Jomsom ~Muktinath Jeep Trek
arrival in Kathmandu. Airport reception and transfer to Hotel in Thamel. Room check-in and free time later. Check the trekking equipment arrangement, check whether all the necessary permits, air/bus tickets, hotel reservation/service vouchers are ready. Your dinner will be in one of the most relic Nepali restaurants. Then good night….
morning breakfast around 6:30am. At 6:35 you will be picked up by your guide and walk for 10 minutes to the tourist bus station where all the tourist buses leave for Pokhara or to Chitwan everyday. Kathmandu to Pokhara the road condition is very nice and is very scenic. The buses are very nice with professional service. It is about 5 to 6 hrs drive. In Pokhara, you will be escorted to Hotel (3 star very nice hotel). Room check-in and later free time on which you may take a tour to with your guide to Phewa Lake and near by area. If there remains much spare time and if interested to include some more activities, just please form a group of minimum 2 people and let know your Guide, some attractive side trips (an example visit to the Davis Fall, the Guptshwor Cave and the Tibetan Refugee Center) are readily available at US $ 5 per person. Fully guided and both way taxi transfer.
For dinner you may choose one of the restaurants by the lake or by your hotel.
morning breakfast around 7am, and then drive to Beni (3 hrs). Leave the vehicle that we took from Pokhara and enjoy 10 to 15 minutes free walking in the town. It is good to stretch your legs for a while. Beni is a booming town of the region and mostly busy. You may find interesting to see what’s going on. Then your guide will find a good restaurant for having lunch. After lunch we board into another Jeep that takes us (3hrs) to Tatopani. Tatopani is a hot spring site, located on the bank of Kalagandaki River. It is good to dip into the hot water pool for a while; even though the condition of the pool and other facilities are just the basic. The pool opens until 7pm, but chances are if we make a request through the Lodge owner it may be opened until 8 or 8:30pm. If this could happen it will be a kind of private booking! Let this arrange to your Gudie! So, it is suggested to include a pair of swimsuit.
The road from Beni to Tatopani runs on the bank of Kaligandaki River and still it has beautiful sceneries to see. It is possible to peep the peak of Annapurna South from various places while driving. There are in many places the deep cut gorges or the immensely huge boulders or the sky piercing canyon soared from the Kaligandaki water. These all things can be the piece of interests.
Lodge accommodation. Clean, cozy and with hot shower.
breakfast around 8am. If interested, again there is sometime to dip into the hot water pool. Later, jeep drive (about an hour) to Titar. There is an attractive waterfall, named ‘Rupse’. We may take photo of it and walk for a while and arrive to ‘Kavre’, the vary point has been the deepest gorge in the world. Make the glorious walk over almost a 100 meter long suspension bridge and walk on an inclined trail passing some Bhatties where the kids may ask you “school pens” or “candies”. This will be an interesting walk for another 2 hours until to the bottom of Ghasa village where we may get to cross another similar bridge to cross over Kaligandaki. From here Ghasa village is 15 minutes walk.
Upon arrival in Ghasa village/check in Lodge. If interested, it is possible to take a walk to a village school. It is a small settlement with, an army post and the check point of ACAP. So, your trek permit is checked/registered here.
breakfast before 8am. Then the members may be divided into two groups. All the interested to walk to Titi lake, should follow the trail that directs towards the Annapurna I which at the beginning makes an easily descending for 20 minutes where we cross the Kaligandaki river and go to Chhayo village. In the beginning of this village there are two trails – the right fork leads to the base camp of Annapurna I (8091m.). We take the left one and walk for a while on the pail trail and then through the sloppy ridge for an hour to arrive to Taklung village. Titi Lake is 45 minute away to walk from Taklung. The lake itself is not that particularly attractive but all of here; such as the villages, people, and the special view of Dhaulagiri Icefall and other Himalayan peaks will make your visit truly rewarded.
The another group which wants to take the direct course to Larjung will have an easy walk following the Kaligandaki river bank. This will be an interesting walk viewing the Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. And at the sandy river of Kaligandaki, we may people looking for the fossils or the ammonites; which in Nepal is called “Saligram” a religious object.
We may wait for the group of Titi lake at Kokhethanti. To kill the time why not we look for the fossils. The lucky one always find the nice fossil.
Larjung is about 1 hr and half trek from Kokhethanti. Overnight at lodge at Larjung.
drive to Jomsom after breakfast (for 2 hrs). Upon arrival here, we check in lodge and enjoy the free time until lunch. After lunch we may take walk to Thini village – this village has been just off from the main travelers’ trail so still very tradition and very less influenced with the modernity of Jomsom. Dhumba Lake is another half hour walk towards the Mt. Nilgiri. While returning you may visit a fish farm, apple orchards and even the Jomsom Eco Museum. The Museum is an ethnographical collection of the area, takes about an hour to visit it. It takes 2 to 3 hours for the whole circular trip.
If there is spare time it is good to observe the town hustle and bustle or use internets or just enjoy sampling foods including the apple brandy.
The area above Larjung village is windy at the afternoon. So, a nice wind-breaker is suggested to get along. The wind may effect your camera too, so a dust-proof or handle with a care is better!
Jeep drive to Muktinath (2hrs and half one way). Starting around 8am from Jomsom we arrive to Muktinath around 10:30. There will be about 3hrs time for lunch and visit around. Then we start drive back to Jomsom via Kagbeni (30 min) stop. Lodge similar.
morning breakfast and then walk to airport to fly to Pokhara. It is an exciting trans-Himalayan flight of 25 minutes. You can have superb views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna (1); these both are 8000 meter peaks.
At Pokhara, we check in to the same hotel. Full day free. If you would like to go on a guided tour, such are available for minimum 2 people at US $ 10 per person per destination.
after breakfast drive to Kathmandu. Hotel similar as last time.
The road and the vehicle conditions of this drive are pretty good. The area is scenic, especially with the people of middle-hilly region of Nepal. And a part of the road runs on the bank of Trishuli River. This river is one of the most suitable rivers for white water rafting in Nepal. You may get to experience this exciting activity if interested, with additional price US $ 30 per person (minimum 2 people required and the confirmation is to be made at least on the following day, 3pm).
If there is spare time in Kathmandu and would like to do some guided sightseeing tours, your desired is available anytime with US $ 14 per person per destination (minimum 2 people, guide and drive/car included. The entry fee is excluded).
breakfast/transfer to airport on the given time.
Price: US $ 570 per person. Minimum group size 6 pax. We gladly cater this trek for the smaller groups or couples too, but the price will come to be a little expensive.
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This trip is suitable for those who have short time, but want to elaborate the area of visit. This is much aptly suite for retired or active – senior people, trek beginners, teenagers, young ones etc.
This trek can be done year around, though the best time is from September to May (9 months). October, November in autumn and March, April in spring are the best months out of the 9 months’ period.
While returning if the weather condition is bad at Jomsom and the flight is suspended for days, it is easily possible to take the drive back to Pokhara in 1 day and half. This is the strongest point that makes this trek suitable for 9 months as said above. This is the only trek in Nepal which possesses this feature. Therefore this is the most reliable trip in Nepal.
This trip is also suitable for school or university students. A group having more than 16 pax, please contact us for the best prices and complementary services.
Another silent feature of this trek is if you have few days longer time and want to try for some days trek, Ghorepani~Poon Hill trek can be added on it. People have said to us it was the best trip to relax at Tatopani.