Jomsom-Muktinath Trek is a wonderful trekking trail in Nepal located beyond the great Himalayan range in the western part of the country. Many foreigners who come to Nepal for trekking would want to include Jomsom-Muktinath Treks in their itinerary as it provides them with the opportunity to peek at the great Himalayas and also the beautiful Hindu shrine located in Muktinath. Besides the important temple of Muktinath, other major attractions of the Jomsom to Muktinath Treks are undoubtedly the ancient monasteries, some of which are thought to be built thousands of years ago, and the replete caves that lie scattered in the region. The culture at Mustang region is a beautiful amalgamation of Tibetan and Buddhist traditions. In the past, it was an independent state with a separate King ruling the region. Lo-Manthang is still considered as the Kingdom of upper Mustang.
The existing culture of the people of the Mustang and Muktinath region greatly resembles to the Tibetan cultures exercised by the Buddhists. Going to the upper Mustang as part of the trek is one of the great ways to experience the old charm of the Himalayan mountain deserts. Several monasteries, old and new, and ancient caves fall along the trekking trail. And it comes as a no surprise that the word Mustang comes from two Tibetan words “mun” and “tan” roughly translated as the "fertile plain". Until recently, Mustang had enjoyed its status as an independent state with Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista being the last king of the region. It, however, lost its independent status in 2008 when the Nepal government passed a ruling to that effect.
Mustang, however, had largely remained in oblivion and was under sort of anonymity even amongst the domestic tourists until the government of Nepal granted access to the western tourists in 1991. However, the government still places several restrictions on the number of tourists entering the secluded Himalayan province. The government takes special measures to protect its ancient culture from being influenced by the west. Special permit passes are required to gain entry into the region for the prospective tourists.
The fascinating trek kicks off with a trip to Pokhara from Kathmandu, the capital city. Over a period of 16 days, the trip and trek encompasses several places which include Jomsom, Kagbeni, Ghorepani, Marpha, among others. The Hindu shrine of Muktinath is the major attraction point of this trek. Tourists will also have the chance to explore the Kali Gandaki River Valley, which is considered as the deepest gorge in the world.
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
Day 03: Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni
Day 04: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 05: Trek to Marpha
Day 06: Trek to Kalopani
Day 07: Trek to Tatopani
Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 09: Trek to Tadapani
Day 10: Trek to Ghandruk
Day 11: Back to Pokhara
Day 12: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 13: Back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and visit Nagarkot
Day 15: Back to Kathmandu and shopping
Day 16: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
Day 01–Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel.
Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02–Drive to Pokhara 6 hrs
On the second day, you will be traveling to Pokhara (around 200km) via Prithivi Highway. The bus will depart at 7 AM in the morning. It will be a 6-hr drive with beautiful scenery all along the way. You will arrive at Pokhara in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 03: Fly to Jomsom (2700 meters) & trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3 hrs
The real itinerary will take place on the third day when you will board a flight to Jomsom from Pokhara Airport. The flight itself promises to be an exciting prospect as the aircraft flies along the sky with beautiful views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. After reaching Jomsom, the trek formally starts with a short trekking to Kagbeni, the main gateway to Upper Mustang. Kagbeni is situated at an altitude of (2800m). Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) 7 hrs
On the fourth day we embark on the trek to Muktinath, the popular pilgrimage destination for
Hindu and Buddhists alike. Kagbeni is a village in Upper Mustang located in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The trail from Kagbeni to Muktinath is mostly steep but the climb will be remarkable as you will come across Himalayan Yaks, wonderful suspension bridges and the naïve local people who welcome you with heart-warming hospitality. Upon reaching Muktinath Temple in the evening, you will be staying in a guesthouse there.
Day 05: Trek to Marpha 5 hrs
After worshipping and visiting the Hindu shrine in Muktinath in the morning, we start our trek towards Marpha, a Village Development Committee in Mustang district. It is beautiful little village located on the way of the Jomsom, Muktinath trek. The name Marpha is derived from words "mar" meaning hard work and "pha" meaning people. So, it literally means that the villagers in Marpha are hard working. Marpha is known for the production of local apple brandy. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Kalopani 6 hrs
From Marpha we descend downhill looking at the great Himalayan Range of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Climbing downhill is much easier and relaxing as the tourists seem to enjoy this, taking their time during the trek and conversing with the local villagers on the way.
Great views of sunrise and sunsets are possible from Kalopani. Overnight stay a guesthouse
Day 07: Trek to Tatopani 6 hrs,
On day seven, we reach Tatopani which is most popular for the hot-water spring. Even the foreigners are seen dipping their body on the hot-water spring. There is a popular belief among the Nepalis that skin ailments and other diseases are cured if they take a dip at the hot-water spring. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani 5 hrs
From Tatopani, we trek to another wonderful village and place called Ghorepani. You will come across many small rivulets, and river springs as you continue with the trek. Midway through the day, you will reach a traditional Magar village of Ulleri located at around 2080 meters. An hour’s walk from Ulleri takes you to Nangethanti, the destination for lunch on day eight. Few more hours of trek from Nangethanti will take us to Ghorepani where we will stay at a hotel for the night. From Ghorepani, spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche, and other adjoining Himalayas can be seen. Sunrise viewing is also quite popular from Ghorepani.
Day 09: Trek to Tadapani 5 hrs
Treeking to Tadapani itself doesn’t take much time, so the tourists and trekkers are advised to hike until Poon Hill which is not far from Tadapani. Poon Hill is quite famous for its magnificient views of the great Himalayan range including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and others. After visiting Poon Hill, we will then return to Ghorepani for a quick breakfast, and continue trek to Tadapani. Tadapani will be the place for the overnight stay on day nine.
Day10: Trek to Ghandruk 5 hrs
On the tenth day, we trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk, a wonderful Gurung village located at the foothills of Annapurna Mountain. Ghandruk is also popular for the traditional Gurung culture which is still prevalent in the village. Plenty of accommodation and lodging facilities are available in Ghandruk and we will be staying in one of such guesthouses in Ghandruk.
Day 11: Back to Pokhara
After taking breakfast in the morning, we return back to the beautiful city of Pokhara. Almost 34 hours of downhill climbing from Ghandruk is enough to bring back to the amazing lake city. As the next day is already arranged for sightseeing Pokhara, after returning to Pokhara that day, we take rest in a hotel.
Day 12–Sightseeing in Pokhara
The 12th day will be spent in Pokhara sightseeing around the beautiful Valley abound with lakes, caves, temples. The night life around Lakeside is also enough to keep tourists interested in this lake town.
Day 13–Drive back to Kathmandu 6hrs
You will drive back to the capital city Kathmandu on day 13 of the itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14– Sightseeing in Kathmandu and visit Nagarkot
On the fourteenth day of the tour package, you will be sightseeing around the Capital city of
Kathmandu. Several world heritage sites including Basantapur Durbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddha Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, among others, are located in Kathmandu that will keep the tourists enchanted. And in the evening, you will also travel to Nagarkot, a beautiful tourist destination located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Located just 30 kms from Bhaktapur, Nagarkot is also quite popular for sunrise viewing. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Nagarkot.
Day 15: Back to Kathmandu and shopping
After eating breakfast, you will return to Kathmandu from Nagarkot. The rest of the day, you will be shopping around Kathmandu buying souvenir to your loved ones back home. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 16- Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 15th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
- Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
- Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
- Trekking Guide with Insurance
- Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
- Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
- Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
- Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
- Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
- Free use Company's duffel bag.
- Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
- Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
- All needed Government fee.
- International Airfare.
- Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
- Your travel insurance.
- Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
- Any kind of drinks.
- Tips for Guide and Porters
- Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the Hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
- Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
Lower Body – Legs
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.