Jomsom Muktinath Short Trek: 8 Days

"Jomsom and Muktinath is a pilgrimage trail to the holy temple of Salvation and Nirvana."
Good to Know
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Max. Altitude 3800m
  • Group Size 2+
  • Trip Starts Pokhara
  • Trip Ends Pokhara
  • Group Style Private
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best Season March-June and Sept-Dec

Highlights

  • Views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges, including close-up perspectives of peaks like Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche.
  • The landscapes range from lush forests to arid, desert-like terrains.
  • Trekking through Kali Gandaki River, you'll pass through the world's deepest gorge, surrounded by towering cliffs and impressive rock formations.
  • Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
  • The temple complex includes 108 water spouts and a natural gas flame that burns continuously.
  • As you traverse through various villages, you'll encounter the rich culture of the Thakali people.
  • You can immerse yourself in their traditional lifestyle, architecture, and cuisine.
  • Marpha village, known for its apple orchards and apple products, is a particularly charming spot.
  • The bustling markets in villages like Jomsom and Marpha offer a chance to explore local handicrafts, artifacts, and traditional goods.

Advantages of booking Jomsom and Muktinath trek with Trekking Planner Nepal

  • Private vehicles pick up and drop off passengers at all airports.
  • First-aid kit box.
  • Trekking Planner’s down jackets, t-shirt, and cap, if necessary.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (you should have insurance for emergency evacuation, which will be paid for by your travel insurance company).
  • We use an oximeter to check your pulse, oxygen saturation, and heart rate, and we provide oxygen.
  • Sim cards are provided by our company for travelers, so there won’t be any networking issues.

Introduction: Jomsom Muktinath Short Trek 2024-2025

Jomsom Muktinath Short Trek (Lower Mustang) takes you around Nepal's Far North West on the ancient trail. Following an old Trans-Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route of Nepal and Tibet, where trade still exists in the present day since bygone times.

Jomsom Muktinath, a short trek, allows travellers to witness an amazing, picturesque country, although it has a dry and barren landscape. But with beautiful and charming surroundings of broken canyons with towering, eroded cliffs.

Besides, its windblown terrain means that Jomsom Muktinath trekking offers visits to impressive places in a short period of time. Exploring nice villages adorned with Buddhist monuments, you will be taken aback by the mediaeval period.

This scenic and cultural Jomsom-Muktinath Short Trek itinerary is designed to capture all the exciting and lovely places in a short time. Where travellers can feel and experience the culture and customs similar to the Tibetan way of traditional farm life, as it was for centuries.

The main highlight of the Jomsom-Muktinath short trek is a visit to Muktinath Temple and its scenic surroundings, which are of spiritual importance for both Hindu and Buddhist followers.

Furthermore, Muktinath, the highest spot of the adventure, is situated at an altitude above 3,800 m and 12,467 feet high. overlooking a spectacular panorama of snow peaks that includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, and Tilicho peaks towards the east.

Where does the Jomsom and Muktinath short trek begin and end?

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking begins in beautiful Pokhara, situated in a luxuriant valley. This scenic city is enclosed by tiers of rolling green hills dotted with farm villages and neat farm terraces.

From Pokhara, our exciting adventure starts with a panoramic short flight heading north-west to land at Jomsom, the headquarters and administrative town of the whole Mustang Area.

The walk takes you to visit the lovely villages of Marpha and Tukuche, famous for delicious apples of various species. This gem of a village is located on the Kali-Gandaki River Valley, facing stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri Peaks.

The short Muktinath-Jomsom trek takes you through Jomsom to reach the village of Kagbeni. Situated at the end of Lower Mustang, beyond Kagbeni, is the trail towards Upper Mustang Road to the Tibet border.

Enjoy a fascinating time exploring Kagbeni village, which has a strong Tibetan influence and a similar culture to Buddhism. From here, our journey heads towards the holy site at Muktinath, climbing past the windswept village of Jharkot to reach our final destination.

Muktinath is located on the higher side above the Kali Gandaki River valley, beneath the famous Thorang-La pass, which forms a boundary between Mustang and Manang districts. The popular Annapurna Circuit Route passes through Muktinath temple premises.

