Muktinath

A quick trek using the airstrip at Jomsom

US$ 750 per person including airfare
Jeep hire available if you prefer not to walk

Muktinath is an ancient pilgrimage spot, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists for at least 2000 years. The pilgrims' trail once took a month from the southern plains, where the nearest road was. Today you could reach there in a day.

But the altitude, 12500 feet / 3800 meters, makes that too much gain too fast. Instead, fly to Jomsom 3300 feet / 1000 meters lower and take two days to explore two old and interesting towns before heading up to Muktinath. Some people will like an extra day there; others can climb up as high as they like towards the Thorong La pass, 17,800 feet / 5500 meters.

Sample itinerary in six days

Day 1   Fly Pokhara to Jomsom early. Trek south to Marpha and explore this interesting town, built pueblo-style on a hillside. Overnight

Day 2   Trek back to Jomsom and continue north to Kagbeni, an ancient fortified town that was key to the salt trade between India and Tibet. 

Day 3   Trek up to Muktinath, a pilgrimage spot sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. 

Day 4   Trek up towards the Thorong La pass as high as you like (the pass is 5350 meters) and back to Muktinath. 

Day 5   Trek down to Jomsom and overnight 

Day 6   Fly Jomsom - Pokhara