Days: 14 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Muktinath trek follows classic trade-route into the Kaligandaki valley. Once a transit point of trade between Tibet and Nepal, Jomsom, presiding just by Kali Gandaki River and under the roof of Nilgiri Himal, is a valley of unforgettable beauty set against the backdrop of mighty Himalayas. The scenic beauty around Jomsom’s landscape is unsurpassable though barren and windy. The Bon Po Gompas are interesting and you may visit one of them at Lupra. Advocating north across fossils (Saligrams) paved Kali Gandaki you reach ancient village a Kagbeni via Eklebhatti, where Thupten Samphel Ling (Gompa) still resides dominating a fascinating mediaeval rabbit —warren of crumbling mud-brick houses leaving this village which comes into existence before the arrival of Buddhism, you will head upward along the flat trail until to stop at Jharkot to wonder around ruins of the old fort and visit Sakya Gompa as well as the medical center. Your every step on the way is full of wonder and awe as you turn around to notice the perpetual gaze to Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. Muktinath is a combination of Buddhism and Hinduism where you will visit both the temples of lord Vishnu and Buddha. On backing you will follow the same trail to Jomsom and you will follow Kaligandaki valley, the deepest gorge on earth carved between the massif of Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna I. Gradually you will enter greener part of the valley. Now into wish green valley, traditional villages and through mountain ridges you will stop at Ghorepani for the net morning to view an unforgettable view of sunrise over the Machhapuchhre (Fistail).
This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. It is still a beautiful trek, especially if you go with children and want to enjoy some horse riding.
Itinerary in detail
Day 1; Arrival in Kathmandu (1310m)
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2; Drive to Pokhara (910m) by tourist bus
The nicest way to see the outside of the valley, is a comfortable busdrive, with Greenline. Transfer to Hotel. Exploring the lakeside.
Day 3; Flight to Jomsom (2665m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
We will take an early morning flight (25 to 30min) to Jomsom. Have breakfast (while the horses get packed, if any) and start trek to Kagbeni (2750m). It leads you through a large riverbed, where you’ll find nice stones for the collection and sometimes even real fossils. Children have especially "good" eyes to discover all these varieties of treasures given by nature. We will walk for about 3-4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 4; Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3802m)
We are walking between mountains and enjoy the different fauna and flora, sandy ways and huge rockwalls. Muktinath will be the highest point on this trek, so today it is the hardest day, but totally worth it. We trek for ca. 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a very cozy Guesthouse.
Day 5; Muktinath to Marpha (2750m) via Jomson
It’s all down, down, down….About 6 to 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 6; Marpha 2600m to Kalopani
Walking about 5-6 hours along the Kaligandaki River passing beautiful village like as Tibetan settlement. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 7; Kalopani to Tatopani (1100m)
We will be treated with a nice hot bath in the natural hot spring. Tatopani means literally ‘hot water’. It takes about 5-6 hours. Over night in Guesthouse.
Day 8; Tatopani to Sikha 1935m
It takes 4 to 5 hours to Sikha with a 380m long ascent. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Day 9; Sikha to Ghorepani (2834m)
It’s going up again, but only for about 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Day 10; Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210m) and down to Tadapani (2520m)
We climb the last hill today and go down to Tadapani. Time 6 to 7 hours. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Day 11; Tadapani to Ghaundrung (1950m)
Down walking for 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in Guesthouse.
Day 12; Ghaundrung to Nayapul (1070m) and drive to Pokhara
We walk to Nayapul for 5-6 hours where our car is waiting for us and drive back to Pokhara.
relax, relax, relax….. you have earned it!
Day 13; Back to Kathmandu by tourist bus
Drive back to Kathmandu by Greenline Bus and transfer to Hotel.
Day 14;Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Accommodation with breakfast 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters(1 porter for 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
* Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.
* Flight ticket from Pokhara to Jomsom and airport tax.
* Annapurna Conservation Permit, and all necessary permits.
* Medical First Aid kit box.
* Office Service charge and government taxes.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges though must be paid by the clients themselves.