Muktinath Darshan by Jeep (Drive in/drive out) – 4 Days
The name Muktinath itself has a religious flavor. The word Muktinath is originated from two words- Mukti and Nath where Mukti refers to Salvation and Nath to the God. So, Muktinath Temple has a great influence to all Hindus of the world. They also believe that it is necessary to visit Muktinath once after completing pilgrimage of Chardham Yatra in India.
Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists lying in the central northern region of Nepal at an altitude of 3,760 meters. Likewise, It is located in Mustang district and at a distance of about 18km northeast of Jomsom (2,720m) on the foot of the Thorung La pass (5,416m) of Annapurna Circuit trail. It also features as Jomsom to Muktinath trek which ends finally at Nayapul, an ideal trekking destination among adventure enthusiasts.
|Cost:||US $550 (Transportation only)|
|Seat Capacity:||5-7 persons|
|Vehicle Type:||4WD Toyota Land Cruiser or Mahindra Scorpio|
Early morning, we begin our journey from Pokhara to Beni and further passing through the scenic countryside. The small roadside villages, snaking pathways and lush green vegetation make it an enjoyable and relaxed travel. The road from Beni is rough, uneven and dusty. However, road construction between Beni-Tatopani to Jomsom is rapidly underway.
As we pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayan range, a dramatic change in vegetation can be experienced later from green forests to dry arid desert. The gradual ascent helps us to acclimatize with the surroundings while passing through the famous Thakali Villages of Dana, Ghasa, Kalopani and Marpha. We will stop at Dana (1,400m) for lunch and continue drive to Muktinath.
The journey to Muktinath passes through many archaeological sites including temples and monasteries. The Pagoda style Muktinath Temple is a symbol of religious harmony between Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus consider Muktinath as the incarnation of Vishnu while the Buddhists consider as Buddha.
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- Scenic drive during the journey
- The famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath Temple and the eternal flame
- Panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayan range
- The stone Vishnu (Shaligrama) available on the Kali Gandaki River bed
- Monasteries in Tukuche, Marpha, Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath
- Typical Thakali settlement in Tukuche and Marpha
- The views of Dhaulagiri Ice-fall
- The world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge
- Natural hot spring pond at Tatopani
- Terrace farming en-route
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (884m), stay overnight in Pokhara.
It’s a mere 200km distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara and offers a leisurely travel for about 5-6 hours. Thus the journey becomes simply enjoyable by the sheer of the fast flowing Trishuli River through the canyons and gorges. Pokhara at is a perfect paradise for vacationers. The crystal clear Fewa Lake and the magnificent views of the western Himalayas makes Pokhara really an awesome place on the earth while the awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna massif along the Fishtail Mountain are truly mesmerizing.
Day 02: Drive Pokhara to Muktinath (3,760m), stay overnight in Muktinath.
We start our journey early morning from Pokhara to Beni then further to Tatopani. From Tatopani, the trail goes along the Kali Gandaki River and cascading waterfalls. The road then ascends steeply to Ghasa (2,012m) along the deepest Kali Gandaki gorge. The trail continues up the Kali Gandaki gorge and heads towards Jomsom (2,713m). Jomsom also has an all season airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara. The spectacular views of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri are truly panoramic here. The drive continues from Jomsom to Kagbeni. The road progresses further to Jharkot, a scenic settlement with a fort. Furthermore, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains dominating the southern skyline have made this place remarkable. Then it is a short ride to Muktinath, our long awaited spiritual destination.
Day 03: Drive Muktinath to Tatopani, then Pokhara.
This is the day for worshiping in the Muktinath Temple. Muktinath has also 108 water taps emerging from sacred water springs. Muktinath is a place where all the elements such as the earth, air, holy water and fire have been represented. For Hindus, the central meaning of the Muktinath area is veneration of the God Vishnu in the form of Shaligrama while the Buddhists consider as the manifestation of Avalokitesvara. After puja and completion of all the rituals, we then drive back to Pokhara via Tatopani (1,190m).
We stop at Tatopani for lunch and hot water dip. Tatopani or hot spring is a popular place especially for a traditional bath. It is believed to cure many ailments and is definitely a good remedy also for a sore back after the long off-road ride.
Day 04: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We are more relaxed in Pokhara with the beautiful morning and later we drive back to Kathmandu along the Pokhara-Kathmandu Prithvi highway. Hence the scenic landscapes and traditional settlement by the roadside makes the trip memorable.
Best Time to Travel to Muktinath:
The most appropriate time to visit Muktinath is during March to June and September to November. The winters are very cold due to snowfall and summers are wet due to heavy rainfall in the lower Mustang area. Spring is rather a good time to see the trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, adding a spectacular splash of color to the landscape. The views in autumn are simply amazing since the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust.
High Altitude Precaution:
Altitude sickness may be a serious concern during the Jomsom-Muktinath trip. Headache is the most common symptom and there are other signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for different people but include fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in walking and rattling breath. Excessive water consumption is necessary while travelling above 3,000 meters.
- Experienced driver, road permit, parking and fuel expenses
- Driver allowance
- Emergency support
Cost doesn’t include:
- Any hotel and meals
- Tourist entry permits if applicable
- Personal cloths
Our drivers have good communication skills and safety records. Additionally, their politeness and readiness to serve anytime will keep your journey smooth. We start our journey with proper briefing on road conditions and continuation of services while in the cases of mechanical errors. However, our staffs are skillful on repairing the minor errors and to arrange a replacement without any delay.
Bookings and Payments:
25% deposit is required to book a vehicle while the remaining 75% is payable before setting off for the journey.
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