To the north of Pokhara is a trekkers paradise, famously known as the Jomsom trek. The trek in itself brings out the best that Nepal has to offer with the vast diversity along with high mountains and deep valley trails. In the Jomsom trek, one gets to sample differentiating geographical climates and terrains ranging from subtropical jungles to windy, dry plateau conditions which is a miniature picture of Tibet. Hikers are left in awe and wonder at such surreal scenery and culture. Cultures and traditions are unravelled to you, of both the high and low lands.
It is only obvious that this hiking route sees the vast majority of trekkers to Nepal, nearly 70%. The ascents are relatively easy when following the two set courses – Kali Gandaki to Jomsom and Muktinath. Either way, there is an incessant view of the mountains, the interaction of rural life and culture, not allowing you to return disappointed.
The Jomsom Trek in truth
The trek begins in earnest from Nayapul after having been driven from Kathmandu, to Birethanti which is actually just a twenty minute hike. Having rested the night, the hike takes us to Tikhedhunga via pastures once used by ponies. The next leg of the trek is to Ghorepani – meaning white water through trails of soft pastures and lands cultivate to give way to think forests of wonderful rhododendron and oak. It is here that you also get a unscattered view Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, South Annapurna, Annapurna I and Tarke Kang formerly known as Glacier Dome.
Your next day’s destination is Tatopani, interestingly it name means hot springs as the area is abound in them and it is an area for citrus fruits. It is onto Ghasa and the trail is said to house one of the deepest gorges in the world in the Kali Gandaki Valley and at the same time you pass a few villages of the Magar, Brahmin and Thakales. There are cascading waterfalls and it is here that the vegetation changes from subtropical trees and shrubs to one of mountainous in nature such as pine and birch. The next on the route is Largung, where you get a circular view of Dhaulagiri, the three Nilgiris, Tukuche and Fang.
The next stop on our trek is Marpha where you will get to pass apple orchards on the way. From here, it is onto Kagbeni and then onto Muktinath which is a sacred place for both the Hindus and Buddhist.The last leg of the trek it is onto Jomsom where you finally head back to Pokhara.
1. Day One – Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
You will be met at Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Green Lotus Trekking holding a welcome placard and taken for your overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu and to freshen up. Prior to dinner a briefing will be held. You could spend the rest of the day resting or wandering around the city of Kathmandu sightseeing.
2. Day Two – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Birethanti (900m)
We first get to Nayapul by bus via Pokhara which is the starting point of our trek. We get across the bridge along a trail leading behind a ridge that becomes more and more rocky heading eastwards on the banks of Modi Khola till Birethanti. O/N stay at lodge.
3. Day Three – To Tirkhedunga (1510m) – (Approx 3 hour’s trek)
Today we start our full day’s trek to Tirkhedunga. Hike starts through a bamboo forest and past a waterfall, we then fallow the Bhurungdi Khola and across a suspension bridge. Passing through a trail to Sudami climbing up steadily, it is Hille next. Next, up a stone trail, we get to Tirkhedunga. O/N stay at Lodge.
4. Day Four – To Gorepani (2750m) – (Approx 6 hour’s trek)
The day’s trek begins by crossing the Tirkhedunga Khola and then Bhurungdi Khola and ascends a steep stone step. On summit, the top Annapurna south(7219m) and Hiunchuli start appearing form behind the hills. Getting to first Ulleri (2080m), a Magar village and then to Banthanti (2250m), the magnificent view Oak and Rhododendron forest becomes apparent. On crossing two crystal clear streams, it is Nangathanti. An hour’s hike away is Gorepani, a name in Nepali which means white water. O/N stay in Lodge.
5. Day Five – To Tatopani (1290m) – (Approx 6 hour’s trek)
Through the pass at Deorali, we trek down a steep muddy trail through rhodendron and magnolia forest with breaks of pastures. The trail then leads east to Tadapani and Ghandruk and Ghorapani. Via landslide scared land to Phalate (2390m) and then Shikha, Ghara, Ghar Khola over a suspension bridge, finally crossing Kali Gandaki, the trail turns north to Tatopani; meaning hot water in Nepali. O/N stay at lodge.
6. Day six – To Ghasa (1950m) – (Approx 7 hour’s trek)
We start the trek up the Kali Gandaki Valley (the deepest gorge in the world). Crossing several landslides and cave like overhanging rocks, we get to Guithe (1320m) and then Dana (1450m). A thirty minute’s hike takes us to Rupse Chhahara (1560m), then Kopchepani and finally Ghasa. O/N stay at lodge.
