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Muktinath Tour

INP01
Activity
Tour
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Pilgrimage Tour
Trip Basis
B & B
Trip Grade
Easy
Total Trip
5-10

Muktinath is venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is situated at an altitude 3710 meters (12,172 feet) at base of the Thorong la mountain pass. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of salvation" and it is one of the most ancient temples of the God Vishnu and the Vaishnava tradition in Nepal. The shrine is considered to be one of the eight sacred places known as Svayam Vyakta Ksetras (the other seven being Srirangam, Srimushnam, Tirupati, Naimisharanya, Totadri, Pushkar and Badrinath), as well as one of the 108 Divya Desam, or holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu. Additionally, it is also one of the 51 Shakti Pitha goddess sites.

Buddhists call Muktinath Chumming Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means 'Hundred Waters'. According to Tibetan Buddhism Chumig Gyatsa is a sacred place of the Dakinis goddesses known as Sky Dancers, and also one of the 24 celebrated Tantric places. Additionally, the site is believed to be a manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Virtue. The Tibetan Buddhist tradition states that Guru Rimpoche, also known as Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here on his way to Tibet.

Day 1: Arrival and leisure

Day 2: Kathmandu: Boudhnath/ Pashupatinath/ Shymabhu

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara on the way to Manakamana Temple

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom

Day 5: Jomsom to muktinath and beni

Day 6: Drive from Beni to Pokhara

Day 7: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 8: Final departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu:

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Adventure advisor representative will pick you from the Airport and then take you to the hotel. Your tour guide will invite you to welcome dinner in the hotel or in a nearby restaurant - a good opportunity to get to know and discuss the activities of the following days.

Overnight in Kathmandu

Meal plan: (-/-/D)

 

Day 2: Kathmandu: Pashupatinath/ Boudhnath/ Shyambhu

After breakfast, we will start our day from the trip to Pashupatinath temple. Pashupatinath temple is a famous and scared Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the Bagmati river. The area of Pashupatinath encompasses 264 hectares of land including 518 temples and monuments. After worshipping Pashupatinath we will visit Boudhanath. The Buddhist stupa of Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline; it is one of the largest and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The Stupa of Bauddhanath is believed to have the remains of Kassapa Buddha. It has different names in different languages. After lunch we will move towards Shyambhu nath also known as Monkey temple. The local stupa is considered the largest Sanctuary of the New Aryan Buddhists and rises on a promising hill above the Kathmandu Valley. You can have a nice view of Kathmandu valley for the top.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meal Plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara on the way to Manakamana Temple

After breakfast we will be on our ride for Pokhara. En route,  we could find a  Trisuli River, it is very famous for Himalayan wild  river rafting  and  also you  can  find Manakamana temple. Manakamana is  the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. The name Manakamana originates from two words, “mana” meaning heart and “kamana” meaning wish. It is believed that Goddess Manakamana grants the wishes of all those who make the pilgrimage to her shrine to worship her. We will use cable car ride to go upto the Temple. After having lunch we will start our journey towards Pokhara. Upon arrival at Pokhara we will settle for the day.

Overnight at Pokhara

Drive: 6-7 hours/ Meal Plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom

After Breakfast, we drive toward’s Jomsom. It’s a long hour drive from Pokhara. On the way we will enjoy scenic view of local culture and habitat. Our drive will goes along with Kaligandaki river. Upon arrival at Jomsom we will take a rest for the day.

Overnight in Jomsom.

Drive: 9-10 hours / Meal plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 5: Drive from Jomsom to Muktinath and back to Beni

At early morning we were ready to visit Muktinath (God of Salvation),one of the famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist located at tha base of Khatang Kang in Baraha Gaun. It is built in Pagoda style representing the combination of Hinduism and Buddhism and devoted to Lord Bishnu. It is a belief that to bath in the water here provides salvation after death. The place is equally important to Buddhist as the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at this place. We can also find fossilized ammonities (known as Shaligrams) almost everywhere in the wide Thak Khola. After worshipping at Muknith we drive back to Beni.

Overnight in Beni

Drive: 9-10 hours / Meal plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 6: Drive from Beni to Pokhara

After breakfast, we will drive back to Beni. The roads are fine and we can enjoy the fine environment on the way. Upon arrival at Pokhera we will visit bindabasini temple. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga and is regarded as the guardian deity of Pokhara. The form of Durga residing in the Bindabasini temple is of Bhagawati, a blood-thirsty aspect of the goddess.

Overnight in Pokhara

Drive: 2-3 hours/ Meal plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 7: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar. On the way, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Drive :6-7 hours/ Mean plan: (B/-/-)

 

Day 8:  Departure

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Airport.

Mean plan: (B/-/-)

 

*(B/L/D) =Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Access/Permits required for Muktinath:

Muktinath temple lies in conservation and trekking zone. So, travellers must have 2 permits to enter in this area: ACAP (Annapurna conservation area project permit) & TIMS (Trekker’s information management system permits).

 

Recommended seasons:

Although tour to Muktinath can be done for whole year, however September- November is considered as the best time to visit Muktinath. In these months, the view is often clear, the landscape is green after the previous monsoon rains.If you cannot make between September- November then March- May will be favorable for the trip. The rhododendron flower starts in March. Distant views are clear in the morning, but may be clouded by the haze during the day but one can have memorable journey to Muktinath. Most rainfall occurs between June-August and the road will be tough. December- February is a winter season, so travellers can expect snow covered areas during the trip.

 

 

If you are looking for alternative tour packages at Muktinath: we have following packages:

Muktinath heli tour

Muktinath escape tour

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • All land transfers in private vehicle
  • Accommodation during the trip
  • Meals as per Ininerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Welcome dinner in hotel or in chosen restaurant
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

 

Packages excludes:

  •  Personal expenses
  •  Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  •  Travel insurance
  •  International flights
  •  Tips and gratuties
  •  Extra night accommodation because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary
  •  Extra meals other than mentioned in the Itinerary  





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