Muktinath temple tour is one of the most popular pilgrimage tours in Nepal. The Muktinath temple is one of the holy Hindu temples which is devoted to the Lord Vishnu. In Hinduism Lord Vishnu is the god of protector and the temple has a Vishnu god on it. The location of the temple is located in the high Himalayas below the thorong peak at the altitude of 3800 meters. The stunning view of Dhaulagiri 8,167 Meter and Nilgiri 7600 Meter makes the tour even more splendid. You can see numerous peaks around the valley plus the colourful desert types of landscapes are even more pretty to see. Muktinath temple tour can be done either by doing Annapurna circuit trek then, to come to Muktinath after crossing the thorong la pass 5416 meters or drive to Muktinath temple from Pokhara or Kathmandu. The temple is a major attraction for the Hindu people and Buddhist people as the Buddhists also worship on Muktinath temples. Below on this table, we give you all the information regarding the Muktinath temple tour.
Muktinath temple tour is one of the delighted holy temples which have been built in a pagoda-style design, and it is dedicated to Lord Bishnu. There are 2 Mukti Kunda in the yard of the Muktinath temples where the devotees take a bath. In the backside of the temples there are 108 water spouts, in the shape of cow heads. These water taps are for the devotees to take the bath where Hindu believes that the sins fade out if you take the bath on all 108 taps.
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Muktinath temple in Nepal is a Vishnu temple which lies in Ranipauwa Village of Mustang district of Gandaki state. The temple is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists devotees. The name term Muktinath” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Mukti” and “Nath” where Mukti refers to “Salvation or Moksha” while Nath stands for “God”.This is how the name Muktinath came. That is the reason why these temples get thousands of devotees from all over the world.
According to the Hindu beliefs, Lord Vishnu got the salvation from the curse of Brinda that is why the temple is worshipped as a Salvations place that is Muktinath. The self-originated shrines are believed to be one of the eight shrines which 7(Srirangam, Sri Mushnam, Tirupati, Naimisaranyam, Thothadri, Pushkaram, and Badrinath) of them are in India.
It is a highly devoted pilgrimage site for the Visnu community and Hindu people. That is the reason a lot of Hindu from Nepal and India come here for the blessing of Muktinath as well as see the fantastic landscape of the Mustang. The numerous mountains, as well as colourful lands, are waiting for you to welcome and give you the spirituality and god gifted nature scenery.
Mukti Kunda is the small ponds which are outside of the Muktinath temple. The ponds are made for the Hindu devotees to have a bath on it before they enter into the temple. This pond water gives purification to the devotees. The ponds are not that big and the name of the ponds are the Laxmi Kunda and Saraswati Kunda taking bath on this ponds removes your sin and “negative karma”
Mukti Dhara is another interesting thing that you can do on your Muktinath temple tour. Muktinath temple 108 dhara is very scared which is Behind Muktinath Temple, 3 sides there are 108 water spouts in the shape of a cow which is always full of water. There is no water resource you can see but the locals believe that it came through the mountains above the Muktinath. The water then goes into the Kali Gandaki River where you find the holy Shaligrams. According to the Hindu beliefs if you take a bath on all taps then your sins washouts and get good health and prosperity. Hindu devotees take bath under ice-cold water of 108 waterspouts believing that it brings them salvation.
Muktinath altitude/elevation is 3800 Meter, whereas Jomsom elevations is at 2750 Meter. Some travellers may face altitude sickness in Muktinath. If you go there by flight to Jomsom then to Muktinath by jeep then there might be a little bit more chance of altitude mountain sickness. Travellers who go to Muktinath via overland drive or trek will have less chance of Altitude mountain sickness. For the traveller’s information, we have given the altitude/elevation chart here.
- Pokhara Elevations is 850 Meter
- Beni Elevations is 899 Meters
- Tatopani Elevations is 1190 Meters
- Ghasa Elevations is 2010 Meters
- Marpha Elevations is 2650 Meters
- Muktinath Elevations is 3800 Meters
Muktinath weather depends on the month you visit Muktinath. The weather is very unpredictable on the Himalayas and it is the high Himalayas and is elevated on 3800 Meter behind the thorong la peak. The location of the temple lies in the trans-Himalayan region which means it is behind the Annapurna Himalayan region. The weather remains clear mostly in summer but due to the Himalayan locality, the weather is very unpredictable. Let’s have a look at how the Muktinath Weather looks
Spring season(March, April and May)
During this month the Muktinath weather is very good because it is a spring season in Nepal. Known as a second-best season for visiting Nepal. At this time the weather is very nice. The chances of rainfall are very less and you can see the very clear view of the mountain. The visibility is also good. The rhododendron flowers and different types of flowers bloom in the alpine forest. You will feel quite hot in the lower part of Nepal but at the higher elevation like Muktinath, the temperature is good as compared to other seasons. You will enjoy the mountain scenery and the Muktinath very much because of the appropriate weather.
Autumn season(September, October and November)
The festival time and the most touristic time in Nepal. Muktinath weather is very fantastic this time because there is no chance of rainfall this time. The weather is very nice. You can see the whole white mountains very clearly, whether you drive or trek to Muktinath the weather is very perfect to do this trip. You will love the Muktinath environment. The apple farms and apricot are around the valley before you reach Muktinath. There would be a regular flight to Jomsom from Pokhara or the driving is also possible at this time. The weather in Nepal is neither cold nor hot.
Monsoon season(June, July and August)
Muktinath weather is cloudy and rainy this month. The rainy months in Nepal. In the lower part of Nepal, it gets rain a lot. The floods and landslides are very common at this time. Trekking and touring is quite hard at this time and it may take longer than you expect. You will not see the beautiful view of Himalayas if you are a religious traveller you can still travel on this month. The fog is very normal at this time.
Winter season (December, January and February)
This is the cloudy and cold time in Nepal. The Himalayas are very cold on time and often get snow. Muktinath is also located in the high Himalayas and it often gets snowfall. The mountains are not visible but still, you can visit the Muktinath at this time. You need to be prepared for very cold weather.
Muktinath from Kathmandu
If you want to go to Muktinath from Kathmandu then there are many options for you. We have given you some options here which you can have a look at and decide which one is good for you.
Options 1: Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus and from Pokhara take the private jeep to Muktinath which is a very good option for the people who have plenty of the time. The tour/yatra looks like this.
- Day 01: Drive to Pokhara then stay at a hotel in Pokhara, sightseeing around the lakeside.
- Day 02: Drive to Muktinath via private jeep and stay overnight at Muktinath.
- Day 03: Muktinath sightseeing and Drive back to Pokhara
- Day 04: Drive to Kathmandu via tourist bus.
Options 2: if you want to save time and want to relax by avoiding the long drive then you can do the following tour/yatra
- Day 01: Fly to Pokhara and sightseeing around the city and stay in the hotel in the lakeside.
- Day 02: Fly to Jomsom then take a jeep to Muktinath and sightseeing in Muktinath then go down to Kagbeni by jeep and stay at jomsom
- Day 03: Fly to Pokhara then fly to Kathmandu or drive to Kathmandu on the same day or next day. You can drive to Kathmandu on the same day if you hire the car.
Options 3: If you want to take the private jeep from Kathmandu to Muktinath then it is also possible which takes 4 days as well
Muktinath yatra by road
Muktinath yatra by road is quite long and an adventure drive as well. The road is under construction from Beni to Jomsom and there might be road jam as well if they are working. The road journey is always not fixed by the time, what I mean is if you set up the time due to the contingency that arises it might take longer as well. For your information, the road journey is very difficult due to the off-road drive. From Kathmandu to Pokhara the road is very good. From Pokhara to Beni the road is almost good but not all because the road maintaining work is going on there. Beni to onwards Muktinath the road is off-road.
Muktinath altitude sickness
Muktinath altitude sickness is a common problem to the travellers that may arise on the tour. The Muktinath temple is located at the elevations of 3800 meter and if the travellers go to Muktinath directly through the helicopter or by flight then their body can not adjust with such a high altitude so the travellers may face the altitude mountain sickness. But the traveller who goes to Muktinath by driving or trek will have a less chance of the altitude mountain sickness. Even Though you get the mountain sickness there are a lot of options of the vehicle which you can use to go down to Jomsom or below the village. Going down is the best medicine for altitude mountain sickness.
Muktinath temple tour itinerary
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and briefing about the trip
Welcome you in Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel then discus and preparation of your trip.
- Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara then sightseeing
Today as per your choice, you will either fly to Pokhara or drive to Pokhara. If you drive to Pokhara it takes 8-9 hours drive to Pokhara. The distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 205 KM. The tourist bus stop 3 times during the drive for the breakfast, lunch and toilet break. you can enjoy the driving heaving the view of the countryside of the Prithivi Highways. In the Evening you can do sightseeing in Pokhara around the lakeside.
By flight, it takes about 30 minutes plus airport time around 2 hours to reach the Pokhara, upon you arrive to Pokhara you can do sightseeing and stay overnight at Pokhara.
- Day 03: Drive to Muktinath or fly to Jomsom then drive to Muktinath
Upon your choice you can do the jeep drive to Muktinath. The first part drive to Beni is quite nice, however crossing the Beni the road is off the road and dangerous too. It is a day drive to Muktinath. The road is under constructions so they might stop you on the way. reaching Muktinath in the evening, stay overnight at the hotel.
If you fly to Jomsom it is 25 minutes flight, from the flight you can have a stunning view of the Annapurna Himalayan ranges and Dhaulagiri Ranges. the mountains from the flight are very stunning. Once you are Jomsom then we take the Jeep to Muktinath. Doing Sightseeing and worship in Muktinath we back to Jomsom and stay at the Hotel
- Day 04: Fly to Pokhara then fly to Kathmandu or stay in a Pokhara, if you are doing overland tour then drive to Pokhara
Early in the morning, we go to Muktinath temple for sightseeing and blessings. After we finish the sightseeing in Muktinath we drive to Pokhara via Kagbeni.
If you are using the flight then you will fly to Pokhara and there you do Sightseeing for a Day or you can fly back to Kathmandu if you don’t have time.
- Day 05: Departure or Drive to Kathmandu
If you are in Kathmandu, you can departure. If you are in Pokhara then drive to Kathmandu and stay at the hotel.
- Day 05: Departure
Muktinath temple tour cost includes
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- Round flight from Kathmandu-pokhara-Kathmandu then Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara.
- All overland driving cost, jeep cost
- Tour guide during the Sightseeing
- Tour guide during Hiking
- Airport Transfer
- Pokhara sightseeing by tour guide with private veichle, if it is required
- Domestic Airport Transport
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Hotel in Kathmandu
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and also during the hike
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
Muktinath temple tour frequently asked question
Below we have mentioned some question about Kathmandu Mountain tour, that are asked by travelers. you can get basic information from here, however if it still does not satisfy your question please ask question to us
When is the best season to do Kathmandu Mountain tour?
October and November is best season to do Kathmandu Mountain tour. The second best season is March and April because in this time you can see the mountain
How long do I have to walk during Kakani Hiking
You need to hike around 3-4 Hours from Kakani to Gurjebhanjyang then the car pick up you to the kathmandu.
What kind of gears do i need for Hiking
Proper sports shoes, trousers, jackets and rain covers for you or rain coat is very necessary for the hiking because the weather changes very quickly.
Can I avoid the Mountain flights
Yes of course you can avoid the mountain flights
Is Kathmandu Mountain tour is is customizable
Yes it is totally customize, with your interest and time we can modify it any time and any activities.
Muktinath temple Nepal
|District||Mustang, Gandaki state|
|Deity||Muktinath, Lord Vishnu|
|Permits||TIMS and ACCAP permits|
|Type of temple||Pagoda|
|Best Season||March- May and Occtober – November |
Travllers can go anytime of the year
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