Pilgrimage to Muktinath

Muktinath - Chumig Gyatsa all the elements are represented, not only earth, air and holy water, but also fire. Beside trees are growing at an unusual altitude, For this and reasons unseen yogis from both religions do their meditation at Muktinath. For Tibetan Buddhists Muktinath – Chumig Gyatsa is a place of Dakinis, goddess known as Sky Dancers. It is of great importance for Buddhists that Chumig Gyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places. For Hindus, beside the natural fire representing Brahman and the holy waters, the central meaning of the Muktinath area is veneration of the god Vishnu in the form of ammonites (shilas) called Salagrama – Shilas.

There are many stories which tell of Vishnu turning into stone and all of them are closely connected to the holy Kali Ghandaki River. According to contemporary geologists, the Salagrama – silas (found at the banks and river bed of the holy river Kali Ghandaki) are fossils of a prehistoric insect. This insect is mentioned in the Bhavisya Purana. Therein, Tulasi, the sacred plant so dear to Vishnu, cursed Vishnu to become a stone during one act of their eternal lila. Vishnu said, "To fulfill your curse, I will become a stone (Salagrama-sila) and will always live on the banks of the Ghandaki River. The millions of Vajrakita worms that live at that place will adorn those stones with the signs of my chakra by carving them with their sharp teeth".

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara & Sightseeing tour of Pokhara. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 04: Fly Pokhara / Jomsom (2,713m) / side trip to Thini & Dhumpha Lake. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 05: Side Trip to Marpha (2,680m) (4 ½ hrs). Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 06: Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2,800m) (3 hrs). Dinner and over night at Hotel.
Day 07: Trek from Kagbeni to Muktinath (3,750m) 3 ½ to 4 hrs. Dinner and overnight at Muktinath.
Day 08: Drive Muktinath to Jomsom. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 09: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara & Connecting flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 11: Final Departure.

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