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Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 14 days

Trip Highlight

  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Scenic landscape of the villages of Mustang, Marpha and Ghandruk
  • Bonpo monastery, natural hot springs, apple garden at Marpha.
  • Insight into Tibetan lifestyles and visit to the villages of Jharkot and Lupra.
  • Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest temple “Muktinath”
  • Natural Hot spring at Tatopani. Walking along the deepest gorge on Earth
  • Sunrise at Poon Hill with magnificent mountain views
  • Natural Hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Sunrise at Poon Hill with magnificent mountain views.

Trip Overview


Jomsom Muktinath trek is particularly a pilgrimage trek to Muktinath Temple. But you can also enjoy the walk through world’s deepest gorge (Kaligandaki River gorge), mountain views. Jomsom Muktinath hike is a part of the famous trekking trail of Nepal, Annapurna circuit trek. After reaching the famous temple of Muktinath, Jomsom Muktinath trekking trail diversifies from the beautiful rhododendron forests. The forests blossom during spring to rocky cliffs, ridges and deserts of Mustang. Visit the centuries old monasteries, caves and assorted landscapes. Passing through the deepest gorge, walking around Jomsom and Muktinath offers the amazing panoramic view of Annapurna Himalayan range and Dhaulagiri along with other mega snow-capped mountains.

Our trip to Jomsom and Muktinath starts with a 7 hours drive to Pokhara city then a short mountain flight to Jomsom, the capital city of Mustang district. We go for a steady trek towards Kagbeni through the Kaligandaki valley following the Kaligandaki River. We shall encounter fossils (shaligrams) in this kaligandaki valley region. Kagbeni is the small beautiful village which gives the glimpse of Tibetan highlands.  We reach Muktinath temple having 108 water spouts after a scenic trek day. Muktinath temple carries the historical and cultural importance both to the Hindus and Buddhist. Many pilgrims believe that it is place of salvation and travel to this holy place from all round the world.

Further the trail lead to tatopani where you can enjoy the natural hot spring pool relaxing your body. We observe eye catching sunrise views of Annapurna himalayan range, Dhaulagiri through the main view point Poonhill. We arrive here after hiking through Ghorepani village. After having a wonderful time in the mountain the trails we descend all the way to Syauli Bazaar from here the trail begins level till Nayapul from where we will drive to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu.

When to go for Jomsom Muktinath Trek:

Jomsom Muktinath trek can be booked at any season as this region lies in rain shadow area. However, the ideal seasons to go for this trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (mid September to mid December). In these seasons you will be rewarded by magnificent views along with good weather overall. Trekking in these moderate conditions are suitable for those who enjoy walking and want to explore in forests, deepest gorges, pilgrimage sites, deserted regions along with monumental views of Himalayas.

Common Queries On Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 14 days

For Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you need to acquire Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP) permit along with Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card. All the permits and documents will be arranged by our trekking company. You need to bring couple of passport size photographs to fill the permits application form.

Yes of course, absolutely you can join in this delightful pilgrimage trek with your family along with kids as there is not much high altitude involved, but blessed with excellent natural, cultural and religious values; a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists.

This trek is not very difficult; however you must be able to walk four to five hours on trekking days. So, if you are fit physically with passion and devotion, then of course you can join this trip.

Well there are plenty, but you should not miss visiting holy temple of Muktinath (Lord Vishnu), taking a bath on 108 water spouts around, nearby Jwalamai Temple, visiting nearby monastery for Buddhism insights, trying apple products, brandy at Marpha, relaxing at natural hot-spring at Tatopani, viewing magical sunrise from Poon Hill viewpoint and exploring naturally beautiful Pokhara valley to name the few.

Jomsom Muktinath is an all year around trek that can be joined during any time of the year because it lies in rain shadow area. In these regions, the rain cloud can’t cross the Dhaulagiri/Annapurna range and usually remains dry. However, at lower elevations, you will get to explore blossoming rhododendron forests during spring season (March, April, May) while you get un obstructed Himalayan views during Autumn season (September, October, November).

