Jomsom (2800m) to Muktinath (3710m) is the perfect balance between rugged alpine wilds and austere beauty, in a class truly of its own. Situated north of Phokara, the trail is constantly climbing and descending with a climate ranging from sub tropical heat to cool, dry, alpine plains. Great mystical valleys creep down from the giant Annapurna Himal encompassing a very diverse group of people, traditions, culture and wildlife. Locals mostly live in harmony with each other and nature, always very warm and welcoming to foreign trekkers who happen upon their doorstep.
This is perhaps one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal, for it has an impeccable allure that seems to attract thousands every year. The captivating mountain views grip people by some unseen and awesome power, raging glacial rivers tear though the archaic rock formations, chanting monks echo across vast empty space and those trekkers with the blessing of traversing this land have the opportunity of falling into harmony with this slow paced and conscious way of life.
Many plants and animals call Annapurna conservation area home including a number of rare and endangered species like the Tibetan Wolf, Lynx, Musk Deer, and Snow Leopard. There are 22 different forest types with at least 1,226 known plant species; in short the ACA is thriving with a great magnitude of diverse wildlife which makes trekking here amazing.
The Kali Gandaki River forms the largest gorge in the world and if you walk upon the riverbanks innumerable fossils and some rare stones can be found (Hindus traditionally pray to the Ancient fossils). The highest point of the whole trek is at Muktinath which is 3800m high at the foot of Thorong La pass and is full of many temples as the area is considered holy land by both the Hindus and Buddhists alike.
For more info see Annapurna Region
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek Preparation 1,300m/4,264ft).
Day 3 :Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m), 5-6 hours drive.
Day 4 :Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1, 577m.) 5-6 hours trek.
Day 5 :Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,800m.) 5 hours trek.
Day 6 :Early hiking to poon hill (3,200m.) & trek to Tatopani (1, 190m.) 5-6 hours trek.
Day 7 :Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2, 110m.) 5-6 hours trek.
Day 8 :Trek from Ghasa to Marpha (2, 680m.) 5-6 hours trek.
Day 9 :Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni (3,710m) 5-6 hours trek.
Day 10 :Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,800m.) 4 hours trek.
Day 11 :Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713m.) 5- 6 hours trek.
Day 12 : Fly to Pokhara, leisure day/explore the Pokhara valley.
Day 13 :Drive to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 14 : Transfer to the airport for our onward flight home sweet home.
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|02 March 2016||16 February 2016||Book|
It is important to consider that internal flights to/from Jomsom can be subject to disruption. Due to bad weather, flights can sometimes be delayed or even cancelled. Although such disruption is rare, we should be prepared for every eventuality, any time of the year, even in the peak trekking season. In case of flight cancellation it is therefore advised to bring extra money to cover costs of additional nights in Kathmandu, as this expense will not be included in your package. If you have to stay in Kathmandu longer than planned, you can of course enjoy other activities like cultural tours, rafting or shopping as you wish, and we can help to arrange this for you. For those travellers on a schedule that cannot be compromised, in case of flight disruption which is very rare, we can arrange an alternative trek to suit personal needs and time constraints.