Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Nepal 14 Days 13 Nights

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Overview

Experience the diverse landscape and culture of Nepal as the Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you to both the driest terrain and the lush rhododendron forests of the country. Jomsom Muktinath Trek lies in the Annapurna region and serves as a scenic as well as a cultural experience. Feel the strong wind of Jomsom, visit the pilgrimage site in Muktinath, take a dip in the natural hot spring of Tatopani, and walk through some of the most spectacular Gurung villages through Poonhill and Ghorepani during Jomsom Muktinath Trekking. You also cover a part of Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Having landed in Kathmandu for your 14-day adventure, you will be whisked away to Pokhara, the very next day, where you take a short 20 minutes flight to Jomsom for the start of your trek. The route is in close proximity to Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m). The route takes you to the famous village of Mustang, Kagbeni. The visit to Muktinath is guaranteed to give you peace of mind as you emerge yourself in the tranquil environment of a highly regarded pilgrimage site of both Hindu and Buddhist followers. The route also takes you to the apple orchards in Marpha, the hot spring in Tatopani, and the thousands of stone steps to Shikha. This trek gives you an opportunity to witness the beautiful rhododendron forest and an unobstructed view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges of Poonhill. Also, you get to cover an important section of Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is ideal to do this trek from March-May and from September to November.

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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,310m/4,298ft)  
You will be picked up at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1400 m) for the start of your 14-day adventure and dropped at your hotel. You’ll prepare for the trek as your guide discusses the trip with you. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) 6-7 Hrs 
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara, following the Trishuli River, as you pass by various settlements along the highway. Upon arrival, you can spend your time walking by the lakeside in the City of Lakes. Enjoy the nightlife of the tourist hub. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: 20-minute mountain flight to Jomsom then trek to Kagbeni (2,750m/8,327ft) 3-4 Hrs
On a 20 minutes flight to Jomsom, you will have an aerial view of the gorge between the gorgeous Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Upon reaching Jomsom, walk alongside the bank of Kali Gandaki River while soaking in the picturesque view of the dry and rocky terrain, en route to Kagbeni. The region is very windy, so it is important to maintain a steady pace. In about 3-4 hours, you will see the rugged mud houses in Kagbeni village with the backdrop of dry mountains. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 4: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,802m/11,512ft)| 5-6 Hrs

Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom Muktinath Trek

From Kagbeni, you head to Muktinath (3802 m) which takes about 5-6 hours of walking. The trail is dry and sandy with sparse green vegetation, which makes it unique in the otherwise green Nepal. You reach Muktinath accompanied by the view of Dhaulagiri (817m) and Nilgiri (7061m), on the way.  Muktinath is a pagoda-style temple, which holds religious importance to both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, with 108 water spouts for pilgrims to wash away their sins. Overnight in Muktinath.

Note: You can start Upper Mustang Trek from here instead of walking to Marpha.

Day 5: Muktinath to Marpha via Jomsom (2,665m/8,743ft) 5-6 Hrs
Visit Muktinath, early in the morning. Later, cross Lubra Pass (3772m) and descend down to Jomsom alongside the Kali Gandaki River. As you descend, you will reach one of the famous lakes on this trail, Dhumba Lake. The turquoise lake is considered sacred for Buddhists around the area and is decorated beautifully with prayer flags. Continue descending towards Marpha village, a Thakali village that is famous for its apple by-products. Overnight in Marpha.

Day 6: Marpha to Ghasa (2,080m/6,824ft) |6-7 Hrs 
Passing through apple orchards and the narrow alleyways of the Thakali settlement of Marpha, you climb down to Ghasa. Trek down the narrow gorge of Kali Gandaki River passing through several traditional Thakali villages and joining Lete River. Climb down the Mani walls to reach the village of Ghasa. Overnight in Ghasa.

Day 7: Ghasa to Tatopani (natural hot spring) (1,110m/3,361ft) 5-6 Hrs
Climb down Ghasa alongside Kali Gandaki River. You will be treated with a view of Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Nilgiri (7061m) as you cross several bridges and villages on your way to Tatopani. Walking through sub-tropical vegetation, you arrive in Tatopani which is famous for its natural hot spring. You can enjoy a dip in the rejuvenating hot spring and let your muscles relax. Overnight in Tatopani.

