Mdm B (as Maja was fondly referrred to by her close friends and associates) and I made this trip to Jomsom and Marpha in Nepal only once in the mid 2,000s and it was quite magical.
In winter, many men leave the town and go to Nepal as there is no heating there so they freeze. The women stay behind. Needless to say, Mdm B was NOT impressed by these men, to say the least.
Capturing the breathtakingly beautiful scenery on this trip, was left in the capable hands of Mr Li Yu Xiang – photographer extraordinaire – and we are happy to share a selection here with you. We think these photos are quite unique, as not all the trekkers were able to trek around that area, because of the weather issue.
Jomsom , also known as Dzong-Sampa or New Fort, is a town located at an altitude of about 2700 m in Mustang District, Nepal. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki river there are rocks holy to the Hindus. The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a backdrop.
A trail passes through the Lower Mustang region of Nepal, ending at the village of Kagbeni, a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, chortens and a Buddhist monastery. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River which forms the deepest ravine in the world; on one side lies the Annapurna mountain range and on the other side is Dhaulagiri. Between the two ranges, there are views of 8 of the 20 highest mountains in the world. The Kali Gandaki is a quarter of a mile wide river bed; during the winter the river will be dry, but during the summer and monsoon it fills with rain water and melting snow. The scenery of the trail ranges from forests of bright red rhododendrons to rocky cliffs and desert. The culture along the track is a rich mixture of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism. The trail’s highest point is Muktinath at 3800 m, a holy site of temples sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus for centuries.
At 2,800m, Jomsom Mountain Resort (JMR) is located upstream from the world’s deepest gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. With a stupendous view of Nilgiri (7,061m) from every room and the Kali Gandaki flowing past, JMR is regarded as one of the world’s most exotic resorts. It is a 20min walk from the airport.
Trekking from Jomsom to Marpha
The Jomsom Trek is essentially the final third of the Annapurna Circuit. It follows the Kali Gandaki Valley between the soaring peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and then emerges north of the main Himalayan range, on the dry, desert-like Tibetan plateau.
Marpha, also called the Apple town or the Apple Capital, is famous for its apples and Apple Brandy.
Last but not least, we enjoyed meeting with the Nepalese people and leave you with a collection of the many Faces of Nepal.
We miss you, Mdm B!