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Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

The ancient trade route to Mustang and Tibet, up the Kali Ghandaki river, presents one of the most developed trekking trails offering comfortable lodges run by Gurung and Thakali families. Starting from Pokhara we ascend the Annapurna foothills through picturesque Gurung villages and continue through lichen-draped rhododendron forest to climb Poon Hill at dawn for spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Later we will trek up the deepest valley in the world situated between two Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,788ft.) and Annapurna (8,091m/26,538ft.). As we trek up the Kali Gandaki valley we pass though the traditional and prosperous villages of Tukuche, Ghasa, Marpha and Jomsom. The Thakalis, a traditional traders, have converted their charming and wonderfully clean homes into trekkers' lodges and are well known as one of the most gracious and successful inn-keepers in Nepal. Past Jomsom we reach the arid Tibet-like landscape of Mustang. At Muktinath, set below the Thorung La pass, we have a day to explore the temple and villages and enjoy wonderful mountain views before taking the flight back from Jomsom.

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 – Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara. (820m).
Day 03 - Pokhara - Tikhe Dhunga (1540m)
Day 04- Tikhe Dhunga - Ghorepani (2860m)
Day 05 - Ghorepani - Tatopani (1190m)
Day 06- Tatopani - Lete (2480m)
Day 07- Lete – Marpha (2670m)
Day 08 - Marpha – Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 09 -Kagbeni – Muktinath (3670m) and back to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 10 - Kagbeni – Jomsom (2720m)
Day 11 -Jomsom - Pokhara (820m)
Day 12 – Pokhara to kathmandu
Day 13- Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.

Note: If above itinerary couldn’t meet your need, we can design a tailor made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.

Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu
You will be met by Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure staffs at Airport and transferred to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure for you to explore, Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A pre-trek briefing will be given this evening.

Day 02 – Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara. (820m).
Today we drive to Pokhara (200km), approximately seven hours away by tourist bus (a flight is available at an additional charge and takes around 40 minutes). We will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara, an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on bicycle or on foot as well as taking a boat out on Phewa Lake while the Annapurna Mountains gaze down at us.

Day 03 - Pokhara– Tikhe Dhunga (1540m)
After breakfast we drive to Nayapul (48 km.) 1.5 hours by vehicle over hilly ridges of Lumle/Kande and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans the trail reaches Sudami where we have Lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile at 1495m near by Tikhe Dhunga. Along the way various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga. O/N at Tikhe Dhunga.

Day 04- Tikhe Dhunga – Ghorepani (2860m)
Breakfast served in the morning around 7am. From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream (Bhurungdi Khola) on a suspension bridge to start the long steep climb to the large Magar village Uleri at 2070m. Above the village the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There are magnificent rhododendron and oak forests and we lunch in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali words meaning “rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with show. From Nangethanti about one hours walking to Ghorepani at 2848m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there. O/N in Ghorepani

Day 05 - Ghorepani – Tatopani (1190m)
We will visit the popular viewpoint of the region, Poon Hill (3193 meters). You will wake up early in the morning at about 5am and get ready to go. It takes about 50 minutes to reach the small flat top. You will see the sun gradually rise on the mountains and the views are breathtaking. The mountain peaks you will see are Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri I, and glaciers.Today we walk on the long descent towards the Kali Gandaki canyon while enjoying the cool quiet of the forest as we descend steeply through Chitre, Shikha and Ghara which all offer refreshments and a chance to rest your knees. After about 6000ft of descent, we get to enjoy our first sight of the Kali Gandaki River, which we then cross to reach Tatopani, a village consisting of several clusters of buildings with excellent food, hot springs and nice view of Nilgiri mountain. Sip a beer as you enjoy a soak, drinking in the wonderful atmosphere and surroundings of the riverside. One of the best experiences in the world.

Day 06- Tatopani – Lete (2480m)
Today, we continue up the valley along the deepest gorge at Dana after which the trail becomes progressively steeper and narrow as the river becomes ‘younger’ when it meets the Rupse Chhahra. There is a spectacular waterfall and the geology over here changes. We will continue north along the steep cliff side to Kabre and then to Ghasa (2040m), a sprawling flat-roofed village, which contains teashops and hotels and is the first Thakali village of the trek. It also marks the end of the subtropical vegetation and the beginning of the conifer forests. From Ghasa the trail climbs steadily, but not steeply, and it soon enters the pine forest, crosses a stream on a wooden bridge and climbs for about 15 minutes to Lete, a wonderful place for staying overnight. Sunset views from Lete are magnificent.

Day 07- Lete – Marpha (2670m)
The spread out village of Lete then combines into Kalopani. At Kalopani, we cross the river where it is narrow via a suspension bridge. We aim to reach the pretty village of Marpha today. The trail passes through the interesting Thakali villages of Larjung, Khobang and Tukuche. There are many lodges to choose from over here. After walking for about one and a half hours from Tukuche, we finally reach the charming town of Marpha where we pass by the Agricultural farm, which has introduced new crops in the area.

Day 08 - Marpha – Kagbeni (2800m)
From this point northwards, a strong wind begins to blow from about 10am onwards and because of this we to aim to set out early. The trail begins to enter the rain shadow caused by the mountains and the trees become smaller, fewer and grow far apart with scrubs replacing them. As we approach Jomsom the scenery changes again and becomes like a desert. Jomsom is the centre of Mustang that contains several good hotels, bakery shops, army/police check posts and government offices. After about three hours walk along the valley, we reach the Tibetan village of Kagbeni, which is very pretty. We will stay here for the night.

Day 09 -Kagbeni – Muktinath (3670m) and back to Kagbeni (2800m)
This morning we head up east with only day packs. Away from the Kali Gandaki River there are views of Muktinath and Thorung Pass in the distance. We pass the traditional village of Jarkot where we stop for lunch and finally reach Muktinath. The Temple here is a point of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus where flame, water and air meet. Enjoy the views before returning to Kagbeni

Day 10 - Kagbeni – Jomsom (2720m)
It takes only three hours to get back to Jomsom. After having lunch, we can stroll around the town or hike up to the next village by crossing the Kali Gandaki village. Jomsom has an ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office and a museum which are worth a visit.

Day 11 -Jomsom – Pokhara (820m)
After breakfast, we take the flight to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel in Pokhara. O/N Pokhara Hotel.

Day 12 – Pokhara to kathmandu
After a normal drive of seven hours, we reach Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable Car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple.

Day 13-
Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.
Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. On the other hand, if you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc.

Trip duration: 13 days

Grade: Moderate

Maximum altitude: 3670m

Accommodation: Tea house/ Tented Camp

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