At Muktinath, besides superb views of the Snow Mountains, a short climb takes you inside the compound of Muktinath, where the main pagoda temple is located close to 108 water spouts. Pilgrims, take a bath in this holy water before entering Muktinath Temple, serene spiritual surroundings for worship. For Hindus, it is one of the main Himalayan pilgrimage destinations.

We go down to Lupra village after Muktinath and spend one night there, which is a beautiful town, and then go back to Jomsom. An early morning scenic flight will reach you in beautiful Pokhara city to conclude the Jomsom Muktinath Short Trek itinerary after a most fascinating and exciting time on Jomsom Muktinath Trekking.

Local culture and religion around Jomsom and Muktinath

  • Hinduism and Buddhism: The region is influenced and in harmony by both Hinduism and Buddhism, and you will find a blend of religious practices of both religions. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The main temple in Muktinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (a Hindu deity), and nearby are 108 water spouts where people take baths and a natural flame representing the elements of fire and water, important in both religions.
  • Monasteries: As you trek through the region, you'll encounter and witness numerous Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and chortens (stupa-like structures). These religious sites hold significant spiritual importance and are decorated with colourful prayer flags.
  • Cultural Diversity: Many ethnic groups of Nepal can be found along the trail, such as the Thakali, Gurung, and Mustangi people. Each group has its own distinct culture, language, way of living, festivals, foods, and traditions. The Thakali people, in particular, are well-known for their hospitality and delicious Thakali khana set (Dal Bhat).
  • Festivals: Depending on the time of year you visit, you might have the opportunity to spectate local festivals and celebrations of various ethnic groups. Major Hindu festivals like Dashain and Tihar and Buddhist festivals like Losar (the new year) of various ethnic groups are celebrated with great interest and cultural performances.
  • Thakali Cuisine: The Thakali people, who mostly live in Marpha and surrounding areas, are famous for their cooking. You can taste traditional dishes like Dal Bhat (lentil soup with rice), Thakali Thali (a set meal with various dishes), and apple-based products like apple cake, apple pie, apple brandy wine, apple rakhsi, and various dishes made from apples.
  • Traditional Architecture: The villages in the region have unique traditional architecture with stone and mud-brick houses, intricate wood carvings, and flat roofs that provide shelter from the harsh weather conditions. Shooting for various movies and musical shows is done widely throughout the year.
  • Local Crafts and Handicrafts: You can find locally made handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs in the villages. The region is known for its skilled craftsmen who create beautiful traditional items.

What types of accommodations and facilities are available during the Jomsom Muktinath Trek?

  • Teahouses and Guesthouses: Along the trekking trail, there are many teahouses or guesthouses in most of the villages, providing basic food and lodging for trekkers. These accommodations typically offer private or shared rooms according to your needs with basic facilities such as a bed, blankets, and a common dining area. The quality of facilities can vary from basic to more comfortable, depending on the location and elevation.
  • Hot Showers: Teahouses now have hot shower facilities available for an additional cost. Somewhere, some where due to electricity problems or gas problems, in cases of extreme cold, you might need to rely on bucket showers or wash with cold water.
  • Electricity and Charging: Most guesthouses have electricity, either solar power or hydroelectric power, but as you ascend, the power supply may become more irregular. Charging electronic devices, such as cameras and phones, is usually available for a fee. Don’t forget to carry power banks in a fully charged condition.
  • Food and Drinks: Teahouses along the Jomsom Muktinath Trail offer a variety of local and western food options. Popular dishes include Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup), momos (dumplings), noodles, and pasta chowmein thukpa thenduk. As the trail is well established now, you can also find snacks, energy bars, and bottled water at most guesthouses.
  • Internet and Communication: Some guesthouses offer Wi-Fi access, but it may be limited and slow due to the remote location or weather changes. Additionally, mobile network coverage may be available in certain villages, but it's not guaranteed throughout the trek. WiFi is available in almost all of the tea houses.
  • Toilet Facilities: At lower elevations, most teahouses have western-style private flush toilets, but as you ascend, private toilets are more rare and shared toilets are common. Some guesthouses might have shared outdoor toilets. Even though you get a private toilet in your room, due to the freezing temperature, the water in the toilet is frozen.
  • Accommodation Cost: The cost of accommodation varies depending on the location and the level of comfort you select. Generally, the higher you go, the more basic the facilities are due to a lack of infrastructure and transportation, and the higher the elevation, the higher the cost of food and lodging.

How to prepare for Jomsom and Muktinath Trek?

  • Physical Fitness: The trek involves walking for several days at higher elevations, for which you should be physically fit. Start a fitness routine well in advance to build endurance and stamina three months before the trek. Focus on cardiovascular exercises like hiking, walking, jogging, or cycling, as well as strength training to strengthen your legs, core, and back muscles for at least 45 minutes a day.
  • Acclimatisation: The trail takes you gradually to higher altitudes, where the air gets thinner with increasing elevation. Acclimatisation is crucial to avoiding altitude sickness. If possible, plan some practice treks at higher altitudes to get your body accustomed to the conditions.
  • Packing and Gear: Invest in high-quality trekking gear, including strong and comfortable trekking boots, moisture-wicking clothing, a good-quality backpack, a warm sleeping bag, a down jacket, and at least 2-3 pairs of t-shirts and trousers for the night. Don't forget essentials like water tablets, water bottles, sunglasses, sunscreen, extra socks, toiletries, tissue paper, face wipes, towels, and a hat.
  • Mental Preparedness: Trekking in the Himalayas can be physically and mentally demanding. Prepare yourself mentally for the challenges you might face during the trek. Stay positive, be open to new experiences, and try to stay honest with your guide about the conditions that you are facing and going through.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Stay well hydrated and maintain a balanced diet during the trek. Carry water purification tablets or a filtering system to ensure safe drinking water. Drink at least 3 litres of water per day, and try to carry some mountain bars or energy bars that will help you reenergize your body.
  • Local Culture and Etiquette: Read up on the local culture and customs of the region. Show respect to the local communities and their traditions during your trek. Try to walk through the left side and try to maintain distance from the mules, yaks, and horses along the way.
  • Emergency Plan: Have a contingency plan in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Get honest with the guide; he knows the evacuation routes and contact information for emergency services in the area.

How hard is the Jomsom and Muktinath Short Trek?

The Jomsom and Muktinath trek is considered a moderate trek in terms of difficulty. It is suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. While it is not as challenging as some of the more strenuous high-altitude treks in the region, it still presents its own set of challenges that can be conquered through 4-5 hours of walking per day.

The Jomsom and Muktinath trek typically takes around 8 days to complete, with an extra day at Muktinath. Although the maximum altitude that we reach on this trek is around 3,800 metres at Muktinath, some parts of the trail go through higher elevations. The trail includes a mix of well-established paths, rocky terrain, and some steep ascents and descents.

The route follows the Kali Gandaki River valley, which can be windy at times. Jomsom is mostly windy. The trek offers teahouses and guesthouses for accommodation, but the quality of facilities can vary depending on the town and village. At higher elevations, the availability of amenities like hot showers and electricity may be limited.

Altitude and distance that must be covered during the Jomsom and Muktinath Short Trek

Pokhara to Jomsom

  • Pokhara is at an elevation of around 827 metres (2,713 feet) above sea level, while Jomsom is situated at an elevation of approximately 2,700 metres (8,858 feet) above sea level.

Jomsom to Marpha.

  • The distance between Jomsom and Marpha is approximately 14 kilometres (about 8.7 miles) via the main trekking trail.
  • Jomsom is situated at an elevation of approximately 2,700 metres (8,858 feet) above sea level, while Marpha is at an elevation of about 2,670 metres (8,760 feet) above sea level.

Marpha to Kagbeni.

  • The distance between Marpha and Kagbeni is approximately 12.9 kilometres (about 7.2 miles) via the main trekking trail.
  • Marpha to Kagbeni is relatively easy, with gentle ascents and descents along the way. It usually takes around 3 to 4 hours to complete the trek.
  • Marpha is situated at an elevation of 2670 metres, and Kagbeni is situated at an elevation of 2,804 metres.

Kagbeni to Muktinath.

  • The distance between Kagbeni and Muktinath is approximately 10 kilometres.
  • Kagbeni is situated at an elevation of 2,804 m.
  • Muktinath is situated at an elevation of around 3,800 metres (12,467 feet).

Muktinath to Lupra Village.

  • The distance between Muktinath and Lupra Village is approximately 8 kilometres (about 5 miles) via the trekking trail.
  • The elevation of Muktinath is 3800 metres.
  • The elevation of Lupra village is 3021 metres.

Lupra Village to Jomsom.

  • The distance between Lupra Village and Jomsom is approximately 18 kilometres (about 11 miles) via the main trekking trail. The trek generally takes around 5 to 6 hours to complete, depending on your pace and any stops you make along the way.
  • Lupra village is situated at an altitude of 3021 metres.
  • Jomsom is at an elevation of approximately 2,700 metres.

Climate and weather around Jomsom and Muktinath Region

The climate can be unpredictable sometimes, even in the best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best times during springtime, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Morning and nighttime, as well as in the shade, can be cold and freezing in higher areas, above 2,000 m.

Other months from September and October are great times for treks around Lower Mustang and Kali-Gandaki Valley as well as other destinations around this valley; most days are clear for views of mountains, although the autumn season is much colder with extreme cold during the morning and nighttime, when sunlight is much shorter.

It is usually windy in this place, so a good down jacket and a good windbreaker jacket are must-have items during the trek.

What is the Best Season for Jomsom and Muktinath trek?

Spring (March to May):

  • Spring is one of the most popular and preferred seasons for the Jomsom and Muktinath treks.
  • The weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures during the day and cool nights.
  • The rhododendron forests along the trail bloom with vibrant colours, adding to the beauty of the landscape.
  • The skies are usually clear, providing excellent views of the surrounding mountains, including Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.

Autumn (September to November):

  • Autumn is another highly recommended season for the Jomsom and Muktinath treks.
  • The weather is dry and stable, with clear skies and minimal chances of rainfall.
  • The temperature is pleasant, with warm days and cool evenings.
  • The lush greenery of the monsoon season remains, and the skies offer stunning views of the snow-capped peaks.
  • The trekking trails are less muddy and more accessible during this time.

Is travel insurance required for a short trek to Muktinath?

Travel insurance is highly recommended thought its not required for trekking towards Jomsom and Muktinath. It may be lower mustang, upper mustang, or any part, including the Jomsom and Muktinath treks. While it is not a legal requirement, having all-inclusive travel insurance provides important financial protection and peace of mind in case of unexpected events or emergencies during your trek.

When purchasing travel insurance for trekking in Nepal, make sure that the policy covers the specific activities you plan to undertake, such as high-altitude trekking, and make sure to see the altitude you are going to and the altitude the policy covers. Read the policy terms and conditions carefully to understand what is covered and what is excluded.

Additionally, check if the insurance provides coverage for evacuation from high-altitude regions, as this can be a crucial aspect of trekking in the Himalayas. Ensure that you have a copy of your insurance policy and emergency contact numbers easily accessible during your trek. Check whether the insurance covers both medical coverage and the evacuation process as well.

While travel insurance adds to the overall cost of the trip, it is a worthwhile investment to protect yourself and your finances in case of unforeseen events and natural calamities that might occur in the wild. Always choose a reputable insurance provider and make an informed decision based on your specific trekking plans and needs.

What are the documents and permits required for the Jomsom-Muktinath Trek?

The documents that are required for trekking towards Jomsom and Muktinath are

  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Passport and Visa
  • Restricted Area Permit (if applicable)
  • If you plan to extend your trek beyond Kagbeni into the restricted Upper Mustang Region, you will need a Restricted Area Permit (RAP).
  • The RAP is essential for treks that venture into specific restricted regions, and it comes with additional fees.
  • You can only obtain the RAP through authorised trekking agencies, and you need to be in a group with a minimum of two trekkers and a registered guide.

Before starting your trek, confirm that you have obtained all the necessary permits and documents and that they are valid for the entire duration of your trek. The permit requirements not only ensure your safety but also support sustainable tourism and conservation efforts in this region and the whole of Nepal.

Optional activities to do in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after the trek

Kathmandu City Tour

  • Pashupatinath Temple: Visit the sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and witness the unique rituals and ceremonies performed by devotees along the banks of the Bagmati River.
  • Bouddhanath Stupa: Explore the colossal stupa, one of the largest in the world, and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple): Climb the hill to the iconic stupa adorned with prayer flags and watch the panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Durbar Squares: Explore the ancient palaces and intricate architecture at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Thamel: Shop for souvenirs, handicrafts, trekking gear, and clothing in the bustling streets of Thamel, a popular tourist hub.
  • Garden of Dreams: Relax in this beautiful neoclassical garden located in the heart of Kathmandu, perfect for unwinding after the trek.
  • Nagarkot: Take a short trip to Nagarkot, a hill station known for its stunning sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas.

