Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8 Maximum Altitude: 3,870m/12,694ft Trip Grade: Easy
Total duration: 12 days Start from: Kathmandu End at: Kathmandu
Jomsom Muktinath and Natural Hot Water Spring Trek is a rewarding trek that starts along Kaligandaki River and offers beautiful mountain views along with the culture, lifestyle of Thakalis, one of the indigenous group. From Kathmandu we drive to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and start trekking from Nayapul. We walk to Poonhill View Point and further to Tatopani where you relax in Natural Hot Water Springs. Trekking for four days from here, you reach Muktinath which is famous for its Muktinath Temple, the God of Salvation, located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,802 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass. Muktinath is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists and amazing mountain views. From Muktinath you trek to Jomsom and take a flight to Pokhara where you check into your hotel, freshen up and relax or walk around and explore
- Picturesque drive Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- 8 days Annapurna trek in a dramatic landscape of lower Mustang to Jomsom
- One of the most beautiful lake cities in the world, Pokhara
- Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Enjoy bath in natural hotwater springs at Tatopani
Trip Cost Includes:
- Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (2 Nights)
- Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara (1 Night)
- Lodges and guesthouses during trekking (8 Nights)
- Airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport departure tax at Jomsom airport.
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek
- An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for staff.
- All paper work and permits for trekking
- Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant with cultural program
- Land transportation in tourist buses and private tourist vehicles
Trip Cost Does Not Include:
- Monument entry fee in Kathmandu
- Tips and personal expenses(shower,excess baggage,bottle water,etc)
- Any cost not mentioned in inclusion
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1577m) 8hours
After having breakfast in the morning today, we drive to Pokhara. It takes around 7 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. We further drive to Nayapul from Pokhara which takes about an hour. From Nayapul, we take a short walk along the banks of Modi Khola, which brings us to Birethanti (1015m). From there, our trail continues through the village and climbs continuously up the side to the Hille (1495m). We eventually reach Tikhedhunga (1577m)
Overnight: Lodge in Tikhedhunga
Day 03: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2840m) – 5 Hours
From Tikhedhunga, we move on towards the steep climb to Ulleri (2070m). Ulleri is a large Magar village. Our trail ascends more gently from this point through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti (2250m). After walking for a couple of hours, we arrive at Ghorepani (2840m)
Overnight: Lodge in Ghorepani
Day 04: Hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tatopani (1190m) – 6 Hours
After about an hours climb in the morning we reach Poon Hill which is a viewpoint for the spectacular Himalayan panorama extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre; that stretches from Dhaulagiri I ( 8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m).Poon Hill is regarded as the Photographer’s paradise.After spending about an hour at Poon Hill, we return back to Ghorepani.After having breakfast at Ghorepani, we continue our journey to Tatopani. We have to pass through Chitre (2390m)and then to Sikha. Sikha is a large village with some shops and hotels. After Sikha, we take further steep descent of 500m to reach Ghar Khola. We eventually trek towards north to reach Tatopani where you can enjoy bathing in the natural hot springs.
Overnight: Lodge in Tatopani
Day 05: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2010m) – 5 Hours
Our trail climbs up to Kali Gandaki Gorge today. Kali Gandaki gorge is known as the deepest gorge in the world which is located between two giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, both of these mountains are higher than 8000m. Our trail then rises gently up to Dana and onwards to Rupse Chhahara. Rupse Chhahara is the beautiful waterfall. From Kopchepani, there’s just a short climb to Ghasa
Overnight: Lodge in Ghasa
Day 06: Trek from Ghasa to Tukuche (2586m) – 6 Hours
Today we start the trek crossing the eastern side of the river. And we cross it back again before entering the Larjung. Our trail continues to a short distance to the village of Khobang. Finally we reach the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche
Overnight: Lodge in Tukuche
Day 07: Trek from Tukuche to Kagbeni (2810m) – 5 Hours
We climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom today. Jomsom is a large settlement and is also the administrative center to the region. We then walk towards the Ekle Bhatti and then take the direct route to Muktinath. We follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni which is located at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Kagbeni is the northernmost village that we can visit without a permit to continue to Mustang District.
Overnight: Lodge in Kagbeni
Day 08: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3802m) – 5 Hours
From Kagbeni, we make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley today. We then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar. Passing through Jharkot, we eventually reach the holy temple of Muktinath, which is considered one of the holiest pilgrimages in Nepal. Muktinath Area is home to several monasteries along with the temple of Muktinath. You can witness 108 water sprouts around it and a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Moreover the holy place offers you wonderful views of entire Annapurna Himalayan range and giant Dhaulagiri panorama.
Overnight: Lodge in Muktinath
Day 09: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m) – 5 Hours
We follow the same trail back to Kagbeni. And following the trail down to the Ekle Bhatti, we step towards Jomsom again.
Overnight: Lodge in Jomsom
Day 10: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Relax
Today we board a 30 minutes morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara, you have the day on your own to relax in one of the lakeside restaurants or walk around and explore the beautiful lakeside city.
Overnight: in Pokhara
Day 11: Drive back Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus: 6-7 hrs
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara today. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can utilize your time for the last minute shopping or you can explore around the city.
You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 12: Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for this Trekking. But this trek can be done in rainy months of June to August as well.
Maximum Altitude: 3870 meters
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Langtang, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Jomsom Muktinath and Hot Spring Trek Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost. .
Except farewell dinner in Kathmandu, meals are not included in trip cost so that you have the flexibility in food choice and the budget. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use tourist buses and private tourist vehicles for the trip. Air tansportation from Jomsom to Pokhara in domestic flights.
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.
Based on their excellent reviews inTrip Advisor, I booked Jomsom Muktinath Trek with Eve Holidays. I trekked to Muktinath from Pokhara and took a flight on the way back. The views were excellent and I was glad that I was able to visit sacred Muktinath. I am happy with the tour with Eve Holidays and I have plans for Mount Kailash Tour with them later next year.
Shailesh Bhullar, USA