Explore the world’s deepest gorge – Kaligandaki, the ancient trade route to the Mustang region where the gateway to Tibet is hidden, Poon hill – a famous hill station, and Muktinath
Annapurna Jomsom Trek is one of the classic adventure treks that allows ample opportunity to witness the opulence of culture and wilderness existing in the Annapurna region. Annapurna Jomsom trekking follows the ancient trade route that has been in use since primordial days for trade-in between Tibet and locals of Annapurna. We will walk along the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge to the temple of Salvation God- Muktinath where we can observe the eternal flame. 108 Water taps increase the glory of the Muktinath temple complex.
Annapurna Jomsom Trekking takes us to Jomsom which is the famous gateway to the hidden Mustang region. One can experience a different aspect of Nepal in this trek. The sharp change in altitude enables us to experience diverse wildlife, climate, weather, landscape, and culture. The path is scenic with views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Mountain Range, and other mountains over 8000m. The combination of natural and cultural wealth makes the Annapurna Jomsom trek a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions organizes an exceptional 13-days Annapurna Jomsom trek itinerary. A team of highly experienced staff coupled with uncompromising logistics support and a season carefully handpicked itinerary drafted by the travel expert ensures a memorable trekking experience. September to November and March to May are best for the Annapurna Jomsom trek. The path becomes colorful with an array of blooming rhododendrons in the spring season (March to April). The path is moderately strenuous and since there is a sharp increase in altitude, there should be a concern for High Altitude Sickness. We suggest the enthusiasts prepare themselves with light exercise before joining the trek.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Exploration and trek orientation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (827m), for 6 hrs
Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2,895m), 4/5 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m), 4/5 hrs
Day 06: Exploration of Muktinath and surrounding areas
Day 07: Trek to Marpha (2,760m), 6/7 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Lete (2,480m), 5/6 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Tatopani (hot spring 1,190m), 6/7 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m), 6 hrs
Day 11: Early morning hike up to Poonhill (3,210m) and trek to Tikhedunga
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul 2 hrs and drive to Pokhara (850m), 1 hrs
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,350m), 6 hrs
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Join us on the Annapurna Jomsom Trek in 2022/2023
Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste. For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal and after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage at the airport and please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals hall. And please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions Placard and your tour leader will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu after meeting you. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the evening at your hotel lobby. And get familiar with your surroundings by walking the streets in the evening.
Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we tour the locations, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a short orientation about your trek. And the remaining time you can use to visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essential items.
After breakfast at the accommodation hotel, we leave Kathmandu and continue our drive to Pokhara today. The total duration of the drive will be around 6 hours and we hope to reach Pokhara by 2/3 PM giving you time to explore. After reaching Pokhara you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free to explore.
A 20-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight is delightful with scenic views of the gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. From Jomsom, we walk along the valley to Kagbeni (2750m). Jomsom is the administrative center of the region. We will cross the river to the east bank and walk up to Eklai Bhati village (2730m). We go to Kagbeni (2810m) at the confluence of Zhong River and Kaligandaki River. The village is influenced by Tibetan culture. And stay overnight in Kagbeni while exploration of the place.
Today we leaving Kagbeni, we will climb through the Jhong River valley and then head all the way to Muktinath. We will follow the ascending trail above Jhong River to Jharkot village (3500m). Leaving Jharkot village, we will follow the ascending trail to Muktinath (3802m). We need to reach Ranipauwa village. The religious site of Muktinath is located 10 minutes of walk far from Ranipauwa. And stay overnight in Muktinath.
Muktinath is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. The Muktinath temple complex has 108 water drops and the Vishnu temple. A Buddhist Gompa is located near the Vishnu temple. An eternal flame can also be seen in the Jwala Mai temple. We will explore nearby monasteries and temples and stay overnight at Muktinath.
Our journey descends 1,200 meters down to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a short stop at Ekle Bhatti, meaning ‘lonely teahouse’, a small hamlet of teahouses. From here, it is very windy in the valley in the afternoon, so we can hear the sound of the wind in our ears, following a gentle two-hour road until we reach the big city of Jomsom. Jomsom, a small hill town and the headquarters of the Mustang region with a small airstrip, is just above the Kaligandaki River. Another two hours of easy walking southeast from Jomsom brings us to Marfa for an overnight stop, a little gem with whitewashed houses, paved roads, and many well-kept lodges.
Today we drive from Marfa through whitewashed houses and rice fields to the banks of the Kaligandaki River. Walking along the Kaligandaki river, we reach Tukche, a culturally rich village of the Thakali caste. We will visit a local gompa and proceed to Larjung via the western edge of Kaligandaki. We proceed along narrow lanes and tunnels that lead us into the forest area. Passing through pine and juniper forests we reach Kalapani from where a panoramic view of the Annapurna range can be seen. Half an hour’s walk from Kalopani takes us to Lete where we will stay for the night.
After breakfast, we descend through the forest area to Ghasa which is the last Thakali village and also the last southern village to practice Tibetan Buddhism. After Ghasa we walk through a narrow gorge and reach Rupse village where a waterfall can be seen. From Rupse we reach Dana which is a Magar village. Dana welcomes us with a close view of the Annapurna South. We go down to the hot springs where we can bathe in natural hot water. And stay overnight in the hot water.
Today’s route is uphill, we go down through hot water and come to the suspension bridge of the river. Crossing the river, we exit the Kaligandaki valley and pass through the small villages of Sikha and Chitre into the forest. The road leads through the rhododendron forest to Deurali Pass (2834m). The upper part of the pass greets us with awe-inspiring views of Dhaulagiri Himal, Nilgiri Himal, Annapurna I Himal, Annapurna Dakshin Himal, and other peaks and mountains. A short walk from Deurali leads to Ghorepani (Ghodapani). This place is used as a watering place for horses and donkeys traveling between Pokhara and Jomsom. And stay overnight at this famous place Ghorepani.
At 4 am, we will leave our hotel and head towards the mountains again. This is the best hill station for sunrise in Pokhara. We will reach Punhil early in the morning so as not to miss the sunrise view over Annapurna from Punhil. Along with the sunrise view, Poonhill offers close-up views of more than 10 mountains. We descend from Punahill through the Downhill rocky forest area to Tikhedunga where we stay for the night.
About 2 hours from Tikhedunga, a downhill, and a slightly horizontal road leads to Birethanti through the villagers’ forest area. From Birethanti we will go to Nayapul, from where we will return to Pokhara
We can also do some last-hour shopping in Pokhara in the morning. Then we headed towards Kathmandu. We grab seats in the left lane of the tourist bus for the best views of the rivers along the highway because this is the last time we will see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we transfer to our hotel; And we spend the day at our own leisure, maybe doing some last-minute shopping or exploring any places you may have missed on your first day in Kathmandu.
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the mountains and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs like handicrafts and arts for your family. And your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)
- All meals: B, L, D (Including tea, coffee and fresh fruit)
- 5 nights standard hotels and 8 nights teahouse/lodges
- Trekking permit, and Conservation fees
- Trekking guide plus staff (staff to client ratio of 1:4 on trek)
- 1 porter for every 2 trekkers, throughout the trekking
- Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
- All entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
- All ground transport and listed activities
- Map of the trekking area provided locally
- Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary
- Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
- High altitude medicine and first aid kit
- Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
- Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
- International airfare & Nepal Visa
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu/Pokhara only)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
- Personal expenses & Personal trekking gears
- Drinks & Souvenirs
- Gratuities for staff
Grading: 5-6 (Moderate)
For this trekking. Trails generally go above 3500 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 6 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well.
[The treks around Jomsom are moderately difficult. The highest elevation is Muktinath at 3800m, but all nights are spent below 3500 meters. It is suitable for both first-time and repeats visitors to Nepal]
No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.
The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)
Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.
Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.
The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.
In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.
Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.
Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups to make it easier to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only charge up to 12 pax per group. If you join us, you can join people from different countries in any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people required to conduct the trip.
You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.
It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.
Clothing and Footwear:
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens
Toiletries and hygiene:
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Basic first aid kit
Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion
- Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
- Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
- Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
- In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
- Drink at least three liters of water a day
- Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
- Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
- However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.