Pokhara

  • Phewa Lake: Enjoy boating on the tranquil Phewa Lake, surrounded by the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges.
  • Sarangkot: Hike or drive up to Sarangkot to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas and capture breathtaking views of the Annapurna range.
  • World Peace Pagoda: Take a boat ride across Phewa Lake and hike to the World Peace Pagoda for panoramic views of Pokhara and the surrounding mountains.
  • Bindhyabasini Temple: Visit the ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bindvasini, located near the Old Bazaar area.
  • Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave: Explore the limestone cave with impressive stalactites and a hidden waterfall.
  • Paragliding and zip-lining: For adrenaline enthusiasts, try paragliding or zip-lining to experience the thrill of flying over the Pokhara Valley.
  • International Mountain Museum: Learn about the culture, history, and mountaineering achievements of the Himalayas in this informative museum.

Outline itinerary for Jomsom Muktinath Trek

  • Day 1: Drive to Pokhara (822 m/2,697 ft), a 6-hour journey, and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 2: Fly to Jomsom (2,743 m/8,999 ft) and trek to Marpha (2,650 m/8,8695 ft) in 2 hours.
  • Day 3: Trek to Kagbeni, 2,804 m (9,199 ft) via Jomsom town, 05 h
  • Day 4: Trek to Muktinath (3,762 m/12,343 ft) in 3 hours.
  • Day 5: Full day at Muktinath for a local hike and visit
  • Day 6: Trek to Lupra village (2,795 m/9170 ft) in 4 hours
  • Day 7: Trek to Jomsom for 3 hours and transfer to a hotel, guesthouse, or lodge.
  • Day 8: Fly to Pokhara; in the afternoon, explore Pokhara city.
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08 days Jomsom Muktinath trek, provided with standard Itinerary days where some walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities, etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide to hold full authority for Trekking Planner.

  • AccommodationDeluxe Hotel
  • Max. Altitude/Time822 m/2,697 ft

The morning starts with an exciting drive on the main country Highway, a busy and interesting journey heading past many towns and farm villages with views of snow-capped peaks.

The road sometimes follows the Trishuli River and then diverts towards the west to reach beautiful Pokhara, a renowned tourist city blessed with the natural beauty of the high Annapurna Himalaya, rolling green hills, and calm lakes.

Overnight in a nice hotel located close to Phewa Lake, where most hotels, shops, and restaurants are located, a pleasant spot for walks around by the Lakeside.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2, 650 m/8695 ft

From the hotel in Pokhara, transfer to the airport for a short, scenic flight to land at Jomsom. During less than 30 minutes of flight, enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges, with the majestic Machapuchare Himal and the famous Fish-Tail peaks.

Slowly, small aircraft land at Jomsom airport and then take a short walk into Jomsom town, as well as the headquarters and administrative center of Mustang district.

Jomsom, the main hub of Kali-Gandaki valley villages populated with Thakali, the indigenous tribes of Lower Mustang and Kali-Gandaki River valley, settled in this windswept and scenic valley in past centuries, where flourishing trade used to take place in the early days on this Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet.

From Jomsom, after a refreshing stop, walk on a wide road to Marpha, a charming gem of a village with whitewashed houses and neatly paved streets and alleys, famous for the delicious apples that grow on its orchard.

Overnight in one of its lovely guesthouses and lodges close to the apple orchard in the backyard, with time to explore the Thakali village adorned with Buddhist religious monuments.

 

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,804 m/9,199 ft

After breakfast, enjoy a short walk to Jomsom town. After a refreshing short rest, continue heading due west.

as the route leads you towards the windswept Kali-Gandaki River valley with scenic views of snow-capped peaks against dry and arid brown rolling hills. The walk reaches you at a small settlement called Ekle Bhatti, where in the early days stood only one guest house, hence the name as lonely inn. At present, there are more than 3–4 lodges for travelers to stay overnight.

Ekle Bhatti stands on a crossroad in between Muktinath, Jomsom, and Kagbeni routes. From here, a short distance walk to Kagbeni on a gradual path above the Kali-Gandaki River valley takes you to Kagbeni village, an important village and entrance to Upper Mustang, as well as to the Dolpo area and beyond to the Tibet/China border. Where the old Trans-Himalaya Salt Trade route passed through from ancient times until today.

An interesting and very impressive village, as mentioned in the majority of guide books, Kagbeni will be the right choice and alternative for those who are unable to fulfill their dreams of visiting Tibet.

Where travelers can feel the Tibetan environment of similar culture after checking into their rooms in one of its many homely guesthouses and inns, with time to explore around Kagbeni, a village of great heritage and cultural interest,

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,762 m/12,343 ft

From Kagbeni, enjoy grand views of the Nilgiri peaks, with brown and gray-colored canyons and windblown, eroded high hills.

A morning walk of a few hours starts with a steep climb for an hour and then gradual winding ups to reach the old and quite interesting village of Jharkot.

After having a rest and observing the surroundings scenery, an hour's steep climb brings you to the Muktinath area in a place called Ranipauwa, a village where most lodges and shops are located close to the temple of Muktinath.

Enjoy grand views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the world's 7th highest mountain, with an array of snow peak ranges, with time for leisure walks around to witness more of the local culture and customs.

 

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time3,762 m/12,343 ft

After days of continuous walking around Kali Gandaki River Valley, a well-deserving rest day today on the highest spot of the Jomsom Muktinath short trek.

Located close to the base of the high Thorang-La Pass and its nearby peaks, where the famous and popular Annapurna Circuit trek leads through from Manang to enter the Mustang area at Muktinath,

Morning tour of Muktinath, where the main idol is kept in a nice pagoda terra cotta temple that is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in the form of Lord Muktinath, a symbol of Salvation, Liberation, and Nirvana.

The temple with its interesting 108 water spouts is believed to be one of the main natural sources of the Kali Gandaki River, where devotees and pilgrims take baths in chilly water before performing religious rites and worship.

At Muktinath, enjoy its tranquil environment along with great views of high snow-capped mountains, and visit other religious sites of great interest like Jal Devi temple and a monastery.

Witness the natural wonder of blue flames, ignited by gas coming from a natural underground source. After a great visit of holy sites and surroundings, enjoy an afternoon at leisure, marveling at grand scenery and views of white peaks.

 

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2, 795 m/9170 ft

Another easy and scenic morning walk, today our route diverts from Jharkot village for a day to reach the isolated and hidden settlement of Lupra.

A traditional village with a monastery of the Bon sect, a pre-Buddhist religion that worships ancestors and natural spirits. Which is quite similar to native North American Indians and Inwiks.

The Bon culture is slowly nearing extinction. The earliest religion in Tibet, avant Buddhism, was introduced in the 6th Century by King Songsen Gumpo of Tibet, who had two queens from Nepal and China.

The walk leads to a long descend to Jharkot and then diverts east on a less ventured area by only a few trekkers, reaching Lupra after a short while. Where houses are built with local natural sources of stones and pigmented soil from nearby windblown cliffs.

The village of perfect setting in the harmony of nature, overlooking close views of Nilgiri peaks with surrounding beautiful scenery, enjoy the afternoon exploring this old village full of farming and livestock.

  • AccommodationLodge/Guest house
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude/Time2,743 m/8,999 ft

From Lupra village around Muktinath area, return journey to Jomsom following an easy downhill path to reach Kali Gandaki Riverbank and the valley.

As the walk follows the same path as the past few days to reach Jomsom town for the last final overnight stop, around the Mustang area,

Jomsom offers many nice quality lodges, guest houses, and restaurants. After checking into your rooms, enjoy the afternoon with a tour of the Thakali Museum, the native museum of the Kali Gandaki valley of the Lower Mustang area.

An interesting place to gather information from the Thakali people, including the history of the area, the Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route trail from Nepal to Tibet, and the flourishing trade that took place in the early days.

  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude/Time822 m/2,697 ft

Early in the morning, after breakfast, walk to Jomsom Airport and then board a small aircraft like a Twin Otter, Dornier, or similar type. as the plane lifts up with exciting views of Kali Gandaki valley and the high mountains that you see on both sides.

Soon, and in less than half an hour, you will reach the low and warm climate of Pokhara. From the airport, transfer back to your hotel by the beautiful Phewa Lakeside, facing views of the Annapurna Himalaya range.

Pokhara, a lovely and scenic city to complement our magnificent Jomsom Muktinath trekking for the last overnight around the Annapurna Himalaya range,

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Trip Map
Jomsom Muktinath Short Trek: 8 Days Map
Inclusions
What's Included
  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle (Both for Domestic and International flight).
  • 02 nights Double/Twin shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus (if you want both way flight or private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flight.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card).
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking.
  •  A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment Luggage per porter carries about 20kg).
  • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).     
  • First add kid box.
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekking (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible.
  • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos).
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight).
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
  • All necessary entrance fees for the guided sightseeing tours in city.
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • In case of extra more nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary.
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.
Departure Dates
  • This trip departs every day of the year.
  • This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip as per your need, please contact us.
  • This trip is available on both a Fixed Departure and a Private Group Basis.
  • If the given date is not appropriate for you, Please CONTACT US
  • Trekking Planner also organizes various trips in small groups that can suit you.
  • We recommend you reserve a seat for yourself by booking with us right away for a wonderful experience with us.
  • This trip can be booked privately if you’re travelling solo, privately, or with family.
  • Have a big group? We can help as per your needs.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget.
  • We accept instant booking and online payment.
  • (Call/email now for a private trip, [email protected], Mobile +977 98510 71767 (24 hrs) - WhatsApp and Viber)
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Essential Info

Equipment and Gear List

trekking iconGeneral

  • Four-season (-20 degree) sleeping bag (We provide rental sleeping bags available for an additional USD 35)
  • Puffy down jacket (We provide rental jackets for an additional USD 35)
  • Daypack (25-30 liters recommended) with rain cover

HeadUpper Body

  • Sun hat or cap (We'll provide you with a trekking cap.)
  • warm woolen hat
  • Scarf/Neck Buff (highly recommended to get saved from wind and cold)
  • Headlamp or mobile torch light for nighttime
  • Polarized sunglasses

TorsoTorso

  • Technical fabric base layer thermals are light for warmer months, heavy for colder months
  • Technical fabric t-shirts and sleeve sweaters or high-necks
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • windproof jacket for the walk as it gets windy
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket

PantLower Body

  • thermals inner
  • Hiking pants at least 3
  • Comfortable pants for teahouses
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Hiking shorts

GlovesHands

  • Woolen gloves for the tea house
  • Hard-shell windproof outer gloves for the walk

FeetFeet

  • Marino Wool or comfortable, warm socks
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Trekking/hiking boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Crampons (For passes)
  • Casual shoes or sandals that are comfortable for the time in the tea house
  • Gaiters (lightweight for rain and snow)

UndergarmentsUndergarments and inner wears

  • Technical fabric/quick drying (can be washed during the trek)
  • Sports bras (women)
  • sleeping clothes as per the comfortability

MedicineFirst Aid Kits and Medications

  • Sunscreen SPF- 50+
  • Lip balm or Vaseline
  • ointment cream
  • Cough Syrup and strepsils (recommended for Khumbu Cough)
  • Creams and medicines (for any allergies or diseases)

(Note: Our guides carry medications, oxygen cans, and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are recommended.)

Other essentialsOther Essentials

  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toilet paper, small soap, and shampoo
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • water bladder for the day bag
  • small towel for personal use
  • Pillowcase in case of allergies to new pillows
  • High-protein snacks (such as mountain bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying essential documents, stuff, frequently used items, and money
  • Power bank or extra batteries
  • Cameras and mobile phone
  • Cards/book
  • Pee bottle/ pee funnel for women
  • Trekking poles
  • Whistle in case your voice is not loud enough to stop or start
  • Thermos for hot water during the nighttime
  • We give you a free duffel bag, trekking cap, maps, and t-shirt during your pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be used to pack your trekking supplies.
  • For every two participants, we assign one porter. The porter will carry the duffel bag, which should weigh around 10 kg/22 lbs., throughout the walk.
  • Daypack bag for daily used stuff like cash, documents, papers, a water bottle or bladder, a camera, toiletries, sunscreen, a notebook, clothing, etc. (with a waterproof cover).
  • You can store your luggage (on-trekking items) at the hotel in Kathmandu, and we can assist and help.
  • Total luggage for the Kathmandu-Lukla flight is (15 kg/33 lbs.), including duffel (10 Kg/22 lbs.) and backpack (5 kg/11 lbs.)
  • A down jacket with a hood(cap) to be warm in altitudes above 3,000m.
  • We can provide a down jacket for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, you need to pay back the cost of USD 200 per item.
  • We can provide a sleeping bag for USD 35. In case of loss or damage, USD 200 per item must be paid.

