Jomsom is a town located at an altitude of about 2700 m in Mustang District, Nepal. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki river, we can find the black rocks or stone which is called shaligram in the Hindu culture and take it as the form of God Vishnu. This type of stone is only found in this Kali Gandaki River but people are unknown about it so, it is holy to the Hindus. The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a backdrop.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas) in Mustang, Nepal.
This classic adventure to the Jomsom explores the tremendous diversity of the Annapurna region following the old trade route to Tibet along the bank of the Kali Gandaki. Our trek route takes you from Pokhara valley to the famed Poon Hill for the best sunrise view on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges through the beautiful Himalayan settlements and lust forest. Your visit to Kagbeni, the entrance gate of Mustang: the Once Forbidden Kingdom with the arid land of beauty against the backdrop of majestic mountains before ascending to the famous pilgrimage site at Muktinath adds the charm in your trip to Annapurna.
Situated North of the Annapurna Himal on the Tibetan border, Mustang is a rugged mysterious arid and haunting wilderness region set amid a lunar landscape of wind eroded hills and cliffs.
A Kingdom within a Kingdom, Mustang’s wealth was derived from its position on the Kali Gandaki / Thak Khola trade route to Tibet, the region still retains its own King.
Forbidden to foreigners until 1992 Mustang remains a controlled region which very few people visit, a deliberate policy of cultural and environmental preservation. Our destination is the exotic walled city of Lo Manthang the seat of the King. The Kings Palace is surrounded by a maize of gompas and private houses all enshrined within the city boundary walls. Unmolested Mustang is frozen in time it remains one of the ultimate journeys ever likely to be made in one lifetime. The trek allows us to visit all the major villages on route.
Day 01: Drive to Pokhara
We start our journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We can take the 30-minute long flight to Pokhara or drive for 6-7 hours.
Day 02: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and then walk to Kagbeni.
We take an early morning flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. From Jomsom, we cross the river and walk along the eastern bank till we reach Ekle Bhatti. We follow the trail along the river that goes to Kagbeni.
Day 03: Kagbeni to Muktinath temple.
From Kagbeni, we take a steep climb from Jhong Khola valley. Just below Khingar, we join the direct route to Muktinath. From here, the trail continues above the river to the village of Jharkot. From Jharkot, the trail climbs right up to Muktinath at an elevation of 3802 meters. From Ranipauwa, the site of Muktinath is a 10-minutes climb.
Day 04: Muktinath to Marpha
We follow the Kali Gandaki valley trail for 6 hrs till we reach Marpha.
Day 05: Marpha to Ghasa
There is a trail from Marpha that passes through the village of Chokhopani. As we enjoy the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Annapurna, we cross a river to finally reach Kalopani. We descend again and cross another bridge to reach our destination, Ghasa.
Day 06: Ghasa to Tatopani
As we leave Ghasa, we start seeing sub-tropical vegetations like banyan trees and poinsettias. We follow the river along a narrow ridge till we reach a bridge that leads us to Ruptse Chhahara. As we cross several villages, we reach Tatopani at an elevation of 1190 meters. The main attraction of Tatopani is the natural hot spring.
Day 07: Tatopani to Ghorepani
We make our way to Ghorepani. The trail is beautiful with traditional villages, terraced fields, and lush farmlands along the way. After ascending through trails filled with bloomers like rhododendrons and magnolia, we reach Ghorepani at an elevation of 2850 meters.
Day 08: Climb up to Poon Hill
We make a detour to Poon hill on this day. It takes around 45 minutes but we will be rewarded with beautiful Himalayan vistas. It is special for its sunrise views of the snow-capped mountains gleaming in the golden rays of the sun. The view includes peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and others. We trek back to Ghorepani .
Day 09: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
From Ghorepani, we descend down to Tadapani and then to Ghandruk. It takes about 4 hours and then few hours to walk past the terraced fields to reach Nayapul. From here, we take a ride to Pokhara.
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