Jomsom Muktinath Trek is our classic trek in the Mustang region that includes the world’s deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River. The trek takes you to the maximum altitude of 3800m (12,464 ft) and can be accomplished by anybody with a normal level of fitness. This trek gives you an opportunity to explore the hundred years old monastery, caves, local tribes and landscapes. This trek will give you an adventure that you will treasure for whole life as the trek takes you through diversified landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down the hill and panoramic view of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks
The trek passes through the entry point of Upper Mustang Region i.e. Jomsom and Kagbeni. On the way to Muktinath, the trek passed through the windy Tibetan Plateau. Muktinath is the sacred temple where we can find 108 waterfalls. The Jomsom village on the Tibetan Plateau, let you see the beauty of Mustang and have a closer look on the ancient practices still being followed.
Accommodation During Trekking
During the trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room which also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin shared basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it may occasionally be necessary to share a room with more than 2 people. During the treks, most of the bathroom and toilet facilities are shared and toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.
Meals During Trekking
In Kathmandu we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance the Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food (the Newari are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley). Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian and continental). Dinner and breakfast will be taken at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses.
Day 01 – Arrived in Kathmandu(1,310m/4297ft)
When you arrived in Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will drop you to your hotel. After checking in, you can take rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel or go for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, a welcome dinner is hosted by Open Trail Treks where you will be serve with authentic Nepalese cuisine. This will be a great introduction to Nepalese food culture for you.
Day 02 – Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
We will begin our second day with the breakfast. After breakfast we start our guided tour to some of historical and religious sites of Kathmandu. These places are listed as world heritage site. In the middle of tour, we will take you to very special l()ocal restaurant for lunch.
After we complete our tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for further discussion and preparation for our following day’s trips.
In the evening, we will go to a local restaurant for the dinner
Day 03 – Kathmandu to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft)
The tourist bus will attain you from your hotel. After 6 to 7 hours of ride we will reach Pokhara, the city of Lakes and Mountains. This drive offers us a views of farms, villages, rivers and mountains. We will reach Pokhara at afternoon. Our hotel is by the side of one of the famous lake called “Fewa”. We can enjoy boating as well as relax in the restaurant by observing the view of lake. I
Day 04 – Fly to Jomsom(2,720m/8,891ft) trek to Kagbeni(2,810m/9,219ft)
We start our day with the early breakfast and then we will transfer to the Pokhara Airport to attain the early morning flight to Jomsom. The half hour flight will offer the beautiful view of the mountains including two eight thousand meter peaks i.e. Mt.Annapurna and Mt.Dhaulagiri. Upon our arrival in Jomsom we will meet our crew and head to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is old village made of mud. We can explore the village rest of our day.
Day 05 – Kagbeni to Muktinath(3,760m/12,335ft)
We will visit the monastery of Jharkot on our way up, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the town. Jharkot village looks even better with buckwheat terraces and apple orchard. After four our trek we arrive at Muktinath. Muktinath is the sacred place of both Hindus and Buddhist. For Hindus, it is a “Muktikhsetra” which literally means the place of liberation or salvation. Buddhist people believe that The Lama Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism was meditated in this place on his way to Tibet. After lunch, we will visit the Muktinath temple. There are several Hindus temple and a Buddhist monastery.
Day 06 – Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 – 5 hrs
Muktinath is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims. In the morning, we will visit the Bishnu temple and Gupta of Muktinath. While having breakfast, we can see the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche peak. Today we will treks from Muktinath to Kagbeni passing a beautiful village Jharkot.
Today we follow the trail through small settlement of Eklebhatti. We start to follow the Kaligandagi river to Jomsom. The strong wind blowing from opposite side makes trekking very hard for today. Jomsom is the district headquarters of this region. Another one hour trek by the right side of Marsangdi River takes us to Marpha village. Marpha is one of the unique and beautiful villages of this treks. It is also the most famous place in Nepal for Apple. We can enjoy the Apple brandy and the apple juice. We can visit the monastery which is located at the top part of the village. From the monastery, we can see the great view of whole Marpha.
