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Reaching New Heights in Nepal: The Jomsom - Muktinath trek

Explore the stunning former kingdom of Lo by foot in this 15-night, 16-day Summiting Nepal’s Jomsom - Muktinath Trek. While the trek may not be the famous Everest Base Camp Trek, it’s every bit as dazzlingly beautiful. Get to know your local sherpa guides personally on the adventure and experience of a lifetime. 

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  • Trek through Nepal’s Mustang country in what is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful areas in the world
  • Take an elephant safari through Chitwan National Park
  • Hike up to an altitude of nearly 13,000 feet, with stunning views of the Himalayas
  • Chat with local sherpas as they guide you through their country’s natural landscape
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Fly into Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, where your guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Relax this afternoon before meeting your group for a short briefing on your adventure ahead. Overnight at your luxury hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2

After breakfast in your hotel, spend the day on a guided exploration of ancient Kathmandu. Stroll through the narrow streets of the old-world bazaar, looking at the different delights Nepal has to offer. View the historic seat of Nepalese royalty, Kasthamandap Temple, Swayambhunath or Harati Devi Temple, Patan City, Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, the shopping maze Mahaboudha and Hiranya Verna Mahavinar. Pay a visit to the Temple of the Living Goddess - Kumari Ghar. The stunning Hanuman Dhoka Palace is just a walk away. After a full day of sightseeing, it’s time to relax at your hotel.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Tikhedhunga

This morning you transfer to the domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful mountain town sitting at 3,700 feet. Here you meet the trek guide and transfer to Nayapul to begin your trek. Pause and have lunch at Birethanti - a small village at the foot of the Modi Khola Valley. This is one of the main stops along the circuit. After lunch, continue on to Tikhedhunga. Relax here for the rest of the day, enjoying the mountain views and company of the friendly local Sherpas. Have dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 4

Feel the burn with a day of uphill trekking through the small, picturesque villages of Brahmins, Chhetris, Gurungs and Magars. Enjoy lunch at midday in Banthanti. Walk through blooming rhododendron and pine forests until you arrive Ghorepani. Ghorepani sits at 9,300 feet, and the trek lasts about six hours. Refuel with a hot dinner and comfortable night’s rest in the sleepy little mountain town.

Day 5
Ghorepani to Tatopani

Rise before the sun and trek up to Pun Hill for a breathtaking view of the sun rising over the Himalayas. Return to Ghorepani for breakfast. It’s a downhill day with the trail descending gradually to reach Tatopani’s natural hot springs. Tatopani translates directly to “hot water.” Bathe and relax in the calming, steamy waters. Today’s trek takes six hours. Have dinner and overnight in Tatopani.

Day 6
Tatopani to Ghasa

The Kali Gandaki River leads the way on your trek today. Pass by the rushing waterfalls, Thakalis and Dana. Pause for lunch by a waterfall, where you can admire Nepal’s natural beauty. After lunch, trek uphill to Ghasa. Today’s distance takes six hours once again. Have dinner and overnight in Ghasa.

Day 7
Ghasa to Marpha

Pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range and witness an intense climate change. Begin your journey in lush, green forests and finish in a dry, arid desert. It’s hard to believe you’re in the same country, much less within walking distance! Pass through the beautiful Kalopani, sitting at 8,300 feet. Here you can enjoy your first view of Annapurna. Reach Lamjung, a Thakali village where you can rest and chat with locals before continuing onto Marpha. You’ll have trekked in total six hours today. Have dinner and overnight in Marpha.

Day 8
Marpha to Kagbeni

The trek starts off slowly, until your arrival at Jomsom for lunch. The town is in Nepal’s Mustang District and covers both banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Holy rocks decorate the banks of this sacred river. The Thakalis are the main tribe in the area. After lunch, trek to the gateway into Upper Mustang - Kagbeni. Here you have dinner and spend the night. Today’s trek is only five hours long.

Day 9
Kagbeni to Muktinath

It’s a steady climb up to Muktinath, at 12,475 feet. The trek is shorter today to account for the altitude climb. Reach Muktinath at midday. Here you have lunch and rest. It’s absolutely necessary for climbers to rest here to acclimatize. Today’s trek is four hours long. Spend the rest of the day and night at the Muktinath Camp, enjoying the views and company of your comrades.

Day 10

It’s a free day in Muktinath! Don’t overdo it as you are not used to the high altitudes. There are several different interesting ways to pass your day in the ancient town. Carry a packed lunch up to the Thorung-la base camp to relax and check out the natural area. This was once the capital of Mustang. Learn about and observe the mixture of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Have dinner and overnight back in Muktinath.

