Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Mustang Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:3,800m/12,464 f
  • Total Duration:13 days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sep to Dec
  • Group Size:Minimum 1 pax

One of the most beautiful places in Nepal, the Mustang region is famous for the various landscapes that it comprises of including the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River, famous Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage in Muktinath and breathtaking views of the mountains. The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the specially designed treks that could be completed by anybody with a moderate level of fitness. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. team traveled to this place for the betterment of the itinerary. Therefore, if you choose the Jomsom Muktinath Trek with us for the advanced and high-quality trekking in Nepal. This part of the Annapurna region can also be covered during Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

As you move along the Kali Gandaki River, you marvel at the glorious peaks of Annapurna –I and Dhaulagiri, both exceeding the heights of 8,000m. This journey is a chance to explore cultural, natural, spiritual and historical sites all in one which together gives you a splendid vacation in the Himalayan Lapland. Once you are in the holy Muktinath Temple you will be enthralled by the mere look of Neelgiri on top of the temple roof. Imagine the amalgamation of the culture, nature and religious beliefs in one single trip. The nunnery with the ever flaming natural gas light and the memorial chortens provide the amazing harmony between Buddhism and Hinduism.

Explore the hundreds of year old monastery, caves, local tribes and their culture, local wines and delicacies, diverse landscapes and mesmerizing views of the mountains as you walk up and down in one of the best regions in Nepal which is not only naturally and culturally rich but also have spiritual and historical significance.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara [823m/2,700 ft] – Tikhendhunga [1,552m/5,090 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 04: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 05: Ghorepani – Tatopani [1,190m/3,904 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 06: Tatopani – Ghasa [2,110m/6,922 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 07: Ghasa – Marpha [2,680m/8,792 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 08: Marpha – Kagbeni [2,810/9,218 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 09: Kagbeni – Muktinath [3,710m/12,170 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 10: Muktinath – Jomsom [2,715m/8,910 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 11: Jomsom – Pokhara: 30 min
  • Day 12: Pokhara – Kathmandu
  • Day 13: Final departure

Additional Info

Accommodations

We will be staying at 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 350. Please understand that since you will be trekking in remote regions, the services in the teahouses will be basic. We will try our best to arrange rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouses in some places do not have attached bathrooms.

Meals

During our Jomsom Muktinath Trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Team Composition

For this trek there will be one leader, assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size but we after years of experience we have found a maximum of twelve people to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to book this trip for a larger group, then that can be arranged too.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Bharal Adventure's leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Bharal Adventure only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care

Bharal Adventure is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters. (International Porters Progress Group)

Environmental Concerns

The Annapurna and Mustang regions are stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Bharal Adventure employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Bharal Adventure, therefore, enforces a number of do's and don'ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Bharal Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Acclimatization

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is considered non-risky in terms of AMS (acute mountain sickness) as the highest altitude you reach is 3,710m/12,170ft. Moreover, the gradual every-day ascent should help you acclimatize to the high altitude. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are important symptoms of AMS. You are requested to keep yourself dehydrated by drinking plenty of water. That combined with the gradual ascent should help minimize any AMS risks. But remember that some are more prone to AMS than others. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Bharal Adventure before booking the trek.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is categorized as an easy trek whereby your highest altitude will be 3,710m/12,170ft. Your will be walking for an average of 5-6 hours a day with a light backpack on this trip. The longest hours of walking is anywhere between 6-7 hours. Although categorized as an easy trek, it is important that this categorization is relative to other treks in Nepal. You are requested to train with light jogging and fitness routine at least three months prior to the beginning of the trek. High altitude trekking experience is an asset, but it is not compulsory. Anyone with a medical history is requested to consult their physician before booking the trip.

Best Time to Travel

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

A representative from Bharal Adventure will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel for rest. You could also visit our office if you are interested. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be hosted to introduce you to the Nepalese delicacies.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

The day starts with a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu that are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath (literally meaning “self-existent”) – The Monkey Temple.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara [823m/2,700 ft] – Tikhendhunga [1,552m/5,090 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs

Early morning flight to Pokhara will be accompanied by the views of magnificent mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare and five peaks of Annapurna range among others. Taking rest for a while, we will take a drive to Naya Pul from where the trek begins through the northern side of Bhurungdi Khola climbing through the sub tropical valley forests. We cross Modi Khola River through a suspension bridge to arrive at the village of Tikhendhunga.

Day 04: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

The trail from Tikhedhunga drops down crossing the Burungdi Khola from where it climbs all the way up to Ghorepani through the steeply up to village Ulleri. Ghorepani, which meaning “horse-water” in Nepali, used to be an important campsite for traders before becoming a trekkers’ stop. The place has small shops and stalls for selling local products and also lies at the higher altitude in comparison to the previous stop.

Day 05: Ghorepani – Tatopani [1,190m/3,904 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

There are two parts of Ghorepani, one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower and it is at the first part that we stop to observe the enchanting views of surrounding mountains. Descending steeply to Sikha, a large village, we go down further to Ghar Khola Village gradually crossing suspension bridge it climbs up at Tatopani. The term Tatopani means “hot water” in Nepali. The place got its name from the natural hot springs located there.

Day 06: Tatopani – Ghasa [2,110m/6,922 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Following Kali Gandaki River, the trail goes down towards the gorge between the mountain tops that are only 38km apart continuing from there to Dana, Rupse Chahara (meaning a beautiful waterfall) and Kopchepani ascending further to Ghasa, a Thakali village which is considered as a paradise for bird watchers.

Day 07: Ghasa – Marpha [2,680m/8,792 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs

Climbing up steeply through a forest will take you to Lete Khola gradually going further to Lete from where the trail continues to the east side of the Kali Gandaki river until you reach Larjung village. From here, crossing the trail through Tukche at 2,590m and apple farm projects, you arrive at Marpha village.

Day 08: Marpha – Kagbeni [2,810/9,218 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs

Continuing the trail along the valley side rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom, we begin the trek from Marpha. Crossing the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti, meaning “lonely pub”, we move forward on the gradual path to the Kali Gandaki river bed for about three hours before reaching Ekle Bhatti village. Stopping here for a while, we walk an easy trail for about one hour to arrive at Kagbeni which lies at the bank of two rivers and is an interesting windswept village on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

Day 09: Kagbeni – Muktinath [3,710m/12,170 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

The trek starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kali Gandaki up stream climbing steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3,200m passing through a desert landscape till we arrive at Jarkot village from where further ascend will take us to Muktinath.

Day 10: Muktinath – Jomsom [2,715m/8,910 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

One of the most popular destinations for Hindus and Buddhists pilgrimage, Muktinath is also considered as “Muktikshetra” by the Hindus, meaning the “place of liberation or salvation”. The water spouts channeled for the stream are considered sacred and the pilgrims make sure to bathe under each one of these spouts. Also, nearby the temple is a Buddhist monastery. After the temple visit and exploration of the area, the trek from Muktinath to Jomsom begins.

Day 11: Jomsom – Pokhara: 30 min

The early morning flight from Jomsom will bring us to Pokhara just after breakfast, accompanied with the views of the gorge between two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Resting for a while in a comfortable hotel room in Lakeside, we shall utilize the afternoon exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley strolling along the banks of Fewa Lake or spending some quality time into one of the clubs with live music playing. Also, boating could be done on the lake or an hour’s walk could be taken to the World Peace Pagoda.

Day 12: Pokhara – Kathmandu

After breakfast, 200 km drive to Kathmandu will be taken through the highway with scenic mountains, rivers, farmlands, hills and small villages. As we arrive in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel for rest. Shopping for souvenir could be done or the rest of the evening could be spent leisurely resting or strolling around the area. In the evening, farewell dinner will be hosted by Bharal Adventure to congratulate you on the successful completion of your vacation.

Day 13: Final departure

On this last day, you can trade emails and photos with other participants before being accompanied to the airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight.

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The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

HANDS

  • Gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries

 

Cost Includes

All airport/hotel transfers

  • 3-star hotels in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. (Both on B & B basis)
  • Teahouses during the trek with all meals
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation in tourist bus
  • An experienced English/French/Chinese/German-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Bharal Adventure Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, cap and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
  • AA comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

 

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks, water, snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

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I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

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Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

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