Note: Supplies and gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu. Once you are in Nepal, you can buy supplies and gear for hiking if you have spare time. Trekking Planner Nepal representatives will assist you in purchasing the equipment. Thamel a tourist hub, offers a wide range of trekking equipment at affordable prices. Don't wear short clothes inside the monasteries and religious places.

FAQs
  • The Jomsom Muktinath trekking is considered easy, with an average of 5 hours of walking per day. It is perfectly suitable for beginners and newcomers who want to experience trekking in Nepal.

  • Spring and autumn are the best times of the year for the Jomsom Muktinath trek. And the weather is perfect during this time, and the views are better during this time of the year.

  • Trekking in the lower Mustang, Jomsom, and Muktinath doesn't require a guide. A solo traveler can do the trek independently. However, recent changes have been made. According to the new law of Nepal, having either a guide or a porter is mandatory while trekking to Muktinath Jomsom region.

  • Annapurna area conservation permit and trekkers' information management system card are the required documents and permits. Trekking Planner Nepal arranges all the required documents, permits, and other applicable government-related works before the trek.

  • The accommodations along the trek are reasonable, and the hotels are available in various categories; trekkers have vast choices, from luxury hotels to basic hotels. However, an additional amount must be paid for private bathrooms and luxury hotels.

  • There are wide varieties of food options available along the trek, including Nepali foods, western foods, Indian foods, and Tibetan foods, and staying veg can be a good option.

  • The daily walking distance for the main stop camps can range from 4-5 hours but may increase or decrease according to the pace of the trekkers. 

  • The highest elevation reaches up to 3,800 meters. This trek is perfect for beginners when going slow and consuming a good amount of water and food; there are very few altitude-related concerns on the Jomsom Muktinath trek.

  • There are two options for getting to Jomsom: flying from Kathmandu to Jomsom and then from Pokhara to Jomsom, and the other option is driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Jomsom.

  • Yes, since Muktinath is a cultural and religious place, respecting the culture and the Buddhist way of living, not wearing short clothes, keeping the voice low and calm inside the temple, and not taking photographs inside the temple are some of the customs to be aware of while visiting Muktinath.

  • The transportation option back after completing the trek of Jomsom and Muktinath is either to take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom or drive back from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Jomsom.

  • Buying or renting gear and equipment in Jomsom is not recommended. When purchasing or renting the equipment, renting or buying the gear and equipment at Kathmandu or Pokhara is better. A Trekking Planner Nepal representative will help with it.

  • Yes, there are various attractions like the apple farm side hills for a hike that can be done after completing the walk and reaching the guest house. The towns and villages of Muktinath are must-see sights to visit during this trip.

  • There are western commode-style bathrooms along the tea house lodges and hotels, and luxury hotels with proper hygiene and sanitation are available at an additional cost with private bathrooms and luxury spaces.

  • Yes, combining the Jomsom Muktinath trek with other trekking activities in the region is possible. Trekking Planner Nepal is entirely open to customizing the trek according to our client's needs.

  • No, there is no age restriction or limitation for the trekkers; however, special care must be given and provided for senior citizens and children below eight.

  • Jomsom Muktinath is on the windward side of Nepal, receiving very little rain. Similarly, it is windy primarily in the afternoon. So, trekkers can expect the weather to be pleasant and the sky and vistas to be clear in the Jomsom Muktinath region of Nepal during spring and autumn.

    It is advised to pack warm clothing.

  • Bottled water is available throughout the trek and at the places of lunch places and tea houses. Trekkers can fill in the water, but it is advised to filter it with UV ray filtration bottles or water purification tablets before consuming it.

  • Yes, electric devices like phone cameras, batteries, and other stuff can be charged along the way of the Jomsom Muktinath trek at tea houses and lodges. Still, the tea houses and lodges may charge an extra fee for charging the devices.

  • The emergency evacuation process in case of illness or injury is to drive back down to Pokhara or the nearest hospital, and the other option is to take a helicopter rescue in case of emergency; having travel insurance helps a lot for the evacuation process as the evacuation fees are costly.

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