Muktinath Temple is a sacred temple for Hindus and Buddhists, located in the border area of Mustang and Annapurna Region. The trek to this temple is an exciting journey which can be accessed while trekking in Mustang or during the Annapurna circuit trek too. Visiting this area will be a perfect destination for those who are willing to see the barren lands of the Mustang region but not wishing to pay an expensive fee for the permits to Mustang.
- Walk the trail of Lower Mustang enjoying the landscapes and local vegetation of this rain shadow zone.
- Visit Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest temples for Hindus and Buddhists.
- View the north face of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
- Experience local culture and lifestyles of Gurung and Thakali people.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.
Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.
Day 02: Permit preparation and trip briefing day.
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.
In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Depending on your flight time, you will be picked up by your trek guide in your hotel for flight to Pokhara. Starting driving from your hotel 1.5 hours prior to the flight time, you will need to report the domestic airport at least 1 hour prior to flight time to complete baggage checking and other formalities.
Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be directly transferred to your hotel where you can relax sometime and walk out to explore the Lakeside market and Phewa Lake. Enjoy some boating with your guide who can explain his experience of trekking and his numerous visits in Pokhara and other places. You may learn some Nepali phrases to greet the locals too from him.
Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m). Trek to Kagbeni (2858m)
After an early morning breakfast, drive to Pokhara airport with your guide for your half an hour flight to Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustang District and is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local residents of the region, known as Thakalis. A company of the Nepalese Army is also stationed here. Jomsom can also be accessed by road which will be around 8 hours drive from Pokhara. Good to choose drive option if you have extra days for your trip.
From Jomsom, you will be walking just around 3.5 hours today to reach Kagbeni. Walking along the windy path of Kali Gandaki River, you will reach a small beautiful village named Ekle Bhatti where you can have some rest with lunch. Continue further for around 1 hour to reach Kagbeni, which is located on the bank of two rivers. Here you can see old houses, Buddhist monasteries, and some Hindu temples too.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m)
After breakfast at Kagbeni, continue towards the trail to Muktinath, which is one of the toughest trails of your trip. This is a steep uphill climb to the pass followed by a descent to reach Muktinath village for the night. Muktinath is known for its cold springs, ancient fossils, and holy shrine—a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In a temple called Jwala Mai nearby, you can view two tiny blue flames that burn incessantly from a hole that also emits water, believed to be burned by God.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom.
After breakfast at your teahouse, pay a visit to Muktinath Temple, an important place of worship for Nepalese Buddhists and Hindus. You will have the opportunity to visit the main temple and its surrounding area before you hit the trail.
From here, begin your trek back to Jomsom along an easy route that heads straight downhill. While you retrace your steps, you'll be able to enjoy good views of Mount Dhaulagiri. Pass through Jharkot where you can visit one more monastery, and take in the views of snow-capped mountains and ancient caves. Admire the signs of rich Tibetan culture
and keep an eye out for Mustang people who will come out and sell handicrafts to pilgrims.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Early morning, you will fly back to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, the day is free to be spent on leisure exploring the market or undertake some adventure activities like Paragliding (time and weather permitting).
Day 08: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Sometimes, the weather in Jomsom won't be favorable to undertake flight to Pokhara. This is for the security and safety of the passengers. In case if you won't get to return back to Pokhara the previous day, today will have a good chance of having a flight without affecting your flight back to Kathmandu. That's the reason why your return to Kathmandu was not placed on the same day before. You will be catching the afternoon flight back to Kathmandu today.
Upon reaching Kathmandu, the day is free for last minute shopping or relaxation.
Day 09: Depart Kathmandu.
You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!
Commencing this trip
Starting from Pokhara, you can either directly take a half an hour flight to Jomsom or take a jeep ride there depending on your time, budget, and interest. The most preferred mode of transportation to reach Jomsom from Pokhara is the flight option but if you wish to take a jeep or bus ride, you will need to allocate a whole day for reaching Jomsom and start trek next day only. The jeep trail is off-road that will give you a bumpy ride.
The trail to Muktinath from Jomsom will be a classic route via Muktinath road visiting famous Kagbeni en-route. Retracing back the same way, you will again take a flight back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu to conclude your trip.
Best time to do this trip
The most suitable time to do this trip is from March until June when the weather is much favorable for the Jomsom sector flights. The clear sky and better visibility will provide you with the magnificent views of the mountains. This trek can also be done in autumn but sometimes the flight to/ from Jomsom can get affected if the weather gets unfavorable for flight. Best to have a few days extra as buffer days for flight contingencies.
Trekking during monsoon is not recommended as the views will get really limited making it a dull trip. Moreover, the flights will also get disturbed and the surface traveling via jeep will also get risky due to the muddy road and road blockage due to landslides.