Mukti means Salvation and Nath means God and Nirvana. So it holds great significance for all spiritual people in the south Asian sub-continent.
Muktinath (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha (freedom) from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
Jomsom is a serene village located amidst the high Himalayan settlement of Tibetan-speaking people. It is among the very few places in Nepal from where the Himalayan peaks can be admired at such a close range and yet from a safe altitude of only 8800 feet.
Giant peaks like Nilgiri, Tilicho and Dhaulagiri seem almost at touching distance. Jomsom is not only the most popular trekking destination in Nepal but also the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Jomsom is also the gateway to the Muktinath temple that holds great religious significance to both Buddhists and Hindus.
This trek covers the half of Annapurna Circuit Trek and is a Pilgrim Trail to the holy temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath at 3800m.
The focal point of the complex is the pool and its 108 brass waterspouts which pour forth sacred water where the pilgrims bathe in the frigid waters and visit the temple.
This is the famous pilgrimage site for Hindu, Buddhist Pilgrims and ascetic Sadhus. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along the trek route give a marvelous insight into the way of life of rural Nepalese people.
The route to Jomsom up the Kali Gandaki River passes through a gap in the Himalayan barrier in the bottom of the deepest river canyon in the world. The valley of the Kali Gandaki River runs between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Mountain.
It offers good views of the mountains with spectacular and varied scenery on the way. The people of this part of Nepal are a mixture of Gurung and Magar ethnic groups in the lower stretches of the Kali Gandaki, Thakalis around Jomsom and people of Tibetan roots, the Lobas around Muktinath.
***Flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu (about $108) are not included in the tour price
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You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Serene Himalaya.
In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River.
We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest and largest Buddhist stupas in South Asia which is built on the ancient trade route to Tibet.
We will visit the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal, which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Next we visit Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, with the best preserved palace courtyards in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork.
Prominent structures are the Nyata-Pola Temple, a 5-story pagoda erected by Nepali King Bhupatindra Malla during a 5-month period from late 1701 into 1702,
the world famous Golden Gate, cited as “the most lovely piece of art in the whole Kingdom.
it is placed like a jewel, flashing innumerable facets in the handsome setting of its surroundings”, and the 55 Window Palace that has a balcony of fifty-five windows,
considered to be a unique masterpiece of woodcarving, built during the reign of King Yaksha Malla in 1427 AD. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We take a flight to Pokhara; the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas.
Representatives of Serene Himalaya will pick-you up at the Pokhara airport. Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal located 200 km west of Kathmandu,
also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city.
offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others.
We take a 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Nayapul, and walk to the northern side of Burundi Khola, through sub tropical forests, and sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff.
We cross the Modi Khola River via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga.
From Tikhedhunga we trek downhill and cross the Burundi Khola river.
From there we brave through thousands of steps and boulders up to the Ulleri Hill and further up to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs, while admiring the spectacular view of Annapurna South.
through waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and the Nilgiri mountains.
Overnight in Ghorepani.
Ghorepani town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani town
that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains.
On the way to Tatopani, we descend steeply to Sikha, a large village, then descend further to Ghar Khola Village.
After crossing a suspension bridge we climb up to Tatopani. Overnight in Tatopani.
The trail now follows the Kali Gandaki river that flows under a deep gorge by 2200m, in between two 8000m mountaintops that are only 38km apart.
Continuing along to Dana, the beautiful Rupse Chahara waterfall, and Kopchepani,
the trail further ascends to the Thakali village in Ghasa, a paradise for bird watchers. Overnight in Ghasa.
We make a steep climb through forests to Lete Khola and then Lete, and further to the east of the Kaligandaki, reaching the Larjung Village.
From Larjung, we cross the trail via Tukche at 2590m and apple farms that produce apple and vegetable for the entire region, until we reach Marpha Village. Overnight in Marpha.
We continue along the valley, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom Village. Cross the Panga Khola to reach Ekle Bhatti meaning lonely pub.
From Jomsom, we continue on a gradual path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for about 3 hrs until the Ekley-Bhatti village.
After a good stop, we take an hour of easy walk to Kagbeni, an interesting windswept villages situated on the main age old Trans himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area, which lies at the bank of two rivers.
Overnight in Kagbeni.
Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we will have scenic picturesque places to stop by.
From Kagbeni the path climbs steeply to re-join the direct trail leading to Khingar at 3200m. The trail climbs through a desert landscape till Jarkot Village.
A further climb reaches us to Muktinath.
Overnight in Muktinath.
Muktinath is one of most sacred destinations for Hindus and Buddhists. We will visit the Muktinath Temple of Lord Vishnu. For the Hindus, the region is a “Muktikhsetra”or the region of liberation or salvation.
There are water spouts channeled for the stream running above the temple. There is also a Buddhist Monastery nearby.
Also enjoy the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri peak from Muktinath.
From Muktinath, we continue back to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Representatives of Serene of Himalaya will transport you to the airport for a a 30-minute flight to Pokhara, providing views of the two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
In Pokhara, we tour the city; Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal, The Shiva Cave houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.
We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit the Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake.
From the lake, and possibly even from your hotel bed, you can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, just twenty or so kilometres away.
Then we visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. Overnight in Pokhara.
We take a 200 kilometer drive back to Kathmandu, while enjoying the marvelous scenery. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu, shop for souvenirs, lovely pashminas, or intricate art work. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate your successful trip. Overnight in Kathmandu. ***Flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu (about $108) are not included in the tour price
Representatives of Serene Himalaya will transport you to the airport.