Jomsom hiking holiday 16 Days

Jomsom and Muktinath is a typical lodge trek in the Mustang region that includes the world’s deepest gorge of the Kali Gandaki River which is famous for ammonite fossils.  The trek reaches the maximum altitude of 3760m and can be accomplished by anybody with a moderate level of fitness. Trekking along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge. We view the splendid peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri both of which reach heights in excess of 8000m. During the trek we discover the hundreds of year old monastery, caves, local tribes and picturesque beauties of the different landscapes. We make an adventure starting from world’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki Region into world’s highest regions passing through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.

In this trek we meet and walk through a rough motor able road in the several points from Tatopani to Muktinath. This trek is known as one of the Coca Cola Treks since the Coke and other cold drinks are easily available almost in every stop. Also telephone, mobile and internet service are available almost everywhere.
The initial days of the trek through the Annapurna region ascends through terraced fields of paddy and villages inhabited by the indigenous people, mostly the Gurungs, Magars and Thakalis. The trek gets interesting in Tatopani where we will have the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs! Then the trek passes through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. The dignity of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on show a little further up along with the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3760m). The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls that resemble water flowing from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that boggle the mind. From here it is downhill to Jomsom village on the Tibetan Plateau where we can look around at the gateway to the “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang”, and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader and other staffs will help us to know more about the life and culture of the Mustangese people. A flight the following day will bring us to Pokhara from where we make a few hours’s drive through the green mountains to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu  (1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (827m) by bus/air
Day 04: Pokhara – Tikhedhunga 1540m
Day 05: Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani 2860m
Day 6: Ghorepani – Tatopani (1,190m)
Day 07: Tatopani – Ghasa (2,010m)
Day 08: Ghasa – Marpha (2,670m)
Day 09: Marpha – Kagbeni (2,810m)
Day 10: Kagbeni – Muktinath (3,760m)
Day 11: Muktinath – Jomsom (2,720m)
Day 12 Jomosom – Pokhara (820m)
Day 13 Pokhara Sightseeing (827m)
Day 14 Pokhara – Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 15 Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Important Information:
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt Ltd. Make sure that the trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found necessary due to unfavorable circumstances that may occur during the trek. However, the effort will be made to keep to the above planned itinerary. Unfavorable weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can force to bring the changes in the itinerary. The leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly according to the plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.


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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu  (1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (827m) by bus/air
This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after you left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Pokhara – Tikhedhunga 1540m
We set off early in the morning by bus or a taxi to go to the starting point of trek. The road winds sometimes hairpins up to a point where the villages called Naudanda, Khare and Lumle lie. Breathtaking view of Annapurna range can be seen clearly. The driving takes about an hour. After that we have descended steps to walk to the new bridge over the Modi Khola. Then begins our fast walk. First we follow the path to the big village called Birethati. The path runs through the rice fields slowly up to the few houses of Tikhedhungha. The Total trekking duration is 4-5 hours.
Day 05: Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani 2860m

After the 400m uphill climb over the well-known stairs Ulleri begins. The steps are uneven and that makes us quite tiring. The path winds up through several steps. Above Ulleri there is thin habitation of people. Hence, it is quite and calm. We can see very few people working to in cultivation. Often there are ancient tattered huts as shelters. We walk through oak and rhododendron forest, growing along the river that leaps down in waterfalls. Especially in the spring, it is a fairy tale with the beautiful flowers wealth of rhododendrons. Ghorepani literally means “horse water”. It lies atop a pass and traditionally the horses which are the caravans to Mustang are drenched here. Ghorepani is a small pass which is in the altitude of 2860 meters. We can visit to Magar museum here.

