spreads over the banks of Kali Gandaki River.
The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri
form an attractive backdrop. Being district
headquarter, it is primarily an administrative
and commercial center with government officials
and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local
inhabitants of the region, known as Thakalis. A
company of the Nepalese army is stationed here.
Nearby is an airfield, from where flights
operate regularly. However, due to the strong
winds that buffet the area in the afternoons,
the airfield is functional only in the forenoon.
The views from Jomsom are enchanting as the
Nilgiri (7061m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m) ranges
reflect the golden rays of the rising and the
setting sun. The entire panorama is filled with
a golden, glittering light, which forms a
dramatic contrast. Life here is a balance of
hard work and ancient culture. Many visitors
find their most lasting impression of Nepal
comes not from the ancient temples in the urban
valleys but from visits to places like Jomsom
and its exhilarating spiritual environment.
Jomsom area is not only the most popular
trekking destination in Nepal but also the
gateway to Upper Mustang – “Kingdom” within the
Hindu Kingdom of Nepal.
Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for both
Hindus and Buddhists because of Jwala Mai (holy
flame), a natural gas fed flame burning from a
fissure in the rock. It is an oasis at 3811
meters amongst the barren hills leading up to
the Thorong La (pass). ) It is a large Vishnu
temple surrounded by 108 fountains in the shape
of cow heads. The devout Hindu drinks from each
spout in addition to his / her worship at the
temple. Equally well known and a main reason for
Muktinath's holiness is the small Buddhist gumpa
(monastery) nearby in which fire, water and
earth appear to burn simultaneously, the sacred
and pure "blue flame" of Vishnu to the Hindu, a
manifestation of divine omnipotence to the
There are many different ethnic groups along the
trail, but the predominant people in this area
are the Gurungs. Together with the Thakali,
Magar and Chhetrie people, the Gurungs are
famous as soldiers in the British Army, better
known as Gurkhas.
Along the trail the views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri,
Machhapuchhare and the Annapurnas are
magnificent. The winding trail passes through
magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron that
line the southern foothills of the Himalaya. The
terrain varies from sub-tropical valleys with
banana trees and rice paddies to high ridges
clad in thick rhododendron forest. You will
visit the famous Poon Hill where you will
hopefully be blessed with a fantastic sunrise
and view of all the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri
Range to the West. The views here are breath
taking as you sit and sip on a hot chocolate
before heading down the main trail to Pokhara.
Finally trek to Ghandrung following the EBC
trail then to Birethanti and drive to Pokhara.
Lodge/ Camping Trek
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
Arrival in Kathmandu airport and then transfer
to the Hotel. You will have a nice clean room
with attached bathroom and 24 hrs running hot
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
The following morning of arrival you will be
taken on Sightseeing tour of the many holy
temples and interesting surrounding sights of
Kathmandu to show its back ground and history.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Drive in tourist bus for about 6 hrs to Pokhara,
a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa
Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than
Kathmandu and is the perfect starting point for
our trek. Your first day in Pokhara can be spent
just relaxing or you may enjoy a visit to the
Tibetan Refugee Camp and David Falls.
Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni
Fly to Jomsom & sightseeing around Jomsom. The
Kaligandaki valley here is called the Thakkhola,
after the native Thakalis, who are distantly
related to the Tibetans. Gentle walk to Kagbeni,
the checkpoint of entry to Upper Mustang.
Day 05: Kagbeni - Muktinath
We ascend steeply to a 3880m, at Muktinath. This
is one of the most important pilgrimage sights
for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved
spouts surrounding the Vishnu temple in a grove
of poplars. Muktinath is also home to many
ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists, who come
here for the temple in which fire miraculously
burns in a stream of water inside a small but
very holy temple.
Day 06: Muktinath - Jomsom
Descend gradually through fields and poplar
groves, then into the Kali Gandaki river valley.
Follow the valley southwards to Jomsom. The Kali
Gandaki valley here is called the Thak Khola,
from the ethnic group the Thakalis, the main
inhabitants of this area.
Day 07: Jomsom - Kalopani
Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of
whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue
down the Kali Gandaki reaching the old Thakali
trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail
continues, the Himalayan rain shadow end and
open spaces make way for coniferous forest and
Kalopani (2560m.) From here there are
spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the
Annapurnas high above.
Day 08: Kalopani - Tatopani
A beautiful walk, with another transition into
sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water
buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail
follows the river through a narrow gorge, and
descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular
waterfall, before winding through the valley to
Tatopani, the hot water springs.
Day 09: Tatopani - Ghorepani
Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave
behind the terraced fields and walk through
thick rhododendron forest to the village of
Ghorepani. We camp at the pass for the best
views of the sunset over the spectacular,
snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.
Day 10: Ghorepani - Tadapani
A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass
for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and
the Annapurnas. Trail descends steeply through
dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to
Tadapani (2540m) for beautiful sunset views of
Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Day 11: Tadapani - Ghandrung
Trail descends steeply through dense damp
forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues
down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow
a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung (1940m)
and explore the maze-like streets of this
thriving Gurung settlement.
Day 12: Ghandrung - Birethanti - Pokhara
A steady climb down past startlingly green
cultivated terraces and picturesque,
beautifully-preserved farms to the scurrying
Modi River, which the trail follows back to
Birethanti and drive to Pokhara.
Day 13: Drive Back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Rest Day
Join the farewell dinner in the evening most
probably with cultural program.
Day 15: Transfer to the airport for Departure.
Cost & Booking
- All land
and air transfer as per itinerary.
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- Accommodation with attached bathroom in
- While on the trek 3 meals, tea, coffee and
boiled water provided.
- Fully escorted trek with English speaking
guide and necessary porters. And also in need we
provide other language speaking guide for trek.
- Entry permit and National Park Fees.
- Wages, equipment, insurance and other
facilities to trekking staffs.
Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
- Bottled beverages, mineral water, dessert,
items of personal nature, delay due to weather,
equipment failure or situation beyond our
- Travel / medical Insurance (this is a
mandatory condition of booking).
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency.