Jomsom – Muktinath Trekking

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Jomsom- Muktinath Trekking:  Nepal

This is the classic tea house trek and boasts some of the best trekking lodges in Nepal. The main feature of the trek is the walk through the deepest gorge in the world carved by the Kaligandaki River, which carries water from the Tibetan plateau and joins to the Ganges in India. During this trek you will experience the mid-hills, high mountains and Tibetan-like country. This trek takes you to Ghorepani (Poonhill), Tatopani (Natural Hot spring), Marpha (Apple capital village of Nepal), Jomsom (Windy Valley), Kagbeni and Muktinath (the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists). To the Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. Hindus believe that washing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhists it is a place where the great sage, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), meditated. You will meet a variety of Nepalese people along the trek. There is a mixture of Gurung and Magar people in the lower parts of Kaligandaki, Thakali people from Ghasa to Jomsom, and people with obvious Tibetan roots (the Lopas) around Muktinath and up to Mustang.
The Kaligandaki Valley has been a major trading area for centuries. Only 50 years ago, traders bartered salt from Tibet in exchange for rice and barley from the mid-hills of Nepal. If you don’t have enough time to do the entire trek, you can fly to Jomsom, trek to Muktinath, and fly back to Pokhara within 4–5 days. The starting point of this trek is Nayapul or Beni and the finishing point is Jomsom. You will have time to take in the full experience if you can do this trek in 10-12 days. The highest trekking point that is reached is 3,802 meters at Muktinath. The Jomson trek is possible throughout the year.

Itinerary: 7 night 8 Days ( Fly In / Trek Out)

Day 1:- Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni(2800m.)
Early morning, drive to Pokhara Airport with guide and check in for fly to Jomsom which will be 25 min flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.  Jomsom is situated at the altitude of 2713m. height from sea level and it is a windy valley. Check your Annapurna conservation Area Entry permit  & TIMS at Jomsom in two place close to each other then trek start from Jomsom to Eklebhetti almost flat walk about 2 and half hours and take lunch there. After lunch you have to walk another 45 min to get Kagbeni (2800m.). Stay overnight at Kagbeni in guest house that our guide will take you nice, comfortable guest house. This day you have to follow all the way of Kaligandaki River (only one Hindu holy river in Nepal comes from Tibet side) and this area itself also a part of south Tibetan plateau.
Day 2:- Kagbeni-Muktinath (3802m.)
After breakfast trek start from Kagbeni about 8:00AM for Muktinath(3802m.). This day you have to walk gentle up mainly beginning first hours. On the way you can see the views of Dhaulagiri mountain ( 8167m.), Tukuche Peak ( 6920m.), Dhampus peak (6012m.), Nilgiri North ( 7061m.) and many more. Lunch will be at Jharkot and overnight at Muktinath in guest house. From Muktinath to north east side you will see two mountain Yakarongla peak and Karthe Kang and between this two peak there is the world biggest pass called Throngla pass (5416m.). In Muktinath there is a famous Hindu pilgrim place where you can visit Muktinath temple, Buddhist Monastery, natural flame, 108 holy taps etc. Total duration of trekking: 5-6 hrs
Day 3:- Muktinath-Marpha (2600m.)
Breakfast will be at hotel in Muktinath and after breakfast trek start from Muktinath to Marpha (2600m.). This day will be about 6 hours walk via Eklebhatti, Jomsom. Lunch will be either eklebhatti or Jomsom and from Jomsom, another 2 hours for Marpha. Marpha is the Apple capital city of Nepal where you can visit Apple farm as well as Buddhist Monetary also one of the best place to see the old houses. Dinner and over night will stay at Marpha in Guest house.
Day 4:-Marpha-Ghasa (2010m.)
Take your breakfast in Hotel and start your trekking.  Two hours from Marpha to Tukuche then another one hours for Larjung. Lunch will at Kalopani after 2 hours from Larjung. Till Kalopani from Marpha is almost flat walk . Kalopani is one of the nice place to see the mountain views like Dhaulagiri with ice fall view, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri south, Annapurna I & South and many more. After lunch from Kalopani to Ghasa will takes another two hours with gentle down. Ghasa valley is situated on the altitude of 2010m, surrounding by pine forest. You will have dinner and overnight at guest house in Ghasa.
Day 5:- Ghasa-Tatopani (Hot Spring-1189m.)
After breakfast trek start from Ghasa to Tatopani,  after 20 min walk from Ghasa hotel you will cross the bridge of Kaligandaki and before cross that river there is tourist check post. After 30 min walk from check post you will be a place call Pahiro Thaplo which is the border point for Mustang district and Magdi district. After this you will do your trek inside of Magdi District. Walk down to Kopcheepani and 30 min walk from Kopcheepani you will get a nice waterfall closely call Rupchee Chhahara. This is the exact point of the world dippiest gorges also because both side from this place lies big two mountain over then 8000m. One side Annapurna I (8091m.) & other side Dhaulagiri (8167m.) and this place lie about 1500m. And after one hours walk from this waterfall places you will get Dana Valley. This is the deepest valley lies on 1400m. Where you will take your lunch. After Lunch about two hours maximum you will get Tatopani ( 1189m, natural hot spring, where you can have bath). Dinner and over night stay at Guest house surrounding by Orange farm.
Day 6:- Tatopani-Ghorepani (2850m.)
After breakfast, if possible early in the morning about 07:00 am trek start from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m.) will takes about 7 to 8 hours most of the walk will be step up. 20 min walk from Tatopani you will cross Kaligandaki and after 5 min you will cross Gharkhola by hanging bridge and after that trek will be all the way up. From Ghar khola to about one and half hours trekking you will get another place called Ghara and another one and half hours from Ghara you will get Shikha which will be your  lunch place (1980m.). This is a big Magar village. Magar means this is a ethnic group of Nepal who was normally salt traders. After lunch you have to walk another two hours for Chitree and another one and half hours for Ghorepani. You will stay in guest house at Ghorepani which is one of the best places to see the mountain views from your room window. This place will be little be cold because of the hill.
Day 7:- Ghorepani-Poonhill-Tirkhedhunga (1577m.)
Wakeup early and  start for Poonhill ( 3210m.) trip which will takes 45 min to get the top of Poonhill. From Poonhill you will see more then 15 mountain peaks include Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. the main mountains are Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche peak ( 6920m.), Dhampus peak ( 6012m.), Nilgiri (7061m.), Annapurna I ( 8091m.), Annapurna south ( 7219m.), Himchhuli ( 6441m.), Fishtail ( 6997m.), Annapurna II ( 7937m.), Lamjung Himal ( 6920m.), Manaslu ( 8163m.) etc. After Poonhill trip back to hotel and have your breakfast then trek start for Tirkhedhunga (1577m.) via Nangethanti, Banthanti, Ulleri ( Lunch Place). Tirkhedhunga is small gurung village lies corner of Burundi Khola.   Duration of trekking: 5 hrs
Day 8:-Tirkhedhunga-Nayapool-Pokhara
Trek start from Tirkhedhunga to Birethanti for gentle down and flat for 3 hrs all the follow by Burundi Khola and you will stop for lunch at Birethant, after lunch cross the Modi river and another 25 min trek to Nayapool and from Nayapool drive 42 K.M. by private vehicle to Pokhara. This day total walking duration will be 4 hours.

