Introduction to Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Choose Jomsom Muktinath Trek in Nepal for a perfect mix of nature and culture in the backdrop of the wild Himalayas! Jomsom Muktinath Trek takes you to the Holy Trail to taste the Himalayan adventure and spirituality. Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a classic trek that takes you to some of Annapurna’s fascinating areas such as Poon Hill, Kagbeni, Muktinath, Kaligandaki gorge, and Jomsom.
You start your journey from Jomsom and cross different ethnic settlements. You will continue to walk under the shade of the Rhododendron Forest, enjoying Annapurna’s vista at its finest. Poon Hill is a vantage point in the area that offers magnificent views of the Annapurna panorama. From this vantage point, the sunrise adds beauty to the mountains and leaves you in awe.
The different landscapes and cultures found in this trekking route provide fascinating insights into the lifestyle of rural Nepalese people. At the lower part of the trek is the settlement of Gurungs and Magars. The view of the village and the design of the houses is something unique in this area.
Hiking along with the deepest gorge in the world – the Kaligandaki gorge offers you impressive views of the Annapurna panorama and Dhaulagiri Mountain. On one side of the river, Kaligandaki is the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there is a view of 8 high mountains.
Muktinath is a popular spiritual site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. According to Buddhist mythology, Muktinath is a place of meditation by Guru Rinpoche on his trip to Tibet. The Gompa in this place enhances its spirituality.
Muktinath is a famous temple of Lord Vishnu and the eternal flame is the main attraction in this temple. For Hindus, Muktinath is the sacred place of salvation and they believe that bathing with water will lead to salvation.
There are many accommodation options, from a normal hotel to a new high-class resort complex in Jomsom. Jomsom Muktinath trek in Nepal is a well-designed trek suitable for those who can walk in high-altitude areas and dry terrain.
The attraction of Jomsom Muktinath Trek
- A scenic 15-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.
- Hiking along with the deepest gorge in the world – Kaligandaki gorge.
- Opportunity to experience local culture, rituals, and traditions.
- Amazing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.
- Muktinath Temple – Nepal’s holiest temple for Hindus and Buddhists.
- Tatopani Hot Springs.
- Impressive sunrise view from Poon Hill (3,210 meters)
Accommodation in Jomsom Muktinath Trip
During the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you will find teahouses run by the locals. Teahouses are a type of small lodge that provides food and accommodation for hikers. These are simple rooms with beds, mattresses, and blankets but, extra blankets are available when it is cold or you can use your sleeping bag.
During the trekking, Nepali food, as well as continental food, is available in these teahouses. Depending on the location, some teahouses offer rooms with attached bathrooms, while others have fewer amenities. Hot water for bathing is available in almost all places but if not hot water is available at your request.
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Cost
Trekking costs depend on route, travel agency, service, and many other factors. To determine the cost, trekkers have to decide what kind of service they want to take. You can complete this trekking for USD 1200 if you take basic facilities.
The difficulty of Jomsom Muktinath
How difficult or easy any trekking is depends also on the season. Jomsom Muktinath trekking is suitable in the spring and autumn season and is also somewhat easier. This trek is somewhat challenging and passes through remote terrain. This trekking is moderate, but remember that you need good physical fitness to complete the trek.
Best Seasons for Jomsom Muktinath Hiking
Autumn and spring are the best time for the Jomsom Muktinath trek. There is not much rain during these seasons and also not much cold which makes it easier for the trekkers to complete the trek although you can do trekking according to your vacation throughout the year as per your wish.
What about security during Trek?
There is no doubt that this trek is safe for trekkers. The safety of our customers is the most important to us. All of our guides and other support teams have been carefully selected for your trip. Guides are licensed by the Government of Nepal and porters are trained. Our guides and porters will protect you and your belongings. But during the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, we advise you to take care of your personal belongings also. Take your personal belongings with you to your room in a tea house and lock your room when you need them.
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Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) – 7 to 8 hours.
Fly Pokhara to Jomsom (25 minutes) and Trek to Kagbeni (2,800m) – 3 to 4 hours walk.
Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Marpha to Kalopani (2,530m) – 6 to 7 hours walk
Kalopani to Tatopani (1,190m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Tatopani to Sikha (2,830m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Sikha to Ghorepani (2,750m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Morning, excursion to Poon hill and trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,590m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Ghandruk to Nayapul (5 to 6 hours walk) and drive to Pokhara (2 hours).
Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu – 7 to 8 hours.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
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I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex