Jomsom -Muktinath Trek

Trek Highlights

The Jomsom Muktinath trail lies alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Orchids, wildflowers, rhododendrons can be seen in bloom during the spring months. The scent of the blooming flowers, the fresh mountain air, and the smiling villagers makes this trek a fascinating cultural experience. An early morning side trek to Poonhill (Ghorepani), will introduce you to the majestic panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. The trek ends at Muktinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, thronged by hundreds of pilgrims every year.

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Trek Itinerary

Day 01: From Kathmandu- Drive to Nayapul-Birethanti

 Drive to Nayapul via Pokhara from Kathmandu for about 7 hrs approximately. After arriving Nayapul you will start your trek. Descend down along the roadway, cross the tributary Dholi Khola using the suspension bridge and which will bring you to Nayapul village. Following then the level path along the left bank of the Modi Khola, whose headwaters are the Annapuran Sanctuary. You will soon reach Ekuwar. Moving on you will see Birethanti (1037m) in front and crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti. Tonight’s campsite. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to reach Birethanti from Nayapul.

Day 02: Trek to Ulleri 

Morning, after breakfast you move further along the tributary Bhurungdi Khola, passing a small waterfall bringing you to Natathanti. Descend to the riverbank and continue on for a while. Climb up then to the terraced fields and you will reach Ramgure. When you ascend the path with stone walls, you will arrive in Sudami with a school. A further ascent will take you to Hille. You will see Tirkhedhung village (1577m) in the valley in front. This will your lunch point. Then if you move further, there is a suspension bridge over the tributary. Cross it you will find a farm field on you right. This is Tirkhedhung village. From here, after crossing the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola you will have to start a steep ascend to Ulleri (2073m) using continuous stone steps. This is the hardest ascend in this course. Keep on climbing until you reach the ridge of Ulleri village, your campsite. On the opposite bank, you can see Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South Peak (7219m). Total time taken will be 6 and half hours. This place is mostly inhabited by Magars, Chettris and some Gurungs the tribes of this region.

Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani 

The ascend from Ulleri becomes gentle as compared to the previous day. At the end of the ridge you will enter through the densely populated forest area. You will soon reach Banthanti. The course from Banthanti goes through the rhododendron forest. Move on along the small stream, which is down below to your right cross the wooden bridge to the left bank and to open section on the flank and you will be in Nagthanti, your lunch point. From here the forest becomes denser, move on the path with stone steps and you will reach the lower village of Ghorepani. After climbing for about 20 minutes you will come to a check-post, the gateway to the upper village (2853m). From here, you can see Dhaulagiri Himal in front and the Annapurna Himal above you to the right. The place is mostly inhabited by Magars. Time taken will be 4 and half hours. Ghore means horse and pani means water. This is the place where the traders used to take a rest and let their horses drink water. So the name is given to this place after this reason.

Day 04: Trek to Tatopani 

Todays trekking trail will be descending down from Ghorepani with a lunch stop at Sikha. Once you reach Tatopani (In nepali language it means hot spring), you can relax with a dip in the sulphur hot water to rest your foot and aching body.

Day 05: Trek to Ghasa 

It takes two hours to reach the village of Dana along the Kali Gandaki Valley. Titre, the small village is reached in forty-five minutes from Dana. The trail continues up to the valley and reaches the major junction with the spectacular waterfall of Rupse Kola after fifteen minutes walk from Chitre. The descends to the river bed climbs up to reach the Thakali Village of Ghasa. It takes three hours from Kabre.

Day 06: Trek to Tukuche 

Climb to the thickly clustered dwellings of Miren Ghasa with Dhaulagiri I(8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m) in view. There is a stone gate at the entrance; the houses are made of stone with white walls and flat roofs. An air of Lamaism permeats the entire village . Skirt around to the Kaiku Khola,cross a wooden bridge, and climb to kaiku. Continue through mixed forest past Gomanek the Lete Khola via a suspension bridge. After a short climb you reach to a wide tableland with an excellent view of Dharlagiri I, Tukuche Peak, Annapurna I (8091m), and Nilgiri (7061m) as you make your way to Lete. Contnue aling the wide tableland through pine groves to Kalopane. As the ridge approaches the valley,m croll to the left bank via a suspension bridge. Follow a path along the wide riverbed. After Dhampu and Koketanti the valley narrows and the path becomes a high, winding one. Due to sparse vegetation on the mountainsides at the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki you begin to see the texture of the mountain itself. After the high, winding path ends, enter into an even wider riverbed. Tukuche village is visible ahead in the distance as you walk along the meddle of the riverbed.

Day 07: Trek to Kagbeni 

Marpha, the Thakali Village is one of the most picturesque is reached in one and half hour from Tukuche. A stiffy dusty wind blows from around 10.am throughout the day. Thus early in the morning is recommended while heading south. This Marpha contains important monasteries at its south end. The village of Syanj is reached in one hour and thirty minutes from Marpha crossing Pangkyu

Khola and Thak Khola. Crossing the Thak Khola a side trial leads to the village of Thini Gaon. You get a close view of Dhaulagiri from this Place. Tilicho Pass and Tilicho Lake are lying in the east of Jomsom. These places can be reached with difficulty in two or three days from Thini Gaon. Thini is just a half an hour from Jomsom. Kagbeni is a typical village that is reached in two hours from Jomosom.

Day 08: Trek to Muktinath 

Muktinath, the holiest and most popular pilgrimage destination for Buddhists as well as Hindus. There is a miraculous flame coming out of the earth in the Muktinath Temple. Turn east of south side of Jhong Khola and start climbing about 3000ft.to reach Muktinath, which takes four and half an hour after passing a number of villages along the route.

Day 09: Trek to Jomsom 

Descend down by the other trek trail until you reach Ekle Bhatti and trek back to Jomsom along the same trail from this point to Jomsom.

Day 10: Fly to Pokhara 

Take an early flight to Pokhara which takes only about 15 to 20min, the flight will be a good experience with the mountain views flying back to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara transfer to your hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu 

After a visit to the Pokhara lakeside transfer to Pokhara Airport, fly to Kathmandu reaching around Mid-Day. Upon arrival receive and transfer to your hotel.

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