Muktinath Trekking in nepal

Muktinath Trekking in nepal

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 the Thorong La Mountain which is also a part of the Himalayas. 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 Ksetras. 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 and another from Pokhara to Jomsom by flight.. From there, one can take a jeep to Muktinath. From Jomsom to Muktinath it takes 2-3 hours by Jeep. Or walk 5, 6 days from Nayapul either or drive on the way to Muktinath by Jeep from Pokhara – Beni Muktinath. Either you can reach Muktinath trekking from Thorong-la pass 5416m within 7-10 days.

Asian Hiking Team itinerary brings 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) an overnight. Continues walks to Ghorepani for a sunrise panorama view from Poon Hill and end trek into the Nayapul drive to Pokhara. There are many option for Muktinath trekking its depend on your time and interest so if given itinerary is not match as your interest and time frame, lets us know Aisan Hiking Team re-deign the another itinerary.

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

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

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

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

Day 06: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Pokhara - Early morning Poon Hill 1 hours and trek to Nayapul (1187m) 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 combined Upper Mustang Trekking. It is possible to cross the Thorongland after Muktinath. It is possible fligh back from Jomsom to Pokhara.