Meditation Trek to Muktinath, Lodge Trek 13 Days
Muktinath at 3750 meters (12,300 feet) at the Annapurna Circuit is an important pilgrimage site located at the north-side of the main Himalayan-range in a spectacular landscape with a very dry and unique micro-climate, where also trees are growing at an unusual altitude. It is surrounded by two rivers - the Marshyangadi in the East and the Kali Gandaki in the West. The Kali Gandaki is famous to be the world's deepest gorge (5600m) and is the only place, where the ‘shaligram shilas’ (special fossils) can be found.
Muktinath is important for the devotees of Lord Vishnu as well as to Tibetan Buddhists. It is a great example of how two religions can share the same holy spot with mutual respect and support, where all the elements are represented, not only earth, air and holy water, but also fire. Because we can find here a spot where natural gas is burning, called ‘The Eternal Fire’. For this and other reasons unseen, yogis from both religions do their meditations at Muktinath.
The local name for ‘Muktinath’ is Chumig Gyatsa (‘Hundred Waters’), because at the back of the main hindu-temple you can find a lot of water streams with taps in the shape of boars' heads. The boar is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. According to Tibetan Buddhism, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) visited this holy place accompanied by 84 Siddhas. In order to leave something behind, they each poked a stick into the ground. Miraculously, from those 84 holes, 84 springs of water came out from the ground. This water is therefore believed to be blessed, holy water, which tasts both sweet and cooling. Hindus consider that the holy water of Muktinath can wash away negative karma, the results of one's past negative actions. Buddhists say, this can only be done by the ‘inner water’, which is to be found by meditation.
The tradional caretakers of Muktinath/Chumig Gyatsa are the Tibetan Buddhist nuns of the Chumig Gyatsa-nunnery, which have the the so called Gye Lhaki Dung as their abbot. His family is popularly known as the ‘Lama-Domar-Family’, an unbroken lineage of Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma-lamas from the Muktinath Valley, which always had Chumig Gyatsa as their religious seat for centuries. The current abbot of Chumig Gyatsa is Muktinath-Lama Wangyal. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath/Chumig Gyatsa is a place of ‘Dakinis’, which are Buddhist goddesses, popularly also known as ‘Sky Dancers’. By that reason, Chumig Gyatsa is for Tibetan Buddhists one of the 24 tantric power-places of great importance. Padmasambhava, as well as some of the 84 Indian Mahasiddhas, blessed it with their visits. The famous Tibetan yogi Shabkar Rinpoche also visted Muktinath in 1818 and stayed for several days to 'connect hinself to the place', as his autobiography tells us. The Padmasambhava Statue together with the Chenrezig statue in Narsingh Gompa can be considered as the most holy objects of the region. This is only a very brief enumeration. More information on the Buddhist backgrounds - for instance on the natural fire - can be found in the pilgrimage-guide "The Clear Mirror", written by the late abbot of Chumig Gyatsa, Muktinath-Lama Jampal Rabgyé Rinpoche.
We think, that this very blessed tantric power-place, where different Religions stay close and peaceful together and nature shows some very unique beauty, will be very inspiring for meditation, therefore we have choosen it for our ‘Trekking and Meditation’-Program.
Itinary in Detail
Our Tour Package includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 6 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour as per above mentioned itinerary and entry fees.
* Round trip domestic flight tickets and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the Lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* Meditation Instructor and his food, accommodation, salary, flight tickets and insurance.
* First aid medical kit box.
* Tourist service charge,
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Tour Package doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.
Grade: (Moderate) [ Explain ]
|Start date||End date||Availability|
|Trip is available|
|Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.|
|This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.|
(Moderate to strenuous)
|A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.|
|These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. & there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.|
|This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.|
|Standard||Ideal for backpackers, students, travellers, very basic accomodation 1 * or none*, group travel in bus.|
|3 Star||Nice ** to*** star hotel ideal for the normal traveller family, couples, hotels are clean and monitored by our company, breakfast usually included. Travels are in van or 4 seater jeep.|
|4-5 Star||**** to ***** star Hotels with all possible international comfort, where available SAT TV. SPA etc. brekfast included for the traveller who wants to be spoiled , travelling in privat car, Jeep.|
There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation three weeks prior to Tour departure date, 50% two weeks prior to Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.