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Team Himalaya invites all enthusiastic travelers to join in our scenic and classic trekking to Jomsom Muktinath Poon Hill trek .

The journey starts with a warm welcome in Kathmandu and then taking a scenic interesting drive to picturesque Pokhara, a tourist haven  for travelers and the door-way to many moderate to tough adventure enthusiast.  The journey is a cultural and adventurous roller-coaster ride amidst the high hills region of Annapurna ,Lower Mustang area,  Pokhara and to the famous Ghorepani & Poon Hill within Annapurna Conservation Area.

Jomsom Muktinath with Poon Hill Trek is well planned with proper  acclimatization facility on route. We trek towards high alpine and moon like landscapes terrain with awesome views of Mt. Dhaulagiri & Annapurna mountain range alongside the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre (twin top apart on the same summit) “Fish Tail” peak including range of adjoining peaks and walking through pristine forest of rhododendron, birch, pines and fir trees.

After an interesting time at Ghorepani, we take a hike to Poon Hill for stunning sunrise over array of 360° wide panorama of Himalaya from Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris, Annapurna, Lamjung to Manaslu range and then head towards Kali Gandaki River Valley of Lower Mustang area. The highlight of this adventure is, Muktinath at 3, 800 meters high with views of Nilgiris, North Face of Dhaulagiri ,Annapurna , Ice Fall and glaciers with mind blowing panorama of surrounding high giant mountains.

The trails of trek passes through enchanting rhododendron forested area after Ghorepani onwards, all the way to Tatopani with hot spring, where one can take a dip in the hot pool with warm temperature and then head higher towards Lower Mustang area following the Kali Gandaki River upstream and between massive Dhaulagiri, Annapurna range of mountains with some 6,000 meters plunge down forming as world deepest gorge. Slowly, the walk reaches the windswept Tibetan landscapes of dry and barren landscapes with charming villages of Ghasa, Tukuche, Marpha and Jomsom famous for apples and its products.

After Marpha on the windswept plain, we reach at Kagbeni village, which is strongly influenced by Tibetan culture-religion and is the gateway to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border. Our route then leads high above the Kali Gandaki valley at Muktinath, one of the highlight and highest spot of this trip at 3,800 meters high with awesome views of mountains.

Muktinath is a holy pilgrimage place for Hindu and Buddhist. Uncountable pilgrims and tourists visit here with a belief and faith that it will liberate you from all your sins.The temple premises have 108 holy water  spouts and serene environment. Then, we  head back to Jomsom for scenic flight back to Kathmandu via picturesque Pokhara after a memorable and fascinating trek with impressive service of Team Himalaya.

 

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
    On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding the treks to Lower Mustang and other useful information.

    Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
    With an option of driving or taking a flight, whatever your choice and interest a scenic drive takes about 6 hours to Pokhara, which is quite interesting on the Nepal’s main highway following the Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal as it gets closer to Pokhara with Annapurna and Manaslu range of peaks. In Pokhara the haven for tourist a scenic place with mountains and lakes, here in Pokhara transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa (Fewa) for overnight.

    Day 03: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,450m.
    A two hours drive away from Pokhara leading west, with fabulous views of Annapurna Himalaya ranging from A I, A II, A III and A IV with stunning Mt.Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” on reaching at Nayapul, begin the trek following Modi river for short distance to a nice village at Bhirethati and then on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route trail to Ghorepani, the walk leads to a winding up hills with stone steps in some villages and then arriving at Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop with beautiful waterfalls close by.

    Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m – 06 hrs.
    After Tirkhedhunga, morning walk starts with a climb on long stone steps all the way to Ulleri village a nice traditional Gurung village with stone slate roofs with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and top of Machhapuchhre peak from the top of this village walk gets better on the winding trail through enchanting forest of thick rhododendron, pines and oaks trees and the with steep up and gradual section reaching at scenic Ghorepani for overnight stop with grand views of Dhaulagiri massif with Tukuche, Nilgiri’s peaks and Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang ( Vara Shikar) Ghorepani located in the middle of rhododendron forest on the Trans Himalayan Trade of Nepal / Tibet through Mustang.

    Day 05: Morning hike to Pun-Hill and trek to Sikha 2,130 m – 05 hrs.
    Early morning at the break of dawn an hour hike to Pun Hill at 3,190 meters top if the morning is fine and clear striking sunrise views over mountain panorama ranging from peaks of Dolpo area, Dhaulagiri massive range, Nilgiris peak with Annapurna and Manaslu range with magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre.

    After an exciting and enjoyable time head down to Ghorepani for breakfast and start trekking towards Tatopani with overnight stop at Sikha village, through serene rhododendron and pine forest throughout the walk on the downhill path all the way to a nice large Sikha village inhabited by Magar tribes.

