Muktinath Trekking Tour

Muktinath Trekking Tour

Muktinath, a village and temple with the same name, is located at an altitude of 3,800 meters in the Mustang district of Nepal. Muktinath lies at the foothills of Thorong La Mountain. The shrine of Muktinath above Thak Khola is one of the major pilgrimages for the Hindus and Buddhists religion. For the Hindus, the place is a Mukti Chhetra; meaning the "place of salvation". For the Buddhists, Muktinath is the Chumig Gyatsa which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters', a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places.

Muktinath shrine is also one of the eight most sacred shrines for Hindu Vaishnavas of the order Svayam Vyakta Kshetras. Hindus also worship the shrine of Muktinath as the manifestation of the God Vishnu. The idol is of human size and is made from gold. Another important part of the shrine is the Prakaram, the 108 bull faces pouring very cold water. Interestingly, an old Buddhist monk and Buddhist nuns present in the temple conduct the worshiping of the idol.

There are many ways to reach Muktinath. One can drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and continues to Muktinath, or fly Pokhara to Jomsom and walk to Muktinath , or trekking all the way start from Nayapul/Beni and you can do trek from Manang side over the Thorongla pass to reach Muktinath.

Muktinath Trekking tour combines a few days trekking and Jeep/bus tour. It includes visiting holy place Muktinath, cultural village Kagbeni, taking natural hot baths and a world-touched Mountain View from Poon Hill. Asian Hiking Team recommend itinerary recommends that you drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus and fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, walking in Muktinath valley. Explore the pilgrims’ side and Jeep drive to Tatopani (natural hot spring) overnight. Continues walks to Ghorepani for a sunrise panorama view from Poon Hill and an end trek into the Nayapul drive to Pokhara.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara - Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist bus/Car/Van 6 hours’ drive, overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni - Pokhara to Jomsom 2740 m half an hour flight and trekking to Kagbani (3115m) 2/3 hours, overnight Lodge.

Day 03: Kagbeni to Muktinath - Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) 4 hours, overnight Lodge.

Day 04: Muktinath to Tatopani - Travel to Tatopani (1189 m) by Jeep 7 hours’ drive, overnight Lodge.

Day 05: Tatopani to Ghorepani - Trekking to Ghorepani (2850 m) 7 hours, overnight Lodge.

Day 06: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Pokhara - Early morning walk to Poon Hill 1 hours and trek to Nayapul (1187 m) 5-6 hours, and drive to Pokhara 1.30 hours, overnight hotel.

Day 07: Pokhara to Kathmandu - Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours, overnight hotel.

Note: It is possible by flight to/from Pokhara. It is possible trekking all the way from Muktinath to Tatopani too. It is possible to combine Upper Mustang Trekking. It is possible to cross Thorongland after Muktinath. It is possible to fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara.