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Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking also known as Lodge trek commences with long climb to Ghorepani and then drop into the World’s deepest George.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking is an exhilarating 9 days trek that offers the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas and contrast in landscape as it arrives on the dry Tibetan plateau to the far north. It additionally permits for variety of distinctive cultural encounters with people that maintain their ancient traditions. The trek reach up to 3800m, the maximum altitude, and a moderate level of physical fitness is required to finish this campaign.

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking journey offers spectacular views of the rice terraces and mountainside, superb Himalayan views , lush valleys, beautiful landscape, kali gandaki valley and one of the famous apple garden inn Marpaha and Tukuche, number of villages inhabited by the fearless Gorkha soldiers and museum of Traditional Nepalese Life in Ghandruk. The trek continuous by ascending through magnificent rhododendron forests, where the playful Langure monkeys will entertain us. Emerging from the forest, we will be able to appreciate the majestic landscape of the Annapurna range where we will have short trek to Poon Hill (3210m). From Poon Hill, we can admire the sunrise over the expanse of the Himalayas and surrounding rice terraces, also can be called as a photographer’s paradise. We continue to trek in the ancient pilgrimage area of Tatopani (referred as Hot Water), where we will be able to take rest and relax in the soothing hot springs. Following the breathtaking Kali Gandaki River Valley, officially the deepest gorge in the world flanked by the immense statures of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna (both mountains are above 8000m). Continuing our ascent, we will be able to marvel at the gargantuan glacier of Dhaulagiri. We will arrive on the dry windy planes of the Tibetan plateau (2600m) where the sacred pilgrimage site of Muktinath temple (3800m) is situated, with its 108 spring water taps and mysterious natural gas fires. Here we will experience the deeply spiritual atmosphere and observe the unusual merging of Hindu and Buddhist worshipers. Continuing, we descend across the windy plateau to Jomsom village, from where we will take an exhilarating mountain flight through the Kali Gandaki gorge enjoying our last spectacular views of the Himalayas and finally takes us back to Pokhara, the beautiful city with impressive view of lakes, temples and mountains.

Trip Highlights
– One of the finest trekking in Nepal

– walking through rhododendron forest- Panoramic sunrise view from Poon Hill, surrounded by a wall of 7000 meter Himalaya peaks, The holy pilgrimage site at Muktinath both Buddhism and Hinduism. Pinnacle sceneries & beautiful landscape.Incredible Flight from Pokhara to jomsom

– Panoramic sunrise view from Poon Hill

–  surrounded by a wall of 7000 meter Himalaya peaks

– The holy pilgrimage site at Muktinath both Buddhism and Hinduism.

– Pinnacle sceneries & beautiful landscape.

– Incredible Flight from Pokhara to jomsom

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus.
Day 04: Pokhara-fly to Jomsom to Kagbeni:
Day 05: Kagbani to Muktinath temple.
Day 06: Muktinath to Marpha 2670m
Day 07: Marpha to Ghasa 2010 m.
Day 08: Ghasa to Tatopani 1190m.
Day 09: Tatopani to Ghorepani 2850 m.
Day 10: Climb up to Poon Hill 3210 m.
Day 11: Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokahara.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Free and arrangement day.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara.

Tourist bus to Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara-fly to Jomsom to Kagbeni:

Take the breathtaking flight to Jomsom passing all the Annapurna Ranges. Land just behind the Dhaulagiri (8168 m.) in the lap of Nilgiri. Start trekking towards the great town Kagbeni following the Kaligandaki River. Visit the 500 years old Buddhist monastery in the town . Overnight stay in the Lodge in Kagbeni.

Day 05: Kagbani to Muktinath temple.

Climb this day and Lunch in Jharkot. Visit Muktinath Temple in the evening and overnight stay in the Muktinath. This is the place situated in the lap of the Great Thorong La which is the major and challenging attraction of the Annapurna round Trekking.

Day 06: Muktinath to Marpha 2670m

passing Jomsom where the airport is situated with the connection to Pokhara .Jomsom is the capital of Mustang district with the government offices. The Eco museum serves here with the collections of Mountains. Marpha is the village of the Thakali peoples the local inhabitant and the apple garden and apple product is the most popular around the area.

Day 07: Marpha to Ghasa 2010 m.

Ghasa is small town near the Kaligandaki River and popular for the bird Watching. The trail from Marpha to Ghasa taken as the deepest gorge in the world. Because the mountain Annapurna I 8091m. and Dhaulagiri 8168 m. high on both Sides of the River making deep valley.

Day 08: Ghasa to Tatopani 1190m.

“Tatopani” literally means hot water in Nepali and there is the natural hot spring with the small bathing pool. You can enjoy the hot spring pool and relax after long walking for the day.

Day 09: Tatopani to Ghorepani 2850 m.

Tatopani to Ghorepani is all the way up. This will long way up to in the villages.

Day 10: Climb up to Poon Hill 3210 m.

Early in the morning will take approximately an hour to view the sunrise and the Mountains including the Annapurna South 7219 m., Fishtail 6993 m., Himchuli 6441 m., Other Annapurna Ranges, Dhaulagiri 8168 m. and its range. After the breakfast trek down to Tikhedhunga 1577m. The trail is in the jungle of the Rhododendron the national flower of Nepal.

Day 11: Ghorepani to Nayapul- Pokhara.

The entire walk down through the Jungle of Rhododendron the national flower of Nepal and meet the road in Naya pul, drive to Pokhara.

Trip Cost US$ 1,125 Per person
Cost Includes:
  • One night Deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, Hotel Access Nepal on B/B.
  • Two night in Pokhara on B/B
  • All your arrival and final departure from airport- Hotel- airport.
  • All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek.
  • Tea house Accommodations during the trek
  • Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own, To be return after the trip.
  • All ground transportation bus or car as per your need.
  • Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
  • A Guide, food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
  • A Porter (carrier) including all his expenses with full insurence.
  • Flight ticket from pokhara to Jomsom for member and staff.
  • Monastery fees.
  • A trekking route map.
  • Emergency helicopter rescues arrangement, if incase,  pay by your insurance.
  • Conservation are fees.
  • TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
  • First aid box with  normal medical supplies.
Cost Excludes:
  • All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and others.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Your international airfare.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Extra activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions

Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking  disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.

Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.

If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.

1.      Is trekking difficult?

The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.

If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.

Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.

If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.

Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.

Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.

2.      Is trekking expensive?

This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.

You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.

Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!

3.      What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.

Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.

If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.

4.      What are the things I need to pack?

There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.

To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-

http://www.thelongestwayhome.com/travel-resources/trekking/equipment-gear-needed-for-trekking-in-nepal.html

5.      Do I need special permission to trek?

You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.

Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-

http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees

6.      Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.

An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.

7.      What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.

Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.

8.      What kind of accommodation should I expect?

Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking

1.      Tea house trekking:

You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.

Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.

The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.

2.      Camp treks

In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.

 

9.      What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.

You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?

There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-

  1. Attain height gradually and slowly
  2. As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
  5. Eat high caloric food
  6. Avoid smoking or drinking

11. How to diagnose AMS?

In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-

  1. Headache
  2. Nausea and vomiting
  3. Dizziness
  4. Tiredness
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Upset stomach
  7. Feeling unsteady
  8. Shortness of breath
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Difficulty sleeping

If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:

  1. Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
  2. Descend to a lower altitude if possible
  3. Take complete rest until you feel well
  4. Do not exercise
  5. Do not smoke
  6. Drink plenty of water
  7. Take external oxygen supply if necessary
  8. Take anti-sickness medicines

If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.

12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.

In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.

Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.

13. Can I trek solo?

To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.

A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.

Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.

14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?

Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.

In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.

15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?

Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.

In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.

Conclusion

The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at info@excitingnepal.com

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking Destination: Muktinath
  • Group Size: Min - 1
  • Minimum altitude:
  • Season: September to late December and February to late June
  • Grade Info: Moderate **
  • Transportation: Bus, Car, Aeroplane.
  • Total Days: 09 Days ( Kathmandu - Pokhara)
  • Walking Hour: Approximately 5 - 6 hours each day

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