- MUKTINATH TREK
Jomsom trek is probably the single most popular trek in Nepal.
The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along the trek
route give a marvelous insight into the way of life of rural Nepalese
people. The main feature of trek is the walk through the George
craved by the kali Gandaki River, which carries water from the
Tibetan plateau to eventually join the Ganges in India.
trekkers continue on above Jomsom to Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage
site for both Buddhists and Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is sacred
as the place of salvation. They believe that to wash in the waters
here guarantees salvation after death. The Hindu god, Brahma, is
thought to have lit the eternal flames that still burn at Muktinath.
To the Buddhists it is a place that the great sage guru Rinpoche
(Padmasambhava) meditated at, and to all, it is the source of fossilized
ammonites, known locally as shaligrams, which are found all along
the upper reaches of kali Gandaki. The people of this part of Nepal
are a mixture of Gurung and Magar in the lower stretches of the
kali Gandaki, Thakali people around Jomsom and people with obvious
Tibetan roots, the Lopa, around Muktinath and up into mustang.
Their customs and dress are all quite distinct and this trek gives
a chance to see those differences. The religions seen range from
Hinduism in the lower parts to the Tibetan style Buddhism as you
travel further north. Should you be in Muktinath In early September
you will be able to see one of Nepala's unique festivals,
the annual horse races known as Yartung. This is a week of some
serious horse racing, Tibetan style, and some equally serious merrymaking.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: kathmandu Vallay Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu -Jomsom.
Day 04: Jomsom (2710m) - Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 05: Kagbeni (2800m) - Muktinath (3800m)
Day 06: Muktinath (3800m) - Marpha (2670m)/Tukuche (2590m)
Day 07: Msarpha (2670m)-Tukuche (2590m) - Ghasa
Day 08: Ghasa (2010m) (2010m) - Tatopani (1190m)
Day 09: Tatopani (1190m) - Chitre (2390m).
Day 10: Chitre (2390m) - Ghorepani (2800m)
Day 11: Ghorepani (2800m) - Tadapani (2600m)
Day 12: Tadapani (2600m) - Ghandruk (1970m)
Day 13: Ghandruk - Nayapul (1070m) & drive back to Pokhara
Day 14: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu by air
Day 15: Final depart.
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