Trip to Muktinath

Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas) in Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which is sometimes mistakenly called Muktinath.

Within Hinduism, it is called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the “place of liberation or moksh”. This temple is considered to be 106 th among the available 108 Divya Desam (premium temples) considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava sect. The ancient name of this place in Sri Vaishnava literature, before Buddhist origin is Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligram shila, considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayan – the Hindu Godhead. It is also one of the 108 Siddhpeeth & is named Mahadevi. The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means “Hundred Waters”. Although the temple has a Vaishnav origin, it is also revered in Buddhism because guru padmasambhava meditated there for some time. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place of dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers, and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara, who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas.

Trekking Gears or Trekking Equipment Required

What to pack for the trek is one of the important questions. Not having proper gears can prove troublesome, cause health issues or just simply ruin your mood. So, here is a general idea of what you should bring to Annapurna Base Camp trekking.

  1. A light weight trekking boots. It is not impossible to do this trek in sneakers or trainers. Many people have. Just that you will be walking in snow for some part of the trek and boots offer more safety. If you are a women trekker, check out these best hiking boots for women of 2017.

If you will be trekking this one time only, no need to spend on hiking boots. Just make sure that your shoes are well fitting, light and comfortable.

  1. A pair of crocs
  2. Four pair of liner socks. Two pair for warm climate and two pair for cold climate. Trekking/liner socks are better but it is okay if you only have the normal ones.
  3. Few pairs of underwear. There are trekking underwear that you could buy in home. They are good for other outdoor activities as well. Normal ones can be bought in Nepal.
  4. A high-quality best down jackets and a down pant. You can buy or rent a good down jacket and a down pant in Nepal for cheap for a $1 or less per day.
  5. T-shirts and trousers keeping in mind both cold and warm temperature you will be traversing.
  6. A set of thermals. Or, you could layer up.
  7. A light sleeping bag. This can be bought or rented in Nepal too.
  8. A trekking pole. Though relatively easy, there are many ups and downs in this trek and a trekking pole can assist you. Else, you could find a sturdy stick en route and use it to support yourself.
  9. Two pairs of Gloves. One for warm weather and one for cold.
  10. A woolen hat
  11. Sunglasses
  12. A torchlight or a head torchlight
  13. A First aid kit including Diamox and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
  14. Toiletries– Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, water purifiers, sunscreen, moisturizer, toothpaste and toothbrush.
  15. A waterproof map of Annapurna Base Camp
  16. Snacks you like and entertainment such as books, cards, an iPad etc.

If you are unsure of what equipment to buy in Nepal and what to bring from home, this article will help you decide whether to buy trekking equipments at home or in Nepal.

 

Day 1
Arrived at Kathmandu (1400 m)

We heartly warm welcome you at the country of himalaya with garland of beautiful flowers. Then our vechile drop you up to the hotel. Tonight stay on any hotel of Thamel.

Day 2
Kathmandu (1400 m) to Pokhara (830 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to drive towards Pokhara (830 m) on Prithvi highway along through the side of Trishuli river via Tourist bus, having lunch at the way, it just take 5 to 6 hrs to reached Pokhara that depends on the road condition. Tonight stay at any hotel of Lake side.

Day 3
Pokhara (830 m) to Jomsom (2720 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to drive towards Jomsom (2720 m via bus, jeep on Bhupi Serchan highway upto Beni (830 m) and then off- road drive from Beni to Jomsom along through the side of Kaligandaki (630 km) river, having lunch at the way, it just take 2 to 3 hrs to reached Beni then approximately 6 hrs to reached Jomsom that depends on the road condition. Tonight stay at any hotel of Jomsom.

Day 4
Muktinath temple visit

Having breakfast at the morning than ready to move towards Muktinath temple (3760 m) from Jomsom (2720 m) which take 30 min drive on vechile and by walk it takes 2 hrs to 2:30 hrs slowly. We reached to the place name Ranipauwa. From there 15 min hike then we reached to our destination Muktinath temple. After visit temple having lunch at any hotel of Ranipauwa (3700 m). Then return back towards Jomsom along with Kagbeni (2810 m) . Tonight stay on Thakali Homestay at Jomsom.

Day 5
Return Back from Jomsom (2720 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to drive back towards Pokhara (830 m) along through the bumpy off- road. If you want you also can stop at Tatopani (1190 m), tonight stay on Aaroma Homes at Lumle (1610 m).

Note:- If you want to stop

overnight at

Tatopani one more

day will be added.

Day 6
Aaroma Homes (1610 m) to Pokhara (830 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to drive towards Pokhara (830 m). 30 min drive on vechile from Lumle (1610 m) to Naudada (1440 m). From there some kilometres short hike to Pokhara along through the place named Kaskikot (1788 m), Sarangkot (1600 m) with beautiful view of Annapurna (7219 m) range, Fishtail , Fewa lake, Paragliding, Local villages and more which takes 2 hrs to 3 hrs, or direct drive to Pokhara from Lumle. Tonight stay on any hotel at Lakeside.

Day 7
Pokhara day tour

Having breakfast at morning then move towards Peace pagoda (1100 m) located at high hill. Return back and see Gopteshwor cave, then having lunch after that we can do boating at Fewa lake or visit any other place, at evening you can roaming around the local market of Lakeside by yourself then having a dinner at nepali cultural resturant and return back to hotel.

Day 8
Pokhara (830 m) to Kathmandu (1400 m)

Having breakfast at morning then ready to drive towards Kathmandu (1400 m) along through the side of Trishuli river via Tourist bus, having lunch on the way or you can return back through flight, that is up to you. Tonight stay at any hotel of Thamel.

Day 9
Kathmandu Day Tour

Having breakfast at morning than vist monkey temple Syambhunath, then we can go either Royal palace museum or Basantapur durbar museum or any other place of Kathmandu, at evening roaming at the street of Thamel on your own way. Tonight farewell party at Nepali cultural restaurant.

Day 10
Departure

Hope so, we can meet again,

Wish you !!! a bright future

ahead.

The Trek Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport (in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport (in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment.
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip.

The Trek Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses in Kathmandu
  • Your travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc.
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency.
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.
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How fit do I need to be to do this trips?

Trip to Muktinath is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trip, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long we walk everyday when doing Muktinath trip?

If we use vehicle service upto the last stop Ranipauwa than we have to walk a few minutes but if we use the vehicle service up to the Jomsom only we have to walk a few hours.

What is the higest altitude reached in this trip?

The higest altitude we reached is 3760 m. This is the elevation of Muktinath temple.

What about the battery charging and hot shwor facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Muktinath trip?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

How much do guide and potter cost?

For Muktinath trip for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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