Do you prefer off-beaten trails to over-crowded ones? If you do, we present you with the Jomsom Muktinath Trek, a remote and isolated trek. The route is filled with a rugged trail offering a desert-like landscape that'll leave you astonished.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is filled with incredible vistas. From popular viewpoints of Poon Hill to the apple orchards of the Jomsom region, the trek covers it all. If you are looking for a moderate trek covering the best of the Annapurna region, then the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is an excellent choice.
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- Get a chance to explore the beautiful valley of Kathmandu.
- Explore the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu- Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
- Mesmerize in the stunning sunrise at Poon Hill viewpoint- a famous viewpoint.
- Cross through the traditional villages, and interact with the local villagers.
- Indulge in the local cuisines and explore the villagers' dialects, culture, and traditions.
- Savor the rich taste of local apples and products such as apple brandy and apple pie in the Jomsom region.
- Visit several ancient gompas and monasteries, such as the Jharkot Gompa and the Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery, where you can witness the rich Buddhist heritage of the region.
- Walk along the deepest gorge in the world – Kaligandaki Gorge will shower you with impressive views of the Annapurna panorama and Dhaulagiri Himal.
- Admire the narrow alleys, prayer wheels, and traditional architecture at Kagbeni Village.
- Visit Muktinath Temple- a popular spiritual site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
Let's now look into the route leading to the Jomsom Muktinath Trek.
The trip begins upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You'll be greeted by one of our staff who'll escort you to the hotel. The other day, you'll explore the UNESCO world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath.
Continuing the trip, we set off for a scenic ride to Pokhara, a vibrant city. After reaching Pokhara, we continue our drive to Nayapul and hike through villages and forests to Tikhedhunga. To get to Ghorepani, we take a steep ascent through rhododendron forests to the village of Ghorepani. The next hike is to Poon Hill, where we'll enjoy the sunrise glaring through the mountains of Dhaulagiri, Machapuchare, and the Annapurna ranges, followed by a trek to Tadapani.
Later, we'll continue our hike and descend through forests and along the Kali Gandaki River to the village of Ghasa. Then, making our way through the dramatic landscapes of the Mustang region, we'll reach the village of Tukuche, Kagbeni, and then Muktinath. The last hike will be to the town of Jomsom. We'll fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and then drive back to Kathmandu, bidding farewell.
When is the best time for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Before booking the trek, you must be wary of one detail, i.e., the weather conditions. While choosing the dates for your trek, choose only the best season. And the best time for Jomsom Muktinath Trek is generally from March to May and September to November.
During these months, the weather is usually clear and dry, with mild temperatures and little rainfall, making it ideal for trekking. The clear skies provide breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains and the surrounding landscapes.
We do not advise trekking during the monsoon season, typically from June to August. During this time, the region experiences heavy rainfall, landslides, and flash floods, making trekking trails extremely dangerous and impassable. The visibility is also poor during the monsoon season, making it difficult to enjoy the region's scenic beauty.
How difficult is the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?
Let's now discuss the difficulty level of the trek. The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a moderate trek that can be completed in 14 days.
Throughout the trek, you'll walk for 5-7 hours daily through diverse terrains such as rocky trails, steep ascents and descents, narrow ridges, and river crossings. You must maintain proper physical fitness to hike on these trails.
Altitude sickness can also be a concern in the Jomsom Muktinath Trek. The highest elevation that you'll reach is 3,800 at Muktinath. At this altitude, you may fall sick due to altitude sickness. Therefore, it is essential to acclimatize on the trek.