Muktinath is a Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. It is located in Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass in Mustang, Nepal. It is one of the world's highest temples. Within Hinduism, it is one of the 108 Divya Desams, and is the only Divya Desam located outside India.
The Muktinath Temple area in the Mustang District of Nepal is situated in an extreme environment, at an altitude of about 3,750 meters and surrounded by rugged, snow-clad mountains: Muktinath Temple, a sacred place in the middle of the Himalayas. Between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, the Gandaki River flows through the village of Saligrama or Muktinath and the Ashrama of Pulaha. Shaligram is a sacred stone found in Gandaki River found in the Muktinath area of Nepal and is a representation of Lord Vishnu.
The origin of this temple is associated with the 19th century and it is believed that this Vishnu Temple was consecrated by Hindus. History of this temple states that Shabkar who was a very famous Tibetan Yogi visited Muktinath in 1818 and rested there for many days so that he could connect well with the place. There is about 114 staircase to climb to reach the temple. So in general you have to cover around 300 staircases to cover all the temples/ monuments /sightseeing locations in the Muktinath Temple Region.
Best time to Visit
September to November is the best time to plan a muktinath temple visit in Nepal. The trekking trails are full of trekkers during thes months. It will be quite easy and worthy to visit muktinath temple during the autumn season. spring season is also the best time to visit Muktinath at mustang,Nepal.
How to reached Muktinath Temple
Muktinath Temple can be easily reached just in one day by taking 15 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom then, one and half hour jeep drive up to the Ranipauwa and walk for 20 minutes up to the temple. One can also hire a single 4W Jeep from either from Kathmandu (3 days) or from Pokhara (2 days) to Muktinath.