Flight/ drive to Kathmandu-Pokhara - Kathmandu with flight from Jomsom- Pokhara.
Oct - Dec & Feb - Apr.
Nepal being a country that has a majority of Hindu population has numerous temples that reflect their dedication towards the religion. And Muktinath temple is a prominent example that totally manifests the love of the devotees for their God.
This journey of Jomsom Muktinath Trek, in 13 days will take you to the trans-Himalayan region of Nepal.
Jomsom can take care of most of your needs since it is the headquarter of the Mustang and has all modern amenities ranging from hotels, hospitals, restaurants and airport. As you reach Jomsom, you would come across a thriving market place where you can buy everything from handmade crafts, Maatangi apples, Apple brandy to all other sorts of things.
Here you would even find herders with their Yak hordes going through the tracks with smile. In fact, this hike will be very interesting as a moment you are close to the lush green and mountainous area, on the contrary, in a matter of a few hours, you witness a cold deserted area with different culture and vegetation.
Such diversity in a short time is pretty unique. The primary inhabitants of Jomsom are Thakali people and are quite famous for good food.
The main attraction of this hike is the Muktinath temple and stands at 3800 m altitude in Mustang at the valley named same as the temple. What is more significant is that the temple has several legends surrounding it and has great religious importance for Hindus as well as Buddhists.
Hundreds and thousands of pilgrims visit the temple in order to attain “moksha” but you would have a great time as well even if you don’t have any religious inclination.
Muktinath is one of the many examples of harmony and integration among Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal. While Hindus refer to it as Muktinath Dham, Buddhists know it as Chumig Gyatsa.
The temple is small when compared to the rest of Nepal and has a Pagoda styled architecture. Few of the most interesting things you get to see here are a large Shaligram and a Jwaladevi, a holy flame that has been supposedly burning for thousands of years.
Another unique site you can see here is numerous pilgrims bathing in one of the 108 water sprouts that are shaped like the head of a bull. Nothing unbelievable as it is a fact that has a significance of its own.
Muktinath is surely going to be a spiritual and entertaining journey for you with temples and places of worships like Jwala Mai Temple, Kunda, Gomba Samba and Swaminarayan tribute monument.
Apart from enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas, Kali Gandaki etc you also get to collect fossils from the Jurassic era.