Jomsom-Muktinath Trek

Trip Highlights

Beautiful panorama of Mt. Annapurna 1 (8091), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Nilgiri (7061m) and tilicho peak, Landscape looks like Tibetan plateau, Amazing Kaligandaki river and fossils are found on its bank, Muktinath temple, the pilgrimage center of Hindus as well as Buddhist and Culture, lifestyles of Thakali, Traditional agriculture system of local people.

Trip Overview

Jomsom muktinath trek, High Altitude Sherpa  invites all the trekkers to the heart of the Annapurna region. Here lies two of the most naturally blessed location in Nepal Jomsom and Muktinath. With the beautiful temples and monasteries together with the absolute beauty of mountains, forests, and waterfalls, the blend of nature and culture makes this trek one of the most popular in the mid-western Nepal.


This is a great to take a glimpse at the diverse culture of the Annapurna region while visiting the Holy Muktinath- famous pilgrimage site of Hindu and Buddhist alike. We also trek to the outskirt of the uncharted Mustang region. Trekking alongside the Kali Gandaki valley, we get to witness some of the greatest blessings of nature the earth can provide. From the thick forests to the tree-less landscape, from plain land to the rocky terrain, this is one of the most diverse treks you can embark upon. Annapurna range, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Lamjung Himal (6,893m) shines the brightest at the distance and provides a backdrop to the beautiful adventure.


The major highlight of this trek is Jomsom and Muktinath (3,800m). The duration of is around jomsom muktinath Trek 10 days and is rated as a moderately easy trek and start from nayapul and end in jomsom. Jomsom acts as the entrance to the Mustang region and the dry wind and landscape with the beautiful mountains in the backdrop makes it a beautiful sight. Muktinath is regarded holy temple for Hindu and Buddhist with around 108 waterfalls in the vicinity.

High Altitude Sherpa can organize your all-inclusive 1o/12 days Lower and upper mustang trek with  Ghorepani poon hill trek. You will be required to get a Annapurna conservation Area  Project entrance fpermit, Trekking Management System Card before departing on trek. permits need to be arranged through a travel or trekking agency. it is not allowed to apply individually for Mustang trek. in addition you need to have a special Restricted Area Permit which costs Restricted Permit Cost: $500 per person for 10 days. If longer is required, an additional $50 per day is charged. trekkers must travel in a group of two with a licensed guide requires special permit for trekking.



Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December – February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June – August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas. Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.

Team Composition in Trek

There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be one assistant guide if required. Guide have inclusive knowledge of wilderness medical training. this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. Porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. It is depend number of porter where and how long you doing trek and Depending on the nature of the travel.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light bag. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength and stability. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. You are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude. Self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive) 840 m Lodge
Day 2 Pokhara drive to naya pul trek to tikhedhunga 1490 m Lodge
Day 3 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani 2855 m Lodge
Day 4 Ghorepani to tato pani 1190 m Lodge
Day 5 Tato pani to Ghasa 2100 m Lodge
Day 6 Ghasa to Marpha 2665 m Lodge
Day 7 Marpha to kagbeni 2890 m Lodge
Day 8 kabeni to muktinath 3738 m Lodge
Day 9 Muktinath to jomsom 2665 m Lodge
Day 10 jomsom to pokhara (flight) to kathmandu 840 m Lodge

Detail Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,337 meters).

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the Jomsom Muktinath  trek each day program. O/n at night.


Day 02: Drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu (800): 6-7 hours.

Pokhara is located about 200 km west from Kathmandu and the tourist coach takes about 7 hours to get there. Tourist bus leaves at 7:00 am from Kantipath (Kathmanu) to Pokhara. The drive mostly fallows along Trishuli River side.At the Evening you may take short sightseeing around Pokhara city. O/n at hotel.


Day 03: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1491m.): 1:30 drive and 4-5 hours.

After breakfast in Pokhara at 7:30 drive to Nayapul. this is starting point of Ghore pani jomsom muktinath trek. The drive takes 1:5 hours to Nayapul(42km) by car.Then trails leads up through the beautiful rice, maze and millet farms of locals.  Fallowing the main trail of Birethanti passed small waterfall. The trail reaches Sudami where you have Lunch. After lunch climb steadily side of valley you reach at Hile and after half an hour you reach at Tikhedhunga. O/n at hotel.


Day 04: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2855m.): 6-7 hours.

