Muktinath pilgrimage tour is one of the frequently organized tours by Ace Holiday Treks (P) Ltd. We operate this package for 9 days. During Tour to Kathmandu-Muktinath, you will get the opportunity to explore the unique crafts, carvings and sculptures of Nepalese cultural and religious heritage sites while enjoying the wonderful natural panorama of this country. Muktinath pilgrimage tour covers the popular tourist destinations of Nepal including Kathmandu, Pokhara and Muktinath.
We begin this tour with the wonderful sightseeing tour of the ancient city of Kathmandu which is also known as The City of Temples. Kathmandu possesses many of the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites. We mainly cover the world-famous sites like Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square among many others. After Kathmandu sightseeing, we drive to Pokhara via Manakamana Temple. Pokhara is considered the most beautiful tourist destination in Nepal. From Pokhara, we fly to Jomsom and then drive to Muktinath.
Muktinath – Muktinath pilgrimage tour
Muktinath in Nepal is a famous pilgrimage site of Nepal equally sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists. In fact, Hindus consider this place as the ‘Muktikshethra’, the place of salvation where Buddhists have their own belief that this is the place where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated while on his way to Tibet. You can explore the central temple of God Vishnu and 108 water-sprouts. Muktinath is 105th among the all 108 Divya Desam. Visiting Muktinath will let your experience the wonderful blend of Buddhism and Hinduism. After visiting Muktinath Temple, we return back to Jomsom and then catch our flight to Pokhara. After having one full-day sightseeing of Pokhara city, we again return back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Manakamana Temple Day 04: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jeep Drive to Muktinath Day 05: Jeep Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom Day 06: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara Day 07: Pokhara city sightseeing Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu Day 09: Final Departure
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in the place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves /mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair of warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
2 pairs of lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair of hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
3 pairs of heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blisters).
1 pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair of sandals (Optional).
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important!
Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Favourite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the representative from us. We will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today, you will have full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. We will mainly cover the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites in Kathmandu. After having breakfast in the morning, we drive to Pashupatinath, which is the holiest temple of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for Shiva Devotees. This temple was built in the 5th century and later on renovated by Malla Kings. Gold plated roof, four silver doors, and wood carvings of the most exceptional quality are some main highlights of this temple. After the sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple, we drive to Bauddhanath. Which is one of the oldest and the largest Buddhist monastery is known as Little Tibet. We then visit Swayambhunath, which also popularly known as The Monkey Temple. In the remaining time, we take our time to explore famous and historic Kathmandu Durbar Square. And finally, we return to the hotel where we stay overnight.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Manakamana Temple
Today, we leave Kathmandu as we have to reach Pokhara. We drive in the morning after taking our morning breakfast. On the way, we will stop at Kurintar to visit Manakamana Temple. We will travel through Cable Car to reach the Manakamana temple situated at the top of the hill. After exploring the temple, we continue our drive to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara, we check into the hotel.
Day 04: Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Jeep Drive to Muktinath
We catch our scheduled flight to Jomsom from Pokhara today. Of course, this 30-minute long scenic flight to Jomsom will be a fantastic experience for you. On reaching Jomsom, we drive to Muktinath via Jeep. We will have many things to explore in Muktinath Area. We stay overnight at Muktinath.
Day 05: Jeep Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom
Today, we take our time to explore around the Muktinath Temple, which is one of the great pilgrimage sites of Nepal having sacred importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. After exploring the Muktinath Area, we drive to Jomsom via Jeep. We stay overnight at the lodge in Jomsom.
Day 06: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
We catch our scheduled flight to Pokhara to today. On reaching Pokhara, we check into the hotel. In the remaining time, we explore the lakeside and enjoy boating at Fewa Lake for about an hour. We stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 07: Pokhara city sightseeing
Today, we will have a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Pokhara city. Pokhara, being one of the most beautiful tourist destinations, offers a lot of natural wonders. You can witness beautiful snowcapped mountains, including Mount Annapurna, and Machhapuchchhre is reflecting in the beautiful Fewa Lake. Early in the morning, we drive to Sarangkot for having an excellent sunrise view. Then, we cover Bindawasini Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat’s Cave, Davis Falls, Begnas Lake, and Museum among many other places. After sightseeing, we return to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu
We drive back to Kathmandu today. And in the remaining time, you can take your time for last-minute shopping in Kathmandu, or you can also explore the more parts of Kathmandu valley. We stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 09: Final Departure
Today, you will depart to your destination. So, we transfer you to the airport from where you catch the returning flight to your hometown.
Includes & Excludes
02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in Kathmandu (Like: Normal, three stars, four stars or 5stars)
02 nights twin sharing accommodation on BB plan in Pokhara.
All Transportation via private Like Kathmandu sightseeing with pick up drop, Kathmandu to Nagarkot to Gorkha to Pokhara to Chitwan To Kathmandu With AC
Welcome dinner with Nepali Traditional Food.
Pokhara Boating for hours.
English speaking Guide during tours.
All sightseeing entry fee
During tours, Min. water(Drinking Water).
International flights Fare
Airport departure taxes (from Nepal).
Personal travel insurance.
lunch and dinner
And domestic flight expenses of a personal nature such as alcohol, bottled drinks including bottled water, snacks, laundry, excess baggage fees, battery charge, telephone, phone calls, tips for guides and crew member or drivers.