Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is another wonderful short days trekking in the territory of Annapurna Conservation Area Nepal.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek (8-12 Days)
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is another wonderful short days trekking in the territory of Annapurna Conservation Area Nepal. For Jomsom Muktinath trekking you take six hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the next morning of your arrival in Pokhara, you take 25 minutes flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is the gateway of Muktinath as well as Upper Mustang, the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. After few moments of your arrival at Jomsom airport, your trekking starts towards Kagbeni, the medieval-looking Tibetan village.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeTrekking
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang. It is situated about 18 Kms northeast of Jomsom in the north central part of Nepal, at an altitude of about 3800 meters from the sea level.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu & Buddhist. The holy shrine at Muktinath is in a grove of trees and includes a Buddhist Gompa and the pagoda style temple of Vishnu Temple, Containing an Image of Vishnu. The Hindus call it Muktichhetra (Place of salvation) is one of the four religious sites. Many Shaligrams (Ammonite) found here are considered by Hindu as incarnation of lord Vishnu and worship them. According to Hindu Myth lord Vishnu turned into Shaligram because of Brinda’s Curse.
On the other hand, Muktinath is famous for panoramic view of Himalaya such as fishtail, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna I-IV. You can enjoy different kind of culture of Gurung, magar and Thakali.
There are many ways to reach Muktinath. Either take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom or hike for 7-8 hours from Jomsom or trek all the way from Pokhara through Kali-Gandaki valley, which takes 7/8 days.
Following items are covered within the package price:
- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Most ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Public transportation from Muktinath to Tatopani
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
- Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepalese visa fee
- Excess baggage charge(s)
- Other any transportation except Included in the section
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- International flights
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
- Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
- Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
- Accommodation, All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu
- Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
- Personal clothing and gear.
Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from the North Nepal team holding a sign with your name in the parking lot. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around the backpacker heaven of Thamel.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Today we will take a six-hour drive through the scenic Kathmandu valley passing the Trisuli River surrounded by serene terraced rice fields along the way. We will arrive in the peaceful lakeside town of Pokhara with plenty of time to explore the quaint village and enjoy the beautiful views of mountains reflected in the lake.
Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and hiking – Kagbeni
We will leave for a short but scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom before hiking a few hours to the village town of Kagbeni nestled in the Annapurna range.
Kagbeni to Muktinath
We will pass upwards along a trail passing through a desert like landscape featuring caves and mountain views. We will continue to pass through several small towns and their traditional Tibetan architecture spotting sheep, apple trees and Yaks along the way. We will arrive in the spiritual pilgrimage location of Muktinath offering views of the Thorong La Valley.
Muktinath to Jomson
We will head down the Kali Gandaki Gorge past the town of Kagbeni before arriving in Jomson. We will stay here for the night to learn more about the local culture and customs of the Tibetan people while exploring the peaceful town.
Jomson to Pokhara
We will return along the short 35-minute flight route to Pokhara. You will be able to spot some of the villages you hiked through on your flight as we return to the lakeside town of Pokhara to spend an evening soaking in the backpacker culture and charm of the city.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will return either by tourist bus or flight to Kathmandu for our last night of the trip. Tonight is a great time to do any exploring or souvenir shopping in the backpacker haven of Thamel upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Depending on your flight time you may be able to see a few more attractions in Kathmandu before departing approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. You will be escorted to the airport with a representative from North Nepal staff.
You will arrive to Nepal, Kathmandu in Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. Then the next day, at early morning we drive for approximately 8 hours to the village of Syange, the starting point of our trek.
The package includes accommodations throughout the trek as well as one night in Pokhara Accommodation during the trek are at teahouses which are essentially hotels but with a more homely feel. They are run by the locals and provide all the basic facilities including hot shower at a small extra charge. The rooms are simple but comfortable usually with two beds with mattress blanket and pillows. Some will have en suit bathroom but most have shared bathroom with squat toilet .you will get a chance to experience the renowned Nepalese hospitality as well as interact with them Discovery World Trekking have good public relation with local service providers in Annapurna trek; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation.
Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature.
Trekking season begins after March. Trekking in the spring between mid-March and mid-April means that you will get to see the incredible displays of Rhododendrons that flower in the forests around Ghorepani. Temperature starts rising from mid March up to mid May. Weather is cool at this time. Sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of mountains.
It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23? and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Because of the rainfall Rhododendron forests around Ghorepani will be rife with leeches .However, the northern sections around the Mustang Region doesn’t get as affected by the monsoon as it lies within a rainshadow area Though the rain may cause some problems .Various plants bloom during this season , the valleys will be green and totally different view than during other seasons.Please note that rain clouds may boack views and mudslides are common around the entire circuit.
This is a favourite among tourists with the most favorable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines bright the skies are clear you get a superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for daytime trek. you can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach upto 20c in high altitudes,the nights are cold,temperatures may go down around 5c.the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripen in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during this season.this is the busiest period on the Annapurna Circuit and lodges book up quickly, we recommend booking with Discovery world Trekking as soon as possible for this season.
November is a busy season, the clearest month, with crisp and sparkling sky.The daytime temperatures at this month is usually the most stable,from mild to cool conditions,
the humidity is aso pretty dry with very cold nights.
The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February,climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures get extremely cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine.At over 5,000 metres, Thorung La Pass is often deluged with snow and will close for days on end when this happens. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best.with snowy caps the it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time.it may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.do keep in mine that late february- early march is also the period in the Annapurna Region when avalanches are most common.
Please Note: Weather in the Himalaya can be unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots that been worn in
- Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- Extra items
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.