Jomsom and Muktinath Trek - 14 Days

Trip Introduction
Jomsom and Muktinath TrekThis classic lodge trek starts with a long climb to and then descends to the world's deepest gorge, on the Kali  Gandeki River, going all the way from rhododendron forests to the beginning of the Tibetan plateau. This trek also offers you a chance to encounter unique cultural people who practice their ancient traditions even today. The maximum altitude reached on this trek is 3800m and can be completed by anybody with a moderate level of fitness.

The first part of this trek ascends through rice terraces and villages inhabited by the fearless Gorkha people, renowned for their strength and as pillars of both the Indian and British armies. A fascinating museum of Traditional Nepalese Life awaits you in Ghandruk. Walking up slowly through rhododendron forests, the majestic Annapurna range reveals itself as you emerge from the forest into Ghorepani. A short hike from Ghorepani will bring you to Poon Hill (3210m), a place of timeless beauty presenting magnificent views of the Himalayan Mountains. The trek gets interesting in Tatopani where you will have the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs! Continuing along the Kali Gandeki River Gorge, marvel at the splendid peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri both of which reach heights in excess of 8000m. The grandeur of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on show a little further up along with the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3800m). The sacred temple has 108 waterfalls that resemble water flowing from taps and mysterious natural gas fires that boggle the mind. From here it is downhill to Jomsom village, on the Tibetan Plateau where you can look around at the gateway to the "Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang", and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice. A flight the following day will bring you back to Pokhara while you enjoy a last look at the beautiful Himalayan Mountains.

Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
Day 02: At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 
Day 04: Drive to Naya Pul, and trek to Tikedhunga 1525m
Day 05: Tikhedhunga to Ghorapani 2775m
Day 06: Ghorapani to Tatopani 1180m
Day 07: Tatopani to Kalopani 2560m
Day 08: Kalopani to Marpha 2665m
Day 09: Marpha to Kagbeni 2810m
Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath 3800m
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom 2713m
Day 12: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom, and onto Kathmandu 
Day 13: At leisure in Kathmandu 
Day 14: Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home

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