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Muktinath is a sacred place for the pilgrimage of both religions: Hindu and Buddhist. And for those interested in studying the co-existence of nature and religion with significant impact on the culture and history, Muktinath region provides the canvas to portrait a unique feature of human civilization.
Muktinath translates as ‘Place of Salvation’ with human civilization dated 2000 years, is the area said to be as old as seventy million years back to the Jurrasic period when the area used to be the sea-bed of Tethis ocean before the formation of Himalayas. Many holy rivers such as Gages, Gandaki and Yamuna start their journey from the mountains here. Several Hindu and Buddhist scholars, tantriks teachers, pupils took refuge in this sacred land. You will enjoy the myths and ancient stories about the area too.
Situated in Baraha Gaun, at the altitude of 3710 m. and 48 km away from northeast of Jomsom, Muktinath tour is a popular touring destination that can be visited as the final destination as well as the adjoining package in Annapurna circuit trekking or Mustang region trekking.
The Temple has a pagoda-style design, in a picturesque location. There are two small ponds – and 108 waterspouts behind this beautiful temple – where you can take a dip/bath which is believed to bring salvation.
Muktinath temple tour creates a buzz that this world is “Maya” (an illusion). Muktinath is considered to be one of the 24 Tantric places in the Tibetan Buddhist faith. According to tradition, Guru Rinpoche, who founded the Tibetan faith, stopped here to worship the Dakinis or sky dancing goddesses, on his way to Tibet.
For the Hindus, the importance of the shrine is a bit different. Hindu Vashanavites consider the Muktinath shrine to be one of the eight most sacred shrines on earth. They consider the Muktinath to be one of the 108 holy places where a person should worship Lord Vishnu.
Both religions will present their set of magnificent stories and myth that co-exist in harmony and high respect for each other.
To reach Muktinath – you can either take a few days’ bus rides from either Kathmandu or Pokhara or even take a short flight to reach Jomsom – the gateway to the Muktinath region. From here, you’ll take a jeep ride to the foothill of Muktinath temple.
The mesmerizing desert beauty of Mustang will steal your heart.
Tengboche Monastery is one of the popular monasteries in the Himalayas on Nepal. Every October, Tengboche Monastery hosts the colorful Mani Rimdu festival, which is a culmination of Buddhist celebrations with religious gathering, songs, dances, portrayals of legends. . A big bonfire is made in the courtyard which is fueled with yak butter and homemade liquor which aims to pull away from the bad spirits. You are welcomed to partake in the festivities. Tours of the monastery are conducted every afternoon.
Also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, this Buddhist monastery was burnt down in 1989 and rebuilt replacing the old building with a more solid structure. It shelters 55 monks who practice Tibetan Buddhism in a daily basis. This monastery is regarded as Mecca for Sherpa from high Khumbu valley and they have big respect and honor for this heritage.
Tengboche Monastery was built by Lama Gulu in 1916 is blessed by a surreal view of beautiful mountains. This monastery got the miserable tragedy that it was collapsed by an earthquake in 1934 which was rebuilt later. And again it got another mishap in 1989 damaged by fire and then it was built later. During the earthquake of 2015, it was partially damaged which was restored later.
This monastery is located at the elevation of 3867m Khola ridge across the canyon from Khunde, atop a hill across Imja. This holy land is surrounded by forest containing Rhododendron, Juniper and Fir trees which adds extra texture and beauty. You will have the Mesmerizing view of some world-renowned mountains including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Amadablam etc. Mt. Amadablam is claimed to be the most beautiful mountain in Everest region.
To reach this place you have few options – either you take a flight to Lukla or walk 34 km uphill above. Or you can take a helicopter for some unique fun and avoid toiling walks but acclimatization is highly recommended before you head to this place.
Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one
I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs.
From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek.
I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.
I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.
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This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
It was my dream trip come true. 2010
I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weÃve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.
At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.