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Muktinath Temple in Mustang

Overview

The Muktinath Temple is located in the Mustang Region of Nepal at the foot of the Thorong La pass. The Muktinath Temple is a sacred site for the Hindu and Buddhist.

The literal meaning of Muktinath Temple is ‘a place for moksha (liberation)’. Muktnath is also a Shaktipeeth. In the Muktinath area, the Mukti Dhara, Shaligram and Jwala Mai temple are some important attractions.

Jomsom is a dry landscape in the Himalayan region of Nepal. The local inhabitants of Jomsom are the Thakali people. The Thakali people are hard working in nature and they strongly believe in following their ancient culture. Trade is the traditional and major occupation of the locals. Jomsom is popular for its apple production.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
Day 02:  Drive or fly to Pokhara 950m (30 mins flight and 6 hrs drive)
Day 03:  Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,450m.
Day 04:  Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m – 05 hrs.
Day 05:  Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Sikha 2,230m – 05 hrs.
Day 06:  Trek to Tatopani 1,190 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghasa 1,960 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lete and to Kalapani 2,400 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Marpha 2,670 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni 2,860 m via Jomsom 2,715 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath 3,800 m – 04 hrs walks.
Day 12: Morning enjoy the views and walks into holy Muktinath and drive to Jomsom.
Day 13:  Fly to Pokhara and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 14: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 15: Transfer to international airport for flight homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.

    On reaching at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, warmly greeted by our staff and guides for transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu around Thamel area, the happening spot in Kathmandu with many fine hotels and restaurants with shopping stores and shops, here our guide will brief you with all information regarding Jomsom to Muktinath trekking and while you are under our care. The evening includes authentic Nepalese dinner in a nice local restaurant with cultural-folk programs to entertain you with delicious meals.

  2. Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara (950 m), 30 mins flight & 6 hrs drive.

    Starting this fabulous and scenic moderate Jomsom to Muktinath Trekking taking a morning drive towards Nepal Mid-West with grand views of Ganesh-Langtang Himal, as the drive gets closer towards Pokhara catch the views of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchare known as Fish Tail due to its shape. After exciting scenic drive reaching at Pokhara a famous and popular touristic spot of Nepal Himalaya, blessed with natural wonders of snowcapped peaks, rolling green hills and valley with serene lakes, in Pokhara overnight by the Phewa Lake with ample time for short walks around the lake. (Options by Air taking half hour of scenic flight to land at Pokhara from Kathmandu).

  3. Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,100 m) begin trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,450 m).

    After a wonderful stop at scenic Pokhara, our wonderful short and moderate adventure starts with few hour drives from Pokhara towards mid hills, offering views of Annapurna Himalaya range including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail” as the ride reaches Nayapul (new bridge) situated on Pokhara-Baglung / Beni highway. From here our walk begins on gradual trail to reach at lovely Bhirethati village, on the old Nepal and Tibet Trans-Himalayan Salt & Caravan Trade Route, and then our route leads to short climb past farmlands and Gurung villages to reach our first overnight stop at Tirkhedhunga village in the comfort of local nice and cozy lodge after a good walk of few hours.

  4. Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m), 5 hrs walk.

    From Tirkhedhunga morning leads to a steep climb on stone steps all the way to Ulleri village, along with great views of beautiful landscapes including snow peaks of Annapurna South and Mt. Machhapuchare. After Ulleri village walk gets better on a gradual winding path into oaks-pines and rhododendron forest, and then uphill gaining altitude at Ghorepani- Deurali village. Ghorepani with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar or Annapurna Fang, this nice blue painted village situated at the base of Poon Hill, the area populated with Pun, Magar ethnic tribes of hill people.

  5. Day 05: Morning hike to Poon-Hill trek to Sikha (2,230 m), 5 hrs.

    Getting up early, for an hour morning hike to Poon-Hill located at the height of (3,210 m) with marvelous and stunning sunrise views over a range of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal including Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. After a striking panorama of mountains with a sunrise walk back to Ghorepani and then continue to walk downhill past Chitre to our overnight stop in a large Magar village at Sikha.

  6. Day 06: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m), 5 hrs.

    With lovely morning views of Dhaulagiri massive mountain range from Sikha village, walk leads downhill to reach at Kaligandaki River, where the trail to Ghorepani and Beni meets as our walk leads further upstream of the river towards Tatopani around warm sub-tropical zone full of organs and citric trees gardens, where you can enjoy refreshing natural hot spring at Tatopani, where the name Tatopani means hot-spring.

  7. Day 07: Trek to Ghasa (1,960 m), 6 hrs.

    From Tatopani with pleasant time on hot spring morning walk leads following the Kaligandaki River upstream to near Dana village, and then a slow climb up to Rupsi Charre with beautiful cascading waterfalls next to the road. From here entering the world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River valley situated between massive and towering peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, walk slowly enters into cooler areas to large Thakali people village at Ghasa for overnight surrounded with green alpine forest.

  8. Day 08: Trek to Lete and to Kalapani (2,400 m), 5 hrs.

    After a cool morning, walk leads up looking down at Kaligandaki River with stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of peaks with Nilgiris, slowly walk takes to Lete village within alpine woodland of tall rhododendron and pine trees. From Lete, an hour walks uphill brings you at beautiful surrounding into Kalapani village closed within incredible views of high snowcapped peaks, here at Kalapani enjoy the scenery in the comfort of the nice and lovely lodge.

  9. Day 09: Trek to Marpha (2,670 m), 5 hrs.

    From Ghasa village onward into Mustang areas on leaving the Mygdi district, where our morning walk leads further North West to reach one of the most charming villages within Himalaya at Marpha, as trek progress on the ancient Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade of Nepal and Tibet slowly reaching at whitewashed houses of Marpha a gem of a village, famous for delicious apples and its various products.

  10. Day 10: Trek to Kagbeni (2,860 m) via Jomsom (2,715 m), 5 hrs.

    After a wonderful overnight stop at Marpha, depart from this nice village with a short walk of few hours to reach Jomsom, a town with a small airstrip, located on the shelf of Kali-Gandaki River. Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang district after Jomsom trek continues on Kali-Gandaki river valley around the windswept country. Afternoon time carries heavy wind, after a few hours of a great walk with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and ending our day walk at Kagbeni village for an overnight stop. Kagbeni a windswept Tibetan like a village which is the starting and ending point of Upper Mustang, located on an old Himalayan Caravan Salt Trade route of Nepal and Tibet.

  11. Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m), 4 hrs.

    Today, walk leads to our highest point of the adventure at Muktinath of above 3,800 meters with a panorama of high mountains, walk leads uphill on winding mountain path past villages towards Jharkot village and then continue on the pleasant trail for an hour to reach holy Muktinath.

  12. Day 12: Morning enjoy the views and visit holy Muktinath and drive to Jomsom.

    On this marvelous scenic spot morning visit holy Muktinath Temple premises with its 108 fresh spring waterspouts, this is one of the source of Kaligandaki River also, after a holy and exciting moment our final day of this beautiful Jomsom & Muktinath trekking ends taking a few hours of exciting drive to Jomsom town for last overnight of this wonderful journey in the comfort of a nice fine lodge.

  13. Day 13: Fly morning from Jomsom to Pokhara.

    Last day of this amazing trek concludes with a short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara a lovely touristic city, overnight in Pokhara a scenic spot with many nice hotels by the serene Phewa Lake, where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm waters. (Driving options which is about 6-7 hours via Beni town to Pokhara city from Jomsom).

  14. Day 14: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

    Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fabulous and exciting Jomsom & Muktinath trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with an afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs.

  15. Day 15: Transfer to International Airport for flight homeward bound.

    Last day in Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time our staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight homeward bound or to a respective destination with a wonderful experience on Jomsom to Muktinath Trekking.

What's included !

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star level hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (11 nights Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Licensed English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All Necessary permits for trekking.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Rescue service arrangement only (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Official expenses

What's not included !

  • Air travel to/from Nepal,
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Soft/hard drinks, laundry, postage, telephone bills, all items of personal nature,
  • Personal clothing, insurance against accidental, medical and emergency rescue evacuations,
  • Respective expenses if one returns earlier from the trip due to sickness or emergency purpose.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Emergency helicopter rescue evacuation arrangements will be covered by travel insurance.

FAQs

The Basics

  1. What is trekking ?

    Trekking is an adventure activity in which people walk through villages and climb few hills. The path is usually steep hill and we will likely encounter snows at higher altitude.

  2. Is trekking good for me ?

    In my opinion, trekking is good for everyone who is physically fit, healthy and loves adventure and outdoor activities.

  3. Do I need a guide? By the way, I have already trekked or hiked before ?

    You will be trekking countryside, high elevation, wild and remote areas of the Himalaya. Guide does not only show you trekking paths, he also helps you to be safe and entertain you during the trekking. And this will make your trip joyful. Although you have experience of trekking or hiking, our guide will certainly enhance your good experience since most of them have more than 10 years experience in the Himalaya.

  4. How difficult is trekking and climbing ?

    Difficulty of trekking depends on specific trek. We define difficulty of trekking through trip grade. Basically, there are 3 types of trekking - Easy trekking, moderate trekking and hard trekking. But climbing is of course harder and challenging but It also can be categorized from less challenging to hard challenging.

  5. Is travel insurance necessary ?

    Indeed, travel insurance is mandatory. It must cover Helicopter rescue and medical insurance, in case of some emergency. We would like to suggest you World Nomads because it covers medical evacuation and heli rescue up to 6000 m.

  6. What types of permit are required for trekking ?

    It depends on specific trekking routes. Some areas like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo etc require special permit, whereas other require only conservation area/national park permit. All trekking routes require TIMS. But don't worry ! We will manage all permits for you.

  7. How long do we walk each day during the trekking ?

    During the entire trek, we usually walk 4 to 6 hours each day. It will be between 5 to 15 kilometers each day.

  8. What type of accommodation is provided during the trekking ?

    Standard twin shared accommodation is provided in hotel in Kathmandu. In higher elevation, there is not luxurious hotel. So tea house and lodge accommodation is provided in the higher elevation.

  9. Will I have to carry my own luggage ?

    Of course not. We provide a porter who will carry you stuffs. But remember, a porter is provided for 2 trekkers, and each porter can carry only up to 20 kg.

  10. Were the trekking routes damaged by earthquake 2015 ?

    Some of the trekking routes were damaged but most of them were not. Among them, Langtang valley was badly damaged, but now it is reconstructing and safe now. Earthquake 2015 caused avalanche in Everest and killed several mountaineers and also destroyed some tea houses. But rest of the places of Everest are relatively unaffected. Western Nepal was not affected by earthquake at all.

  11. What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal ?

    There are several possibilities which are almost endless. Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Passes Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Valley, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Mustang are the most popular routes. But there are numerals trekking places all round the country.

  12. Should I tip guide and porter ? How much should I tip ?

    It is not mandatory tipping to guide and porter. But they appreciate your small gratuity after your trek ends. By the way, tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for team and devoted attention of guide and porter to your successful trip. But you are free to give tip to guide and porter how much you would want.

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