The famous temple of Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang and is situated 48 km north east of Jomsom at an altitude of about 3749 meters above sea level. The temple is situated on a high mountain range and is visited during fair weather. During the festival of Janai Purnima, Hindu devotees gather here to pay homage to lord Muktinath. The visitors get lodging facilities at Dharmasala and Maharani Pouwa. Another famous temple of Jwaladevi, the goddess of flame, is situated about hundred meters south of Muktinath.
It is a great example to our world of a sacred place shared in harmony by devotees of two world religions. The traditional caretakers of the place are the Muktinath Nuns. In spite of the tourists and pilgrims visiting Muktinath up till three years ago they did not get any support on a structural base outside Muktinath Valley. Nepal has always been known as "a land of piety" and "the dwelling of the Gods" and many aspects of primordial history, religion, culture and tradition as well as legends and myths emanate from the awesome Himalayas. A trek with a belief that one will attain the ultimate nirvana in Muktinath – Lord of Salvation, is undoubtedly the most "divine-trek" for all the people.
The Muktinath Temple was consecrated in 1815 A.D by Queen Subarna Prabha, the wife of Rana Bahadur Shah. This temple is built in a Tibetan pagoda style and contains huge brass idols of Lord Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma and Kali. The local name for Muktinath is Chumig Gyatsa. Both Hindus and Buddhists have visited Muktinath – Chumig Gyatsa for hundreds of years and this place reflects a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism. Muktinath geographically speaking is a high valley located on the Mustang Bhote region.
The views from Muktinath are enchanting as golden rays of the rising and setting sun are reflected by the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri ranges. The entire panorama is filled with a golden glittering light which forms a dramatic contrast with the barren and dry mountains of the surrounding Kali Gandaki Valley. Muktinath is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. A trip to Muktinath is often called as a 2 in 1 trip. For western tourists, a trip to Muktinath not only provides a trek of a lifetime amidst the barren valley and lofty Himalayan Ranges, but also gives them an opportunity to see the homogeneity of Hinduism and Bhuddhists in the same place. Muktinath actually lies along the route of the Annapurna circuit trek. The winding trail to Muktinath passes through magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron that line the Southern foothills of the trail. In January and February these areas may be covered in snow but during March and April there will be a blaze of red rhododendron flowers here.
In Muktinath, the original fire burns in water in harmony and the rocks and soils are as they were in the beginning of time. We collect these and bring them back so that we may insert them in our chortens and in the soil of the fields to delay deterioration, restoring to some extent the qualities of the good age'