In the desert land of Mustang, this classic moderate trek presents an amazing experience of the Himalayas. The magnificent trail takes you all the way up to 3,800 meters to the Muktinath temple.
The trek starts in Tatopani, where you can relax in natural hot springs! The trek passes through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, ancient villages set amidst the backdrop Tibetan plateau, and the towering giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The trek ends in Muktinath, a sacred temple in a grove of trees, together with other ancient temples and monasteries. This is a popular pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. A flight brings you back to Pokhara.
- Hot spring water bath
- Numerous landscapes and waterfalls
- World's deepest gorge
- Tibetan influenced village
- Ancient monasteries and temples
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There will be a short stop in Beni. The road runs on the bank of the Kali Gandaki river and offers beautiful sceneries. You can see deep cut gorges and canyons. In Tatopani you can enjoy the natural hot springs.
The trail follows the Kali Gandaki river that flows through the 2,200m deep gorge in between 8,000m high mountaintops. You continue along to Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves, the waterfall Rupse Chahara and Kopchepani, and ascend to the village Ghasa, where you can see several flat-roofed Tibetan style houses.
From Ghasa you take a steep climb through the forest, that takes you to Kalopani. An easier path, with great views of Annapurna I and Macchapuchare, leads you to Kobank, Larjung and Tukuche, with several apple farms and you will end up in Marpha, where you stay for the night.
You will rise gradually along the valley side through Jomsom, from where you continue on the path on the Kali Gandaki river bed to Ekley-Bhatti village. An easy walk from here brings you to Kagbeni, which lies at the bank of two rivers. In Kagbeni you can visit one of the oldest monasteries, where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced even today.
From Kagbeni the path goes steeply uphill through a desert landscape till Jarkot village. A further climb leads to the final destination, Muktinath. During the walk to Muktinath you will have beautiful sceneries. This sacred temple lies in a grove of trees and is a popular pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. You can find several temples and monasteries here. Behind the Muktinath temple are 108 waterspouts, shaped like a bulls head. The water from the Gandaki river flows through the mouth of the bull. Pilgrims take a holy bath under the ice cold water. A dip in the Kunda, in front of the temple, is believed to wash away negative karma. The Jwala Mai temple has a spring with three eternal flames, fed by natural gas. Also, you can find Sri Murthy Mahatma, the only place on earth where you can find all five elements: fire, water, sky, earth and air.
You will be heading away from Muktinath, and retracing your steps to Jomsom. On the way there you will have amazing views of Nilgiri hill. You stay overnight in Jomsom.
After breakfast you will take a 30 minute flight back to Pokhara.
The price per person is €600
Included in the price are all necessary permits, transportations including flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, a professional English speaking guide and porter (and all their expenses including their insurance, equipment, meals), accommodation and meals with tea/coffee.
Not included is your own insurance, other beverages, optional tips for guide and porter, and personal expenses.
Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and accommodation in Pokhara can be arranged at an extra cost.
You can extend your trek with three days, combining it with Poon hill trek. You will drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, from where you walk to Ulleri. From here you trek to Ghorepani (Poon Hill). The next morning you wake up early to climb up to the viewpoint, where you can get a beautiful sunrise view of the Himalayas. After breakfast you will continue your journey to Tatopani.