Muktinath Overland Tour
Muktinath Overland tour is the tour to one of the most revered temple of Buddhists and Hindus, Muktinath. You’ll also visit Manakamana Temple en route Pokhara. This tour is perfect for every age group as one doesn’t have to walk for more than 30 minutes. All your bad deeds are believed to be forgiven when you take dip in the Mukti Kunda.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Muktinath Temple (elevation3710m) is located at the foot of Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang district of Nepal. Muktinath temple is a sacred or a holy place for both Buddhists and Hindus in the country.
The word “Muktinath” is made from two words “Mukti” and “Nath” which means “Salvation or Nirvana” and “God or Master” respectively. Muktinath has been such a holy site where thousands of devotees visit in search of freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Muktinath tour does not involve high altitude trekking, nor does it involve tiring treks over the mountains.
After the quick sightseeing of the Kathmandu valley, our tour starts with the scenic drive to Pokhara. On the way, we stop by Manakama Temple to visit. We’ll be able to enjoy views of green hills, mountains, lush orange trees, and terraced farms while riding in a cable car from Kurintar to reach the temple located in the uphill of the Gorkha District. After the visit, we continue our journey to Pokhara. Following day, we’ll drive from Pokhara to Jomsom.
Calling it a night, we again drive from Jomsom to Muktinath in jeep. Upon arrival in Muktinath Temple, you will visit a small pagoda-style temple of Lord Vishnu which is worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath one of the eight most virtuous holy temples in the world for the Hindu whereas it is worshipped as 24 Tantric places in the world by the Buddhists.
The Buddhists worship the deity as one of the Bodhisattvas while Mukti Kshetra ( place of salvation) by Hindus. Hindu devotees take quick bath in 108 icy water spout which is believed to cleanse one’s sins and take a quick holy dip 2 holy ponds (Mukti Kunda) which is located in the backyard and front of the temple respectively.
Nearby is the temple of Jwala Mai, or the Goddess of Flame, with the exceptional underground blue flame. The Hindus believe that this fire was lit as an offering made by Brahma himself, (the creator of Hindu mythology) as he set water on fire. After the darshan, we return to Jomsom and the next day from Jomsom to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu following the same route.
Our representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer to Hotel. There will be a short briefing about the Muktinath tour then you can check-in at Hotel. Free and relax. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Beginning with the hill temple of Swayambhunath with its stunning views of the valley and tranquil environment the journey heads towards Jalnarayan. After lunch, we will visit Ghuheswori and Pashupatinath. This Hindu temple is also revered as the guardian deity of the nation. We will then conclude our day with the memorizing evening aarti in Pashupatinath.
Drive Kathmandu - Pokhara.
Early morning, we will drive to Pokhara which will take around 7 hours. On the way, we can visit Manakamana Temple through Cable Car. This ride gives breathtaking views of Hills, Mountains, forests, little farming villages and the ride through the clouds.
Drive Pokhara –Jomsom.
It is an offroad driving. Passing through a village such as Tatopani, Ghasa, Kalopani, Marpha we reach Jomsom in the evening.
Drive Jomsom - Muktinath - Jomsom.
After a short break in the hotel, we will start our today’s trip to Muktinathvia private jeep. Muktinath is around 19 kilometers which will be around 2 hours’ drive. On the way, you can enjoy see the scenery of natural beauty places, George of Gandaki river, Monastery & Kagbeni. Upon arriving in Muktinath, you can have a holy bath in the Mukti Kunda and the 108 water spouts that are believed to wash away one’s bad deeds. After darshan walk to the Jwala Mai temple and the MhameLhaKhang Gompa. We will return to Jomsom following the same route.
Drive Jomsom - Pokhara.
Wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and drive back to Pokhara. Following the same way, we will reach Pokhara late in the evening.
Early morning drive to Sarangkot hill station from where you will see the sunrise and the magnificent range of Mt Fishtail, Mt Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Mt Annapurna, and other mountains. Get back down to the hotel for breakfast and then we will go for Pokhara sightseeing where you will visit the following:
Bindhyabasini Temple, Davis Fall, Seti River Gorge, Gupteshwor Cave, Barahi Temple, Fewa Lake
Drive Pokhara - Kathmandu.
Wake up early in the morning have your breakfast and drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara following the same highway route.
Our representatives will once again drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Duration of Trek: 09 Days
Max Altitude: 3,800m
Religions: Tibetan Buddhist/Hindu
Ethnic People: Thakali/Tamang/Magar
Transportation: Flight/Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
- Visiting the revered Hindu temple of Manakamana and Muktinath, one of the world’s highest temples (altitude 3,800 m)
- lush apple garden in Marpha Village
- Collect Shaligram stones from the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River, symbols of worship for Hindu god Vishnu.
- Backdrop of Dhaulagiri South Face from Muktinath Vicinity
- Experience the culture and hospitality of the local ethnic communities
- sightseeing around two of the most famous cities in Nepal; Kathmandu and Pokhara