12-day trekking around Jomsom and Muktinath is one of the most popular trek in lower Mustang for an incredible insight into ancient and spiritual landscape. Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage destination as a part of Annapurna circuit trek.The Jomsom and Muktinath Trek also passes the deepest gorge in the world, the Kaligandaki river gorge and beautiful villages of Marpha, Tukuche and Ghasa. Jomsom Muktinath Trek is famous among locals and foreigners alike.To enjoy the beauty of Annapurna and Mustang, relatively moderate grade Muktinath and Jomsom trek is best for beginners like families to adults and seniors.The trek is also famous for apple orchids, Thakali cultures, Muktinath temple and incredible mountain vistas like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.You will also see beautiful temples and monasteries along the trail of Jomsom Muktinath trek. For booking enquire regarding 12 days Jomsom Muktinath Trek cost and dates for 2023.2024, please email us at [email protected] and call or leave message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742.
Trek Name: Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Trek Duration: 12 Days
Trek Difficulty: Easy /Moderate
Trek Season: Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec/Mar/April/May
Trek Altitude: 850m- 3800m
Trek Cost: USD 950-1280
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Trek Package: Budget Teahouses
Mode of Transfer: Bus/Car/Flight
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu / Pokhara
Jomsom Muktinath Trek also known as lower Mustang Trek which is good for trek beginners.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is an easy trip in Mustang and Annapurna for passionate trekkers.If we are in an excellent health with positive attitude, 12-day trekking around Jomsom and Muktinath is for you.This is a beautiful nature trek in lower Mustang of Nepal. You will get a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Annapurna and Mustang. This is relatively a moderate trek, suitable for easy going trekkers like family with children to seniors. Muktinath temple is a spiritual point for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The mountain views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna is spectacular along trail. This is a low altitude trek pass by beautiful temples and monasteries of Kali Gandaki valley with the deepest gorge in the world-the Kaligandaki gorge.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Package
We offer budget, standard and full fledged trekking package to Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Please write us email know about these package price and what is inclusion in the price. We come to see you soon by mail with all details price of budget, standard and full fledged trip package.
Best time of year trekking Jomsom Muktinath
8 days trekking Jomsom Muktinath is possible throughout the year. But Autumn and Spring are the best time of the year trekking Jomsom Muktinath due to a good weather with clear blue sky and crystal clear view of the Himalayas. Winter is also a good time if you wish to avoid crowds of trekkers on the trail of Jomsom Muktinath but be prepare with cold. It is still possible to trek Jomsom Muktinath in rainy season, but we can't see clear view of the mountains, and also the leeches and rain my disturb you while trekking to Jomsom Muktinath.
Accommodation on Jomsom Muktinath Trek
You will get basic tea house/trekking lodges accommodation on the trek. The room with twin beds and a dorm room with 4-6 beds. They are small but cozy and tidy. Rooms with wooden bed, blankets, mattresses, pillows, and attached bathrooms (not everywhere) and the view is spectacular from the rooms of mountain tea houses. We will ensure and accommodate you to the best available tea houses with great views of the mountain and sceneries during the trek
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Meals
On our full fledged trekking package, we do provide three times meals each day on the trekking. Breakfast and Dinner you have to eat at tea house where you stay. For lunch you will stop anyone of the tea house on the trail.There are different food options you can choose from Menu.
Breakfast Options-Tibetan Breads, Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey, and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles, and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano.
Lunch Options–Thukpa (noodle soup), Dal Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan / chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, Yak steak and desserts items.
Dinner Options- Momos (dumplings), Thukpa (noodle soup), Dal Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, Yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available
Desert and Snack Options-Rice Pudding, Apple pie, fruits snicker/ mars bar, popcorn, cake, pastries, etc.
Hot Drinks Option–Hot drinks like black/milk coffees, black/mint/ginger/Green/ lemon honey teas, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice.
Note: On the tea houses, Menu offers plenty of non-veg items mentioned but officially any of the meats are not on our list of recommendations because the meat in the mountain such as high areas is not sanitary and healthy. However, we would like to request you to avoid taking meat, Alcoholic drinks, and smoking.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Permit Cost
You need two permits to trek to Jomsom Muktinath. One is Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card that cost US $ 30. Second is Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that costs US $20. This we organize you once we get scan passport copy and passport size Photographs.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Difficulty
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a moderately difficult trek. So, any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. The highest altitude you will reach at 3800 m, the Muktinath Temple. On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. Sometimes your working hour is only 4 to 5 hours. While during pleasant and easy trails you walk for 6 to 7 hours.You will walk frequently on uphills and downhills trails of village and forest almost everyday.So, please consider that trekking in the mountains is not easy.
You can make last minute booking a day before this trek gets started. Moreover, the payment should be made 100% if you are booking this for the last minute and the booking can be made directly through the online form, by sending us an email, messages on Whats app and by calling. But, Last minute booking is not acceptable for Bhutan and Tibet tours.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1310m).
We will receive you at Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7 km and takes about 10 minutes. O/N at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m)
Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus for 5/6 hours. On the first day of your trek you will drive to Pokhara which is 200 Km away from kathmandu and experiece the wonderful sites on the way. O/N at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2750m) via Jomsom
An early morning fly to Jomsom for 25 to 30 minutes then trek to Kagbeni.The very next day you will fly to Jomsom for about half an hour and rest for a while. Jomsom is a headquarter of Mustang district and most of the government offices are located in Jomsom. Then by the time you start to walk along the Kaligandaki river you will feel the strong wind. After walking about 2 hours you will get to a small but beautiful village which is situated along the bank of the Kaligandaki river and you can have an enormous view of Nilgiri. Then you walk about an hour to get to Kagbeni where you can see the old styled or ancient houses and one famous monastery and spend a night there.
Day 04: Trek to Muktinath (3800m,5 hours)
On the third day you will start to walk up to get to Muktinath which is very famous and a holy shrine of Hindus and Buddhist. In Muktinath you will find a natural small flame burning which never sets off. This is believed to be burned by God. Muktinath is a small village surrounded by green hill all around which may fascinate you by it's beauty. While you get to Muktinath you will feel like a heaven and will think for a moment that Nepal is worthful to visit once in a life. After that you will walk up about 4 hours and finally reach to Muktinath.
Day 05: Trek to Marpha (2665m,6 hours)
The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom is straight down and you will find it quit easy to walk. On the way down to Jomsom you will get to see a village called jarkot where you can visit one more monastery. You will find many lodges on the way and one can have a food of their choice. While you get walking you can admire yourself by the rich Tibetan culture. After walking about one and a half hour you will reach to Eklebhatti which is a small village where you can have a tea. On the way to Ekle Bhatti you can even see the Thorung-La pass,Thorung peak and some caves of Upper Mustang. Have Lunch at Jomsom the route gently descends to Marpha which is very famous for apple all over the world. Marpha is a small beautiful village full of typical Thakalis and Tibetan.
Day 06: Trek to Ghasa (2080m,6 hours)
Walk about two hours to get to Tukuche which is on the lap of Dhaulagiri. Tukuche is also known as the friend village of Japan and the main distillery of apple is situated here. After that you walk about one hour and reach to Larjung and you will cross the Kaligandaki river on a bridge and start to walk along the small village with pine forest. After walking about 2 hours you will get to Kalopani. Kalopani is a small elegant village where you can stop by to have a lunch. Then you walk down to Lete and cross a river and continue walking to dense forest to Ghasa which is 2 hours walk from Kalopani. Ghasa is famous for the deepest gorge of the Earth.
Day 07: Trek to Tatopani (1110m,6 hours)
While you start to Walk to get to Tatopani you can have an enormous views of Annapurna South and Neelgiri and many waterfalls. After walking about 4 hours you will reach to Tatopani. Tatopani is named as a holy spring where you can get a natural hot water all the time. It is beleived that people can cure there disease naturally by getting bath in this water.
Day 08: Trek to Ghorepani (2834,6/7 hours)
The trail climbs up while you start to walk to get to Ghorepani. It takes about 6 to 8 hours to get to Ghorepani. On the way to Ghorepani you can see the whole Annapurna range, the narrow gorge of Kali gandaki and typical Magar houses. You can get numerous cultural knowledge and lifestyles of the Magar people on the way to Ghorepani.
Day 09: Ghorepani to Pokhara (800m, 6/7 hours)
After having the magnificent view of Himalayas from Poonhill, the trail descends through the dense forest of magnolia and rhododendron to Banthanti. Then the trail continues down to Ulleri where you have to follow the stone staircase. On the way to Birethanti you can see the wonderful view of lowlands dale and Annapurna south including the rice terraces. Then you walk about 3 hours down to get to Birethanti.is a small village situated on the bank of the river which is famous for the starting point of the rafting. After half an hour you will get to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara which is the ending point of your trek.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
On the last day of your trek you will be driving back by a tourist bus or a car to Kathmandu following to your next destination.
Day 11: Kathmandu Tour
Kathmandu tour visit important historical and heritage site of Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath stupa, Kathmandu durbar square and Swoyambhunath stupa.
Day 12: Kathmandu airport
Final transfer to Kathmandu to get your flight back to home.
Season for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
You can go to Jomsom Muktinath Trek any time of the year. Yet, the monsoon is not a good time. There is heavy rainfall during the evening or night but the dark clouds are ever present. This means bad too, no view of the beautiful peaks. It also means leeches, mosquitoes, possible landslides and slippery roads. But, this is the time when animals are most active. If you are a keen biologist, then monsoon is best for you.
Autumn Season-Autumn is the best time to do this trek. Autumn is a dry season that offers clear blue sky and moderate temperature. This is the best time do any trek in Annapurna and is, therefore, very crowded.
Winter Season-You could go during December if you would like it to be quieter. Jomsom Muktinath Trek is possible in winter as well. Dry air and clear sky with the best visibility but, during winter, it will be very cold and will snow. If you plan to trek in December, you need to prepare well with appropriate packaging.
Spring Season-Spring is another best time to do Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Watch out for the avalanche though. Listen to the locals for the news about the avalanche ahead. In spring, the trail will bloom with red and white rhododendrons and many other exotic flowers found in this region, a good time to go for botanists.
Monsoon-The monsoon season is from June to September and weather conditions can disrupt travel during this time due to flooding and landslides. Disruption of air travel and airport closures are also possible. Be prepared that the itinerary may need to change at short notice.
Electricity and Charging Battery-You can charge batteries en route. For this, you need to bring your charger. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for it.
Money Matter-There are no ATM on this trek route. You have to draw enough cash from Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are many ATMs in these cities. Everything you do is in Nepali rupees. So, you need to carry enough Nepali currency before you set off for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek .
WiFi and Internet-You will have enough Internet access in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you in your home country and at losing connection is very common at times.
Guide and Porter Cost- For Jomsom Muktinath Trek, pay for guides range from $25 to $35 per day and porters take $20 to $30 per day.
Tipping-People have become used to receiving tips. However, there is no set amount as tipping is a westerner created culture. They will be happy to receive what you see fit to give. If you feel confused, trekkers have taken 15% of the total pay as the standard.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek Equipment
Here is a general idea of what you should bring to Jomsom Muktinath Trek. What to pack for the trek is one of the important questions. Not having proper gears can prove troublesome. It may cause health issues or ruin your mood.
-A few pairs of Thermal tops
-Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
-Down jacket -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
-Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
-Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
-Warm Hiking socks
-Trekking sue with spare laces
-Pair of flip flop
-Underwear & Swimming costume
-Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
-Sleeping bag -( It will be provided by the company if you do not have your own)
-Trekking poles (Not 100%)
-Day bag above 40 L
-1 set- Headlamp
-Small lock for the day backpack
-Reusable water bottles- 2 liters
-Water purification tablets/ electric light
-Toiletries (wet tissue, quick-drying towel, toilet paper, moisturizers, lip balms, sunscreens, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clipper, small mirror, toothpaste & brush, etc)
-Basic personal first aid kit
Travel Insurance-For safety reasons, Travel insurance is mandatory for trekkers participating in any trek and tour programs in the mountains. Getting travel insurance, especially while traveling in the mountain areas, is like security on which you can rely and enjoy your trip without any worries. We highly recommend getting good compressive travel insurance that covers things like emergency helicopter rescue, and medical evacuation expenses. It will be an assisted protection tour to cover personal injury, injury, repatriation expenses, and any kind of illness will be covered. Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete coverage for anything that may go wrong.
Solo Travelers-Single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Minimum Age-You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a our tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
High Altitude Sickness-Travelers to altitudes higher than 2,50 m are at risk of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS). This can be life-threatening and affect anyone, even people who are very physically fit. There is a higher risk for those who have had altitude sickness before, who exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the altitude, or who have health problems that affect breathing. If your tour travels to high altitude, see your doctor for advice specific to you and your situation before you depart. It is important to be aware of the normal altitude symptoms that you may encounter BUT NOT worry about:
1.Periods of sleeplessness
2.Occasional loss of appetite
3.Vivid, wild dreams at around 2500-3800m in altitude
4.Unexpected momentary shortness of breath, day and night
5.Periodic breathing that wakes you occasionally
If you are feeling nauseous, dizzy, or experience other symptoms, please be sure to let your guide know immediately so that we can monitor your condition. Please be aware that should your guide deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, they will arrange for you to descend to a lower altitude.
Medical Facilities and Treatment-Medical facilities in Nepal are very limited, particularly outside Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, treatment at international-standard clinics is expensive and up-front payment for services is generally required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment, including evacuation by helicopter.
Alcohol and Caffeine-Alcohol and trekking don't mix. We highly recommend that you limit your alcohol consumption in Kathmandu prior to your trip. Celebrate your achievements after your trek. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration. Limit your intake of both when hiking at high altitudes.
Departure Tax-All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Safety and Security-We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. Swimming, including is always at your own risk.
Drugs and Smoke-Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is not acceptable for our travellers, also illegal in Nepal. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. We have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Money Matters-Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.As currency exchange rates in Nepal fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. As of June 2022 the exchange rate for NEPAL was 1 USD = 122 NPR (Nepalese Rupees). There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and MasterCard but these are limited to Kathmandu, Pokhara and Namche Bazaar. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops but they may charge a 4%-6% transaction fee.
Laundry- Laundry facilities are offered by some of tea house and hotel for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Passports-As a general rule, your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the passport details you provide are accurate. Any errors provided may result in extra fees for making corrections in bookings. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends.
Nepal Visas-All foreign nationals require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport. If getting the visa at the airport be prepared for long queues. You will also need to provide one passport photo and the following fees in US dollars cash only: Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US $30: Multi Entry Visa for 30 days - US $50 and multiple entry visa valid for 90 days - US $125. All travellers are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to get visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport.