Jomsom-Muktinath and Ghorepani-Pun Hill are two of the most famous and trekked regions in Nepal. At Team Himalaya, we have carefully handcrafted a trekking itinerary to offer you the best of both worlds. The 14-day-longJomsomMuktinath and Pun Hill trek encompasses around northwestern Nepal’s Mustang and Myagdi districts. Mustang – also known as the Land beyond the Himalayans lies to the north of spellbinding Himalayan ranges like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Jomsom – Mustang’s headquarter lies at an elevation of 2,700m, whereas, the sacred shrine of Muktinath lies at elevation of 3,710m. Another main highlight of the trek is the hike to Pun Hill (3,210m), a famous viewpoint in the Annapurna region that will grant you the mesmerizing views of over 20 soaring beautiful mountains.
The trek commences with a scenic journey to Pokhara in Kaski district either by road or air. The famous Lake City is also the gateway to most of the trekking regions in north-western Nepal. From Pokhara, we will take on a short drive to Nayapul, from where we will begin our trek. We will trek to Ghorepani, a popular village in the region via Tirkhedhunga. After proper acclimatization at Ghorepani, we will trek to Pun Hill the next to catch the sunrise views. The most popular viewpoint in the region and rightly so, Pun Hill grants the unforgettable views of mountains. After trekking down from Pun Hill, we will continue our journey towards Mustang district. We will trek mainly northward to reach Muktinath via picturesque Thakali settlements like Tatopani, Ghasa, Marpha and Kagbeni. After visiting the sacred temple, we will drive back to Jomsom from where we’ll catch a flight to Pokhara and subsequently, Kathmandu.
Since Jomsom Muktinath and Pun Hill Trek will take you to the best places northwestern Nepal has to offer, you will be left mesmerized by the extent of contrasting natural beauty. Located in sub-alpine region, trek to Pun Hill will take you through diverse and rich vegetation. From here, you can have a panoramic view of more than 20 peaks including major peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Machhapuchhre, the Pokhara valley and Mustang region. On the other hand, Mustang is characterized by contrasts. Since it lies in the Tibetan Plateau, it has arid, dry and harsh terrain, but is surrounded surreally close by beautiful mountains. The beauty of Jomsom and Muktinath is simply mesmerizing. We will also have the amazing chance to trek on the trail made by the Kali Gandaki Gorge, also known as world’s deepest gorge. The trail passes through several beautiful hamlets of Mygadi and Mustang district like Ghorepani, Marpha, and Kagbeni, the trekking will be a beautiful cultural revelation at the same time. Thus, the journey offers the rare chance to witness and experience the rich culture of the Gurungs, Puns, Magars, and Thakalis who have preserved the beauty of their culture and traditions perfectly. Since the trek revolves around moderate elevation, any individual in good physical health is a good candidate for the trek.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery. Our guide will inform on details regarding the treks to Lower Mustang and other useful information.
Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
With an option of driving or taking a flight, whatever your choice and interest a scenic drive takes about 6 hours to Pokhara, which is quite interesting on the Nepal’s main highway following the Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal as it gets closer to Pokhara with Annapurna and Manaslu range of peaks. In Pokhara the haven for tourist a scenic place with mountains and lakes, here in Pokhara transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa (Fewa) for overnight.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,450m.
A two hours drive away from Pokhara leading west, with fabulous views of Annapurna Himalaya ranging from A I, A II, A III and A IV with stunning Mt.Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” on reaching at Nayapul, begin the trek following Modi river for short distance to a nice village at Bhirethati and then on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route trail to Ghorepani, the walk leads to a winding up hills with stone steps in some villages and then arriving at Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop with beautiful waterfalls close by.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m – 06 hrs.
After Tirkhedhunga, morning walk starts with a climb on long stone steps all the way to Ulleri village a nice traditional Gurung village with stone slate roofs with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and top of Machhapuchhre peak from the top of this village walk gets better on the winding trail through enchanting forest of thick rhododendron, pines and oaks trees and the with steep up and gradual section reaching at scenic Ghorepani for overnight stop with grand views of Dhaulagiri massif with Tukuche, Nilgiri’s peaks and Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang ( Vara Shikar) Ghorepani located in the middle of rhododendron forest on the Trans Himalayan Trade of Nepal / Tibet through Mustang.
Day 05: Morning hike to Pun-Hill and trek to Sikha 2,130 m – 05 hrs.
Early morning at the break of dawn an hour hike to Pun Hill at 3,190 meters top if the morning is fine and clear striking sunrise views over mountain panorama ranging from peaks of Dolpo area, Dhaulagiri massive range, Nilgiris peak with Annapurna and Manaslu range with magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre.
After an exciting and enjoyable time head down to Ghorepani for breakfast and start trekking towards Tatopani with overnight stop at Sikha village, through serene rhododendron and pine forest throughout the walk on the downhill path all the way to a nice large Sikha village inhabited by Magar tribes.
Day 06: Trek to Tatopani 1,050 m – 04 hrs.
