Jomsom Trek (8-10 Days)

There are many highlights to this trek, including some of the best lodges in Nepal, a walk through the deepest gorge in the world carved by the Kali Gankaki River, walks through mid-sized hills and high mountains in Tibetan like country. The Kaligankaki River carries water from the Tibetan plateau and joins the Ganges in India.

This trek takes you to Ghorepani below Poonhill, Tatopani where there is a hot spring, Jomsom also known as Windy Valley, Kagbeni and Muktinath which are famous pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation for the Hindus because they believe that washing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death. The Buddhists find Muktinath sacred because it is a place where the great sage, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), mediated.

The Kaligandaki Valley has been a major trade area for centuries. As recent as 50 years ago, traders exchanged salt from Tibet, for rice and barley from the mid-hills of Nepal. Consequently, there is a rich cultural mixture of people on this trek. Gurung and Magar people live in the lower parts of Kaligandaki, Thakali people live in the areas from Ghasa to Jomsom, and the Lopas people who have obvious Tibetan roots live around Muktinath and up to Mustang.

You can fly to Jomsom, trek to Muktinath, and fly back to Pokhara within 4–5 days if you want the highlights of this trek but are limited by time. The starting point of this trek is Nayapul or Beni and the finishing point is Jomsom. You can do this trek in 10-12 days and at anytime throughout the year. The highest trekking point is 3,800 meters at Muktinath.
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