Jomsom Muktinath and Poonhill Trek - 13 Days

Jomsom Muktinath and Poonhill Trek is one of the most satisfying treks in Nepal, culturally and scenically. This trekking offers you the opportunity of exploring the only dessert-like in Nepal, that is, Mustang where the most sacred temple of Hindus, Muktinath, lies. The natural beauty alongside the Jomsom–Muktinath trek is magnificent. The surroundings of the place from forests of bright red rhododendrons to stony cliffs and barren region of Mustang are incredible to experience. The Thakali villages of Mustang and the Gurung and Magar settlements of lower Annapurna region add allure to this trek.

The picture-perfect trek to Muktinath starts once you take the morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jomsom is quite famous for the strong wind and breathtaking views of the sandy terrain. The trail weaves through the lower Mustang vicinity taking you to the village of Kagbeni, a Tibetan inspired village full of prayer wheels, Chortens, and a Buddhist Monastery. The trek’s major highlight Muktinath Temple is a holy site highly regarded by both Buddhists and Hindus. You will be able to explore the ancient Muktinath Temple, a pagoda fashioned temple of Lord Shiva, which hosts an amazing panorama of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. In the end, you pass via many charming Thakali villages including Marpha, which is widely known for the orchards of apples, apricots, and peaches. You can also revel in with the diverse lifestyle of Magars and Gurung inhabiting at the foothills of Annapurna massif. Traversing through lush rhododendron forests, you reach Ghorepani and then Poon Hill. You will be struck to witness the beautiful sun ray hit the white snowy mountains from this vantage point. The Jomsom Muktinath and Poonhill Trek comes to an end when you reach Pokhara and visit different fascinating places in Lake City before finally coming back to Kathmandu.

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Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m

Welcome to Nepal! Our team will be waiting for you at the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport to pick and transfer you to the hotel. Do rest well before you head on to the journey. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara |820M|30 minutes| then fly from Pokhara to Jomsom| 25 Minutes| then trek to Kagbeni |2750m|3-4 Hours| A, B, L & D

We take the early morning flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We fly over the villages and lush hills with amazing views of the Himalayas. As soon as we arrive in Pokhara, we take a flight to Jomsom and enjoy the spectacular sight of the valley between two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. We rest for a while in Jomsom and then start our trek by crossing the suspension bridge over Kali Gandaki River and moving on the riverbanks towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a Tibetan village hosting a good view of Upper Mustang. Overnight in Kagbeni.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath |3,802m| 5-6 Hours| A, B, L & D

We start with a steep ascend to Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, and then we join the trail to Muktinath just below Khingar. Further, the trail goes to the imposing village of Jharkot, which is definitely well worth exploring. As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination, Muktinath. The Muktinath Temple is a holy site for Buddhists and Hindus alike and gives you first-hand insights into eastern spirituality. Overnight in Muktinath.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni |2810m|4-5 Hours| to Jomsom |2720m|3 Hours| A, B, L & D

We visit the sacred temple of Muktinath early in the morning. You can also take a bath in the 108 sprouts of Muktinath, which is believed to wash away your sins. Later, we retrace our trails back to Kagbeni and then we follow the trails on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River. The weather is very windy in the afternoon, so we must be careful while walking amid the sand. The geographical forms you’ll see on the trails are remarkable, and you will also find children selling black fossils called “Saligram”. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Jomsom to Marpha |2670 m| 1-2 Hours |to Larjung |2550m| 3-4 Hours| A, B, L & D

We start the day’s trek by descending to Dhumba Lake. Afterward, we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki River and move through beautiful apple orchards to the lovely village of Marpha. The trails are wide but filled with gravels, which may be tiring. Leaving Marpha, we continue descending on the riverbed enjoying the breath-taking view the Dhaulagiri range to reach Larjung. Overnight in Larjung.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Larjung to Ghasa|2010m|5-6 Hours| A, B, L & D

After enjoying a beautiful sunrise over the mountains in Larjung, we continue to descend on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River towards the village of Ghasa. We cross several suspension bridges and Thakali villages situated on the banks of Kali Gandaki to enter a forested trail leading to Ghasa. We enter Ghasa after crossing a Mani wall. Overnight in Ghasa.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani |1190 m| 5-6 Hours| A, B, L & D

It is a steep descend from Ghasa to Tatopani. On the way, you come across a beautiful waterfall named Rupse Chhahara. After spending some time around Rupse, you’ll move through Dana to reach Tatopani, an area with hot springs, some nice guest houses, and good food. It is a decent place to rest and relax after the tiring trek. Overnight in Tatopani.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani |2880m|6-7Hous| A, B, L & D

