Muktinath Jomsom Trek

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Trip Overview


The Muktinath Jomsom Trek is a popular and scenic trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It also offers a mesmerizing journey through diverse landscapes, charming villages, and breathtaking mountain vistas. Spanning approximately 300 kilometers, this trek takes around 14 to 16 days to complete, making it a perfect choice for adventurers seeking a moderate challenge and a cultural experience. The journey begins with a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, a beautiful town situated in the Mustang district. From Jomsom, trekkers make their way towards Kagbeni, a picturesque village that marks the entrance to the Upper Mustang region. The trail continues along the Kali Gandaki River, which gets flank by towering cliffs and offers stunning views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks. As the trek progresses, trekkers pass through traditional Thakali villages such as Marpha and Tukuche, known for their apple orchards and local apple products. The trail then ascends to the village of Muktinath, a significant religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Here, trekkers can explore the ancient Muktinath Temple, also known for its sacred water spouts and eternal flame. Beyond Muktinath, the route takes trekkers to the enchanting village of Jharkot and further down to Jomsom. This region known for its strong winds, creating a unique desert-like landscape known as the "wind-swept valley." The trek also provides ample opportunities to witness the traditional culture and lifestyle of the local Thakali and Gurung communities. Throughout the journey, trekkers are treated to panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, and Tukuche. The diverse terrain, ranging from lush valleys to arid landscapes, adds to the allure of the trek.

Conclusion and Summary

The Muktinath Jomsom Trek is not only about the breathtaking landscapes but also about immersing oneself in the rich cultural heritage of the region. It offers a unique blend of natural beauty, spiritual significance, and cultural exploration, making it a memorable adventure for trekkers from around the world.

Trip Highlights

  • The scenic ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Mesmerizing scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Experience of the local lifestyle, steep climb up and the atmosphere
  • Dramatic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Himchuli, and Damodar Himal
  • Beautiful City with lake and surrounds the views of the mountain
  • 3500 steps pathway of Ulleri
  • Lush green forest with the sound of bird chippings
  • Streams of largest Rhododendron forest
  • Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags
  • World’s deepest gorge at Kali Gandaki River
  • A popular holy destination : Muktinath
  • Pokhara the tourist capital of Nepal.
  • Famous pilgrimage site Muktinath Temple at an altitude of 3800 meters
  • Natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Sunrise view of the mountains at PoonHill View Point


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

Today marks the beginning of your beautiful journey to the Jomsom Muktinath Region. You will be picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport as per the Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Itinerary. The private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel. You can rest in your hotel room and get rid of your jet lag from your flight to Kathmandu.

In Kathmandu you will be placed in a deluxe hotel named Hotel Access Nepal. You will be provided with breakfast in the morning. So rest well for we have a lot of new things to experience in the morning.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

The second day of the trek is a free day. You are allowed to do as you please in the valley. This includes touring and sightseeing the famous tourist destinations in the Valley. There are many interesting things to try in the Kathmandu Valley.

The day is barely enough to visit the Kathmandu Valley but we will have to make do. If you want, you can enjoy some extra days in the valley after the trek.

Also, today along with the sightseeings and enjoying the culture and cuisine of the valley, you will make proper arrangements for the actual trek starting tomorrow, this doesn’t just mean physical preparation but also mental preparation. So rest well and get ready to face the adventurous trek the next morning.

Day 03: Flight to Jomsom (2720m), and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) OR Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) 200 km west of the Kathmandu Valley - 6-7 hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, you will fly to Jomsom in the morning. It’s a scenic flight with a view of tremendous scenery of the high Himalayas such as Mt. Dhaulagiri, a series of Annapurna (Annapurna I, II, III, and IV), Nilgiri, Sacred Mountain Fishtail, and many other snow-capped peaks. Trekking starts from Jomsom through the Kaligandaki River Valley. It’s about 3 hour’s walk to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a very old and beautiful town and also a gateway to Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.


We start our scenic drive after an early morning breakfast, traveling by tourist bus out of the valley and along the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. The beautiful scenery along the way includes rivers, terraced fields, villages and sights of the snowy mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist’s paradise with many facilities for travelers.

  • Accommodation at Hotel near Lakeside.
  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3760m) OR Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (1,050 m / 3,445 ft) 1½ hrs and trek to Tikhedunga(1,540 m / 5,050 ft) - 3-4 hrs

Today we are ascending to Muktinath. You will encounter many trekkers who are coming from another region by crossing Thorong La Pass. Muktinath is a holy temple, so this place is pretty friendly even for Nepali pilgrims. It is believed that once they take a bath from 108 holy taps and then god will make them free from negativity if they have done it unknowingly. Overnight in Muktinath.


After a nourishing breakfast meal, we enjoy a short drive through beautiful landscape on the way to Nayapul, our trek starting point. Here we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. The route follows a pleasantly through fertile jungle and terraced fields along a rushing river. We pass through several rural settlements and gradually reach Tikhedunga.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) OR Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m/ 9,385 ft) – 6-7 hrs

Today we will trek back to Jomsom and then continue to walk to Marpha. We will walk through the Kaligandaki Valley. The trail is windy with full of sand. So starting our walk early morning will be smart. Marpha is a beautiful town with Thakali ethnic. This place is very famous for apple and apple brandy locally produced. Overnight in Marpha.