7. Day Seven – To Largung (2560m) – (Approx 5 hour’s trek)
Crossing a ridge and descending to a river and through a forest, the trek takes us to Kaiku (2180m). Then over up and down trails, dropping to the valley, we cross the river and a short walk later to Lete. Then through the Kalopani , Dhampu, Kokhethali, we again cross the Kali Gandaki river. It is here Mount Dhaulagiri begins to peep over the horizon. A good distance up the river and a short descend gets us to Largung. O/N stay at lodge.
8. Day Eight – To Marpha (2680m) – (Approx 4 hour’s trek)
A ten minutes trek gets us to Khobang, the trail passes a few narrow alley ways, which opens out to give views Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. The trek then moves over flat land and over high cliff side trail to Kukuche (2580m) and after a couple of hours of dramatic scenery onto Marpha. O/N stay at lodge.
9. Day Nine – To Kagebeni (2840m) – (Approx 4 hour’s trek)
The day’s hike begins by the road at the side of the valley to Shyang (2800m).Then the road traverses towards Kali Gandaki and following the trail along the river we finally get to Kagebei. O/N stay at lodge.
10. Day Ten – To Muktinath (3710m) – (Approx 3 hour’s trek)
The day’s trek begins with the scintillating view of the Nilgiri peaks in the north making a steep climb to the Jhong Valley, then up higher Khingar (3400m). The Jhong Khola takes us to Jharkot (3500m), then to Ranipauwa and finally to Muktinath famed for a Hindu pilgrim sight. O/N stay at lodge.
11. Day Eleven – To Jomsom (2760m) – (Approx 4 hour’s trek)
It is an easy trek back to Jomsom with the backdrop of the Annapurna range. O/N stay at lodge.
12. Day Twelve – Flight to Pokhara (900m)
We get to Pokhara by flight and spend the rest of day sightseeing the different places of interest of the lake side city. O/N stay at lodge.
13. Day Thirteen – Flight to Kathmandu (1400m)
We get to Kathmandu by flight and spend the rest of the either sightseeing and buying souvenirs or resting as pleased.
14. Day Fourteen – Farewell from Kathmandu
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
What is the best time of year to trek?
You can find good places to trek somewhere in the Himalayas at anytime of the year. However for most regions the best time is from October to May, with Oct-Nov having best weather for trekking. During the autumn nights are cold in the high Himalaya, but the bright sun makes for pleasant daytime temperature (20 degree centigrade to 5 centigrade in the night). Above 3500m temperature range goes down to -10 degree centigrade, and in winter (Dec-Jan) it is about 10 degrees colder.
How fit do I have to be to do a trek?
Whilst you do not need to be super-fit, you need to be fit enough to comfortably walk for 5-6 hours per day in the mountains on reasonable trails. Most of our customers have an interest in walking in the hills or countryside of their homeland and are used to similar daily trips.
What is a typical group size? Will I fit in?
We pride ourselves in our small group approach to Adventure Travel. Small groups allow you to share great company without crowding your experience. Our typical groups range in size from 2 up to 8. One of the attractions of such a trip is the chance to meet people with different backgrounds and personalities
What if the dates for the group treks don’t fit my itinerary?
If this is the case, we can organize a personalized trek for you. Additionally if you want to spend more time in Kathmandu before or after a trek we can organize the hotels and quote you a price.
Are your tours guaranteed to run?
If you are group of two and more the trip is guaranteed to run.
Do I need to buy special equipment?
Usually our clients simply bring their existing clothing and equipment and if necessary supplement this with some extra items purchased cheaply in Kathmandu.
What gear to bring?
Passport (with photocopies)
Photos for Nepal visa on arrival
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
Day pack for daily personal items
Light sandals or plimsolls to wear in the lodges
2 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of walking socks
2 warm shirts/ thin fleece
1 pair of thin thermal under trousers.
Long trousers for walking (or long skirt for women)
Gloves (it’s cold on the Thorung La, Laurebina Pass and Cho La)
Warm hat which covers your ears (for the Kali Gandaki and Thorung La – it’s windy)
Base ball cap or broad brim hat to keep the sun off (Australian Barmah recommended)
Soap and soap dish
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Hand sanitizing lotion
Moisturizer, Lip balm
Tampons – hard to buy in rural areas
Ear plugs for light sleepers
Sheet of plastic (Use as a poncho if it rains)
1 roll of toilet paper. You can buy more on the way.
2 large plastic bag. One for smelly clothes, one for things which must be kept dry.
Small good quality padlock
Iodine tablets for water purification
Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
Notes. All of the trekking items are available in Kathmandu at nominal prices. However we suggest you bring hiking boots from your home country if you decided to purchase these items in Kathmandu .
