Jomsom Muktinath Trek area is well developed with lodges that have learnt how to cater to the needs of western trekkers’ providing some amazing facilities that surprise backpackers to no end. The revert hike takes us through the Kali Gandaki canyon, the deepest in the World. And then we enter into Thakali and Gurung ethnic areas where the culture is as colourful as the people, hiking through lush forests complemented by the ever-changing views of the Annapurnas, on the way. This trail is normally flooded with trekkers the sceneries vistas are realistic imaginations of beauty that stir emotions & set the heart fluttering. You can even avoid the rush season hordes & still get fine blue weather & views that dreams are made of.
Across blazing trails that could remind you so much of the green, green grass of home as you hike on to make your peace with the gods of nature an adventurous, spiritual journey that takes you across lush green dales into blissful terrain with natural meadows & yak pastures nestled on green hillocks as you venture out to make your destiny with the god. Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one absorbing journey where we get the feel of different cultures & an interesting mix of traditions that can only be found in the Annapurna region. This spiritual tour laced with sublime adventure kicks off with a flight into the heart of the lower Mustang district that was once a kingdom, from where we plod on to the ancient village of Kagbeni, on the border of upper Mustang and the Hidden Kingdom. As we hike the trails, the deep valleys & massive mountains that encompass the Annapurna massifs, on the way we encounter an assorted group of friendly communities & different terrain levels that amaze us with the variety in vegetation, from the subtropics foliage-laden jungles to typical arid dry landscapes that are found on the Tibetan plateau. Here, we travel North East through parched landscapes to the sacred pilgrimage town of Muktinath; this area is Tibet all but in name only.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Tour and Trekking Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight in the valley of the gods! *Included Meal Dinner. (D)
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full day guided tour to the histori Durbar Square, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess), the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath), in the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip.Overnight at hotel, included meal: (B)
AEarly morning at around 6:30 am, we drive by tourist bus to Pokhara along the Trishuli and Marshyadgdi River through the beautiful countryside of Nepal that offers villages, Rivers greeneries, rice fields and wonderful mountain sceneries. ‘City of Lakes’ Pokhara offers superb views of Annapurna including, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish tail) and others. We can explore the beautiful natures, caves, temples and Lakes, during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. We stay overnight at hotel (B, B)
Today we drive to Nayapul to start our trek. From Nayapul we walk for about 30 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town with a winding street paved with large stones. The trail follows to the south bank of Modi River through sub- tropical valley forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. After lunch we head up the main trail to Sudami and climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1,495m), before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)
From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses the Burungdi Khola on a suspension bridge, and then climbs continuing to Ghorepani via very steeply up to Ulleri village (2,080m) with the amazing landscape and the Himalayan scenery. The trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. We continue crosses two sparkling streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means “horse-water. Ghorepani is a fascinating place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
Today, early morning start 45 minutes hike up to Poonhill. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poonhill; the path offers the glimpse of the beautiful rhododendron forest. The brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise views over the high Himalayas including, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.)Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m) Nilgiri (6,940m)Varaha Shikhar (7,847m,) Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m.) Mt. Annapurna South (7,219m.) and Mt. Annapurna III (7855m) .After taking photos and having some tea/ coffee, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast we descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
We follow the kali Gandaki River through the deepest gorge of by 2200m in between two 8000m mountains tops are only 38km apart. Then we walk along the kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending to the sub-tropical vegetation. Continue trek to Dana, Rupse Chahara meaning beautiful waterfall and Kopchepani. From here the trail ascends to the narrowest part of the kali Gandaki valley, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. We will cross the river again on a 120m long bridge to the east side to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is an amazing place for the bird watchers. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
Today, the trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki. It further continues to the east side of Larjung village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukuche at 2590m and apple farm projects which produces apple and vegetable for the whole region until you get to Marpha. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
The trail takes us along the valley side, going up gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti. From Jomsom onward 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. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
Today, the trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred Meters, then gradually walking through beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan style villages, and apple garden. 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. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
Muktinath is one of most significant destination for Hindus pilgrimage. It also holds 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. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D).
After breakfast we go to airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 25-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Afternoon we 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. We stay overnight at hotel (B).
Early morning at around 7:00 am, we drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu along the Trishuli and Marshyadgdi River through the beautiful countryside of Nepal that offers villages, Rivers greeneries, rice fields and wonderful mountain sceneries. After nearly 5-6 hours drive we arrive to Kathmandu. Your day is free, however, at even tide; you will be taken to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of the original Nepalese cuisine. As you enjoy your meal, you will also be entertained to an exciting cultural dance performed by the local belles. You will enjoy this experience which is complimentary on behalf of the Volunteer Society Treks. Overnight at hotel (B, D)
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It’s been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are doubly sure you’ve had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Bon Voyage!! & take care!!! (B).
Thank you for doing this venture with US. We’ve got to know each other well over the weeks. Please do stay in touch & we wish you a wonderful journey back home. Take care!
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour and trekking, volunteering and internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.