• Duration11 Days
  • Diffculty-LevelModerate
  • Max. Altitude3,710 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn

Overview

Jomsom Muktinath Trek offers a unique blend of adventure and rich cultural heritage in one package. The trek explores the lower part of the Annapurna and Mustang region. Jomsom Muktinath Trek 11 Days is a short trek in the north of Pokhara, the City of Lakes. This trek takes you away from the chaos of modern life into the serene mountain life within the blink of an eye.

The Jomsom Muktinath Trek route is fabulous. The trail ascends through lush alpine forests and picturesque villages to the trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau. The Jomsom to Muktinath distance covers approximately 8 km, 5 to 6 hours of walk. The trail passes by white-washed houses, chortens, and ancient stupas.

You will trek through gorgeous alleyways, lovely apple orchards, and green terraced fields, between Jomsom to Kagbeni trek route. With all these, snow-capped Himalayan mountains and barren hills will enhance the views furthermore.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara that continues to Tatopani. Here, you will get to enjoy a natural hot spring. Further, the trail heads north in the Kali Gandaki Valley and leads you to Ghasa. From here, you will pass by Marpha and Kagbeni villages before reaching Muktinath. Get a blessing at the temple and trek to Jomsom, from where you will take a scenic flight back to Pokhara.

During the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you will pass by the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge. Muktinath temple is one of the most significant temples in Nepal. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year to get blessed by the deity and get rid of their sins. There are 108 water taps on the premises of the temple. As per the legends, if you take bath in all the taps, then all of your past life sins will be forgiven by god. 

You will see the tenth highest mountain, Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), and the eighth-highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), during the Jomsom Muktinath Trek 11 Days. Along with that, the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking also offers stunning views of other snow-capped Himalayan mountains like Nilgiri (7,061 m), Fishtail (6,993 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), etc. 

We also organize Jomsom Muktinath Trek 5 Days and tailor-made Jomsom Muktinath Trek. To book Jomsom Muktinath Trek 2022, contact us anytime. In a nutshell, Jomsom Muktinath Trek Nepal lets you have a very unique perspective of the Himalayas and trekking in Nepal.

Also, Check out our other packages in the Annapurna region.

You'll see and experience

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  • Enjoy views of lush green hills, rivers, snow-capped mountains, and scattered villages during the drive from Kathmandu to Tatopani
  • Take bath in a natural hot spring in Tatopani
  • Ascend through lush alpine forests and picturesque villages to the trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau
  • The trail passes by white-washed houses, chortens, and ancient stupas
  • You will come across gorgeous alleyways, lovely apple orchards, and green terraced fields
  • Witness reach Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism cultural heritage along the trekking route
  • Pass by the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki gorge
  • Get blessing in one of the holiest temples in Nepal, Muktinath temple
  • Witness jaw-dropping landscapes and mountain views
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Itinerary & Map

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  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Welcome dinner

On your arrival day, our team representatives will pick you up from the airport. He will drop you at the hotel and shortly brief you about the day program. In the evening, meet other team members over the welcome dinner and explore the tourist hub of Kathmandu, Thamel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast & lunch
  • Altitude:830 m

After having breakfast, you will meet the trek guide in your hotel lobby. We will load the luggage and begin the long drive to Pokhara. During the drive, you will see beautiful scenery. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will drop you at the designated hotel and leave you to relax. In the evening, visit Phewa Lake and explore Lakeside Market.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:1,190 m

From Pokhara, you will drive to Tatopani. The drive will offer stunning views of lush green hills, terraced fields, and snow-capped mountains. Tatopani is famous for its natural hot spring. Here, you can enjoy the hot spring by paying a few bucks.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,110 m

Leaving Tatopani, continue trekking on a pleasant route that heads north in the Kali Gandaki Valley. The trail goes through farmlands and remote villages. You will trek through terrace fields and lush forests before reaching Ghasa. On the way, get to see stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,680 m

