Annapurna Jomsom Trek

One of the interesting walking journey to Annapurna & Kali-Gandaki region with trekking and jeep ride on the worlds’ deepest gorge in the midst of towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions, this trek and drive follow the ancient cavern route through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation, and cultures.

From rich vegetation of rainforests to alpine unto windswept Tibetan landscapes, the land and its people changes as the journey leads upwards offering a wonderful experience to trekkers an introduction to Nepal’s cultural and its natural beauty.

The trail leads to ups and downs path, passing through many traditional villages along the way. This wonderful adventure begins from Pokhara and the first portion passed through lush green hill country typical of the heartland of Nepal, with the backdrop of panorama of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri mountain range, includes the majestic peak the Mt. Machapuchhere (Fish Tail) an unclimbed mountain so far as it is a respected and dominating peak in Annapurna region, walk eventually leads to lower Mustang at Jomsom and at the highest spot of Muktinath one of the holiest pilgrimage place for the Hindu’s and Buddhist the trek leads back to Jomsom for the scenic sweeping flight or drive towards Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions a great memorable experience to Annapurna and Kaligandaki valley trekking.

Trip Highlights: “In the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route-interesting villages,- A serene forest of rhododendrons-oaks-pines-constant views of the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna-Dhaulagiri mountain range from sub-tropic-alpine to arctic zone.”

 

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day guided tour at places of interest in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 820m 5 – 6 hours journey 200 k.m.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1070m. and trek to Tikhedhunga 1550m.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,864m. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 06: Morning hike to Pun Hill 3,210m continue to Tatopani (Hot Spring) 1,190m. 6 – 7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 2,010m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Marpha 2,670m. via Tukuche 2,590m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Jomsom 2,720m. 2 – 3 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni. 2,810m. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3,760m. 4 – 5 hours.
Day 12: Trek back to Jomsom. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Day 14: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 15: International Departure.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
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 if booked.

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 820m 5 – 6 hours journey 200 k.m.
The morning after breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway, an interesting drive through the towns and farm villages with views of snow-capped mountains. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Or you can take a flight to Pokhara which takes roughly 30mins. On arrival at Pokhara transfer to the Hotel by the lake Phewa for the overnight stop, afternoon free.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1070m. and begin the trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,550m.
After breakfast drive of near 2 hrs leads you to Nayapul (new bridge) to start this wonderful adventure, the walk passes through the busy areas encountering all types of people from local, trekkers and mule and donkey trains, the path joins at Bhirthati village from here follow west the main trail an old Trans-Himalayan trade route path, trek follows the main route through several farm villages and waterfalls till Tirkhedhuga is reached for the overnight stop. Approx. 3 – 4 hours walk.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m. approx 5 – 6 hours walk.
Today one of the hardest walk up to a steep climb for 2 hrs on the paved stone steps unto Ulleri village, from here the path winds gradually through the cool rainforest with few ups and downs, and finally reaching at Ghorepani, an altitude gain as you can feel cold in temperature and in the change of vegetation, a wonderful walk to here in the midst of the rhododendron.

Day 06: Morning hike to Pun Hill 3,210m continue to Tatopani (Hot Spring) 1,190m. 6 – 7 hrs.
Today one of the hardest walk up to a steep climb for 2 hrs on the paved stone steps unto Ulleri village, from here the path winds gradually through the cool rainforest with few ups and downs, and finally reaching at Ghorepani, an altitude gain as you can feel cold in temperature and in the change of vegetation, a wonderful walk to here in the midst of the rhododendron. A pleasant trek takes you through Ghar Khola, after crossing the river, our route leads upstream following the Kali-Gandaki River all the way to the Tatopani Village. Tatopani (Hot Spring) situated on the banks of the Kalai Gandaki River and it is etiquette not to pollute these pools by using soap in them. Here you will have time to immerse in these hot pool.

Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 2,010m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Tatopani, trek leads you along the gorge of the Kali Gandaki river and you will cross the river at two places on suspension bridges, the trail is gradual most of the way with few ups as you come to the Rupsi Charra (waterfall). After passing by this beautiful waterfall, the path is spectacular with carved out of the cliff side. Climbing up to the ridge and then descending again towards the same River. At the bottom cross, the bridge over Kali-Gandaki River another hour of nice walk brings you to the beautiful Thakali village of Ghasa for the overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Marpha 2,670m. via Tukuche 2,590m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Ghasa, two hours of good walk leads along the western bank of the Kali-Gandaki river and crossing the Lete Khola (stream) river by a wooden bridge and passing through the village of Lete, a short climb from Lete reaches to another nice village of Kalalpani for the overnight stop and for lunch, along with the magnificent view of the Dhaulagiri and its icefall to left and to the right Nilgiri’s near the peaks of Annapurna I. From this village, the walk is gradual most of the way, then reaching back to the Kali-Gandaki River Valley, where there is a two path one for the winter dry season and the other long one by crossing the suspension bridge for the rainy season, most probably at this time of the year we will be taking the long route to Larjung via the bridge.

After the bridge it is about an hour walk to the village of Larjung situated at the bank of the Kaligandaki river valley, with a brief break here our journey continues for another hour to our overnight stop at Tukuche village, the trail meanders past the village of Larjung just 50 meters above from the river, passing through apple orchard and eventually reaching at Tukuche, one of the most beautiful villages around the Himalaya, nestled just beneath the great peak of Tukuche and the towering Mt.Dhaulagiri.
From Tukuche, two hours of a nice walk will lead to another charming village at Marpha for the overnight stop.

From Marpha and Tukuche, we are well into the Tibetan-like region; the trail passes through the sparsely vegetated areas of this windswept country, the Kaligandaki River lies below the main road. The walk continues on the wide path near the riverbed. Fantastic view of the Nilgiri’s on route to Jomsom. In the early afternoon, the wind can be quite strong which continues till the late afternoon.
With the overnight stop at this lovely Marpha village, here we will have time to marvel the surrounding view and the village and perhaps try the local apple products, cider-juice or a potent brandy.

Day 09: Trek to Jomsom 2,720m. 2 – 3 hrs.
The trek from Marpha is well defined, but there are two routes depending upon the season, one is by the river bed which is 20 minutes shorter than the main high route.
Which ever route you take as per the guide decision, the walk is gentle on the slow climb following the River upstream till Jomsom reached for lunch and for the overnight stay. Jomsom, the largest village town and the administrative headquarter of the whole Mustang zone. Jomsom with its airstrip is a thriving spot for both tourist and pilgrims.

Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni 2,810m. 3 – 4 hrs.
From Jomsom, the trail leads on the Kaligandaki plains in the rainy season
the road diverts to the right bank of the river plain, the walk is very pleasant with few ups and down most of the way to the place of Ekali Bhatti (lonely inn) where there are three or four tea-houses at present, it used to be one tea-house when it got its name Ekali -Bhatti. From here the path splits into two ways the higher up leads to Muktinath well the other one leads to upper Mustang and Tibet via Kagbeni our route heads towards Kagbeni which is about an hour walk from this place.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath. 3,760m. 5 – 6 hrs.
You will need to take things very slowly as Muktinath is at the height of 3,750 meters. The highest spot on this trek. Initially the route leads us along the busy road that joins from Kagbeni, the road widens as we walk further on, passing through the interesting village of Jharkot, this place looks old and withered, as it has been for many hundred years ago untouched by modern civilisation, from Jharkot the trail climbs gradually for another hour and a half to the holy place of Muktinath.

Muktinath, located in between the popular trek to Manang via the high pass of Thorang la and the trail also joins from upper Mustang region, in the auspicious time this place is flooded with pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist, a nice walk to the Temple of Muktinath and with its 108 water spout, which is also the source of Kaligandaki river. Superb views of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak can be seen from the campsite and as well from Muktinath itself including the Tilicho and Nilgiri’s peaks to the left.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom. 4 – 5 hrs.
We retrace the journey back to Jomsom bypassing the path to Kagbeni, leading us straight to Eklebhatti with another two more hours to Jomsom for the final night of this great trek.

Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu.
A morning short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

Depending upon the flight time check-in for security formalities, this scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes less than half hour, panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks can be seen from the plane, on arrival at Pokhara airport terminal, transfer for the flight to Kathmandu.

Day 14: In Kathmandu for independent activities.
In Kathmandu at leisure for last minute shopping and please inform GA staff for an extra guided tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure staff will transfer you to the airport with complimentary transport for your final departure from this most scenic country, Nepal.

  • Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu as your Budget.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Kathmandu valley sight seeing and prepare for trek
  • A  professional Sherpa Guide with Government License
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter)
  • Food in Trekking(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  )
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House/ Lodge)
  • Necessary Trekking permits
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • All programme as per Itinerary
  • Necessary flight Ticket/ Land Transport(Domestic only )
  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • First-aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition
  • Rescue  Help
  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day guided tour at places of interest in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 820m 5 – 6 hours journey 200 k.m.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1070m. and trek to Tikhedhunga 1550m.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,864m. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 06: Morning hike to Pun Hill 3,210m continue to Tatopani (Hot Spring) 1,190m. 6 – 7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 2,010m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Marpha 2,670m. via Tukuche 2,590m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Jomsom 2,720m. 2 – 3 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni. 2,810m. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3,760m. 4 – 5 hours.
Day 12: Trek back to Jomsom. 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
Day 14: In Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 15: International Departure.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport meet our staff with GA complimentary transport transfer to relevant Hotels, our guide will give you a briefing of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, and related information that you might require while in Nepal with Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions.

Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
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 if booked.

Day 03: Drive or fly to Pokhara 820m 5 – 6 hours journey 200 k.m.
The morning after breakfast, transfer by private vehicle to Pokhara on the busy scenic highway, an interesting drive through the towns and farm villages with views of snow-capped mountains. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Or you can take a flight to Pokhara which takes roughly 30mins. On arrival at Pokhara transfer to the Hotel by the lake Phewa for the overnight stop, afternoon free.

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1070m. and begin the trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,550m.
After breakfast drive of near 2 hrs leads you to Nayapul (new bridge) to start this wonderful adventure, the walk passes through the busy areas encountering all types of people from local, trekkers and mule and donkey trains, the path joins at Bhirthati village from here follow west the main trail an old Trans-Himalayan trade route path, trek follows the main route through several farm villages and waterfalls till Tirkhedhuga is reached for the overnight stop. Approx. 3 – 4 hours walk.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m. approx 5 – 6 hours walk.
Today one of the hardest walk up to a steep climb for 2 hrs on the paved stone steps unto Ulleri village, from here the path winds gradually through the cool rainforest with few ups and downs, and finally reaching at Ghorepani, an altitude gain as you can feel cold in temperature and in the change of vegetation, a wonderful walk to here in the midst of the rhododendron.

Day 06: Morning hike to Pun Hill 3,210m continue to Tatopani (Hot Spring) 1,190m. 6 – 7 hrs.
Today one of the hardest walk up to a steep climb for 2 hrs on the paved stone steps unto Ulleri village, from here the path winds gradually through the cool rainforest with few ups and downs, and finally reaching at Ghorepani, an altitude gain as you can feel cold in temperature and in the change of vegetation, a wonderful walk to here in the midst of the rhododendron. A pleasant trek takes you through Ghar Khola, after crossing the river, our route leads upstream following the Kali-Gandaki River all the way to the Tatopani Village. Tatopani (Hot Spring) situated on the banks of the Kalai Gandaki River and it is etiquette not to pollute these pools by using soap in them. Here you will have time to immerse in these hot pool.

Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 2,010m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Tatopani, trek leads you along the gorge of the Kali Gandaki river and you will cross the river at two places on suspension bridges, the trail is gradual most of the way with few ups as you come to the Rupsi Charra (waterfall). After passing by this beautiful waterfall, the path is spectacular with carved out of the cliff side. Climbing up to the ridge and then descending again towards the same River. At the bottom cross, the bridge over Kali-Gandaki River another hour of nice walk brings you to the beautiful Thakali village of Ghasa for the overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Marpha 2,670m. via Tukuche 2,590m. 5 – 6 hrs.
After Ghasa, two hours of good walk leads along the western bank of the Kali-Gandaki river and crossing the Lete Khola (stream) river by a wooden bridge and passing through the village of Lete, a short climb from Lete reaches to another nice village of Kalalpani for the overnight stop and for lunch, along with the magnificent view of the Dhaulagiri and its icefall to left and to the right Nilgiri’s near the peaks of Annapurna I. From this village, the walk is gradual most of the way, then reaching back to the Kali-Gandaki River Valley, where there is a two path one for the winter dry season and the other long one by crossing the suspension bridge for the rainy season, most probably at this time of the year we will be taking the long route to Larjung via the bridge.

After the bridge it is about an hour walk to the village of Larjung situated at the bank of the Kaligandaki river valley, with a brief break here our journey continues for another hour to our overnight stop at Tukuche village, the trail meanders past the village of Larjung just 50 meters above from the river, passing through apple orchard and eventually reaching at Tukuche, one of the most beautiful villages around the Himalaya, nestled just beneath the great peak of Tukuche and the towering Mt.Dhaulagiri.
From Tukuche, two hours of a nice walk will lead to another charming village at Marpha for the overnight stop.

From Marpha and Tukuche, we are well into the Tibetan-like region; the trail passes through the sparsely vegetated areas of this windswept country, the Kaligandaki River lies below the main road. The walk continues on the wide path near the riverbed. Fantastic view of the Nilgiri’s on route to Jomsom. In the early afternoon, the wind can be quite strong which continues till the late afternoon.
With the overnight stop at this lovely Marpha village, here we will have time to marvel the surrounding view and the village and perhaps try the local apple products, cider-juice or a potent brandy.

Day 09: Trek to Jomsom 2,720m. 2 – 3 hrs.
The trek from Marpha is well defined, but there are two routes depending upon the season, one is by the river bed which is 20 minutes shorter than the main high route.
Which ever route you take as per the guide decision, the walk is gentle on the slow climb following the River upstream till Jomsom reached for lunch and for the overnight stay. Jomsom, the largest village town and the administrative headquarter of the whole Mustang zone. Jomsom with its airstrip is a thriving spot for both tourist and pilgrims.

Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni 2,810m. 3 – 4 hrs.
From Jomsom, the trail leads on the Kaligandaki plains in the rainy season
the road diverts to the right bank of the river plain, the walk is very pleasant with few ups and down most of the way to the place of Ekali Bhatti (lonely inn) where there are three or four tea-houses at present, it used to be one tea-house when it got its name Ekali -Bhatti. From here the path splits into two ways the higher up leads to Muktinath well the other one leads to upper Mustang and Tibet via Kagbeni our route heads towards Kagbeni which is about an hour walk from this place.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath. 3,760m. 5 – 6 hrs.
You will need to take things very slowly as Muktinath is at the height of 3,750 meters. The highest spot on this trek. Initially the route leads us along the busy road that joins from Kagbeni, the road widens as we walk further on, passing through the interesting village of Jharkot, this place looks old and withered, as it has been for many hundred years ago untouched by modern civilisation, from Jharkot the trail climbs gradually for another hour and a half to the holy place of Muktinath.

Muktinath, located in between the popular trek to Manang via the high pass of Thorang la and the trail also joins from upper Mustang region, in the auspicious time this place is flooded with pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist, a nice walk to the Temple of Muktinath and with its 108 water spout, which is also the source of Kaligandaki river. Superb views of Mt.Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak can be seen from the campsite and as well from Muktinath itself including the Tilicho and Nilgiri’s peaks to the left.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom. 4 – 5 hrs.
We retrace the journey back to Jomsom bypassing the path to Kagbeni, leading us straight to Eklebhatti with another two more hours to Jomsom for the final night of this great trek.

Day 13: Fly to Pokhara and to Kathmandu.
A morning short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

Depending upon the flight time check-in for security formalities, this scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara takes less than half hour, panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks can be seen from the plane, on arrival at Pokhara airport terminal, transfer for the flight to Kathmandu.

Day 14: In Kathmandu for independent activities.
In Kathmandu at leisure for last minute shopping and please inform GA staff for an extra guided tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 15: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, Great Adventure staff will transfer you to the airport with complimentary transport for your final departure from this most scenic country, Nepal.

Cost Include

  • Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu as your Budget.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Kathmandu valley sight seeing and prepare for trek
  • A  professional Sherpa Guide with Government License
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter)
  • Food in Trekking(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  )
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House/ Lodge)
  • Necessary Trekking permits
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • All programme as per Itinerary
  • Necessary flight Ticket/ Land Transport(Domestic only )
  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • First-aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition
  • Rescue  Help

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
Enquiry

Trip Facts

  • PKR-- Poonhill -- Tatopani/hot spring -- Jomsom--Muktinath
  • 3, 190 m at Pun Hill & 3,750m at Muktinath
  • Moderate
  • On Tea-House / Lodge
  • Private vehicle & flight
  • Yes
  • 4 season
  • low lands Hindus Brahmin, Chhetries, Dalits mid hills Gurungs-Magar-Pun, Thakalis of Buddhist religion