Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 15 Days

Jomsom Muktinath Trek – 15 Days

The Jomsom and Muktinath trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit and perhaps the single most popular trek in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight
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  • Trip Code: ATH3235
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Demanding
    Between Moderate to Strenuous trip at an altitude up to 4,000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill-defined trails, away from major settlements. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.
  • Max Altitude: 3802 m /12470.56 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Pokhara - Nayapul - Ghorepani - Poon Hill -Tatoapni - Kagbeni - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • Explore the Kali Gandaki River valley.
  • Visiting the Pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
  • Walking along the deepest gorge on Earth.
  • Natural Hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Sunrise at Poon Hill with magnificent mountain views.

Trip Information

The Jomsom and Muktinath trek is a part of the Annapurna circuit and perhaps the single most popular trek in Nepal. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the rural life of Nepalese people. The main feature of this trek is walking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which, carries water from the Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India.

The starting and ending point is Nayapul about an hour drive from Pokhara. Normally trekkers continue on above Jomsom to Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist. To the Hindu, Muktinath is a sacred as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhist, it is the place that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at, and to all, it is the source of fossilized ammonites, known locally as shaligrams that are found all along the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki River valley. This trek is recommended year round as most of this trek is always in the rain shadow.

Itinerary

  • Day 01– Arrive at Kathmandu (1,345 m) International Airport. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02– Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03– Kathmandu to Pokhara (900 m) 7 hours by tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04– Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) 3 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 05– Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 06– Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Tatopani (1,190 m). Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 07– Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 08– Trek to Tukche (2,586 m.) 5.30 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 09– Trek to Kagbeni(2,810m.) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 10– Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 11– Trek back to Jomsom (2,713 m) 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 12– Thirty minutes morning flight to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 13– Leisure day and sightseeing  around Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 14– Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 15– Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 m).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist  shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying  in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty-five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus - 7 hrs

Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast  Included

Day 04 - Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) - 1 hr. Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) - 3 hrs

We begin our trek at Nayapul after an hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minutes walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015 m) a large village with many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m and after a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m. Today’s walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 05- Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) - 5 hrs

Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2,070 m. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2,250 m. We trek towards Nangethanti at 2,460m. After an hour of walk brings you to Ghorepani at 2,840 m . 

Overnight at  a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 06- Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) - 6 hrs

It’s an early morning rise at 5 o’clock; we begin trekking for Poon Hill. It takes an hour to climb from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, presenting you with one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal from where spectacular Himalayan ranges with amazing sunrise views can be seen very closely.

After observing the wonderful Himalaya views, we return to Ghorepani to have a hot breakfast. After breakfast, we continue our journey to Tatopani.

The trail makes a steep descent to Chitre at 2,390 m. As the trail drops down through Sikha, the hills are extensively terraced. Sikha is a large village with shops and hotels at 1,980 m, from there the trail descends gently to Ghara at 1,705 m. A further steep descent of 500m takes you to the Ghar Khola where the trail crosses the river on a suspension bridge. We then climb up above the Kaligandaki River before crossing too.

As you turn north, it takes you to the Tatopani at 1,180 m. Tato means ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’, a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river. Tatopani is a popular short trekking spot just out of Pokhara.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07- Trek to Ghasa (2,010 m) - 5 hrs

Today, the trail climbs up the Kali Gandaki gorge, considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated between the two 8,000 m  peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trail rises gently up to Dana at 1,400 m, and onto Rupse Chhahara at 1,550m,  there you can see a stunning waterfall. As the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the river, you will reach Kopchepani which crosses back to the western side on a suspension bridge at 1,935 m. Then a short climb to Ghasa.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 08- Trek to Tukche (2,586 m) - 5.5 hrs

We start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again further up the trail before entering Larjung at 2,560 m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then we spend over night at the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche at 2,590 m.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 09- Trek to Kagbeni (2,810 m) - 5 hrs

From Tukche, we climb along the side of the valley to Jomsom at 2,713 m. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and it’s the administrative center to the region that contains the airport, army camp, hotels, shops, banks and government offices.

We cross the river to the eastern bank; then walk towards Eklai Bhatti at 2,730 m. From here we take a direct route to Muktinath that ascends the hill behind the village, however we follow the trail along the river to Kagbeni at 2,810 m which is situated at the junction of the Jhong Khola & the Kali Gandaki which is the northern most village that can be visited without a permit to continue on to Mustang. This village is fascinating with its rich Tibetan cultures and their unique hospitality which influences us greatly.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10- Trek to Muktinath (3,802 m) - 5 hrs

We make a steep climb up the Jhong Khola valley leaving Kagbeni, we then join the direct trail to Muktinath just below Khingar at 3,200 m. From here trail continues high above the Jhong Khola to the imposing village of Jharkot at 3,500 m  well worth exploring. We take a break here for lunch before continuing on to Muktinath.

As we leave Jharkot, the trail climbs up to our ultimate destination of Muktinath at 3,802m. We initially visit Ranipauwa, there are many teahouses and shops. Our overnight stay will be here. Further 10 minutes’ walks up the hill, we will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai. An old temple nearby shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous eternal flame. It’s the earth-water- fire combination that accounts for Muktinath’s great religious significance.

Overnight at  a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11- Trek back to Jomsom (2,713 m) - 5 hrs

Today we follow the same trail nearby Kagbeni and then the new trek takes you down to the Eklebhatti, then again follow same trail to Jomsom.

Overnight at  a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12- Morning flight to Pokhara - 30 mins. Sightseeing around Pokhara

A 30-minute morning flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we arrive at Pokhara airport, we then drive to the hotel. In the afternoon we will have a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s waterfall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave, etc. 

Overnight at  a hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 13- Leisure day and sightseeing around Pokhara

It’s also spare day in case of bad weather in Jomsom.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 14 - Drive back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner (1,345 m)

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner Included

Day 15 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure

The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Jomsom Muktinath Trek. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 pax $1450 Single room provided in Kathmandu
    2 pax - 4 pax $1300
    5 pax- 7 pax $1150
    8 pax - 10 pax $1020
    10 pax+ $940 Complementary trip for one person
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Guesthouse on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory style).

  • Local Ace the Himalaya 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.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including Airport Departure Tax.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.(Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • 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.

General

  • 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 ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, Feruary, November and December (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 is 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 ( only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • 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 and is for cold season (optional).

Hand

  • 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 (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February, November and December).
  • 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).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • 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 cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for the cold season.
  • 2 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them 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 Kathmandu 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.

Optional

  • 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.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Jomsom and Muktinath trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We use standard rooms at two or three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara  with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment.The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Most teahouses (lodges) in the trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to your destination.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD jeep, more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.

For the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, we use Tara or Yeti Airlines.

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.

The trek can be also done in the monsoon season i.e July, August and September because the region is dry most of the time in whole year.

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 28 deg C to -5 deg C low.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 12 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 10 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places,  hot water in bucket will be provided for shower.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go through our trip extension page for more information.

YES, US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

  • A dental check-up prior to travelling.
  • That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Flight Delay in JOMSOM

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

    The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org