Fixed Departure Trek!
Itinerary in detail:
Day 1; Arrival in Kathmandu
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; Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m by AC tourist bus (7/8 hours), drive from Ktm to Pok at 7 o’clock in the morning by AC tourist bus. Passing the Riverside of Trisuli and takes about 7 hours to reach the Pokhara valley. Our guide leads you to the Barahi temple on Phewa lake with a boat.
Day 3; Pokhara to Jomsom 2710m by flight (35min) and trek to Kagbeni 2800mvia Lupra 2790m (4/5 hours).
Early in the morning, you go to airport by taxi and you fly to Jomsom and have breakfast. Then you continue your trail passing the River bank of Kaligandaki to reach Lupra, where you can visit the interesting Bon-Po monastery. It takes about 3 hours. Bon-Po is a sect which mixes pre-buddhist beliefs with religious practices close to Buddhism. You keep walking to Eklabatti. You have lunch here. After lunch, you continue until reaching Kagbeni which takes about 1 hour. You can visit the red-painted Gompa about 1000 years old. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4; Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath 3800m (5/6 hours).
The trail steeply ascent brings you to Kinghar village about 2 hours. Then you continue until reaching Jharkot which takes about 1 hour and visit the old Sakya Monastery and Traditional Medical centre. You have lunch here.After lunch, you ascend a little more to reach Muktinath about 1 hour. You hike to a secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist in about 30 minutes in its compound. You can see the 108 water spouts. The Muktinath temple stands enshrining Vishnu, a Hindu god. For Hindus, it’s the next most holy place in Nepal after Pashupatinath. The believe says; when you visit the Muktinath temple, you are free/salvation, you'll escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Below the temple there is another ancient Buddhist monastery, where the combination of earth-water-fire gives Muktinath’s great religious significance. And you also see the magnificent view of Nilgiri Himal and Daulagiri I. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5; Exploration and Culture experience with Yartung Mela: On this day you'll enjoy the festival. In the early morning, they first visit the Goddess of Flame called Jwala Mai and make offerings to her, then Muktinath to offer prayers to Lord Muktinath, and then to the monastery called Nursing monastery, to offer butter lamps to Lord Buddha. Thus, they spend the morning of Yartung Mela performing religious offerings to their deities. As Yartung Mela usually coincides with the Hindu festival called Janai Purnima,Hindus from far away visit Muktinath to change their sacred thread on this day. First, they wash their bodies in the water coming out of 108-water spouts surrounding the Muktinath temple starting at the first spout and ending at the last one. Then, they wear new sacred threads and go to make offerings to Lord Muktinath in the temple. On the festival day, the local chief called Mukhiya previously the king of Jharkot dressed up in the traditional royal attire, riding a horse, leads a royal procession from Jharkot to Muktinath. The royal group performs dances at the stadium. The head of the royal group stays at the center while other members around him rejoice and perform dances. They circle him a number of times while performing various sorts of dances. This enjoyment goes on for several hours. Then he blesses all people one by one. Again you can watch other sports activities.Finally, the main game of the show is the Horse Race by male and female.They are coming to participate from Lamjung, Manang, Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. After completion of the games, the Mukhiya distributes prizes to the winners of the various games. That's how Yartung Mela ends.You'll have a great memorable event to remember with your children.Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6; Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m (5/6 hours).
The trail is descending until reaching Eklabatti which takes about 3 hours.You will have lunch here. Then after, you keep following the level trail passing in the bank of Kali Gandaki river. Finally you arrive in Jomsom about 3 hours walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7; Jomsom to Pokhara 820m by flight (35min).
Early in the morning, you fly back to Pokhara. You have full day sightseeing in Pokhara like Devi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave and World Peace Stupa etc. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 8; Pokhara to Kathmandu by AC tourist bus (7/8 hours).
Early in the morning, drive from Pok to Ktm by AC tourist bus passing the Trisuli river. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 9; 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Important!: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.