Exploring the Holy Trail of Muktinath

Nepal is home to people with varying faith. Inhabited mostly by Hindus & Buddhists, it is a small nation filled with some of the greatest holy trails. Gosainkunda, Pashupatinath, Pathibhara and Muktinath are few of them.

While trekking in Nepal, you also get an opportunity to explore the holy sites which hold special position in the life of many. A holiday filled with learning of the oldest religion in the world.


Muktinath is known as the most sacred destination by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Located in Jomsom region of Mustang district, it is easily approachable by road. Trekker considering the Muktinath trek can also consider walking instead of hiring a vehicle. The temple is dedicated to God Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity.

Muktinath during winter
Muktinath during winter

Among one of the 105 Divya Desam around the world (108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars), Hindus prefer to call it the ‘Mukti Kshetra,’ which literally translates to the “place of liberation.”

It also beholds a religious importance for Buddhists, as they believe their leader, Guru Rinpoche meditated at the exact location of the temple.

One of the major attractions of this temple is 108 water spouts designed in the replica of bulls. It is believed that, those who take shower under each tap will receive liberation or cleansing of soul.

Kali Gandaki

Kali Gandaki is one of the major rivers of Nepal.It is known to have originated in Tibet from Ganges-Brahmaputra watershed, and is one of the tributaries of river Ganga. It flows through Kali Gandaki groge, the deepest gorge in the world. Its river basin is nown to contain 1025 glaciers and 338 lakes.

It holds an important place in the life of locals because, the water from river has been the source of their livelihood for ages. Not only Jomsom, but many other regions of Nepal were prospered by this very river.

Ammonite fossils or Shaligrams are known to be found on the bed of Kali Gandaki. Shaligrams are the aniconic representation of God Vishnu.


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