Jomsom and Muktinath are the famous pilgrimage spot for both the Hindus and Buddhists and great trekking area for Travelers. To the Hindus, it is sacred as the place of salvation. The Hindus believe that bathing in the water here guarantees salvation after death. The Hindu god, Bramha, is thought to have lit the eternal flames that still burns at Muktinath. To the Buddhists, it is a place that the great sage Guru Rinpochhe (Padmasambava) had meditation, and to all, it is the source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as saligrams, which are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali gandaki valley.
Fascinating areas - culturally and historically, picturesque villages, monasteries, unique landscape and easy access with very few trekkers in the area are the major highlights of this trip. This is among the very few trips in Nepal which can be done throughout the year.
-Porter (for two guest one Sherpa porters to carry baggage)
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1345m/4428ft)
SAT airport representative pick you up from airport upon your arrival. Then transfer to the hotel for short briefing about the trip. In the meantime, you can roam around the city to get familiar with new city or take a rest and relax.
Day 02:Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara(850m/2700ft) & trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m/) – 35 min flight, 1 hrs drive, 5 hrs trek
Supported by the astounding mountain views and Lakes, we take 35 minute of flight to Pokhara. Pokhara – second most touristic hub of Nepal, is also known as “the city of lakes” with many opportunities of adventures. Then we drive to Nayapul and trek up to Tikhedhunga through Birethati, Sudami and Hile (1495m) respectively. Along the way: we past valleys, waterfall and swimming hole.
Day 03:Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m/9020ft)- 6/7 hrs
From Tikhedhunga we trek to Ghorepani. The trail offers amazing landscape and Himalayan scenery with pasture land and cultivated fields as we climb uphill. We continuously trek past Ulleri (2070m): a large Magar village, Banthati (2250m) & Nangethati (2460m) village before arriving to our destination – Ghorepani.
Day 04:Ghorepani – Hike to Poonhill & trek to Tatopani (1190m/3904ft)- 6/7 hrs
Early in the morning, we hike to Poonhill for stunning view of Himalayan range and beautiful sunrise view. Then we descend to Ghorepani and continue to our next destination; Tatopani. We steeply descend until Chitre (2380m) and further trail down to Sikha (1980m) – a large village with shops and hotels. Moving on, we descend gently to Ghara (1705m) and Ghara River respectively. Taking suspension bridge we cross the river and reach Tatopani after crossing Kali Gandaki and taking turn to north.
Day 05:Tatopani to Ghasa (2110m/6922ft)- 5/6 hrs
Trek to Ghasa begins via Kali Gandaki George – world’s deepest George that situates between two 8,000m peaks (Annapurna & Dhaulagiri). We continuously ascend to Dana (1400m), Rupse Chhahara (1550m) – you can see waterfall here and Kopchepani (1935m) from where a short climb escorts us to Ghasa (2110m).
Day 06:Ghasa to Tukuche (2560m/8398ft)- 5.5 hrs
Our trek starts by crossing eastern side of river and entering Larjung (2560m). Then after a short walk we come to an interesting village Khobang with narrow passages and reach Tukuche. Tukuche is famous for apple brandy and wine products and various communities with Thakali village.
Day 07:Tukuche to Kagbeni (2800m/9186ft)-
Today our trek goes along the side of the valley to Jomsom (2713m). Jomsom is a large busy settlement and headquarter of the Mustang district. Jomsom is full of life with airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices so Kagbeni begins by crossing a river.
Day 08:Kagbeni to Muktinath (3710m/12170ft)- 5/6 hrs
Taking a vertical route to Jhong Khola we leave Kagbeni and link ourselves for direct route to Muktinath. Throughout the trail we carry on high above Jhong Khola to the village of Jharkot (3500m) and climb up to our destination – Muktinath. Muktinath is a fascinating village with unique hospitality and influenced with Tibetan culture.
Day 09:Muktinath to Jomsom (2715m/8910ft)- 5/6 hrs
Today we trek back to Jomsom through the same route of Kagbeni after visiting some monasteries and Hindu temples in Muktinath. Reaching Ekle Bhatti, we continue our trek to Jomsom. Down the way, we get to see magnificent views of mountains and fields.
Day 10:Drive from Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight optional)
After breakfast, we take jeep/bus from Jomsom and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of mountains and rivers. We pass Magar, Gurung & Thakali villages and enjoy fresh as well as dry apples and apple products.
Day 11:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Pokhara to Kathmandu drive takes around 5/7 hours. It is a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers. After your arrival in Kathmandu, in the evening, you are treated with a special cultural dinner program as a complimentary commencement of Sunrise Adventure Trek.
After victorious ending of our trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home!