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Muktinath-Celebrated Hindu Pilgrim

Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a sacred place for both Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists. At 3750m, about 18 kms northeast of Jomsom in the North Central part of Nepal and falling within the Annapurna Circuit, it is also a popular trekking destination. Muktinath is a great example of how two religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and harmony.
Muktinath (the provider of salvation) is a holy site that thousands of devotees flock to for attaining the much sought after moksha. Lord Vishnu is supposed to have gotten Moksha here thus the name Muktinath or Lord of Salvation. Hindus call it Muktichhetra (place of salvation). Many Shaligrams found here are considered by Hindus as avatars of Lord Vishnua and thus fit for worship. Similarly, Buddhists call this valley the Chumig Gyatsa (place of a 108 waterspouts). It is believed that Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambha) the scholar-founder of Tibetan Buddhism, once meditated and gained lifetime achievement of spiritual knowledge here while on his way to Tibet in the 12th century.
The trip to Muktinath can be divided into two parts; going to Jomsom from Kathmandu and then to Muktinath from Jomsom. From Kathmandu you can take a bus to Pokhara and then another to Jomsom from there or once in Pokhara you can trek to Jomsom (6 days). Once in Jomsom you can walk to Kagbeni, then Jhargot and finally reach Muktinath in about 5-7 hours total.
Day 01 : Kathmandu
Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02 : Kathmandu
 Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03 : Pokhara
Drive/fly to Pokhara.
Day 04 : Nayapool
Drive to Nayapool and start trek to Ulleri.
Day 05 : Ghorepani
Trek to Ghorepani.
Day 06 : Tadapani
Climb up to Poonhill (early in the morning to see the Himalayan panorama and sunrise views) and trek to Tadapani.
Day 07 : Ghasa/Kalopani
Trek to Ghasa/Kalopani.
Day 08 : Marpha
Trek to Marpha.
Day 09 : Kagbeni
Trek to Kagbeni.
Day 10 : Muktinath
Trek to Muktinath.
Day 11 : Jomsom
Trek back to Jomsom.
Day 12 : Pokhara
Fly back to Pokhara.
Day 13 : Pokhara
Exploring Pokhara.
Day 14 : Kathmandu
Drive/fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 15 : Kathmandu
Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 16 : Destination
Departure on your own destination.

What is Included :

  • All ground transportation by Private AC Vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome Dinner with live Nepalese culture program
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Shangri-La or similar on BB basis including all govt. taxes and VAT)
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and world heritage sites
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • Airfare: from/to KTM Pokhara and Jomsom Pokhara
  • Trekking arrangements with accommodation and food as best available on lodges
  • Trekking guide, staffs, sherpa and porters daily wages and their insurance

What is Excluded :

  • International Airfare/airport taxes
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bill, laundry, telephone bill, tips etc
  • Personal Medical and travel insurance
  • Rescue and evacuation if needed
  • Visa cost
No additional information available.

Trip Facts

Activities
Trekking
Duration
16 Days(s)
Max. Altitude
4500 meters
Trip Grade
Moderate  
Trip Type
Guaranteed
Service Level
Basic