Trip Facts

  • Total Days: 17
  • Trekking Days: 8
  • Chitwan Jungle Safari: 3 N / 4 D
  • Hotel in Kathmandu: 4 Nights
  • Hotel in Pokhara: 2 Nights
  • Trek Grade: Moderate/easy
  • Altitude Maximum: 3760m (Muktinath)
  • Type of Trek: Lodge
  • Best season: Spring / Autumn
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours each day

The Muktinath trek in the astounding Annapurna region and magnificent Mustang region has its trail through lush green forests, rustic villages. It will be soothing to see green terrace farming on the hills. On top of that, you will find natural hot springs in Tatopani to bathe in. Walking along, you will go past the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki Gorge. It will be a breath-taking view. You will further rejoice the majestic views of the Annapurna, the Nilgiri, and the Dhaulagiri. You will be equally delighted to traverse the apple orchards and the rhododendron forests. En route, you will pass through Marpha a beautiful village popular for apples. And, Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang, is quite paradisiac to traverse.

What can be more joyful to see and feel than the wilderness with a cornucopia of animals, birds, and trees! You can bask in such delight with Chitwan Safari. An ecosystem enriched with birds, reptiles, and mammals is quite a feast to the soul. It gets you excited with elephant-ride, canoeing, jeep-drive, and swimming. Safari will be all so amazing in the Chitwan National Park with a close-up view of the exotic animals, like rhinoceros, elephants, crocodiles, pythons, leopards, Royal Bengal tiger, gray langur, and many more. The park covering an area of 932 km², not only harbors the largest terrestrial mammal, but also the smallest—pygmy shrew. Not only that, but it also protects some of the critically endangered Bengal Florican, Slender-billed Vulture, White-rumped Vulture, and Red-headed vulture. Its dense forest shelters many other species considered rare and endangered. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Rapti River flowing through it is an essential add-on for recreation, as you can swim and play with the elephants—you can receive shower from their trunks.

Chitwan Safari combined with Muktinath Trek is a wholesome suffusion—the Safari endows you with pure wilderness whereas the Trek will awaken you spiritually. At an altitude of 3,800 m in the Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La Pass, Muktinath is a Vishnu temple—equally sacred to both the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is called Chumming Gyatsa by the Buddhists, and for Tibetan Buddhists, it is an important tantric place.
And, Chitwan is culturally rich and unique. You will surely be delighted to explore the Tharu culture through interaction and cultural programs.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Flight Pokhara to Jomsom & Trek to Kagbeni
Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath
Day 06: Trek Muktinath to Marpha
Day 07: Trek Marpha to Kalopani
Day 08: Trek Kalopani to Tatopani
Day 09: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani
Day 10: Trek Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga
Day 11: Trek Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 12: Drive Pokhara to Chitwan
Day 13: Chitwan Jungle safari
Day 14: Chitwan Jungle safari
Day 15: Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu
Day 16: Visit Bhaktapur
Day 17: Departure.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the  Nepali Traditional restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting Swoyambunath, a magnificent Buddhist stupa followed by a visit of Patan, a true open air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m): a scenic drive for about 6 hours to Pokhara. In the afternoon, we visit Devis Falls; the waterfall goes into a very deep and narrow canal, Guptesowri Cave, a very attractive natural cave and Fewa Lake, second largest lake in Nepal, 1.5 km long; which are the main tourist attractions in Pokhara.
Overnight: Hotel
Drive time: 6 hours (200Km)
Difference in Elevation: - 514m

Day 04: Fly Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni (2800m): a short and scenic flight to Jomsom early in the morning. Then we start our trek to Kagbeni which takes about three and half hours. We follow the Kali Gandaki river all the way to Kagbeni. Kagbeni (2800m), located near the Kali Gandaki river, is an ancient village with Tibetan design stone and mud houses, narrow alleys, green fields and view of the high mountains. It is not very far from legendary region of Mustang and Lo Monthang.

NOTE: Upper Mustang is a controlled trekking region so a separate permit is required to travel in upper part of the Mustang.
Overnight: Lodge
Flight time: 20 Minutes
Walking time: 3 ½ hours
Difference Elevation: 1890m

Day 05: Trek Kagbeni to Muktinath (3760m): As we ascend couple hundred meters towards Muktinath, we get spectacular views of the mountain peaks, beautiful deserted landscapes, old Tibetan style villages, and the Thorong-La valley. Once we are in Muktinath, we visit very important religious site of Hindu and Buddhist. You might see hundreds of pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 spouts carved in the shape of cow's heads. The temple is built in Tibetan style and contains huge brass idols of Shiva, Vishnu, Kali and Brahma.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: +960m

Day 06: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2670m): Heading away from Muktinath we retrace our steps back to Jomsom leaving the beautiful views of Nilgiri and the famous Hindu and Buddhist temple. Then we continue our trek towards Marpha valley.
Marpha is a small charming village of Thakali people and all the houses are made by mud and stones with Narrow Street paved with flat stones. Marpha is very popular for its apples, apple Raksi (spirit) and apple cider. We can visit the Marpha Monastery as well.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 1090m

