The well reputed Muktinath Temple lies in the Trans Himalayan Region, Mustang of Nepal. Muktinath is a pilgrimage trek destination by Hindu and Buddhist. It is situated 48 km north east of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3750 m. Its main shrine is a pagoda-shaped temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Behind the temple there are 108 waterspouts cast in the shape of cow headed pour holy water. Here lots of pilgrimage takes bath from the ice-cold holy water.
Muktinath temple is situated on a high mountain range. During the festival of Janai Purnima, Hindu devotees gather here to pay homage to lord Muktinath. Another famous temple of Jwaladevi (known as the goddess of flame) is situated about hundred meters further south of the main shrine of Muktinath Temple. The eternal flame that has been burning inside the temple continuously since time immemorial and this temple draws both Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims alike. During your descend down to Jomsom, you might explore amniote fossils (Saligram we call in Nepali), thought as the embodiment of Lord Vishnu, is found in plenty in the area and pilgrims travel long distances over rugged trails to collect these. Have in mind that this trek can be done in any time through out the year
If the given trek itinerary is not suitable for you, we can design another tailormade itinerary as upon your requirements wishes. We are devoted to make your holidays in Nepal worth remembering forever. We welcome you at Kathmandu for your awesome Trekking in Nepal.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu valley within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.
Pokhara city is located 206 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you drive out the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trishuli River, then follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. Marsyandi valley follows gently up through heavily terraced rice fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara lake side. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise as it has full of natural and cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (Lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara instead of drive.
After breakfast, you might drive to Nayapul (1050m.) for your trek to Tikhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.). After breakfast at hotel you could drive by car for 1:30 hrs to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments.
As you ascend along the path that leads to a forest, you will find Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge. Beyond Banthanti, there are magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron. After crossing several crystal-clear mountain streams, you arrive at the village of Nangethanti. Another few hours of trekking through the pristine forest, you can reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means "horse water" and is a popular watering spot for mules, which aply this route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. Stay overnight at guest house.
You can catch an amazing view of the sunrise from famous view point Poon Hill. After breakfast, you descend down to Tatopani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. As you near Chitre, you get an awe-inspiring view of Dhaulagiri massive, than the trail leads through terraced fields to Sikha a Magar village. You might continue descending, gradually at first and then more steeply to cross the Ghar Khola. After a short excursion, you cross the Kali Gandaki on a large suspension bridge and from thereon, it is only a short distance upstream to Tatopani. Tatopani takes its name after the Natural hot springs on the Kali Gandaki river bank.
You have to follow the trail that ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. During the main trails, you come across local people selling baskets of oranges. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse Chhahara known as Rupse waterfall (a thundering waterfall) cascades down beside the trail. Thereafter, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge. You will find the layered stone path well-constructed and wide. As the rock cliff ends, you head towards Ghasa, a quaint Thakali village. You can see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses in Ghasa.
Having breakfast, trek ascends crossing the wide river valley of Kali Gandaki. Through out the trek you will be enjoying mixed ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali and 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. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. Marpha offers local apple brandy, However, if you are not tired, just hike to the Marpha Monestery to explore the best views of landscapes, villages and stunning views of Annapurnas and Nilgiri.
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 10 AM, but will at least be blowing at our backs as you head up to Jomsom. After passing through stone-walled 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. Jomsom makes a good lunch stop and the courtyards of the many lodges make ideal resting and refreshment places. 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 snow caps of Tilicho and Nilgiri. By afternoon, the stiff winds begin to blow, hastening our way to Kagbeni village. This is the gateway to explore upper Mustang Lo Manthang.
The trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. While gradually walking up, you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan style villages, apple garden, 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 Monastery believed to be built in 15 century. Now you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Muktinath village. From here you hike to Rani Pauwa (3710m), an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Here you come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. You can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and some others beautiful mountains. Now you walk for fifteen minutes to reach Muktinath Temple, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 Taps. The people of Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath are close to the life style, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people.
Heading away from Muktinath to Jomsom, you retrace your steps to Jomsom taking on the magnificent view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri family. During the afternoon, you might explore visiting Museum which is about 10 minutes further from main down town. You stay overnight in Jomsom. In the evening you can celebrate the completion of your trekking with the crew, whom you have come to know so well.
Early morning, fly to pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during and after and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus, which takes about seven hrs. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 20 minutes.
Drop you to the International Airport kathmandu for your onward destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey !!!
The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are March to May in Spring season and mid September to mid December is in Autumn season.
There are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy trek with Nepali support (guide / porterguide / porter) and teahouse accomodation is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. Longer treks, crossing high passes and into remote regions demand a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks, i.e. summitting a mountain of 5650-6500m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks & Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Answer: This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For this trekking - yes, you need to have experience in high altitude - somehow about 3000M above sea level.
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for incase. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city tours / city areas.
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our each porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
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In August 2010, I have trekked with my son and a friend the Annapurna Circuit from Basisahar to Beni. We had a guide, Krishna Gurung., from Gokyo Treks & Expedition Co. He was everything one might want to wish in a guide. He was kind, informative and helpful. He smoothed out our travels, arranged tea houses, meals and most of all, he opened for us lots of otherwise inaccessible places: we visited Nepalese families, we talked to Lamas in remote monasteries about the Buddhism and Hindu religions, we saw Brahmins and discussed with them their religion, we visited a Tibetan health center and religious schools in remote areas on the trek. We even got the Nepalese 101 course for free. All these out of the ordinary experiences would not be accessible to an ordinary tourist without a guide. And finally, our guide kept us safe throughout the whole trek. I unconditionally recommend Gokyo Treks Co. for anyone seeking a safe and fascinating trip through Nepal. Trekking in Monsoons season had an additional plus: there were almost no tourists on the trail and no rain except for the last few days as we neared Pokhara. In most cases we had a trek and tea houses for ourselves.
As well, just around the time I was planning to go to Nepal several governments issued warning against traveling to this country. From my experience these warnings, while certainly made in good faith, trying to keep citizens out of trouble and reflecting the political situation on a large scale, did not reflect what we have seen while being there. My personal experience was that Nepal is safe and people are friendly. Though, of course, accidents may happen everywhere, and traveling on top of a local bus without the rail guard is like a roller coaster ride (I did not do it !!!)..
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