Day 11
Muktinath to Jomsom

After breakfast, it’s time to get back to trekking. Make the journey back to Jomsom. This evening, the accommodating sherpa team will host a special farewell dinner for the crew. Reminisce over your experience and enjoy each other’s company. This tough trek shows you a rare side of the universe and Nepal’s natural beauty, as well as yourself. Overnight at Jomsom.

Day 12
Jomsom to Chitwan National Park

Bid farewell to the Annapurna range before embarking on your half hour morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, set out on a five-hour drive to Chitwan National Park, a stunning wildlife preserve, home to wild rhinos, tigers, crocodiles, elephants and many other beautiful and fascinating jungle creatures. Overnight at one of the comfortable resorts, located along the border of the park. 

Day 13

Spend the day in Chitwan, relaxing in the tropical weather or taking advantage of the park’s many nature experiences. Visit the elephant breeding center, cruise past crocodiles or safari through the jungle on the look out for wild deer and rhinos.

Day 15
Chitwan to Kathmandu

Bid the majestic park farewell after breakfast. It’s a five-hour drive along the scenic Muglin Highway to reach Kathmandu. Stop at the Riverside Spring Resort for some mouthwatering, authentic Nepali Thali cuisine. Arrive in Kathmandu around dinnertime. You have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with your group that evening. Make sure to stay in touch after your adventure! Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 16

It’s the end of your journey today. Take one last look at the incredible countryside before you transfer to the airport for your long-haul flight home.


Suggested Accommodations

Dwarika's Hotel, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Dwarika's Hotel

Located just outside Kathmandu, near Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred mountain, Dwarika’s is the recipient of a prestigious World Heritage Award given for outstanding historical preservation. The 74 guest rooms and suites are decorated with intricately carved wood and terracotta work in the traditional Newari style and are equipped with wi-fi access. Krishnarpan, one of the hotel’s two restaurants, offers six- to 22-course authentic Nepali meals, Toran has Chinese and Indian specialties, while Fusion has live blues and jazz in a bar setting. Dwarika’s has no spa, but does offer massage treatments and a swimming pool. The business center is fully equipped with broadband Internet access and secretarial services. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute drive from the airport in Kathmandu.


Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is a 5-star luxury hotel and resort, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds and built in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese architecture. The hotel is just 4 km from the Tribhuvan International Airport and 6 km from the city centre of Kathmandu. The Boudhanath Stupa is within five minutes walking distance from the hotel. The hotel’s 280 rooms and suites enjoy views of either the Boudhanath Stupa or the lush gardens and the surrounding mountain ranges. All rooms are well-equipped and spacious with a private bathroom, a walk-in shower, an in-room safe and a mini bar. Guests at the Regency Club rooms and suites enjoy additional privileges and facilities such as the usage of the boardroom, a dedicated concierge and evening cocktails and canapés. The four exciting restaurants and bars at the hotel ensure the perfect dining experience with an array of cuisine options, while guests can stay fit at the hotel’s fitness centre - Club Oasis, which features a well-equipped fitness centre, a health and beauty spa, two outdoor swimming pools-one for adults and one for children, indoor and outdoor whirlpool, tennis courts and 1.6 km jogging track.
Tiger Tops Tented Camp, Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Tiger Tops Tented Camp

There are few more exciting ways to experience nature than from under canvas, and the Tiger Tops Tented Camp permits visitors to Nepal to do just that. Located in the heart of Chitwan National Park, and surrounded by lush grassland and green hills, the camp consists of 12 luxury safari tents. All the tents have connected bathrooms, and are lit by traditional oil lamps. The camp itself is powered by solar energy and was built to strict environmental principles to be as low-impact as possible. The camp is built around a central area containing a well-stocked bar, while the kitchen cooks wholesome, traditional Nepalese food.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

Relax into the Nepalese way of life at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, in the heart of Terai. Standing amongst a gorgeous forest overlooking the serene Terai landscape, this deluxe jungle lodge is a prime base for guests to explore local Nepalese villages and the surrounding wildlife. Tharu Lodge emulates the longhouse style of indigenous Tharu dwellings and is built using local materials of timber, elephant grass, mud, cow dung and clay. The lodge offers caring hospitality, a garden side pool, tennis courts, relaxing hammocks and al-fresco dining. The internal restaurant kitchen use fresh organic produce straight from the resort’s own organic plot to create delectable Nepali and continental dishes. Expeditions in the area range from an elephant safari into the community forest and past strikingly green rice paddy fields to a boat journey and crocodile spotting down the peaceful Narayani River.
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