Jomsom Muktinath Trek is known as Kali Gandaki valley trek explores the tremendous diversity of the Annapurna region following the old trade route to Tibet along the bank of the Kali Gandaki.
The trek is brilliant of attracting over 75% of all trekkers (more than 30,000 annually) are visiting via Pokhara to the famed Pun / Poon Hill for the best sunrise view on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges through the beautiful Himalayan settlements.
Kagbeni is an entrance gate of the forbidden Kingdom of an upper mustang with the arid land of beauty against the backdrop of majestic mountains before ascending to the famous pilgrimage site at Muktinath adds the charm in your trip to Annapurna.
According to the gokyo treks agency based Kathmandu Nepal, the Jomsom to Muktinath distance is only 25 kilometers and takes a 25-minute overland drive or 5 hours trek. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang district, of Nepal. You can trek into that trek route tourist standard to luxury hotels in Jomsom and as well as in Muktinath paying an extra cost. Because of the Muktinath tour package what we have designed on this page is on the basis of twin sharing tourist standard accommodation basis.
Even tourist sandard hotels in Muktinath offer a delicious variety of meals within 24 hours hot showers. Check the regular price from Pokhara to Muktinath jeep fare if you are driving by local or private jeep. The price variation is upon the months that you are traveling. The best time to visit muktinath is either in autumn season or in the spring season passing lower mustang nepal.
The interesting things to do in Jomsom is, you can Muktinath yatra by helicopter from Pokhara or take a regular Pokhara to Muktinath flight. The kathmandu to muktinath helicopter fare is roughly US$ 4,400 for each charter helicopter. Kindly check Muktinath travel guide to know better about Muktinath tour package cost for interested travelers.
Beni to jomsom distance is 95.7 kilometers and possible to reach with overland drive in 6 hours 30 minutes. We recommend you to take kathmandu to muktinath by flight to get Muktinath as a quickest way.
Majestic jomsom Muktinath trek is religiously important by both Hindus and Buddhists. The main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu; there are 108 waterspouts around the Temple. The Jwala Mai temple nearby contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas underground.
Since ancient times, divine flames of jwala have been worshiped as Jwaladevi (the goddess of flame). Likewise, Muktinath trek passing poon hill is even more amazing and interesting in spring as the whole forest along the trail turns red, pink and white with rhododendron flowers. Jomsom Muktinath Trekking tour is possible to explore at any time throughout the year.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek itinerary details
This Muktinath tour or Jomsom muktinath trek 7/10 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region up to the Muktinath temple. The particular route is designing for globetrotters who wish to hike in a more relaxed manner. However for travelers who wish to do this trek quickly but are walking with limited time wise ask us for tailor-made itinerary.Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.
You can take a fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara paying an extra cost USD 110 each foreign guest, takes only 25 minutes and transfer to Hotel. At the afternoon, our guide will take you for a little excursion to the beautiful Fewa lake. Moreover, if you are driving with the Tourist bus, you will have beautiful landscapes on the way. If you are driving to Pokhara by Tourist bus/car, It takes around 7 hours
We start our overland drive after breakfast to Nayapul. The scenic drive takes roughly 90 minutes to reach Nayapoon Bazaar. We conduct our journey to Tikhedhunga passing Birethanti (1065m.). Birethanti village is a scenic place of beautiful lodges and center points for the Modi river valley. The trek route goes through several small villages and settlements. Afterward, we ascend gently to the final destination of the day.
Today, we ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2,070m.) and Banthanti. During the journey, you will see a good view of Machhapuchhare known as mount Fish Tail (6,997m.), mount Hiunchuli (6,441m.) and as well as Annapurna (7,219m) south. Now, our trail is quite easier passing through Rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final camp at Ghorepani village. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Hike very early in the morning to reach Poon Hill (3,220m/10,562 ft). It is the highest hill station to get the best sunrise over mount Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Tukuche Peak (6,920m.), Nilgiri (6,940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m.), Mount Annapurna I (8,091m.), Annapurna South (7,219m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,855m.), Machhapuchhare (6,993m.), Annapurna IV (7,525m.), Annapurna II (7,937m.), Lamjung Himal (6,931m.). Moreover, there are other numerous snow-capped mountains together with that popular mountain view in a row. Descend downhill to get hot delicious breakfast and Ghorepani lodge, walk downhill all the way to reach Tatopani, natural hot spring. During the walking, we trek through nice villages, Rhododendron forest, the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom.
You have to follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards Dana village surrounded by orange groves. During the trails, you come across locals who are selling oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. Then you head towards Ghasa recognized as a Thakali village where you see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses.
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kaligandaki. Throughout the trek, you will be enjoying many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali, and few Tibetans. As you are reaching larjung village, you can hike to Dhaulagiri Icefall which takes about only 3 hours (optional) On the way to Marpha, we walk along with Kali Gandaki river through the Apple orchard, you can eat apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance.
You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing several villages. The wind generally picks up after about midday, but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to Jomsom (2,730m/8,955 feet), then the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows, and grey, contrasting with the white snowcaps mountain. As you reach Jharkot, you can visit an ancient Shakya Monastery believed to be built in 15 century.
In the morning, you can visit the Muktinath temple which is an important pilgrimage destination for Hindu and Buddhist. Here you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. You can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. From the Muktinath temple garden, you can see an excellent view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m.), and others. Descend down to a hotel for breakfast than retrace your steps to Jomsom.
Optional day hikes to get Dhumba lake
Dhumba Lake is a wonderful, clear water lake located at the Mount Nilgiri Base Camp. Trekkers can reach at Dumba lake walking with about 5.5 kilometers from Jomsom airport. You can begin the trek by coming to Jomsom Bus Park and intersection the wooden extension there to arrive at the left half of the runway. Along the journey, you’ll locate a signboard pointing towards the best approach to Dhumba Lake/Thini Village.
The principal achievement of the trek to get ancient Thini Village is roughly 5 kilometers from Jomsom. The following half kilometer trek will take you to Dhumba Village and thusly to Dhumba Lake. The backdrop of Dumba lake, is the Himalayas, which is outstanding. There’s a small rest stop near the lake. There’s also a circumferential path walk around the lake to better enjoy the natural beauties. In the evening you celebrate the completion of your trek with the trekking crew.
Get the early flight takes about only 25 minutes to reach Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear. It makes you able to enjoy the Annapurna Himalaya best view and return to Kathmandu by Bus.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Jomsom Muktinath Trek cost?
This Jomsom Muktinath Trek cost is available in USD 799 per person on a double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses.
For deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2-star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Kaligandaki valley – Jomsom Muktinath Trek tour cost include:
- Kathmandu international airport with private vehicle transfer.
- 2 nights twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek
- Domestic flight: Jomsom to Pokhara city airfare with applicable tax
- Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
- Tourist / Micro Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
- Fully escorted trek with English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Jomsom Muktinath Trek
- Pokhara Fewa lake side – Nayapool transfer by private vehicle.
- Overland land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Jomsom Muktinath Trek or Muktinath Tour starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. If you provide us your flight details and request to pick up? our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Jomsom Muktinath Trekking?
Answer: No ! But this is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect to express Jomsom Muktinath Treks?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However, we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Annapurna trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Jomsom Muktinath trekking?
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on short Jomsom Muktinath Lodge Trek?
Answer: Most of all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Jomsom Muktinath Trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Kali Gandaki valley Trek?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on kali Gandaki valley Trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?
Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.
Question: Do I need walking polls?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Highlights
- Discover mount Annapurna mountain range within 160 deg angle from poon hill station
- Dumba lake in Mustang is also beautiful located on the foothill of Nilgiri Mountain.
- Most demanding trek tour by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage devotees.
- Natural hot spring TATOPANI, beautiful Rupse waterfalls along the trek routes
- Experience the Gurung, Magar and Thakali ethnic groups and their local life styles.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Note:
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you, however, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
“What makes Jomsom Muktinath Trek trip special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
Muktinath Trekking, Chitwan National Park, Nagarkot hikes
We have done 2 treks with Ammar and his crew. Our guide, Som, was fantastic and the porters happy and reliable. Ammar is great to deal with. We are coming again next year and will use Gokyo Treks. Dr Rob H Australia- Dr. Robert Arthur Hilton, Melbourne city, Australia !.
Muktinath and Dumba Lake Trek
We met Ammar in 2010, arranged some hikes for our friends sometimes. In 2017 September, we hike to Muktinath with our friends. Ammar suggested for optional visit at Dumba Lake. Yes, we did. We made a great trip but Dumba lake hiking was even better because of out from the noice. If you are true hiker want to visit some cool places in Mustang, donot miss to Dumba lake trekking.
Our Guide was Ammar and he arranged almost everything like booking lodges, porters, private jeeps, all permits, and jomsom to pokhara flights. Once again, thank you and looking forward to go another trip with you guys. – Dr Isable, Michael and friends, Salzburg, Austria.
Trip Price : USD 799 Per Person
- Hiking Duration: 10 Days
- Altitude: 3,800m/12,426 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-15 People
- Best Time: Oct – May
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Trekking foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
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