The Muktinath Tour is a revered pilgrimage journey that unveils the rich tapestry of religion, culture, and history nestled within Nepal’s Annapurna Conservation Area. At the heart of this spiritual odyssey lies the Muktinath temple, perched at an elevation of 3,710 meters within the breathtaking Muktinath Valley in the Mustang district of Nepal, adjacent to the Ranipauwa Village.
Muktinath holds profound significance for both Hindu and Buddhist traditions. In Hinduism, it is hailed as “The Place of Liberation” or “Mukti Kshetra,” a site cherished by Sri Vaishnavas. Within Buddhism, it is known as “Chumig Gyatsa,” meaning ‘Hundred Waters,’ alluding to its numerous sacred springs and fountains.
Embark on this spiritual voyage and immerse yourself in the captivating narratives, customs, and natural beauty that make Muktinath a sanctuary of profound cultural and religious heritage.
Day 01: Kathmandu to pokhara
Day 02: Pokhara to Jomsom
Day 03: Jomsom to Muktinath
Day 04: Return back to Pokhara
Day 05: sightseeing in Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will drop from your destination and drive you to Pokhara, 200kms west of Kathmandu via tourist bus or private vehicles along with the Trishuli River. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal, tourist’s paradise with lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can enjoy in the Phewa Lake with the views of the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The glimpse view of mountains-Annapurna, Mannchapuchhre, Manalsu, and Dhaulagiri attract everyone. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast we will drive to Jomsom along with world deepest Kaligandakhi canyon. The trail follows the Kaligandaki River and passes Tatopani, Talbagar, Ghasa, Kalopani and Naurikot to meet the Marpha. Marpha is famous place for apple farm and its local brandy (made from apple). We will leave Marpha village to reach Jomsom and overnight stay in Jomsom.
After breakfast, drive about 1 hour 30 minutes to Ranipauwa from Jomsom then hikes for 15 minutess flat and 15 minutes ascending way up to the Muktinath temple. After grasp to the temple, you will perform worship to the God and, can take holy bath in the sacred 108 water spouts surrounding the temple. We will also visit to Jwala Mai, Patal Ganga, Shiva mandir. There is Mukti Kunda in front of this temple. It is a belief that the one who dips into it will be free from his past sins or negative activities. Another point of attraction is 108 water spouts or Muktidhara around the temple. The water here continuously flows from Kaligandaki River. We took a bath in each of these MuktiDhara with the hope that it brings us salvation. A special celebration also exists here in Janai Purnima. Then drive back to Jomsom following the same route. In Jomsom we can search the Shaligram in the bank of Kali-Gandaki River. Overnight stay at Jomsom.
After breakfast, you will drive back to the Pokhara from Jomsom following the same trail. The speculator view of hills and mountains have been the fruitful one. You will arrive at Pokhara, take refreshment and overnight stay at Lakeside Pokhara.
After having your breakfast, you will enjoy some attractive tour points in Pokhara and drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by vehicle, which takes around seven hours. You will follow to the Damauli, Muglin and Kurintar with Manakamana Temple, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The green sceneries, mountain views, rice fields, vegetable fields and many more attract you. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes only 25 minutes.
The entire Ghorepani Poonhill trek route, including all the intermediary stops, falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This initiative is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora and fauna indigenous to the region. To traverse this area, you are required to obtain an ACAP permit.
ACAP Permit Costs:
In addition to the ACAP permit, a TIMS card is essential for Poonhill Trekking. TIMS, which stands for Trekkers Information Management System, plays a crucial role in tracking trekkers during their journey. Security personnel use TIMS cards to access information about your identity and location. Both of these permits can be acquired in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and your trekking agent can assist you in the process.
The choice of ground transportation for the Poonhill trek is contingent on your group size. For groups of 1-3 individuals, a car will be arranged for your journey. Meanwhile, groups comprising 4-7 people will be provided with a hired jeep. Private vehicles will be reserved specifically for the segments from Syauli Bazar to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Nayapul.
Out of the 12 months in the year, three particular periods offer an exceptional weather window for trekking in Nepal. The first is during spring, which spans from March to May, making it the most preferred time for Poonhill trekking. Another ideal trekking season is autumn, lasting from the end of September to mid-December. Winter, occurring from December to February, also presents favorable conditions for trekking.
Conversely, the summer months (June to August) constitute the monsoon season in Nepal, characterized by heavy rainfall. While trekking is still possible during this time, occasional rain showers can make the trail slippery and obstruct panoramic Himalayan views. The most favorable weather conditions for the Poonhill trek are experienced during autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May). Nonetheless, trekking in winter is feasible, albeit with extremely low temperatures. For those venturing during the winter months, it is recommended to carry warm clothing and a suitable sleeping bag for the colder nights.
The best times are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) when the weather is generally clear, and the views are spectacular. Winter trekking (December to February) is also possible, but temperatures are colder.
You need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. For ACAP: NPR 3000 (Approx. $30) for foreigners, NPR 1000 (Approx. $10) for SAARC Nationals.
The trek usually takes around 4 to 5 days, depending on the starting point and the chosen route.
No, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners. The highest point, Poon Hill, is at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet).
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