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Jomsom Kagbeni Trek via Poon Hill

Poon Hill to Jomsom & Kagbeni along Annapurna Circuit

12

Days

TREK

Jomsom Kagbeni Trek via Poon Hill Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights

• Sightseeing tour of UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
• Walking and visiting villages in the lower foot hills of Annapurna
• Superb 260’ panorama of Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges from Poon Hill
• Stop at Tatopani natural Hot spring
• Walking along Kali Gandaki gorge that opens to a spectacular lunar landscape, surrounded by snow capped peaks.
• Visiting remote villages of lower Mustang District with Buddhist cultures
• Spectacular mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
• Relaxing two day stay in Pokhara valley surrounded by lakes and mountains

This itinerary provides moderate walk that introduces trekking in Nepal, while staying at the decent trek lodges with attached bath, suitable even for first time trekkers

Jomsom Kagbeni via Poonhill trek with option to visit Muktinath is our new program that incorporates easy to moderate trek using lodges.

Starting at the foot hills, climb through the forests up to Gorepani for incredible panorama from Poonhill. The trek then gradually winds north along the Kali Gandki gorge into the desolate landscape of lower mustang region. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna mountains embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
This trek is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek, modified carefully so that even the first time trekkers can take it up. In recent years the development of a dirt road along the Kali Gandaki has garnered negative press on this otherwise great treks. But in this itinerary we have taken advantage of this road to cover the distance when needed and avoided it when possible to retain the allure of trekking.

On the trek we select the best available trekkers lodge, mostly with attached bath, so that you don’t have to totally rough your holiday. It combines variety of landscapes, from hills to panoramic view, to even being near the majestic peaks themselves. It covers wide range of people, their cultures, arts, and architecture. There is no concern for altitude sickness because the few high altitude walks that it incorporates are optional only and best of all is that we can do this all within a short period.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to be escorted for stroll around Thamel. In the evening, briefing about your trip, followed by welcome dinner with Nepali cultural program in a local restaurant
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation:
Full day sightseeing tour and evening is free to shop and prepare for the trek. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara – Trek to Ulleri  Transfer to the airport and fly to Pokhara:
Upon arrival, meet your trekking guide and drive for about 2hrs to the trek start point and trek to Ulleri. Overnight in trek lodge.

Day 4:  Trek Ulleri to Gorepani:
Trek to Ghorepani and free afternoon or visit Poonhill. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 5:  Ghorepani – Tatopani:
Before dawn, you have an option to embark on the hike to Poon Hill to see the the stunning 260′ panorama of peaks that come alive as sunrises over the horizon. After breakfast walk to Tatopani Hotsprings, descending through Sikha and other villages.Overnight in Trekker’s Lodge

Day 6: Tatopani – Ghasa- Marpha  Today, instead of trekking:
We will hitch a ride on the local bus or shared taxi from Tatopani to Marpha. Along the way we will stop for pictures in villages such as Tethe and Ghasa. Overnight in Trekker’s Lodge.

Day 7: Marpha -Kagbeni:
Walk up the valley past Shyang village to Jomsom and further north following the valley to Kagbeni. Overnight in Trekkers Lodge

Day 8: Kagbeni – Jomsom (Option for excursion to Muktinath)  
Morning in Kagbeni for further exploration and towards noon, drive from Kagbeni to Jomsom. Option to hike or trek to Muktinath. Overnight in Jomsom at Om’s Home Lodge.

Day 9: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara:
In the morning transfer to airport and take spectacular 20-min flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival meet and transfer to the hotel. Free to roam, stroll, and do your own things.
Overnight Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10: In Pokhara:
Full day in Pokhara at leisure on your own. This is an extra contingent day, in case of flight cancellation or delay from Jomsom. Overnight hotel in Pokhara

Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Transfer to the airport and take a short 25 min flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet and transfer to the hotel. Free to do your own things for the rest of the day.  If you need additional tours, contact our office when you are in Kathmandu.
Overnight hotel in Kathmandu. (Option available for drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private vehicle, take a tourist coach luxury tourist coach to save costs)

Day 12: Departure:
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

  • Group SizeMinimum 2 Pax.

  • MealsAll meals during the trek, daily breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu

  • Trip AccommodationCity hotels with swimming pool in Kathmandu and Pokhara (rated 4 star +) and in best available simple lodges during the trek with attached bath.

  • RouteKathmandu – Pokhara- Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani- Tatopani- Ghasa - Marpha- Jomsom- Muktinath- Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu

  • Trip TypeTrekking

  • Trip SeasonsThe trek can be done through-out the year. Best is during March, April, Oct & Nov but equally great to do it in Winter months from Dec till Feb when skies are clear, air is dry and there are fewer trekkers. First three days of the trek areas can be wet during summer months such as June till September but generally other areas remain dry.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsJanuary, February, December

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August, September

Prices & Dates

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of participants or members on the trip.  Cost starts at $1400 per person. Contact us for details.

 

Dates:

Available as Small Join-in Group or Independent travel

 

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle (except where indicated in the itinerary)
  • Accommodation in hotels (city hotels with swimming pool in Kathmandu & Pokhara) & Guest House/Lodges during the trek
  • Daily breakfast during the tour, one dinner in Kathmandu, all meals during the trek.
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Local English Speaking Guide through-out the tour
  • One Porter for every two trekkers to carry your luggage
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All necessary permits required for trekking paper work and permits (ACAP /Trekking entry fees).
  • A basic medical kit for the trek
  • All government and local taxes for above services

Not included

  • Nepal Visa fees ($30 for 2 weeks upon arrival)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara is not included)
  • Battery charge, extra porters, mineral water or boiled water & hot shower
  • Personal expenses. (Tips, Laundry, Telephone, bar, beverages)
  • Travel & Rescue Insurance
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the “Included Section”

Accommodations

Kathmandu : Shambala hotel 4 star (upgrade available at extra cost)
On the trek: Best available lodges are used on the trek, however in many cases they are just a basic tea house type lodge. Attached bathroom is provided but in some rare cases one must be willing share toilet/bath due to limited number of such room.
Pokhara : Temple Tree Hotel 4 star


Hotels in Pokhara

Hotels in Jomsom

Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Hotel Shambala

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Hotels in Ghorepani

Hotels in Marpha

Hotels in Tatopani

Hotels in Ulleri

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Mahendra Raj Bhusal

    Mahendra Raj Bhusal

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Dianne
    San Francisco, California, USA
    Jan 1970
    Dream Trip to Nepal ( Dream Trip to Nepal)
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    Dream Trip to Nepal I was fortunate enough to book a last minute trip to Nepal through Windhorse for March/April 2017. I had confidence

  • William McComas
    Arkansas, USA
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek ( Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek)
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    Washington, USA
    Mar 2018
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