Jomsom – Muktinath Trek

Jomsom – Muktinath Trek

Tour Highlights

Nepal’s one of the most cherished cultural facets of Muktinath Temple is a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is said that the guru Rinpoche stopped here to meditate on his way to Tibet. Each year thousands of devotees make the pilgrimage to Muktinath to bathe in its 108 sacred waterspouts. The faithful believe that visiting Muktinath will cleanse them of all despair. The trek begins at NayaPul and ascends steeply through several villages to Ghorepani, from where an early morning hike to Poon Hill will lead to an absolutely unforgettable Himalayan panorama – a view that is itself worthy of the trip. We descend from Ghorepani to Tatopani, where the natural spring baths provide welcome relief from our earlier climb. Following the Kali Gandaki Gorge, we pass through Nepal’s apple country in Marpha, and make our way to Kagbeni, from where we can glimpse the arid desert landscape of the Tibetan Plateau. From here we descend to the holy site of Muktinath, then further to Jomsom, from where we’ll board a plane for an astounding 30-minute flight back to Pokhara between the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.

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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Get received at the arrival area of Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative from Era Tours and transported to your designated hotel. Unwind from your flight and meet us in the evening for a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

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Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

Relax for the afternoon and enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu’s unique attractions. We’ll spend the day exploring several of the city’s most famous cultural landmarks like the sacred Hindu pilgrimage site Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagamati River, Swayambunath Stupa also known as The Monkey Temple, Bouddhanath – Nepal’s largest and most revered Buddhist stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square with numerous cultural and historical monuments scattered around the vicinity.

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Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 823m/2700ft: 6 hours drive

We’ll depart Kathmandu this morning by private van or bus for Pokhara. The scenic drive will take us through scenic countryside to the famous lakeside city where we can relax for the evening and savor the spectacular mountain views over Fewa Lake.

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Day 4: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga 1552m/5090ft: 1 hour drive and 4 – 5 hours walk

Depart from Pokhara after breakfast to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. Following the north side of the BurungdiKhola, we ascend through forests and farmlands. We cross the ModiKhola over a suspension bridge and ascend to Tikhedunga.

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Day 5: Trek from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani 2750m/9020ft: 6 – 7 hours walk

Crossing another bridge over the BurungdiKhola, we ascend a steep hillside trail comprised of over a thousand stone steps to Ulleri. After a well-deserved rest and enjoying the view, we continue on for another short climb to our overnight stop in Ghorepani.

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Day 6: Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani 1190m/3904ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

Ascending out of Ghorepani, we’ll enjoy great views of Annapurna south and Nilgiri. After a steep descent to Sikha and then Ghar Khola, followed by another river crossing and ascent we’ll arrive in Tatopani. Relax your tired muscles in the hot springs nearby.

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Day 7: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa 2110m/6922ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

The trail to Ghasa winds through a deep gorge between the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, providing for amazing scenery as we make our gradual ascent. We’ll pass a notable waterfall called RupseChahara and several villages before reaching Ghasa.

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Day 8: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha 2680m/8792ft: 4 – 5 hours walk

Day 8: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha 2680m/8792ft: 4 – 5 hours walk
Beginning with a steep climb through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo, we pass through Lete and on to the Kali Gandaki’s eastern bank. After stopping to rest in Larjung, we continue into Nepal’s apple producing region as we approach Marpha.

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Day 9: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni 2810m/9218ft: 4 – 5 hours walk

Enjoy some of Marpha’s famous apple brandy or a slice of pie before departing Marpha today. We cross over a ridge to Jomsom and descend to the riverbed, where we follow the trail onwards to EkleBhatti. Our day ends in Kagbeni, an ancient village situated at the confluence of two rivers, which served as a transit point in the Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet.

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Day 10: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath 3710m/12170ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

From the banks of the Kali Gandaki, we ascend along a steep trail via Khingar to Jarkot. The desert landscape here, akin to the Tibetan plateau, is in stark contrast to the verdant hillsides from which we have come. Today’s final ascent will bring us to Muktinath, a most sacred site of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus.

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Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2715m/8910ft: 5 – 6 hours walk

This morning we’ll visit the temple of Vishnu in Muktinath, with its 108 sacred water spouts whose waters are said to cleanse the souls of those who bathe in them. Also visit the Buddhist monastery and enjoy spectacular views of Dhaulagiri. From Muktinath, we descend to Jomsom, the last stop on our journey.

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Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 30 minutes flight

We depart in the morning for an amazingly scenic flight to Pokhara between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Arrive in Pokhara in the afternoon and enjoy the evening relaxing by Fewa Lake.

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Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours

Depart by private van or bus this morning for Kathmandu. Spend the evening in Thamel reminiscing after an amazing journey.

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Day 14: Depart Kathmandu

Take care of any last minute shopping or sightseeing as time permits. You’ll be picked up at your hotel three hours prior to your departure flight. Thanks for traveling with Era Tours. Farewell and Namaste.

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