Ghorepani Jomsom Muktinath Trek
The Jomsom Muktinath trek offers a unique trekking experience and is one of the most popular treks across the Annapurna region of Nepal. Its varied topography and exquisite Himalayan scenery makes it a must-trek destination. Combined with the warm hospitality of the ethnic populations residing all over the area, this trek also offers an opportunity to witness the religious harmony of the Hindu Temple Muktinath and the Buddhist monastery Braga situated in the same area.
This trek has mixture of varied geography ranging from dense oak and rhododendron forests to arid, desert like areas. This variation in the topography is what makes it a more interesting destination to embark upon. Following the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world, this trek offers a combination of experiencing the raw wilderness of the Mustang and Annapurna region untouched by the realms of modernization. Is Jomsom Muktinath Trek safe after the 2015 earthquake? It is a pride to state that this trekking trail is unaffected by the recent earthquake and is safe to visit.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300m]
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu [1300m]
Day 03: Kathmandu- Pokhara- Tikhedhunga [1300m-823m-1552m]
Day 04: Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani [1552m-2750m]
Day 05: Ghorepani-Tatopani [2750m-1190m]
Day 06: Tatopani-Ghasa [1190m-2110m]
Day 07: Ghasa-Marpha [2110m-2680m]
Day 08: Marpha- Kagbeni [2680m-2810m]
Day 09: Kagbeni- Muktinath [2810m-3710m]
Day 10: Muktinath-Jomsom [3710m-2715m]
Day 11: Jomsom-Pokhara [2715m-823m]
Day 12: Pokhara-Kathmandu [823m-1300m]
Day 13: Departure
- Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle( car, jeep, hiace or tourist bus)
- Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in 3 star hotel.
-Flight from jomsom to pokhara
- Jeep from Kathmandu-Tirkedhunga and Gandruk Phedi-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Tea,coffee,hot water,fresh fruits,etc during the trek.
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader.
- Porter service (1 porter for two person)
- Down Jackets and sleeping bag.
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (Annapurna Conservation permit , TIMS)
- All government and local tax.
- Welcome and farewell dinner.
- International airfare from/to your country.
- Nepal entry visa fee (can be obtained at the airport at upon arrival).
- Personal equipment.
- Personal insurance such as travel, accident, medical, emergency evacuation and lost luggage.
- Tips for staffs(Guide and Porter)
Arrival in Kathmandu [1300m]
Arrival in the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, is followed by checking in to the hotel. You can relish authentic Nepali cuisine and rest adequately for the upcoming trek.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu [1300m]
Kathmandu is home to the UNESCO certified heritage sites like the Bhaktapur, Kathmandu and Patan durbar Square and other heritage sites like the Syambunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath etc which can be visited on this day.
Kathmandu- Pokhara- Tikhedhunga [1300m-823m-1552m]
A scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara rewards us with views of the mountains of the Annapurna region including the Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare, Manaslu, Annapurna range etc. From this city of lakes we drive into Nayapul which marks the commencement of the trek. Beside the Bhurugundi Khola and the Modi Khola, the trek takes us into Birethanti, Hile and finally to Tikhedhunga. Half hour flight. 1 hour drive. 4-5 hours trek.
Tikhedhunga- Ghorepani [1552m-2750m]
A steep downhill descend through the Burungdi Khola is followed by ascending upwards to Ulleri. The climb to Ulleri is strenuous owing to the thousands of rocky steps. From here, we ascend further to Ghorepani which is a small settlement with proper houses, lodges, shops and stalls. 6-7 hours trek.
We rise upwards to the higher part of Ghorepani which offers exquisite mountain views of the Annapurna and other mastiffs. This is followed by a steep descent to Sikha and then to Ghar Khola. After crossing a suspension bridge we move upwards into Tatopani. Tatopani is home to natural hot springs which helps to soothe muscles. 5-6 hours trek
This trail moves along the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest in the world surrounded by the 8000m mountains on either sides. These mountains, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are only 38 kilometers apart and looks spectacular from the trail. The trail moves into Chahara via Dana and Rupse. Chahara is home to beautiful waterfalls and we move into Kopchepani from here. Our last stop for the day is Ghasa which is home to exquisite birds. 5-6 hours trek.
Through forested paths and bridges, the trail moves steeply upwards into Lete Khola and to Lete. From another village Larjung, we reach the Marpha village via Tukche (2590m). Marpha is famous for its plush apple farms and wine made from apples. 4-5 hours trek.
Marpha- Kagbeni [2680m-2810m]
From Marpha, the trail moves into Jomsom. Along windy paths, we walk through Panga Khola and into Ekle Bhatti before reaching Kagbeni. Kagbeni lies in between the bank of two rivers and falls on the salt trade route between Tibet and Upper Mustang. 4-5 hours trek.
Kagbeni- Muktinath [2810m-3710m]
A special permit check is followed by ascend upwards to the bank of the Kaligandaki river. The dry, arid land amalgamated with views of the pristine Himalayas creates a beautiful environment but the path is steep. The trail moves into the Khingar village at a height of 3200m followed by the Jarkot village. From here, through desert like landscapes, we reach Muktinath. 5-6 hours trek.
Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for the internal Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims of Nepal as well. A temple of the deity Lord Vishnu, it is considered to be a region which gives salvation to the visitor. A nearby Buddhist monastery attracts Buddhist tourists. Along with magnificently carved water spouts, the views of the Himalayas give a serene feeling to the visitors. From Muktinath we retrace our steps back to Jomsom. 5-6 hours trek.
Jomsom house an airport form where we fly back to Pokhara. This flight in itself is a scenic experience and a hard goodbye to the trekkers and offers views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon reaching Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day by sightseeing around this lake valley.
A drive back to Kathmandu is followed by some more sightseeing around this beautiful capital. Some last minutes shopping and tasting the cuisine of Nepal can be the activities that can be carried out. 5-6 hours drive.
We bid farewell to the land of the majestic mountains, Nepal only after promising to come back for more whenever possible.