Today a half day easy downhill walk on reaching the Kaligandaki river after the village of Ghara, walk from here is gentle on the wide trail following the river and crossing the bridge to reach at Tatopani village by the Kaligandaki river where the hot spring located. The climate here of sub tropical temperature with citric trees of oranges and grape fruits, afternoon enjoy a dip in the warm pool just few minutes down from the lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 1,610m – 06 hrs.
Walk this morning leads following the Kaligandaki River with great views of Nilgiris South peak, our route heading higher up the river after the village of Dana and then leaving the warm rice terraced area for alpine weather and landscapes overlooking beautiful cascading waterfalls of Rupsi across the river down below, Ghasa the start of Mustang district inhabited mostly of Thakali tribe of people surrounded by confer forest of pines and rhododendron trees.
Day 08: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m – 06 hrs.
From Ghasa to Marpha will be one of the longest day walk of this trip, as the morning walk leads gently through the alpine forest with mild cool climate following the raging river upstream on reaching Lete and Kalapani villages with amazing views of Dhaulagiri mountains with its Ice Falls adjoining Tukuche peaks and on the back Nilgiris peak with Annapurna I and Annapurna Fang (Vara Shikar towards North east) this is the right spot where you are on the world deepest side of Kaligandaki gorge, from the high elevation of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna of above 8,000 meters summit top.
After a pleasant stop here continue trek on the river valley for a while and then reaching the apple orchard area of Larjung, Kobang and Tukuche villages beneath the towering Tukuche and Nilgiri peak.
From here leaving the tree lines for desert like of Tibetan dry landscapes as the walk leads to Marpha one of the most charming villages in all Himalaya this place famous for apples and its product like apple cider, brandy, juice, dry apples and apricots and local brew.
The neat looking houses with white paints and nice cobbled stone path with an old monastery on top of the village.
Day 09: Trek to Kagbeni 2,810 via Jomsom 2,715m – 05 hrs.
With great enjoyable overnight in Marpha, morning walk leads again following the Kaligandaki River for sometime after few hours of walk reaching at Jomsom, a headquarter and main town of Mustang area with a small airstrip located on the shelf of Kaligandaki river, after a nice stop here our journey continues on this windswept plain, afternoon is very windy on this valley so take precaution wearing mask or scarf to save your face from cool wind.
Walk slowly reaches a small place of Eklaibhatti, meaning a lone Inn or house, at present there are more than 5 lodges located in between Kagbeni and direct route to Muktinath. After a pleasant stop here our walk leads on a gradual winding path to reach at Kagbeni for overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.
Afternoon free to wander and observe the local life and its culture, as this village the entrance to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet border, the culture, religion and way of life is similar to Tibet.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m – 04 hrs.
After a nice stop at Kagbeni this morning will be last uphill climb of this journey as the walk leads to an uphill haul with fabulous views of Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri peaks towards east direction and looking back at Kagbeni village below as the walk reaches higher up, slowly the walk reaching at an old looking Jharkot village, from here the altitude gains quite high of over 3,600 meters and then an hour of steep climb brings you at Muktinath area with fine rows of good lodges overnight in a nice lodge with time in the afternoon for a visit to Muktinath temple premises, this temple dedicated to lord Vishnu and the word Mukti means ‘Liberation or Freedom’ people and pilgrims from far and wide of Nepal and India visit this place for blessing and prayer to get liberate from next life and with a bathe on the 108 icy water spouts.
Great views of Tilicho, Nilgiris and the North Face of Dhaulagiri with Tukuche peak, Muktinath lies on famous trekking route of Annapurna circuit.
Day 11: Drive to Jomsom 2,715 m – 2 hrs.
Today end of the walking part, as we have allowed an interesting Jeep drive back to Jomsom, morning the drive leads on the winding downhill to the flat Kali Gandaki River plains, after a short while reaching at Jomsom town with last night in the high Himalaya of Mustang region, afternoon free for short walk around.
Day 12: Fly back to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Morning an early start from the hotel, as the flight to Pokhara begins early due to wind factor, a scenic 22 minutes flight brings you at Pokhara with fabulous views of snow capped peaks during the flight, on reaching at Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by Phewa Lake, rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities where one can take a boat ride, hike to Peace Stupa or just relax and enjoy the views of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 13: Drive or fly to Kathmandu.
Here with an options one take a flight back to Kathmandu, normally TH offers options, overland drive is the best way of seeing more of Nepal and its way of life, farm villages and towns.
Starting from Pokhara after breakfast drive on the same highway with views of Annapurna and Manaslu range of mountains, then on reaching at Mugling Bazaar another 3 hours drive to Kathmandu following the Trisuli River for some times with uphill ride to reach the valley rim and back into hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu, on reaching at respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and souvenir shopping.
Day 14: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal after a wonderful memorable time in the Himalaya, trekking Kali Gandaki Valley & Lower Mustang with Poon Hill, TH staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for the flight back home.