Jomsom Muktinath Trek / Lower Mustang Trekking 2017

Overview

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a travel adventure to high mountain region of western Nepal dominated by Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himalaya Range. The trekking course begins from the town of Jomsom ending at the Muktinath temple. The Jomsom is a town residing at the elevation of 2700 meters with the facility of Airport Terminal, major business center, lodging center for tourists and government district headquarter. Jomsom is the commercial and administrative center of Mustang District of Nepal and entry point to Muktinath temple. The Muktinath is a holy shrine for Hindus and Buddhists residing at the foot of Thorong La Pass at the elevation of 3710meters. The Muktinath temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples and eight most scared shrines of Vaishnava related to Tirupati and Badrinath. The temple of Muktinath has a golden statue of God Vishnu along a courtyard of 108 water sprouts made of bull faces which pours the holy Pushkarini water from it all the time.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a challenging trekking adventure facing the semi desert region of Mustang and following the barren banks of Kali Gandaki River. The travelers have the option to take air-flight or vehicle ride to Jomsom district headquarter. The travelers land at Jomsom and start their trekking course towards Muktinath. The breathing natural beauty is experienced during trekking from Jomsom to Muktinath. The trekking trail follows the kali gandaki river domainated by Annapurna Himalayas on one side and Dhaulagiri Himalayas on other side. The trekking trail passes through lower mustang region ending at the village of kagbeni. The travelers after getting rest move towards Muktinath temple which is the end point of trekking trail.

Itinerary

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

DAY 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

DAY 03: Fly to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] and Trek to Tikhendhunga [1,552m/5,090ft]: 4-5 hrs

DAY 04: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs

DAY 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs

DAY 06: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs

DAY 07: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs

DAY 08: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs

DAY 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs

DAY 10: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs

DAY 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

DAY 12: Drive to Kathmandu

DAY 13: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Planet Treks. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Nepalaya or a similar category hotel. After check in, you can either take a rest, hang around in the city or visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and condition. In the evening we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner

DAY 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred linga, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous cremation site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the “the self-existent” is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu. Breakfast

DAY 03: Fly to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] and Trek to Tikhedhunga [1,552m/5,090ft]: 4-5 hrs
Early morning flight to Pokhara. Be sure to catch right side of the airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Pokhara offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna range and others. Numerous lakes of Pokhara offer fishing, boating and swimming, the city itself is popular as city of lakes. After taking rest for some time, drive to Nayapul and start the trek. We walk to the northern side of Bhurung Khola, the trail climbs through the sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga.

DAY 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs
From Tikhedhunga the trail drops down and crosses the Burungdi Khola, then climbs all the way up to Ghorepani via very steeply up to village Ulleri. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward would really prove a test of your stamina. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse-water” owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings.

DAY 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs
Ghorepani town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani town that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village & further descend to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing suspension bridge it climbs up at Tatopani. Tatopani, meaning Hot Water in Nepali derives its name from the hot springs there. The hot springs are popular among the trekker to sooth their tired leg muscles.

DAY 06: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs
The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river flows under the deep gorge by 2200m in between two 8000m mountaintops are only 38km apart. Continuing along to Dana, Rupse Chahara meaning beautiful waterfall and Kopche Pani, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is a paradise for the bird watchers.

DAY 07: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs
A steep climb through forest takes you to Lete Khola then reach to Lete. It further continues to the east side of the Kali Gandaki reach you Larjung Village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukuche at 2590 m and apple farm projects which produces apple and vegetable for the whole region until you get to Marpha Village.

DAY 08: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs
The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After a good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area. (B, L, D)
DAY 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs
Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.

DAY 10: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs
Muktinath is one of most important destination for Hindus pilgrimage. It also hold an important place for the Buddhists. In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple of the Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra”or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom.

DAY 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, a second biggest lake of Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour’s walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Nepal Planet Treks staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu.

DAY 13: Final departure
You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We take you to the airport for your flight time. We hope you enjoyed the trek, and are sure you will be back trekking somewhere in the Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Nepal Planet Trekking will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Include/Exclude

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Everest trekking map.
  • Both  way by tourist bus Kathmandu to Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • All necessary transport during a trip
  • Flight back to Jomsom to Pokhara one way flight
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc Nepalplanettreks Company Bag it be free if you would use during a trek .
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

Equipment List

Jeans or slacks
Towel and toilet kit
Underwear
Gloves or mittens
Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
Flashlight
Walking Boot

We INSIST that an appropriate insurance policy is taken out which covers travel in isolated and mountainous areas, and which also includes helicopter rescue.
We recommend that you consult a reputable travel agent or insurance specialist.
Health Issues
We recommend that all clients consult their doctor to discuss the health issues associated with their trek. We also recommend that clients bring their own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive first aid kit carried by the Trek Leader
Vaccinations Required
Please ensure that you allow at least 1 month to complete a course of vaccinations. Whilst your personal doctor will be the final authority,
We recommend the following
Poliomyelitis
Tetanus
Typhoid
Rabies
Meningococcal
Immunoglobulin (for Hepatitis A)

1 Reviews on Jomsom Muktinath Trek / Lower Mustang Trekking 2017 View All

2017-02-20 09:12:28

Doria Hileman says:

“Jomsom-Muktinath Trek with Best Guide Team in Kathmandu ” It was an awesome trekking trip to one of the most beautiful and heavenly place on earth. Now, I am able to share this greatest experience and story only through nicely planned, arranged ...

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