This adventurous Jomsom Muktinath Trekking travels up the west side of the world-famous Annapurna circuit to the ultimate destination of the journey, an ancient pilgrimage site, Muktinath. The high elevation temple of Muktinath is located in an astonishing highland setting and is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Along the way to Jomsom and Muktinath, this trekking combines scenic villages with the renowned viewpoint of Poon Hill. We then travel north up the Kali Gandaki Valley. The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking trail ascends through the wondrous landscape with different cultural traditions and through the deepest gorge on the planet along with an ancient trade route with Tibet.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking rises into the highlands that become more and more desolate as elevation is gained. We experience traditional lifestyles of both Hindu cultures and then Buddhist cultures on the way to unforgettable Muktinath Temple set at the foot of the towering mountains.
The Kali Gandaki Valley has long been beloved by travelers in the Annapurna Region. The valley offers a wide diversity in flora and fauna and mountain views, an extraordinary experience to be cherished as a lifetime highlight.
We begin the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking with a short and scenic drive from the lakeside city of Pokhara. We then begin our hiking journey as we ascend through forests and over ridge tops with enticing panoramas of the peaks and surrounding valleys. We then follow up the Modi River Valley to idyllic Gurung villages of Landruk and Ghandruk. From there, we pass through dense timberland to Ghorepani and the famous viewpoint of Poon Hill.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking route continues from Poon Hill by dropping into the Kali Gandaki Valley following it up through deepest gorge in the world between Dhaulagiri, the world’s seventh highest peak and Annapurna I, the world’s 8thhighest. The trail heads north through mystical terrain to the headquarters of Mustang District at Jomsom. We then follow a remote side valley to the illustrious temple of Muktinath.
We savor the breathtaking surroundings of this otherworldly location. Eventually, we make our way back to Jomsom for a scenic flight back to the tourist destination of Pokhara.
From the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking route up the Kali Gandaki valley, we enjoy majestic mountain scenery includes Annapurna I, (8,091 m, 26,545ft) 10th highest mountain on the planet and first peak over 8,000 m to have ever been summited (reached by a French team in 1950). Additional mountain peaks viewed include Dhaulagiri, (8,167 mt. , 26,7795 ft), world’s 7th highest, Manaslu, (8,163 mt, 26,781 ft), world’s 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre, 6,993m (22,943ft), a sacred mountain off-limits to mountaineering.
There is a lot to explore in the Annapurna region including sacred caves, hot springs, alpine lakes, and magnificent monasteries.
Please Note: Our Jomsom Muktinath Trekking route up the Kali Gandaki valley has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this Jomsom Muktinath trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a trek that combines this trek with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and more.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Driving 7 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03One hour drive to Nayapul by car/van, trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2835mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Sikha (1980 mt.).Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Sikha to Tatopani (1189 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Tatopani to Marpha (2670 mt.) by jeep. Approx. driving 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Marpha to Kagbeni (2810 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Kagbeni to Muktinath (3802 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Early morning fly back to Pokhara (short and scenic flight about 20 min. between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range). Overnight at hotel.
Day 12Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Departure Note : Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen a 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share a room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy the good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Jomsom to Pokhara is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Jomsom at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.