Through Out The Year
- The scenic flight between Pokhara and Jomsom
- Appropriate even in a short holiday
- Amazing view of Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massifs
- Natural flame, 108-waterspouts, Kunda, Jwala Mai Temple, Gomba Samba, Swaminarayan, Shaligram, etc.
- Pilgrimage to cleanse sins if any
3 Days Muktinath Tour is one of the pilgrimage tours in Nepal. It takes you to the Muktikshetra located in the historical Mustang region. “Muktinath” is made up of two words “Mukti” (meaning ‘liberation’) and “nath” (meaning ‘Lord’). Combining together, it means the Lord for Liberation.
Muktinath Temple is located below Thorung La Pass (5,416m), which is the highest mountain pass in Annapurna region. This pass is between Khatung Kang (6,484m) and Yaskawa Kang (6,482m) in the Annapurna Circuit trail.
It is a sacred place of Lord Vishnu, who is equally revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Therefore, every year, thousands of pilgrims from India and Nepal visit this place. The natural flame that keeps burning continuously and 108-water sprouts are the attractions of this shrine. Kunda, Jwala mai Temple, Gomba Samba, Swaminarayan, Shaligram, etc. have added to the religious importance of this place.
You can visit this shrine while doing Jomsom trek or Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal as well. Likewise, there is Muktinath Helicopter tour for the ones having limited time but keen on visiting this shaktipith. Flight to Muktinath Temple gives you an opportunity to have an aerial view of Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massifs.
Muktinath Tour for Yartung Festival
Jomsom region is a splendid place occupied by the Mustangese people (also known as the Thakali people). The major festival of Muktinath region is Yartung Festival, which is observe throughout Mustang region. “Yartung” in local dialect means “end of summer.” It is celebrate on the full moon day of August every year for three days in Muktinath Temple area. While traveler in Nepal Trekking they will have chance to Experience this festivals.
This is the main festival that is celebrate for 3 days by merrymaking by the Thakali people. A large number of people from Mustang and Manang gather into Muktinath to watch the horse races organized on this day. The Thakali people drink and perform traditional dances in a complete jovial mood. This festival is celebrate to pay homage to Bodhisattvas and on this auspicious occasion, the junior receives blessings from the Lama and senior members of the family.
Best Time for Muktinath Yatra
Muktinath Yatra is a famous pilgrimage tour to Mustang region located en route Upper Mustang trek. You can make Muktinath Pilgrimage tour all times of the year. Except some exceptions, all time of the year is consider best time for Muktinath Tour.
Muktinath tour in spring is a wise decision as the temperature and weather are favorable. The forests of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) are highly beautiful of the colorful rhododendron flowers. The weather supports clear view of the snowcapped peaks and wonderful landscapes.
Summer season doesn’t affect Mustang region much as it lies in the rain shadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs. There is low or no rainfall in Mustang even in rainy season. Therefore, you can plan Muktinath tour even in this season. Muktinath overland tour is not much good in this season as the lower section between Pokhara and Muktinath experiences heavy rainfall and flood. Sometimes, flights to Jomsom are cancele due to bad weather.
Autumn is the best time for Muktinath Pilgrimage tour as it is the season that has pleasant weather and warm temperature. The view of the snowy peaks and the hills all around look really beautiful as there are no pollutants in the air. This time, this region is full of trekkers and pilgrims from all over the world for Trekking in Nepal.
Muktinath tour in winter is also accessible although sometimes the entire region experiences the negative temperature due to heavy snowfalls. Muktinath region in this season is cover by snow. Therefore, Muktinath Helicopter tour is the best option to visit this religious site.
You can either fly or drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. It depends upon your agreement with the tour operator. Driving takes nearly 7 hours along the Prithvi Highway while flight takes only 25 minutes.
After you reach Pokhara, you can explore the most beautiful places of the Lake City. Lakeside, Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, World Peace Stupa, Sarangkot, Bat’s Cave, Mahendra Cave, Gupteshwor Cave, Bindabasini Temple, Dabid’s Fall and International Mountaineering Museum are some of the most touristic places here. Night life of Lakeside is also something you mustn’t miss while in Pokhara.
You will take the first flight to Jomsom from the Pokhara Airport. While flying, you will have the wonderful sight of Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massifs. Within just 25 minutes, you land at the Jomsom Airpot.
After that, you will head towards Muktinath Temple in a private jeep by sharing with others. Or, if you have a group, you can hire one and reach the temple in 1 hour. Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Every year, thousands of Indian and Nepalese pilgrims make Muktinath Darshan tour.
The natural flame that keeps burning continuously and 108-watersprouts are the attractions of this shrine. Kunda, Jwala mai Temple, Gomba Samba, Swaminarayan, Shaligram, etc. have added to the religious importance of this place. Worshipping Lord Vishnu and other deities, you return to Jomsom.
After enjoying the sunrise view of Mustang region, you fly back to Pokhara. Then, you will drive along the Prithvi Highway or take a flight to Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, you will be relocated to the hotel. In this way, you have come to the end of 3 days Muktinath Yatra with Nepal Trekking Routes.
Definitely, yes! It takes 7 hours drive to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. Then, from Pokhara to Jomsom, it takes another 7 hours and finally 1 hour drive from Jomsom to Muktinath. As it takes more approximately 15 hours for overland tour to Muktinath Temple, it is not recommended. Combination of flight and drive makes this pilgrimage tour more memorable.
Yes, you can do Muktinath Helicopter tour with landing either from Pokhara or Kathmandu. It takes not more than 3 hours to fly to Muktinath from Kathamndu and return. From Pokhara, it takes even shorter time. You land and worship the deities and return in a relaxed way. Maximum 5 pax can fly at a shuttle once to Muktinath.