Can I store stuff that I do not use on trek?
Yes, all hotels provide storage facility for free.
Do I need travel insurance?
Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is a condition of booking a tour with Green Lotus Trekking, and your responsibility to ensure for type of tours you are undertaking; the policy must include satisfactory cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking and climbing, and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to Green Lotus Trekking when available.
Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
Yes. You can apply in your home country thorough Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or obtain it at the airport on arrival by paying fee as below:
Multiple entry 15 days: US $25
Multiple entry 30 days: US $40
Multiple entry 90 days: US $100
Notes. We suggest you to bring the exact change. You also need bring 2 passport size photo.
Tourist Visa Extension
Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
Gratis (Free) Visa
Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
I am a single trekker. How does this work?
Normally single trekkers have no problems fitting in with a group. Normally single trekkers share rooms or lodges with other trekkers of the same sex, but if we have an odd-number we ensure that a room or lodge is organised accordingly.
How will my booking be processed?
To confirm your booking we will require deposit of $250 for treks and $300 for a peak climbing which can be made by bank transfer or online through paypal.com (leading transaction site). The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or traveler cheque. Alternatively balance can be paid by bank transfer or PayPal shortly before arriving in Kathmandu.
Beside deposit payment what information do I need to forward?
Following details is needed to process your trekking permit, national park permit, flight booking etc.
Place of issue:
Date of birth:
Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines):
All above info can be sent electronically via email.
How far do I trek each day?
You will typically walk 4-9 miles (5-8 hours) each day. Some days may be rest days for impromptu exploration. In high and steep areas, you may move more slowly. Most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude over about 2000 meters and your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization. Our treks follow established trails used by local people. You will probably carry only a light day pack.
How flexible is the trekking day?
You can hike at your own pace, stopping when you wish. There is ample time to cover the necessary hiking distance each day with lots of stops. If you are on a private trek, you may wish to take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days. If you like to hike fast, your guide will be concerned that you acclimatize to high altitude effectively. You may wish to reach camp at a measured pace, but take a side hike after camp arrival. Your guide is always interested to learn about your personal interests and to accommodate those interests as the trip permits.
What is altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
Loss of appetite
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of the appearance of any of the above symptoms, any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can cause death, sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatisation allows them to reach their high point without any problems.
What is teahouse and camping treks?
Tea House accommodation: There are a number of lodges along the popular trekking routes in Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang regions. These lodges are called Tea House Lodges and managed by local people. These lodges have basic requirements for over night accommodation like private rooms, dormitories, toilets, shower room with hot and cold water, and one attached restaurant. The quality of food offered might vary from lodge to lodge but most serve simple and hygienic meals. The teahouse trekking provides you an opportunity to feel the warm hospitality of friendly Nepali hosts. The money you spend goes to the local community.
In a typical camping trekking, each pair of trekkers will sleep in a spacious mountain tent with a durable rain, fly, and full insect netting. The tent is fitted with foam mattresses. When your campsite is near villages or lodges you may be invited to sleep in the lodges or homes of local people.
What are the typical foods on the treks?
Breakfast options includes Oatmeal,French toast,Chapatti, Tibetan bread, eggs,, pancakes,, muesli and for Lunch or dinner you can have sandwich, soups momo (dumpling), macaroni dishes, pizzas, noodles, steak, dal bhat (rice, lenthal, veg platter) pasta etc.
What is your guide like?
Our trekking guides are carefully selected for their ability and are generally from Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Magar, and other communities from remote mountain villages. Each guide is trained and has abilities in eco-friendly trekking methods and safety. They help to maintain your health and your happiness as well as his crew members. Our guides are committed to making sure that all our trekkers have an enjoyable trek, come back safe and are overwhelmed by their experience. Your guide will be a friend and companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his country’s specialties and, perhaps, meet his home and family too.
What about the Porters?
Services of porters and pack-animals to carry your luggage and equipment are hired at the beginning of a trek to make sure that most of the costs our clients pay go directly into the local community where you trek.
How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping is at your discretion but always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is anywhere from $2- 5 dollars per day for the guide and $1.5 to 3 dollars per day per porter. The total amount can then be divided among the group.
What is your Kathmandu contact address in case if my family needs to contact me in case of emergency?
Please have them contact at any of the following numbers:
Cell : ++977-98510-32108+977-98510-32108 or 9841-250248. Landline (office hour) 977-1-400-5037977-1-400-5037 or 444-5475. We check email frequently throughout the days so you could also write to our email: [email protected] if it’s not urgent.