For many, many people (including us!) Muktinath is a really special place. Muktinath is one of Nepal’s most famous pilgrimage sites and when you are there you can understand why. Scenically, it is in a breath-taking location and there are many beautiful temples including a Newar style temple near a wall with one hundred and eight stone taps and Buddhist temples with miraculously burning perpetual flames.
The walk from Jomosom to Muktinath is part of the Annapurna trek. In comparison to others, it is an easier trek and best enjoyed in the months of March to May and August to December. Having said that, there are year round delights and one of the most significant features of this trek is that it can be done throughout most of the year as it falls under rain shadow area. We’ll get magnificent Himalayan views for much of our trek and the entire route remains below 4000 meters (unless you duck up to the teahouses at Phedi for a quick walk!). The trek allows exploration of the beautiful villages of Jarkhot and Kagbeni and a peek into the Upper Mustang region. You may even be able to wander up the bed of the Kali Gandaki looking for shaligrams.
There is flexibility in this trek depending on the time available and the interests of the members of the group. We could stay a little longer in Pokhara or have more time in Kagbeni. Alternatively, we could explore some lesser trekked areas around Tukuche or the Tibetan refugee villages at Chimang and Chaimro. So many options! This is a moderate trek where we’ll walk an average of 5-6 hours each day. The trek does not go above 3800m and we throw in the delights of a hot spring as well.