Total Trekking Time: 4- 5 hours
Day 07 – Marpha to Larjung (2,250m/7,381ft)
From Marpha, we walk through the new route. Today we will pass the unique and traditional ethnic Thakali Villages, Apple orchard and Pine forest. The magical scenery of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Annapurna I will delight us in this trek. The trail leads us through the Kaligandagi River. Finally, we arrive at larjung, where we will spend overnight.
Total Trekking Time: 5- 6 hours
Day 08 – Larjung to Ghasa(2,010m/6,594ft)
We trek following the kaligandagi river to Kalopani Village. Kalopani is the beautiful village habitated by the Thakali People. Our trekking follow gentle downhill through the forest of Pine to Ghasa. From Ghasa Mustang District end and Magdi district start.
Overnight at Ghasa.
Day 09: Ghasa to Tatopani(1190m/3,872ft) and go for hot spring
We verify out permits here at the Check Post and then continue our trek passing the Kaligandagi River. As we are at the power elevation, the vegetation is thicker and the forest is subtropical. We continue opposite of Rupse Chhahara (waterfall) passing some small settlement. We again cross the suspension bridge over the Kaligandagi River at Dana. We pass by lots of big and small settlements. Thus you can explore the life of local peoples in these settlements. Finally, we end our treks for today at Tatopani. After some rest, we can go to natural hot spring for the bath.
Total Trekking Time: 5 hours
Day 10: Tatopani to Shikha(1,935m/6,348ft)
During today’s trek, we observe the lifestyle of people in the hill region of Nepal which can be a great introduction of hilly culture’s and lifestyle. We follow the trail which ascends gradually passing through the villages, rice and maize terraces and a small forest. We spend the night at Sikha.
Total Trekking Time: 7-8 hours
Day 11: Shikha to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft)
After finish breakfast our trekking continue to ascend uphill through some small settlement and forest of Rhododendron to the Ghorepani. Ghorepani is beautiful town inhabitate by Magar people. Most of the household run guesthouse here. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 12 – Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga(1,540m/5,052ft)
Today we will start early with a 45-minute walk following steep climbing stairs guided by headlights. As we trek higher there will be an eerie feeling as the snow-capped mountains glow through the forest trees. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with the warmth of morning sun and incredible views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail. From here we will trek back for warm breakfast in Ghorepani before beginning our trek to Tikhedunga. The first part of our trekking will be downhill through the forest Rhododendran. Our descending continue passing through the settlement of Ullari to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Tikhe Dhunga.
Day 13 – Tikhedhunga to Pokhara(820m/2690ft)
Today is the last day of our trekking. We will trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and then drive back. The treks follow gentle downhill passing through the settlement to Birethanti. As we arrive at we have to exit our permit, from here on it takes only half an hour to get back to Nayapul, At Nayapul, our trekking by foot will end and we will drive for an hour and half to get back to Pokhara.
Total Trekking Time: 5 hours
Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu(1,310m/4297ft)
Today we will return back to Kathmandu. The drive will be of six to seven hours by the side of Trisuli and Marsangdi River. This drive offer an amazing view of the rice terraces village and the landscape of Nepal. You can fly back as well which will only take half an hours. If you want to fly, extra cost will be added. At the evening, there will be a farewell dinner where we will analyze the overall trekking and our services. After we arrived at Kathmandu, we will be drop off at the hotel. After taking nap, you can walk around the shops for small souvenir shopping. At the evening, we will have farewell dinner hosted by Open Trail Treks at the traditional Nepalese restaurant with the unique Nepalese music and dance.
Drive: 6-7 hours
Day 15: Farewell Friend
Today is the last day of your adventure. If you want we can have breakfast together. After breakfast if you have time from your flight,you can go for some shopping or for the sightseeing. If you want go for sightseeing then inform us a day earlier so that we can arrange necessary arrangement for you.
At the end, a representative from Open Trail Treks will drop you at airport 3 hours before your flight.
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