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Muktinath Trekking Tour ( 16 Nights / 17 Days )

 

Muktinath Trekking Tour

Places Covered: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Tikhidunga - Ghorepani - Tatopani - Ghasa - Larjung - Larjung - Jomsom - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Just magic! There are only a few places left in the world, where the ingredient of magic is often thought of as you traverse through the land with a history of more than 5000 years. Nepal reveals the magic that fascinates thousands.

Trek through the beautiful valleys, streams, mountains and lakes. Visiting the local people and experiencing the traditions and culture that has existed over the centuries. An unforgettable experience. One can find all these things in this tour. Muktinath temple is situated on a high mountain range and It is believed that one should visit this temple after competing pilgrimage of four special religious sites in India.


Day 01 Kathmandu
Flight to kathmandu. Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel.

Day 02 Kathmandu
Kathmandu, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, nestled in the cradle of the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world. It is the world's only Hindu Kingdom, unified by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in the late 18th century. Nepal is known as the kingdom where deities mingle with mortals. It is a blend of the best of China, Tibet and India, squeezed between the vastness of China to the north and India to the south, east and west, and the staircase to the forzen heights of "the roof of the world. Nepalese people are perhaps the friendliest in the world, with kind and spiritual nature. The scenery is simply without parallel.

After breakfast visit Kathmandu city, a city which looks like a living museum. Visit the Durbar Square, the highest concentration of at least 48 buildings of unique architecture, palaces, monuments and temples are found here. We continue to the Kumari Bhal, or the Temple of the Living Goddess. A young Buddhist girl whom the locals believe is a living goddess appears in a window of the temple courtyard. However, you will not be allowed to come any closer to this deity, as only Hindus are allowed an audience with her. Overlooking the Durbar Square is the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, built by King Pratap Mall in the 17th century, which means the "gate of the Monkey God". At the entrance there is a huge statue of the Monkey God Hanuman from the Ramayan epic. Shiva-Parvati Temple, a three storey temple famous for its erotic stone carvings. visit to the world's most glorious Buddhist Also visit stupa of Swayambunath. It is said to be 2000 years old and is situated 70 m above the level of valley. Often referred to as the `Monkey Temple'. This temple is believed to be famous in the tantric cult.

Afternoon visit the ancient town of Patan also known as Lalitpur (City of Beauty and Fine Art) .It was an important Buddhist centre, that flourished under the Malla kings. Patan is an ancient city filled with exotic pagodas, intricate gateways, fabulous deities, and endless carvings. Stroll through the city, visiting Durbar Square with the Old King's Palace. Visit Krishna Temple with its depictions of ancient Hindu epics and the Ashoka Stupa, and the mythological bird Garuda with spread wings on the peak of a pillar sits. Also visit Taleju Temple (17 century), the 3 storey Bhimsen Temple. Further you see the Shiva Temple with two stone elephants and artistic, erotic stone cutting work, and the Mahabuddha Temple (14th century), the temple of 1000 Buddhas, similar to the one in Bodh Gaya, where Buddha attained Nirvana. Next we visit the Tibetan Refugee Settlement. This is an interesting slice of culture and history contained in a relatively small area. In 1957 the Chinese invaded Tibet, causing thousands of Tibetans to flee their country. The Tibetans crossed the Himalayan Mountains on foot and many settled in Nepal. This camp was formed with the help of the United Nations and provides a place for the people of Tibet to work and live self-sufficiently, while they await the opportunity to return to their homeland. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03 Kathmandu
Today we visit the second sister city of the capital, Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur), which means "the City of Devotees". It is the 3rd largest in the valley, which has preserved its medieval character, said to have been founded by King Ananda Deva in the 9th century. The houses with artistic stone cutting work, as well as the beautiful wood carving date back to the time of King Bhupatindra Mallas (17th century). The city was constructed in the shape of a conch shell - an object of religious significance to Hindus and Buddhist. Visit Durbar Square with King Palace specially its golden gate and 55-Windows-Palace (15th century), the 5 storey Nyatopala-Temple, the highest and probably the finest temple in Kathmandu Valley, built by King Bhupatindra. The 2 storey Bhairabnath-Temple (18th century) as well as the Dattatraya Temple dedicated to God Vishnu and the Pujahari Math with its famous Peacock Window. Apart from the usual temples and palaces, the added attractions are the Big Bell, the bell of the Barking Dog, the lion gate, and the picture gallery.

Afternoon visit Bodhnath. One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal, Bodhnath Stupa is an imposing structure standing some 36 meters. The Stupa stands on the massive three level mandala style platform surrounded by colorful private family houses. This stupa is said to have been built in 5th century AD. At the Pashupatinath Temple view the most sacred of Nepal's Shiva shrines, located near the holy river Bagmati. This Hindu temple's twin-roofed pagoda is of gold-gilt-brass; the gateways are silver-plated. Dinner and overnight in Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04 Kathmandu/Pokhara
Early morning, a scenic drive to Pokhara, at an altitude of (819 m) surrounded by huge mountains like the Annapurna and Machhapuchare. Pokhara lies around 700 m deeper than than Kathmandu. En route, you see the typical Nepali landscapes with small villages. The highway passes along a highly picturesque region between the midland valleys and the Terai belt of the kingdom. It is also the second most-visited spot in Nepal after Kathmandu. Pokhara is known for its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, which have their source in the glacial Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. Pokhara also offers splendid views of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre which rises from behind the Phewa Lake. It is home to thick forests, gushing rivers and emerald lakes.

Upon arrival check-in to the hotel. The rest of the day if free for independent activities. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 05 Pokhara/Tikhidhunga Drive to Nayapul. Start trekking 5 - 6 hours walking to Tikhidunga ( 1577M) via Birethanti.

Day 06 Tikhidhunga/Ghorepani (20 kms)
Today a 6 hrs trek. The trail ascends gradually through enchanting rhododendron forest to Ghorepani (horse water). Ghorepani is a popular night stop for the colourful pony trains that carry goods up and down the Kali Gandaki trail.

Overnight at Ghorepani (2.835m).

Day 07 Ghorepani

Rest day. An early morning excursion should be taken to Poon Hill 12,000 ft to see the sunrise on the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.

Day 08 Ghorepani/Tatopani (21 km)
After breakfast begin the steep descent to Tatopani (1.190m) lying between the two 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri 1 situated at the bottom of the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the world's deepest gorge. A trek of 7 hrs brings you to Tatopani (hot spring) the site of several refreshing hot springs.

Overnight at Tatopani.

Day 09 Tatopani/Ghasa (21 km)
Today 7 hours trek to Ghasa. As the canyon narrows the trail is forced high up in the cliff at one point passing through a tunnel carved into the rock. Pass by the beautiful Rukse Chhara water fall before reaching Ghasa the first Tibetan style village of the upper Kali Gandaki where the stone houses are characterised by the flat roof and narrow covered alleyways.

Overnight at Ghasa (2.020m).

Day 10 Ghasa/Larjung (19 kms)
Today you trek for 6 hrs. The Kali Gandaki now opens up into a wide gravel bed as the trail travels through coniferous forest past Kalopani to Larjung. During the day there are good views of the Dhaulagiri Ice Falls to the west. On a hill above Larjung lies a Gompa with many old paintings. Overnight at Larjung (2.592m).

Day 11 Larjung/Jomsom (19 kms)
6 hrs trek through the coniferous forest now gives into Juniper and barren rocks as the trek enters into the Tibetan Desert region. The route passes through several Thakali villages such as Marpha before reaching Jomsom, the administrative headquaters of the area.

Overnight at Jomsom (2.730m).
Day 12 Jomsom/Muktinath (22 km)
7 hours trail continues ascending up the Kali Gandaki to Kagbeni at the border of the forbidden Mustang region. Turning east the route climbs up the side valley to an ancient Fort at Zarkot: Beyond lies Muktinath (3.846m).

Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 13 Muktinath
Today a long awaited rest day. There are several sacred temples at Muktinath to make this place sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. Most holy temple contains a jet of natural gas issuing from the same fissure as a fresh water spring. This holy water is then channeled into 108 spouts cast in the shape of a cow's head. Nearby a Gompa and a rest house for pilgrimage travellers.

Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 14 Muktinath/Jomsom (22 km)
Leave for Jomsom and overnight stay in the tents.

Day 15 Jomsom/Pokhara
Transfer to the airport for flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for independent activities.

Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 16 Pokhara/Kathmandu
Drive to Pokhara. On arrival in Kathmandu transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17 Kathmandu/Home
Early morning departure transfer to the airport for the flight back home.