Muktinath Pilgrimage Trek
|Starts from: Drive : - KTM - Pokhara||Grade: Easy Trek||
|End at: Flight : - Jomosm - Pokhara||Duration: 12 Days||Enquiry for this Package|
The main highlight of this particular trek is the holy Muktinath temple which is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is situated at a height of 3,660m. The two storied structure of Muktinath shows the co-existence of the Buddhist and Hindu culture; the lower storey being a Gompa and the upper storey, a temple.
This trek explores a lot of beautiful places within the Annapurna region and it is on the tenth day that we reach Jomsom. Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang district is sometimes referred to as Dzongsam or the New Fort. The small town that extends over the banks of the Kali Gandaki is set against a backdrop of the towering Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. We also visit Ghorepani and the famous Poon Hill on our way to Jomsom.
Our journey to Jomsom is made via Tikhe Dhunga, Ghoepani, Tatopani, Lete, Markha and Kagbeni. The Poon Hill at Ghorepani is a popular spot to observe the towering Himalayas of the Annapurna region, especially Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri.
|Day 1||Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
After your arrival in Kathmandu our representatives at the airport will transfer you to your hotel and help you in checking in.
|Day 2||Drive to Pokhara. O/N in Hotel.
Today we drive to Pokhara, a seven hour ride or take a flight (optional at additional charge). As we reach Pokhara late in the afternoon we get to stroll around the lake city on foot or on a hired bicycle.
|Day 3||Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga Or Uleri (1540m).
On reaching Nayapul after a one and half hours ride, we walk through Birethanti and Sudami until we reach Tikhe Dhunga. We stay for the night in Tikhe Dhunga.
|Day 4||Tikhe Dhunga to Ghorepani (2860m). O/N in Ghorepani.
Today we head to Ghorepani from Tikhe Dhunga, passing trough Uleri and Nange Thati. The trail passes through pastures, cultivated fields and Rhododendron forests. We camp in Ghorepani.
|Day 5||Ghorepani to Tatopani (1190m).
One of the most popular places in the Annapurna Region is the Poon Hill (3153m) at Ghorepani. The small flat top of this hill is worth climbing as the view from the top is incomparable. The Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri are majestic mountains that can be best seen from only a few places and Poon Hill is one such place. From Ghorepani we descend through Chitre, Shikha and Ghara crossing the Kali Gandaki river and reach Tatopani.
|Day 6||Tatopani to Lete (2480m).
Our trek becomes steeper today as we pass through the deepest gorges at Dana, stopping in between at Rupse Chhahra. Then we continue walking up to Ghasa from where the trail climbs steadily to Lete.
|Day 7||Lete to Marpha (2670m)
After spending a night in the beautiful village of Lete we head to the famous Thakali village of Marpha.
|Day 8||Marpha to Kagbeni (2800m)
From Marpha we head North and walk for about three hours until we reach the Tibetan village of Marpha.
|Day 9||Kagbeni to Muktinath (3670m) and back to Kagbeni (2800m)
Today we trek to the holy Muktinath temple which is a pilgrimage site for both the Hindu and Buddhists. After spending some time in Muktinath we hike back to Kagbeni.
|Day 10||Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m)
Jomsom is a three hour hike from Kagbeni. The town of Jomsom boasts of an airport, the ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office and a museum worth visiting.
|Day 11||Jomsom to Pokhara (820m).
After breakfast, we take a flight from the Jomsom Airport to Pokhara , from where we are transferred to a Hotel. O/N in the Hotel.
|Day 12||Drive to Kathmandu (flights available as supplement) – Transfer to the airport either tonight or tomorrow. NB – Extra nights in Pokhara can also be arranged if desired.
- Return transfers from International and Domestic airport to your hotel
- One night stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara
- All government taxes and Annapurna Conservation entry fees
- TIMS CARD (Trekking Management System)
- Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipments, food and accommodation),
- Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services
- necessary ground transportation depends on your services requested via tourist bus or private transport
- Trekking poles, sleeping bag (if necessary we provide)
- Flight ticket: Jomsom - Pokhara for guide
- Trekking maps
- Rubbish care to clean up the environment
- Emergency first aid kit carried by the support staff
- PNT official services charge and government taxes
Medical support: emergency first aid kit carried by the support staff
Accommodation and meals: During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation.
Water: among the tea house trek is available mineral and hot water every stop, also you can use tape water if you bring water purification tablets with you.
- All meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara city
- Tips to guides and support staff
- Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies)
- Internal flight tickets
- Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetozolomide etc)
- Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses
- Personal trekking equipments
Travel Insurances: -
Travel Insurances are compulsory for clients trekking or climbing with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.
Nepal has four climatic seasons
- Spring : March - May
- Summer: June - August
- Autumn: September - November
- Winter: December - February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Enquire about any trekking region and we will tell you about the best season to visit that area.
Personal Equipment check-list for all treks
- Good standard trekking boots
- Camping shoes/thongs
- Down Jacket
- Trekking trousers
- Shorts (both casual and for treks)
- Swim wear
- Sun Hat
- Woollen Hat
- Nylon Windbreaker
- Strong Rucksack
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
- Toilet paper
- Sun block
- Travel Towel
- Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
- Camera & lenses
- Memory cards
- GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
- Book/music player/pack of cards
- A plastic bag for waste
- Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are required during the Climbing period: -
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore - Tax Jacket with hood)