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Muktinath Yatra (11 days)

Trip Code:NET-TO-PLG6

  • Trip Type Pilgrimage Tour
  • Duration 11 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude
  • Group Size 1
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Holy, Muktinath Temple

Holy, Muktinath Temple

The main attraction of Muktinath yatra trip is Muktinath Temple or Chumig Gyatsa. Situated at a height of 3800m, Muktinath Temple is one of the most revered temples among Buddhists and Hindus. A pilgrimage to Chumig is a lifelong dream for many; however it may not be an easy journey since it would take days to get there either on foot of four wheel vehicles. 
 
We are offering Muktinath Yatra to all the pilgrims and tourists who want to pay homage to Muktinath. You will be trekking over the hills, valleys and rivers and finally reach the temple on the banks of Kali Gandaki River. You can experience the unique culture of indigenous Thakali people and appreciate the rare biodiversity. You can marvel at the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna shines through the arid landscape. 
 
The yatra will offer comfort hotel accommodation along with options to ride on a jeep either or both ways from Jomsom. 
 

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 Trip code: NET-TO-PLG6
  Region Annapurna Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 11 days
 Trip Type: Pilgrimage Tour
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Lodge (Tea House) during Trip

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car takes one and a half hours drive. Now, you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and a half hours. Majority of people here are Gurung who follow Buddhism. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes about six hours. You start to trek upwards through a steep ascent for the early 2 hours and then gently pass through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you get to view Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Now, your trail is quite easy passing through forest and descends gently to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani (1189m.) takes about seven and a half hours. This day offers you an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast you trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani. After descending through the rhododendron forest, fine vistas open up when we approach Chitre, with the Dhaulagiri Range straight ahead. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, we then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from here it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. At Tatopani you can enjoy the natural hot spring bath. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m.) takes about five hours. Then the route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ghasa to Marpha (2667m.) takes about six and a half hours. The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki for about six to seven hours. Throughout the trek you will be enjoying the mighty Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali and few Tibetans. On the way to Marpha we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki through the Apple orchard, you can eat apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Marpha to Jomsom (2713m.) to Kagbeni (2897m.) takes about five hours. You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Tukuche is a delightful village where narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards attempt to provide some shelter from the winds which howl through the gorge. The wind generally picks up after about midday, but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to Jomsom. After passing through stone-walled orchards, a stone gate marks the entrance to Marpha. White walled houses line both sides of the narrow paved street, under which flows a cleverly made drainage system. Marpha makes a good lunch stop and the courtyards of the many lodges make ideal resting and refreshment places. The local apple brandy is especially well-known. 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. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath/Chumig Gyatsa (3795 m.) takes about 4 hours. The trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. Gradually walking you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages, apple Garden, Yaks Herds, sheep herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. You can enjoy delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit monastery believed to be built in the 15 century. Now, you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Muktinath village. From here you hike to Rani Pauwa (3700m.), an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Here, you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Now, you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Muktinath/Chumig Gyatsa to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours. Today we continue down for early two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom. Stay overnight at lodge.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus, which takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.


The price includes the following services:
 
  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by A/C vehicle
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter/s (one porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage for 2 participants)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the Trip
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: from Kathmandu to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C tourist bus & from Pokhara to Nayapul and from Phedi to Pokhara  by private vehicle
  • Jomsom - Pokhara Flight
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast at 2 - 3 star standards hotel
  • Insurance and equipments for the guide and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels.We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category of hotel you would like to stay in.

 

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    Jack & Marius,
    UK & Germany

    Can't wait to come back and do another trek with Nava!

    My cousin and I did a one week trek in Lower Mustang to Muktinath with our guide Pancha and porter Sombo and can't fault the experience at all.
     
    Nava was exceptionally quick in responding online and so helpful in answering my endless questions.
     
    Pancha was an amazing guide, both on routes(sometimes in some nasty conditions) and in explaining Buddhist theory and local architecture, and Sombo was always cheery and kind, raising our spirits when we were wet and tired at end  of the day. I can't wait to come back and do another trek with Nava!
     
    Couldn't recommend these guys enough!
     
    Jack(UK) & Marius (Germany)
    10 June 2016

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