Jomsom Trek

Jomsom Trek is an exceptional trek in Nepal that takes you to explore the culturally, religiously and naturally significant place of Annapurna region at one go. Jomsom is the small town located in the Upper Kali Gandaki Valley at an elevation of 2,715m. Jomsom Trekking trail is dominated by the constant view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Nilgiri range.

The trail to Jomsom goes along the Kali Gandaki to Muktinath on the edge of Mustang, which is renowned as the Himalayan Shangri-la. As you trek through the Kali Gandaki Valley crossing the deepest gorge in the world, you will finally emerge into the wide valley of Jomsom. Initiating the trek from Nayapul, after 45 minute drive from Pokhara, the trail covers the area of Ghorepani and winds to Muktinath via the route of Tatopani, Ghasa and Muktinath. Dipping the body at natural hot spring of Tatopani is always the pleasant experience.

Jomsom Trek offers some enchanting views of milky peaks, temples and monasteries along the windy valleys. The temple and religious assets of Jomsom and Muktinath are most important pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhist in the region.

Jomsom Trek is an easy trek that can be conducted any time of the year except during the monsoon, July and August. If you have relatively short time in Nepal and still want to savor its natural and religious heritage then Jomsom Trek is the suitable option.

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by one of our representative. You will be then transferred to your hotel.In the evening, we will meet you at the hotel to inform you the details of the trek that starts the next morning. Overnight.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

We start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.  Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous cremation site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu.  The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft] and Trek to Tikhendhunga [1,552m/5,090ft]: 4-5 hrs

Early morning flight to Pokhara. Be sure to catch right side of the airplane for the best views of Himalayas.  Pokhara offers magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna range and others. Numerous lakes of Pokhara offer fishing, boating and swimming, the city itself is popular as city of lakes. After taking rest for some time, drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk to the northern side of Bhurungdi Khola, the trail climbs through the sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhendhunga.

Day 04: Tikhedhunda to Ghorepani [2,750m/9,020ft]: 6-7 hrs

From Tikhendhunga the trail drops down and crosses the Burungdi Khola, then climbs all the way up to Ghorepani via very steeply up to village Ulleri. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward would really prove a test of your stamina. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means "horse-water" owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings.

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani [1,190m/3,904ft]: 5-6 hrs

Ghorepani town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani town that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village & further descend to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing suspension bridge it climbs up at Tatopani. Tatopani, meaning Hot Water in Nepali derives its name from the hot springs there. The hot springs are popular among the trekker to sooth their tired leg muscles.

Day 06: Tatopani to Ghasa [2,110m/6,922ft]: 5-6 hrs

The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river flows under the deep gorge by 2200m in between two 8000m mountaintops are only 38km apart. Continuing along to Dana, Rupse Chahara meaning beautiful waterfall and Kopchepani, the trail further ascends to the Thakali village Ghasa. Ghasa is a paradise for the bird watchers.

Day 07: Ghasa to Marpha [2,680m/8,792ft]: 4-5hrs

A steep climb through forest takes you to Lete Khola then reach to Lete. It further continues to the east side of the Kaligandaki reach you Larjung Village. From Larjung, we cross trail via Tukche at 2590m and apple farm projects which produces apple and vegetable for the whole region until you get to Marpha Village.

Day 08: Marpha to Kagbeni [2,810/9,218ft]: 4-5 hrs

The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti meaning lonely pub. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon and the trek continues on the gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs and finally reaching at Ekley-bhatti village. After a good stop here an hour of easy walk takes us to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.

Day 09: Kagbeni to Muktinath [3,710m/12,170ft]: 5-6 hrs

Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910ft]: 5-6 hrs

Muktinath is one of most important destination for Hindus pilgrimage. It also hold an important place for the Buddhists. In the morning, we visit the Muktinath Temple of the Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a "Muktikhsetra"or the region of liberation or salvation. There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby. Also enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom.

Day 11: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight

After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara, a 30-min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport, guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. We make use of the rest afternoon for discovering the beautiful Pokhara valley leisurely. While we walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, a second biggest lake of Nepal, we cannot stop admiring the state of Fish Tail Mountain reflecting in the lake. We can also take a boat around the Fewa Lake or just can take an hour's walk to the World Peace Pagoda. Evening time, we spend exploring around the lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu

Today, after breakfast, we make a 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the scenery through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 13: Final Departure

You’ll be transferred to the airport for your departure. Have a safe journey. Farewell End of Service.

Cost Includes:

    • Airport Pickup and drop in a private vehicle.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Breakfast.
    • All accommodation in Trekking area In a local teahouse. ( Comfortable bed with shared bathroom)
    • Cultural farewell dinner before the night of departure.
    • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments.
    • Kathmandu to Pokhara flight ; Jomsom to Pokhara flight
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation in tourist bus.
    • Experienced English Speaking trek guide and porter.
    • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
    • A comprehensive medical kit
    • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

    • Nepal Visa fee.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Launch, dinner.
    • Meals in trekking region.
    • International flight fare and Pokhara- Kathmandu flight fare.
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
    • Tips for guides and porters ( Not mandatory )
    • Trekking Equipments.
    • Items not included in cost inclusions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Do I need previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
If you are physically fit and have extra Exercise enough enthusiasm for the trip previous experience is not required.

Could I trek without a guide?
You could, the area is very safe and in most cases navigation is relatively easy-however with a guide you will get more out of the experience. Having someone with you that knows the local customs and language helps you interact with people you meet in remote villages, and shows that you respect their culture.

What will happen if I get sick on the trek?
Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you’ll get excellent attention. Our crew is well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

What will happen if I get injured?
If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required, this will be arranged by Visit Nepal tour. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal Tour Guide Team can advise you on this.

Will I get sick?
Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details. Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you’ll be fine.

What is the food like on the trek?
Fantastic! If you haven't already tried Dal Bhat you are in for a treat - there is nothing better to fill that trekking appetite. Dal Bhat is the signature Nepali dish - rice and lentil soup served with two types of curried vegetables and pickles. It is on the menu in every tea-house on the trek. A nice breakfast specialty you might also want to try is Tibetan Gurung bread with honey. The mountain tea houses will also serve up more familiar western dishes like pizza, or muesli for the morning

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?
For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and that comes from 13 years of experience and the best medical advice... So don’t worry. If you want to know more about altitude sickness, please look the topic staying healthy.

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