Jomsom Muktinath trek lies in the trans-Himalayan region of Annapurna. The trekking trail follows ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route to Jomsom and Muktinath. The trekking unveils Nepal’s spectacular diversity of landscape, culture and ecology. The region of Jomsom Muktinath was part of Mustang Kingdom for long time in the history. Hence it possesses ruins of ancient forts, caves and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism as well a pre-Buddhist Bon religion. The area gets very little rain making it the best palce to trek in Nepal during monsoon rain.
Jomsom Muktinath trek is fast changing because of road extension. However ACAP and locals have been trying to develop alternate walking route which is what we follow for trekking. This tour is now highly customizable with option of 4WD drive or flight and with side hikes. It is no more fun to trek the whole section like in the past. But the Himalayan scenery and culture have less changed. The trek is now combination of drive and day walkings to enjoy the culture of Mustang and the Himalayan scenery.
Day 01 : Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,850 m / 3 hrs)The 18 mints flight is the best mountain flight as it passes through the world's deepest gorge wedged between Annapurna I (8,091 m) and Dhaulagiri I (8,167m). Jomsom is a small town on the base of Nilgiri Himal. We will mostly follow the river bed of Kali Gandaki to Kagbeni. Visit old Kagbeni with 500 years old monastery.
Day 02 : Trek to Muktinath (3,750 m / 5 hrs) | Explore the temple and monasteriesThe trail climbs steeply above Kagbeni to the plateaus and then more gradually to another ancient town of Jharkot. From Jharkot, it is 45 mints climb to Muktinath. From the altitude of Muktinath, one will be overlooking at Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Ranges.
Day 03 : Take a detour to Lubra and back to JomsomLubra is the last Bon village (pre-Buddhist practice). The place is full of legend and history. Also the scenery is beautiful as we first traverse the pasture to come to the ridge closer to Dhaulagiri range. From the point where Panda Valley meets Kali Gandaki,we have to walk back half an hour to Ekli Bhatti.
Day 04 : Trek to Tukuche via Dhumba Lake and Tibetan village, visiting some beautiful monasteries along the way.
Day 05 :Trek to Larjung village and explore the Ghhursanbo cave in the higher reaches of Larjung. Enjoy the great scenery and the waterfalls.
Day 06 :Trek or drive back to Jomsom.
Day 07 :Fly back to Pokhara.
Tibet in Monsoon (summer)
4 days Tibet Tour
While it rains in the southern slopes of the Himalayas, Tibet in north remains dry. This is the best time to travel to Tibet as the days are warmer. Check our Nepal - Tibet Tour.
Best of Tibet tour visiting the heritage sites of central Tibet and the most sacred Mt Kailash in wild western Tibet. Drive on a desolate plateau overlooking at the Himalayas.
Himalayan Rain Shadow
The Himalayas obstructs the Monsoon wind from getting to Jomsom Muktinath region. They condense and give heavy rainfall to the south of Annapurna. The air that finally crosses the main Himalayas is rather dry. As a result The annual precipitation of Mustang is only 250 – 400 mm while of Pokhara on the southern slope of the Himalaya is 1,200 – 1,500 mm.
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