In the morning breakfast will be served at hotel at 7:00 am to be prepared for Ulleri (2070m) climb. The trail goes steep up for 1.5 hours through stone steps where the trail leads through cultivated fields Rest of trails goes through inside blooming rhododendron and Oak forest.  Final climb to Nangethanti which will be your lunch spot in Nangethanti.After luch trek rests for about an hour. Then climb to Ghorepani at 2850m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there. O/n at hotel.


Day 05: Ghorepani to Tatopani (1,190m): 5-6 hours.

We enjoy views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains in the morning before starting our trek to Tatopani. We begin with a descent to Sikha Village and continue descending to Ghar Khola Village. After crossing a suspension bridge, our trail climbs up to Tatopani. While here we can enjoy hot spring water and relax. O/n at hotel.


Day 06: Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2100m): 6-7 hours.

From Tatopani, you can follow the road (or even take a jeep) all the way up to Ghasa. A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. We spend our night here in Ghasa. O/n at hotel.


Day 07: Ghasa Trekking to Marpha (2665m): 7-8 hours.

The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages and red-roofed Taglung Gompa, on a hillside beside a huge sacred tree. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis. O/n at hotel.


Day 08:  Marpha to Kagbeni (2810m): 7-8 hours.

An easy and lovely day walking alongside the river to Jomsom, the districts headquarter of Mustang district. The foot trail continues the interesting and picturesque old town and large Dechenling and Tashi Lhankhang Monasteries. From Jomsom, you can have some spectacular snaps of Nigiri, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peaks. O/n at hotel.


Day 09:  Kagbeni trekking to Muktinath (3800m): 6-7 hours.

Get an early start from Kagbeni to avoid the winds that amazingly whistle up the valley after midday. Gradually ascends to Muktinath, most important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by and admire. From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape untill Jarkot Village. A further climb reaches us to Muktinath. O/n at hotel.


Day 10:  Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2713m): 6-7 hours.

From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among them, merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow-capped mountains. We transit at the significant town Kagbeni. Enjoying the plateau few more hours walking takes us to Jomsom. O/n at hotel.


Day 11: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.

We fly back to Pokhara, early in the morning, enjoying an aerial view of the mountains. Later in the afternoon, we explore the beautiful Pokhara city boating in the Phewa Lake and visiting the famous places of Pokhara. Overnight hotel in Pokhara. O/n hotel.


Day 12: Fly /drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We catch tourist bus or flight early morning back to the capital. After landing, we transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. O/n at hotel.


Day 13: sightseeing  full day.

We tour Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupa in the world. O/ n at hotel.


Day 14: Final departure:

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.


Equipment List

The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Below are just lists for your information and ideas of clothing’s.

(A) Head:

1. Sun hat or scarf.

2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.

3. Sunglasses with UV protection.


(B) Upper Body:-

4. T-shirts. ( According to length of your trip, normally 2 and above)

5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

6. Fleece jacket or pullover.

7Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket. (optional)

8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacke.t

9. Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]- must necessary.

10Gor-tax jacket.


(C) Hands:

11Lightweight gloves

12. Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

13Fleece liner gloves.


(D) Lower Body:

14. Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

15. Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

16. Lightweight cotton long pants

17. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

18. Fleece or wool pants

19. Gor-tax pant


(E) Feet:

20. Thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

21. Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

22. Hiking boots with spare laces

23. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

(F) Accessories:

24. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees Fc. [Can rent in Kathmandu]

25. Headlamp and batteries.

26. Basic First Aid Kit.

27. Day pack.

28. Water bottles (2)oiletries.

29Small wash towel.

30. Swise nkife.

31. Leap gurd 30spf.

32. Sun cream 50spf.


What is the best season for this trekking ?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.


How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.


How long do we walk each day ?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length


Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups ?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.


Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport ?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.


What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours ?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.


Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival ?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to receive you at the airport. high altitude sherpa will be showing high altitude sherpa sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.


What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking ?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.


Are the food and water safe to eat and drink ? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.


How much additional money do I need per day ?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.


What mode of transportation do you use ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.


Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal ?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.


Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee.


Can I use credit cards in the places I visit ?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.


Can I add extra days to my trip ?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  •  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of Annapurna Base camp trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permits
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.


First Aid Kit:

1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze –5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage –2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid –10.

6. Dressing tape –1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin-1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.

Finger Pulse Oximeter:

1. Normal arterial oxygen is approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

2. Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4. Values under 90 percent are considered low.





8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant –10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Jomsom-Muktinath
  •  Activities: Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu
  •  Best Seasons: Spring - Autumn
  •   Accomodation: B/B plan in Kathmandu
  •   Transportation: Flight-Tourist Bus

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