Jomsom Muktinath Trek leads to a short pilgrimage journey around Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki River valley. An exciting holy site around high mountainous areas of far northwest Nepal, revered as the holiest of all holy sites. A popular pilgrimage destination for Hindu followers from all around Nepal and India visit to the holy site of Muktinath. As well some Buddhist people pay homage, which is also a sacred place for the Buddhism religion. An interesting area to visit at Muktinath, located at 3,800 m high.
Facing grand views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and its range of peaks with Nigiri and Tilicho mountains towards the North East. Holy Muktinath, stand high above wide Kaligandaki River Valley, and below the high pass of Thorang-La. It forms a boundary of Mustang and Manang districts, which also falls on the main popular Annapurna Circuit trekking routes. Due to its harsh location of dry terrain at a high altitude, it was quite tough to travel to holy Muktinath Temple sites. But at present and over the past few years, it has been easy.
Travelers and pilgrims can take the comfort of four-wheel drives to high Muktinath, and perform religious rites and worship. The word Muktinath comes from an ancient Sanskrit word that means to be free or liberate oneself from sins and wrongdoing. In short a Haven and Freedom from the life cycle and reaching Nirvana, the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. A Hindu main God besides Shiva and Brahma, similarly for Buddhists the area is known as Chumming Gyatsa. A place of beautiful 108 water spouts, one of the sources of Kaligandaki River. Where Buddhist saint of 7th Century Guru Rinpoche / Padmasambhava meditated for many years and received blessings.
A great enjoyable trek to Muktinath after flying from beautiful Pokhara to Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district. From Jomsom following the ancient Trans Himalaya Trade Route Trail of Nepal and Tibet, and then heading high to Muktinath. Muktinath with ample time for prayer and worship and visiting its main temples and monastery.
After attaining a spiritual blessing, return and walk down to Jomsom facing a spectacular vista of amazing country landscapes. Next morning enjoy a swift short flight back to Pokhara, after a great memorable moment on Jomsom Muktinath Trek.
Mode of Trekking: Overnight in the local best available lodge.
Trekking Grade: Moderate with Ups and Downhill.
Highest Eluvation: 3, 800 m / 12, 467 feet at Muktinath Temple premises.
Trek Duration: 04 Nights and 05 Days. Includes short flight both ways.
Best Seasons: Spring from March to May and autumn/fall starts from September to November. One can visit in winter times from December to February also.
Brief Outline Itinerary:
First Day: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2,715 m with overnight at Jomsom.
Second Day : Trek to Kagbeni 2,820 m- 04 hrs.
Third Day : Trek up to Muktinath at Pani-Pawa village 3,800 m -04 hrs.
Fourth Day: Visit the Muktinath Temple premises and trek to Jomsom-04 hrs.
Fifth Day: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel.
Day 01: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2,715 m with overnight at Jomsom.
Morning from the hotel in Pokhara, depart for an early flight to Jomsom, during airborne. Enjoy the grand vista of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks, as small aircraft lands at Jomsom small airport. On arrival transfer to a nice hotel, Guest House / Lodge. Rest of the day with time to browse around Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang district. A necessary stop at Jomsom for acclimatization before reaching the high Muktinath area.
Day 02: Trek to Kagbeni 2,820 m- 04 hrs.
Morning from Jomsom, having breakfast start the walk heading towards the wide Kali-Gandaki River valley, a windswept country. Walk on Kaligandaki plains on a pleasant trail with a few short ups and down to Kagbeni village.
Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang and Tibet border, at Kagbeni check into a nice lodge. An interesting village of strong Tibetan influence in culture and custom of old Buddhism heritage. Kagbeni is also a holy site for Hindus to perform and offer prayer to the departed souls.
Kagbeni in the Hindu Myth story describes the earlier life of Kak Bhushundi, was a mischievous disciple of Lomas Muni (a great Guru) and a true devotee of Lord Shiva and was reborn as a crow, and came close enough to know about Rama and understood the purpose of Lord Vishnu’s incarnation among humans and then composed the great epic Ramayana. The sage- a crow came to be as Kak-Bhushindi.
Day 03: Trek up to Muktinath at Pani-Pawa village 3,800 m -04 hrs.
From Kagbeni a steep climb for a few hours to holy Muktinath and its near village. Our route leads uphill to an interesting old village at Jharkot.
A place with a number of old houses and a ruined fortress known as Dzong, with a monastery on top of the hill. An hour climb to the village of Rani Pauwa, close to Muktinath Temple premises. On arrival transfer into a nice lodge facing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and a range of peaks.
Day 04: Visit the Muktinath Temple premises and trek to Jomsom-04 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight, morning a short climb to the Muktinath Temple complex, enjoy the serene surroundings. The purity of Muktinath goes back to the antiquity of 2,300 years ago, both Hindu and Buddhist visits for pilgrimage.
For worship and as well to witness the sight of the natural spiritual power of Muktinath and its 108 water spout. After a holy bath or wash, visit the main pagoda temple that houses the idol of Lord Muktinath. One of the various manifestations of Lord Vishnu. After getting blessed visit the temple monastery of Jal Devi, and witness the natural blue flame. Which is under the hidden floor of the monastery’s main prayer hall, an amazing site full of natural wonders.
Enjoy the morning tour and worship at Muktinath temple. Return journey with a long descent to Kaligandaki River Valley, and then back at Jomsom for overnight halt.
Day 05: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara and transfer to the hotel.
Early breakfast and walk to Jomsom airport and then board in a small aircraft for the sweeping scenic short flight. The air journey of less than half-hour, an exciting flight overlooking grand views of snow-clad peaks. Finally the plane lands at Pokhara airport and then transfers to your hotel, after a wonderful experience on Jomsom-Muktinath Trekking.