The trail continues above the Kali Gandaki and passes through lush forests. You will reach Lete and Kalapani. The trail then moves in the north, and gradually you will begin to notice dry and desert-like terrain. Along the way, you will also begin to notice the Buddhist lifestyle. Further, the trail goes through fine Tukche village surrounded by orchards and ascends to Marpha.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,810 m

The route today offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains. The trail ascends towards the arid valley of the Kali Gandaki river. Trekking through narrow alleyways and passing by white-washed houses, you will reach Kagebni.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:3,710 m

The trail ascends towards the holy Muktinath temple today. You will be walking on the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek but in the other direction. Following an uphill path, you will climb to the Jhong river valley, relishing the gorgeous landscape. You will then pass by old villages and reach one of the biggest temples of Hindus, Muktinath.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Altitude:2,715 m

Wake up early and visit Muktinath temple. Get blessing and explore the premises. Later, you will retrace the path back to Jomsom. The trail passes by Kagbeni and lovely apple orchards. You will see great mountain panoramas along the route.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast only
  • Altitude:830 m

After having breakfast, you will take an early morning flight back to Pokhara. The flight offers jaw-dropping views of the Himalayan mountains. The rest of the day is free in Pokhara. Visit tourist sites and enjoy the day as per your wish.

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch & farewell dinner
  • Altitude:1,300 m

Drive back to Kathmandu. You will have the remaining day free to shop and explore around. In the late evening, join the team members over a farewell dinner and also get a trek certificate from the company.

  • Meals:Breakfast only

The adventurous Jomsom Muktinath trek ends here. Get ready to fly back to your home. We will drop you at the airport and bid you our last goodbye today.

Cost Details

Includes
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight tickets
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Mystic Adventure Holidays trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes
  • An achievement certificate and company souvenir
Excludes
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) 10% of You Pay and driver(s)

Departure Dates

Custom design the Jomsom Muktinath Trek itinerary as per your requirements. If you want to do a solo trek, then do consider our private trek option. For more information contact us anytime.

Additional Info

Jomsom Muktinath Trek terrain & difficulty 

Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a moderate trek. Anyone can do this trek under proper guidance and support. The trail is steep and rugged at many places. You will be walking through the gorge and narrow pathways. There are numerous ascents and descents throughout the trek.

You have to walk 5 to 7 hours a day. As the elevation increases, the chances of altitude sickness also increase. Therefore, ample rest days and steady gain in altitude are crucial to keeping yourself away from altitude sickness. You can learn more about it here.

To go on Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you have to be physically fit and be in good health. Mental preparation and determination are also needed. Even though the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is relatively easier than most of the famous treks, walking long hours on Himalayan terrain is no joke.

So, prepare your body and work on your stamina. Go on a few hikes and get used to long walking hours. Learn more about altitude sickness here
 

Jomsom Muktinath Trek permit

You will need Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and TIMS Card for Jomsom Muktinath Trek. This trek explores the lower part of the Mustang region, so you do not have to get a restricted area permit. The permits are obtained from Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, and are also available in Pokhara. 

TIMS permit per person for independent trekkers: 2,000 NPR (Approx. USD 20)

TIMS permit per person in a group: 1,000 NPR (Approx. USD 10)

ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR

ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 3,000 NPR (Approx. USD 30)
 

*Note: If you are trekking with us, then we will arrange all the necessary permits for the trek. You will be asked for documents to obtain the permits during the booking.
 

Best time to go on Jomsom Muktinath Trek

The best time to do Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is in spring and autumn. Nepal sees spring from March to April and autumn from October to November. These two seasons have the most stable weather in the Himalayas, therefore trekking at this time of the year is considered suitable. 

The temperature ranges from 0°C to 15°C. The higher elevation is much colder. Likewise, nights and mornings are colder than the daytime. You can see a range of vegetation and flowers while trekking in spring and autumn. The views are clear and fabulous. 

If you want to trek in winter- December to February, then you have to be properly prepared to face extreme cold and unstable weather. Winter views are the best for sure but on foggy days, you may not get to see any panorama too.

Likewise, monsoon/summer is the off-season. Heavy rainfall increases the risk of landslides and makes the trail slippery/muddy. It is not a good time to trek.
 

Food & Accommodation 

You will stay overnight in teahouses during the Jomsom Muktinath Trek 11 Days. All the meals will be provided as per the menu of the teahouses. You will get three meals a day. Carry extra snacks and bars to munch while trekking. Drinking water is available in every teahouse to refill. For extra safety, you can buy water purification tablets or SteriPen.

You can get dishes like dal bhat tarkari, veggies, mashed potatoes, chapati, veg curry, non-veg curry, salad, momo, noodles, pizza, burger, sandwich, thukpa, thenduk, Tibetan bread, soup, porridge, oatmeal, muesli, toast, eggs, sausage, tea, coffee, etc for meals. 

The teahouse accommodation is the simplest accommodation on the trail. The rooms are small and clean, with an attached washroom and twin beds. Single bedrooms are also available if you need them. The facilities in the teahouse are basic. You cannot hope for tv, hot shower, room service, etc in most of the places. 
 

Tips to make the journey smooth

  • Some good Nepali brands sell high-quality trekking clothes and gear. You don't have to carry all those heavy luggage from your home. You can buy or rent in Kathmandu at an affordable price. 

  • Make sure all the gears and clothing are good to go.

  • Don't forget to include air evacuation up to 6,000 meters and medical bills in your travel insurance. 

  • Carry a reusable water bottle. Buying plastic water bottles during the cost will cost you a lot of money.

  • Make sure to drink at least 2 liters of water and other fluids during the trek to keep yourself hydrated. A dehydrated body can suffer from altitude sickness easily.

  • Resect locals and their culture. Feel free to interact with them, and don't be shy. Start with a big smile & Namaste, and everything will fall align automatically. 

  • You can charge your devices in the teahouse. There are charging stations in every teahouse, however you may have to pay a few extra bucks to use the service. Extra batteries or a solar charger will save you money.

  • The internet connection remains unstable most of the time, whether you use WiFi or cellular data. Don't get obsessed over sharing the trip details on social media, and keep it for later.

  • You will need extra cash to buy services out of the package like hot shower, snacks, beverages during the trek, and the shop owners only accept cash. So, withdraw enough cash in the city to use during the trek. There's no ATM on the route.

  • If you get confused about tipping, then follow this advice- USD 100 to guide & porter, USD 5 to tour guide, and USD 2 to driver (by each member of the group).

FAQs

  • Q1. How difficult is the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?

    Jomsom Muktinath trek difficulty level is considered moderate. The trail has steep and rugged sections but is not strenuous. Anyone can do this trek with good health and fitness. This trek is also suitable for beginner trekkers.

  • No, the Jomsom Muktinath trek does not fall under the restricted area in Nepal. You will be traversing the lower part of the Mustang region, which is not a restricted area. 

  • The highest point of the trek is 3,710 meters at Muktinath Temple, which is a high altitude. Even though the chances of altitude sickness during Jomsom Muktinath trekking are relatively low, you should be careful of it all the time. 

  • If you want, you can do the Jomsom Muktinath trek solo. However, trekking with a guide or in a group is more fun than trekking alone. We will book everything for you in advance, therefore you don't have to go through that hassle. Plus, the guide will also offer you a good insight into the region, and you will be trekking safely.

  • Yes, people from all religious backgrounds can enter the Muktinath temple. You can only see the main temple from outside but freely walk around the temple premises. 

  • In case the flight gets canceled because of bad weather, then we will arrange a jeep for you to drive to Pokhara on the same day. If you can wait for the next flight, then that's okay too. It's up to your wish. 

  • Yes, you can rent a bicycle or motorcycle during the Jomsom Muktinath trek. You can rent it from Jomsom to Muktinath or Muktinath to Jomsom as per your wish. Moreover, you can also do the entire trip on a motorcycle or bicycle. Book the bike earlier to avoid the last-minute expensive deal.

  • Yes, you can wear a swimming costume in the hot spring. It will be comfortable for you. Hot springs are not swimming pools. It's more like a pond, where 15 to 25 people can fit at a time. Swimming is not allowed, but you can sit in the water and relax. 

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