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Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Annapurna region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Tourist Bus/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Poon Hill (3210m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a cultural trek in the Lower Mustang region with panoramic views of the Himalayas and it’s surrounding unique landscapes. One gets to witness spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna throughout the trek where the trek provides adventure, spectacular views and witnessing the local culture.

A trek to Muktinath is a visit to the holy and cultural pilgrimage site of Muktinath both for Hindus and Buddhists. The trek route of Jomsom Muktinath is the classic route that goes along the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandki River Gorge. Many beautiful mountain villages are scattered all over the trekking route making it un unforgettable journey in the Himalayas.
The trek starts after you take a scenic flight of about 20 minutes from Pokhara to Jomsom then start the trek to Kagbeni. Jomsom is the gateway to Mustang region and a popular tourist hub for trekkers starting or ending treks into the Mustang or Annapurna regions.

Jomsom Muktinath trek itinerary then takes you walking along the Kali Gandaki River valley towards the holy site of Muktinath. The trekking trail passes through charming villages, apple orchards, and barren landscapes observing spectacular snow-capped peaks. One thing you will notice is that the landscapes change from lush green valleys to barren desert-like terrain whilst on the trail making this trek a unique trekking experience in the Himalayas.

Upon reaching Muktinath, visit the famous temple of Muktinath which includes 108 water spouts and the holy pond where it’s believed that taking a dip will liberate your sins and bring salvation.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a rewarding trek with cultural immersion, amazing scenery, and a sense of spiritual fulfillment for anyone seeking a unique trekking experience in Nepal.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Highlights

  • A beautiful journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Take a scenic flight from Pokhara and Jomsom.
  • Kali Gandaki River's deepest gorge in the world.
  • Visit Muktinath Temple (3800m), the sacred Hindu & Buddhist pilgrimage site.
  • Tatopani's natural hot springs.
  • Poon Hill view point's sunrise mountain vista.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by a tourist bus (5-6 hrs)
Day 03: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom ((2750m) & trek to Kagbeni (2804m/3-4 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3750m/3-4 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2750m/4-5 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2430m/5-6 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani hot springs (1200m/6-7 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2874m/6-7 hrs)
Day 09: Hike to Poonhill (3210m) & trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara (6-7 hrs walk /2 hrs drive)
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara by a tourist
Day 11: Final departure 

 

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transfers by a tourist bus (Option: Private vehicle/Flight)
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bags (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron Treks duffel bag,
  • Nayapul/Pokhara transfers by private vehicle.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide)
  • Experienced Government licensed English Speaking Guide & Porter (1 porter for two people) including their food, accommodation, salary & insurance.
  • Pokhara to Jomsom flight fare.
  • Permits for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • Farewell Dinner at Nepali Authentic Restaurant with cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.  

What is not included?

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Other expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides and porters (Tipping is expected).  

Route Map

FAQ's

1. How long does it take to complete the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Jomsom Muktinath Trek typically takes around 10 days to complete

2. What is the best time of year for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
The best time to undertake the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is during the months of September to November and March to May when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

3. Is a permit required for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Yes, a permit called the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek.

4. Are there accommodations and food available along the trek?
Yes, there are tea houses and lodges in the villages along the Jomsom Muktinath Trek route that provide basic accommodations and traditional meals such as dal bhat, noodles, and momos.

5. Are there any altitude-related risks on the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Yes, as the trek reaches high altitudes, there is a risk of altitude sickness. It is important to acclimatize properly, hydrate well, and listen to your body. Consulting a doctor and carrying the necessary medications is recommended.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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