The Jomsom Muktinath yoga trek route is a classic and accessible trek which beautifully showcases a unique and dramatic landscape. The views are different than those offered by treks closer to the Everest and Annapurna mountain ranges, but just as beautiful and breathtaking. Depending on the amount of time you have available, and your level of fitness, this trek can range from 7-9 days.
|Price per person||7 days - US$ 775
8 days - US$ 885
9 days - US$ 995
|Destination||Jomsom & Muktinath|
|Starting From||Kathmandu, Pokhara and Tatopani|
|Ending at||Jomsom and Pokhara|
Set in Lower Mustang, known as the Trans-Himalayan region, this trekking route is protected from the monsoon by the high passes and 8,000m mountains to the south. The journey makes its gentle and gradual up- and downhill way through a rugged landscape and the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki.
Spectacular views of deep valleys, raging rivers, impressive waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains (including the two Himalayan giants Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri), vary with scenery reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau, giving us a taste of the Tibetan culture and traditions.
Apart from Jomsom, the capital of Mustang, we also pass through several local settlements and villages: Marpha, a charming stone village where you will feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and which is famous for growing apples and its delicious apple pies. Kagbeni, a historically interesting stone village situated on the bank of two rivers, which lies on the main age-old Trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet, and is home to an ancient monastery, built during the 15th century and preserved intactly through the centuries.
Muktinath, a beautiful and meaningful highlight of this journey (and at 3,710m the highest point on the trek) is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists alike, with its temple of Mukti Kshetra, which literally translates to the “place of salvation”.
Route and Itinerary
The following route and itinerary applies to the full 9 day trek. For shorter versions of this trek, the itinerary is adjusted accordingly.
Pokhara – Tatopani – Ghassa – Marpha – Kagbeni – Muktinath – Jomsom – Pokhara
Day 01 // Kathmandu – Pokhara
Early morning tourist coach transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Stunning views during the drive of mighty Himalayan massifs as well as green hills and dramatic river valleys. After arrival in Pokhara, last preparations for the trek – detailed briefing, last minute shopping and packing. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Day 02 // Pokhara – Tatopani // 1,190m // 5-6hr drive
We start our trek with a drive to Tatopani which takes around 5-6 hrs. There is an option to go to the hot springs when we reach our destination.
Day 03 // Tatopani – Ghasa // 2,010m // 7hr trek
After breakfast we follow a wide trail alongside the Kali Gandaki river gorge, crossing the river several times by foot bridges, going gently uphill. We stop for lunch in the village of Dana.
Day 04 // Ghasa – Larjung // 6hr trek
We continue through green landscapes along the same wide, easy trail, occasionally diverting through a forest or crossing the river on a foot bridge. We stop for lunch at Kalopani and we continue toward Larjung along the river, which now changes and widens its riverbed significantly.
Day 05 // Larjung – Marpha // 4hr trek
From Larjung we walk through the villages of Khobang and Thukuche before we reach Marpha. A shorter trek today allows time to explore the village of Marpha with its many narrow stone paved streets, and its monastery with great views over the valley. You might like to taste the famous Marpha apple pie.
Day 06 // Marpha to Kagbeni // 6-7hr trek
The trail continues along the valley, rising gradually up to the picturesque Syang village, before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom, where we eat lunch. We continue on the gradual path in the windswept Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3-4 hrs and finally reach the historic Kagbeni village, where we visit an ancient monastery from the 15th century.
Day 07 // Kagbeni – Muktinath // 6-7hr trek
Approaching Muktinath from the north, we pass through the windswept hillside of Upper Mustang and the village of Jhong, which is built in Mustang style and part of the Sakya Buddhist tradition. We pass through some beautiful barren landscapes and sandy rock formations which are very characteristic to the region of Upper Mustang (a restricted area which we cannot enter).We arrive in Muktinath in the afternoon and visit the holy sites here or stroll around the village with many local Tibetan sellers and splendid mountain views.
Day 08 // Muktinath – Jomsom // 6hr trek
An easy descent from Muktinath to Jomsom awaits us today, with stunning landscapes. We will pass by Jharkot village with the option of visiting another old monastery and seeing ancient sculptures of both male and female village protectors. From here we can see the path towards the Thorung La pass and the Thorung peak behind us.
Day 09 // Jomsom – Pokhara // 30min flight OR a 9hr drive
We take a morning flight back to Pokhara. In case that flight is cancelled due to bad weather, we have to drive down to Pokhara using local jeeps and buses (8-9hr drive). Overnight in Pokhara.
NOTE: Occasionally the flight back from Jomsom is cancelled due to bad weather. In this case we would try to fly back to Pokhara on the morning of the next day. Our program ends on day 14 of the itinerary however our staff will look after you until you get back to Pokhara. In case of delays in Jomsom past Day 14 of the itinerary, any extra costs for accommodation and food will need to be covered by the guest.
What Is Included
- Daily yoga and meditation classes during the trek
- Yoga Mats and Blankets
- Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus (lunch included)
- All necessary transportation during the trek
- Hotel accommodation (twin sharing) in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
- Dinner in Pokhara on the first and last day of the itinerary
- Teahouse accommodation (twin sharing) during the trek
- 3 meals a day during the trek
- Healthy snacks
- First Aid supplies
- All necessary paperwork, conservation fees and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS), and local taxes
What Is Excluded
- Beverages (Hard or Soft drinks, Mineral Water Bottles, Filtered Water)
- Personal travel equipment
- Personal expenses (WiFi, phone calls, laundry, extra porters, water, hot shower etc.)
- Personal travel and health insurance
- Any expenses related to emergency evacuation
- Any cost arising due to circumstances outside of our control such as natural disasters, strikes and political disturbances, guest sickness, etc.
- Tips for trekking guide, yoga teacher & porters