Therefore, regardless the season, you are recommending to plan your Muktinath Trip now. We will make this trek happen at your dates.

You are advised to start preparations prior joining this adventure by getting involved in stamina building cardio exercises. Getting fit will enhance your trekking experience with increased stamina and less chances of falling ill.

Do you trek often and own trekking gears and equipments like sleeping bag, sleeping mat, airbag, mattress, and trekking boots, down jackets, poles, gloves and clothes? If you have then, it is highly recommended that you use your own kits. However, even if you don’t have, then we will easily arrange, hire/buy those gears at store in Kathmandu.

Travel insurance is compulsory before joining any trips in Nepal with us. It is very important to get yourself insured under appropriate insurance policy. Your travel insurance policy for Jomsom Muktinath Trek should cover airlift rescue upto 4000m. Choose the best policy that suits your travel need from reputed and reliable insurance company. World Nomads and Travel Guard are popular ones to name the few.

Jomsom Muktinath is a tea house trekking with well developed lodges available along the trails. During this trip you will be staying at locally owned lodges with standard facilities on twin sharing basis.

Along with healthy sum of breakfast at Kathmandu, you will be served with full board meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking days. You are recommended to buy couple of dry fruits packets at Kathmandu for quick energy boosts.

Usually, meal includes apple pie, pancakes, Tibetan, Indian and Nepali food items. Breakfast and dinner will be served at teahouse we are staying in and lunch on one of the nice place on our way.

There is no any direct flight connection from Kathmandu to Jomsom. Only way to fly at Jomsom is via Pokhara. Therefore you need to travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara then Jomsom and carry on trekking activity along the trails.

Due to unpredictable weather conditions, flights in Jomsom-Pokhara-Jomsom can get delayed and cancelled for a day. If this happens we will wait until a weather shines back on,, or you have an option to take a off road drive via Beni or wait until next day.

Therefore you are requested to plan couple of extra days for this trek so that it will compensate these contingency days and you will not miss your international flight.

There are quite a few to choose from, in Kathmandu to Pokhara route you can either take a flight or take a drive. From Pokhara to jomsom, you can fly or you can also take off road drive via beni.

Oh yes, we simply love to organize your trek just the way you like it. From transportation options (road/flight/heli) to possible changes in itinerary, from additional tours around Lumbini, Chitwan and other sites; you simply let us know how you want it to be, we will surely make this happen.

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Ground transportations from Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)
  • Pokhara to Jomsom flight including departure tax.
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International/Domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 14 days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

As you land at Kathmandu Airport, finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour signboard and your name. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle.Overnight at hotel. Accommodation: Kathmandu Hotel

Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu city tour

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival day

Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world and an important Buddhist pilgrimage. The unique octagonal Mandala design with hundreds of prayer wheels and the 108 images of the Buddha set into the niches around the huge structure.  The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries, the also being known as the ‘Little Tibet’. Accommodation: Kathmandu Hotel. Included Meal: B


Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m)

Today an early morning breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up timely by your guide and transfer to the bus station through the scenic countryside drive to the Lakeside city of Pokhara. After refreshment at the hotel your guide take your time leisurely to ramble around the lake side area market. You can even go boating on the lake. Later in the evening your guide will brief you on the next day’s program. Drive: 1 hour. Accommodation: Pokhara Hotel. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2700m/8856 ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9184ft)

Today an early morning you will transfer to the airport for short and scenic flight to the Jomsom. Jomsom is a capital of Mustang district, starting and ending point of Jomsom trekking. After short break you will start trek through the Kali Gandaki valley to the north. The trail leaves the town and follows the broad river valley, sometime above the river but mostly along the rocky bank of the river, pass through the Ekle Bhatti. From here the trail follows to the left again along the valley to Kagbeni, a green oasis at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Kagbeni  is a village/town which is seen as of past time. The typical mountain mud houses, very dark passes and large ocher color Gumba can be seen above the town. After refreshment you will have time to explore the area. Stay overnight at tea house. Walking Time: 4 hours. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 05: Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft)

