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Annapurna area is the most famous trekking area in Nepal which confers a splendid view of the deep valleys and towering peaks around the enormous Annapurna, picture from subtropical jungle to a geographic extension of high, arid, Tibetan Plateau. This combination of lush floras, mountain peaks and gather with different ethnic people turns this trek into exceptional one. Most appreciably, you will observe the well-known temple of Lord Muktinath which is located in the Mustang district. It is situated around 18km north-east to Jomsom (3802m.).
Meaning of Muktinath has been derived from Mukti and Nath which means salvation and God respectively. The pagoda temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, 108 water taps pouring sacred water, the Jwala Mai temple nearby has a Kunda spring, an eternal flame of natural gas; and shrines like Gomba Samba, Swaminaraya, Shaligram are the major fascination parts. People believe that one should visit this holy place after completion of pilgrimage to 4 Dhams (religious sites) in India.
Muktinath tour holds both religious and spiritual significance since this sacred spot is renowned as the set of salvation for both Buddhists and Hindus. This place is symbol of two religions sharing the same sacred place with communal admiration and respect. Apart from a holy temple to go around at Muktinath, one can also see fabulous views of peak ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna all the way through the trip.
There are not many ways to get to Muktinath; you can directly move from Kathmandu to Muktinath by helicopter which will take around one and half hour or take usual flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 30 min then once more catch a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom which takes another 30 min after that walk to Muktinath or take a jeep trip from Jomsom to Muktinath. Also, you can drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and trek from Pokhara all the way through Kali-Gandaki valley which takes around 8 days.
We Visit Nepal Tibet Treks organize Muktinath tour every year for both group and individual in different season. Please let us be acquainted with your interest and food we will give you the detail information about the Muktinath Tour. If you seek for going to this holy spot just drop in your queries and we will certainly help you.
Rules and Regulations of Muktinath Tour
Muktinath temple lies within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the primary and biggest conservation region in Nepal where entrance permit is obligatory. Entry permit can be acquired from Kathmandu and Pokhara. A copy of your passport and 2 passport size photos will be essential for getting entry permit. The ACAP fee for foreigners is NPR.2000.00 per person. Visit Nepal Tibet Treks arranges it all for you.
Attractions of Muktinath Tour
Kunda (water pond) - Jwala Mai Temple - Gomba Samba - Swaminarayan - Shaligram.
Muktinath tour - is the most famous Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal for all religious peoples and we get spectaculars view of mountains when we go for the Darshan of Muktinath temple, located in district of Mustang.
How to reach Muktinath?
1. Direct helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Muktinath in about 1.30 hrs
2. Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara 30min and Pokhara to Jomsom 30min then you can drive to Muktinath by Jeep.
3. Trekking about 7-8days from Pokhara
[Day 01 ] Arrival in Kathmandu, meet our representative and transfer to hotel, Overnight in Hotel
[Day 02 ] Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m), Overnight in Hotel
[Day 03 ] Drive Pokhara to Jomsom to Muktinath (3,817 m) and return back to Jomsom, Overnight at Lodge
[Day 04 ] Drive back from Jomsom to Pokhara, Overnight in Hotel
[Day 05 ] Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, Overnight in Hotel
[Day 06 ] Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour of Pashupati/Bouddha/Bhaktapur
[Day 07 ] Transfer to Airport for onward destination.
1) Welcome Nepali Dinner with cultural programs
2) All surface transfers including arrival and departure transfers in a private car
3) Guided city tour including one English speaking tour guide and all entry fees, etc.
4) Three star hotel on bed and breakfast basis, twin sharing rooms
5) Salary, insurance and all expenses of our guide and porter for the hike.
All the expenses of personal nature, Nepal entry visa (USD 30 for 15 dyas multiple visa) and one photograph, granted upon arrival in Kathmandu. Water, alcoholic drinks, tips, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel. You will be briefly described about your tour and check in to the Hotel. We will have dinner in typical Nepali restaurant and enjoy folk dance performances in the evening at 7 to 9 pm and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu - Pokhara (910m.)
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will take for 5-6 hrs drive to reach Pokhara where you will be gifted with a splendid panorama of river and landscape throughout your drive. On the way, you will visit Manakamana Devi temple via cable car and go on driving to reach Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara - Jomsom - Muktinath (3,817m.)
Today you will take the flight early in the morning to get to Jomsom from Pokhara and start on trekking to Kagbeni. You arrive at the checkpoint of access to Upper Mustang. The altitude of this trek differs from approximately 915m at Pokhara to about 3880m at Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Buddhist as well as Hindus. You will see temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, 108 water taps pouring sacred water, the Jwala Mai temple nearby has a Kunda spring, an eternal flame of natural gas and more in Muktinath. After that you will drive back to Jomsom and overnight at Jomsom.
Day 04: Jomsom – Pokhara
Today, you fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, taking about 20 minutes. The main fascinations of Pokhara are natural and cultural spots such as temples of Buddhists and Hindus, lakes, caves, peak views. You can observe the north region crossing the hill, Phewa lake, the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu ranges. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.
Day 05: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Today, you can either drive or fly back from the striking city Pokhara. After reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. You can then rest and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour of Pashupati/Bouddha/Bhaktapur
After Breakfast sightseeing tour to-
Nepal's most significant Hindu temple lies on the shore of the holy Bagmati River, on the eastern periphery of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is also the central Shiva temple that draws disciples and Sadhus from different parts of Nepal as well as India. The temple lies 5 km. east of the Kathmandu on the shore of the sacred River, Bagmati where dead body is cremated according to Hindu rituals.
The largest ancient Buddhist Stupa in Nepal as well as in South Asia is situated in the east region Kathmandun of the valley. It was constructed by the Lichchhavi King Man Dev in the 4th century A.D. is the religious centre for Nepal's large population of Tibetan exiles, and the streets here around the Stupa are full of maroon-robed monks. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is available, lively and unfettered.
Bhaktapur, the word symbolizes as the city of devotees, was once a booming town on the trade route to Tibet. The former capital city of Kathmandu valley has conserved its traditional character better than the other two cities, for the reason that, its location is more isolated. It is situated in the 14 km east of Kathmandu valley. Today, it preserve its beauty in the form of, famed Golden Gate, ornate woodcarvings, large and spacious Durbar Square( Palace area), 55windows palace, potter shaping with their pottery, Nyatapola, Dattatreya, Bhairavnath Temples and the mesmerizing Newari ( specific cast) life styles
Day 07 Departure
After Breakfast, you will depart for Airport or for your next destination.
Trip Duration: 7 Days
Trip Start from: Kathmandu
Trip Ends at: Kathmandu
Trip Grade: Very Easy
Minimum Group Size: 1 Person & above
Activities: Historical, Cultural, Religious and Natural Tour
Meals during Trip: Breakfast in City & all meals during Trekking
Accommodation during Trip: Hotels, Guest House, Lodge
Mode of Transportation: Private Comfortable Car/van/Hiace/tourist bus
Best Travel season: Throughout the year
Highlights of the tour: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur City, Pokhara, Jomsom, Muktinath
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph
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