    Day 06: Trek to Tatopani 1,050 m – 04 hrs.
    Today a half day easy downhill walk on reaching the Kaligandaki river after the village of Ghara, walk from here is gentle on the wide trail following the river and crossing the bridge to reach at Tatopani village by the Kaligandaki river where the hot spring located. The climate here of sub tropical temperature with citric trees of oranges and grape fruits, afternoon enjoy a dip in the warm pool just few minutes down from the lodge.

    Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 1,610m – 06 hrs.
    Walk this morning leads following the Kaligandaki River with great views of Nilgiris South peak, our route heading higher up the river after the village of Dana and then leaving the warm rice terraced area for alpine weather and landscapes overlooking beautiful cascading waterfalls of Rupsi across the river down below, Ghasa the start of Mustang district inhabited mostly of Thakali tribe of people surrounded by confer forest of pines and rhododendron trees.

    Day 08: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m – 06 hrs.
    From Ghasa to Marpha will be one of the longest day walk of this trip, as the morning walk leads gently through the alpine forest with mild cool climate following the raging river upstream on reaching Lete and Kalapani villages with amazing views of Dhaulagiri mountains with its Ice Falls adjoining Tukuche peaks and on the back Nilgiris peak with Annapurna I and Annapurna Fang (Vara Shikar towards North east) this is the right spot where you are on the world deepest side of Kaligandaki gorge, from the high elevation of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna of above 8,000 meters summit top.

    After a pleasant stop here continue trek on the river valley for a while and then reaching the apple orchard area of Larjung, Kobang and Tukuche villages beneath the towering Tukuche and Nilgiri peak.

    From here leaving the tree lines for desert like of Tibetan dry landscapes as the walk leads to Marpha one of the most charming villages in all Himalaya this place famous for apples and its product like apple cider, brandy, juice, dry apples and apricots and local brew.

    The neat looking houses with white paints and nice cobbled stone path with an old monastery on top of the village.

    Day 09: Trek to Kagbeni 2,810 via Jomsom 2,715m – 05 hrs.
    With great enjoyable overnight in Marpha, morning walk leads again following the Kaligandaki River for sometime after few hours of walk reaching at Jomsom, a headquarter and main town of Mustang area with a small airstrip located on the shelf of Kaligandaki river, after a nice stop here our journey continues on this windswept plain, afternoon is very windy on this valley so take precaution wearing mask or scarf to save your face from cool wind.
    Walk slowly reaches a small place of Eklaibhatti, meaning a lone Inn or house, at present there are more than 5 lodges located in between Kagbeni and direct route to Muktinath. After a pleasant stop here our walk leads on a gradual winding path to reach at Kagbeni for overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.

    Afternoon free to wander and observe the local life and its culture, as this village the entrance to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border, the culture, religion and way of life is similar to Tibet.

    Day 10: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m – 04 hrs.
    After a nice stop at Kagbeni this morning will be last uphill climb of this journey as the walk leads to an uphill haul with fabulous views of Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri peaks towards east direction and looking back at Kagbeni village below as the walk reaches higher up, slowly the walk reaching at an old looking Jharkot village, from here the altitude gains quite high of over 3,600 meters and then an hour of steep climb brings you at Muktinath area with fine rows of good lodges overnight in a nice lodge with time in the afternoon for a visit to Muktinath temple premises, this temple dedicated to lord Vishnu and the word Mukti means ‘Liberation or Freedom’ people and pilgrims from far and wide of Nepal and India visit this place for blessing and prayer to get liberate from next life and with a bathe on the 108 icy water spouts.

    Great views of Tilicho, Nilgiris and the North Face of Dhaulagiri with Tukuche peak, Muktinath lies on famous trekking route of Annapurna circuit.

    Day 11: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m – 2 hrs.
    Today end of the walking part, as we have allowed an interesting Jeep drive back to Jomsom, morning the drive leads on the winding downhill to the flat Kali Gandaki River plains, after a short while reaching at Jomsom town with last night in the high Himalaya of Mustang region, afternoon free for short walk around.

    Day 12: Fly back to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
    Morning an early start from the hotel, as the flight to Pokhara begins early due to wind factor, a scenic 22 minutes flight brings you at Pokhara with fabulous views of snow capped peaks during the flight, on reaching at Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by Phewa Lake, rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities where one can take a boat ride, hike to Peace Stupa or just relax and enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalaya.

    Day 13: Drive or fly to Kathmandu.
    Here with an options one take a flight back to Kathmandu, normally TH offers options, overland drive is the best way of seeing more of Nepal and its way of life, farm villages and towns.

    Starting from Pokhara after breakfast drive on the same highway with views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, then on reaching at Mugling Bazaar another 3 hours drive to Kathmandu following the Trisuli River for some times with uphill ride to reach the valley rim and back into hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu, on reaching at respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and souvenir shopping.

    Day 14: International departure homeward bound.
    Last day in amazing Nepal after a wonderful memorable time in the Himalaya, trekking Kali Gandaki Valley & Lower Mustang with Poon Hill, TH staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for the flight back home.

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