About Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
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 Populous 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 Muktinath Temple, 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 emerging from the rock and the other coming from the water spring burns 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.
Highlights of Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
- can be visited throughout the year
- pilgrimage destination
- possible for all age groups
- maximum altitude: 3800m
- a glimpse into restricted area of Upper Mustang
- splendid views of Dhaulagiri, 8167m, Annapurna I, 8091m, Mt.Nilgiri, 7040m, Annapurna South, 7219m, Annapurna II, 7937m, Annapurna III, 7555m, Annapurna IV, 7525m, Hiunchuli, 6441m, Fishtail/ Machhapuchhare, 6998m, Tukuche peak 6920m, Lamjung Himal 6586m
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Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day, you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped towering peaks. After completing the visa formalities in airport, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives carrying your name on our company’s’ signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. Moving forward, you’ll be taken to your hotel in our vehicle. Once you reach at hotel, you’ll be welcomed by them as well and after that you can relax in your room or go for a walk exploring the city.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara early in the morning by tourist bus or Private vehicle passing the River side of Trisuli. It takes about 7 hours to reach in Pokhara valley. We can visit some interesting places like Devi’s Fall, Guptswor Cave, Tal Barahi Temple and boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
Option: We have not included the airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara (USD $125 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalayas where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Pokhara by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up.
Early in the morning, we go to Pokhara Airport to catch a flight to Jomsom. After reaching Jomsong, we take short trek to Kagbeni via Kaligandaki. As the trail continues towards Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and grey, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri.
Today, we trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath. The Trail steeply ascends for couple 100 meters. While gradually walking, you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages , apple Garden , Yaks Herds, Sheep Herds and so on. We enjoy a delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit Monastery which is believed to be built in 15 century. Then we head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path.
We now begin to descend down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through the arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet . After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we sight tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River , and it is here we will spend the last night of our trek
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
Early morning, we depart from Pokhara Tourist Bus Station to travel back to Kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or any other tours you can start today.
Option: We have not included the airfare of Pokhara – Kathmandu (USD $120 Per Person). The exciting half hour flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu gives you the feeling of a mountain flight, high in the Himalaya where you can see the Langtang, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. If you chose to travel to Kathmandu by flight, we give free Airport Drop and Pick up. You need to book this flight before start the trek.
Today, one of our best tour guide will be at your hotel with a private vehicle to receive you and take you to some of the best places one should visit when they are in Kathmandu.
Early in the morning, we drive to Nagarkot to see the maginficent sunrise from the top.
Today, you have a whole day to either take a good rest and relax in your room or walk arond the town and do any independent activities you wish.
We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. Check in at the Kathmandu international airport 3 hours prior to your flight time.
|Start Date18 Dec, 2022||End Date29 Dec, 2022||Available||US$ 1000|
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Jomsom Muktinath Trekkingis available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date.
We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.
Private Trips to Jomsom Muktinath is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones.
Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking.
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 Trekking 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 Holy Himalaya 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 Trekking:
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 Trekking:
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.