Pokhara to Jomsom Trekking follows the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route via Chhomrong-Ghorepani and along the Kali Gandaki River gorge, believed to be the deepest river gorge in the world, between the Annapurna massif and the Dhaulagiri mountain range. We trek along the Annapurna Circle trek route or better known as Pokhara to Mustang trade route. This trek offers you the best opportunity to see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Also, the trek goes through beautifully terraced farmlands with villages where you have a chance to see the Nepalese way of life. The inhabitants of the region are mostly Magar and Gurung people. However, in the lower foothills and along the Pokhara to Mustang trade route, we will meet diverse ethnic groups including Chhetri, Brahmin, Thakali and others; people in this region are followers of Hindu and Buddhist faith.
The spectacular views unfolding before our eyes as you set foot in Pokhara are Annapurna I-IV, Machhapupuchhare, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri I. The above Himalayan giants will be in sight for most of our trek. Then as we trek higher, we'll see Dhaulagiri I-VI range, Churen Himal range, Annapurna Fang, Gangapurna, Mount Nilgiri, Tukuche and Thorung peaks. The rest of the trek is supplemented by spectacular scenery and amazing Nepalese cultural exposures.
We also trek through rhododendron forests interspersed with various other species, some of the best preserved forests in Nepal. There are over 30 species of rhododendrons found in Nepal. The Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal and found in several colors, red, white, purple, and pink, when in blossom in the spring. If you love to see the spectacular rhododendron flower covered forest scenery with Snowcapped peaks in the background, you should consider trekking in the spring season from March to April. Other species of floras found along the trail are conifers, Silver fir, Acacia, Chestnut, Walnut, Birch, Rosewood, Silky Cotton trees, Oak, Hemlock, Alder, Maples and Blue pines, to mention a few. In addition to the spectacular views of the Snowcapped mountains towering above the lush green hills and deep valleys, you will likely see Langur monkeys, and various birds as you trek through the forest trail. October to December and February to May are the best times to trek this region for spectacular views.
Day 1 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about 6 hours.
This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2 : Drive from Pokhara to Beni which takes about five and half hours and trek from Beni to Galeshwar takes about one hour. The road up to Baglung is well paved and the vehicle clambers up the muddy tracks towards Beni. A small river at the side of the town, Beni is the last point where one can have the comforts of a four wheel drive. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 3 : Trek from Galeshawar to Tatopani which takes about five and half hours.
The trail is flat which follows Kali Gandaki. You will come across many small waterfalls. The trail also continues through the Baisari, Bekhola and finally reaches Tatopani. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 4 : Trek from Tatopani (1180m.) to Ghasa takes about four and half hours.
After descending through the rhododendron forest, fine vistas open up as you approach Chitre, with the Dhaulagiri Range straight ahead. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from here it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. When the rock cliffs end, you descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 5 : Trek from Ghasa (2080m.) to Kalopani which takes about two and half hours.
The trail continues to ascend and pass through Lete at 2470m, shortly before arriving at Kalopani, where you can have access to superb views of the Nilgiri peaks to the east. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 6 : Trek from Kalopani (2560m.) to Tukuche takes about four and half hours.
This day you start the trek by crossing to the eastern side of the river, but cross back again to continue the trail before entering Larjung at 2560m. The trail continues on a short distance to the interesting village of Khobang with its narrow alleyways. Then you reach the ancient Thakali village of Tukuche situated at 2590m. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 7 : Trek from Tukuche (2590m.) to Jomsom which takes about three and half hours.
You trek through almost flat level. On the way, you get to see the multi hued orchards of apple, peaches and walnut. You come across many Thakali villages such as Syang, Marpha and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 8 : Trek from Jomsom (2713m.) to Kagbeni takes about three hours.
You begin your trek to Kagbeni following along the bank of Kali Gandaki river. En route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki river. Stay overnight tat lodge.
Day 09 : Trek from Kagbeni (2810m.) to Muktinath which takes about four hours.
The trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. You can enjoy stunning deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan villages, apple orchards, yaks and sheep herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. Now you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Muktinath village.
Day 10 : Trek from Muktinath (3800m.) to Jomsom takes about four and half hours.
You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. Now your trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki passing through the Eklebhatti. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and it is split into two towns and between these two towns passes through Kali Gandaki river. There is access of internet and banking facilities. From Jomsom, you can enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak. Here you stay overnight at hotel.
Day 11 : Fly from Jomsom (2713m.) to Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes.
You stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. During the flights in the morning, the sky is very clear which enables you to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
Day 12 : Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes and overnight stay at hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu.