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Jomsom Muktinath Trek - 10 Days

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath Trek Highlights

  • You can collect blessings after bathing in 108 waterspouts in Muktinath temple, a spiritual point for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
  • You may take a stroll around the Apple Orchards in the Marpha village and taste the special wine and apple products.
  • You will have a close encounter with the Gurung and Thakali people of the region.
  • You can meditate for some time at the monastery and gompas with the flapping prayer flags over you.
  • You will get to walk through the ancient Salt Trade route and witness Yak caravans as well.

The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a popular trek which encompasses very interesting Gurung and Thakali villages, apple orchards, rhododendron forests, the world’s deepest gorge, and the windswept Tibetan plateau. It also takes in both monasteries and Hindu temples for cultural flavor. With the highest point being Muktinath (3,710m) this is a relatively low altitude trek suitable for almost everyone. And it is one of the most effective ways to get near to the Himalayas; with marvelous views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri being the main highlight of the trip.

Although suitable for all, and a great family trek, there are a couple of challenges, starting very early on with climbing up thousands of stone steps at Ulleri Hill. But this just adds to the adventure and can be completed at a pace suitable to all levels of fitness. Marpha is just one of the interesting villages on the route. It is the heart of apple growing in Nepal and the village retains its original whitewashed buildings and narrow cobbled streets. There is a Buddhist monetary that can be visited in Marpha. Another fascinating place is the village of Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. Although this trek does not enter this forbidden Kingdom of Lo, visitors can look up the windswept valley and imaging the Trans-Himalayan salt trading route that used to run (and still does to some extent) through this village. Muktinath is the highest point of the trail, with its interesting Hindu Temple, 108 stone water spouts and eternal flame.

For those with less time but a desire to see the Himalayas at very close range, this is the perfect trip, combining mountains with culture.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive)830 m6 - 7 hr
Day 2Pokhara to Beni (Drive)899 m4 - 5 hr
Day 3Beni to Tatopani1190 m4 - 5 hr
Day 4Tatopani to Ghasa2110 m4 - 5 hr
Day 5Ghasa to Marpha2680 m4 - 5 hr
Day 6Marpha to Kagbeni2810 m4 - 5 hr
Day 7Kagbeni to Muktinath3710 m5 - 6 hr
Day 8Muktinath to Jomsom2715 m6 - 7 hr
Day 9Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)830 m15 min
Day 10Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)1380 m6 - 7 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Local transfers for your domestic flights x 4
  • Kathmandu Pokhara Kathmandu Drive
  • Pokhara Beni Drive & Jomsom Pokhara Flight
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS Card
  • Guide for 10 days
  • Porter for 10 days
  • Four nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 9 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 10 x set breakfast, 10 x set lunch and 9x set dinner while on trek.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any your may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Jomsom Muktinath Trek

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Mineral water is not available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

The maximum elevation of this trek will not exceed 3,700m. It is generally thought trekking up to 3,500m will not cause altitude sickness. While it is very unlikely to get altitude sickness at 3,700m we would like to make you aware of this point. We recommend you take precautions and have travel insurance which covers you if you do get altitude sickness..

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. You don't need crampons

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 22kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 18kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own well-being and for the well-being of our clients.

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Trip Facts

  • 3710 m
  • Beni/Jomsom
  • Demanding

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