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Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 12 Days

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12 Days

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Trip Grade

Moderate

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Group Size

15 people

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Overview

The Jomsom trek as it is commonly known is also a part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It begins from Pokhara and passes through the Valley of Kali Gandaki River to the pilgrim site of Muktinath.

The natural beauty along the Jomsom – Muktinath trek is breathtaking. The scenery of the trail ranges from the forests of brilliant red rhododendrons to rocky cliffs and desert of Mustang.

The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River. This river forms the most massive gorge in the world and on one side lies the Annapurna mountain range and on the other hand, lays the Dhaulagiri. Between the two varieties, there are views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. The Kali Gandaki is a quarter of a mile wide river bed, and during the winters the river is practically dry, but during the summers and monsoons, the water level rises with rainwater and melting snow. You can find fossil rocks in the banks of Kali Gandaki River which is believed to be sacred for the Hindus.

The culture among the trail is rich with the religious mixture of Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist faction.

The trail weaves through the Lower Mustang region of Nepal ending at the village of Kagbeni which is a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, chortens, and a Buddhist monastery.

The highest point on this trail is Muktinath at 3800 meters – a holy site of temples that have been sacred to both Buddhist’s and Hindu’s for centuries.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: Arrival Day - 1400 m

You will be welcomed by our representative on your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Later, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check into the hotel, freshen up, relax a bit or you can explore the vicinity until we meet in the evening for the trip briefing. The time for the briefing will be informed to you once you arrive at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel. Thamel Eco Resort or similar

DAY 2: Kathmandu Exploration Day

After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes: Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture. Stay in hotel.

DAY 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara 900 m

Early morning breakfast and we check out the hotel to go to Pokhara. A 7 hours drive by tourist bus takes us to the amazingly beautiful city of Pokhara 200 km west of Kathmandu. The drive is very scenic which goes through the winding and stretching road along side the famous rafting river of Trishuli and later on Marsyangdi. The passing through some beautiful small Nepali towns will give you some glimpses of countryside of Nepal.

DAY 4: Pokhara – Jomsom 2700 m - Kagbeni 2800 m

Take a short but scenic flight in the morning to a stunning town of Jomsom. A twenty minutes\' flight with a very close up view of Annapurna range takes you to the mountain town of Jomsom. Feel welcomed by the mountain air in Jomsom and start the trek of the day to Kagbeni along the bank of Kali Gandaki river. A five hours gentle walk takes you to this beautiful place in the middle of the mountains. Enjoy the view of the mountains.

DAY 5: Kagbeni – Muktinath 3800 m

Wake up early to a beautiful morning, take breakfast and start the walk of the day to Muktinath. Muktinath is a very important holy pilgrimage site for the Hindus and even for non Hindus the place has a special spiritual charm. An about six hours walk takes you to this enchanting place. . Stay at a tea house.

DAY 6: Muktinath - Jomsom - Marpha 1450 m.

Wake up to another fresh and beautiful morning, feel refreshed with each inhale of the mountain air. Drive to Jomsom after breakfast and trek to Marpha. Experience and enjoy the mountain driving in Nepal for about one and half hours and trek gentle down hill for about two hours to Marpha, today\'s stopover.

DAY 7: Marpha - Tatopani

Take another day experience of mountain driving in Nepal. Drive to Tatopani (Hot Water) after breakfast. Once you reach Tatopani, you can enjoy a bath natural hot spring pool and wash the tiredness away. Rest in a tea house

DAY 8: Tatopani - Ghorepani 2860

It\'s a long day today. It will take you about eight hours to reach a magnificently beautiful town of ghorepani. Once you reach there, enjoy the close up view of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain range. Stay in a tea house.

DAY 9: Ghorepani - Poon hill 3210 m - Pokhara 900 m

Early morning wake up to hike to a stunning view point of Poon hill for a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains and an incredible sunrise. Walk back to the tea house and enjoy the breakfast. Map the trail down hill again to reach Nayapul from where you drive to Pokhara. It is a very long day considering the time you wake up at and the trek itself is long too, although it\'s all down hill and gentle trail. Once you check into hotel in Pokhara, find some relaxing time on your own.

DAY 10: Pokhara Exploration Day

Today is the day to explore Pokhara. We go for boating on the lake and visit a temple in the middle of the lake. We have free time to enjoy the natural beauty of Pokhara. You can go for relaxing massage, spa treatment. You can also go for adventure activities like Paragliding, ultralight flight, zip flyer etc in an extra cost. Stay in Pokhara

DAY 11: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu today after breakfast. It takes about 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. You can choose to fly back with an extra cost (In that case, let us know in at least 3 days in advance). Later in the evening, we go for farewell Nepali dinner with cultural show in Kathmandu and can have discussion about the trip experience. Stay in hotel.