Day 8: Tatopani to Shikha (1,935m/5,859ft) 5-6 Hrs
Leaving behind Tatopani, climb up more than one thousand stone stairs, and some more on rugged terrain to reach the village of Ghara. Continue walking uphill amid the thick forest to reach the Gurung village of Shikha, where you can relax with the view of the picturesque hillside village with its slanted roofs over similar-looking stone houses. Overnight in Shikha.

Day 9: Shikha to Ghorepani (2,834m/9,298ft) 4-5 Hrs
From Shikha, you then trek to Ghorepani passing the villages of Palate and Chitre. Climb up stone stairs amid green hills, and walk past rice fields and grazing herds of sheep, en route to Ghorepani. If the weather is clear, you will be accompanied by the distant view of Annapurna (8091) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). Upon arrival in Ghorepani, the blooming rhododendrons of varying colors (in spring) is sure to take your breath away. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 10: Ghorepani (2,834m/9,298ft) to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft) to Tadapani (2,520m/8,268ft) 6-7 Hrs

Early in the morning, you hike to Poonhill for a view of the rising sun’s rays draping Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167) peaks. The view looks even more stunning in the summer, as the whole of Poonhill is covered in rhododendron. After some time, hike back to Ghorepani, ascend to Deurali Pass (3090m), and start descending towards Tadapani. Climb down stone steps amid the rhododendron forest to reach the village of Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 11: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft) 3-4 Hrs

Ghandruk
Leaving Tadapani behind, walk amid lush rhododendron forests with a backdrop of the Himalayan ranges to the Gurung village of Ghandruk. You can visit the Gurung Culture Museum in the picturesque village of Ghandruk. Past the stone houses and alleys, you will get a spectacular vista of the snowy mountains Annapurna (8091m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m). Overnight in Ghandruk.

Day 12: Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara by car in an hour|5-6
On the final day of your trek, hike down Nayapul following the trails of Modi Khola and walking amid sub-tropical forests. From Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara. Spend the evening enjoying what the City of Lakes has to offer. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu | 6-7 Hrs
Drive back to Kathmandu following the same route as before. You will witness a vivid landscape throughout the drive. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, feel free to stroll around the nearest markets. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Final Departure
Our team representative will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight.

Additional Info

What is Muktinath famous for?

Muktinath trekking
Muktinath trekking

Positioned at an altitude of measures( bases) at the base of the Thorong La mountain pass in the Mustang quarter, Muktinath is a largely reverenced sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Hindus call the point Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the” place of deliverance” and it’s one of the most ancient tabernacles of the God Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition in Nepal. The sanctum is considered to be one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras ( the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar, and Badrinath), as well as one of the 108 Divya Desam, or holy places of deification of Lord Vishnu. also, it’s also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess spots.

The tabernacle is small and contains a golden statue of Vishnu as Shri Mukti Narayana. In addition to Mukti Narayana, the tabernacle has citation images of Bhoodevi( the Earth- goddess form of Lakshmi), the goddesses Saraswati and Janaki( Sita), Garuda( the mount of Vishnu), Lava- Kusa( the sons of Rama and Sita) and the Sapta Rishis( Seven Pundits created by Lord Brahma). There’s an old Buddhist monk present in the tabernacle and deification is conducted by Buddhist nuns. And from here, we will also go to Ghorepani Poonhill which is the part of Annapurna Region.

How to reach Muktinath?

Other than the Jomsom Muktinath trekking Itinerary mentioned earlier, there are many other ways to reach Muktinath. They are all explained here.

Kathmandu to Muktinath bus

A public bus to Muktinath directly leaves Kathmandu each day. You can book these buses online or buy a ticket from the Kathmandu bus park. If you don’t find the direct bus, you can get an early morning drive to Pokhara and then get another bus from Pokhara in the daytime. It takes about 16 hours to reach Kathmandu to Muktinath/ Jomsom on a bus. If the bus to Muktinath only takes you to Jomsom, you can get a jeep from Jomsom to Muktinath.

The cost of the bus from Pokhara to Jomsom is NRP 1500 and that directly to Muktinath is NRP 2000. 

Pokhara to Muktinath bus

2 to 3 public bus ( often deluxe) leaves from Pokhara to Jomsom each day. Some bus leaves the bus park in the morning and some leave Pokhara in the daytime. You can book the tickets from a travel agency at lakeside or the ticket counter in Prithivi Chowk. However, there is no bus to Upper Mustang and you must hire a jeep. 

Jomsom to Muktinath trek

As per MyEverestTrip Jomsom Muktinath Trek Itinerary, our journey starts with a flight to Jomsom. From Jomsom, we shall first trek to Kagbeni and then reach Muktinath on the 4th day. From Muktinath, we walk back to Marpha, Ghasa, and Tatopani, exploring many other beautiful destinations.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Nepal Difficulty 

Our Jomsom to Muktinath trek Itinerary is 14 days long, starting from Jomsom. We walk to Muktinath and then visit many other places on our journey downwards. The total trek distance is about 100kms, walking over 10kms each day.

In this Jomsom Muktinath tour package, we shall only hike upwards from Jomsom to Muktinath and then most of the trail leads us downward. And since it’s a downward trek, the Jomsom Muktinath trek is quite easy. It needs no experience of the previous trek and mild physical fitness. In fact, Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the easiest treks in Nepal. 

Altitude difficulty: The highest altitude of Muktinath Trek is 3710 meters above sea level. Considering the fact that base camp treks in Nepal take you above 5,000 meters, the altitude of this trek is quite low. Even then, you should be looking for the symptoms of altitude sickness such as body pain headache and shortness of breath, etc. In case such symptoms appear, make sure you stop climbing to a higher altitude and drink a lot of water. If the symptoms start to get worse, we might have to walk to the lower altitude. 

Jomsom to Muktinath Trek distance 

Jomsom to Muktinath distance
Jomsom to Muktinath distance

Jomsom to Muktinath trek distance is about 22kms. It takes us about 9 hours to cover this distance. Our plan is to walk for about 10kms on the first day and stay at Kagbeni. Then, we shall walk to Muktinath the next morning. 

Pokhara to Muktinath trek permit

There are two kinds of trek permits for the Muktinath Jomsom trek. As you enter the border of Nepal you need to issue a tourist visa to Nepal. After that, you will need two permits i.e. TIMS card and an Annapurna conservation area permit. TIMS cards can be issued only from Kathmandu and Pokhara while Annapurna conservation area entry permits can also be issued on the trekking trail. TIMS card cost about $20 while the Annapurna conservation area permit costs dollar 30. The amount you pay for the TIMS card is to track the activities of tourists within Nepal while the Annapurna conservation area aims to use the amount for the conservation of the rear wild flora and fauna of Nepal.

Which is the best month for Muktinath?

Being one of the low-altitude treks in Nepal and having a very good connection to the road and air network Muktinath visits are possible throughout the year. The only time when the public vehicle cannot reach Muktinath is during the peak winter of January and early February. During these months we might have to trek from the lower altitude to reach Muktinath. Even during winter, the year plane to Jomsom is functional and you can easily trek up to Muktinath. However, the cold Muktinath temperature can be an issue. 

If your mission is to enjoy the awesome mountain views during your visit to Nepal then autumn might is the best time for the Jomsom Muktinath trek. However, this is the most crowded month, making it had to find solitude. That is why travelers prefer trekking in Spring i.e. March to May when the overall region is colorful with flowers and wildlife. Ghorepani Poonhill is also magical during this time of year. Moreover, Mustang is one of those reasons in Nepal where we can trek in summer/monsoon. Since Muktinath lies in semi-arid land, it rarely receives heavy rainfall, thus, making the trek possible in June and July.   

Why US

MyEverestTrip is a Nepalese Travel and Trekking Agency based in Kathmandu. We have been operating in different trekking regions for more than a decade, traveling with hundreds of trekkers and travelers all around the world.

With the pure intention to bring trekkers to Nepal’s safety and comfort, we have an entire team of travel planer, guides, and porters. We also have connections to hotels and restaurant lines all over Nepal for ensuring that our trekkers get the best possible facilities.   

So, here is the reason why you should travel with MyEverestTrip.  

Customize your itinerary:

We have designed a well-planned Itinerary for all travel destinations around Nepal. However, this Itinerary is customizable as per the need and requests of our trekkers. Just let us know when and how long you are staying so that we can arrange the rest. 

Our Expert guide: 

Although all travel agency claims to have a good guide, many of them are not informed about the place you are traveling to. However, MyEverestTrip has its own licensed guide in Nepal. They have been working in this field for over three decades, collecting all the information about the place/ culture, and learning to keep the travelers safe. Also, our guide is good at the English language. Upon special request, we can even hire a guide who can speak Chinese and other European languages for trekking in Nepal.

Fair and reasonable Cost:

MyEverestTrip has been known for its very economic trek packages in Nepal. You can compare the price we offer with any other travel agency in Nepal and only book with us if you are satisfied with our cost. We try to include all needed expenses during the tour so that you will not be overwhelmed with hidden expenses after the packages are booked. 

Your safety is our priority:

Obviously, the safety of our trekkers and our team is the utmost priority of MyEverestTrip. Our guide and porters who shall accompany you for the trip will have insurance of their own. We also encourage Travel insurance for our trekkers. Our treks and trip have been so designed that you only walk an appropriate distance. In any case of emergency, you will always have our back.

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MyEverestTrip operates with the belief in responsible tourism. This includes 

  • We are transparent about the services covered on the trip. There shall be no hidden cost (informed in advance if there’s any)
  • We cover all the places that have been promised before the trek (the trend of skipping places once you book the package has to be discouraged). 
  • All our guides and porter are above 18yrs. We highly discourage child labor in the tourism industry
  • We do not leave any wastage behind on the trekking routes. We either dispose of the waste appropriately or carry them back with us and send it to the municipality
  • We do not engage in any activities that affect the people in the trek places of Nepal we stay.  

FAQ

What’s Beni to Muktinath Distance?  

Beni is the headquarter of the Myagdi District. This is where the highway is diverse to head towards Muktinath. Beni to Muktinath distance is 101.1 km and from Beni to Jomsom is about 80kms. Although the distance is less, it takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach Muktinath from Beni in a jeep as the path is quite rough. 

What is Muktinath to Jomsom distance?

Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang District and also the largest settlement of Mustang. Jomsom to Muktinath is 1hr of drive i.e. 22.1km. Unlike the road from Beni to Muktinath, the path from Jomsom to Muktinath is well pitched and smooth. This section of the ride is quite fun.

How to go from Jomsom to Muktinath temple?

Jomsom is a center for tourists who travel to Muktinath. Most public buses take you to Jomsom from Pokhara and then you need to go up to Muktinath in a Jeep. Moreover, the airport of Mustang is also located in Jomsom and this is why most people travel up to Jomsom and then take a jeep. The jeep drive from Jomsom to Muktinath is about 45 minutes.

Annapurna range

What is Jomsom to Muktinath Jeep Fare?

The per-person jeep fare from Jomsom to Muktinath is between $5 to $10. It depends on your bargaining power as well. Hiring a jeep from Jomsom to Muktinath cost about $30 to $40 and accommodates 6 to 8 people. 

Where is Muktinath Located?

Muktinath lies in the central north of Nepal in the Mustang district. It lies just above Jomsom and the way to Muktinath begins from Beni (Myagdi’s headquarters). 

What is Muktinath Elevation?

Muktinath is located at a height of 3710m above sea level. The temple in Nepal is often built at higher altitudes and in difficult landscapes. It is situated just ahead of the popular Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. 

How is the road from Jomsom to Muktinath?

The road from Jomsom to Muktinath is very good. This road has been blacktopped a few years before and has been regularly maintained. Thus, the road from Jomsom to Muktinath is quite good for bike, car, or jeep rides. But the road from Pokhara to Jomsom is not that impressive. 

Equipment Checklist

  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Small padlock to lock trek bag
  • Underwear (4)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
  • Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
  • Plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Shorts (2)
  • Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
  • Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Toiletries
  • Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
  • Small wash towel
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Footwear appropriate to the trip
  • Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
  • Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)

Map

Annapurna trekking map image

What's included

  • Airport/hotel pick up and drop off by private car
  • At least two nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu bed and Breakfast plan
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the whole trekking
  • Domestic flights with all surcharges airport taxes for guests and guide
  • Trekking map
  • An experienced Government license holder guide
  • Trekking porter/Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking
  • Insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All government taxes and tourist service charge

What's not included

  • Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking
  • Your travel insurance ( Rescue )
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver
  • Drinks (hot, cold, and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc
  • Personal trekking equipment

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    Package Summary

    Package Includes:

    HIghlights of Jomsom Muktinath Trek

    • Muktinath temple is spiritual for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
    • Apple Orchards in the Marpha village with the monastery and taste the special apple wine.
    • Gurung and Thakali people with their culture.
    • Windy valley.
    • Treasure village of Kagbeni and gateway to Upper Mustang.
    • You can meditate with the monastery and gompas with the flapping prayer flags.
    • Explore with ice lake of Dhaulagiri.
    • walk through the ancient Salt Trade route and witness Yak caravans as well.
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