In this trek, you will be following Kali Gandaki river to reach Muktinath that lies on the Mustang border. Mustang is also known as Himalayan Shangrila. You will hike through the Kali Gandaki Valley, passing through the deepest gorge in the world. The trek finally emerges into the broad valley of Jomsom, a Himalayan Shangri-la. Beginning the trek from Nayapul after a short drive of about 45 minutes from Pokhara, the trail passes over the Ghorepani pass and descends to Kali Gandaki valley. The sceneries from the first beams of the sun at the break of dawn grace the pinnacles of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Ghorepani, creating a landscape that is magnificent to behold. Along the route, fascinating traditional villages of Gurung, Magar & Thakali will keep you enthralled day after day as you hike along the way. Once you reach Jomsom, you can either trek to the famous Muktinath temple [Temple of Lord Vishnu] at 3710 meters or explore the fascinating villages around Jomsom. The trek is easy to trek that we can do it throughout the year except during the monsoon [July & August].
|TRIP STARTS: Kathmandu||TRIP Ends: Kathmandu|
|duration:12 Days||grade:Soft Adventure trek||max. altitude:3710m|
|ACCOMODATION:Hotel and Lodge (tea house)||transportation:Flights & private car||trip type:FOT/TH/GAP|
Note: FOT : Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek TH: Tea House (Lodge) GAP: Guide, Accommodation & Porter)
- Day 1:
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
- Day 2:
Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath &Patan
- Day 3:
Fly Pokhara and drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri [2000m]
- Day 4:
Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
- Day 5:
Trek to Tatopani [1190m]
- Day 6:
Trek to Ghasa [2000m]
- Day 7:
Trek to Larjung [2560m]
- Day 8:
Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
- Day 9:
Trek to Muktinath [3710m]
- Day 10:
Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
- Day 11:
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Fly/Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Day 12:
Day 1:Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Kathmandu lies near the Himalayan range, so as you arrive Kathmandu by air, you will get to see spectacular views of snow-capped mountains, along with other exciting terrains that are unique to Nepal.
As you land at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, you will find one of our office representatives, holding a signboard with Altimate Himalaya, ready to receive you. After an introduction, our representative will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. If you have plenty of time, you may ask our representative to suggest what you can do for the remaining part of the day. They will be happy to advise you. At the hotel, the guide will brief you about your daily activities.
Day 2:Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, Pashupatinath &Patan
Kathmandu is the centre of Nepal’s history, culture, art and has been the most popular destination for tourist. The majority of the population in the city is a mix of Hinduism and Buddhism along with some western culture.
We will visit Boudhanath which is the main Buddhist site in Kathmandu, listed as world heritage site by UNESCO. Pashupatinath template is our second destination, which is remarkable Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva in the world. Patan Durbar square renowned as the city of art, also listed in world heritage site is our next station which is around 5km far from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square and enjoy with the architectural wonders of Malla era. Krishna Mandir, Kumbheshwor, Mahaboudha, Ashokan Stupas, and the temple of Machhendranath and Minnath are the main attractions at the durbar square.
Day 3:Fly Pokhara and drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri [2000m]
It’s just 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. At the time of flight, you can enjoy the views of different mountain range and landscape.
Our trekking crew will be there at Pokhara airport for the greetings. We will drive around 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Birethanti which is our trailhead. From here we begin our trek with a gradual ascent along the left bank of Bhurungdi river. After a short walk, we follow a trail along the upper edge of terraced fields through Hille to Tikedungha just leaving the river behind. After that, you walk through the suspension bridge above the Bhurungdi Khola leaving the village. You can see steep and endless staircase after crossing the bridge which leads you to the Ulleri village, where we stay. We can observe the excellent scenes of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli from here.
Day 4:Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
After the morning breakfast at Ulleri, we start our trek to Ghorepani. Annapurna South seems to be following us as we ascend the trail. We pass through the forest of oak and rhododendron for around two hours to reach Banthanti, where you can see some tea houses. After few hours of a walk in the jungle, you reach Ghorepani which is our next stop. Ghorepani lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area, containing many hotels and lodges.
