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  Jomsom Muktinath Trek  (NTT-AT-006) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Nepal Duration: 11 days
Area: Annapurna Region Activities: Trekking
Max. Group Size: 9  Person Min. Group Size: 2 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 3,710  M.
Seasons: January - December

Jomsom and Muktinath trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit and perhaps the single most popular trek in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along this trekking route give a marvelous insight into the rural life of Nepalese people. The main feature of this trek is walking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which carries water from the Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India. The starting and ending point is Nayapul about one hour drive from Pokhara. Normally trekkers continue on above Jomsom to Mukitnath, the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist. To the Hindu, Muktinath is a sacred as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhist it is the place that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at, and to all, it is the source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as shaligrams that are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River valley. This trek is recommended year round as most of this trek is always in the rain shadow.

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Kagbeni. (2800m 3 hours walk).

We have very early morning wake up call and have breakfast for a 6 am flight to Jomsom that takes 15 minutes. The flight over Poon Hill and the Kali Gandaki gorge, 6 km below the summits of Dhaulagir and Annapurna, between these Himalayan High mountains emerging from above the pine forest to the arid landscape and a kilometer wide river valley to the JomsomAirport. The houses here are flat roofed. The stunningly beautiful summits of Nilgiris dominate the skyline. Our staff will assist us getting our luggage to the hotel where refreshment will be given. We shall visit the museum and get more information of the area then return to the lodge for our lunch. We shall walk along the east bank of the Kali Gandaki to Eklo Bhatti that will take about two hours and we shall have a short rest at Eklo Bhatti. On leaving Jomsom you should have a pair of sun glasses as the wind will be to strong. From Eklo Bhatti, nice easy walk to Kagbeni. Having settled in the lodge we shall pay a visit to the monastery and go to the roof top to view the Hialayas and the Kaligandaki river valley to the north.

Day 02.

Jharkot (3550m 4 hours).

We shall climb up the wide trail to join the trail from Eklo Bhatti. Where the two trails meet, the views of Dhaulagiri is Tukche is very clear. From here easy walk to Khingar then to Jharkot. We shall have lunch here. After lunch we shall visit Muktinath and return to the hotel.

Day 03.

Marpha ( 2670m 6 hours walking).

We shall leave Jharkot and retrace our walk to Jomsom . It takes two hours to Eklo Bhatti then another two hours walk against the winds to Jomsom. We shall have the lunch here then resume our walk for another two hours along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki. The clean town of Marpha is the centre for juicy apples thus it is also popular for its Marpha Brandy. We shall sample the strength of the brandy before the dinner.

Day 04.

Larjung (2550m 6 hours).

Nice easy walk along the west bank and shortly a new vista opens when we are directly below and due west of Nilgiri. The Kaligandaki valley opens wider and its flanks are vegetated with pine trees. So beautiful the area is that mere words fails to describe the scenery. We shall reach Tukche in 2 hours. In this village Hitman Subba's youngest son has the distilley for producing Tukche Brandy and winery for applecider. We shall make a visit there and then stop for the lunch. From here another nice easy walk to Khobang in an hour and another hour to Larjung. We shall stay here for the night.

Day 05.

Ghasa ( 2010m 6 hours walking).

Early in the morning, the trek begins along the west bank of Kaligandaki for sometime, then we begin crossing the wide riverbed with channels of the river to the east bank and then walk on the east bank to Kakhethanti and Damphu. From here the Kaligandaki begins to roar and the valley begins to narrow. We cross the Kaligandaki by a suspension bridge and reach Kalopani in 3 hours. We shall stop here for the lunch and enjoy the great views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After lunch we descend to Lete and cross a tributary stream and trek along west bank of the Kaligandaki and reach Ghasa in 3 hours. We stay in Ghasa for the night.

Day 06.

Tatopani (1190m 6 hours walking)

A short walk from Ghasa we cross the Kali Gandaki nice easy walk to Kopchepani, perhaps encounter a few landslides and uphill and down hill. Then reach Rupse Chhahara ( a huge waterfall) in 3 hours and stop here for lunch. From here we reach Dana in about an hour and another 2 hours from Dana to tatopani for the night stop.There is a nice hot spring which we shall enjoy.

Day 07.

Ghorepani ( 2750m 9 hours).

It is a long day. So it is advised to star very early. We walk on the west bank for half an hour then cross by the long suspension bridge to the east bank and reach Ghara Khola. Soon we cross the river we take the left road and begin climbing to Ghara that will take about 3 hours. After lunch we begin our climb through this terraced and hododendron area reach Sikha in an hour, Chitre in 2 hours then 2 hours to Ghorepani.

Day 08.

Tadapani (2595 m - 5 hours walk).

Very early in the morning, about 4am, there will be wake up call. We take our cameras, binoculars and the day back and make our way to Poon Hill 3193m it takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach there. There will be a long line of trekkers heading towards the top and when we reach there the dawn will break and we shall see the sun rise over this himalyan Panoram from Dhaulagiri to manaslu. We then return to our lodge or camp for breakfast then head east towards the ridge line . The views from the 3000m ridge is really magnificent. In about 2 hours we shall reach the two lodges at Deurali where we shall meet many curio hawkers. We shall have lunch here the resume our walk down hill through the beautiful forest to the Tadapani Khola the climb up to Tadapani. There are a few good clean lodges run by Gurung families. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare is very close.

Day 09.

GHANDRUK (1939m 4 hours walk).

The route to Ghandruk from Tadapani easy gentle descend down to Bhaisi Kharka then lush green forest down to Ghandruk. The Gurung village of Ghandruk look like an Europiean village with its fine masonry and slate roofs. We shall have the lunch then have a excursion to visit Gurung museum and handicraft shops to buy souvenirs. The views of Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli and Machhapuchhare is picturesque. The Gurungs of Ghandruk find Gurkha soldiering abroad of utmost respect. There are many ex- Gurkha soldiers in this village. In addition to the Gurkha soldiering, sheep rearing, buffalo keeping, lodge and hotel keeping and weaving rugs and handicrafts are the main occupations of the Gurung families here.

Day 10.

DHAMPUS ( 3450m 6 hours walk)

Again get up early to view the sun rise over the Himalayas then have breakfast. We have a long down hill to the Modi Khola and a short climb to Landruk in 3 hours. From Landruk we shall reach Tolk in an hour and in another hour we shall be up at Bhichuk Deurali and from here along the ridge to Pothana in half an hour. Pothana is a small settlement in the middle of the forest with a few lodges. We descend down to another large Gurung village of Dhampus. So in 3 and half hours from Landruk we shall be at Dhampus.

Day 11.

POKHARA ( 890m 1 hours walk).

We shall walk down to Dhampus Phedi and drive down to hour Hotel at the Lakeside. End of trek.