- 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 of “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.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is particularly a pilgrimage trek to Muktinath Temple. But you can also enjoy the walk through world’s deepest gorge (Kali Gandaki 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 Kali Gandaki valley following the Kali Gandaki River. We shall encounter fossils (shaligrams) in this Kali Gandaki 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.
Average rating: 3 reviews
Apr 19, 2017
Insightful Muktinath Trek with Icicles!
I am from India and I call myself a religious person. In recent years I have been travelling around the Hindu pilgrimage sites wherever possible. This time I joined a group to Jomsom Muktinath Trek organized by Icicles Adventure. It was all around 14 days of adventure that included Kathmandu sightseeing and Pashupatinath darsan. From the very beginning of my enquiry, I was constantly in touch with Indira exchanging emails and getting my questions answered. Hari, the owner was also humble and friendly guy to whom I met after completion of my trip on farewell dinner. But the best part of my trip was trekking with Krishna (trekking guide) who took care of me during the entire period and said Jam Jam before everyday hike to get ready me and our other trek participants.Basically, Krishna was a local boy who started his career as trekking guide since his teen age. Now he has been a veteran in this field. He introduced me to the surrounding peaks, explained the religious importance of Muktinath pilgrimage site and also had knowledge about Buddhism. I must say that he was very knowledgable guide, a professional fellow with whom I enjoyed my trip a lot.Our porter Suraj was not fluent in spoken English, however he also assisted as trekking guide and shared his future plan to organize similar treks around Himalayas. While carring nearly 18-20 kilo of luggage, he could walk far ahead of us , which was quite surprising. I must say that Icicles delighted me more than what I expected and I will surely recommend Icicles to anyone looking for treks in Nepal.
Jul 5, 2014
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.
Jul 5, 2014
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.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 14 days Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1350m/4429ft)
Hello and Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. After you hear flight attendant saying these words, you will get to know that you are about to land in International Airport in Kathmandu. Complete your visas and custom formalities and step out from airport arrivals where you shall be met by one of our office representative. He will transfer you to your respective chosen hotel. Enjoy free activities until end of the day. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu city tour
Say hello to culturally rich capital city of Kathmandu. Today we shall visit around UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu. Usually, we start off with nearby Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath stupa. Or else you can also visit around Durbar square at two nearby cities Patan and/or Bhaktapur upon your request.
After completion of these sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley, meet your trekking leader who will ensure all of you trekkers are ready and all required trekking gears have been acquired. Later stay overnight at same hotel in Kathmandu. Included: Breakfast.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft)
Instead of Kathmandu, we can also say that Pokhara is the starting point of our Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Initially, we take about an 6 to 7 hours drive to scenic lake city of Pokhara. Quick stops and breakfast on the road will be offered to you at quality restaurant. It will be a tourist bus that starts to roll from 6/7 am in the morning and you will arrive at Pokhara in afternoon at around 2 pm. After reaching Pokhara our trekking guide will be with you, we all check into hotel and come out to streets of Pokhara for short half day tour if you are interested. We stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Driving time: 7 to 8 hours, Accommodation: Hotel, Included: B, L, D.
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom (2700m/8856 ft) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9184ft)
As sunrises at Pokhara, we should already have our early meal today and get towards Pokhara airport to board a flight towards Jomsom. After flying across the hills and landing at Jomsom, our walking activity begins from and ends at here. We will have our quick stop at Jomsom and push ourselves towards northern side across Kali Gandaki valley. In this way, walking across the broad river valley, through rocky river banks; there we arrive at a small settlement locally known as Eklai Bhatti.