Day 07: Trek Marpha to Kalopani (2560m): We continue our trek enjoying the Marpha valley through the Apple gardens and follow the Kali Gandaki River passing through several Thakali villages. As we approach to Kalopani, we get a great view of North face of Annapurna I (8091m).
Overnight: Lodge
Walking time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: -110m

Day 08: Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m): As we continue our trek, we descend steeply through forest of Ghasa (2080m) and go through several small settlements. Tatopani is situated at the end of the deepest gorge in the world, Andha Galchi. Tatopani means "Hot Water" in Nepali language, named after a natural hot spring down by the Kali Gandaki river.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking time: 6 - 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: -1370m

Day 09: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m): Today we leave the Kali Gandaki valley behind and climb towards Sanctuary valley. We continue our climb passing through many villages including Ghara, Sikha and Chitre. It is the longest day of the trek taking about 7 - 8 hours but the scenery of the landscapes and mountain views are absolutely stunning throughout the whole day. Ghorepani is one of the well-known destinations for the short trekking in Nepal, where you would be able to enjoy its breathtaking views.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking time: 7 - 8 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 1670m

Day 10: Trek Ghorepani to Tikhedhunga (1540m): early morning hike to Poon hill (3210m) for the wonderful mountain scenery of Dhaulagiri( 8167m), Fishtail(6998m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II( 7939m), Annapurna III(7555m), Annapurna IV(7525m), Himchuli(6441m), Annapurna South(7219m), Tukuche Peak(6920m), and Lamjung Himal(6986m). Then we retrace our steps back to Ghorepani and continue our trek, descending to Tikhedhunga (1540m), walking through rhododendron forest. It is downhill trek for whole day.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 1320m

Day 11: Trek Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (820m): Today is the last day of our trek taking us down to Nayapul where we catch our vehicle to drive back to Pokhara.
Overnight: Hotel
Walking time: 5 hours
Driving time: 1 ½ hours
Difference in Elevation: -720m

Day 12: Drive Pokhara to Chitwan (815m): a short and enjoyable drive takes us to Chitwan National Park. In the afternoon we visit the Tharu village and cultural museum.
Overnight: Hotel
Driving Time: 4 hours
Difference in Elevation: -5m

Day 13 : Chitwan Jungle Safari: Today, we have full day of Jungle excursions, including the elephant back safari to see some of the 50 species of animals, including two types of crocodiles, four types of deer, one horned rhinoceros, sloth bears and over 450 species of exotic birds. If you are really lucky you may spot a leopard, Royal Bengal tiger, python or dolphin.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14: Chitwan Jungle Safari: start our day with canoeing down the Rapti River, observing many types of birds and animals followed by a visit of the elephant breeding center. You can also go for an elephant shower where you get sprayed with water from their trunks. In the afternoon, we go for a Jeep safari into the core of Chitwan National park.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Drive Chitwan to Kathmandu (1334m): a scenic drive back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours.
Overnight: Hotel
Driving Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: +519m

Day 16: Visit Bhaktapur: Today, you will be escorted by our experienced city tour guide as we travel approximately one hour to visit the very ancient city of Bhaktapur.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 17: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel in Kathmandu / Pokhara / Chitwan on twin sharing basis.
  • Transport, guided visits & entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan - Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight Pokhara - Jomsom
  • Domestic airport taxes
  • Trekking permit /TIMS, and conservation entry fee.
  • A professional tour/ trekking guide and porters.
  • Meals Full board during trek
  • Meals Full Board in Chitwan
  • All activities in Chitwan National park
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only)
  • Accommodation in Lodge during the trek.
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porters, assistant guide)


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation helicopter / medical care)
  • Alternative transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade etc.
  • Personal expenses such as cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone etc
  • Emergency evacuation rescue charge, if needed
  • Tips for trekking staff or bus driver

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

Trekking Gear:

Srl.

Description

Qty.

Remarks

01 Day back-pack

1

02 Gore-Tex Jacket

1

03 Down Jacket

1

04 Fleece Jacket

1

05 Micro Fleece

1

06 Trekking pants(Trousers)

2

07 Hiking shoes (Boots)

1

08 Runners (sport shoes)

1

09 Trekking Socks

3

10 Rain poncho

1

11 Sun-glasses

1

12 Water bottles

2

13 Thermal underwear(long)

1-2

14 T- shirts

2-3

15 Sunscreen/lotion

1

16 Flip flop (sandal)

1

17 Towel

1

18 Hat(Baseball cap)

1

19 Pristine drops (Water purifier)

1

20 Head light/flash light

1

21 Sleeping Bag

1

22 Gloves

1

23 Wind Proof Trouser (s)

1

24 Personal medical kid

1

25 Toiletries

1

Weather Report

Nepal Climate

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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