- Country: Nepal
- Destination: Nepal
- Maximum altitude: 2700
- Group size: Min - 1
- Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the most famous trekking routes in Annapurna region and a travel adventure for anyone willing to visit the windy valley of Jomsom. Magnificent landscapes filled with ever green forests highlights the trek. Jomsom provides amazing views of Nilgiri peak as well as Dhaulagiri which is the sixth highest peak in the world. At an elevation of 2700m, Jomsom is the commercial and administrative center of Mustang District of Nepal. Popular for its apple orchards, Jomsom is the entry point to Muktinath temple.
Muktinath temple residing at the foot of Thorong La Pass at the elevation of 3710m serves as a holy shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists. The Muktinath temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples and eighth most sacred shrine of Vaishnava related to Tirupati and Badrinath. The temple has a golden statue of Lord Vishnu with 108 water sprouts shaped as cows headalong the premise that pours holy Pushkarini water all the time. Every year thousands of pilgrims throng to in Muktinath temple. Hindus come to bathe in the holy water while Buddhists come to homage to a shrine enclosing eternal blue flame.
Jomsom trek is a short and easy trek with views of colossal mountains of Annapurna massif. The route avoids high altitudes and serves best lodges and teahouses in Nepal. The trek starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara. The trail follows through the path of rivers such as Kali Gandaki and evergreen forests filled with Rhododendron. One of the highlights of the trek is Poon Hill famous for soothing views of sunrise and sunsets through the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Ghorepani is a mountain pass below Poon Hill famous for its guest houses that provide lodging and meals. In ancient times, traders found water for their horse. Ghorepani overlooks at the world's deepest valley, Kaligandaki wedged between Annapurna south and Machhapuchhre. Other attractions of Jomsom trek include Mustang villages such as Tukuche, Jharkot and Marpha.
The journey takes us through villages and indigenous settlements filled with traditional housing and architecture. These settlements help us understand the culture and tradition especially of Gurung community that have been passed through generations. The most of the hotels and lodges are run by the people of Thakali community. The cuisines and hospitality are famous and practiced all over Nepal.
Day 1: Drive/Flight to Pokhara
A 200km drive can be arranged from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Along the serpentine highway to Pokhara, beautiful green scenery can be observed. You can also book an early fight to Pokhara. Once there you will be picked up by designated individual to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara .
Day 2: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri
We drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. We then trek along the Bhurungdhi Khola river and follow the trails through Hille and Tikedungha. We cross over Bhurungdhi Khola River by a suspension bridge. The trail follows along the steep climb to Ulleri village. From here amazing view of Annapurna South and Himchuli can be seen.
Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani
The path ascends through Rhododendron and Oak forests. The trail follows over several streams until we reach a village of Nangathanti. Few hours of trekking through forest brings to Ghorepani.We spend overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 4: Trek to Tatopani
We climb up to Poon Hill early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. After breakfast, we descend through Rhododendron forest to reach Chitre where views of Dhaulagiri range can be observed.The trail leads to Sikha vilage and crosses over Ghar Khola River. After a short climb we cross over Kali Gandaki river by a suspension bridge and after a short distance of climb we reach Tatopani. Overnight at Tatopani.
Day 5: Trek to Ghasa
The trail ascends up to Kali Gandaki Gorge and towards village of Dana surrounded by orange grooves. Along the trail, there is waterfall just beyond Rupse village. The trek climbs up rocky cliffs and heads towards Ghasa. We spend overnight at Ghasa.
Day 6: Trek to Larjung
After breakfast we trek towards Larjung. We descend and then ascend through forests of Fir, Juniper and Cypress along the banks of Kali Gandaki. The path leads to Larjung. We spend overnight at Larjung.
Day 7: Trek to Jomsom
We trek along the trail of Kali Gandaki valley that passes through Khobang and Tukuche. The pathway follows stone walled orchards that lead to a stone gate, entrance to Marpha. After lunch in Marpha we trek towards Jomsom. The path is filled with snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. We spend overnight at a local hotel.
Day 8: Trek to Muktinath
After breakfast, we trek along the gravel bed of Kali Gandaki. We then cross a small ridge to Chhancha Lhumba and head towards Muktinath. Views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri dominate the sky on the way to Khingar and Jharkot. The trail leads through steep hillsides that enter Ranipauwa. A short trek from Ranipauwa and we reach Muktinath. We spend overnight at a local hotel.
Day 9: Trek to Jomsom
We leave Muktinath and head towards Jomsom by retracing our steps. During our return, we get a magnificent view of Nilgiri. We again spend overnight at Jomsom.
Day 10: Flight to Pokhara and Flight/Drive to Kathmandu
We board an early flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can either take a flight or drive to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you are free to go sightseeing in different UNESCO world heritage sites.