The surrounding and topography starts to change as we ascend above 3000 meters. Gradually, after we arrive at Kagbeni village, we encounter deserted landscape where we can also find the confluence of two rivers Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki. We get influenced from cultural and local traditions here at Kali Gandaki. Visit to local monasteries and gombas always adds to attractions. Total walking on first day of trekking activity would be 4 hours. Stay overnight at Kagbeni. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 05: Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft)
Today shall be our most important day of Jomsom Muktinath Trek as we will be approaching towards famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath. Our day starts after we ascend towards Jhong valley and catch a major route to Muktinath. Further walking along the Jharkot valley across small river streams and trees. Here we also visit to nearby monasteries too. Muktinath is pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindu followers. Get peaceful and spiritual surroundings while visiting temples, monasteries built centuries ago. Muktinath refers to Nirvana and you shall feel relieved and peace of mind and soul while visiting this pilgrimage site. Muktinath temple is temple of Lord Vishnu and has 108 water sprouts surrounding the pilgrimage site. Here today, we also do visit another popular temple of Jwala Mai where we see eternal flame glowing from heart of earth. Total walking hours today would be 4 to 5 hours. Stay overnight at Muktinath. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 06: Muktinath to Marpha (2660m/8250ft)
Sense of spirituality strikes us today early in the morning while visiting Muktinath temple. After a short while of preparation and breakfast at our local lodge, we shall walk mostly downhill to Eklai Bhatti. Jomsom Muktnath trekking route then follows towards popular settlement called as Marpha. This place is the major village at Kali Gandaki valley and former trading route to Tibet. The route here is very windy as strong winds blows across the valley and often route becomes impassable after noon. It is very essential to save ourselves from these wind, therefore full head mask and wind cheater jacket is must have for this trek. We do visit around the Marpha village and nearby monastery. Marpha is also famous for its apple products. Today we stay overnight at local teahouse in Marpha. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 07: Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/7848ft)
As we begin our day at Marpha, good views of nearby Annapurna Himalayan range is seen. We start our day after having our daily meal. It will be most of time downhill trek to local settlement called Dana where we will have our lunch stop. Leaving behind Kalopani, we also get wonderful opportunity to experience deepest Kali Gandaki gorge. We have our lunch and further 2 hours walk to Kalopani blesses us with stunning views of Nilgiri peak. Today we walk for around 3 to 4 hours. It shall be overnight stay at local tea house and meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 08: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m/3690ft)
We traverse from Kalopani to Tatopani today with slow downhill trek.we will stop for a lunch and steeply walk downhill through local forests. On this day natural hot-spring will also be another attraction as we take a dip into naturally warm water pond and relax. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali. On reach at Tatopani, refreshment ant then trek about 10min to hot spring pool. We stay overnight at local tea house with near about 4 to 5 hours walk and meal includes breakfast lunch and dinner today. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 09: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2780m/9480ft)
From Tatopani we will take an almost 1600m ascend 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. We will walk for around 3 to 4 hours today with overnight stay at local lodge. Meal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 10: Hiking -Poonhill (3210m/10531ft), trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)
We wake up early in the morning today to see spectacular sunrise views over Annapurna Himalayas from Poonhill view point. So, we start walking before sunrise in the dark. In a short while magic happens as golden rays of sun strikes snow capped peaks and creates golden atmosphere all around. We get to see the Himalayas namely Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tukuche, Machapuchare and few others. For a short while, we enjoy the sunrise moment and return to our local lodge at Ghorepani. There after having our breakfast, we make our way towards Tadapani via rhododendron forests that blossoms during spring season. We shall walk for 5 to 6 hours and stay overnight at local lodge in Tadapani. Walking time: 5 to 6 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 11: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m/6360ft)
Leaving behind Tadapani, we further descend towards beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. The greenery, great Himalayan views, refreshing walk through rhododendron trees and warm hospitality along with cultural exploration opportunities at Ghandruk, we get plenty to see, enjoy, learn and experience today. Gurung museum is another attraction here at Ghandruk where we learn more about their history, tradition and lifestyle. We walk for around 3 to 4 hours today with overnight stay at local lodge. Walking time: 3 to 4 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 12: Ghandruk to Pokhara
We are now at the final days of our Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Today, we trek towards Nayapul and take a drive to Pokhara. Most of the day, it will be downhill trek via trees, forests, cross Birethanti. Trekking activity ends at Nayapul. After an hour drive we arrive at Pokhara and enjoy rest of the time strolling around lakeside and visiting other popular attractions in Pokhara. Later we stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Total walking hours shall be 4 to 5 hours with 1 hours drive. Walking time: 4 to 5 hours, Accommodation: Local lodge, Included: B, L, D.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
We take a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and conclude our Jomsom Muktinath Trek. After arrival at Kathmandu, we will assist you in checking into hotel and even invite you for farewell dinner at one of the cultural restaurant in Kathmandu. Later stay overnight at hotel in Ktm. It will be nearly 6 to 7 hours of comfortable drive today from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Meal includes breakfast and complimentary farewell dinner.
Note: While you are at Pokhara or at Kathmandu, after returning from Jomsom Muktinath trek, you have an option to extend your trip for Jungle safari, white water rafting, paragliding and other activities along with added touring around Bhaktapur and Patan too. Let us know if you have any such interest or plan. We shall surely make it happen.
Day 14: Depart from Kathmandu
Finally all of our Jomsom Muktinath Trekking program in Nepal concludes today. After you are done with your packing for international flight, our office representative shall transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours earlier your flight schedule. With hope that we have delighted you with our services, we look forward to see you soon in Nepal for more other adventures, tours and trekking. Farewell! Meal includes breakfast.
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