Trip Fact

Trip Duration 12 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 1150
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 3710m
Per Day Walking 4 - 6 Hours
Best Season March, April and September to November
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Trip Highlights

  • You will lose at least 5-10 lbs
  • To enjoy impressive diversity of the country, Jomsom Trekking is must do event in a life time.
  • This area is highly influenced by Tibetan culture where you will enjoy traditional Buddhist culture, prayer flags and monasteries.
  • The trekking gives view of eight highest mountains of the world out of 20
  • You will understand social harmony of the country as you reach Muktinath which is a holy site for both Buddhist and Hindus.

To enjoy impressive diversity of the country, Jomsom Trekking is must do event in a life time. Annapurna region attracts more than 75 per cent trekkers and Jomsom being one of its parts. The giant Annapurna mountain is encircled by the deep valleys and high mountains where reside people of different cultures, customs and dialects.

Villages with prayer wheels, prayer flags and Buddhist monasteries are other major attractions of the trail which passes through Lower Mustang and ending at Kagbeni.

The trekking gives view of eight highest mountains of the world out of 20. Walking along the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki River, is full of excitement. Two mountains on two sides, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, make the trail more thrilling accompanied by rhododendron forests. The highest point of the trail is Muktinath which is at 3,800 m height. Muktinnath is a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking
  • Day 03:Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga
  • Day 04:Tikedhunga to Ghorepani
  • Day 05:Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tatopani
  • Day 06:Tatopani to Kalopani
  • Day 07:Kalopani to Marpha
  • Day 08:Marpha to Kagbeni
  • Day 09:Kagbeni to Muktinath
  • Day 10:Trek back down to Jomson
  • Day 11:Fly back to Pokhara and again catch flight to Kathmandu
  • Day 12:Fly to your destination.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu In this day, you will arrive in Kathmandu and our staffs will transfer you to your hotel.
  • Day 02:Preparation for trekking On this day, you will be provided sufficient time for doing preparations for continuing our trek. You will meet trek leaders and other team members of the expedition.
  • Day 03:Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga We begin our trek at Nayapul, driving to the end of the road. A 15 minute walk along the bank of the Modi Khola River brings us to Birethanti (1065m), a large village with many shops & teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village, and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m, and further short climb to Tikedhunga at 1525m. This is a short and relatively easy day, allowing us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.
  • Day 04:Tikedhunga to Ghorepani After a hearty breakfast we leave Tikedunga, we begin with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. Then the trail continues to climb more gently through fine forests of oak & rhododendron towards Banthanti at 2250m. From there we trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. An hours further walk brings us to Ghorepani at 2775m.
  • Day 05:Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tatopani Today, very early in the morning, we rise to hike the 1 hour climb to Poon Hill (3195m). A brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. We spend around 40 minutes taking in the wonderful spectacle, before returning to Ghorepani for a well deserved breakfast. After breakfast we start off for Tatopani. The trail makes a descend steeply to Chitre at 2390m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1980m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1705m. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. We then climb up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing that too, before turning north to Tatopani. Tato means ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’, a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river.
  • Day 06:Tatopani to Kalopani Today, the trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated as it is between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From there, trail rises gently up to Dana at 1400m, & on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550m, there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani, & then cross back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935m. From here it is a short climb to Ghasa at 2080m. The trail continues to ascend & pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m, where we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east.
  • Day 07:Kalopani to Marpha This day we start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then will have lunch at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590m. After Tukuche, the trail continues up the Kali Gandaki. As we pass through the gorge, the terrain becomes much more barren & the breeze increases. We continue towards Marpha at 2665m passing a Tibetan refuge settlement & then a horticulture research station. Marpha is a large Thakali village with many excellent teahouses, however it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, & whitewashed buildings. There we will visit a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist gompa.
  • Day 08:Marpha to Kagbeni From Marpha, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement, and is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp, numerous hotels, shops, banks & government offices. On the way, we cross the river to the eastern bank, and then walk onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. From here we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki, the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is rich in Tibetan culture and their unique hospitality.
  • Day 09:Kagbeni to Muktinath We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley upon leaving Kagbeni, and then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500m which is well worth exploring. We take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath. As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800m. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. 10 minutes further up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There is a shrine in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water-fire combination that accounts for Muktinath's great religious significance.
  • Day 10:Trek back down to Jomson We trek back to Jomsom and spend night there and pack our luggage to return back.
  • Day 11:Fly back to Pokhara and again catch flight to Kathmandu We fly back from Jomsom and to Pokhara (20 mins scenic flight) and finally from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Day 12:Fly to your destination. Our trip concludes today as you pack your baggage for your country. A representative of NTA will take you to the airport.

Cost Includes

  • Costs related to all airport and hotel transfers. Domestic flights and airport departure taxes.
  • Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kahmandu connecting flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation in tourist bus
  • All nights in local lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Three times meals during the trek
  • Experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (on hire) and trekking map.
  • All permits and necessary paper work, TIMS
  • First aid kit.
  • All taxes, be it local or government

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee for Nepal (bring accurate USD cash and 2 passport size photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • All conservation area and cultural heritage site entrance fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • International or domestic flights
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Usefull Info

Size of Trekking Group

For Jomsom Trek, there will be one leader and a Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.

Accommodations

While on trek, we will spend 8 nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 300 US. But some places in Annapurna region do not allow single accommodations.

Meals

During our Jomsom Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks. 
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.

Getting Visa for Nepal

You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months. 
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.

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