Trek to the famous Muktinath Temple beyond the Himalayas
One of the most popular and the best trekking in Nepal, the journey to the base of Mt. Annapurna is rather an opportunity to explore the exquisite Himalayas and the beautiful hills of Nepal.
Mt. Annapurna is set at 8091 meters above sea level making it the 10th highest mountain in the world. The trekking trail takes you along some beautiful villages, rhododendron forests and majestic mountains. The trek encircles the Annapurna Massif over 8000 meters among which you will cross a 5416m, Thorung La pass, when trekking.
After exploring and crossing the Throng-La Pass, the trekkers can also move downward to Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage destination for the Hindus and Buddhists. This trek provides the travelers an opportunity to witness and explore the ethnic side of Nepal along with its natural exquisiteness that includes snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes flowing along the trekking trail, hot springs and beautiful villages, world’s deepest gorges, rice paddies, maple, oak and pine forests. This trekking expedition is suitable for all seasons. This 12 days trek is ideal for ones who have plenty of time and want to reach the base in a much easier and relaxed manner.
Departing from Kathmandu (1350m), we will have breakfast before starting the 8–9 hour journey to Beshishar (760m). On the way, we will have lunch in Beshishar and cross the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers, apply for a Trekking permit in Beshishar. Then we will continue our 4 to 5 hour vehicle journey along the Marshyangdi river to Chyamche (1430m) where we will spend the night.
Today we start trekking from Chyamche at 1430m to Dhara Pani at 1860m. After 7–8 hours of scenic walking, we will reach Danakyu, located at an altitude of 2300m, where we will spend the night. During our trip, we will journey along the Marshyangdi River and enjoy a relaxing lunch on the way to Danakyu.
Today we will start our trek from Danakyu, after having breakfast, and continue our journey to Koto and then to Chame. This trek will take approximately 6 to 7 hours, and we will have lunch on the way to Chame. During this trek, we will be able to see the stunning Lamjung Himalayan range. Upon reaching Chame, which is the district headquarters of Manang and the main gate to Manang, we will spend the night there..
We will start our day with a breakfast in Chame and embark on a 5 to 6 hours trek to Dhikurpokhari 3060m and then to Upper Pisang 3300m. During the trek, we will walk through a plain area from Dhikurpokhari and be surrounded by stunning views of both sides of the Himalayan range. As we pass through pine trees and a juniper forest, we will also catch a glimpse of Pisang Peak on the right and Cholu East Peak, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV on the left. Our journey will follow the Marshyangdi River and conclude with an overnight stay in Upper Pisang.
Today, we will commence our journey after a nourishing breakfast in Upper Pisang (3300m) and embark on a trek that will take us to Nawal (3660m) and finally to Manang (3540m), where we will spend the night. Our journey will take us through an enchanting landscape surrounded by the towering peaks of Annapurna III and Cholu, with a serene ambiance created by the diminution of pine trees and junipers. This 7 to 8 hour trek is certain to be an unforgettable experience that will leave us feeling as though we have been transported to a celestial paradise.
Today, after having breakfast in Manang 3540m, you will embark on an excursion to explore the stunning valley. You will cross the Marshyangdi River and visit the Gangapuran lake and Glacier. Afterwards, you can hike to the view point to admire the Manang valley, with the Annapurna III and Gangapurna at your feet and the Cholu peak in front. Alternatively, you can spend the day relaxing and reviving your energy, or visit the local monastery and Chhorten, and observe the water mill in action. The HRA—Himalayan Rescue Association—will provide you with information about altitude and other important details. The day will also be filled with cultural festivities, such as horse racing, in Manang.
After an enriching day in Manang, we will have breakfast and embark on a 4 to 5 hour trek to Yak Kharka (4050m). During our journey, we will encounter various bushes and also have a chance to spot Yaks. To acclimate to the high altitude for the upcoming pass, we will keep the trek short and have lunch at the same location before spending the night there..
Today, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast at Yak Kharka (4050m) and embark on a 5 hours trek to reach Thorang Phedi (4450m) and then to our final destination, the High Camp (4925m). During the journey, we will encounter majestic mountain goats and traverse through a barren landscape. To ensure that we have enough energy for the upcoming Throngla Pass, it is important to conserve our strength. After 1 and a half hours from Thorang Phedi, we will reach the High Camp and spend the night there.
Today's itinerary will start with a hearty breakfast at the High Camp (4925m) as we gear up to cross the Throngla Pass (5416m), which holds the title of the World's highest Pass. Before starting the trek, we will energize ourselves with hot drinks, soup, energy bars, and water. The ascent to the Throngla Pass is estimated to take 4 hours, and it is essential to reach there before 9 am to avoid strong winds. Our guide will lead the way, and we will pack a nutritious breakfast to keep us nourished throughout the journey. Upon reaching the top of the Throngla Pass, we will embark on a 4-hour descent to a lunch stop, followed by a 2 hours trek to the holy temple of Muktinath (3760m). This temple holds significance for both Hindu and Buddhist communities, and is known for its 108 taps for bathing, a pond, and a non-stop burning flame in the monastery. We will spend the night at a hotel in the Muktinath (3760m) area.
After a hearty breakfast, we will embark on a journey from Muktinath towards Jomsom (2720m), which is approximately 5 to 6 hours away. On the way, we will pass through the picturesque Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang. We will follow the Kaligandaki River, which is revered as a goddess by Hindu devotees and will have the opportunity to collect shaligrams along its banks. We will be mesmerized by the stunning views of the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri to the left and Tukuche Peak to the right. Our journey will take us through the desert landscapes of Upper Mustang, and we may encounter strong winds as we approach Jomsom. Jomsom is famous for its apple orchards and boasts a diverse range of fruit. We will spend the night at a hotel the Jomsom.
Following breakfast at Jomsom, we will take a flight back to the charming city of Pokhara (820m), which will take approximately 20 minutes. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to a hotel where we can spend the day relaxing and rejuvenating. We will spend the night at the hotel in Pokhara.
Following a nourishing breakfast, we will embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying a leisurely lunch on the way. The journey is expected to take 7 to 8 hours. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate our successful adventure, before retiring for the night at a comfortable hotel.
Make it a private trip by taking over one of our dates, or you can choose your own date. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers.