minutes flight

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, the beautiful ‘Lake City’, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Boating in the Fewa Lake and strolling in the quaint streets of ‘Lake Side’ is a popular choice among visitors. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals:Breakfast

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful northern skyline of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. This will be a journey along river banks with wonderful views of terraced hills and the rural Nepalese lifestyle. After reaching Kathmandu, we take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Breakfast Dinner

Day 13: Final departure

Our Jomsom Muktinath Trek in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Nepal New Generation Team will take us to the airport approximately three hours before the scheduled flight. On our flight back home, we take with us amazing memories of our Lo Manthang trip and Nepal.

Included meals:Breakfast

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Nepal New Generation Team. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

No of Guests Price ( With GSG ) Price ( With ESG)
1 pax USD USD 1594
2 pax USD USD 1252
3 pax USD USD 1211
4 pax USD USD 1196
5 pax USD USD 1182
6 pax USD USD 1147
7 pax USD USD 1144
8 pax USD USD 1144
9 pax USD USD 1145
10 pax USD USD 1109
11 pax USD USD 1104
12 pax USD USD 1090

* All Price is Per Person Price

  • All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers

  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a touris-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara Hotel

  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation

  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek. Private bathrooms with hot showers are provided at Pokhara,Ghandruk and Ghorepani

  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek

  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff

  • Round trip Transport Kathmandu –Pokhara / Pokhara– Kathmandu including departure taxes

  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Nepal New Generation Trek trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
  • flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Services Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary

  • Personal Travel insurance

  • International airfare

  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.

  • Soft drinks including water

  • Snacks and other personal expenses

  • Personal trekking equipment

  • WiFi internet and phone call unless its free

  • flight from Pokhara to KTM

  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.
The maximum elevation of this trek will not exceed 3,700m. It is generally thought trekking up to 3,500m will not cause altitude sickness. While it is very unlikely to get altitude sickness at 3,700m we would like to make you aware of this point. We recommend you take precautions and have travel insurance which covers you if you do get altitude sickness..
There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).
We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.
First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).
Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.
Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.
No. The trails are well marked. You don’t need crampons
If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.
No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.
Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.
We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.
20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.
Yes. At Nepal New Generation we make sure all our staff are well insured.

All Inclusive Price:

$1495USD

Total Duration 13 days
Max Altitude 3800 m.
Difficulty Level Pleasure
Best Time March April/ October November
Accommodations Eco Teahouse lodge room managed by local community inclusive breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Transportation Necessary as per package you have required depends on group size – car /van/bus/flight/ to and from starting and ending point and drive or flight from gateway town