JOMSOM & MUKTINATH TREKKING

TOUR DESCRIPTION:
Jomsom & Muktinath trek is the famous and classic tea house trek. You will share the trails with trains of donkey & 4 WD vehicles travelling to Mustang and other area in the north of Pokhara. The Major attraction places are Muktinath, Tukuche and Marpha villages.

The trek follows the gorge in between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains leads the trekkers from the well vegetated and lush southern slopes of the Himalayas to the dry zone where only the hardiest crop survives. You also move from preponderantly area to the steeped in the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.

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KATHMANDU - Arrival & Sightseeing: :
Day 01 -- Arrival Kathmandu
Arrival and meet assistance with our airport representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for your own leisure and trekking permit process. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.

TREKKING - OUTLINE ITINERARY:
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast, Drive process to Pokhara approx. 7 hours journey. Transfer to hotel at Pokhara and Evening short visit Lakeside and Fewa boating. Overnight at hotel

Day 04 - Early Breakfast and Drive to Nayapul. Trek to Ulleri [2000m]
Leaves Pokhara early in the morning by bus or Car we have to got of new bridge and head for Birethati. The journey will take about 2 hyrs over the hill to Chandrakot where you alight to start you walking. Cross the river at Birethati and head left along the gentle slope to Tikhedhunga where you cross the Bhurungdi Khola to start the long steep climb to Ulleri. Here you will find a lodge to spend this right.

Day 05 -Trek to Ghorepani [2775m]
Continue your climb along the trail making sure you're on the inside of the path when the donkey pass. Occasional views of the peaks give way to a narrower valley, you pass through Rhododendron forest and eventually reach Ghorepani. If you find a lodge near the top of the pass you'll have less to walk in the morning. If you are up early enough to walk half an hour up to Poon Hill to see the sunrise and the spectacular views of Machapuchhre, The Annapurna South, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri.

Day 06 -Trek to Tatopani [1190]
Enjoy the cool quite of the forest as you descend steeply through chitre. Shikha and Ghara all of which offers refreshment and a chance to rest your knees. After about 6000 ft. of descend you have your first sight of the Kali Gandaki river which you cross to reach Tatopani. Tatopani means "hot water" and the Geothermal water in the well maintained pool near the river is well worth the day walk. Lodge at either and of the village and good with excellent food at the North end.

Day 07 -Trek to Ghasa or Lete [2000m]
You continue up the valley to day which becomes progressively steeper and narrow as the river becomes "younger" when the river meets the Rupse Khola. There is a waterfall and the Geology changes. The river valley becomes "old again" the secret being that the river was here long before the himalayas. Try to reach Late or Kalopani, but there are lodge to stay at along the way at Ghasa if you've had enough for the day.

Day 08 -Trek to Marpha [2560m]
From Ghasa the trails is very beautiful with forests and spectacular views of the peaks. At Kalopani you cross the river where it is narrow and back again over suspension bridge. Aim to reach the pretty villages of Marpha today. There are lots of lodge to choose from, some basic and some catering for those needing home comforts.

Day 09 -Trek to Kagbeni [2800m]
From this point north wards a strong wind begins to blow from about 10.00 am onwards. So, aim to set out early. The trail begins to enter the rain shadow caused by the mountains and the trek became smaller. So they are few and far between and scrub taken its place. As you approach Jomsom. The scenery changers again becoming like desert. you may want is have a rest day in Jomsom in one of the large lodge with cheaper food, which can be flown in instead of being carried on a donkey train. If you're full of energy, you can go continue to Kagbeni

Day 10 -Trek to Muktinath [3710m]
If you have Jomsom to day aim for Jarkot. If Kagbeni you will reach Muktinath. Head up the wide river bed about an hour and you'll come to a lodge for refreshment before deciding on the high path of Muktinath or low path of Kagbeni. Both are interesting and meet halfway up the hill. As you turn east away from the Kali Gandaki river there are views to Muktinath and the Thorong Pass in the distance. Notice how the local people use different the village have a Tibetan Buddhist feel to them. Jorkot is much more real then the trekking villages of Muktinath and it is possible to stay here and visit the temple the next morning without your heavy pack. Muktinath Temple is a point of Pilgrimage for Buddhist and Hindus where flame, water and air meet.

Day 11 -Trek to Jomsom [2713m]
Enjoy the views from here before returning to Marpha or Jomsom. if you have a plan to fly back Pokhara by airlines, It is possible to set out return

FINISHED TREKS & DEPARTURE:
Day 12 - Flight to Pokhara & Sightseeing
Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu (By Flight or Drive)
Day 14 - Depart Kathmandu

INCLUDES:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and accommodation in lodge during the trek Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu airfare or Private Transportation Jomsom / Pokhara flight tickets English speaking local expert guide, porters National Park fees / TIMS Card 3 nights accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on double sharing with breakfast & 1 Night in Pokhara All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara Airport transfers and escort Insurance of the guide and porters

EXCLUDES:
International flight & departure tax
Entrance Fee during sightseeing point at Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara
Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance.

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