The Jomsom trek is probably the most popular trek in Nepal.
The scenic beauty that you will encounter during the trek will
astound you. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found
along the trek route provide a unique view into the Nepalese
people’s way of life. The route to Jomsom goes up the Kali
Gandaki River and passes through a gap in the Himalayan
barrier in the bottom of the deepest river canyon in the world. It
offers good views of the mountains with spectacular with
incredible abrupt changes in altitude. Typically trekkers
continue on above Jomsom to Muktinath, which is a famous
pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus.
The people in this part of Nepal include: Gurung and Magar in
the lower stretches of the Kali Gandaki; the Thakali around
Jomsom; and the Loba around Muktinath. Each has different
customs, mannerisms, and dress, and this trek provides the
opportunity to see and enjoy the differences.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival, Check-in at Hotel, Orientation - We will welcome you at Kathmandu Airport upon your
arrival. We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 2: Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara on a tourist bus. This is a long
trip, about 6-7 hours, but you will get to see some interesting sights on the way to Pokhara.
Day 4: Pokhara to Tikhedunga - We drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1 ½ hours) via private auto. The trek will
actually begin in Nayapul. From Nayapul, we have a short walk up the Modi Khola (River) to the large village of
Birethanti where there are many shops and teahouses. The term "khola" means "river", in the Nepali Language.
After passing through the village, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille, and after the short climb,
we reach Tikhedhunga at 1525 m. This trek offers a short and relatively easy day during the journey and allows us to become
accustomed to the experience of trekking in Nepal.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani - Leaving Tikhedhunga, the trail drops down to the Bhurungi Khola and then
crosses the bridge. The trail then begins a steep climb to Ulleri, culminating with a very steep climb up a stone
staircase to the village. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070 m. There the trail continues to ascend more gently,
through forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti at 2250 m. We continue on the trail towards
Nangethanti at 2460 m. Another 1 ½ hours of trekking brings us to Ghorepani where we will stay overnight.
Day 6: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Ghorepani to Tadapani - We will get up early in the morning and trek to Poon Hill to
view the incredible sunrise. From here you will have a superb view of the sunrise, and a panoramic view of
Himalayan Mountains, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and so on. After visiting Poon Hill, we will
go back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, pack, and continue walking to Tadapani. From here the hills are
extensively terraced as we descend down to the Ghar Khola. The trail crosses the Ghar Khola on a suspension
bridge and then climb up above the mighty Kali Gandaki Khola. Turning north on the trail, we soon reached
Tadapani where will stay overnight. There is a great natural hot spring on the bank of the Kali Ghandaki Khola (make
sure to bring a bathing suite). Tatopani means 'hot water' in Nepali and the village gains its name from the hot
Day 7: Tatopani to Ghasa - The trek now starts up the Kali Gandaki valley, which is said to be the deepest gorge in
the world. Here we will enjoy a beautiful day walking along the Kali Gandaki Khola, gradually ascending into sub-
tropical vegetation. We will cross the Bhalu Khola on a suspension bridges before arriving at Dana. You will see a
very high waterfall about 30 minutes prior to reaching Dana, Rupse Chhahara, which translates into “beautiful
waterfall”. From there we will continue through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki Valley, and
cross the river again to the east side on a 120m long suspension bridge. We will continue on to Ghasa, an ethnic
Thakali village, where we will stay overnight. This marks the southernmost limit of Tibetian Buddhism in the valley.
Day 8: Ghasa to Largung - Leaving Ghasa, the trail follows the Kali Gandaki Khola. The trail passes through a
narrow gorge before reaching traditional villages of the Thakali people. We will cross over the gorge and river
numerous times using long suspension bridges. This will present lots of great photo opportunities so make sure
that you bring a camera along on the trek. We will pass through several villages, eg. Lete, Kalopani and Kokhethati.
On the way we will be able to see the top of Dhaulagiri Mountain. We will stay overnight when we reach Larjung.
