and Muktinath Trek
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.
Fly to Jomsom (2713m) with
your Guide. Start up the wide Thak Khola (the Upper Kali
Gandaki) to Kagbeni (2810m) for overnight.
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
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.
the Kaligandaki river through fields and interesting
Buddhist Thakali villages - Tukuche, Larjung, Kalopani.
Overnight at GHASA (2000m) by the deepest gorge in 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 !!
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
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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