Jomsom Trek (13 Days)

  • Kali Gandaki River
  • View from Muktinath
  • Trek Jomsom
  • Kagbeni
  • Lower Mustang House
  • Hot Springs Tatopani

Nepal’s spectacular diversity appears at its finest with the Jomsom Trek. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. This is a popular trekking as you reach the Lower Mustang region of Nepal, with excellent lodges lining the main routes.

The trail passes through Kagbeni, a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, chortens and a Buddhist monastery. Follow the Kali Gandaki River which forms the deepest ravine in the world; on one side lies the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there are views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. The Kali Gandaki is a quarter of a mile wide river bed; during the winter the river will be dry, but during the summer and monsoon it fills with rain water and melting snow. The scenery of the trail ranges from forests of bright red rhododendrons to rocky cliffs and desert. The culture along the track is a rich mixture of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism. The trail’s highest point is Muktinath at 3800m, a holy site of temples sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus for centuries.

Trip Overview

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters).

Your tour starts as you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival we will greet you with a traditional garland (floral wreath worn around your neck). This is our way of saying welcome to Nepal. You will then be transferred by private car to your hotel to settle in. You might choose to go for a walk around after some rest. You will be briefed on your tour.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu guided city tour

In the morning after having breakfast you will drive to Bodhnath. Bodhnath is the largest stupa of Nepal. Around the octagonal base of stupa there are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas are taking place since over 2000 years. Then you will proceed to visit the temple of Pashupatinath which is Nepal’s most important Hindu pilgrim site on the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to the god Shiva. In the afternoon proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Patan city. Patan was the second largest town in the valley but it has been absorbed into Kathmandu. After visiting Patan you will proceed to visit the Swayambhunath. The stupa at Swayambhunath is the most important and oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal. Swayambhunath Stupa is famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to be observing the world from all 4 directions.

Overnight in Kathmandu –B

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu – Pokhara and drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri [2000m]

It takes around 30 minutes to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During your flight enjoy the fantastic views of shimmering mountain ranges and spectacular landscapes below. After landing in Pokhara, it’s a short drive of about 45 minutes to the trailhead at Birethanti. You commence your trek with a gradual ascent along the left bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. You then leave the river and follow a trail along the upper edge of terraced fields through Hille to Tikedungha. Thereafter, you cross a stream beyond the village and then drop down to the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola. Then climb a long, steep and seemingly endless stone staircase, which eventually leads you to the village of Ulleri. From this village there are fine views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]

As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, you arrive at the village of Nangathanti. Another few hours of trekking through the forest will bring you to Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and is a popular watering spot for mules, which work this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. For proper acclimatization, you rest at Ghorepani.

Day 5: Trek to Tatopani [1190m] 

You can catch an amazing view of the sunrise from the very popular vantage point of Poon Hill. After breakfast, you descend to Tatopani through rhododendron forest with magnificent natural vistas. As you near Chitre, you get an awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri range. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue descending, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the hot springs near the river below the village.  Enjoy a refreshing soak in these baths.

Day 6: Trek to Ghasa [2000m] 5-6 hours

You have to follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana which is surrounded by orange groves. En route, you may come across local people selling baskets of oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village. You can see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses in Ghasa.

Day 7: Trek to Larjung [2560m]

After breakfast you trek from Ghasa towards Larjung. Few hours of descents soon follow other rock-strewn ascents through forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you reach Larjung, you cannot help but marvel at the architectural grandeur of this small town; tunnels, narrow alleyways and houses built in traditional style presents an interesting sight.

Day 8: Trek to Jomsom (2713m) 

You begin with a trek along the trail that follows the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Yet again, you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail further meanders through stonewalled orchards. Soon you will come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has a well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. After lunch in Marpha, you continue trekking towards Jomsom. As you approach your destination, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys contrasting with the white snow-capped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri.

Day 9: Trek to Muktinath (3710m) 

After breakfast you resume your trekking along the path up to the vast gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki. You come across a stream and verdant vegetation. On crossing a small ridge to Chhancha Lhumba at 2730 meters, you continue heading towards Muktinath. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri dominates the view as you ascend to Khingar (3200 meters). More meadows, streams and lush vegetation can be seen along the trail as it paves to Jharkot (3500 meters). You encounter the ruins of the Dzong and pristine villages of Purang and Changur. As you trek past mule stables and steep barren hillside, you enter Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa for years has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travellers. On trekking further, you enter Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Pilgrims flock to the Buddhist gompa and pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]

Heading away from Muktinath, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking in the magnificent view of Nilgiri. You will stay overnight in Jomsom. In the evening you celebrate the completion of your trek.

Day 11: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 

Early wake up today as we catch our flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Enjoy a scenic mountain flight along the Annapurna’s. Once in Pokhara you will be taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours. Relax at your hotel or go explore the Lakeside District of Pokhara.

Day 12: Return to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft): 6 Hour Drive

From Pokhara, it’s a six-hour tourist bus ride back to Kathmandu. The highway is cut into the side of the river valley and follows a series of steep rocky gorges, landslides and roaring rapids, crossed by precarious suspension bridges. After we enter the Kathmandu valley, fell free to shop and sightsee.

Overnight in Kathmandu – B

Day 13: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards they will drop you to the airport.

Note of above Itinerary:

B = Breakfast

L = Lunch 

D = Dinner

Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We will follow accordingly.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu(1320m/4330ft) 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly Pokhara and drive to Nayapul. Trek to Ulleri (2000m/6560ft)

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2775m/9102ft)

Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (1190m/3903ft)

Day 06: Trek to Ghasa (2000m/6560ft)

Day 07: Trek to Larjung (2560m/8397ft)

Day 08: Trek to Jomsom (2713m/8900ft) 

Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3710m/12169ft)

Day 10: Trek to Jomsom (2713m/8900ft)

Day 11: Fly to Pokhara(760m/2493ft)

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 13: Fly to home country

 

Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.

 

Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pohkara per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities

 

 

Pricing Per Person

The more people joining your trip the cheaper it becomes, so why not grab a few friends and bring them along. Add $100 per person If choosing one way flight back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

  • 1 Person -$1099
  • 2-4 People -$1015
  • 5+ People -$980

 

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please  contact us at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534

 

Trip Summary

Duration: 13 Days

Grade: Moderate to challenging

Maximum Altitude: 3710m

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara, Teahouse Lodging during Trek

Meals: As stated in itinerary

Transportation: Car, Bus, Plane(optional)

Best Time: October to early December; March and April

Are you looking for a Tailor made trip? Your enquiry is greatly appreciated and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
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