• Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Overview

Trip Facts

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Annapurna
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and lodges and Homestays in trek
  •    Maximum altitude: 3800m
  •    Best Season: Autumn(Sep-Nov) and Spring(March-May))

Trip Higlights

Trekking Region: Annapurna Region
Maximum Elevation: 3800m
Start Point: Nayapul
End Point: Jomsom
Route: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Nayapul-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Dobato-Upper Chistibung-Khopra Danda-Swanta-Tatopani-Jomsom-Muktinath-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Accommodation: Lodge, Homestays, Hotels
Best season: Autumn and Spring

Trip Information

Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek is the latterly introduced trek in Nepal. This trek is designed especially for trekkers seeking exquisite cultural and natural marvels on the remote Himalayas of Nepal. No matter what kind of adventure seeker you are, this trek is going to be the best fit for all kinds of trekkers. With a good fitness level and a bit of willingness, any of the trekkers can relive the best memories during this trek.

Separately, the Jomsom Muktinath trek has huge popularity throughout the country and among foreign trekkers also. However, being the newly introduced trekking route, Khorpa Danda Trek or Khopra Ridge Trek is less known by most people. And the less popularity of this region is the reason why you should visit this place once in a lifetime. You can soak up yourself on the intact cultural and natural beauty of the villages, including Swanta, Chistibung, Khopra Danda, and many others. Where a hike to Khopra Danda lets you admire the captivating mountain vistas and deep Kaligandaki River view, a side excursion up to the Khayer Lake mesmerizes you with its pristine sacred water.

The combination of both Khorpa Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek gives the paradisical trek experience. Thus, with the intention to give the heavenly experience, this combined trek was introduced among trekkers. With the start of the trek from Nayapul, be ready to explore the Brahmin and Chhetri settlements at the lower altitudes. While trekking towards the Ghorepani, Gurung tradition is the one that you will appreciate the most. Most of these Gurungs follow Tibetan Buddhism. The trail from Tadapani to Khopra ridge gives you insight into the rustic lifestyle of the traditional Nepalese people.

And the Thakali settlements all the way to Jomsom is there to astonish you with their overwhelming hospitality. Visited by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, the highest altitude temple of Muktinath is the best example of religious harmony in Nepal.

Undoubtedly, you will find cultural diversity in abundance throughout the trek. Similar to the cultural diversity, the geographical diversity can be deeply observed on this Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek. Embarking the journey from the lush green forest of rhododendron, oak, and pine, you get to observe the barren landscape at the Jomsom. Further trek from Jomsom to Muktinath serves you with the stunning view of landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.

Besides the lush forest, enthralling waterfalls, deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, hot springs, and apple orchards are the other luring factor on this trek. The herds of horses and yaks on the way towards Jomsom and Muktinath are there to give you the unique trekking experience. On top of all these, the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, and many others are just enough to bring a beatific smile to your face. Joining this combined Khopra Danda Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you will experience both natural and cultural tours in Nepal.

Short itinerary (14 Days Itinerary for Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trekking)

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1350m)

Day 2: Fly/Drive to Pokhara(820m) from Kathmandu

Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul drive and then trek to Ulleri(1500m)

Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani Trek(2874m)

Day 5: Trek from Ghorepani to Dobato(3370m) via Tadapani

Day 6: Dobato to Chistibung(2995m)

Day 7: Chistibung to Khopra Danda trek (3640m)

Day 8: Excursion day at Khorpa Danda (Day hike to Khayer Lake(4500m))

Day 9: Trek from Khorpa Danda to Tatopani (1195m)

Day 10: Tatopani to Jomsom (2745m)

Day 11: Jomsom to Muktinath trek (3800m)

Day 12: Retrace the way back to Jomsom

Day 13: Drive/Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom

Day 14: Return back to Kathmandu

Day 15: International Departure

Jomsom Muktinath and Khopra Danda Trek route

After the drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, the trek to the Jomsom Muktinath and Khorpa Danda begins from the nearby settlements from Pokhara. Taking the jeep drive from Pokhara we can reach Nayapul. Including our Khorpa danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Nayapul is the gateway to several other treks in the Annapurna region.

From Nayapul we have different route options to either hike towards the Ghandruk or Ghorepani. However, among these two, we will follow the trail of the GhorepaniTrekking trail. Passing through Birethanti, Tikhedhunga, and several other ethnic settlements we will stop at Ghorepani. The trekking trail blesses you with vistas of spectacular Himalayas, waterfalls, and rhododendron and oak forests. After spending the night at Ghorepani, we will continue trekking towards Tadapani from where we will be joining the Annapurna Base camp trekking Trail up to Dobato. Our actual Khopra Danda trek starts from Dobato. Proceeding the trek from Dobato, we will pass Swanta and Chistibung to reach Khopra Danda. With an optional trek to Khayer Lake, we will retrace our way down to Swanta. From Swanta, we will trek towards Tatopani for the Jomsom Muktinath trek.

After taking the soothing bath at the hot spring of Tatopani, we trek along the riverbank of Kaligandaki to reach Jomsom. Though, most of the time we have to trek on the bumpy roads. But we try to skip the road walk wherever it becomes possible. The blissful walk from Tatopani blesses us with the eyecatching Ruptse waterfall, popular Tukuche, and Marpha village, and many others. Further trekking from Jomsom, we head towards Muktinath, the prime attraction of our Jomsom Muktinath trek. After spending a great time at Muktinath, we will trek back to Jomsom via Kagbeni.

Upon reaching Jomsom, both airway and roadway services are available for the return to Pokhara Valley. Similar is the case for the Kathmandu return.

Fitness level required for the trek to Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath

Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath trek are suitable for all kinds of trekking enthusiasts. Anyone with a good fitness level and stamina can complete this trek. If you have the endurance to walk for around 6hrs per day with a light day pack, then you needn't have to worry much. If you can't then first prepare yourself by doing some exercise and jogging. Join some short hiking before marching for this long day's hike. Jogging and hiking help you prepare yourself for this long day's hike.

Though the trek doesn't take you to the higher altitudes, still there are chances of getting altitude sickness. While trekking it is always recommended to maintain pace. Maintaining pace is the best preventive measure for altitude sickness. In addition, drinking excessive water is also recommended. To provide you with better acclimatization in our package, we have designed the 14 days itinerary.

Best time for Jomsom Muktinath Trek with Khopra Danda Trek

To get the best out of any trek, it is the wise decision to trek the region knowing the right season or months. In the case of this Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Spring(March-May) and Autumn(Sep-Nov) seasons are normally the best trekking seasons. The stable weather and moderate temperature during this season offer clear skies with spectacular mountain vistas. Though the mornings and nights are quite cold, the day temperature never irritates you while trekking.

As some part of the trek falls under the rain shadow region of Nepal, so summer trek is also doable. However, there are lots of chances of getting the cancellation or delays of flights during this season.

If you are thinking of trekking this region during the Winter season, hike up with the best warming and other necessary gears. The winter snowfall gives you an awesome trekking experience. However, the teahouse at the higher altitudes might remain closed during extremely cold days.

What permits are required for Khopra Danda Jomsom Muktinath Trek?

Annapurna Conservation Area Project entry permit and TIMS card are required for the trek to Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath. You can get both of these permits from Nepal Tourism of Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Accommodation and Food during the Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Accommodation on the trail of Khorpa Danda and Jomsom Muktinath

Obviously, the city areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara offers all type of accommodation. It all depends on your budget and preference where you want to spend the night.

Accommodation is not a matter of concern during your stay at Nayapul and Ghorepani. It's all up to whether you prefer the homestay or lodges. However, don't expect the same treatment as that of the city areas hotels during your stay at Ghorepani or other upcoming routes.

Being the newly introduced trekking route there are only a few lodges available on the way to Khopra Danda. The settlement of Swanta, Chistibung, and Khopra Danda consists of few lodges. These lodges consist of around 7 rooms and a spacious dining room with a heater inside there. If you are with more than 10 people in a group, then you might have to divide the group for the night stay.

Your stay from Swanta to Khorpa Danda might be quite congested but as soon as you head towards the settlement of Tatopani, Tukuche, Marpha, and Jomsom, you will find some comfortable lodges. Most of the lodges here are made up of woods and a stay at such rooms gives you a unique and comfortable experience. Compared to all other settlements, Jomsom consists of quite more luxurious hotels, so if you do not have a budget problem, you can spend a luxurious night there. Hot shower, wifi, and electricity are available at most of the lodges. At most of the lodges, a private bathroom is also available.

Food and Drinking water availability

Menu is available at most of the lodges. However, don't expect much variety. Each of the lodges normally serves organic dishes. Thakali Khana set or Nepali Traditional set is best for lunch and dinner. It is budget-friendly also. Eggs, Bread, noodles, porridge, are available for breakfast. During your stay at Marpha or Jomsom, don't forget to try the local apples, apple liquors, and dry apples. It is the speciality of this region.

As you climb the higher altitude, be ready to pay more and more. If you buy the noodles on the way up towards Muktinath, you find that the costs getting tripled there compared with the lower altitudes. Similar is the case with other products also.

Instead of buying the bottled water, bring the water purifying pills and fill up your bottle at the lodges and drink the water by adding the water pills. Don't drink the water directly from the tap, as it may cause some kind of allergy to your throat.

Khopra Danda Jomsom Muktinath Trek Extensions

There are numerous trek extensions available during the Khopra Danda Jomsom Muktinath trek. Joining the Annapurna Circuit trekking Trails from Muktinath and heading towards Upper Mustang are the two most popular activities available. However, crossing the Thorong La Pass(5417m) from Muktinath is not recommended as there will be high elevation gain and the risk of altitude sickness is high.

In the case of Upper Mustang Trek, you must trek with the licenced guide and need a restricted area permit.

Gear lists for Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Regardless of which season you are trekking, below mentioned gear list is essential during the Khopra Danda Jomsom Muktinath Trek.

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Headlamp
  • Scarf
  • Lip Balm
  • T-shirts and shirts
  • Windproof and Down jacket
  • Quick-drying innerwear
  • Hiking sorts and trousers
  • Woollen Pants
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sandals
  • Sport shoes
  • Warm and normal socks
  • Warm and normal gloves
  • First-aid Kit
  • Toiletries
  • Trek Map
  • Excellent Camera with some spare batteries etc

 

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu(1350m)

Enjoying the scenic Himalayan views, make your landing at the Kathmandu airport where our representative member will be waiting for your arrival. Upon your arrival, he/she will welcome you and transfer you to the designated hotel. After taking a rest for a while, we will give you brief information regarding the trek. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Fly/Drive to Pokhara(820m) from Kathmandu

After taking the early morning breakfast today we will take a drive of around 7 hours to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Though the drive is long, you will get fascinated by the marvellous scenic views on the way. Alternatively, there is an option of a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which lets you some time to explore the stunning Pokhara city. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Day 3: Pokhara to Nayapul drive and then trek to Ulleri(1500m)

On this third day of our Khorpa Danda and Jomsom Muktinath Trek, we will drive to the official starting point of our trek, Nayapul. The drive from Pokhara to Nayapul completes within around one and half hours. The trail from Nayapul to Ulleri includes mostly the stone staircases, so with full energy, we will climb all the stone steps. But before crossing Birethanti, we will show our Permits at the check post located there. Thereafter, we will further continue our trek through Tikhadhunga, Burundi, and Hille to reach Ulleri. The river, waterfall, and chirping birds are always there to astonish you.

Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani Trek(2874m)

Prepare yourself for the Ghorepani Trek. After the morning breakfast, we will start our early morning trek especially to savour the stunning sunrise views over the majestic mountains, including Annapurna and Dhauligiri. Furthermore, the invigorating walk through the lush forest of rhododendrons and oak gives ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the pristine nature. Passing through all the natural wonders, we will reach the beautiful Gurung village of Ghorepani. We will spend the whole night at Ghorepani.

Day 5: Trek from Ghorepani to Dobato (3370m) via Tadapani

Leaving the Ghorepani behind, the trail today leads us via the Bheri Kharka to Tadapani. Proceeding the trek from Tadapani we will trek along the Annapurna Base Camp trekking trail up to Dobato. The trail as well as the place Dobato boosts the incredible views of Mt Annapurna, Mt Machhapuchhre, and so on. Moreover, the availability of diverse flora and fauna is like the cherry on the top. After the peaceful day trek, we will land our tired body at the teahouse in Dobato. Overnight stay at Dobato.

Day 6: From Dobato trek to Upper Chistibung(2995m)

Dobato not only promotes the breathtaking mountain vistas, it is equally admirable in terms of the sunrise views also. Thus, early morning wake up is a must in Dobato. After savouring the stunning sunrise view from the nearby hill of Dobato, we will make our way down to Chistibung. Ascending the way up from Chistibung, we will stop at Upper Chistibung for a night stay.

Day 7: Upper Chistibung to Khopra Danda trek(3640m)

Today we will climb the uphill pastures to reach Khopra Danda. The vantage point of Khopra Danda lets us gaze at the enthralling views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Futher, the view of Tukuche Peak, Mt.Manaslu, Mt Hiunchuli and Mt.Nilgiri makes the ambiance more awe-inspriring. The view of river Kaligandaki from this viewpoint is truly fascinating. Stay overnight at Khopra Danda.

Day 8: Excursion day at Khorpa Danda (Day hike to Khayer Lake(4500m))(Optional)

Day hike to Khayer Lake from Khopra Danda is an optional trip. As per your preference, we will add or remove this day trip from our Khopra Danda and Jomsom Muktinath trek itinerary.

Khayer Lake is a sacred pilgrimage destination. Thus the place is visited by many Hindu pilgrims mostly on the occasion of the Janai Purnima Festival.

Day 9: Trek from Khorpa Danda to Tatopani(1195m)

Starting the day with an early morning breakfast, we will follow the trail via the dense forest of rhododendrons to reach Swanta. At Swanta you can visit the monastery and school. The views of terraced fields and traditional houses with Mt Dhaulagiri on the backdrop is enough to lure any of the trekker crossing this village. From Swanta, we will descend down to Tatopani, which is best known as the hot spring of Nepal. Taking bath in the hot spring heals all the skin diseases and takes away all the tiredness from the body. The hot spring bath is the best remedy for your tired body muscles. Overnight stay at the Tatopani.

Day 10: Tatopani to Jomsom(2745m)

Tatopani to Jomsom is accessible with trekking as well as the bus driver. The trail is mostly along the roads and is quite lengthy as well. If you opt for trekking, we try to skip the roadway to trek along the riverbank of Kaligandaki. Wherever it is possible, we will skip the roadway trek. On the way, the eye-catching Ruptse waterfall draws our attention for a while. After taking some photos at the waterfall, we continue our trek towards the Tukuche, Marpha, and then Jomsom.

Marpha is well known for the Apple orchards and you must give a try to the available local apple juice and dry apples at Marpha. The cool breeze at Jomsom rejuvenates all our bodies and soul. As soon as you leave the Tatopani, the entire trail up to the Jomsom astonishes you with the distinct landscape and captivating mountain vistas.

To give your body some rest it is better to take a drive from Tatopani to Jomsom. Stay overnight at the lodge at Jomsom.

Day 11: Jomsom to Muktinath trek(3800m)

Wake up early and march up towards the highest altitude temple in the world, Muktinath Temple. Visited by the pilgrims of both Hindu and Buddhist religion, Muktinath is the prime attraction of our trek. In the vicinity of the temple, there are other major holy shrines. It is believed that taking a holy dip in the pond in front of the main Muktinath temple washes away all your sins. Thus, most of the people visiting this holy destination take a holy bath at the ponds. After taking the holy dip people also take a holy bath at 108 water sprouts at the temple's surrounding.

Relishing the views of Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Muktinath and Tukuche peak we will spend our night there at the hotel room in Muktinath.

Day 12: Retrace the way back to Jomsom(2745m)

On this day we will join the return trail to the Jomsom through Kagbeni, the gateway to the Upper Mustang. On the way, we get to see several horses carry goods on their back. Further, a horse ride is also available if you want. The landscape there is very much similar to that of Tibet. We will also trek through the Kaligandaki river bank where we can find several Saligrams. Saligram is an auspicious black stone. Hindus believe that the Saligram is the resemblance of Lord Bishnu.

Stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 13: Drive/Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom

As per your wish, we will drive or take a flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom. If you prefer the short scenic flight, then it will let you spend more time at Pokhara. The tourist hub of Nepal, Pokhara is best known for the natural beauty and adventurous activities. Indulge in boating or try some adventure here at Pokhara. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Day 14: Return back to Kathmandu

After the morning breakfast, we will take a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can visit the nearby UNESCO world heritage sites. While visiting, you can do souvenir shopping as well. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 15: International Departure

It is your final day in Nepal. Our representative member will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport.

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