Followers of both Hinduism and Buddhism regard Muktinath as a highly important pilgrimage site in Nepal. Nestled in the Northern Himalaya the trekking trail passes through the Annapurna Conservation area up to Jomsom, the admistrative center of Mustang district if we start the trek from Birethanti. Otherwise we can take early morning flight to Jomsom and begin trek along kali Gandaki gorge.
Day 01 Kathmandu 1350m.
You will be welcomed by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival, then transferred to hotel. Our representative will brief you the logistics of your different phases before dinner.
Day 02 Kathmandu 1350m.
You will be taken to sight seeing in world heritage places including Soyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath by our tour guide, Preparation for rekking in the Evening. (If any stuff needed to be purchased for Trekking)
Day 03 Drive to Pokhara 850 m.
After break fast drive to Pokhra it is opportunity to see different cultures on the way and drive to along the Tursuli River.
Day 04 Fly Phokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 2800 m.
Early morning after breakfast fly to Jomsom (2720 m.) It takes 30 minuets. You can see spectacular view of Tilicho and Nilagiri Mountains. Then begin trek to Kagbeni along the gorge of Kaligandaki River which will be a gentle walk. It takes 3 and half hours to get Kagbeni. By the afternoon the stiff winds begin to blow and the day is an opportunity to visit Kagbeni monastery and Kagbeni village. Kagbeni is a main entrance gate to go upper Mustang. People have to register their permit as well.
Day 05 Kagbeni to Muktinath 3760 m.
After breakfast begin the trek which takes approximately 4 hours. In the beginning the trail steeply ascends a couple of hundred meters. Then comes gradual walking where you can enjoy a beautiful desert landscape, Tibetan style houses, apple gardens, yak herds, sheep herds and so on. Then you get to Jharkot and you can see Thorongla Valley straight up to Muktinath. People who do the Annapurna circuit come from Thorongla Pass which is 5416m. If you want you can visit the Monastery in Jharkot. The Monastery belongs to Shakyapa and is known as a traditional medicine center. Then afterwards head towards Muktinath following a steeply ascending path for half an hour. Muktinath is an impotent pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Here you come across a natural flame which is exhilarating. You can see a splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m.), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. In the Temple you can see holy bath with 108 taps as well. Many domestic and international tourists come to visit here.
Day 06 Muktinath 3760 m.
The day you can explore to the Muktinath and Thorangla Phedi.
Day 07 Mumtinath to Jomsom 2720 m.
After breakfast we need to walk 6 hours to get Jomsom. This is all downhill till Kagabeni then we walk on flat ground along the Kaligandaki River.
Day 08 Fly Jomsom to Pokhara 850m.
After the break fast get in to the Airport it takes 30 minute to get phokhara. Afternoon you will have sight sightseeing in pokhara.
Day 09 Drive back to Kathmandu 1350m.
After break fast drive to Kathmandu it takes approximately 7 hours by Tourist Bus.
Day 10 Kathmandu 1350m.
Final day for relax, re-organise your bags, shopping in Kathmandu and Remember to re-confirm your flights.
Day 11 Fly back to Home.
This is your final day in Kathmandu before catching your flight to home, ensure you have all the stuff packed and arrive at the airport in plenty of time, Fly to home.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a Five star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included. (4 nights)
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
- All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
- Highest available standard Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek. (we provide accomodation at Yeti Mountain Home, Everest Summit Lodge etc with attached toilet bathroom facilities)
- Local Malla Treks Nepal licensed English speaking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Everest National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Malla Treks Nepal (which need to be returned after the trek).
- Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airport.
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
- Free Malla Treks duffel/ T-shirt (yours to keep).
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu (On Day 2).
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 15th).
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Malla Treks duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
- Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
- 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
- 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
- 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 pair sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money& passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.