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Jomsom, Nepal Overview

Jomsom is also known as Dzong-Sampa or New Fort. Jomsom lies along both the banks of Kali Gandaki river in the Mustang District of Nepal. Jomsom is the capital of Mustang district. Kali Gandaki happens to be the deepest gorge in the world. The altitude of Jomsom is 2700 m. Jomsom has developed as a quaint little mountainous town. You can find cosy shops and colourful blocks of residential houses with the snow-laden Himalayas and the azure blue sky at the backdrop.

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Things to do in Jomsom

Jomsom is the starting/ending point for the treks along the Kali Gandaki River Valley. In this picturesque city, you can indulge in Tibetan culture with the Thakali people. You can buy trekking essentials from local shops in Jomsom. You may even find fossilized Shaligrams in some shops!

The following are some places to visit in Jomsom:

Dhumba Lake:
Located about 13 km away from Jonsom, Dumba Lake is a small but picturesque attraction from Jomsom. This place is a short hike from Jomsom.

Leopard Cave:
Leopard Cave is an underground natural enclosure located at Thini. Rare snow leopard species are found here.

Jomsom View Tower:
Jomsom View Tower, from the height of 3750 m, offers beautiful panoramic views of the mountains of Mustang. The view tower is located at Thini, which is a short hike from Jomsom.

Muktinath Temple:
Muktinath Temple is a Vishnu Temple revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath Temple is located at the foot of Thorong La mountain pass at an altitude of 3800 m. According to a legend, Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here. Muktinath Temple is about 25 km from Jomsom.

Rupse Falls:
Located on the Beni-Jomsom highway, about 40 km from Jomson, Rupse falls is a major tourist attraction. The height of the waterfall is 300 m. The waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge lies very near to the waterfall.

Treks in Jomsom

One of the most famous treks along the Annapurna Circuit is the Jomsom - Muktinath trek. This trek with incredibly scenic views of Lower Mustang has a duration of 4 days.

Apart from that, there are many short hikes from Jomsom like Kagbeni, Marpha and Lubra.

How to reach Jomsom

By Air:
Tara Air, Agni Air and Nepal Airlines have regular flights from Pokhara to Jomsom Airport. However, there may be delays depending upon the weather conditions.

By Road: One can opt for a jeep ride from Beni. Though there may be landslides during the months of high precipitation.

On Foot:
6 day-long trek:
Day 1: Beni - Tatopani
Day 2: Tatopani - Ghasa
Day 3: Ghasa - Marpha
Day 4: Marpha - Kagbeni
Day 5: Kagbeni - Muktinath
Day 6: Muktinath - Jomsom

Best time to visit Jomsom

Spring or Winter would be the best time to visit as the precipitation would be less. The spring months are fairly warm and comfortable (temperature range: 21°C - 32°C). The winter months are cooler and have less precipitation.

Jomsom Weather

Spring (March, April, May):
Temperature: 21°C - 32°C
Humidity: 45% - 55%
Precipitation: 55mm (5 - 11 days per month)

Summer (June, July, August):
Temperature: 25°C - 31°C
Humidity: 69% - 77%
Precipitation: 103 mm (22 - 23 days per month)

Autumn (September, October, November):
Temperature: 18°C - 30°C
Humidity: 71% - 73%
Precipitation: 40 mm (0 - 16 days per month)

Winter (December, January, February):
Temperature: 14°C - 22°C
Humidity: 58% - 66%
Precipitation: 22 mm (1 - 4 days per month)

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