Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionMuktinath Temple, Kaligandaki Gorge
  • Maximum Altitude3800 Meters
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

  • Jomsom
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Kagbeni
  • Poonhill
  • Pokhara

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the cultural and scenic treks behind Mt. Annapurna. The spectacular views of mountains and the opportunity to visit the holy pilgrimage site, Muktinath, make this trek more popular among pilgrims and adventure lovers. This trek provides the perfect blend of culture and nature, and anyone having a moderate level of fitness can complete this trek.

Situated at an elevation of 3800m, Muktinath is the ultimate destination of the Jomsom Muktinath Trek. The holiest mountain shrine, Muktinath, is best known as a place of nirvana. However, it is a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists as well. To Hindus, Muktinath is the holy place of salvation, and they worship Muktinath as an incarnation of Lord Bishnu. There are two ponds and 108 water sprouts in the temple's vicinity. Hindus believe taking a bath in the ponds and water sprouts provides salvation after death. According to Hinduism, the God Brahma lit the eternal flames that burn at Muktinath. 

To Buddhists, Muktinath is where the great sage Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet, came to mediate. Every year a large number of pilgrims visit this sacred place. Located at the foot of the Thorang La, the trekking to the Jomsom Muktinath is also part of Annapurna Circuit Trek.

The trek does not only offers a diverse culture and rural habitats but also offers a stunning landscape and a great adventure. Going from the subtropical jungle to a high altitude dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau and everything else, you experience the diverse terrain during this trek. The diverse terrain is also the home to diverse cultures and people. Further, the diversity found in this trial gives the trekkers the perfect insight into the rural life of the Nepali people of various ethnic groups.

Following the trekking trail along the world's deepest gorge, Kaligandaki Gorge, passing through the quaint villages, eyecatching waterfalls, lush forest, and surprisingly an almost barren leeward side of the Himalayas, this trek is the best way to explore adventure in the lap of Himalayas. The awe-inspiring sights of Mt.Annapurna and Mt.Dhauligiri make your trip to Muktinath more exciting and reminiscing. In addition, the century-old monasteries, caves, and temples in this region provide you with the incredible experience of trekking.

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Itinerary

On the first day after your arrival, a representative from Mountain Rock Treks will welcome you. Your transfer to the hotel will be assisted by us. The following day, we will tour Kathmandu, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The following day, our seven-hour road trip to Pokhara will begin early in the morning while we take in the stunning Nepali countryside. We'll fly from Pokhara to Jomsom the following morning at a very early hour. Following that, we cross the Kali Gandaki and proceed to walk to Eklai Bhatti to begin our trek to Kagbeni. Our trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath will begin the next day. In the sixth day, we will gradually make our way back from Muktinath through fields and poplar groves into the Kali Gandaki river valley, where we will eventually arrive in the lovely village of Marpha.

We will continue our trek from Marpha to Kalopani the following day. The following day, we will begin our trek from Kalopani to Tatopani. Then, we'll move on to Ghorepani, a stunning Gurung village. Next, we'll get up early the following morning to hike to Poonhill, where we can see the most breathtaking Himalayan sunrise. After taking in the breathtaking scenery, we head back to Ghorepani to begin the trek to Nayapul and catch a ride back to Pokhara. In Pokhara, we can go on excursions like paragliding and bungee jumping, as well as visit caves and lakes. Stay the night in Pokhara. Our trip back to Kathmandu will take place on the eleventh day. After arriving in Kathmandu, we either relax in the hotel or explore Thamel in search of souvenirs. Stay the night in Kathmandu. On our final day together, you will then bid us farewell. 

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 Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will receive you with a representative from Mountain Rock Treks. We will help you with your transfer to the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1320m

Kathmandu is known for its rich art, culture, and architecture. The city holds many sites of cultural and historical importance and is under UNESCO World heritage sites. Today we will be visiting some of the important cultural heritages of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar square, with ancient temples, palaces, and stone alleys, will feel like you traveled centuries ago. The visit to Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath temples, and Swayambhunath temple are culturally and spiritually insightful. After the exciting guided tour around the city, we will return to our hotels to prepare for our road trip to Pokhara tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

We will start the day early for a seven-hour-long road trip to Pokhara. We get to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms, and the mighty Himalayas in the background en route to Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 820m

We take an early 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and administrative center of the region. We start our trek to Kagbeni by crossing the Kali Gandaki and walking to Eklai Bhatti. We continue towards the Kagbeni village, lying on the bank of two rivers; Kali Gandaki (which flows from Muktinath) and the Nilgiri river. Today's hike is windy, but the landscape and magnificent views will make an excellent walk. Kagbeni is an attractive windswept village situated on the ancient Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via the Upper Mustang area. Overnight stay in Kagbeni.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6 Hours

After breakfast in Kagbeni, we start our trekking to Muktinath. Today, the trail rises up and out of the valley to a high desert bench overlooking the river below. Muktinathis a sacred temple for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple demonstrates the religious harmony between Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. Hindus believe temples have 108 waterspouts that pour holy water to wash away the troubles. Scripture says the visit to Muktinath temples is to relieve every sorrow. However, the most exciting importance of the area is the spot with burning natural gas.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3800m

Today we trek back from Multinath gradually through fields and poplar groves into the Kali Gandaki river valley. We continue our walk to reach the beautiful village of Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchards. The Apple brandy from Marpha is very popular in the region. Overnight stay in Marpha.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We start our trek from Marpha to Kalopani as we skirt the edge of a pine forest. Sometimes the path would be down in the riverbed. Then we’d go up the hillside a little into the woods, then back down by the river. We will stop at the beautiful Thakali Village, Tukuche, for lunch. Then we continue our trek to reach Kalopani. The village has stunning views of the mountains. Overnight stay in Kalopani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We start our trek from Kalopani to Tatopani. Today's walk was pretty much all downhill as we left the wide-open riverbed that we had walked down from Kagbeni into the tighter region of the gorge. Next, we go behind the semi-arid landscape of the upper valley and enter the much greener forest region. After a long walk, we will reach the village of Tatopani, known for its hot springs. Overnight stay in Tatopani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1200m

Today we will trek from Tatopani to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghorepani. The trail from here would go up consistently for the entire way to Ghorepani. But the stunning views are plenty on the way to boost our morale while we continue our ascent. Seeing the Kali Gandaki behind us as we climbed up this ridge and all the fields and villages that graced the mountainside in front of us was pleasing. Finally, after a long walk, we reach Ghorepani village filled with Teahouse. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2850m

We wake up early to hike to Poonhill, where we can view the most spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. The view from Poonhill is one of the most appreciated sunrise views over the Himalayas. After relishing the breathtaking views, we return to Ghorepani to start our trek to Hile. The trail initially descended through rhododendron forests and down into some very thickly forested terrain. Next, we continue our walk to Nayapul. After a hearty breakfast in Hile, we will start to trek to Nayapul. The trekking in the Annapurna region ends at Nayapul, and we take transport back to the city of Pokhara. The beautiful Pokhara city offers a wide range of activities. We can visit caves and lakes and try out some adventures like Paragliding and bungee jumping in Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 820m

After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and took a seven-hour drive to Kathmandu. After checking in Kathmandu, we either rest in the hotel or roam around for souvenir shopping in Thamel. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1320m

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today!

You will go to the Airport for your upcoming flight. You recollect beautiful memories of our Himalayan adventure as we fly back. Mountain Rock Trek will be happy to serve you for your next adventure in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Trip Map

Jomsom Muktinath Trek map

Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport picks up and drops by private vehicle.
  • Three nights twin-sharing standard Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Trekking lodge( Tea houses) accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permits.
  • Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara -Kathmandu.
  • Flight Pokhara-Jomsom.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking, well-trained Government license holder guide with his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit).
  • Emergency Helicopter service, Travel Insurance Company will pay.
  • Use Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag, and Walking Poles (if you do not have your own, you can use and return them after the trip is complete).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  •  Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicles and guides.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Two-night standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to prevent Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms), Which will ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

Excludes

  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may quickly issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need two passport size photos and $40.
  • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your expenses.
  • All the hot and cold drinks(alcoholic/non-alcoholic)
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (expected).
  • All sightseeing tour entrance fee.

Dates & Price

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Essential Info

1.TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our main priority is the safety of our visitors. So we suggest. If you consider an Annapurna Trek, you should consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unexpected costs due to health difficulties, injuries, or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). It will help if you take travel insurance and medical and accidental insurance. 

Your insurance coverage should also cover any additional activities you plan to participate in while in Nepal. There's a thin line between adventure and outright danger. What distinguishes them is their level of preparedness for a specific task. Leaving the comforts of home and entering the embrace of nature is an adventure; failing to ensure that you are adequately covered is a danger.

 

2. Food and Accommodation

I)Food

As for food, the Annapurna region has many hotels and tea houses that facilitate you with the best food items. 

Our package will offer you full-time food with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and coffee. We will give the food as per the menu of the hotel or tea house. We prioritize Nepali food mainly. Therefore, they will serve Nepali food items, but if you wish to have a western food item, they will also prepare it upon your request.

II)Accommodation

For accommodation in the Annapurna region, you can find hotels, lodges, and restaurants. From mid-range to expensive resorts can be seen. While trekking, you may need to stop at local villages where you cannot find such facilities. The lodge costs a bit high than other options like the hotel. However, We will arrange your accommodation in tourist comfort hotels, motels, or resorts. The hotel will provide the room with a twin bed which demands you to share your room. In your demand, we can also arrange a triple bed or a single bed which cost a bit expensive compared to others.  

 

3. Heath /Fitness And Experience Requirments 

Because some portions of the climb are very strenuous and some days need 8-9 hours of constant walking, trekking throughout Annapurna Region requires exceptional stamina, tenacity, and good health. As a result, we recommend that you get medical counsel, medicine, and authorization before embarking on this adventure. Also, consult your local General Practitioner for professional advice on the essential Guide walks before embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. However, if you don't have access to a doctor, travel clinics can provide you with the most excellent guidance.

 

4. Travel Tips (ATM, ELECTRICITY, INTERNET, LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EXPENSES)

As mentioned earlier, we can find all types of hotels and lodges starting from mid-range to very standard. But if we are moving to the local community, we might not find clubs and hotels with all kinds of facilities. 

As for the facilities, there is no electricity in all of those locations. Therefore, it is preferable to have a backup plan. We may still use batteries and chargers for backup, but additional expenses will be. There are charging stations in the lodges where you may set your devices. You may have to pay a minimal cost for the service. Bring along additional chargers or a solar charger.

There may not be internet access in all locations, limiting your ability to use data. You may have to pay extra to utilize the internet. The internet connection throughout the walking trail is sporadic at best, and it only worsens as you climb higher.

Having cash on hand for your payments is recommended due to the lack of ATMs. It would help if you had to pay for things like power, internet, and other extras like bakeries and pastries and cash for tipping. Please bring extra cash to spend while trekking because there are no ATMs as we move to higher altitudes. You may need money on the road to buy additional beverages, food, or luxuries like a hot shower, internet, etc. 

In the hotel's locker room, provide free spaces for extra luggage. Each hiker can bring up to ten pounds of trekking tools (carried by porters). There aren't any ATMs, so have plenty of cash! Even in a "main" community like Jomsom, you might not find an ATM in the Annapurna region. Almost no tea houses or commercial enterprise accepts credit cards. 

 

5. Altitude Sickness And Prevention 

While trekking to the Annapurna region, moving to higher elevations will cause altitude sickness. In addition, you will be more likely to face AMS, which might worsen HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE(High Altitude Pulmonary Edema).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. Because lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. 

 So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at a higher altitude but sleep lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffer from acute mountain sickness, we will take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.

 

6. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

HAT: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best.  While trekking, wearing a hat can protect yourself from the sun on the trail.

HEADLAMP: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights we can wear on a person's head. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff.

 At night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

WOOLEN HAT: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, it is essential to carry a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to have a woolen hat; it will be available to you if you need it. 

SUN PROTECTING HAT(WITH WIDE BRIM): Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

SUNGLASSES(WITH UV PROTECTION): As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.

 

2. BODY PART

Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.

T-SHIRT: It is better to wear light clothes to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort during trekking. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 

Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. For example, if you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.

GLOVES: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.

 

LOWER BODY CLOTHING

THERMAL INNERS: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.

TROUSERS: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trekking trousers allow you to travel much easier without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.

DOWN JACKET: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout the journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. So when you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, we must include a down jacket in your packing list. 

 

3. FOOTWEARS

TREKKING BOOTS: Trekking boots are necessary as they help to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.

SOCKS: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.

 

4. OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING

TREKKING POLES: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.

FIRST-AID KIT: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.

SLEEPING BAGS: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, it is best to take your sleeping bags.

PERSONAL BAGS: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. Personal bags are vital if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.

 

7. PASSPORT AND VISA

It is relatively simple to acquire a visa for Nepal. You can apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission office in your home country or buy one when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you'll need two passport-sized photos, US dollar visa costs, and a valid passport for at least six months before your travel. Nationals of the SAARC (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Afghanistan) and China, on the other hand, do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, a transit visa is only valid for three days for foreign nationals. As a result, for more extended visits, a permit is necessary.

A passport is very crucial to travel in Nepal. In addition, if you want to do mountain trekking, you will have to get a mountain license. 

 

8. BANKING AND ATM

Our packages usually include meals and lodging, but you may require cash for personal expenses. There is a lower likelihood of finding an ATM or no ATM on the ABC trail. . Before you go on the walk, make sure you have enough cash. As mentioned above, there is no ATM in the Annapurna region everywhere, so It is better not to depend on ATMs for the expenses. The hotels and lodges also mostly accept cash rather than online payments, so it's more convenient to take enough money with you.  

 

9. GUIDES PORTER AND TIPPING SYSTEM IN NEPAL

Solo trekking, group trekking, or a couple of trekking without a guide will be difficult, so it is necessary to take a guide with you whenever you plan to trek. In addition, the trail in the Annapurna region might not be familiar to you if you are traveling for the first time. 

Since you will have to carry many trekking equipments, it will be convenient and helpful if you take a porter. The porter will help you maintain the luggage, and the Guide will help you take the right trail. 

While traveling, you may face uncertainties. For example, you may suffer from altitude sickness and AMS (Acute mountain sickness), so to help you during such situations, we need to take a guide with us.  

As for the tips for guides and porters will set you back 10% of the total price. Ten percent of the cost is for the Guide and porter. Mountain Rock Treks provide sixty percent to the Guide's tips and 40 percent to the porter.

 

9. BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We are flexible with bookings. However, you must pay a 25% deposit when you confirm, with the remainder due upon arrival. There are no hidden fees with us.

If you want to join a group, we have different terms and conditions that you may learn about by contacting us.

Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles all of our reservations. Fill out a Booking Form and send it to the firm together with your deposits and insurance payment to book a package (if applicable). You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip charge at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining payment once you arrive in Kathmandu and before the tour.

 The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. When arranging a custom holiday with the firm,  Mountain Rock Treks will advise you of the needed cost for the Treks. 

You are booking with a bank transfer or a credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard).

10. LAST-MINUTE BOOKING FOR ANNAPURNA REGION TREKKING

We are flexible with bookings. However, we are not refundable for last-minute cancellations. To ensure your seat on one of our Annapurna region trekking packages at the last minute, you must pay the entire package amount.

We'll try our best to get everything in order before the deadline. So arrive in Kathmandu at least a day ahead of time for the experience. Please get in touch with us directly for further details.

The cancellation of a Client's order must be made in writing and verified by the Company. The date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request will determine the cancellation charge. 