Highlight of this treks:-
1) Different landscape from low level (1050m.) to high level (3802m.).
2) Mountain View in much closed distance- Full ranges of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. In this trek you will be closed with mountain in most of your days with more than 16 different mountains.
3) Variation of culture-Brahman, Chhetri, Gurung, Bhotes, Thakalis etc.
4) Famous Muktinath Temple, Monasteries, Gompas etc.
5) Natural Hot spring where you will get bath.
6) World deepest George of Kaligandaki valley.
7) Big rhododendron forests and Pine forests.

Jomsom- Muktinath Trek
Itinerary:  3 night 4 Days ( Fly In / Fly  Out)

This is the classic tea house trek and boasts some of the best trekking lodges in Nepal. The main feature of the trek is the walk through the deepest gorge in the world carved by the Kaligandaki River, which carries water from the Tibetan plateau and joins the Ganges in India. During this trek you will experience the mid-hills, high mountains and Tibetan-like country. This trek takes you to Jomsom (Windy Valley), Kagbeni and Muktinath (the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists).
To the Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. Hindus believe that washing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhists it is a place where the great sage, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), meditated. The Kaligandaki Valley has been a major trading area for centuries. Only 50 years ago, traders bartered salt from Tibet in exchange for rice and barley from the mid-hills of Nepal. The highest trekking point that is reached is 3,802 meters at Muktinath. The Jomson trek is possible throughout the year.

Day 1:- Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek toKagbeni(2800m.)
Early morning drive to Pokhara Airport with guide and check in then fly to Jomsom (25 min.). Jomsom is situated at the altitude of 2713 m height from sea level and it is a windy valley. Check your Annapurna Conservation area Entry permit & Tims at Jomsom in two place close to each other then trek start from Jomsom to Eklebhetti almost flat walk about 2 and half hours and take lunch there. After lunch you have to walk another 45 min to get Kagbeni (2800m.). Stay overnight at Kagbeni in guest house that our guide will take you nice, comfortable guest house. This day you have to follow all the way of Kaligandaki River (one of the Hindu holy river in Nepal comes from Tibet side) and this area itself also a part of south Tibetan plateau.

Day 2:- Kagbeni-Muktinath (3802m.)
After breakfast trek start from Kagbeni about 8:00 am for Muktinath (3802m.). This day you have to walk gentle up mainly beginning first hours. From one the way you can see the views of Dhaulagiri mountain ( 8167m.), Tukuche Peak ( 6920m.), Dhampus peak (6012m.), Nilgiri North ( 7061m.) and many more. Lunch will be at Jharkot and overnight at Muktinath in guest house. From Muktinath to north east side you will see two mountain Yakarongla peak and Karthe Kang and between this two peak there is the world biggest pass called Throng-la pass (5416m.). In Muktinath there is a famous Hindu pilgrim place where you can visit Muktinath temple, Buddhist Monastery, natural flame, 108 holy taps etc.
Total duration of trekking: 4- 5 hours walk.

Day 3:- Muktinath- Jomsom (2713m.)
Breakfast will be at hotel in Muktinath and after breakfast about 08:00AM departure from Muktinath to Jomsom. This day will be about 4-5 hours walk via Eklebhatti ( May be lunch place). this day rest of the day will be free at Jomsom.

Day 4:- Jomsom – Pokhara
Early  breakfast or tea / coffee,  than walk to Jomsom Airport check in and as per your flight time, fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and overnight stay at Pokhara.

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