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Jomsom and Muktinath Trek

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 rhododendron 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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