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The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in Mustang district and is situated at an altitude of 3800m, about 18kms away from Jomsom. This pagoda-shaped temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered to be the most sacred site in Nepal after the temple of Pashupatinath located in Kathmandu.
When you visit the beautiful temple of Muktinath, you are not get the magnificent views of the Himalayas and diverse ethnic culture, but also get to experience the spiritual vibe of the place. The trail passes along Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world, from Jomsom to Kagbeni. The trek starts from Pokhara and ends in Jomsom.
There are multiple ways to reach Muktinath:
You can either plan this trek on your own or take help from a travel agency to arrange for a trek either on foot or by pony. This 14-day trek from Jomsom to Damodar Kind is designed in such a way that the trekker will be adequately acclimatized for the high altitudes. Be sure to speak with at least 3-5 operators to get the accurate Muktinath tour cost. Since the trek covers high altitude of 5333m, it is important to do it with an experienced company to ensure safety. Additionally, you must also be adequately fit to undertake this journey.
The guests enter Nepal directly by air to Kathmandu and explore the capital city before leaving for Pokhara or Jomsom. Both these cities are well connected to Kathmandu, which means you can easily travel by road or by air as per your budget and availability of time.
Other ways of entering Nepal include borders around Darjeeling, Sunauli, Jogbani, Banbasa etc.
Since you will be trekking in high altitudes, it is important to carry all the following items with you:
Damodar Kund is best visited in the months of June and September, if you are visiting by helicopter. However, if you are trekking on this route, then it is advisable to do so in the months of May and June.
All pilgrims are required to carry an authorized ID card, preferably a passport, along with their trekking permits. SAARC nations are required to pay ACAP fee of Rs. 200 and other nationals must pay Rs. 2000 for the trek.
Apart from being dressed properly for trekking, you must also carry the right equipment to help you trek with minimal effort. If possible, invest in good quality hiking sticks, trekking shoes, trekking gear, a hat, sunglasses, and a hiking backpack with proper support. If you are ill-equipped to carry out this trek yourself, then you must consider taking help from a professional tour agency who can take care of all your needs and ensure that you finish your tour with ease.
Read this article thoroughly to educate yourself about the trek requirements and to help you plan the trip in the best possible manner.