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Jomsom Kagbeni via Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill to Jomsom & Kagbeni along Annapurna Circuit

12

Days

TREK

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

• Sightseeing tour of UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
• Walking and visiting villages in the lower foothills 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 a moderate walk that introduces trekking in Nepal while staying at the decent trek lodges with attached bath, suitable even for first-time trekkers

Starting at the foothills, climb through the forests up to Ghorepani for the incredible panorama from Poonhill. The trek then gradually winds north along the Kali Gandaki gorge into the desolate landscape of the lower Mustang region. The terrain ranges from subtropical forests to high mountains and arid desert landscapes resembling the Tibetan Plateau.

Jomsom Kagbeni via Poon Hill Trek is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. It is modified carefully so that even first-time trekkers can take it up. The construction of the road along the Kali Gandaki has garnered a negative impact. Apart from that, it is a great trek. 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, with an attached bath, so that you don’t have to rough your holiday. This Jomsom Kagbeni via Poon Hill trek combines a variety of landscapes, from hills to mountain sights to even being near the majestic peaks themselves. Besides, it covers a wide range of people, cultures, arts, and architecture. There is no concern for altitude sickness because the few high-altitude walks that it incorporates are optional.

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

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk to Thamel through Asan and Indrachowk market squares. In the evening, briefing about your trip, followed by a welcome dinner with a Nepali cultural program in a local restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation:
Today, we have a full day of sightseeing covering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valleys, such as Swayambunath, Boudanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the local markets. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara-Trek to Ulleri(1965m/4-5hrs)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet our guide and drive to Birethanti, the starting point of our trek. (The trail from Nayapool to Tikhedhunga is over a dirt road, the route could be dusty, therefore, to avoid the dust and the traffic, we will drive until Birenthanti). From Birethanti, we follow the Bhurungdi Khola, cross over the Bhurungdi Khola, and then hike uphill over stone steps to Ulleri. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani(2855m/5hrs)
After breakfast, we continue towards Ghorepani (2855m ). From Ulleri, it is a gradual ascent through forests of rhododendron crossing several streams. As we climb higher, the views get more striking, Mt. Annapurna south, Nilgiri south, and other peaks come into view. After crossing the Nangthati river, we arrive at Ghorepani. Ghorepani provides panoramic mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Gangapurna range. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5: Ghorepani - Tatopani:(1190m/6hrs)
Early in the morning, we shall hike to Poon hill(3210m) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Mt. Machhapuchre, Annapurna IV, and other snowcapped mountains. After the visit, we descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, we begin with a gradual descent, and then it is a steep descent to Sikha (1935m) and Ghara(1700m) village. After crossing the suspension bridge at Ghar Khola, we ascend to Tatopani. Overnight in Trekkers lodge.

Day 6: Tatopani - Ghasa- Marpha(2680m/3-4hs)
Today we will hitch a ride on the local bus or shared Jeep from Tatopani to Marpha to avoid the dust. Along the way, we will stop for pictures in villages such as Tethe and Ghasa. Marpha is a typical Thakali village.
Overnight in Trekker’s Lodge.

Day 7: Marpha –Kagbeni(2810m/4-5hrs)
We walk up the valley past Shyang village to Jomsom and further north, following the Kaligandaki valley to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a typical Tibetan-style village with Tibetan influence. Explore around, and visit its monastery. Kagbeni is also the gateway to the remote upper Mustang region. Overnight in Trekkers lodge.

Day 8: Kagbeni - Jomsom(2743m/5hrs)
Early morning explore around the village and start trekking to Jomsom. Start our hike early to avoid the strong winds that blow in the afternoon. The trek goes along the Kali Gandaki valley with beautiful views past the village of Ekle Bhatti. Overnight in Hotel Om’s Home

Hike to Muktinath(optional)
The hike from Kagbeni to Muktinath is mainly over the newly built tarmac road crisscrossing the trekking trail. From Kagbeni, the trail climbs and rejoins the main trail leading to Khingar. It further raises till Jharkot and then climbs up to Muktinath. Muktinath is a sacred Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site. After exploring around, drive to Jomsom in a public bus or a shared Jeep.

Day 9: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara:
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the early morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, and the rest of the day is to rest, relax or explore the lakeside area.
Overnight in a hotel.

Day 10: In Pokhara:
Full day sightseeing around Pokhara. Visit the World Peace Pagoda at the top of Ananda Hill overlooking the city. Also, visit the Bindebasani Temple, Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave, the old Pokhara Bazaar, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement, and the international mountain museum. Overnight in a hotel.
(This is an extra contingent day, in case of flight cancellation or delay from Jomsom)

Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu:
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu, check into the hotel, and the rest of the day is free. Overnight in a hotel.

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- Ulleri – Ghorepani- Tatopani- Ghasa - Marpha- Jomsom- Muktinath- Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • 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

Our cost is based on the number of participants to offer the best possible cost:

  • 8 members: US$1285 per person.
  • 6 members: US$1355 per person.
  • 4 members: US$1460 per person.
  • 2 members: US$1675 per person.
  • Single traveler: US$2450.
  • Single room supplementary: US$240.

Dates are available as a small join-in group or independent travel.

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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 throughout 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 and paperwork(ACAP /TIMS).
  • A basic medical kit for the trek
  • All government and local taxes for the above services

Not included

  • Nepal Visa fees
  • 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 and Pokhara: (3-4* type hotels)
During the trek:
Best available lodges are used on the trek, however, in many cases they are just a basic tea house type lodge. The attached bathroom is provided but in some rare cases, one must be willing to share a toilet/bath due to a limited number of such rooms.


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


  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

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