Damodar Kunda Trek More Info
Damodar Kunda region is famous for the Hindu religion. Its lake is situated high up in a rain-shadow area of the Himalayas north of the famousAnnapurna range between Kagbeni and Muktinath. At an elevation of 5400 meters it is a cold and windy place, but also very beautiful. Here at Nord Extreme Himalaya Pvt. Ltd. we are proud to be experts in the Upper Mustang area and offer one of the most famous destination in Mustang, Damodar Kunda Trek.
Barah Puran has narrated the damodar kund’s religions significance. While describing Domodar Kund, River Kaligandaki can’t be left untouched. River Kaligandaki has its source in Damodar Kund and throughout its flow to south right up to Indian border carries a manifestation of lying lord Vishnu with Damodar kund jeweled as His auspicious Head and with Muktinath as the mouth, Shaligram Chakra as chest Ru Ru Kshetra of Palpa district as the waist, Devaghatam as the Knee and lastly the auspicious feet of lord Vishnu goes to the credit of Gajendra Moksha devadham, Nawal Parasi. Such a beautiful elaboration of the lord, one may find starting from the auspicious lakes of Damodar Kund.
In the 2nd column of Barah Puran; Lord Krishna has said that whoever pays a visit to this Kunda and takes a deep-bath, they will be freed from all sin. It is also mentioned in Puran that two sons of Kubers were suffering from their wrongdoing & sin, which they did in their previous birth but lord Krishna suggested that they bathe in this Kunda and immediately after they were released from all their sin. So the importance of a visit to this sacred place cannot be described in a short paragraph.
From Damodar Kund, the views are spectacular, a bit higher than the lakes, just a short climb up some of the hills. From here you can see the Tibetan plateau & Damodar Himal to the north and the massive Annapurna Himalayas to the south. There are 65 peaks in this Himal range including Damodar Himal, Muktinath Himal (6,706m), and Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m). It is a three days walk North- east of the main Mustang trekking route & very close to the Tibetan border.
Usually this area is open for visitors from April to September, but the best time to visit is during the full moon of August every year, when you can enjoy a big festival. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims will also be there to celebrate the full moon.
We welcome you to a serene and highly religious Damodar Kund, Many Hindus from around the globe are dreaming to take a holy bath at least once in their life time in the sacred Damodar-Kund, situated at the lap of high Himalayas. Here we are at their service to make their dream come true.
While visiting Damodar Kund you’re in the land of Mustang, the hidden kingdom of Himalayas, you will enjoy a very different culture then that of Indian sub continent.
Day-01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m) Transfer to Hotel.
Nord Extreme Himalaya representative will pick up you from International airport and transfer to hotel. It is just 20 minutes driving from International airport to your hotel. If time permits, we talk about trip and your equipment.
Day-02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
We prepare your upper mustang restricted area permit. Provide your original passport for your Upper Mustang Permit which we need for official procedure. This day can be used for sightseeing in major places in Kathmandu valley. A famous Hindu Temple, Biggest Buddhist Stupa and Old king palace which are all listed in UNESCO heritage. Back to Hotel and stay in trip briefing with your guide and experts. Overnight at Hotel
Day-03: Drive to Pokhara (6 Hours – 827m) Overnight at Hotel.
After your early breakfast in Hotel, we start driving to Pokhara. You also have option to take private car or take 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu. Reach at Pokhara and check in Hotel. Evening walking around lake side Pokhara.
Day-04: Fly to Jomsom Airpoirt (2743m) and trek to Kagbeni (3 Hours – 2800m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
Early in the morning 25 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. 3 hours of walking reach at Kagbeni village. Kagbeni is typical village with oldest Monasteries and Tibetan styles of houses. Late afternoon exploration at surroundings and overnight.
Day-05: Trek Kagbeni to Chele (6 Hours – 3050m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
We pass through the villages of Tangbe and Chunksang. We need to come across a bridge over Kaligandaki and ascend abruptly for around 35 minutes to reach Chele Village. We will be staying overnight at Chele.
Day-06: Trek Chele to Syangmochen (7 Horus – 3475m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
We pass several high passes Taklam La (3240m.), Baga La, Yemdo pass (4000m.) and Dzong La (3550m.). In a while, you will be walking through fascinating communities of Samar, Yemdo, and Bhona. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.
Day-07: Trek Syangboche to Ghaymi (6 Hours – 3520m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
We pass few tea houses and reach at Yamda La pass (3,850m), chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m) again would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. Ghaymi is third largest village in the Lo region.
Day-08: Trek Ghaymi to Charang (5 Hours – 3550m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
Trek today provide marvelous views of the landscape the tender curve of the north and the irregular mountain gorge in the east west. Charang, a large thicken village inhabitant of people of Lo, actually of Tibetan origin. The adjacent Gompa and aged monastery are supposed to be around 500 years old which are enclosed by several finest religious wall paintings.
Day-09: Trek Charang to Lo – Manthang (6 Hours – 3700m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
We enter today to capital region on Upper Mustang. On the way trek to Lo-Mangthang we see a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. lo – Manthang is a small village covered with wall to protect from heavy wind. Village is connecting with Tibetan boarder
Day-10: Explore Lo – Manthang. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, which are important monasteries in local community. we also visit Raja Palace of Lo – Manthang. Exploration picturesque landscape as well as surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. you also can visit more places if your interest and time permits.
Day-11: Trek Lo – Manthang to Yara (7 Hours – 3530m). Overnight at Tented Camp.
Trekking trail steadily climbs two small passes before plunging through a spectacular canyon to Dhi village. After leaving Dhi, we continue along the river bed to Yara and Luri Gompa. Luri is a 13th century cave monastery that jealously guards some rare Pala style paintings of Buddhists mahasiddhas.
Day-12: Trek Yara to Ghuma Thanti (7 Hours – 4800m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
We visit attractive Luri Monastery and cross a 5100 miter high pass. After high pass our trail goes down to Ghuma Thanti. 7 hours of walking also meets lots of other small monasteries. Since we do not find suitable place to cook our lunch, we plan to bring pack lunch from our morning camp.
Day-13: Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda (10 Hours – 4890) Overnight at Tented Camp. Long day walking today with lots of ups and down. Prepare and carry packed lunch, enough drinking water for today as well. we cross 5600 miter high pass on the way and reach at Damodar Kunda – The Holy Lake. Himalayas and Landscape is more scenic today.
Day-14: Explore and rest at Damodar Kunda. Overnight at Tented Camp.
Explore Damodar Kunda today. There are 3 lakes around, called Brahma Kunda, Rudra Kunda and Ananta Kunda. In Hindu culture bathing in Damoar kunda take out all the sins done in previous and current lives.
Day-15: Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (8 Hours – 4800m) Overnight at Tented Camp.
Trek same way back today by passing 5600 miter high pass. It takes 2 hours lesser than your previous walk in this same route. Today total walking hours reduce by 2 hours because of reduce up hill and make long downhill.
Day-16: Trek Ghuma Thanti to Yara (7 Hours – 3530m) Overnight at Camp
We trek same way back Yara from Ghuma Thanti. Most of the trekking trail goes all the way down. We also cross 5100 miter high pass on the way.
Day-17: Trek Yara to Tange (8 Hours – 3240m) Overnight at Camp
We prepare to start our trek early in the morning. Bring packed lunch for on the way today. It is long way walking with lots of ups and down. Cross Dechhyang Khola (River) which is originally from Damodar Kunda. Tange lies in big plateau valley of Mustang with lots of memorial Chortern around.
Day-18: Trek Tange to Tetang (9 Hours – 3040m) Overnight at Camp
Today also we prepare to start our trek early in the morning. It is long way walking with lots of ups and down including lots of small passes. Our route generally ups till our lunch station. After Lunch all the way down to Tetang village. Heavy wind may make our walking little hard today.
Day-19: Trek Tetang to Muktianth (6 Hours – 3800m) Overnight at Camp
Our first part of trekking is keep acceding until one small pass, than we enter and walk through wild valley also crossing several local villages. Mani walls standing in between walking path and prayers wheels inside of this is interesting. We arrive at Muktinath and explore Muktianth temple, 108 holy taps around the temple, Jwalamukhi, and Monastery near at Hotel sides.
Day-20: Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni village (5 Hours – 2720m) Overnight at Guest House
Trek all the way down to Jomsom today. On the way of our walking, we pass several typical villages like Jharkot, Kagbeni and Eklobhatti. Oldest monasteries and Tibetan style of houses along with massive view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagir Himalayan range. Arrive at Jomsom and overnight at local guest house today.
Day-21: Fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing in major places and Overnight at Hotel Early in the morning, we fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Check in to Hotel and rest. afternoon sightseeing in major places of Pokhara. International mountain museum, David fall, Gupteswor Mahadev and boating in Fewa Lake.
Day-22: Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel We drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. we also have option to take private transportation or take 25 minutes flight from Pokhara – Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and take rest.
Day-23: Departure we transfer you to international airport in Kathmandu for your fly back to home.
- Pick and drop.
- Twin Sharing accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
- Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
- Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara by domestic flight.
- Jeep Transportations will be provided as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Annapurna conservation area entrance fees
- Trekking permit
- Upper Mustang special permit.
- Guide and necessary staffs.
- Three Meals during your program.
- Accommodation in Local Lodge during the program.
- Your visa for Nepal.
- International flight tickets.
- Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Your personal insurance.
- Any type of donations
- Tips for your staffs.
- Any unseen personal expenses other than above mentioned.
- Medical evacuation such as helicopter, porter or any other means of transportations in case of emergency.