Muktinath tour trek description !
Muktinath tour is known as Kali Gandaki valley trek explores the tremendous diversity of the Annapurna region following the old trade route to Tibet along the bank of the Kali Gandaki.
Muktinath trek tour is the most popular trek region, attracting over 75% of all trekkers (more than 30.000 annually). It’s also among the tamest areas, with excellent lodges lining the main routes. Pilgrimage Muktinath trek route takes you from Pokhara valley to the reputed hill station for the best sunrise view on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges through the beautiful Himalayan settlements and lust forest.
Your visit to Kagbeni, the entrance gate of Mustang: the Once Forbidden Kingdom with the arid land of beauty against the backdrop of majestic mountains before ascending to the famous pilgrimage site at Muktinath adds the charm in your trip to Annapurna.
Muktinath is religiously important by both Hindus and Buddhists. The main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu; there are 108 water spouts around the Temple. The Jwala mai temple nearby contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural gas underground.
Since ancient times, their divine flames of jwala have been worshipped as Jwaladevi(the goddess of flame), situated North of the Annapurna Himalayas on the Tibetan border, Mustang is a rugged mysterious arid and hunting wilderness region set amid a lunar landscape of wind-eroded hills and cliffs.
What is the Muktinath tour highlights?
Mystical mountain flight, Explore beautiful Kagbeni, The Pilgrimage Muktinath Mandir, View of Dhawalagiri Icefalls, The world deepest gorge of the Kaligandaki valley, Tatopani Hotspring, Sunrise and sunset at Poon hill with magnificent mountain views.
Magical Muktinath tour grades
The Muktinath trek is easy and enjoyable as the landscapes are great. It doesn’t require any special training experience.
Top Muktinath trek covers
Jomsom – Muktinath – Tatopani – Ghorepani – Poon hill – Mystical Poon cultural village.
Best season to visit Muktinath tours
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and December.
Muktinath tour outline itineary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) 6 hours, B/B Plan)
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara (915 m) to Nayapul (1050m)
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m): 6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani (1189m) 5 hours
Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Ghasa (2013m.) 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Ghasa to Marpha (2667m) 6 hours
Day 08: Trek from Marpha to Jomsom (2730m) to Kagbeni (2800m) 5:30 hours
Day 09: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795m) 5 hours
Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2730m) 5 hours
Day 11: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. And drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus or flight.
Day 12: Final departure
The pilgrimage Muktinath tour itinerary in details
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu valley (1350m/4,415 ft)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport we will receive you with private car and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with in breakfast. Our representative will give you information about Muktinath trekking further programs.
Day 02 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m/2,989 ft) 6hrs
Pokhara city lies on 210 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley Thangkot, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara.
Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourists paradise with the combination of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. During the journey, one 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 take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara instead of drive.
Day 03 : Drive from Pokhara (915 m) to Nayapul (1,050m/3,434 ft) and trek to Tikhedundha, 4 hrs
It takes one and half hours drive by private car / taxi / van / jeep. Now, you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tikhedhunga (1,577m.) via Birethanti (1,065m.) After breakfast at the hotel, you could drive by car for one and a half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterward, you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business, and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments.
Day 04 : Ghorepani Hikes (2,675m/8,747 ft), 6 hrs
As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, you arrive at the village of Nangethanti. Another few hours of trekking through the forest, you reach Ghorepani.
Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and is a popular watering spot for mules, which ply this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. A ten minutes walk takes you to a small pass and further to the village of Deurali. For proper acclimatization, you rest at Ghorepani.
Day 05 : Tatopani Trekking (1,189m/3,888 ft), 5 hrs
You can catch an amazing view of the sunrise from an ideal vantage point of Poon Hill. After breakfast, you descend to Tatopani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. As you near Chitre, you get an awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri range. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magars village clustered on a ridge. You continue descending, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the hot springs near the river below the village.
Day 06 : Ghasa Trekking (2,013m/6,582 ft), 6 hrs
You have to follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. During the trails, you come across local people selling baskets of oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village. You can see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses in Ghasa.
Day 07 : Marpha treks (2,667m/8,721 ft), 6 hrs
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali. Throughout the trek, you will be enjoying 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. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance.
Day 08 : Jomsom Trek (2,730m/8,927 ft) to Kagbeni (2800m/9,156 ft) 5:30 hrs
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. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow, hastening our way to Jomsom.
Day 09 : Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3795m/12,410 ft) 5 hrs
The trail steeply ascends for a couple of hundred Meters. While gradually walking you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscapes, 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 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 (3710m), 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 a splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m.), and others. Now you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. The people of Kagbeni, Jharkot, and Muktinath are close to the lifestyle, culture, religion, and idea of Tibetan people.
Day 10 : Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2730m/8,927 ft) 5 hrs
Heading away from Muktinath, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking on the magnificent view of Nilgiri. You stay overnight in Jomsom. In the evening you celebrate the completion of your trek with the crew.
Day 11 : Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
As soon as you are landing in Pokhara, we drive out to Kathmandu by Bus (7 hours drive) or flight (25 minutes). Choose the option you like to make your holiday better.
Day 12 : Final departure
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your destination and our trip end.
Muktinath tour cost includes
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 1 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
- Domestic flight: Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare with airport departure tax.
- Guest house basis trekking accommodation while on trekking days.
- Tourist Bus transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guest and guide.
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS permits for Trekking tours
- Pokhara Fewa lake side – Nayapool & Return to Fewa lake side transfer by private vehicle.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Muktinath trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Muktinath trek or Muktinath tour with Poonhill trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequently Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us with your flight’s details then you should do a request then our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Muktinath trek?
Answer: This trekking is suitable for all age trekkers who can walk about five hours every day with a lightweight rucksack.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Muktinath tour?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accommodation (request up if you wish to have more comfortable accommodation) which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always a better idea to own sleeping equipment.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in express Muktinath treks?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season).
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Muktinath treks?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on kali Gandaki valley trek?
Answer: During the trekking route you can find shops and a hotel where you can to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or mobile batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the guest house trekking, you can recharge your battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Muktinath trek tour?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as 3G internet facilities.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No, for the trekking you need to have cash because credit cards work city area of Nepal only.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings. We prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of a trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Muktinath trek tour?
Answer: We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Question: Is there any communication while we are on Muktinath trek tour?
Answer: There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: You have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls for Jomsom Muktinath express Trekking?
Answer: We recommend to take that it will be helpful to you.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks in trekking.
Muktinath trek tour note:
The above Muktinath trek tour or Kali Gandaki valley Trek itinerary is subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Muktinath trek tour special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.