The Jomsom to Muktinath trek takes place in the revered Annapurna region and to be more specific, in the rain shadow area of the Annapurna region. This trek begins with a quick flight to Pokhara where you shall take part in a quick sightseeing tour. From there, you will go through the densely forested trails of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Walk past settlements in Ghorepani and Tikhedhunga before resting at the hot springs in Tatopani. Enter Manang districts and taste the delicious apples in Marpha and then head out to Kagbeni. After observing the Gompas, head to the most religious site in Mustang, Muktinath. Pray in the temple and slowly head back to Jomsom and ultimately to Pokhara.
The Jomsom to Muktinath trek can be best experienced from October to mid-December with options of trekking in the spring season as well. With an adequate level of fitness, anyone can complete it. If extreme wilderness and culture are your desire, then this trek will provide you just that.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
The journey begins with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, staff from the company will come to pick you up and then he will transfer you to your hotel. Spend the evening by having a wonderful dinner with the company members and know your guides who will accompany you during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
Our objective for the day would be to get the necessary permits and to complete all the legal and regulatory compliance to enter the beautiful Annapurna conservation area. After this task is completed, we will head out to visit the major UNESCO world heritage sites that are situated inside the Kathmandu valley. The valley has 7 out of the 10 heritage sites in Nepal. We will be visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath in this delightful sightseeing tour. Once this tour is completed, we head back to our hotel and prepare for the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and trek to Tikhendhunga (1,552m/5,090ft) 4-5 hrs trek
We need to wake up early to start the journey today. Get on a flight and fly to Pokhara in western Nepal. This flight is beautiful and it shows you the green hills and mountains for which Nepal is famous for. The flight lasts 25 minutes and once we land in Pokhara, we shall collect our stuff and begin the trek immediately. Head towards Naya Pul and cordially start the trek. We walk past green forests and steep trails to reach Tikhedhunga. Walk along the banks of the Burundi Khola and cross suspension bridges to arrive at Tikhedhunga. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.
Day 04: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani (2,750m/9,020ft) 6-7 hrs trek
The trail for the day sees a slight increase in elevation. Although it’s not too much, you can expect to walk for at least 4 hours. The road sees us cross the Burundi Khola via a suspension bridge. Our first stop is Ulleri which is a small village comprising of Teahouses and lodges. As we walk further, the trail becomes much steep and demanding. Ghorepani is our stopping point for today. It is a beautiful village that serves as a resting point for those who want to trek Poonhill the next day. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft) 5-6 hrs trek
The trial that leads us to Tatopani is filled with amazing pictures of the snow-laden mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. To reach there, we initially move down to Sikha village where we shall share some wisdom with the locals. Proceed along the Ghar Khola and after crossing a suspension bridge, arrive at Tatopani. This village is famous for its natural hot springs. You can relax in its hot waters. The water here is said to possess healing properties. Overnight in Tatopani.
Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa (2,110m/6,922ft) 5-6 hrs trek
We are now entering the dryer parts of the Annapurna region. We walk by the trail of the Kaligandaki River and cross numerous suspension bridges too. Take some time to admire the beauty of Rupse Chhahara waterfall. Head forward to the higher parts called Ghasa. This amazing village is a must-visit place in the Kaligandaki valley and unlike other villages in Mustang, is warm. This village is also a great place to do bird watching. Overnight in Ghasa.
Day 07: Ghasa to Marpha (2,680m/8,792ft) 4-5 hrs trek
The trail sees a rapid increase in elevation today so we advise you to walk carefully and slowly. The trail goes along forests and it is steep too. We walk until we reach the Lete Khola. From there, we continue until we reach Lete village. Have lunch there and then continue till you reach Larjung village. We finally reach Marpha which is beautifully decorated with apple orchards and vegetable farms. Be sure to shop for apples here. Overnight in Marpha.
Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni (2,810/9,218ft) 4-5 hrs trek
The route from today becomes dusty and due to the strong winds, your visibility can be impaired. The trail goes along a ridge and reaches Jomsom first. Jomsom is an ancient village that was once a major hub for trade with Tibet. Explore the leopard cave in Jomsom and move ahead towards Kagbeni. On the way, you’ll get to see the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest in the world. Cross Eklebhatti village and finally arrive at Kagbeni. This village has ancient Gompas and it gives us delightful panorama of Annapurna mountain range. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,710m/12,170ft) 5-6 hrs trek
Move along the river banks and find yourself in front of the massive Dhaulagiri mountains. The walk provides amazing views of the dry landscape which resembles that of Tibet. The trail climbs steep hills and joins the one that leads us to Khingar. We shall take a much-needed break at Jarkot and finally reach Muktinath. This is the most religious temple in this region and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are a nearby monastery and cave too. Overnight in Muktinath.
Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft) 5-6 hrs trek
Wake up early and take part in the religious prayer ceremony that always takes place in Muktinath. Take a bath in the many water taps in the temple and after breakfast, we head out to Jomsom. Follow the same trail that you used previously. The trail is now descending and we shall take at least 4 hours to complete it. Once in Jomsom, head to your lodge. Overnight in Jomsom.
Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara
A return trip to Pokhara is what we shall aim to do today. The flight takes us along the desolate lands of Jomsom and into the green hills of Pokhara. The flight hardly lasts about 18 minutes. Once in Pokhara, head to your hotel and after getting things sorted, take some time to roam the major Landmarks of this city. They include the Phewa lake, World Peace Pagoda, and the Davis Falls. Spend the night in Pokhara by strolling around Lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 7 hrs by bus
The journey for the day sees us travel to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We shall travel on a tourist bus. The drive goes along the Prithivi highway and it takes at least 6-7 hours to complete this journey. Along the way, we will be stopping at small villages like Kurintar and Malekhu. Once in Kathmandu, you can take a much-needed rest at your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Final departure
Today is the last day of your amazing 13-day trip. Our staff will see that you are dropped at the airport as per your schedule. Thank you for traveling with us and we hope to see you soon as well.
- Exploring the major landmarks in the Kathmandu valley which comprise of Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath
- Tasting delicious apples in Marpha
Observing amazing views of the frosty mountains that make up the Annapurna region
- Praying in the religious Muktinath temple
- Boating in the beautiful Fewa lake and visiting the Tal barahi templeWhere to meet
The company representative will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport and we shall start the trek from the hotel.What to expect
The Annapurna region is the most revered trekking region in Nepal. In this region, you can see a variety of flora and fauna along with a spectacular view of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. This trek will take you through the vegetated and the dryer parts of the Annapurna region. You can see the roaring Kaligandaki river and the gorge that it has carved which is labeled as the deepest one in the world.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
- 2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
- One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle in Kathmandu
- Flight from Jomsom – Pokhara
Annapurna trekking permits like ACAP and TIMS
- Bus transportation (Tourist Coach A/C Deluxe) to and from Pokhara (Flight or private car/jeep can be arranged at extra cost)
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner), during the trek
Accommodation during the trek (Lodge/Tea House)
- Safe drinking water (Medicated), during the trek
- Seasonal fresh fruits (during the trek only) after dinner.
- Government-licensed, experienced, knowledgeable, well-trained, English-speaking guide and his entire expenses
- Porter and his entire expenses (One porter for every 2 trekkers)
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
All required Government and local taxes
- Down jackets and sleeping bags (if required)
- First Aid service (Basic)