This Sanskrit name itself has a religious overtone and a sort of emotional ring to it for the devout Hindus. The name is a synthesis of two words – Mukti and Nath. Mukti means Salvation or Nirvana and Nath means God or Master. Mukti holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub-continent.
Muktinath tour has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought-after moksha from the cycle of birth and rebirth. It is an ardent wish or a dream if you may say, of every Hindu to get Muktinath-Nirvana from this cycle of taking births over and over again. It is the belief of the Hindus that this world is “MAYA” (an illusion) and the earliest one gets out of it the better and a visit to Muktinath will help them achieve that goal. Since then it’s been called Muktinath.
(914m altitude and 200 Km. distance) for approximately six hours.
Which would take about one and a half hours, where you begin your trek to Birethanti walking for around four and a half hours.
You start to trek upwards through a steep ascent for the early 2 hours and then gently pass through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you get to view Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Now, your trail is quite easy passing through the forest and descending gently to the final camp. You could see some of the wildlife such as monkeys and various species of birds. Stay overnight at the lodge.
This day offers you an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri(8167m.), and Tukuche Peak (6920m.) Nilgiri (6940m.) Varaha Shikhar (7847m.) Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.) Annapurna South (7219m.) Annapurna III (7855m.) Machhapuchhare (6993m.) Annapurna IV (7525m.) Annapurna II (7937m.) Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. After breakfast, you trek from Ghorepani to Tatopani.
After walking downhill through the rhododendron forest, fine vistas open up when we approach Chitre, with the Dhaulagiri Range straight ahead. The path then leads through terraced fields to Sikha, a Magar village clustered on a ridge. You continue to descend, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short climb, we then cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge, and from here; it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. At Tatopani, you can enjoy the natural hot spring bath. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Then the route ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse, a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail.
From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style. Stay overnight at the lodge.
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki for about six to seven hours. Throughout the trek, you will be enjoying the mighty Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali, and a few Tibetans. On the way to Marpha, we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki through the Apple orchard, you can eat apples if it happens to be the fruit season. Stay overnight at the lodge.
You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Khobang and Tukuche. Tukuche is a delightful village where narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards attempt to provide some shelter from the winds which howl through the gorge. The wind generally picks up after about midday, but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to Jomsom. After passing through stonewalled orchards, a stone gate marks the entrance to Marpha.
White walled houses line both sides of the narrow paved street, under which flows a cleverly made drainage system. Marpha makes a good lunch stop, the courtyards of the many lodges make ideal resting, and refreshment places, especially the local apple brandy is famed. As the trail continues towards Jomsom, the landscape becomes increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows, and grey, contrasting with the white snowcaps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. Stay overnight at the lodge.
The trail steeply ascends for a couple of hundred meters. Gradually walking you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscapes, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages, apple gardens, Yaks Herds, sheep herds, and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. You can enjoy delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit a monastery believed to be built in the 15 century.
Now, you head towards Muktinath following a steep ascent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Muktinath tour village. From here you hike to Rani Pauwa (3700m.), an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Here, you come across Natural flaming, which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid views of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.), and others. Now, you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. Stay overnight at the lodge.
Today we continue down for early two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom. Stay overnight at the lodge.
The flights are available during the morning time. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields, and people engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.