Day 06: Ghorepani – Tatopani (1,190m)

Early in the morning we climb to Poonhill (3210m) along with the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedtion leader to watch the sunrise view. It will take about 45 min to reach on the spot. It is a view point for Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. Then after breakfast we head to Tatopani. In the beginning we walk steeply down to Chitre then to Sikha, a large Magar village & further descend to Ghar Khola Village. We cross suspension bridge over Ghar khola and then over Kali Gandaki River. After this we make our entry in the ACAP office then we climb up to Tatopani village at the bank of Gandaki River. Tatopani, means Hot Water in Nepali derives its name from the hot springs there. The hot springs are popular among the trekker to sooth their tired leg muscles. We spend the night in Tatopani.

Day 07: Tatopani – Ghasa (2,010m)

Our path today goes along the Kali Gandaki River that flows under the deep gorge. We cross Dana, a village and Rukse Chhahara, a beautiful waterfall and Kopchepani, Then the path further goes up to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is famous for bird watching. Mani walls, Chyorten, Hindu Temples are seen here. Safe drinking water project also lies here. Local apple brandy and wine are available here. We spend the night at Ghasa.

Day 08: Ghasa – Marpha (2,670m)

We begin climbing through the steep forest path to Lete Khola then we reach Lete village. It further continues to the east side of the Kali Gandaki after Kalapani then we reach Larjung, a big Village of Thakalis. We may have to cross wooden bridges in the winter. From Larjung, we walk the trail along the river bank to Tukche at 2590m. At Tukuche we can visit to the Eka Kawaguchi Residence museum. We walk through apple farm projects which produce apple and vegetable for the whole region until we get to beutiful Marpha Village which is the ending point of Round Dhaulagiri Trek. Local apple brandy, wine and apple pie are available here. We spend the night in Marpha.

Day 09: Marpha – Kagbeni (2,810m)

Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expediton leader will take us to visit the famous Apple Peach Farm and Rinjing & Solmi Gompa before breakfast today. Then we walk along Kali Gandaki River heading to Jomsom Village. This is very famous city in the Himalayan region and there are many places to visit. But we don’t stop here for the visit. We do this on our way back. We cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti, meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaches at Ekley-bhatti village. After a good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers, Jhong Khola that emerges from Thorang Khola and Kali Gandaki. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

Day 10: Kagbeni – Muktinath (3,760m)

Kagbeni lies in the boarder of special permit to Upper Mustang. ACAP check post lies in Kagbeni. Hence, our trip starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki up stream today. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by and enjoy. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village which is full of mani walls and stupas; also a famous Shakya Gompa. Also we can visit to traditional medicine centre here. A further climb takes us to Muktinath.

Day 11: Muktinath – Jomsom (2,720m)

If we are in this place during Janai Purnima, the special full moon day that falls usually in the month of August, we can observe a great fair for which both Hindu and Buddhist people gather here in great number. Especially the Indian Hindu tourists love to visit Muktinath since it is one of most important destination of Hindu pilgrimage. It also hold an important place for the Buddhists. In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple of the Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra” or the region of liberation or salvation. We visit to Sarwa Gompa, Marme Lakhang, Jwala Mai Temple. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also we can enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. We need make entry in the check post of ACAP here before we back. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom tomorrow.

Day 12: Jomosom – Pokhara (827m)
From here we can either fly or travel by jeep/bus. Honestly saying the road is not so good. If we choose the road transportation, we stop at Tatopani for a night to have hot spring bath which gives us complete relax to our body which is almost fully exhausted due to the long and hard trek. So, it takes 2 days to reach Pokhara from Jomsom. But if we choose the air transportation then we reach Pokhara within 18 -22minutes.
Day 13: Pokhara Sightseeing (1401m)
Pokhara is a great little town to recover from the fatigue of a journey. The climate is extremely pleasant, the views magnificent. You can swim and sail in a boat to the other side of the lake. You can do well in all kinds of incredibly tasty dishes in the numerous restaurants. And there is anything for sale in the many souvenir shops.
Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu  ( 6-7  hours travel by tourist bus)
We take the pleasant and comfortable Tourist Bus back to Kathmandu. Arriving about 4pm, a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff member will meet us and drive us to our hotel.  The rest of the day is unscheduled and you are free to spend it as you like.
Day 15: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Or Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours 

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.