The Jomsom Muktinath trek is a short 10 days trek that takes you through the rough beaten path with 5-6 hours of walk every day. The trek is not a difficult one as the highest altitude you will be reaching is 3710 meters. With proper rest and acclimatization, you can reach the Muktinath Temple with no complications or issues.
With beautiful views of the rivers along the way and the indigenous people with their innate hospitality will make your trek much more memorable. The climb to the temple of Muktinath as you enter the religious pilgrimage site is a different kind of feeling.
With the locals along with tourists from around the world coming together for the blessings of the temple, you will see the traditions of the country and its people here. With people coming to bathe in the freezing cold from the 108 sprouts of Muktinath, you will learn the cultural and historical background of the place.
Highlights of Jomsom Muktinath Trek
One of the major highlights of the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is the Muktinath Temple which has become a major pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. With pilgrims coming from around the world to bathe in the 108 holy sprouts of the temple, the temple is almost always swarmed with devotees.
The village of Kagbeni is very popular among tourists as it displays the Tibetan lifestyle. It’s a win-win situation as you get to visit the temple and get to see the Tibetan lifestyle. The village has many attractions besides the lifestyle. The Red Monastery along with the holy cave known as Lhungfu Cave also attracts many tourists here.
Jomsom Marpha Village
You haven’t visited Jomsom if you haven’t gone to the Jomsom Marpha village. Jomsom is most popular for its aesthetic views of the mountains. The apple orchards and the products made from this sweet apple is pretty famous among internal and external tourists. Marpha, a wine produced with these apples named after the place itself is one of the most popular products of the village along with dried apple snacks. So grab yourself a bottle for later.
The view from the Jomsom region is awestruck. Jomsom region provides the best views of the Annapurna massifs along with the Dhaulagiri peak. You can see the magnificent views of the Kali Gandaki river and the Annapurna mountains from this area.
The road to get to Muktinath and Jomsom is different from other treks. The road is mostly dusty and gives off a desert vibe. It is also known as the desert road. With high winds, you can sometimes barely see the road ahead from the dust flying. This road is mostly used for cycling and mountain biking.
The trek starts as you get on the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The scenic 30 minutes flight to Pokhara will show you great views of the Valley and the landscapes. After reaching Pokhara, you will get on a private vehicle and be transferred to Nayapul where the actual trek begins. After an hour’s drive, you will walk through the valley of Hille and a steep staircase of stones will lead you to the village of Ulleri. This is a small Magar village where you will stay overnight.
The very next day after some breakfast, you will leave the beautiful Magar village. This marks the beginning of the ascend. The ascend ends in Ghorepani after a trek of around 5-6 hours. Ghorepani means horse water in Nepali. The village of Ghorepani used to be a horse traders campsite before it became a campsite for trekkers.
Ghorepani to Tatopani requires a walk of 5-6 hours. The walk is a descent till we reach the Sikha Village to Ghar Khola Village. We shall reach Tatopani after crossing a suspension bridge. The natural hot springs of Tatopani are popular for having healing properties. It is said to heal anybody aches you have. So enjoy your hot medical bath as we stay overnight in Tatopani.
After a warm breakfast, we will start our trek to Ghasa today. Walking the roads surrounded by the beautiful scenic views of the peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Tukuche, you will head towards the Narchyang Village. Crossing the Kali Gandaki river, you will head to Ghasa. After walking around 4-5 hours, you will reach Ghasa and stay the night there at a lodge.
Ghasa to Marpha is a beautiful road filled with great scenery. After around 4-5 hours of walking, you will reach Marpha. Marpha is popular for its apple orchards. After about halfway, you will start seeing the apple orchard on the way along with beautiful views of the mountains.
With a stomach full of tasty breakfast, we will now set to Kagbeni Village. After a small ascend, we will reach Jomsom Village. To the north is Kagbeni. Walking up the Kaligandaki River, you will reach Kagbeni with a windy atmosphere, you will get to see the beautiful views of the Annapurna peaks along with Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. This trek will take you around 4-5 hours of walking.
Today, we will reach the most famous destination on our trek. The famous pilgrimage site, Muktinath temple is 5-6 hours trek away from Kagbeni. Walking up the riverbank of Kaligandaki stream, you will enjoy the picturesque views of the mountains alongside the river. The trail provides a desert landscape and a climb through this desert trail takes you to Muktinath. Crowded with pilgrims from around the world, you will see the holy temple today.
Early morning visit to the Muktinath temple will allow you to see people performing holy rituals. The 108 holy sprouts is another highlight of this place. People from different parts of the country come to take a quick trip[ under these sprouts saying these are holy sprouts that will purify you. You will see the lifestyle and the culture of the Nepalese people here. After the morning visit to the temple, you will now return back to the beautiful village of Jomsom.
After the religious visit to the Muktinath Temple, today we will fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. The scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara is a lifetime experience, you get to see the beautiful landscapes of Jomsom along with the beautiful lakes of Pokhara. Catching an early flight to Pokhara means you get to visit the major attractions in Pokhara and maybe even try some boating.
This is the last day of your memorable Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Today you will fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara after an adventurous journey to one of the most popular attractions of Nepal. The flight will take around 45 minutes. You can enjoy the scenic view from the flight and enjoy the view of the valley as well.