Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

This exciting 10-day trek to Jomsom and Muktinath in the Annapurna region of Nepal takes you to path of salvation, allowing you to visit both Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Progressing through the world’s deepest gorge formed by Kali Gandaki River, the Jomsom Mukthinath trekking trail is made absolutely worthwhile by breathtaking panoramic views of peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, etc.

The Jomsom Muktinath trek proposed by Orbit Alpine Adventures follows one of the most frequented and well-defined routes, throughout which trekkers have a fabulous opportunity to get lost in appreciation of the constantly changing landscapes along with age-old monasteries, caves, temples, local culture, and a natural hot spring.

Our Jomsom Muktinath trek begins from Nayapul and concludes at Jomsom, from where we fly to Pokhara and then either drive or fly back to Kathmandu. For the first couple of days, we will be walking through fertile terraced farmlands and lush green forests in the Annapurna region, along the same path taken by the popular Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk mini-circuit trekkers, diverting from Ghorepani towards Muktiniath instead of Ghandruk, via Tatopani (hotspring) and the beautiful village of Marpha.

In addition to excellent views of the Himalayas from Poon Hill and other places en route, the Jomsom Muktinath trek allows us to have a deeper understanding of the symbiosis among the Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal, both revering Muktinath equally.

Day to Day Itinerary

OPEN ALL DAYS Outline Itinerary

You will be greeted at the airport and will go to your hotel. You can freshen up and have some sightseeing. In the evening we will explain about the program ahead.

After breakfast, we will go for full day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. You will be accompanied by our professional tour guide. The sightseeing includes visiting Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Come back to hotel and in the evening you can hang-out around Thamel. Stay overnight at hotel.

At 7 AM, you will start from Kathmandu and after a 7-hour drive (most of the route is scenic), you will reach Pokhara. Spend the afternoon around Lakeside.

Fly to Jomsom & sightseeing around Jomsom. The Kali-Gandaki valley here is called the Thak-khola, after the native Thakalis, who are distantly related to the Tibetans. The day we walk to Kagbeni, the checkpoint of entry to Upper Mustang. The altitudes of this trek vary between about 915m at Pokhara to approx.3880m at Muktinath; going up and down will test the best pair of knees.

We ascend steeply to a 3,880m, at Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple in a grove of poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come here for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water inside a small but very holy temple.

Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then into the Kali Gandaki river valley. Follow the valley southwards to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group the Thakalis, the main inhabitants of this area.

Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching the old Thakali trading center of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani (2,560m.) From here there are spectacular 360-degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna high above.

A beautiful walk, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot water springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good ‘scrub.

Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani. We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.

Early morning, you will visit the famous Poon Hill where you will hopefully be blessed with a fantastic sunrise and 360 degree view of all the Annapurna Range. The views here are breathtaking as you sit and sip on a hot cup of coffee before heading down the main trail to Pokhara. The trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with birds to Tadapani (2,540m) for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Trail descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandruk (1,940m) and explore the maze-like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement.

A steady climb down past startlingly green cultivated terraces and picturesque, beautifully-preserved farms to the scurrying Modi River, which the trail follows back to Birethanti. Drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

The drive is a scenic one, taking around seven hours. Alternatively, you can fly from Pokhara and spend the rest of the day in Kathmandu. You are invited to a Nepalese dinner in the evening.

A few hours before your scheduled flight time, we will take you to the airport for your flight back home.