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Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Jomsom Muktinath TrekkingJomsom at the height of 2710 meters is an administrative and commercial center accommodating several government offices and situated in an attractive backdrop of towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri with an airfield operating regular flights to and fro from Pokhara to this spot. The views from Jomsom are enchanting due to the reflection of Golden rays of rising and setting sun in Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire panorama is filled with a golden, glittering light, forming a supernatural contrast with the sterile, black and dry mountains of the surrounding Kali Gandaki valley. Muktinath at the height of 3,800 meters is one of the most important pilgrimage centers for both Hindus and Buddhists. The most prominent shrine is the Vishnu temple where 108 sprouts pour forth water considered to be holy from uniquely fashioned shape of cow heads. This water is channeled from a stream running above the temple built in Tibetan style and contains huge brass idols of Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, and Kali. Nearby is another temple where water gushes out of a rock and this water is considered even more holy. There is also a Buddhist Gompa (monastery), and a pagoda-type temple dedicated to Jwala Mayi (goddess of fire). This temple shielded by curtains has the existence of outlets for natural gas that oozes from the rock and feeds the temple flame.


Itinearary in Details

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara by drive or flight.

Day 02: Pokhara to Kagbeni (2,858 m) take a morning flight to Jomsom and begin walk reaching Jomsom village, after crossing the Kaligandaki River Bridge then trek about 3 hrs through the bank of Kaligandaki and reach Ekley Bhatti village; trek one hour more to reach Kagbeni which lies at the band of two rivers, Kaligandaki (flows from Muktinath) and Nilgiri (flows from Mt. Nilgiri). (4/5 hrs. walk);

Day 03: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,817 m); Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists with a Gompa and pagoda style. Pagoda is dedicated to Lord bishnu. The most interesting and importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas (5 hrs walk).

Day 04: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,709 m); The trail desend to the valley for over 1,525 m entering into a dramatic arid landscape, which continues up to Jomsom. At Kaligandaki trading route it is a major and almost busy village.

Day 05: Jomsom to Larjung (2,522 m); The valley is dominated by Thakalis interestingly related to Gurung and Magars of the Lutheran slopes (5 to 6 hrs walk).

Day 06: Larjung to Ghasa (1,970 m); A dramatic change of vegetation from dry arid desert to pine and Confer forest and can be found while falling between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. Passing through Kalopani, magnificent views of Annapurna range can be viewed; overnight rest at Ghasa (5 to/6 hrs walk)

Day 07: Ghasa to Tatopani (1,189 m); Gradually going down to Tatopani, treks enter valleys and fields; the beautiful Rupse chhahara (waterfall) is left behind while reaching Dana village for lunch. Then 3 hrs easy walk to Tatopani through the bank of Kaligandaki River for overnight rest...

Day 08: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,855 m): Steady climb for all day up to Ghorepani. After lunch at Sikha village, the trail passes through thick forest of Rhododendron and reaches Ghorepani. The best view of sun set over Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna can be seen from here. (7 hrs walk)

Day 09: Rest day at Ghorepani.

Day 10: Ghorepani to Tirkhedhunga (1,577 m); Descending to Tirkhedhunga, Mules loaded with goods can be seen en-route (5 to 6-hrs walk).

Day 11: Tirkhedhunga to Pokhara (915m.); Walk up for 5 hrs to Nayapul (New Bridge) and drive to Pokhara..

Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu (drive or flight)


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