7 days
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Nepal
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April- November
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Muktinath Temple tour. 

 

Sacred for Buddhists, Hindus, and anyone who has made the journey, there’s a reason why Muktinath temple draws an astounding number of visitors each year despite its remote location. Offering unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and a true glimpse of Nepal’s religious heart, Muktinath translates to “the provider of salvation” and is seen as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the country.

 

In addition to the world-famous shrine inside the temple, there are several other points of interest in the immediate vicinity. The series of 108 waterspouts located on the temple wall (Mukti Dhara) is said to bring salvation to Hindu practitioners and they can commonly be seen taking baths under the ice-cold water. In a similar fashion, the two pools in front of the temple (Mukti Kunda) are used to remove negative karma. The three eternal flames at Jwala Mai are yet another incredible part of any Muktinath journey.

 

Getting There

Helicopter: Almost all trips to Muktinath start and end at Pokhara, the closest big city to the famed temple. Those looking for the quickest and easiest way to arrive will find available helicopter transport taking you directly from Pokhara to Muktinath in less than an hour. This option is best for those not planning to stay long to avoid potential altitude sickness problems (see below). Helicopter trips are also possible from Kathmandu.

 

Airplane: Another way to complete a fast ascent is to fly by plane from Pokhara to Jomsom airport, conveniently located to Muktinath. The flight itself will only take 20 minutes and there are several options for climbing the remaining 1100 meters of altitude. Vehicle transport will have you there in less than two hours, a horse will take around 5.5 hours and a straightforward walking trek will last approximately 7-8 hours.

 

Jeep: Land vehicles are also available on the Pokhara – Jomsom route passing through Beni, Ghasa, and a number of other locations. Lasting up to 9 hours due to the unpaved roads and necessity for lower speeds, you’ll have uninhibited views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges.

 

Trekking: For a Muktinath experience to remember, a full trek from Pokhara to the temple is usually a week-long journey. This trip will take you along the winding Kali Gandaki river, starting from nearby Nayapool. Experiencing a wide range of scenery, you’ll pass Kagbeni and Jharkot on your way to Muktinath temple.

 

Climate & Weather

Located next to the Kali Gandaki river and directly in the shadows of the awe-inspiring Himalayas, the weather in Muktinath can be very different depending on the time of year. Far and away, the best time to take a Snowyoda tour is between March to May and September to October. During this time, temperatures reach a comfortable high of 14-18 degrees Celsius in the day and cool down to 2-8 degrees at night, making it a very pleasant time to visit.

 

On the other hand, winter (December – January) can present some serious weather challenges. Temperatures during these two months rarely goes higher than 6 degrees and the night can see the needle plummet to -8 degrees. The shoulder months of February and November can also be suitable for a trek by the most rugged travelers, but are not nearly as comfortable as the rest of the spring through fall season. It’s important to keep in mind that the rainy season in Nepal runs from June to August, which can seriously hamper road access as well as flights and other travel concerns.

Because Muktinath is at such a high elevation (3800 meters), changes in weather can be both fast and dynamic. Fortunately, the clouds and fog you see today are likely to be clear tomorrow, affording impressive views and setting the stage for a fruitful day at Muktinath.

 

What to Wear

Regardless of what time of year you’re coming to Muktinath, the best way to pack is to pick items that can be easily layered. Light jackets, t-shirts, and a sweater are great for the spring and fall months, but you’ll need to bring a heavier coat to trek during the winter. Long underwear or lined trousers are also good options for dealing with the cold. In addition to the clothes, having the right hiking shoes can make a world of difference and many of our tour participants bring a walking stick as well.

 

Accommodation in Muktinath

Most Muktinath hotels and lodges are located in nearby Ranipauwa and Jharkot, but the truth is that not all accommodation options are created equally. With Snowyoda, you can rest assured that our partner hotels are the epitome of comfort. Well-appointed rooms, nonstop hot water, and on-property restaurants will keep you fresh and ready for the next day’s adventure.

 

Things to Remember
  • Make sure to stay hydrated while trekking
  • Bring comfortable shoes
  • The less luggage you bring, the less luggage you carry
  • Prevent altitude sickness with Aspirin or Diamox
  • Sunscreen lotion – it’s a must
  • Layered clothing is the best choice to adapt to any weather (jackets, pullovers, sweaters, etc.)
  • Bring plenty of socks
  • Sunglasses and ChapStick

Altitude Sickness Advisory

Rapid ascents are one of the most common causes of altitude sickness, so we recommend a gradual increase over several days. For example, the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m) will cover a difference of nearly 2000 meters, with Muktinath (3800 m) located another 1100 meters higher. Because of this, it’s better to spend at least a night in Jomsom to acclimate and then heading upwards the next day. The safest option would be to complete a trek from Jomsom with overnight stops in Kagbeni (2900 m) and Jharkot (3400 m) to ease the transition.

 

Annapurna Entrance Fees

Before any Muktinath visit, it’s required to have entry permits, which are easily obtained from either Pokhara or Kathmandu. You’ll need to submit a copy of your passport’s ID page as well 2 passport photos and a fee. The price for foreigners is Rs. 2000 (~$30) and will be double if you wait until the entry checkpoint to take the permit. Children under the age of 10 have free entrance and all permits are non-refundable, non-transferable, and can only be used for a single entry.

 

INCLUDED Return Airport Transfers
Professional Hindi speaking driver
Nepalese Sim card on arrival to maintain contact with tour leader and driver.
Accommodation in 3 star hotels with daily breakfast. For your stay in Jomsom all meals will be provided.
Private A/C vehicle (decided according to group size )  for transfers to Pokhara and Kathmandu . Return flight tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara. Return Jeep ride from Jomsom to Muktinath on sharing basis.
Boating in Phewa Lake for all the people in the tour .
NOT INCLUDED Airfar to Nepal
 Hotel & driver tips (if any).
 Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.).
Entry fees to Museums , Parks etc.
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond

 

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Day 1: Wander Through Charming Thamel

Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by a friendly Snowyoda representative ready to show you all that the city has to offer. We’ll whisk you away to your excellently-located hotel in Kathmandu, a perfect example of comfort and upscale luxury. From here, you’ll wander through a veritable labyrinth of small shops and brightly-colored buildings filled with local arts and artifacts. Take in a massage, pick up a cashmere scarf, or dine at one of the many scrumptious Nepali restaurants in the picturesque Thamel district.

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Day 2: Explore the Wonders of Kathmandu

After a tasty breakfast at the resort, we’ll start with an amazing photo-op session at Durbar Square, home to many courtyards, temples, palaces, and more. Lunch will be the best of traditional Nepali street food enjoyed near the impressive stone sculptures located in the Historical Haven area. For the afternoon, we’ll head out to Patan which will take you back in the 18th century with its amazing history , temples and fantastic setting . As a change of pace from the excitement of Patan, we’ll visit Pashupatinath Temple and the Swayambhunath site, where we’ll rest under the grace of Lord Buddha’s eyes.

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Day 3: Unwind in Unique Pokhara

Pokhara is well-known as the most serene city in Nepal and you’ll see why after a quick morning trip from Kathmandu to our next stop. It is a 6 hours drive from Kathmandu with amazing views along the way . Fully sated, you’ll check in to our partnered hotel in Pokhara for a quick rest before seeing what Pokhara has to offer. From renting a paddle boat to visiting the floating markets to simply hanging out at one of the lakeside restaurants, we’re sure it won’t take long to adjust to the peaceful Pokhara rhythm.

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Day 4: Savor a Sarangkot Sunrise

Today we’ll start early, arriving at nearby Sarangkot before daybreak to witness one of the true treasures of Nepal – a Sarangkot sunrise. At an altitude of 1600 meters, it may not be the highest point in the country, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful, with a panoramic view featuring the deep blue Phewa Lake, the white-topped Himalaya mountains, and rural villages that still hold tight to tradition. On the way back to Pokhara, we’ll visit several sites filled with natural beauty. The dizzying Devil’s Falls and timeless Mahendra Caves with its impressive rock structures will both be on our list. At night, feel free to dig deeper into Pokhara culture with a long walk on the lake’s shore.

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Day 5: Your anticipated journey to Muktinath starts.

We’ll get an early start today to maximize our time at the sacred Muktinath temple. First up is breakfast and then a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Check into our partnered lodge in Jomsom.

Following the local tradition, we’ll head straight to Muktinath temple in the morning after a refreshing bath and change of clothes. From here in a shared jeep we’ll take a winding drive along the valley of the Kali Gandaki River, with a stop at Ekle Bhatti – a famed village whose location on the banks of two rivers is said to be an integral part of the historic salt trade route to Tibet. On the road, you’ll see the black river stones (saligrams) important to the Hindu faith as well as the captivating scenery as we go through Khingar and Jharkot. At the latter village, we’ll switch to foot for the last part of the journey to reach Muktinath temple and immerse ourselves in the famed sights. In this clean state, we’ll receive water from each of the 108 waterspouts at the temple – a practice that is said to deliver salvation according to Hindu beliefs. In addition, we’ll also pray at the temple before heading back down to Jomsom and having a full lunch. The rest of the day will be occupied by wandering through Jomsom bazaar and a restful stay at an upscale lodge.

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Day 6: Catch a Glimpse of Nepali Nature

Morning brings a quick flight back from Jomsom to Pokhara as well as catching up on any missed sights in the town. We’ll make the transition from city to nature by capturing picture-perfect photo opportunities with the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains in the background. For your final night, we’ll return to Kathmandu where you’ll be treated to luxury accommodation and the freedom to think back on your week’s journey.

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Day 7: Say Farewell to Nepal (for now)

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight back home. While the week may have seemed to fly by, your memories with Snowyoda will last a lifetime.


INCLUDED Return Airport Transfers
Professional Hindi speaking driver
Nepalese Sim card on arrival to maintain contact with tour leader and driver.
Accommodation in 3 star hotels with daily breakfast. For your stay in Jomsom all meals will be provided.
Private A/C vehicle (decided according to group size )  for transfers to Pokhara and Kathmandu . Return flight tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara. Return Jeep ride from Jomsom to Muktinath on sharing basis.
Boating in Phewa Lake for all the people in the tour .
NOT INCLUDED Airfar to Nepal
 Hotel & driver tips (if any).
 Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.).
Entry fees to Museums , Parks etc.
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond
  • Entitled to carry only 15 kgs per person on flight.
  • Take precaution for altitude sickness by taking Diamox tablet or Aspirin
  • Carry own medicine for any health problem
  • Sports shoes or trekking shoes
  • Carry light luggage
  • Walking stick
  • Jacket
  • Chap stick / Vaseline cream
  • Cap
  • Sun glasses
  • Warm Clothing
  • Sunscreen Lotion
  • Moisturizer Lotion
  • Thick socks and gloves
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