The trail starts a steep climb up the Jhong valley and joins the major trail to the Muktinath. The walk from Khingar to Jharkot is a delightful one among meadows, streams and poplar and fruit trees. Jharkot, with its picturesque kani and large gompa, is well worth exploration trek to Muktinath.  Muktinath is religiously significant for both Hindus and Buddhists and is a place of pilgrimage. You will see gompas, pagoda-style temples, and religious and culturally important architecture. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Walking Time: 4-5 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 06: Muktinath to Marpha (2660m/8250ft)

Today an early morning wake up with Muktinath temple and after breakfast easy trek down to Eklai Bhatti. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Eklai Bhatti. Trek onwards to Jomsom and further to Marpha village, a major village on the Kaligandaki trading route. This is very windy path in the afternoon and therefore it’s good to cross before noon following the downstream of Kaligandaki with different views of mountain and sandy path. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around.Stay Walking Time: 4-5 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 07: Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/7848ft)

After wonderful view of Mt. Annapurna I from Kalopani, today after breakfast trek slow down hill to Dana, where we are going to stop for lunch. Right after Kalopani you will see one of the deepest gorges of the world. After lunch another 02 hrs walks to Tatopani, at Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction to the clients at Tatopani. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali. On reach at Tatopani, refreshment ant then trek about 10min to hot spring pool. Stay Walking Time: 3-4 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 08: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m/3690ft)

After wonderful view of Mt. Annapurna I from Kalopani, today after breakfast trek slow down hill to Dana, where we are going to stop for lunch. Right after Kalopani you will see one of the deepest gorges of the world. After lunch another 02 hrs walks to Tatopani, at Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction to the clients at Tatopani. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali. On reach at Tatopani, refreshment ant then trek about 10min to hot spring pool. Stay Walking Time: 3-4 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 09: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2780m/9480ft)

Today we have to climb almost 1600m in a day to Ghorepani. On the way, we pass through the villages of many ethnic groups in every short distance with different life style, housing style accordingly profession too. The main villages on the way are Ghara, Shikha, Phalate and Chitre. Today you will have different view of Mt Dhaulagri, Mt Nilgiri and Mt Annapurna. Stay Walking Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 10: Hiking -Poonhill (3210m/10531ft), trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)

We get up early at dawn today as we have to reach Poon Hill before sunrise so that we do not miss the magical moment.It is a wonderful experience watching first ray of sun over the mountains. This is one of the best mountain vistas and is well worth the effort taken to climb to Poon Hill (45 minutes climb). Himalayan view from Poon Hill is indescribable when the rising sun’s rays gradually strikes the Himalayan giants including Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Manaslu, Fishtail, and so many others. We spend some time picturing at Poonhill and return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue our trek to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. Specialty of this forest is that it hosts more than 15 species of rhododendron and if you are trekking in springtime the blooming colorful rhododendrons will fascinate you. You will also see abundance of faunas specially the Langur monkey along the trail. After one hour’s steep climb we come to a hill top, the place named Deurali. We see very nice view from Deurali. We climb down through bamboo forests from Deurali. We have our lunch at Banthanti and again continue through rhododendron forest. We have about thirty minutes climb before reaching Tadapani. From here we have great views of Annapurna South (7219m), Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail 6993m). Walking Time: 5-6 hrs Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 11: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m/6360ft)

The trail starts descending steeply off from Tadapani. The first part of the trek today will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into gardens of dazzlingly beautiful flowers, mostly red and pink. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we will be pleasantly surprised by the sight of some cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the gorge. After trekking some more time, we enter the village of Ghandruk, an undulated settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we also walk through the village and also visit the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk to acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people. Walking Time: 3-4 hrs. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 12: Ghandruk to Pokhara

Today, we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. By the time, we arrive at Birethanti, some of us would feel like having made a downhill marathon. But our marathon is not over yet. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s walk takes us into Nayapul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then, we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. We can hang around Pokhara lakeside at the evening time. Overnight at hotel. Walking Time: 4-5 hrs, Driving Time: 1 hr. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu

We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the river gorges, greeneries, mountains, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performance. Driving Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: City Hotel. Included Meal: B, D
Note: You have the option to extend your trip with an extra day at Pokhara (Pokhara is a beautiful city to relax after a trek), Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting adventure, Bunjee Jumping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.

Day 14: Depart from Kathmandu

Today your Jomsom Muktinath trek concludes . Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your departure flight from Nepal. We hope beautiful Nepal, the magnificent Himalayan sceneries, and unique cultural experience you got along your Jomsom Muktinath Trek will stay in your memory lifelong and you will go back home with a sense of achievement. Included Meal: Breakfast

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Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 14 days Reviews

Mustang Trekking

Dear Hari I am writing to express to you and other readers that I had a completely wonderful trekking trip in Nepal in March/April, 2011, organized by . My friend and I spent 14 days trekking with your company guide Hari and two porters into the Upper Mustang Valley near the border of Tibet I have done a considerable amount of mountaineering in Canada and am used to great views, but this trip was truly spectacular for its beauty - views of distant high snow capped mountains and trails that went into deep gorges with high cliffs of orange and red - each trail pass topped with a welcoming cairn and prayer flags. The dry desert area also allowed for wide open vistas and views of interesting rock formations. I have not been anywhere with so many interesting sights - there was a new picture to be taken every 15 minutes of every 7 hours we were walking. The cultural sights were also amazing - including the terraced fields, rock wall enclosures, religious monuments, monasteries, stone and mud houses, hilltop ruins of forts, Buddhist caves, irrigation canals, pack horses, goat herds, little tree plantations, yaks, and cattle, little villages with narrow alleys for people and animals, and children occaisonally to greet us. Some monuments were over 500 years old. The Iciclesadventuretreks were wonderful for organizing a somewhat customized trip for us two clients - they were very flexible as to timing and where we wished to go. Our guide Hari was very well organized, made careful preparations, was very happy, always tried to please and got along very well with our two porters and owners of the guest houses we stayed in. Hari did a lot of the cooking at the guest houses to provide us with some Western style meals - great cooking Hari! Although not essential, a guide is really valuable for organizing logistics and on treks - finding accommodation and organizing meals, freeing you up for viewing. It was OK to have a porter help carry the gear too. I would highly recommend the Hari to anyone wishing to sight-see in Nepal - they did a great job for us.

"Rob Adams and Garfield Saunders, Canada"

Nepal Trekking

Greetings from Poland! Finally at home! We would like to thank you very much for the time we've spent together. It was a real pleasure to trek with you to amazing Kingdom of Lo Manthang. We are happy to tell that we've already recommended your team to our friends. All of us are considering coming back to Himalaya Mountain. We hope that we could meet again in the future - it would be a pleasure for us to visit other regions with you, our friends! We don't know particular time of hypothetical visit, but I'm sure we'll keep in touch, so we can inform you about all our plans. 3 days spent in Chitwan National Parkwas organized perfectly, as well as the trek of course. Thanks for that too.

"Ola and family, Poland"

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Max. Altitude : 3800 Group Size : min-1 max-15 Best Season : Jan to May, Sept to Dec Activities : Trekking and Tour Accomodation : We will four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at 3* category hotel in Pokhara. During trekking, we will spend 9 nights in the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek; the Annapurna Region. Meals : During our Jomsom Muktinath Treks Rapid 9 Days Trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. We can even enjoy hot sizeable fruits chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be served from the tea house or lodge menu where we spent the night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner and breakfast will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A   farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu. Transportation : car, plane Starts From : Kathmandu Ends In : Kathmandu