Jomsom Trekking

Jomsom trek follows one of the most ancient traditional route in the Trans Himalaya Trade Route or Salt Trade Route, passing through many interesting villages, local people, and traders, donkeys and mule trains. The trail also follows through beautiful enchanting forests of rhododendrons, oaks and pines with constant views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri mountain range. Trekking in Jomsom is one of the easy trek is also short trekking in Annapurna as well. Jomsom trekking goes from Tatopani onwards walk follows on the deepest gorge in the world between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri 8,172m and Annapurna 8,091m with only 35 km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their high top peaks into a staggering 6,660m gorge.


The Jomsom areas trail at one time served as a major trade route linking India and Tibet. Yak caravans loaded with salt descended from the Tibetan plateau, whilst mule trains carrying grain headed up river from Nepal's hills, meeting halfway to barter their precious commodities. The Thak Khola region you enter after Tatopani was the centre of this vital and ancient tradition of trade. Hiking to the Jomsom, as you enter the cobbled streets of Marpha, you have entered another world, a reminiscent of the Tibetan Plateau. From Jomsom the trail stretches on the Kali Gandaki Valley and up towards Kagbeni and Muktinath Tibetan-like villages with the ruins of fortresses set in the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki river Valley. Headquarters of the Mustang district, Jomsom is an important government centre. The location of a landing strip allows trekkers to fly in and out of Pokhara in a fraction of the time it took to walk in.


In the heart of this sunny, magical valley lies Muktinath, one of the most sacred of pilgrimage places in all of Nepal. Here, the natural elements are displayed in miraculous form-flickering blue flames of natural methane gas burn on water, stone and earth in an offering said to have been first lighted by Brahma, the Hindu creator. After a peaceful stay here, the trek ends at Jomsom for the short twenty minutes flight back to Pokhara and then heading back to Kathmandu.

Jomsom Trekking Fact box

Mode of Trekking:   Tea-House / Lodge.

Trek Grade:               Moderate

Trek Duration:          09-10 days.

Highest altitude:       3,760m at Muktinath,

Total Trip:                 15-16 days. (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Trip Highlights:          “between the massive 8,000 meters peaks, from the subtropics to the high alpine region, traditional warm culture, on the ancient Trans-Himalayan trade route, in the world's deepest gorge, charming villages and friendly locals, in one of the Hindu & Buddhist holiest place” 

Trip Map

Jomsom Trekking Map

Jomsom Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by Nepal Hiking Adventure Company staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where NHAC guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour. After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 200 k.m. 5-6 hrs rides. As per the drive time, transfer for the scenic driving journey to Pokhara. After 5-6 hours of good ride brings us to the stunning Pokhara Valley, on arrival at Pokhara transfer to Hotel. Pokhara is the second largest township in Nepal and enjoys a eautiful setting beside the large lake of Phewa, Rupa and Begnas.

Day 04: 1 hour drive to Nayapul by private Car, then begin trek to Tikedhunga. We begin our trek at Nayapul, driving to the end of the road. A 15 minute walk along the bank of the Modi Khola River brings us to Birethanti (1065m), a large village with many shops & teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village, and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hill at 1495m, and further short climb to Tikedhunga at 1525m. This is a short and relatively easy day, allowing us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Day 05: Trek from Tikedhunga to Ghorepani (2775m). After a hearty breakfast we leave Tikedunga, we begin with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. Then the trail continues to climb more gently through fine forests of oak & rhododendron towards Banthanti at 2250m. From there we trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. An hours further walk brings us to Ghorepani at 2775m.

Day 06: Ghorepani - Poon Hill (3195m) - Tatopani (1180m). Today, very early in the morning, we rise to hike the 1 hour climb to Poon Hill (3195m). A brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. We spend around 40 minutes taking in the wonderful spectacle, before returning to Ghorepani for a well-deserved breakfast. After breakfast, we start for Tatopani.

The trail makes descend steeply to Chitre at 2390m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1980m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1705m. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. We then climb up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing that too, before turning north to Tatopani. Tato means ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’, a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river.

Day 07: Tatopani to Kalopani (2560m). Today, the trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated as it is between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. From there, trail rises gently up to Dana at 1400m, & on to Rupse Chhahara at 1550m, there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani, & then cross back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1935m. From here it is a short climb to Ghasa at 2080m. The trail continues to ascend & pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani at an elevation of 2560m, where we obtain superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east.

Day 08: Kalopani to Marpha (2665m). This day we start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2560m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then will have lunch at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2590m. After Tukuche, the trail continues up the Kali Gandaki. As we pass through the gorge, the terrain becomes much more barren & the breeze increases. We continue towards Marpha at 2665m passing a Tibetan refuge settlement & then a horticulture research station. Marpha is a large Thakali village with many excellent teahouses; however it still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, & whitewashed buildings. There we will visit a superb Nyingmapa Buddhist gompa.

Day 09: Marpha to Kagbeni (2810m). From Marpha, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2713m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement, and is the administrative centre of the region, containing the airport, army camp, numerous hotels, shops, banks & government offices. On the way, we cross the river to the eastern bank, and then walk onwards to Eklai Bhatti at 2730m. From here we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2810m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki, the northernmost village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is rich in Tibetan culture and their unique hospitality.

Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m). We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley upon leaving Kagbeni, and then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3200m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3500m which is well worth exploring. We take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath. As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3800m. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. 10 minutes further up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites.

Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There is a shrine in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old templenearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water – fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance.

Day 11: Trek back to Jomsom, 4-5 hrs. A good gradual walk on the downhill slope all the way to the Kaligandaki River Valley from here the path is almost level all the way to Jomsom.

Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Early morning flight to Pokhara, on arrival Nepal Hiking Adventure Company staff will pick you up for a short drive back to respective Hotel, afternoon sightseeing of Pokhara and boat ride.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu. After a memorable time in Jomsom and Muktinath and the scenic Pokhara, morning drive on the busy highway to Kathmandu following the River Trisuli for few hours, and then reaching Kathmandu by mid or late afternoon, on arrival check in at the respective Hotel.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Depending upon your flight time, Nepal Hiking adventure Company staff will transfer you to the International airport for the flight back home or to your respective destination.

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