Jomsom-Muktinath Trek


Itinerary 1


The flight into Jomsom is quite spectacular since the plane is small that flies between the massifs of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South to get into the narrow Jomsom Valley !  This describes the route through the Mustangi culture of Kagbeni up through Jharkot and to the shrine at Muktinath,s then retraces through Jomsom and the Thakali countryside to Tatopani, then passes through Magar and Gurung country to end at Pokhara.

Day 01:  Jomsom/Kagbeni

Fly to Jomsom (2713m) with your Guide. Start up the wide Thak Khola (the Upper Kali Gandaki) to Kagbeni (2810m) for overnight.

Day 02: Kagbeni/Muktinath

Have your breakfast  then  leaving the river begin ascent slowly through Jharkot and finally to Muktinath ( 3800m), an important Vishnu shrine sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Day 03:  Muktinath/Marpha

After exploring the temple and the nearby Monastery,  take the shorter descent direct to Jomsom then walk the short distance down to the charming village of MARPHA (2665m.). Overnight at a lodge.

Day 04:   Marpha/Ghansa

Follow the Kaligandaki river through fields and  interesting Buddhist Thakali villages - Tukuche, Larjung, Kalopani. Overnight at GHASA (2000m) by the deepest gorge in the world !!

Day 05:  Ghansa/Tatopani

The trail today passes the picturesque Rupsechhara waterfall, a rather stony route through Dana and finally reaches the hot spring village of TATOPANI (1180m.).  Find a little time to go down to the springs on the  river for a hot bath.  Tatopani's charming village boasts a number of small eating houses offering exotic  things like lemon meringue pies !!

Day 06: Tatopani/Ghorepani             

This is a difficult day but take it easy.  It's a long  walk uphill through the neat Magar village of Sikha to GHOREPANI (2775). The village itself is in a hollow of rhodhodenron trees.

Day 07:   Ghorepani/Pokhara

Talk an early morning (pre-breakfast ?) stroll up to Pun Hill (3193m.) for a marvellous view of Dhaulagiri and the  western Annapurnas (weather permitting !)  This has scheduled as a rest day at Ghorepani but if you feel like it, continue down the ridge to ULLERI (2070m.)- a Magar village at the top of a rather steep cliff. Descend the cliff to the village of Tirkhedhunge from where you follow the Burungdi river past Hille, it's series of pools getting more and more picturesque as  you finally enter BIRETHANTI (1065m), the most charming   village on the trail, at the confluence with the Modi river.  From Birethanti, cross the river on the swing bridge,  then turning west follow the Modi Khola through light   forest to the confluence with a stream at Nayapul. 30 minutes should see you to the roadhead from whence you can bus it back into Pokhara. This will be a little long walk

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Itinerary 2


Along an age-old route of the Annapurnas, followed by Newar merchants trading between India and Tibet through the home territory of the Gurung, Magars and Thakalis.  Spectacular views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri.

  1. Day 01: Commence your trek after transfer by road to Dhampus Phedi. Begin your   trek ascending the steep stairway to Dhampus.  Continue ascent along the       ridge to POTANA (1870m), an hour from Dhampus.

  2. Day 02: The trail continues through forest to a clearing at 2010m with good view of Annapurna South and Himchuli, then descends  through forests alive with birds, ferns and orchids into a huge side canyon of the Modi River. Pass the teashop of Bichok, cross a stream on a suspension bridge and climb gently out of the canyon.  More teashops and you find yourself soon at Tolka.  A descent to a stream then another climb again through forest to a ridge with a teashop.  Easy walking past unusually oval-shaped homes and you come to the flag-stone-lined street of the Gurung settlement of Landrung.  Beyond Landrung, the trail to GHANDRUNG (1940m), visible on the opposite hillside, descends to Modi Khola, crosses it and ascends the other side.  The largest Gururng settlement in the area, the people are friendly but take your sardar with you while exploring.  You might get lost !

  3. Day 03: Following a small stream through dense forest and a few clusters of village homes, descend sharply to the Burungdi Khola then climb up to a ridge, finally reaching a clearing in the forest.  This is BANTHANTI (2250m).

  4. Day 04: Continue again through forests, ascending to a pass called Deorali  at 10,000 and descend to yet another, the Ghorepani Pass at 2775m.  One enters  GHOREPANI shortly afterwards, a village of several scattered cottages and homes in a rapidly dwindling rhodhodenron forest.

  5. Day 05: A pre-breakfast excursion in the pre-down to Pun Hill(3193m) is a must for magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna to watch the sunrise. Return to your lodge for breakfast then begin the descent through Sikha to the Valley of the Kali Gandaki. TATOPANI, its name meaning hot spring from those spring along the river bed, lies across a long suspension bridge. Overnight at TATOPANI.

  6. Day 06:Head up the Kali Gandaki gorge, said to be  the deepest in the world, from the heights of Annapurna 1 and Dhaulagiri 1  between which it lies. A tunnel and rocky trails brings us to Dana  and to the hamlet with the picturesque waterfall called Rupse Chhara. From here a choice of two trails and a short climbs bring us to GHASA (2000m) for overnight here.

  7. Day 07: A steep climb through forest and we arrive at the Lete Khola and the cluster of buildings that  forms the village of Lete.  20 minutes sharp walking and we arrive at Kalopani. Follow the trail up the east bank then  cross over to the west over a narrow cleft then over a wooded ridge to a suspension bridge.  Walk through Larjung, Marpha to TUKUCHE (2590m) for overnight. 

  8. Day 08: After Tukuche, the terrain changes from pine and conifer forest to deserts- like country.  Pass through picturesque Marpha to reach the rather  barren township of JOMSOM (2713m).  Please do not forget to re-confirm your flight to Pokhara.

  9. Day 09: From Jomsom, walk up the stony riverbed to Kageni (2810m), the first township where the Tibetan culture becomes very evident and distinct changes from that of the Thakalis.  from here the climb begins through to reach the pilgrimage center of TINATH (3710m) with its temple of Vishnu and Buddhist monastery with the everlasting flame.  Overnight.

  10. Day 10: You have a day free. You can walk towards Throng-la pass and excursion      the area. Overnight at Muktinath.

  11. Day 11:  Retrace back to JOMSOM for overnight via Ekali Bhatti (2730m).

  12. Day 12: AM flight  back to POKHARA.

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