You will forfeit the 25% deposit if you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it. If you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will be responsible for the total cost of the trip. Once you've started your journey, we can't give you a refund. Therefore, the Client should obtain cancellation insurance at booking.

 

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE ANNAPURNA REGION TREK?

  • ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA GURUNG HERITAGE TRAIL TREK (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH TILICHO LAKE (MODERATE)
  • SHORT ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK (STRENUOUS)
  • ROYAL TREK (EASY)
  • GHOREPANI SUNRISE TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • KHOPRA DANDA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • BAGLUNG PANI AND GHANPOKHARA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • TILICHO LAKE WITH MESOKANTO PASS (DIFFICULT)

FAQs

  • Q1. What are the difficulties of Jomsom Muktinath Trek?

    Despite having rough trekking routes, Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is comparatively easier than other higher altitude treks. However, we may have to face some major difficulties during this trek such as weather, acute mountain sickness,  and rough terrain.

     

    Weather

    The unavoidable, as well as unexpected weather change, is one of the major difficulties that one may have to face during the trek in the Mustang region. If you plan to trek this region in winter or monsoon season then you have to be more careful. Trekking to Mustang in Winter and monsoon season you may encounter uncommon weather conditions such as sudden snowfall or rainfall. 

    Therefore, if you want to avoid such unexpected weather changes then just plan your trek to Mustang in the Autumn or Spring season. The Autumn and Spring season are mostly safe from this sudden rainfall or snowfall. For your safety and convenience, it is better to trek this region in the Autumn or Spring season.

     

    Acute Mountain Sickness

    Trekking to a higher altitude results in acute mountain sickness. However, Jomson Muktinath Trek takes you to the highest altitude of 3800m so there is a slight chance of getting altitude sickness. Further, altitude sickness at this altitude is not so serious when compared to altitude sickness at other higher altitudes. With a sudden change in altitude, it is common to have acute mountain sickness when you reach the Muktinath Temple. By drinking lots of water with a proper diet and acclimatization one can easily avoid the acute mountain sickness.

     

    Rough terrain

    When it comes to the trekking trails of Jomsom Muktinath, the trail is rough and dry. The dusty road and strong wind make it quite difficult to trek. However, with proper gear and equipment, you can successfully complete your trek. Whatever the condition you may have to deal with, the trekking is worth it as you will be rewarded with the spectacular mountain views as well as the serene environment of Muktinath temple.

  • Well, there are various options for you to get into the Muktinath from Kathmandu. If you love the long drive then you can take a long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can take a flight directly to the Jomsom and from there you can start your trekking journey to Muktinath. Further, taking another option you can also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to the Jomsom. Heading towards Kagbeni from Jomsom you can reach the Muktinath temple. It takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach Muktinath from Jomsom. After having a great time in Muktinath you can then continue your trek journey towards Marpha. 

    Further trekking from Marpha you can reach Tatopani passing Tukuche and Ghasa. Strolling around the apple orchids of Marpha and taking a bath in the hot spring of Tatopani is something you should not miss during the trek. It is believed that taking bath in Hot springs helps you to get rid of skin diseases. The pleasure of taking the bath in those hot springs of Tatopani is outstanding.  From Tatopani passing through the vibrant rhododendron forest and mystical villages like Palate, Chitre and so on you can reach Ghorepani. Spending a day at Ghorepani you can make the morning trip to Poon Hill for the mesmerizing sunrise views. Also, you can have the astounding views of Dhauligiri, I, II, III, IV, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal from the top of Poon Hill. Thereafter, passing the Tadapani and Ghandruk you can reach Nayapul. A short drive from Nayapul you can reach Pokhara and taking the flight or bus from Pokhara you can return to Kathmandu.

    Apart from this, you can also commence your trekking towards Tikhedhunga from Pokhara. Passing through the beautiful village of Ghorepani, Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha, and Kagbeni you can reach Muktinath. Then 5 to 6 hours of trekking from Muktinath to Jomsom you can take a flight to Pokhara. Finally, you can continue your journey to Kathmandu either taking a flight or a road drive.