This day involves a vigorous ascent as we climb a long, steep series of stone steps on our way to Ghorepani. After the challenging steps we journey through scenic villages and timberland. Although a difficult climb, along the way, we can take in astonishing views of the snowy peaks including the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli. Our destination is Ghorepani, a spectacular settlement located on a ridgeline.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Marpha to Kalopani (2530m) OR Day 06: Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,525 ft) ¾ hr, then trek to Tatopani (1,200m / 3,940 ft) 4 hrs

Today we will follow the Kaligandaki River. We will pass beautiful villages like Tukuche, Kobang, Larjung, and Kokhethanti, inhabitant by Thakali and Thakuri ethnic. We will realize the world’s deepest gorge Kaligandaki between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. An appalling view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri on the left, and Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak on the right side makes our walking so joyful. Overnight in Kalopani.


Today we have an early start of the day as we begin before sunrise to ascend Poon Hill in time to view the sunrise on the Himalaya. The marvelous panoramic view from Poon Hill includes Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, the Annapurnas and much more. After enjoying the views, we return to our lodge for a hearty breakfast, and then follow a pleasant forest trail through rhododendron and villages with terraced farmland to eventually cross the Kali Gandaki river and arrive at Tatopani with nearby hot springs where we take a dip and savor the experience.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m) OR Day 07: Trek to Ghasa (1,190 m/3,900 ft) – 5 hrs

Today we will walk mostly downhill. We will pass many local villages and pine forests, we will possibly see several monkeys playing in the forest. After walking for about 6 hours, we will reach Tatopani. Tatopani in the Nepali language is “Hot Spring”. We can go there to take a bath or just to see the hot spring pool. Many Nepalese people from across Nepal go to this place to have a bath. It is said that if they take a bath here, all kinds of skin diseases will be cured. Overnight in Tatopani.


The pleasant route heads north as we follow upriver in the Kali GandakiValley. We take the chance to explore newly developed trails away from the motor road. We will pass through scenic farmland with rural villages surrounded by terraced fields. We are hiking up the world’s deepestgorge, with Dhaulagiri, world’s seventh highest peak on one side, and Annapurna I, the tenth highest on the other.We ascend to the peaceful village of Ghasa, mainly populated by Thakali people of this region.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Drive back to Pokhara via Beni (830m) OR Day 08: Trek to Tukche(2,510 m/8,550 ft) – 5hrs

After breakfast, we will take a public transportation bus or jeep to Beni and then to Pokhara. The road from Tatopani to Beni is off-road makes us tired. But the road from Beni to Pokhara is a highway. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. We can look around Lake Side. We can go to Tal Barahi temple which is in the middle of Fewa Lake by boat in the evening. Overnight in a hotel.


Today we continue our journey up the Kali Gandaki. We pass through peaceful forests to the large settlements of Lete and Kalapani and as we continue the journey north , the territory becomes noticeably drier and the lush vegetation and forests give way to more desert like terrain. The culture, too, begins to change from the lowland Hindu style practices to a Buddhist lifestyle. Tukche is a scenicvillage with surrounding orchards and a monastery. The local brandy from Tukche is famous throughout Nepal and a hit with many trekkers.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek to Kagbeni (2,900 m/9,500 ft) - 5 hrs

We pass through the scenic village of Marpha, famous as part of the Annapurna Circuit for its apple pies before road building dramatically decreased tourism. We enjoy thrilling views of the surrounding peaks and unforgettable landscape.Jomsom is the next town and district headquarters of Mustang. The route then follows a pleasantly up the arid valley of the Kali Gandaki Riverto the fort of Kagbeni, an ancient trade post with a Buddhist monastery, too. Kagbeni is just south of the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,855 m/12,635ft)- 4 hrs

We will make an exciting journey up the valley in the direction of the legendary Thorung La pass. We are on the world-famous Annapurna Circuit but most people attempt the pass from the other direction. We make a scenic climb up the Jhong River valley with marvelous scenery along the way. The trail passes ancient villages on the way to Muktinath, a temple that has long been a pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The temple’s walled complex has a Buddhists monastery and Hindu shrines, 108 bathing spouts and even an ‘eternal flame’.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2,720 m/8,915 ft)-4 hrs

We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. The journey heads down the valley as we lose elevation and gradually rejoin the Kali Gandaki River valley bottom and the trail back to Jomsom. Jomsom’s market area may seem like a big change from the serene trails and villages that we have visited. Rest and refresh at the lodge or explore Jomsom bazaar.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Early morning flight to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) (and optional flight back to Kathmandu

We say goodbye to Mustang today and will have an early morning flight back through the Kali Gandaki Valley’s southern section. The scenic flight returns us to Pokhara. (We can then connect with a flight back to the ancient city of Kathmandu, or take a day of exploration of Pokhara and tourist bus to Kathmandu the following day). The rest of the day is yours to explore the city and perhaps go souvenir shopping or just relax in the tourist haven.

  • Accommodation at Hotel near Lakeside
  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 or Day 09 : Drive from Pokhara (820m) to Kathmandu (1350m)- 6-7hrs

Today is an early start as we depart by tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. The 200 km route follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli Rive offering a good look at the natural scenery and farmland. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation at selected Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14 or Day 10: Final Departure from Kathmandu

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country with a bag of memories or extend another trip within or outside Nepal.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Vehicle.

Price Includes

  • Both way transportation service between Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus.
  • Private transport from Pokhara bus station to your hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.
  • Two night’s accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3 star catagorised with breakfast
  • Private transportation service Pokhara and Nayapul (trek strat point)
  • Tea House/ Lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
  • Government License holder Friendship World Trek experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Catering extra dietary requirements
  • All Government and Local Taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Friendship World Trek appreciation of certificate after over the successfully trek.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the Trek.

Price Excludes

  • International Flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • All accommodations and Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and pokhra due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
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