One fascinating journey to experience the differing cultures of the Annapurna region. Commencing with a flight into the heart of the lower Mustang district, we continue to the ancient village of Kagbeni, on the border of upper Mustang and the Hidden Kingdom. From here we travel North East through arid landscape to the sacred pilgrimage town of Muktinath, this area is Tibet all but in name. The journey back travels through the Kali Ghandaki canyon, the deepest in the World entering into Thakali and Gurung tribal culture, through lush forests complemented by the ever changing views of the Annapurnas. This trek is the easier part of the Annapurna Circuit and is ideal for those with less time or for those not wishing the exertion of a 5416 mtr pass.
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We continue through the dry arid landscape to Kagbeni, a fascinating historical fortress town. The trail back follows the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom (optional fly out here) beneath the shadow of immense Himalayan peaks and through the deepest canyon in the World. We descend to Tatopani before ascending to Ghorepani and Poon hill for some tremendous sunrise views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himal. A further two days are spent trekking through beautiful Rhododendron bamboo and Oak forest before eventually reaching Nayapul for a short drive to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. This trek is considered to be the classic trek in Nepal to experience the vast bio diversity and cultural heritage Nepal is renowned for. Annapurna circuit trekking is the most important and most famous trekking area in annapurna regions.
01Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m), drive (6 hours).
02Pokhara Jomsom Flight (25 mins.), Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) – 3 hrs
03Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,802m) – 3 hrs
04Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m.) – 6 hrs walk
05Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m.) – 6 hrs walk
06Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m.) – 6 hrs walk
07Trek Tatopani to Sikha – 5 hrs walk
08Trek Sikha to Ghorepani – 3 hrs walk
09Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590 m.) – 5 hrs walk
10Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk (2012m.) – 3 hrs walk
11Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul (5 hrs walk) and drive to Pokhara (approx. 1 hr drive)
12Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m), drive (6 hours)
Pokhara Jomsom Flight (25 mins.), Trek to Kagbeni (2,810m) - 3 hrs
Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,802m) - 3 hrs
Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m.) – 6 hrs walk
Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m.) – 6 hrs walk
Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m.) – 6 hrs walk
Trek Tatopani to Sikha – 5 hrs walk
Trek Sikha to Ghorepani – 3 hrs walk
Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590 m.) – 5 hrs walk
Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk (2012m.) – 3 hrs walk
Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul (5 hrs walk) and drive to Pokhara (approx. 1 hr drive)
Drive Pokhara / Kathmandu
(For group joining, choose below fixed date while booking)
|03 Jan, 18 Jan||11 Feb, 27 Feb||15 Mar, 28 Mar||04 Apr, 17 Apr|
|06 May, 20 May||09 Jun, 25 Jun||02 July, 19 Aug||15 Sep, 27 Sep|
|09 Oct, 24 Oct||11 Nov, 26 Nov||04 Dec, 19 Dec||03 Dec, 18 Dec|
|05 Dec, 20 Dec|
The Jomsom Muktinath trek is one of the most popular trekking in Nepal. The different landscapes and culture to be found along this trekking route give a fascinating insight into the way of life of rural Nepali people. The physical beauty along the Jomsom – Muktinath trek is breathtaking. The panorama of the trail ranges from forests of red rhododendron to rocky cliff and desert of Mustang. The trails follow the Kali Gandaki River. The river forms the largest gorge in the world, on one side there lie the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there is view of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world.
Trekkers continue the trek beyond Jomsom to Muktinath the famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. For Hindus Muktinath is a holy place of salvation they believe that to wash in the waters here guarantee salvation. The God Brahma is said to have lit the eternal flames that still burns at Muktinath. For Buddhists it is a place where the great sage guru Rinpoche came to meditate. The lower part of the trek is inhabited by Gurungs and Magars .The Thakalis are found further on around Jomsom along with the Lopa who have Tibetan roots who live around Muktinath and upper Mustang. Their customs and attire are all quite unique and this trek is ideal for observing the diversity among the people and their customs. If you like to be in Muktinath in early September you are likely to be in time for one of Nepal’s unique festivals the annual horse race named as Yartung.
The usual starting point of the trek is Naya Pul on the Pokhara to Baglung road and from there via Ghorepani and Tatopani into the gorge of the Kali Gandaki River. Between Tatopani and Lete Khola there is a significant change of scenery with pine forests and the villages take on a quite different look. The scene of the villages and the design of the houses are unique in this area. The houses are designed to protect the inhabitants from strong winds that blow up the valley everyday from late morning onwards. Wind is caused by differences in atmospheric pressure between the Tibetan plateau and the lower reaches of the valley. The best example of the distinctive architecture of this region is found in the village of Marpha which is a 2 hours walk down from Jomsom. The stone flagged streets with a well-organized underground drainage system and the flat-roofed houses with a central courtyard make an attractive spot to spend an extra day rest. Use the free time to test apple products of this region from the green orchards up in the valley.
Jomsom is a large settlement popular for its airport that offers a quick entry or exit to the valley with regular daily flights from Pokhara. Jomsom can be used as a base for exploring the upper part of the Kali Gandaki region. There are several accommodation options including a new high-class resort complex in Jomsom.