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Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Meera cant believe that this trip was decided so fast. Tickets purchased in a day, stuff for the trip in another couple of days more, lightning fast leave applications at work, last minute surprises and we were out of Bangalore in less than two weeks from the day we thought this up.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek We are at Pokhara airport. We have waited three days in Pokhara to be on a plane to jomsom. Just as soon as we got to Pokhara the little town has seen some unusual amount of rain and the airport closed. We even thought of trekking upto Jomsom which can take 3 days or more as there are no motorable roads to Jomsom. But then after some insanely heavy rain the previous night the clouds have cleared and the flights are operational again.

We are at Pokhara airport. We have waited three days in Pokhara to be on a plane to jomsom. Just as soon as we got to Pokhara the little town has seen some unusual amount of rain and the airport closed. We even thought of trekking upto Jomsom which can take 3 days or more as there are no motorable roads to Jomsom. But then after some insanely heavy rain the previous night the clouds have cleared and the flights are operational again.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The plane ride from Pokhara to Jomsom keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. The little plane flies in the gorges between huge himalayan cliffs gaining altitude steadily in order to reach high station Jomsom. On this ride you get to see first hand how really high the himalayas cliffs are. Tiny villages rest on hilltops of smaller cliffs. Each of the villages are so isolated that its altleast three days walk to the nearest town that has a motorable road. The Himalayas also trap the mounsoon clouds from getting to Tibet. Here, you get a first hand view of what that means. The Cliffs clearly rise much above the cloud cover. As a result the lower himalaya is green and water rich sending all the water back to India while Tibet on the other side has eroded to be a dry plateau. From the cockpit view is the Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world (8167m or 26795 ft).

The plane ride from Pokhara to Jomsom keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. The little plane flies in the gorges between huge himalayan cliffs gaining altitude steadily in order to reach high station Jomsom. On this ride you get to see first hand how really high the himalayas cliffs are. Tiny villages rest on hilltops of smaller cliffs. Each of the villages are so isolated that its altleast three days walk to the nearest town that has a motorable road. The Himalayas also trap the mounsoon clouds from getting to Tibet. Here, you get a first hand view of what that means. The Cliffs clearly rise much above the cloud cover. As a result the lower himalaya is green and water rich sending all the water back to India while Tibet on the other side has eroded to be a dry plateau. From the cockpit view is the Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world (8167m or 26795 ft).

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Safe landing at Jomsom airport. For last minute fun the plane leaps over a gorge and a river that runs very close to the edge of the runway. As soon as we got out, we immediatly noticed that the air is much cooler here. Nilgiri stands tall overlooking the airport. There is an army camp nearby. The airstrip is shared both by the army and commercial operators. Flights to jomsom operate only in the morning as it gets very windy in the afternoons.

Safe landing at Jomsom airport. For last minute fun the plane leaps over a gorge and a river that runs very close to the edge of the runway. As soon as we got out, we immediatly noticed that the air is much cooler here. Nilgiri stands tall overlooking the airport. There is an army camp nearby. The airstrip is shared both by the army and commercial operators. Flights to jomsom operate only in the morning as it gets very windy in the afternoons.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek After breakfast at the German Bakery and a change of clothes it takes us twenty minutes to get out of Jomsom into the Kali Gandaki river valley. This river is full in the monsoons. We did most of the trail on the river bed as it is easier to walk on flat terrain. Climb up to the paths cut into cliffs if you reach deep water.

After breakfast at the German Bakery and a change of clothes it takes us twenty minutes to get out of Jomsom into the Kali Gandaki river valley. This river is full in the monsoons. We did most of the trail on the river bed as it is easier to walk on flat terrain. Climb up to the paths cut into cliffs if you reach deep water.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Looking back, Jomsom going out of sight. The landscape is truly amazing.

Looking back, Jomsom going out of sight. The landscape is truly amazing.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Tall mountains line up on both sides of the river bed. Walking here, there are very few thoughts in the head and all you have to do is watch yor path ahead. The huge mountains stand quietly in the distance. Every once in a while you meet a trekker or two walk towards you, a nod and a hello starts and ends the brief acquaintance.

Tall mountains line up on both sides of the river bed. Walking here, there are very few thoughts in the head and all you have to do is watch yor path ahead. The huge mountains stand quietly in the distance. Every once in a while you meet a trekker or two walk towards you, a nod and a hello starts and ends the brief acquaintance.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The trail ahead leads to Eklaibatti, Kagbeni and all the way to Mustang.

The trail ahead leads to Eklaibatti, Kagbeni and all the way to Mustang.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek As a trekker all we do is walk in the valleys between mountains. We shall never really know the mountains.

As a trekker all we do is walk in the valleys between mountains. We shall never really know the mountains.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Meera.

Meera.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The Nilgiri peak is behind us as we walk to Kagbeni. The best time to photograph mountains is during early morning or during sunset. During midday there is very little contrast between the sky and the mountain.

The Nilgiri peak is behind us as we walk to Kagbeni. The best time to photograph mountains is during early morning or during sunset. During midday there is very little contrast between the sky and the mountain.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The town of Eklaibatti. But we are not stopping here. We have to get to Kagbeni soon. People usually halt at Eklaibatti when they are heading back to Jomsom from Muktinath.

The town of Eklaibatti. But we are not stopping here. We have to get to Kagbeni soon. People usually halt at Eklaibatti when they are heading back to Jomsom from Muktinath.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The trail over Eklaibatti.

The trail over Eklaibatti.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The town of Kagbeni in the distance.

The town of Kagbeni in the distance.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek They grow crops at Kagbeni. Grain, lettuce and apples.

They grow crops at Kagbeni. Grain, lettuce and apples.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Kagbeni is a windy little village. Strong cold wind blows continuously all day. In the river valley the wind forms shapes of rising dust all day.

Kagbeni is a windy little village. Strong cold wind blows continuously all day. In the river valley the wind forms shapes of rising dust all day.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Meera looks up a list of lodges at Kagbeni. We decide to check in to the Asia trekkers lodge.

Meera looks up a list of lodges at Kagbeni. We decide to check in to the Asia trekkers lodge.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The next day 6:30 in the morning before we set out to Muktinath.

The next day 6:30 in the morning before we set out to Muktinath.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Its going to be a hard walk to Muktinath from Kagbeni. Climb up to the high plateau behind kagbeni (In the pic its the spot just below the sun), from there its flat all the way up to Jharkot. From Jharkot its an ascent all the way upto Ranipuwa and Muktinath.

Its going to be a hard walk to Muktinath from Kagbeni. Climb up to the high plateau behind kagbeni (In the pic its the spot just below the sun), from there its flat all the way up to Jharkot. From Jharkot its an ascent all the way upto Ranipuwa and Muktinath.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek A trekker offers to take our picture. Behind us is the way we came from the previous day.

A trekker offers to take our picture. Behind us is the way we came from the previous day.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Kagbeni to the far right.

Kagbeni to the far right.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The valley ahead further leads to Mustang, the forbidden region. The permit to trek in this region costs $700 . Further up is Tibet.

The valley ahead further leads to Mustang, the forbidden region. The permit to trek in this region costs $700 . Further up is Tibet.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek At the high Plateau.

At the high Plateau.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The trail to Muktinath.

The trail to Muktinath.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Meera waves. The trees in the valley behind her is Jharkot. We will be passing Jharkot later in the day.

Meera waves. The trees in the valley behind her is Jharkot. We will be passing Jharkot later in the day.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Town of Kingra. Here is the scale,less than ten houses in the middle of nowhere is a village and more is a town.

Town of Kingra. Here is the scale,less than ten houses in the middle of nowhere is a village and more is a town.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The route takes a turn around a cliff to get to Jharkot.

The route takes a turn around a cliff to get to Jharkot.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The town of Jharkot.

The town of Jharkot.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The town of Jharkot. Elevation 3500 meters.

The town of Jharkot. Elevation 3500 meters.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek This little fellow was eating a fresh radish after school.

This little fellow was eating a fresh radish after school.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Ranipuwa in the distance.

Ranipuwa in the distance.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek We stayed at the New Mustang Hotel at Ranipuwa. All goods are transported by mule or men. Paid Rs 75 for a bottle of coke. Prices go up with the altitude.

We stayed at the New Mustang Hotel at Ranipuwa. All goods are transported by mule or men. Paid Rs 75 for a bottle of coke. Prices go up with the altitude.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Some campers behind our hotel.

Some campers behind our hotel.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Glacier above Muktinath.

Glacier above Muktinath.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The tree grove around Muktinath.

The tree grove around Muktinath.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Muktinath temple. Elevation 3800 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage. Due to its remoteness Muktinath doesn\'t see pilgrims by the thousands.

Muktinath temple. Elevation 3800 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage. Due to its remoteness Muktinath doesn't see pilgrims by the thousands.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Around Muktinath is the Fire Gompa, Narsingh Gompa, Sangdo Gompa and the Shiva Parvati mandir. The Fire Gompa is interesting. Its also called the Four elements temple or Jwala Mai. Inside the temple is a hole in the ground where you can see a flame burning out of natural gas. You will also hear the flow of an underground stream of water. There are other very old monasteries in the area with unbelievably great artwork on the walls. Photography is strictly prohibited. I have managed to get a few great pictures but I cant put up those pictures online. In Jomsom there is is a sign that says: Muktinath is beautiful, calm and quiet, great and mysterious for pilgrims, decorated with god and goddess, Although you are kindly requested not to snap them.

Around Muktinath is the Fire Gompa, Narsingh Gompa, Sangdo Gompa and the Shiva Parvati mandir. The Fire Gompa is interesting. Its also called the Four elements temple or Jwala Mai. Inside the temple is a hole in the ground where you can see a flame burning out of natural gas. You will also hear the flow of an underground stream of water. There are other very old monasteries in the area with unbelievably great artwork on the walls. Photography is strictly prohibited. I have managed to get a few great pictures but I cant put up those pictures online. In Jomsom there is is a sign that says: Muktinath is beautiful, calm and quiet, great and mysterious for pilgrims, decorated with god and goddess, Although you are kindly requested not to snap them.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek There is a heliport just outside Muktinath. Groups of Well-to-do Indians charter a helicopter from Pokhara directly to Muktinath temple.

There is a heliport just outside Muktinath. Groups of Well-to-do Indians charter a helicopter from Pokhara directly to Muktinath temple.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Lord Vishnu inscribed on the door.

Lord Vishnu inscribed on the door.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The next day, leaving Ranipuwa and heading towards Jomsom.

The next day, leaving Ranipuwa and heading towards Jomsom.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek A group of French trekkers. They were singing in chorus as they walked.

A group of French trekkers. They were singing in chorus as they walked.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek It is an easy walk to jomsom as it is all downhill.

It is an easy walk to jomsom as it is all downhill.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Meera took a liking for this old lady. We bought Mustang apples from her for Rs 2 a piece.

Meera took a liking for this old lady. We bought Mustang apples from her for Rs 2 a piece.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The people living here do not have much use for money. They seem to sustain themselves with whatever little they grow.

The people living here do not have much use for money. They seem to sustain themselves with whatever little they grow.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Meera and I.

Meera and I.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Looking down to Kagbeni. Goodbye Kagbeni. Until next time.

Looking down to Kagbeni. Goodbye Kagbeni. Until next time.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek The path to Jomsom.

The path to Jomsom.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Jomsom town with its streets paved in stone.

Jomsom town with its streets paved in stone.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek Taking in the afternoon sun in Jomsom with Nilgiri in front of us.

Taking in the afternoon sun in Jomsom with Nilgiri in front of us.

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek

kiran chakravadhanula kiranc Jomsom Muktinath Trek