Jours: 10 / Difficulté: 3 of 5 (Modérée à intense)
Muktinath trek follows the classic trade-route into the Kaligandaki valley. Once a transit point of trade between Tibet
, Jomsom, presiding just by Kali Gandaki River under the roof of Nilgiri Himal, is a valley of unforgettable beauty set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. The scenic beauty around Jomsom’s landscape is unsurpassable though barren and windy. The Bon Po Gompas are interesting and you may visit one of them at Lupra. Advocating north across fossils (Saligrams) paved Kali Gandaki you reach the ancient village of Kagbeni via Eklebhatti, where Thupten Samphel Ling (Gompa) still resides dominating a fascinating mediaeval rabbit —warren of crumbling mud-brick houses. Leaving this village which came into existence before the arrival of Buddhism, you will head upward along the flat trail until stopping at Jharkot. Here we can wonder around the ruins of the old Fort and visit Sakya Gompa as well as the medical center. Your every step on the way is full of wonder and awe as you turn around to notice the perpetual gaze of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. Muktinath is a combination of Buddhism and Hinduism religion where you can visit both temples of lord Vishnu and Buddha. It is said that encountering the 5 elements of fire, water, wind and earth all previous sins are spontaneously purified. Inside the monastery is the ever burning natural flame coming out directly from the mountain. On backing you will follow the same trail to Jomsom and you will follow the Kaligandaki valley, the deepest gorge on earth carved between the massif of Dhaulagiri I and Annapurna I. This trek is also very ideal for the monsoon season (July and August).
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1340m,
You'll be met at the airport by our representative from the company, so look out for an office sign/logo with your name when you leave the airport. They will bring you back to the Hotel. Welcome drinks will provide by Hotel and short briefing about your treks and refreshment. Stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 800m/25min.
Up early for our short but scenic flight to Pokhara, 198 kilometers west of Kathmandu. You will fly high above the north-south Rivers flowing down towards the Terai from the Himalaya and Tibet
, over terraced villages and green hills with the Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu and massif Annapurna ranges in the distance, to balmy, sub-tropical Pokhara. Our car will pick up you from airport and drive to Hotel.
Day 3: Pokhara to Jomsom 2710m by flight (40 minutes) and Trek to Marpha 2670m (3/4 hours) via Thini Village & Dhumpha Lake,
Early in the morning, we will go to airport by taxi and we fly to Jomsom and will have breakfast. Then we will walk to Old Jomsom village and continue through the large Thakali village of Thini which takes about 1 hour. Again we will continue our trek to Dhumpha Lake and Katsapterenga Gompa. We will visit this monastery and continue our trek to Syang cross by suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River which takes about 2 hours. Then we will keep walking until reaching Marpha village which is also known as capital city of Apple. It takes about 30 minutes. We will have lunch there and visit the ancient monastery of that village. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Marpha to Kagbeni 2800m (5/6 hours),
In the morning after breakfast, we will keep walking in the level trail until reaching Jomsom which takes about 1 and half hour. Then we continue our trail passing the River bank of Kaligandaki until reaching Eklebatti which takes about 2 and half hour. We can see glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri during the trail. We will have lunch there. After lunch, we continue until reaching Kagbeni which takes about 1 hour. We can visit the red-painted Gompa about 1000 years old. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath 3800m (4/5 hours),
The trail gently ascent brings us to Dzong Village about 3 hours walk after leaving Kagbeni higher up from Dzong Khola. During the walk, you can see the Thorong Peak, Yakgawa Khang and other small snowy peaks and landscapes. We visit the ancient Sakya-Pa sect Buddhist Monastery. We will have lunch here, after lunch then we continue until reaching Muktinath about 2 hours. We will visit the newly constructed Buddhist Monastery. Afternoon, we hike to secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist in about 30 minutes in its compound. We can visit the 108 brass water spouts, Muktinath temple stands enshrining Vishnu, a Hindu god. When we visit Muktinath Temple at once, we are free/salvation of escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Below the temple there is another Buddhist monastery where the combination of earth-water-fire that gives for Muktinath’s great religious significance. And we can also see the magnificent view of Nilgiri Himal and Daulagiri I. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2710m via Lupra Village 2790m (5/6 hours),
Morning after breakfast, the trail gently climbing up until reaching on the ridge from where you can see the Lupra Village which takes about 2 hours. The views from the ridge are very awesome. You can see the Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Peak, Tilicho Peak and beautiful landscapes. Then trail descends very steeply to Panda Khola which takes about an hour of walking. We walk on the river bank of Panda Khola for a while and arrive in Lupra Village, One of the oldest settlements of the region. Highlight of the day is a visit to the Lupra monastery which was founded in the 11th century by Lupragpa, a famous Bon master. It is very seldom that tourists or as a matter of fact even locals visit this place. We visit one of the oldest Bon-Po Monastery in Annapurna Region. Bon is the ancient shamanist faith once prevalent in Tibet
and adjoining Himalayan territory which later got incorporated into the mainstream Tibetan Buddhism. Lupra (2790m) is an interesting offbeat side-trip; few trekkers make it here but the village, with its adobe houses and traditionally clad inhabitants is worth a visit. We will have lunch there. After lunch, the trail is descending along the river until reaching the trail coming from Eklebatti which takes about 1 hour. Then, all the same way back to main trail which takes about 1 and half hour and we keep walking along the Kaligandaki River until Jomsom which takes about 1 and half hour. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight and transfer to Hotel.
Early in the morning, we fly back to Pokhara with the scenic mountain views including Dhaulagiri range and Tukuche Peak in the right side and Annapurna Range, Nilgiri Peak in left ride which takes about 25 minutes and once we landed in Pokhara airport, our car will pick you up and transfer to Hotel.
Day 8: Buffer day for flight cancellation due to bad weather, otherwise you can do some rafting trip in Seti River in your own or sightseeing in Pokhara Valley including Davi’s Fall, Gupteswor Cave, World Peace Stupa, walk down to Phewa Lake and crossing by boats to Lake Side area and afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 9: Final departure from Kathmandu, after breakfast, transfer to international airport as per your flight schedule.
Our Tour Package includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
* Domestic flight ticket from KTM-PKR-JOM-PKR and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the 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.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Tourist service charge,
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Tour Package doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal
Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.
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