Day 9: Larjung to Marpha - The trail goes gradually up to the village of Kobang, where there are very narrow
alleyways and tunnels connecting houses. We will make a short side trip to a Buddist temple, Kanti Gompa. Our
route then continues to Tukuche Village, one of the most important Thakali villages. We can see a wine-brandy
distillery here and walk through the orange orchard street. We will continue our trek for another 2 hours before
reaching our final destination for the day, Marpha. Here we will visit some of the Buddhist gompas.
Day 10: Marpha to Kagbeni - We leave early in the morning so that we can exit the Marpha area before the winds
start blowing strongly. The trail leads to the village of Shyang before crossing the Shyang Khola to Jomsom.
Jomsom is the administrative headquarter for the region and is the last Thakali Village on our trek. The trail
continues from Jomsom along the river to Eklai Bhatti and from there on to the medieval looking town of Kagbeni.
This town is comprised of closely packed mud houses, dark tunnels and alleys and a large ochre-colored gompa
perched above the town. Passing through town, we will follow a flagstone trail until we arrive at our destination,
Kagbeni, where we will stay overnight.
Day 11: Kagbeni to Muktinath - From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to rejoin the direct trail leading to Kingar. The
trail continues the climb through a desert landscape, then past meadows and streams to Jharkot, an impressive
fortress like village. The trail continues on to Rani Pauwa, and then finally to our destination Muktinath. Muktinath is
the pilgrim center for Buddhist and Hindus, and you will see Tibetan traders as well as Sadhus, a holy man from
south India. We will stay overnight in Muktinath which is also known as Ranipauwa. There will be time to explore the
area and see some of the holy Hindu places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring. The
shrine is a grove of trees with a monastery and the Vishnu temple of Jwala Mai. An old temple nearby shelters a
spring and natural gas jets that is Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It is the earth, water, and fire combination that
accounts for the great religious significance.
Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom - Today we begin our trip back to Pokahara and Kathmandu. We will have an easy
day walking back to Jomsom following a different route this time. However it may be tedious if we have strong winds
such as those that occur in this area at times. On the way to Jomsom, you will have an opportunity to see the
people of Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who come to the area to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their
merchandise is the highly-revered typically black mollusk fossil called shaligram - The shaligram is a symbol of the
god Vishnu (Krishna). It is typically found in the Gandaki River, Muktinath Nepal. We will pass some ancient caves
and see the impressive white Dhaulagiri Mountain. Loosely translated, in the Nepali language, Dhaulagiri means
dazzling, white, beautiful mountain. We also pass through the major town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2
rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes.
Day 13: Jomsom to Pokahara - After breakfast, we will take the bus back to Pokahara, where we will stay overnight.
The trip requires about 5 hours. As an alternative, we can fly from Jomsom to Pokahara. This makes it a very quick
trip back to our starting point. Just let us know what you desire and we will customize the trek for you.
Day 14: Pokahara to Kathmandu - After breakfast, we will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. This is
a long trip, about 6-7 hours, but you will see many interesting sights on the way to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Kathmandu Rest Day - Today is a rest day in Kathmandu as you prepare for your return trip home. Relax,
do some last minute shopping and sightseeing in Kathmandu. We will all get together tonight for a final farewell
dinner where we can laugh, exchange contact information, and recount our adventures.
Day 16: Departure to Home - We will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your
airplane back home.
1 Arrive in Kathmandu, check into your hotel, meet for orientation
2 Guided tour sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
3 Tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara
4 Tourist bus from Pokhara to Nayapul (1 ½ hours), then trek to Tikhedunga
5 Trek from Gikhedunga to Ghorepani
6 Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani
7 Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa
8 Trek from Ghasa to Largung
9 Trek from Larjung to Marpha
10 Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni
11 Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath
12 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
13 Tourist bus from Jomsom to Pokhara
14 Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
15 Relaxation, last minute shopping, sightseeing in Kathmandu, and departure dinner
16 Departure to your home