Today we leave Kali Gandaki River behind and move through a forested trail towards Ghorepani from Tatopani. We will take a short break in the Magar village of Shikha as we enjoy the glimpses of Annapurna South (7219m). From Shikha, we climb to Ghorepani amid the lush rhododendron forest. Ghorepani is famous because many trekkers come here to hike to Poon Hill (3195m) which offers a great vista of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill |3193m|1.5 Hours| to Tadapani |2630m| 4-5 Hours| to Ghandruk|1940|3-4 Hours| A, B, L & D

An early morning hike to Poon Hill (3195m) rewards us with an unhindered sight of sunrise. After spending some time, we come back to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, the track ascends along edges and through the glorious pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali. We move downhill to reach Banthanti, before twisting our way to Tadapani. Continuing on the forested path, we descend to the largest Gurung village in the region, Ghandruk. We’ll stay overnight in Ghandruk enjoying the gorgeous vista of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6993m).

Day 10
Day 10: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapool |1070m|4-5 Hours|, drive to Pokhara|820m|2 Hours| A, B, L & D

Walk down on the stone staircase for a while above the Gurung village of Landruk. After a 2-hour of the downhill walk from Ghandruk village, we arrive in Syauli Bazaar. Then, we walk along the uneven trail along the Modi Khola until we reach Birethanti. We cross a bridge over Modi Khola and continue to walk for about 30 minutes to reach Nayapul. Our car will be waiting to pick us up. Then, we arrive back in Pokhara by car which takes about 2 hours. Relax at the hotel. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 11
Day 11: Full day at Pokhara sightseeing |A, B|

Pokhara, also nicknamed the Lake City, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. The town offers splendid views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre (6993m). We spend the day visiting some of the prominent places of this famous little town. We will drive to Begnas Lake and enjoy boating in the beautiful lake. We will then visit Davis Falls and Mahendra Cave before stopping to lounge around Phewa Lake. In the evening, enjoy the vibrant pubs and eateries in the lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12
Day 12: Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu |6 Hrs, 30 Minutes Flight| A, B, L & D

Fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara Airport or if you wish, you can also take a tourist bus to Kathmandu which will take about 6 hours. Encounter the greenery landscape and villages along the way. Overnight at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13
Day 13: Final Departure |B

Today you’ll fly back to your home country after a quick photo session. Our team representative will drop you at the airport before the scheduled time of your flight.

Clothes Attributes

FabricBreathabilityWaterproofWind StopperStretchiness
FleeceExcellentPoorPoorExcellent
Laminated Soft-shell GoodGoodFairGood
Double weave softshellExcellentPoorFairExcellent
Waterproof breathable laminated softshellFairGoodExcellentFair
Waterproof breathableFairExcellentExcellentPoor

Head Gear

  • Hat preferably wool or fleece
  • Sun hat & buff scarf
  • Head torch with extra alkaline batteries
  • Sunglasses (UV Protected)
  • Sun Block Cream (SPF 30)

Clothing

  • Thermal inner layer
  • Quick-dry T-shirts (Full Sleeves)
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Down Jacket
  • Gore-tex Jackets
  • Under wears
  • Thermal trouser
  • Trousers for trekking
  • Fleece trouser
  • Gore-tex trouser
  • Down pant
  • Neck gaiter

Personal stuff

  • 4-5 season sleeping bag with thermal or fleece bag liner
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Water purifier preferably tablets
  • Day pack
  • Dry bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Insurance Papers
  • Swiss army knife
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby wipes or wet towels
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Ear plugs
  • Area Map
  • Navigation Compass
  • Notebook and pen
  • Books
  • Snacks
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Towels
  • Pee bottle for men & Pee Funnel for Women (for very cold nights

Hand Wear

  • Inner thin gloves
  • Water-proof warm gloves

Foot Wear

  • Water repellent trekking boots with ankle support
  • Gaiters
  • Socks
  • Trainers

Bags

  • Strong Kit/Duffel bag to be carried by porter
  • Ruck sack / Trekking bag (50-60 liters)
  • Toiletry bag

Medicines

  • Personal medications

Tourist Visa Information

All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and valid visa in order to enter Nepal. Visas can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad and also at entry points in Nepal. In order to obtain a visa at the airport or any of the land entry points, you are required to complete a visa form and provide a recent passport photograph and payment in cash.

Visa Charges

Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries

Multiple entries 15 days – US$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 30 days – US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entries 90 days – US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

If you wish to extend your visa, you can do this at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu

  • Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days.
  • In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

For more information:

http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

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Trip Facts

  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • 3,710 m
  • Moderate
  • Tea House
  • March to May, June to Aug
  • Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
  • Teahouse/Lodge
  • Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
  • 12 pax Maximum