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Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Abhishek Subedi June 20, 2020

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is specially designed to explore the Tibetan Plateau. It is also considered to be the gateway to the Upper Mustang, the Tibetan border. This route is one of the popular trekking trails in Annapurna region. While trekking to this area, you will enjoy different mountain views including Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount. Annapurna I (8091m), Mount Nilgiri (7040m), Mount Annapurna South (7219m), Mount Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Mount Annapurna IV (7525m), Mount Hiunchuli (6441m), Mount Fishtail also called Machhapuchhare (6998m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Lamjung Himal (6586m) among others. Apart from viewing the snow-capped mountains, you also can explore the mixed culture of various ethnic groups namely Bramin, Chhetri, Thakali, Magar, Gurung among others who are residing in the areas and you also can enjoy the beautiful landscapes. 

 This trekking is also considered to be a pilgrimage trekking tour, as you make an excursion to the Muktinath, which is popularly known as a site for a pilgrimage to both Hindu and Buddhist. The trekking begins from Jomsom, the major trading centre in lower Mustang and heads towards north to Kagbeni along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world, following the trial it finally takes to Muktinath temple.  It passes through many fascinating Thakali indigenous peoples settlements and sails out the Marpha village, the famous village for apple brandy. You can enjoy having a shower in Tatopani (Natural hot spring) and visit Ghorepani Poon hill for viewing sunrise over the mountain and have a panoramic view of various Himalayas trail in Annapurna trekking, and then you will return to Jomsom from the same route and fly back to Pokhara. Other option is that from Jomsom, you will return to Ghandruk, the largest settlement of Gurung ethnic groups on foot and have great views of Annapurna south and Machhapuchhare, the finally we descend to Nayapul, from there we catch vehicles, and at last, we reach Pokhara and subsequently in Kathmandu. 

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

 This trekking  is a fun and exciting adventure tour that does not lack in amazing landscape, barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and moraine valleys. The Upper Mustang Overland Tour is a one-of-its-kind package that truly captures the beautiful elements of what makes Mustang so appealing and presents them in a comfortable and gracious way. The journey and its many marvelous features are sure to leave you spell-bound. Let yourself enjoy Mustang’s sheltered tranquility and pious sacerdotal Tibetan culture in the best way possible. It is also ideal for people who are short on time and want to experience the mystical region’s best elements and aspects the quickest way possible.

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu Valley to Pokhara

The journey starts with the ride to the second largest city of Nepal, Pokhara. The drive presents you the opportunity to see wonderful landscapes of terraced farmlands- green and wet with the sowing of rice and barley by the farmers, the frisky rush of the meandering rivers by the highway and the isolated valleys low- lying among the gargantuan hills and rocky gorges. The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes about 6 hours, and upon arrival at Pokhara, we shall check into a hotel, which the city has an abundance of. In the evening, you shall be able to enjoy the respite of a beautiful boat-ride at Fewa Lake and on a clear day, you can see the lucid reflection of Mount Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna Range on the crystalline surface of water as well.  

Day 2 Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga

The travellers will begin their day with the ride from Pokhara to Nayapul. After a short walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti, a large village with many shops and teahouses. From here, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Burundi Khola. The path climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495 metres and after a short climb you will reach Tikhedhunga at 1570 metres. This trek is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. 

Day 3 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

From Tikhedhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the campsite at Tikhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase (which has about 3300 steps) to the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2080m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. The trail crosses two beautiful and clear streams before making a short and final climb to the Nangethanti. Thanthi is the Nepali word meaning ”rest house”. During the winter season you can experience the trail covered with the white and soft snow. From Nangethanti you will continue your climb towards the Ghorepani at 2850 metres from here you can indulge yourself in the spectacular panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Himchuli and more.

Day 4 Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tatopani

The trek starts early in the morning and you will continue to hike towards the Poon Hill 3210 metres. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna South, Mt Fishtail and others. You will continue to descend to Ghorepani and trek towards Tatopani. 

Day 5 Tatopani to Ghasa

The trek now starts up the Kali Gandaki valley, which is known to be the deepest gorge in the world. Here you will enjoy a beautiful days’ walking along the Kali Gandaki riverside, gradually ascending into sub- tropical vegetation. From there you will cross the Bhalu Khola  on the high suspension bridges before arriving at Dana. Around 30 minutes from Dana you will  see a very high waterfall; Rupse Chhahara which translates as ”beautiful waterfall”). You will continue your walk through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki, where much of the route is cut through solid rock. From here, you will again cross the river on a 120 meter long bridge to the east side. You will continue on to Ghasa, an ethnic Thakali village and this marks the southernmost limit of Tibetan Buddhism in the valley.

Day 6 Ghasa to Marpha

The trail continues gently up to the Kalopani which has awesome views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Icefall. It is an easy walk through the bank of the River to cross the suspension bridge to get into Tukuche which is a popular Thakali village. Tukuche. After a short climb you will reach Marpha which is probably the most beautiful village of the route and has an interesting village settlement and apple garden.  

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Day 7 Marpha to Kagbeni

The trail to Kagbeni is easy, flat and also windy. In this case you will be starting early morning to cross the Jomsom valley before the wind blows violently. It is an easy day walking through the bank of the river to get to Kagbeni. Visit Red Gompa at leisure evening and walk around the little alleys of the town. 

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Day 8 Kagbeni to Muktinath

The main highlight of the trek, Muktinath which is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist. You will first walk through Khingar and then onto Jharkot which is an impressive fortress-like village. Then continue your hike to the first part of Muktinath which is also known as Ranipauwa, where you will stay the night. During the free time you can explore the area and see some of the holy and sacred places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring which is considered holy as well. 

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Day 9 Muktinath to Jomsom

Muktinath is one of the most important sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindu as well as Buddhists pilgrims. Travellers begin their day with a visit to Muktinath temple. From here you can appreciate the wonderful perspectives on Dhaulagiri.  There are water gushes which channel into the stream running over the sanctuary. There is additionally a Buddhist Monastery close by.  From here a path slides through the town of Jharkot where you can investigate the Jharkot religious community; this is both a Tibetan homegrown clinical focus and an old post. The hike proceeded back to Jomsom . The perspectives on the Kali Gandaki valley and Kagbeni town en route are genuinely overpowering. We pass by Ekle Bhatti and lastly show up at Jomsom. 

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Day 10 Jomsom to Pokhara

The travellers will take a flight back to Pokhara.  The remaining afternoon can be spent exploring the beautiful landscapes, lakes and hills of the city. You can also roam around the market area of the Pokhara in the night and get yourself immersed in the limelight of the city.

Day 11 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

It is time to bid farewell to the Pokhara valley and take a bus ride back to the Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the beautiful landscapes, river valleys and clear sky through the window of the bus before reaching the city. 

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