Highlights

Highlights

  • UNESCO heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath.

  • Hiking through Kali Gandaki Gorge

  • Muktinath: Pagoda style Hindu temple, 108 spots, Jwala Mai temple, Dhola Mebaar Gompa.

  • Saligrams: a valuable stone representing Lord Vishnu

  • Himalayan ranges: Annapurna mountain range, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri

  • Homestay in Ghandruk

  • Poonhill, a famous viewpoint

About Muktinath Meditation Trekking

Muktinath—Meditation Trekking is all about transforming human conscience into consciousness. The site has such environment that pulls you towards meditation hitting your energy level. It is a place where for the first time in life you breathe consciously and this will pave further way towards meditation.

The environment of this place prepares ground to you so that you can enter within you. The boundary, understanding and the principles of all religions disappear here because at this place you realize that awakening is the end goal of human being and it can be attained by following any discipline of religion. Probably, for the first time, here you realize that religion is the tool to consciousness not the end.  The word Muktinath is made up of two words ‘Mukti’ and ‘Nath’. Mukti refers to Mokahya or Liberation and Nath means Lord. Hence, the literal meaning of Muktinath is Lord of Liberation. It is believed that a sight of Muktinath will free you from the chain of birth and death forever.

Lord Vishnu is worshipped at the temple of Muktinath. The other interesting side of this destination is that it is a confluence of two main religions of the world—Hindu and Buddhist. Lord Vishnu is the god worshipped by Hindu but the Vishnu at Muktinath is worshipped by a Buddhist Monk. And, this is happening since the time of yore. The monk follows old rituals of Buddhism while worshipping at Muktinath Temple. Chuming Gyatsa  is the local name of Muktinath.

This practice shows that there exists social harmony between Hindu and Buddhist of the place. They follow different rituals to worship Muktinath but they have respect for each other.

Muktinath lies at an altitude of 3,750m from sea level. Large number of seekers of both the religions visits here every year. Hindu believes that Lord Vishnu is found in the form of Shaligram (Ammonite) in the riverbed of Kali Gandaki. Similarly, Buddhist believes that Muktinath is the home for many Dakinis and 21 Taras (female deities). Muktinath is regarded as one of the 24th Tantric places by Buddhist. It (Tantric) is one of the methods of performing rituals.  

Itinerary

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Outline Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu (1300m) - 30 min

Day 2: Kathmandu city tour, Trek preparation

Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m/ 25 min) to Kagbeni (2810m/ 3-4hrs)

Day 5: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m/ 3-4 hrs)

Day 6: Muktinath to Tatopani (1190m/ 4-5 hrs)

Day 7: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2880m/ 7-8 hrs)

Day 8: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2600m/ 5-6hrs)

Day 9: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m/ 3-4hrs)

Day 10: Ghandruk to Birethanti ( 4-5 hrs) to Pokhara ( 1 hr 13 min)

Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 12: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur

Day 13: Final Departure

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu (1300m) - 30 min.

Our officer will receive you at the airport and guide you to your hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you will be briefed about meditation sessions and the inner transformation you’ll experience after the Muktinath visit. Have a delicious dinner. overnight stay in Kathmandu Hotel.

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

After yoga and breakfast, you’ll traverse to UNESCO heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. Have lunch at a restaurant and return to the hotel in the afternoon. You’ll be briefed about the trek by your trekking guide. End your day with a healthy fresh dinner.

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Today, you will be driving to Pokhara (city of lakes). Calm your inner spirit after yoga and you can spend your whole day exploring Pokhara. Make your day adventurous by either cycling around or boating in Phewa lake. You can also opt to visit Taal Barahi temple and Peace Pagoda. End your day with a beautiful sunset and meditation.   

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Take an early morning flight to Jomsom. The highlight of the trek is Kali Gandaki Gorge (the deepest gorge in the world), carved by the Kali Gandaki river. Enjoy your trek alongside a swiftly flowing river, also said to have a treasured Saligram (representation of Vishnu).

End today’s trek in Kagbeni (an oasis in the middle of greys). Observe apricot gardens and taste the red, juicy apple (the specialty of Jomsom).

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Giddy up! For today’s pilgrimage/trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath. On the way, you’ll get to interact with local Bhotia people offering you handicrafts, woolen goodies, and snacks. You may be offered a horse ride up to the temple premise. As you reach the temple, the Jal Kundas,108 water spouts, temple of Lord Vishnu tantalize you for liberation. You can comfortably meditate in the temple premise, chant with nuns, take a dive in Kundas, or bathe in the sacred water spouts. Do not forget to visit the Dhola Mebar Gompa and Jwala Mai temple.   

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

The chilly morning bridge in Muktinath awakens you with the desire to complete your spiritual practice and yoga. Warm tea and a quick breakfast will be offered to you. After a 4-5 hrs drive, you’ll reach Tatopani, a natural hot spring. There is a saying that the minerals present in the spring water can cure any skin allergies. After calming your energies, sit for meditation in the evening.

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Today is a tough day trek compared to bygone days. You’ll trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani via Ghara, Shikha, and Chitre. The terraced fields and forests stretch miles beyond, calling you to your destination. Mountains surround you, and the people of these mountains are always ready to serve you to reduce your tiredness. You’ll have a lunch break in Shikha. The treacherous rocky staircase and trail will finally lead you to Ghorepani. You’ll camp at the pass, watching the crimson sunset that is slowly hiding behind the mountains.

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Start your trek with the early morning hike to Poon Hill. Get to observe golden sunrise showering its rays to Annapurna ranges: Annapurna South (7272m), Annapurna I (8091m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8157m), and West Dhaulagiri range. Practice your yoga imbibing the energy of nature. Get ready to visit the next viewpoint, Danda Pass, after breakfast. The trail descends through rich green patches of forests, waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna, finally leading to Tadapani.

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Today you’ll descend through the forests, passing through rocky steps and streams. You’ll reach Ghandruk via Bhaise Kharka. On reaching Ghandruk, you’ll be welcomed by a bunch of Gurung people, happily catering you to their home. They’ll proudly feed you their traditional cuisine and show you their age-old dance cultural performances. Feel free to interact with them and share your own cultures, if not your travel stories. You can practice meditation with local members if they want to.

Morning session: 6-7 a.m/Evening session: 5-6 a.m [ Yoga & Meditation]

Bid a farewell to your short-term Gurung family after having a hearty breakfast with them. Hike slowly enjoying well-plowed terraced fields. Wash in the snow fed Modi Khola that flows to Birethanti. Drive back to Pokhara at your hotel.

You have a full day and are free to either roam around Kathmandu or go sightseeing in Bhaktapur.

This will be your last breakfast in Nepal. Then finally we will drop you by the airport 2 hours before your departure.