Muktinath Yoga Trek
Muktinath Yoga Trek
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The only thing that is better than Yoga is “Yoga in Muktinath.” To say that this TrekTrek is the best way to metamorphose human consciousness into consciousness would be an understatement.
What makes this place exceptional is that it is the confluence of two major religions of the world: Buddhism and Hinduism. The Temple is often called “Mukti Kshetra,” which means “place of salvation.” It is often also interpreted as the Temple of the Lord of Liberation who will free you from the cuffs of birth and death forever. The exponent of Yoga, Sadh guru himself, could not resist describing the stunning effect of Yoga in Muktinath in his poem “Painful Paradise.”
Lying at an altitude of 3750 m from sea level, the Temple is home to Lord Vishnu. The 108 bull faced taps in the Temple’s outer Courtyard is also a major attraction for thousands of devotees who take a sacred bath even in freezing temperature.
Passing through the villages such as Marpha, Jharkot, Jomsom, Kagbeni offers the beauty of nature and surprises us with the rich culture. Moreover, the stop at Pokhara provides insight into the beauty of this small yet glamorous city. This is, in fact, a trip many like to take separately as well. The Trek to Muktinath frees you from all the exhaustion and tiredness once you step inside the premises of this divine Temple. The trip is guaranteed to ink an unforgettable memory in your heart and make you want to visit this place over and over again.
Our TrekTrek passes through Jomsom to Kagbeni, which is the entry point for the upper Mustang. With the spectacular views of mountain ranges, villages, Buddhist culture, monastery, Tibetan plateau, the TrekTrek is the epitome of tranquility accompanied by beauty.
Day 01: Arrival in KathmanduAs soon as you arrive at Tribhuvan International airport, you will see one of our representatives waiting for you at the airport. He will welcome you with Tika and mala in Nepali style. Then from the airport, you will be transferred to the Hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest and then visit some nearby shops or restaurants.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara Driving hours: 7-8 hrs.Our journey begins with our drive towards Pokhara. This 8-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is a memorable experience in itself. With the views of mountains, valleys, and forests, we finally reach Pokhara. We can visit Fewa Lake, which is a significant tourist attraction in Pokhara. Furthermore, the Barahi temple, situated on an island surrounded by the Fewa Lake, is dedicated to the boar manifestation of God Ajima. This is also a chance for you to do some last-minute shopping needed for this TrekTrek. In the evening, we stay nearby a lakeside hotel where you can savor some delicious cuisines and take a good night's sleep for our journey tomorrow.
Day 03: Pokhara to Tatopani Maximum Altitude: 1190m/ 3900 ft Driving hours 5-6 hoursOn this beautiful day, we wake up to a magnificent view of mountain-like Macchapuchre from our window. After our breakfast at the hotel, we can take a quick look at Pokhara city, because of course, you can never have enough of this beauty. We return to our hotel to have lunch, and our guide will brief us about the entire trip. After this, we leave for Tatopani, which is no more than a 5-6 hour drive. Tatopani is famous for the hot water spring, which takes away your stress and makes you healthy. We can hop in the spring as well. After this, we head to a hotel in Tatopani where we can rest and bid farewell to our fatigue. After a delicious dinner, we end the day with good sleep.
Day 04: Tatopani to Ghasa Maximum Altitude: 2010m/ 6595 ft. Trekking hours: 7 hrs.Welcome to a new day, where we are one step closer to our destination, i.e., Muktinath. After our breakfast today, we set out for Ghasa. This is the first day of our TrekTrek, but do not worry because this is only a gentle uphill trek of about 7 hrs. We start walking alongside the Kaligandaki Gorge, which is the deepest gorge in the world. We will trek on a local road, a wide trail, and we will cross the river back and forth through many footbridges until we finally reach the village of Dana. We will stop at Dana for lunch, and then we will continue to walk through the town until we reach Ghasa. We will stay overnight in a lodging house in Ghasa, which is a beautiful village.
Day 05: Ghasa to Larjung Trekking hours: 6 hrs.Well, good morning! Today we will set out for Larjung. For this, we will enjoy magnificent views in our six hours. trek. After our breakfast, we can leave the hotel. We will still follow the same wide trail as yesterday, which is a local road. We will occasionally divert through the forest and travel by crossing the footbridges. We will continue our TrekTrek until we reach Kalopani, where we will have our lunch. This quick stop offers captivating views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After a delicious and fulfilling lunch, we set out for Larjung, still following the river. However, we will notice the riverbed widening significantly. Walking through the green landscapes, we finally reach Larjung, where we stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 06: Larjung to Marpha Trekking hours: 4 hrs.Today, we set out for the famous apple village, i.e., Marpha Village. After having our breakfast, we bid farewell to our hotel. Passing through the Khobang and Thukuche villages, we reach Marpha. It is a short walking day because there is much more to explore in the Marpha village. We will get a chance to visit two monasteries, one of them is old and holds great historical value. We can also taste the famous apple pie found here. You can buy and take the dried apples and wine with you. The village has narrow stone-paved streets and stone houses, making you feel you have entered a time machine as you traveled back in time. After a beautiful exploration, we set out for our hotel and stayed there overnight.