DAY 12: Departure Day

Today is the last day of the trip, so we will transfer you to airport for the final departure.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation in a (3) three star hotels in the cities but for the duration of the trek only simple lodges are available.
  • Ground transportation provided.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu where Earthbound Expeditions city tour guide will accompany you.
  • Full broad meals will be provided throughout the trek, all breakfasts are included
  • Government trained guides and needed no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals will be provided.
  • Farewell dinner along with one cultural show.
  • ACAP entry fees and TIMS permit will be provided.
  • Every single Domestic Flights will be booked according to the Itinerary listed.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets for trek will be provided.
  • Car / Bus / Domestic Flights included.
  • International Flight tickets.
  • Museums entrance fees.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guides and porters.
  • Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are not within our grasp.

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crsbrz

04/23/2020

Good choice

I spent approximately three weeks sending e-mail to different companies to decide which one to choose. They are pretty similar when you receive the e-mails although the prices are quite different. Earthbound came with a good price and I like the communication with Rajan. The e-mails were nicely detailed and he was open to discuss new ideas. The first day I arrive in Kathmandu there was someone waiting me at the airport, the person took me to the Hotel, which I chose before, and in the next morning there was a really nice guide who take me to a tour around Kathmandu. I went then to the Agency and after a long talk to Rajan I changed my plan and instead of going to Langtang region I went to Pokhara heading to Mustang area. I paid for a Guide and a Porter and one day before he told me I would have a porter guide which I did not like. I'd rather believe it was a mistake since as soon I told him I paid for both separately he said there was no problem. One of the things I believe differ from one Agency to another is the choice of the "hotels" you will stay during you trekking. I believe some agencies safe money at this point. I have no complains about the hotels I stayed during my trekking except one that was quite dirty. Anyway you should not expect to do a trail with fancy hotels. Most of them have no hot water and are basic but good. The guide and the porter were nice people and really helpful. The guide told me to not eat meat during the trip. Later on I found out they say sometimes to not eat meat to safe money as they receive a fix amount from the Agency and whatever they save stay with them. Anyway, I agreed with the idea of not having meat as I might not be used to it. I told my guide to suggest something every day. When I came back from Mustang there was no flight available due to bad weather. We came back by bus, truck and the guide made the difference. We had a big group and if my guide was not there I believe we would not have arrived back in Pokhara on the same day. All the guides were following my guide. The price was reasonably good however a friend of mine asked the price recently to Earthbound and unfortunately it was not not cheap. Overall I would recommend Earthbound.
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LucaAndGiulia

04/23/2020

Mustang trekking

We had a wonderful time in Mustang with this agency! They were really professional and thoughtful. We strongly suggest them. Thanks to Sudip and Gokul (our guides)!
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Moleskin_M

04/21/2020

A most wonderful trekking experience with Earthbound Expeditions

My friends and I booked the Jomosom Muktinath trek in December 2015 through Earthbound Expeditions. The trek itself was the most wonderful I have done to date. Walking through mountain scenery and seeing village life in the foothills of the Annapurna region was the highlight of the trek. I recommend it to anyone. The trek was capped at both ends with a stay in Kathmandu, a dynamic city. EE provided a fantastic tour of Kathmandu’s sights and history as well. We also spent two nights in Pokhara and undertook a cooking class on daal bhat. Mr. Rajan and Shreeram and the porter crew ensured that the trek went without problems. But as always approach trekking in Nepal with an open mind and accept the daily adventures that come along as that is where all the memories come from. I am thoroughly impressed with Earthbound Expeditions and will not hesitate to call upon them for my return trips to Nepal! Earthbound Expeditions is a professional company who adheres to safety and ensures its clients get what they came for! Their services are first class!
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Ronja_Mozer

04/21/2020

Exhilarating view and excellent service

I did the Jomsom Muktinath Trek in May together with my boyfriend. We changed the offered tour and got our own ‚private‘ tour for 8 days. We went together with our guide Namaraj Sapkota and our porter. Because we spent some more time in Nepal apart from trekking, we started the tour in Pokhara. On the tour we slept in comfortable Teahouses and also the drinks and food were quite good. The impressions and views will always be remembered. Our guide, Namaraj Sapkota, told us a lot about the people oft the Anapurna area and Nepal in general. As well as the rituals of the temple in Muktinath, the whole story about the earthquake and even the traditional way of living in this area. Our guide was always caring about us and our health. All the time we're feeling pretty safe. We didn’t see any effets oft he earthquake in the Anapurna region, all the roads and the bridges were in good condition, so we had no problems. In Kathmandu, we only saw a few buildings and temple which were being rebuilt. The whole trip was very well organized by Earthbound Expeditions and individual and spontaneous wishes were always possible. We can highly recommend Earthbound Expeditions and our Guide Namaraj Sapkota. The next trip will definitely be with them. All in all we can say the country and the people are amazing, it has an exhilarating landscape.
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