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Jomsom also known as Dzong-Sampa or New Fort, is a town located at an altitude of about 2700 m in Mustang District, Nepal. It extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Along the banks of Kali Gandaki river, we can find the black rocks or stone which is called shaligram in the Hindu culture and take it as the form of God Vishnu. This type of stone is only found in this Kali Gandaki River but people are unknown about it so, it is holy to the Hindus. The soaring peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form a backdrop.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas) in Mustang, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which is sometimes mistakenly called Muktinath. Within Hinduism, it is called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or moksh". This temple is considered to be 106th among the available 108 Divya Desam(premium temples) considered sacred by the Sri Vaishnava sect.
Jomsom is a great place to start trekking. The diverse landscapes and cultures to be found along the trekking routes give marvelous insight into the way of life of rural Nepali people. A highlight is trekking through the gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which originates in the Tibetan plateau to eventually flow into the Ganges in India. Not too far from Johnson you find Muktinath, the famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation. They believe that bathing in the waters here guarantees salvation after death.
Jomsom/ Muktinath Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Preparation for trek.
Day 02: Transfer to Pokhara and Fly to Jomsom.
Day 03: Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni.
Day 04: Trek from kagbeni to Muktinath.
Day 05: Morining Visit to Muktinath Temple and trek back to Jomsom
Day 06: Fly back to Pokhara, overnight in Pokhara
Day 07: Return back to Kathmandu