Jomsom Trek is part of the Annapurna circuit, which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. Jomsom is known a pious pilgrimage area by Hindus. Jomsom is popular for Thakali culture, tradition and foods and colorful sandy land.
Upon your arrival to Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel. In the morning, your guide will brief you on the trekking tour before a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Patan Darbar Square. Return around 5 p.m. so that you can prepare for your trip.
An early morning start will see your guide take you to the Tourist Bus Park, from where you will catch a bus to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, you can enjoy your time walking at the lakeside or even go for boating at the Fewa Lake.
After breakfast, you will drive to Nayapul to reach the hiking starting point at Modi Khola. We will hike to Bire Thanti, where you need to make entry of your permit. You need to follow the road, which is an easy hike until Hile, then a trekking trail until you reach Tikhe Dhunga. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail follows steeply uphill all the way to Ulleri, from where you can see incredible sight of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Mountains.
The next day, we will trek a trail uphill, through the forest, all the way to Ghorepani. You will have the chance to see some wildlife, local farming land, Annapurna Range and Magar village as well. When you reach Ghorepani, if the weather is good, climb up to Poon Hill where you see nice sunset view.
Wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise then climb up to Poon Hill. You will see Dhaulagiri Range, Annapurna Range, Nilgiri south and Mount Fishtail. After sunrise, go back to hotel, finish your breakfast then descend through Rhododendron Forest. Follow uphill, the Kaligandaki River until Tatopani. Take a bath in the natural hot spring, which is good for your muscle pain occurred during the trek.
Today, follow bank of the Kaligandaki River, which is slightly uphill. This area is called the deepest gorge in the world, which lies in between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. This place is also known as capital of the oranges as well.
The next day, follow the trail, which is pretty flat with the valley is much wider and windy. Along the way, there are lots of pine trees, walnut trees & apple orchards. When you get to Marpha, we will visit the monastery and Marpha Distillery where you can get apple cider and apple brandy.
We will leave early because there is more chance of strong wind during the noontime, which makes hiking difficult. Today, the trail follows the bank of the Kaligandaki River. After you get to the Jomsom entry, continue to the valley and pass many alpine grassy and sandy land, nice mountain villages, colorful hilly region and see incredible mountain views. After reaching Kagbeni, we visit the local village and old monastery.
The next day, we leave the Kaligandaki River behind and follow the southern end of Kagbeni, which is steeply uphill. The trail follows along side of Jhong Khola, which is a windy path. When you get to Jharkot, visit a monastery and walk through the village. After reaching Ranipauwa, leave your backpack at the hotel and continue to the Mukthinath Temple. The area is over crowded with local pilgrims and foreign tourists. Inside the main temple, foreigners are not allowed but you can look around the temple where you will see 108 brass waterspouts, shape of cows tap, pagoda style Temple roof and many people worshipping. After, you can go to a Buddhist monastery where you see natural gas flame inside the monastery, which comes alongside a spring, which is the source of the sacred water. Then, we will return to hotel where you will stay overnight.
Today the trail is easy for the most part, until Eklai Bhatti. Close to Eklai Bhatti, there is a rocky trail, which is steeply downhill to the bank of the river. The rest of trail is easy and flat. Enjoy your last day of the hike as we travel along the side of the river to find Saligram. We can search for Saligram fossils, which represent the god Vishnu in Hindu religion. When you get to Jomsom, reconfirm your ticket then leave your backpack at the hotel to go to Mustang Eco Museum.
In the morning, we fly back to Pokhara. If the weather is bad, we will get a bus to Pokhara. The road leading to Pokhara is bumpy and it is a long drive as it takes 10 hours. We will stay overnight at Pokhara.
Wake up early to reach the Tourist Bus Park for a 7 a.m. bus to Kathmandu. Enjoy overnight at Kathmandu before your departure the next day.