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Reaching New Heights in Nepal: The Jomsom - Muktinath trek

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $6,700 PER PERSON
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DURATION

16 days | 15 nights

DESTINATIONS

Nepal

INTERESTS

Off The Grid,
Trekking

TYPE

Intrepid

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

DETAILED DECRIPTION

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. 

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Kathmandu

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: Kathmandu

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: 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: Ghorepani

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Muktinath

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: 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: 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: Chitwan National Park

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: 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 the comfortable Dwarika's Hotel.

DAY 16: Departure

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.

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