Itinerary to the divine shrine of Muktinath Temple.
There are different ways to reach the shrine of Muktinath Temple. If you are planning on a Muktinath Tour, this article will help you through it.
Option 1: By road
The route of reaching Muktinath Temple via roadway takes around 2 nights. The journey starts from Kathmandu while traveling through Pokhara following the Prithvi Highway to Jomsom via Beni, Tatopani, Ghasa, and Marpha and finally reaching Muktinath Temple.
Beginning: The journey starts via jeep from Kathmandu to Pokhara (206 km) and it takes around 7 hours to cover the distance.
First Halt: After a 7 hours-long journey, the first halt is at Pokhara, where you can spend an overnight. Here you will find different types of hotels, malls, restaurants, and top-notch facilities. You will also witness varieties of food and live music at various cafes at Pokhara.
Second Halt: The next day, the journey starts from Pokhara to Jomsom, which is 170 km ahead of Pokhara. It usually takes 8-9 hours to reach Jomsom while passing through Beni, Tatopani, Ghasa. The roads down to Beni (100 km) are highways and comfortable. However, the rest of the Muktinath Tour of the 70 km journey is off-road.
Next morning, take a jeep and reach Ranipurwa (3710m). Then hike for 25 minutes and then you finally reach the entrance of the temple (3800 meters). You can pay on the homepage on the same day and drive back to Pokhara. You can also halt at Beni if you want to visit other places near the Temple.
Option 2: By Flight
To start the journey, you must fly from Kathmandu to the airport of Pokhara-a journey of 25 minutes.
From Pokhara, you take another flight to Jomsom. From Jomsom Airport you need to reach the entrance of Muktinath Temple by driving. The nearest airport to reach Muktinath Temple is Jomsom. There are only early morning flights from Pokhara to Jomsom, only if the weather permits. Therefore, you must halt at Pokhara for a night to board the flight the next morning.
Option 3: By Helicopter
It takes 1.5 hours to reach Muktinath Temple by helicopter. You must board the helicopter from Kathmandu Airport or Pokhara then reach Muktinath. The helipad is located near the Temple. From there, you need to cover 20 minutes on foot to reach the temple. After worship, you can come back on the same day to Kathmandu or halt at Pokhara.
Option 4: By road and Flight
The next best way to reach Muktinath Temple is by road, then boarding a scheduled flight. The pilgrimage starts from Kathmandu to Pokhara and takes 6 hours by road (206 km). You can halt at Pokhara overnight and then the next morning take a flight and travel to Jomsom, which takes around 15-20 minutes. Then take a jeep from Jomsom to reach the shrine, which is a journey of around one and a half hours to reach the shrine.
Option 5: By trek
If you are a trekking enthusiast Muktinath Tour is an adventurous spot for you. The trekking starts from Nayapul (which is a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara). You must make an overnight stay at a few places before finally reaching Muktidham. It takes 7 nights to complete the journey to Muktinath Temple by trekking with a duration of 7-8 hours of each day.
Things you need to know about the Muktinath Temple permit.
Before starting the Muktinath Yatra from Pokhara to Muktinath, the tourist requires two permit cards if they are traveling by road or flight or trek. The permits are:
ACAP: The Nepal tourism issues Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP). The Muktinath zone is part of the Annapurna Conversion Area and it requires a permit before visiting. The tourism offices of Kathmandu and Pokhara will help you to get the permit.
TIMS: Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) is obtained from TAAN which is located at two different locations, you can get the TIMS permit from TAAN offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You need the TIMS Permit before visiting Muktinath as it is a trekking zone and you need permission.
What is the ideal time to travel to Muktinath Temple?
Summer and Pleasant months(Summer is the ideal time to start Muktinath Yatra). March, April, May, June, September, October, and November.
Winter(These are the coldest and the roads are covered with heavy snow and fog). December, January, and February.
Rainy Season(There is heavy rainfall and the flights are often canceled). Mid-June to Mid-September.
If you are someone who loves the beautiful snow-capped mountains, then this place is nothing but heaven for you. Muktinath Yatra will offer you an innumerable number of snow-capped mountain regions at a distance all throughout the year and if you visit this holy place during winter months such as December, January, and February you’d be awestruck with the snow hovering across the zone.
However, the rainy season is not an ideal time to visit this holy place as the lower altitude area of Muktinath receives heavy rainfall which makes the yatra extremely dangerous for traveling.
Weather at Muktinath Temple.
The weather of Muktinath is extremely pleasant during summer days where the temperature sets in between 0 degrees and 20 degrees Celsius. But then, during winter the temperature falls significantly lower like minus 15 with heavy snowfalls around the area. However, during the rainy season, it does not rain a lot at Muktinath, but in the lower part of the Muktinath receive heavy rainfall which makes the entire journey extremely hazardous for the travelers.