Day 07: Marpha to Kagbeni Trekking hours: 7-8 hoursIs today perhaps the first day of our mountain Yoga? After breakfast, we continue on the trail along the valley side, which rises gradually up to the Syang village. This is a small stone Village that offers a beautiful view over the valley and a small monastery. Then after crossing over a low ridge, we reach Jomsom. This is the headquarters of mustang reason which links the old trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet. We stopped there and had our lunch. It is very windy in the afternoon, and then we continue our TrekTrek alongside the windswept river bed for 3 to 4 hours until we finally reach Kagbeni. It is a lovely medieval village that is beautifully located and a perfect place to get used to the altitude and start our Yoga. It is also home to one of the oldest monasteries, which is a school for young monks. It is about 600 years old and built in the 15th century. The village also has sculptures of the Village protector. The river bed here is trendy for the black stones, rich in amonett fossils within them. Then we stayed overnight at the Tea house in Kagbeni.
Day 08: Kagbeni to Muktinath Trekking hours: 6-7 hrs.Today is a beautiful day for us because we finally embark on our journey for Muktinath. We will take the north side of the valley to enter from the Northern direction. We will have to pass through the windswept Hillside off upper Mustang and the village of Jhong. The Jhong village is built in Mustang style, and it is a part of the Shakya tradition. After passing through some beautiful landscape and sandy rock formations, we will reach the paradise, Muktinath. On the outer court, we will find 108 water sprouts known as "Mukti Dhara," There are also two small ponds known as "Mukti Kunda." The bath here ensures salvation. Both Buddhist and Hindu devotees equally value the Temple of Lord Vishnu. This indeed is the embodiment of the secular state. We will have a yoga session here for quite some time. After this, we will take a quick stroll around the village, with several local Tibetan sellers and splendid mountain views. After this, we will move towards our hotel.
Day 09: Muktinath to Jomsom Trekking hours: 6-7 hrs.The serene beauty of Muktinath makes you never want to leave this piece of heaven on earth. However, with a heart full of unforgettable memories, today, we bid farewell to Muktinath. On our way, we will visit the Jwalamai temple and Ranipauwa, and then again, we leave for Jomsom. The trail from Muktinath to Jomsom is downhill and thus is very easy and comfortable. On our way to Jomsom, we will reach a village which is called the Jharkot Village. The town is home to another old monastery and is also rich due to the sculptures of both and male and female village protectors. Jharkot is about 400m below Muktinath. We can also gaze at the Thorung La Pass and Thorung Peak. After trekking for some time, we reached Jomsom, where we will stay overnight.
Day 10: Jomsom to Pokhara Driving hours: 9-10 hours or Flight: 30 minsToday, we finally said our goodbyes to this region and set out for Pokhara, around 178 km away. We can either take a 30 mins flight or if the weather isn't the best, we can bring about a 9-10 hours jeep ride. We will reach Pokhara in the evening, and we can go cycling around the lakeside. We will stop at a hotel near the lakeside and have our dinner.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu Driving hours: 7-8 hrs.Today, we will drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We can visit David's fall and the Bindhyabasini temple before we leave for Kathmandu. We finally ended our ten days trip by reaching Kathmandu after a 7-8 hour drive. This will indeed be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us.
Day 12: Departure.Today is either your day off, or you have a few hours to do some last-minute shopping for family members. If you have time, you can go shopping or sightseeing. We'll take you to the international airport so you may fly home, and we wish you safe travels.
- Destination: Muktinath (3750m)
- Starting Point: Kathmandu
- Ending point: Kathmandu
- Maximum Altitude: 3750m
- No of Days: 12 days
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Best Time: September- December/ March-May
- Group size: 2-6 max
- Trek cost: ****
Muktinath Yoga Trek Highlights
- Relish in the picturesque beauty of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Thurungtse, Yak Gawa, Dhampus Peak, tukuche peak, Tlicho peak, Annapurna’s
- Visit one among the 24 tantric places of Buddhists
- Get the firsthand experience of religious tolerance and social harmony between Hindu and Buddhists.
- Become a spectator of natural beauty enhanced by the stone-dotted villages, local flora and fauna, extremely varied landscape, rice terraces, river valleys, sunrise, sunsets, waterfalls, monasteries, etc.
- Be the guest of two Buddhist monasteries, an ancient monastery built in the 15th century.
- Follow the trail leading through the world’s deepest gorge, the Kaligandaki Gorge.
- Transcend from human conscience to consciousness and feel your mind at ease and soul awakening through Yoga
- Visit the famous apple village “Marpha.”
- Unravel answers to your philosophical queries by asking monks
- Immerse yourself in the beauty of Pokhara and Fewa Lake, Barahi temple, Davis falls, Bindhyabasini Temple, etc.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
Here are some necessary trekking apparatus that can be required for accomplishing your trek effortlessly. They are shortlisted below.