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Jomsom Muktinath summer Trek is one of the most all the rage treks in Nepal. As Jomsom is known as the gateway of the Nepal's hidden treasure" Mustang". The trekker can see the landscape of Mustang and reach to the Hindu's and Buddhist's sacred pilgrimage Muktinath. This Muktinath Summer Trek offers you fantastic Himalayan views, beautiful landscapes trail and Kali Gandaki valley (the deepest gorge in the world). It is one part of the Whole Annapurna Circuit with different spectacular views of mountains above 8000m. Thousands of Nepalese and Indian Hindu pilgrimage pay their homage to the Muktinath temple every year. One can enjoy the diverse culture of various communities such as Bramins, Chhetris, Thakalis, Magar, Gurung and the beautiful landscapes. The excellent lodges are lining on the main routes to provide service to the trekker.

 

No doubt that finding the beneath of the river of Nepal can be difficult, but the scenery and culture are excellent in Jomsom Muktinath trekking region. The summer trek is easy trekking in which our trail begins from Pokhara by flight to Jomsom. Never raising above 3000m the trek furthermore presents few altitude problems. Nevertheless, you are rewarded with some spectacular and unusual views of the high Annapurna Region and Kagbeni. We head to the north to Kagbeni along the riverside way of Kali Gandaki an ancient fortress settlement on the border of Upper Mustang trekking. Muktinath temple is the highest altitude of Jomsom. In this trek, you will have a chance to see the panoramic Himalayan views including the Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m, Nilgiri 7041m, Tukuche peak 6920 and Annapurna Himalaya range. We explore a day around ancient Muktinath temple which is the pagoda shaped temple of Lord Bishnu, located at the center of pilgrimage.

 

Summer trekking in Jomsom is one of the most rewarding treks that provide insights of different cultures as well as a wide range of sceneries and tremendous views of mountains.

 

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hours’ drive.

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)

Day 5: Kagbeni trekking to Muktinath (3800m)

Day 6: Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2713m)   

Day 7: Jomsom flight to Pokhara, 20 minutes flight

Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu, 25 minutes flight or 6-7 hours’ drive.

Day 9: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Very warm 'Namaste' (welcome in Nepali) for your great journey with us. We will meet at the Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport and would drive to your hotel. As you get ease and freshen up after your long fight, we humbly request you to visit at our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast. 

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.

Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
After having your breakfast in Kathmandu, we can drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara or if you wish to explore Nepal more you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour. Drive includes short stops for lunch and breakfast and guarantees enjoyment of charming beauty all the way around. In the evening, a boating trip on Phewa Lake will be followed where you can pleasure the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the calm green water of the lake and also visit Bindavasini Temple lying uniquely in middle of the lake.        

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2810m)
A spectacular flight day to Jomsom, the districts headquarter of Mustang district. From Jomsom, you can have some spectacular snaps of Nigiri, Dhauagiri and Tukuche peaks. Work about 3 hrs through the bank of Kali Gandaki and reach to Ekley- bhatti village. Trek one hour more to reach Kagbeni lying at the bank of two rivers.Kagbeni still feels like a medieval village, with its closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels. Situated at an auspicious river confluence, it is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. 

Day 5: Kagbeni trekking to Muktinath (3800m)
Get an early start from Kagbeni to avoid the winds that amazingly whistle up the valley after midday. Gradually ascends to Muktinath, most important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. As you enter the walled complex, lined by Tibetan style prayer wheels, you pass first the Gompa Sambha (monastery) and then a Lord Shiva Temple ringed by four shrines. The focal point of the complex is the pool and its 108 brass water pouts, cast in the shape of cow's heads, which pours forth sacred water.  Hindu Pilgrimages bathe in the frigid water. This a center place to show the religious tolerance among Nepalese.
A short walk to the left is the Buddhist Marme Lhakhang, whose central is image is of Tibetan Buddhist sage Guru Rinpoche, here holding a Hindu style trident.

Day 6: Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2713m)       
The trial descends very quickly to the valley floor more than 5,000 ft. below through a dramatic arid landscape. From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among them merchandise is the highly revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and view the impressive white snow capped mountains. We transit at the significant town Kagbeni. Enjoying the plateau we will reach Jomsom by vehicle or walk to Jomsom and spent the night.

Day 7: Jomsom fight to Pokhara
We take our next flight back to pokhara and spent a day here. You're free here to feel the moderate climate and sceneries of this Magic land or Dream Land of Nepal. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David's fall and the various lakes of course. You can buy some special souvenirs and enjoy the valley. Spend your night on the beautiful beaches.  (You can stay longer for short tours such as drives at National parks, rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking etc).

Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu, Take a 25 minutes flight or 6/7 hour Drive.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.

Day 9: Final Departure
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.

Special Note:

(The above itinerary can be tailor made as per  clients request, we can make the itinerary more shorter by cutting day 02 city tour, there is early morning 8 am flight to Pokhara which is only 25 minutes flight so we can start the trek in same day, can take a fly back also late afternoon, So people have short time wanted to do this trek also possible, people who have longer time can add the White Water Rafting, Jungle safari tour in Chitwan National park, can spend more time in Pokhara by doing Paragliding, Zeep Flyer and other extra activities so feel free to write us your interest and time and we will make the itinerary to suites your needs).

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
  • Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
  • Pokhara to treks start point Nayapul transport by Private vehicle.
  • Flight ticket for Jomsom Pokhara flight
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu transport by tourist bus. (if you want to take a flight or want to travel by private vehicle is available, by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents &  Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes

Extra Cost to Consider:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Passport and Visas:

First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date.  You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.


Get the required visa for Nepal.

You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information


Bring Official Papers

Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.


Money & Credit card Info

We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost.  So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel


Travel Insurance:

Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.


Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time.  Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here.  For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.


Flight delay:

Flight by plane and helicopter are prone to cancellations. Sometimes, flight may delay for notorious weather in remote areas. Some other times, operational complication may occur which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot , Jumla region etc. As these flights have some problem with fixed schedule, it is also recommended to carry extra money for food and accommodations. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, you’re advised to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you need to meet your accommodation, food costs by yourself.


Who can trek?

No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.


Our Trekking Dates

Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.


Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list


Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu

It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.  


Vaccination for Nepal

All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.


How to Book

While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip

 

Poonhill Jomsom Trekking 6 Days 2005

Dear Puru
We had a Great trek this 6 days. form Pokhara to Jomsom We were very lucky with you as a guide and the beautiful weather. Together with, porterand you made it possible for us. Mane times we found it hard and some time even scaring but you guided us tough, Great!You appeared very relieable enthusiastic smiling always knowing the solution, you arrangede fine lodging places.

God Bless you

With prayer and love
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Jomsom Muktinath Summer Trek
2013-03-22
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 09 days

Highest Altitude: 3800 m 

Lowest Altitude: 2713m

Trek Grade: Moderate

Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal

Location: Annapurna Trekking Region

Best time: February - June, September - November However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain

Guide: Government certified hiking & trekking Guide

Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room, on request can provide single room also for single travelers depends on room availability in season time in busy trekking routes.

Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine - vegetarian option usually available)

Photos

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Gear List

Personal necessary

The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.

01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1

 
Other necessary equipments

1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
7. Toiletries
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.

For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on puru@abovethehimalaya.com