Day 5:Trek to Tatopani [1190m]
You can reach a fantastic view of the sunrise from a typical vantage point of Poon Hill. After breakfast in the morning, you will descend to Tatopani passing the rhododendron forest amidst the brilliant natural vistas. As you reach near Chitre, you’ll get to see the awe-inspiring panorama of Dhaulagiri range. The track then heads through terraced plots to Sikha, a Magar village centred on a hill. You continue dropping, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a little climb, you span the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from there on, it is only a slight distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name from the hot springs near the stream beneath the village.
Day 6:Trek to Ghasa [2000m]
You have to catch the way that climbs gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the bottomless gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. En route, you come across local people selling baskets of oranges.
Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. After that, the track enters the sheerest and most minor section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and extensive. As the rock cliff ends, you direct towards Ghasa, a strange Thakali village. You can see several flat-roofed Tibetan habit homes in Ghasa. [Walk about 5-6 hours]
Day 7:Trek to Larjung [2560m]
After breakfast, you trek from Ghasa to Larjung. Few hours of declines soon follow other rock-strewn grades through forests of fir, cypress and juniper along the riverbank of Kali Gandaki. As soon as you arrive Larjung, you cannot support but marvel at the architectural grandeur of this tiny town; tunnels, cramped alleyways and houses built in traditional style presents an exciting sight.
Day 8:Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
You begin to trek along the trail that follows the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Again, you get to see tight alleyways and residences built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the random wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail moreover meanders through stonewalled orchards. Shortly you will come over a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has a well-maintained drainage system and is most famous for its local apple brandy. After the meal in Marpha, you proceed trekking to Jomsom. As you approach your destination Jomsom, the panorama frequently becomes arid and impressive with its blend of browns, yellows and greys distinguishing with the white snowcapped summits of Tilicho and Nilgiri.
Day 9:Trek to Muktinath [3710m]
After breakfast, you continue your trekking along the way up to the broad gravel riverbed of the Kali Gandaki. You come across a stream and grassy vegetation. On spanning a small ridge to Chincha Lhumba at 2730 meters, you resume heading towards Muktinath. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri command the view as you mount to Khingar (3200 meters). More grasslands, streams and lush vegetation can be seen along the trail as it paves to Jharkot (3500 meters). You confront the ruins of the Dzong and pristine villages of Purang and Change. As you trek past mule stables and steep barren hillside, you enter Ranipauwa. Ranipauwa for years has remained an ideal resting point for pilgrims and travellers. On trekking further, you join Muktinath. Temples and religious shrines are the major attractions of this holy place. Pilgrims flock to the Buddhist gompa and pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu. Muktinath is a significant pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 10:Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
Heading away from Muktinath, you backtrack your steps to Jomsom taking on the majestic view of Nilgiri. You spend overnight in Jomsom. In the dusk, you celebrate the end of your trek with the team, whom you have come to associate so well over the last nine days.
Day 11:Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and Fly/Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
You board an early daylight flight of Jomsom to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you can both fly or drive to Kathmandu. The fleeing takes around 30 minutes, and the drive takes about 6-7 hours.
Day 12:Depart Kathmandu
You can indulge in souvenir shopping, sightseeing or other personal activities until your departure. We will be taking you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell. We hope by then, you will have had the pleasant and joyful trip with us. If you like you can join our other tours, we will be happy to suggest.
Includes & Excludes
- All meals during trek (except for GAP trek)
- Accommodation during trek (tent on camping trek, lodge on GAP and lodge trek)
- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare
- Pokhara/Nayapul transfer charge
- English speaking local expert guide, porters
- Annapurna Conservation Area permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System Fees
- Three nights’ accommodation at 3-star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
- All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
- Airport transfers and escort
- Insurance for all staff and porters
- Nepal visa – Multiple Entrée 15 days – USD 25
- International flight & domestic departure tax (NRS 200 (Subject to change) per person each way)
- Your insurance.
- Extra baggage charges
- Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Meals during GAP trek
- Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/roadblock due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking