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Trip Code: NET-TR-CTJ

  • Trip Type Lodge Trek
  • Duration 07 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3800 m.
  • Group Size 1
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
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Cultural Trek to Jomsom

Cultural Trek to Jomsom

Jomsom Cultural Trek is a short and splendid trek in the famous Annapurna region. The trekking trail falls well below 3500m altitude but offers some of the magnificent Himalayan views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. 
 
Trekking through arid desert-like valleys and cliffs of Mustang captivates every traveler and gives an impression as if you have reached Tibet. The area is a roaming place for rare wild animals such as snow leopard, Griffon vulture, Tibetan wild ass and Musk deer among others. 
 
On this trek you will visit the ancient trans Himalayan villages of Jomsom, Kagbeni, Tukuche and Kalopani situated on the banks of Kali Gandaki River. This is a perfect opportunity to learn about Thakali community, observe Buddhist culture, and visit ancient Buddhist gompas. The monastery of Chumig Gyatsa or Muktinath located at an altitude of 3700m is one of the most sacred religious sites in the Himalayas. Pilgrims and tourists alike make it here to observe the statue of Padmasambhava, eternal flame and 108 stone spouts. 
 
Another major attraction of Jomsom Cultural Trek is Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world formed in the bosom of Annapurna and Dhualgiri, the tenth and seventh highest mountains in the world respectively. 
 
As the trail falls under the rain shadow area, Jomsom Cultural Trek is accessible throughout the year. Recently a motorable road has been in operation that takes you all the way to Jomsom and Muktinath. However you can still avoid the road and trek to Muktinath via optional trekking trails. This is an easy trek suitable for all age groups of trekkers and physical abilities. 
 

 

overview

 Trip code: NET-TR-CTJ
  Region Annapurna Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 07 days
 Trip Type: Lodge Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1
 Max Altitude: 3800 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
Monsoon: JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: Three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2 to 3 Star hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek

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After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) takes about seven hours. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara.
 
Pokhara is a tourist's paradise with full of natural and cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, museums, Buddhist and Hindu temples. You can also observe views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and Phewa Tal (lake).
 
Alternatively you can opt for a short 25 minute flight from Kathmandu airport to Pokhara. 
 
Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2713m) and then trek from Jomsom to Muktinath via Kagbeni (2895m) for five hours.

As soon as you land in Jomsom, you begin your trek towards Kagbeni along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Kagbeni is ancient town inhabited by Thakali community known for their trading acumen. After a brief observation of Kagbeni you advance towards Muktinath (3795m). Muktinath or Chumig Gyatsa is one of the most sacred religious spots for Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims. The temple hosts a statue of Padmasambhava along with an eternal flame and 108 stone sprouts.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2550m) takes about five and a half hours.

You now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, over a desert like arid landscape that gives an impression of Tibetan geography. Pass through Jharkot and Khingar villages full of Tibetan architecture, and continue down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Leave Marpha on a flat leveled path and soon you will enter Tukuche. Tukuche is another village inhabited by Thakali community where you can get a monastery, lodges along with panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tukuche to Kalopani (2500m) takes about five and a half hours.

After trekking along a rocky trail with some bushes at the bank of Kali Gandaki, you reach Larjung. Larjung is a perfect view point for Dhaulagiri glacier, Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri I among others. Also enjoy a tour of apple orchards in Larjung. The trail further crosses a suspension bridge and into a jungle. Stop by at Kokkethanti for lunch before continuing trek towards Kalopani. Kalopani is a magnificent village surrounded by verdant forests from where you can have a closer view of Annapurna I.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kalopani to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about six hours.
 
While trekking along the bank of Kali Gandaki River, you will be mesmerized by the views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Tukuche Peak and many other unnamed peaks. This day you pass through jungle and villages as well as a Tibetan refugee camp situated nearby Marpha. The village of Marpha also features an apple orchard, distillery, an agriculture development farm all surrounded by beautiful hills.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.

The flight is short and scenic one with panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, especially Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri etc.

Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. 

After breakfast take a day long drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about seven hours.
 
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar. Kurintar is where Nepal's first Cable car is located which takes you to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu. 
 
For short and comfortable journey back to Kathmandu, you can take a 25 minute flight from Pokhara airport to Kathmandu. 


SERVICE INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

The price includes the following services:
  • All airport pick-up and drop-off transport by A/C private car
  • One trekking guide
  • One porter for 2 participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, and trekking poles if required
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus
  • Flight tickets from Pokhara to Jomsom and from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast at 2 - 3 star standards hotel
  • Insurance and equipment for the guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency situation, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services by helicopter. In order to arrange timely helicopter evacuation/rescue facility, you must be insured by a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of hotels in Kathmandu, with a choice ranging from budget lodging and boutique to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Kindly inform us in advance about the type/category/price range of hotel that you prefer to stay. 
 

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    Reinhard Wolfang Traub,
    London,

    Jomsom Trek

    Many thanks for a wonderful trek in Mustang and beyond to Nava and our guide Ramesh and the most helpful Gopal, our porter. This was a challenging and enjoyable experience.

    Reinhard Wolfang Traub

    London, UK

    27/10/2010

     


    Mike Gonzales & Carol Jenkins

    Annapurna Jomsom - Beni Trek

    We had a wonderful 7-day trek from Jomsom to Beni along the river valley in the Annapurna region. Our guide, Ang Dawa Sherpa, had a comprehensive knowledge of the region, it's history, travel routes a times, mountain characteristics, and alternative options. His English was also superb. 
     
    The trek route was beautiful with a varied terrain & variety of vegetation, environment settings. The teahouses were very comfortable and clean. We were pleased that we remained perfectly healthy throughout the entire trek.
     
    Nepal Environmental Trekking covered all of our needs. Nava, was extremely responsive to all of our questions & concern prior to booking and arriving in Nepal. We were thoroughly pleased & impressed with the services & knowledge of Nepal Environmental Trekking and it's staffs. We would certainly recommend the group and use them again when we return to Nepal.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mike Gonzales & Carol Jenkins

    Andrea & Marvin,
    Netherlands

    The Jomsom trip was great !

    The Jomsom trip was great ! We even did it in 6 days, prettyhard, but so nice. We had the best guide, Ratna, we could wish. 
     
    Hope for the next time we will do the Everest Base Camp with him. The office also do great work to organize the trip in less than a few hour. All positive go on like this. 
     
    Will Be Back Again For Everest Base Camp Trek
     
    Thank you!! 
     
    Andrea & Marvin 
    The Netherlands 
    06/09/2011
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