The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is is an Annapurna Region gem that sees a lot less traffic than other routes in the area. From Pokhara or Jomsom you trek to the Kali Gandhaki Valley. Here you find the pilgrimage site Muktinath. The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is therefore a lot more than just a great trekking experience.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Buddhists and Hindus. In Hinduism Muktinath is known as Mukti Kshetra, which means “place of liberation.” The small temple in Muktinath is one of the oldest Hindu temples where pilgrims worship God Vishnu.
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The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the easier treks in the Annapurna Region and the fact that you will be hiking to Muktinath, a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists, adds to the excitement. This is the ultimate combination of nature and culture. Submerse yourself in the mystique that comes with the beautiful Jomsom Muktinath Trek.
When you are hiking to Muktinath, you should know that you are on a very special trail. The destination, Muktinath, is a sacred place for Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley. Muktinath is situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass. Hindus call Muktinath Mukti Kshetra, which can be translated as “Place of Liberation”. The temple you can find in Muktinath is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava Sect. Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which means “Hundred Waters” in Tibetan. This refers to the 108 bull faces in the outer courtyard through which water is poured. This place attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. On the Jomsom Muktinath Trek you are not only trekking in beautiful nature and see the best mountain scenery, but you can meet pilgrims from many corners of the world.
The Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons. Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking this Annapurna classic. What must be said, is that every trekking season offers its own excitement and atmosphere for hikers. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.
Doing the Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be a challenge. But this doesn’t mean that you can not do it. If you like hiking and make sure you start to get fit well ahead of the start of your trek, you can definitely make it.
The average Jomsom Muktinath Trek is not difficult but hikers and trekkers should still be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.
As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking in regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane. An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Besisahar. This is where some of the costs sit.
Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas.
For the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, you need two kinds of permits:
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System): This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit): As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit.
All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.
Prices for the Jomsom Muktinath Trek are around USD 850 or EUR 700.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes in the Annapurna Region.
When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.
Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by.
Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.
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