Mukti means Salvation and Nath is the word for god. It is believed that all your miseries and sorrows are relieved when you visit Muktinath. Thousands of devotees make the journey to Muktinath seeking these blessings.
This sacred environment of natural and supernatural elements, attract Buddhists and Hindus pilgrims alike, as well as curious travelers. Wonders at Muktinath include 108 waterspouts or, Mukti Dhara, set into the surrounding wall, which pour out fresh waters from hidden springs; fire burns on water, fossils of primitive sea creatures in these mountains so far above sea level and thousands of kilometers from any ocean. Alongside, the three natural elements at Muktinath -- the spring water, natural gas fires and fossils, there is also a sacred grove of popular trees of the species Populus Ciliate, locally called Lekh Pipal or Bhot Pipal.
There are many ways to do the Muktinath Tour; Annapurna Foothills Treks designs Muktinath packages to accommodate all ages, budgets and preferences. For the adventurous, there are tours by jeep or by trekking. For those who want to reach Muktinath without a strenuous trek we even offer a Luxury Tour by Helicopter.
Attractions at Muktinath
In front of MuktinathTemple there are 2 Kundas (Water ponds). These are generally used for a holy bath and are believed to hold the power to wash away negative karma and the results of one’s past negative actions.
A little below the Muktinath Temple is the Tibetan-style Jwalamai Temple. This temple is famous for the water that issues from a rock inside it. Inside the Jwalamai temple are two eternal flames that burn continuously. These two flames, one coming from the rock and one coming from the spring of water, burn continuously. The Hindus believe these were lit by Brahma, the creator, himself, as he set water on fire.
To the left of the entrance into the Muktinath Temple is a monastery of Tibetan origin. Legend has it that the Syandol Lama, a monk from Tibet founded this monastery. It was used as a hostel for monks before it deteriorated. Later the people of Khinga and Jharkot restored it. The main deities worshipped at this monastery are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche.
Near the end of the 18th century, a Hindu Guru by the name of Lord Shri Swami Narayan practiced severe penance for two and a half months in the Temple of Muktinath. Also known as a Satguru of Sabij Yoga, Swami Narayan attained the highest degree of proficiency in Nishkamvrat. In 2003 his followers built the new wall around Muktinath and raised a small monument for him at Muktinath.
Black stone fossils, or shaligram, dating back to the Jurassic age are found in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. You can also buy these fossils from the locals. Shaligram are sacred, as symbols of the Lord Vishnu, and are kept in ones pooja (prayer) room in the house. Kali Gandaki is worshipped as one of the holiest rivers. It consists of seven rivers supposed to have sprung from the Gandasthal, the cheek of Lord Vishnu.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu, 1300m
Day 3 : Kathmandu to Pokhara by Road, 6hrs
Day 4 : Fly Pokhara to Jomsom; Trek to Kagbeni, 2810m
Day 5 : Kagbeni-Muktinath, 3710m
Day 6 : Muktinath to Jomsom, 2713m
Day 7 : Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 8 : Pokhara to Kathmandu by Road, 6hrs
Day 9 : Kathmandu City Tour
Day 10 : Nagarkot Sunrise Tour
Day 11 : Free day in Kathmandu
Day 12 : Kathmandu – departure
The Best Season for Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
The main trekking season is from February to late April and September to late November, however, the Jomsom Muktinath trek falls in the rain shadow of the Annapurna range, and can be done any time of year! Some prefer the seasons with fewer trekkers!
The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. There are plenty of fine hotels and lodges near Muktinath in Jharkot and Ranipauwa. Some Hotels have solar heated hot showers and provide rooms with attached bath. The local restaurants available there provide good food. For Hindu pilgrims there are also free Dharamsalas.
Meals on the Jomson Muktinath Trek
Three meals a day are included during your trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on the Jomsom Muktinath Trek
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 12 Days
Price : US $750 p/p
Trip Grade : Moderate
Minimum Group Size:2 Persons
Maximum Group size:12 Persons
Hotel in Kathmandu:5 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 4 days ( 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
Was really impressed with the speed at which they organised a tour for me, and the quality of the tour itself. The director - Ngima - was very responsive and really helpful, meeting me the day before my tour and introducing me to my guide the day of the tour.…Phillippa
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