Nepal, Trekking around Annapurna - the Jomsom side
Annapurna Circuit: on this page you will find information and pictures of the
trail to Kagbeni passing by Jhong (Dzong)
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Jhong or Dzong
The whole north side of the Muktinath valley is a long very dry hillside with often
strongly eroded sandstone slopes. Jus on a few green spots you will find fields and beautiful villages. They are lined like shining pearls on a necklace; all of them are
absolutely worth visiting them. After Chongur Jhong is the biggest one. It is often named also Dzong on several maps.
For many years the trail to Kagbeni through this villages was forbidden for trekkers
as they were in the restricted area of upper mustang, But already long ago the villages succeed that Jong was an exception of this rule. Since 2006 it is now
officially allowed to walk down from Ranipauwa to Kagbeni on the northern trail.
Above the ridge of jong is a big monastey and the ruins of the old fort (=Dzong) which gave the village its name
On the way to Jhong there is a little hermitage and once I passed by the women of the village had gathered to celebrate a puja with a lama monk.
Entering the village
The ruins of the old Dzong.
This is the name for fortress and gave the village its name. As the walls were
only built with dried clay, they did not last for centuries and only some ruins are remaining. You find other Dzong ruins in Jharkot and Kagbeni.
Like in many villages of the region, the people are migrating to the bigger cities like
Pokhara or Kathmandu to escape the harsh and poor life up here. Especially in winter many people go to the warmer parts of Nepal and leave their house deserted.
The pictures above were taken in December
These two pictures were taken in September, but already then autumn starts and the first leaves are getting yellow.
The gompa of Jhong
The Gompa is situated on a ridge which extends into the valley and offer
breathtaking views all over the Muktinath valley and the Thorong la in all its beauty.
One can directly see on the hats of the statues that this is a Nginma monastery, one
of the red hat buddist lines.
On the roof
just the perfect viewpoint ;-)
Surely a good place to make a shot of Thorong la
Die große Prozession um um Regen zu bitten
IWhen I went to Jhong in 2000 the women of the village gathered for a huge procession praying for rain. For this
purpose the walked, or should I say ran all around the fields of the village with heavy prayers books. The young monks of the monastery joined them with the instruments. i had just flown in to
Jomsom two days before and was desperately gasping for air when I tried to follow them. The ladies were just too fast for me
There is now a dirt road connecting Kagbeni to Muktinath Ranipauwa passing by Jhong. People are very happy about this, because life is
getting much easier for them. Goods from Pokhara are now much cheaper and in the same time they can sell their farm products at a higher price. And if someone has to be brought to hospital
this is now much faster. So there is a little bit of traffic between Ranipauwa and Jhong, as it is easier to take the southern valley side. Between Jhong and Kagbeni on the northern valley side there is nearly
no traffic at all.
In 2011 there were just two lodges, both rather basic. TheTashi Ling Guesthouse is
situated directly on the northern entrance of the village, it had very hard matrasses. I like very much the one on the way to the gompa just near the ruins.. From its dining
room you have a splendid view on the Thorong La. What a beautiful place to start the day ! Also the Monastery itself seems to have a new lodge facility.
How to continue?
- To Muktinath: if you came from Kagbeni, you reach Muktinath Ranipauw in about 2.5 hours
- To Jharkot. If you want to make just a round trip from Ranipauwa without going to Kagbeni you can descent just near the way going up to the Gompa to the
river, cross a little bridge and climb up to Jharkot. (NATT No.44)
- To Kagbeni.Just go down the road in direction of Putak. Just above Putak you can descent to the village and later continue on a hiking trail.
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