  • Trekking in Nepal is possible throughout the year and so does the Jomsom Muktinath Trek. However when it comes to the best time then Autumn and Spring season are considered the best season for trekking to Jomsom Muktinath.

    The clear skies and the moderate temperature during these seasons make the trekking more exciting and memorable. The trekking trails of Jomsom Muktinath are embellished with blooming rhododendron forest during the Autumn season. Further, there is less or no chance of rainfall that may obstruct your plan of trekking during this season. Hence, if you want to enjoy the beauty of vibrant rhododendron forest along with the fascinating mountain vistas then the Autumn and Spring season are best to do so. 

    Starting from December to February you can also enjoy the trek in winter. However late December and January are too cold. With proper preparation and precautions, the short trek will be possible in winter as well. You get to see the beautiful white roads covered with snow while trekking to this region in winter. Also if you want to avoid the crowd then the trek during the winter could also be the best option.

  • A list of essential equipment and gears for the Muktinath trek is given below:

    For Hand

    • Lightweight gloves
    • Warm gloves

     

    For Face

    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Face wipes

     

    For Head

    • Sunhat
    • Headlight
    • Scarf 

     

    For Body

    • Down-jacket and windproof jacket
    • Two pairs of Hiking T-shirts
    • Fleece jacket and sweaters
    • Lightweight cotton trekking pants
    • Rain Jacket

     

    Footwears

    • Proper Trekking Boots
    • Warm socks

     

    Personal accessories

    • Excellent camera to capture memories
    • Cell Phone
    • Padlocks
    • Watch
    • Extra pp size photos and passport photocopies

     

    • First-aid Kit required during trekking
    • Cotton bandages and band-aids
    • Elastic Bandages
    • Antibiotic eye-drop
    • Thermometer
    • Paracetamol
    • PainKillers
    • Loperamide to control diarrhoea
    • Norfloxacin or Cipro to cure diarrhoea and other infections
    • Antiseptic antibacterial cream or solution
    • Diamox
    • Lozenges
    • Oral rehydration salts
    • Lancing needle

     

    Essential gears 

    • Day backpack over 30L
    • Thermal Bottle
    • Water Pills
    • Umbrella
    • Walking Pole
    • Thick sleeping bag
    • Antibacterial gel
    • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush
    • Shampoo
    • Laundry soap
    • Deodorant
  • The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal so the trekking facilities are pretty good when compared to the other parts of Nepal. You can find hotels and resorts in the Jomsom and Muktinath. Teahouses lodges are widely available throughout the trail. The accommodation is basic and offers you blankets, running water, and meals. Meals normally include plenty of fresh vegetables, noodles, and rice. If you want to enjoy the proper accommodation then it is not recommended to plan your trek in winter. This is because many facilities are closed in winter as a number of local residents leave the region.

  • Two permits are required for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek. One of the required permits is Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit to enter the Annapurna Conservation and another one is TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System), Card. 

Client Reviews

  • Lifetime Journey to Jomsom Muktiath

    This was a lifetime's journey. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Dipak from Mountain Rock Treks for coordinating the documents we required to obtain the visa and planning our trip. A goal of mine has always been to do the Jomsom Muktinath Trek. This trek is not for the weak of heart or those who are not physically fit, but it's also not overly difficult. Do choose it.

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    Kay H. ValentineAmerican SamoaJune 01, 2022
  • Fulfilled childhood dream

    I have had a deep fascination with this place since I was a young child. I and few companions had the opportunity to visit this sacred site in late December. The location's significance and the natural beauty it possessed fascinated me. I advise everyone to make at least one trip to Muktinath in their lifetime. Mountains Rock Treks was excellent. It was a great vacation to Jomsom Muktinath. Gopal was just the best advisor. He was ideal—kind, witty, and understanding. Our porters were also excellent.

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    Maria W. HarrahUnited StatesMay 31, 2022
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