A famous but hiding Hindus religious pilgrimage place "Damodar Kunda (lake)" is situated rain shadow are of High Himalayas north of Annapurna range. The elevation of the Damodar Kunda is just 4890 meters; it is cold and windy place. We will recommend to you visit during the full moon of August every year, because every year there is a big festival up there many pilgrimages Hindu and Buddhist visit full moon of August. Usually, you can visit April to September every year. Festival time will be great for visit Damodar Kund. From Damodar Kund, the views are great from some viewpoints a bit higher than the lakes, just a short climb up some of the hills. The Tibetan plateau & Damodar Himal to the north and the Annapurna Himalayan massive to the south. The Damodar lakes are located three days walk north east of the main Mustang trekking route & very close to Tibetan border. Damodar Kunda lies on restricted upper mustang between Kagbeni and Muktinath. Damodar Kund Lake situated in a basin in the Damodar Himal and flows southward through a rain shadow valley on the eastern edge of the Annapurna Range. The are two versions of the Origin of the Kali Gandaki river; One will say, the river comes from a lake near the Tibetan border by the name of Damodar-kund north east of Muktinath (a 2-3 day trip per foot away). Others will say the river appears from a crack of the Dongmar mountain north west of Lo Mantang and that the waters of Damodar kund are unique to themselves. There are several lakes, the area being locally called "Charang the land of hilly lakes
Highlights of the trip:
Lo-Mangthang - capital of Mustang district, Damodhar Kunda, pristine lakes, Holy and ancient caves, Amazing Kaligandaki valley, Lifestyles of Mustangi People, great Himalayan panorama including Dhaulagiri family as well as Nilgiri and other hundreds of Boarder himalaya, Saligram Fossils hunting and more
This trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Kagbeni villages - Chaile - Geling - Charang - Lo-Manthang - Ghami villages
March, April, May, June, July , August, September and October
Upper Mustang Damodhar Kunda trekking outline itineary
- Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1348m)
- Day 02Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)
- Day 03Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m) 6 hrs
- Day 04Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3hrs
- Day 05Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m / 6hrs)
- Day 06Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m / 8hrs)
- Day 07Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m / 7hrs)
- Day 08Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m / 5hrs)
- Day 09Lo-Manthang rest for excursion
- Day 10Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara. (3900m, 7 hours)
- Day 11Trek from Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800m, 7 hours (via Luri Cave)
- Day 12Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890m, 10 hours
- Day 13Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda / Lake, Stay overnight at tented camp
- Day 14Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800m, 8 hours,
- Day 15Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900m, 7 hours
- Day 16Trek from Yara to Tangye 3240m, 8 hours
- Day 17Trek from Tangya to Tetang 3040m, 10 hours (via Paha)
- Day 18Trek from Tetang to Muktinath 3800m, 6 hours
- Day 19Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2730m , 5 hours)
- Day 20Jomsom - Pokhara fly (960m / ½ hr)
- Day 21Pokhara – Kathmandu flight (1348m / 25 minutes)
- Day 22Final departure
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Upper Mustang trekking detail itinerary in details
Arrival in Kathmandu Airport (1348m)Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Planet Bhaktapur in B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs. As your request we go to short walk around old city area.
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley Tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Baudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO
Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m) 6 hrsDrive to Pokhara by tourist bus. Between on the way we will see the natural beauty like Trisuli river which is most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3hrsYou will be land on District headquarters of Mustang and will start trek to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy for The spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni
Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m / 6hrs)The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. The town is labyrinth of narrow alleys amongst white washed house, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks, which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and crosses the river, continue climbing north up the trail to a huge red chunk of conglomerate that ahs fallen from the cliff above forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to chele at 3030m.
Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m / 8hrs)The climb continues along step, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, then descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800m. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descend to Geiling.
Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m / 7hrs)From Geling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we arrive to a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five – story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thankas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha’s.
Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m / 5hrs)The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang- Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850m. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
Lo-Manthang rest for excursion.Another day in Lo -Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Raja's Palace; as well as to gaze at the surrounding panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthang there is two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja's summer palace, Kimling and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara. (3900m, 7 hours)
We start our trek after breakfast; we leave the village and keep by gently ascending until we reach Day-La with dusty trail from where the last view of the Lo-Manthang. We continue our trail for a while and follow the left trail after skipping the trail to reach Tsarang. The trail gently climbs on the ridge viewing the scenic landscapes until reaching small pass. We descend down to Dhi village, where we take our lunch. After lunch we cross by a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River and make a short steep climb. Then, we follow along the upstream of Puyung Khola viewing the unbelievable landscapes and innumerable caves at the stone walls until reaching Yara village. Stay overnight at tented camp
Trek from Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800m, 7 hours (via Luri Cave)Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery and visit that interesting Cave Monastery. After that, we follow the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890m, 10 hours,In this day, GTEPL crew start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600meter pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda / Lake, Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800m, 8 hours,
Today, we return back all the same way passing over the 5600m high pass. The trail again ups and down same like before. We will make our lunch in some small stream in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900m, 7 hours,
In this also we come back all the same route which before we climb up. The trail continues downhill until reaching Yara Village. We prepare our lunch on the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Yara to Tangye 3240m, 8 hours
Today is also difficult and long day for us. Therefore we start really early in the morning. We first have short and steep ascent and then long flat way trail. Then the trail continues steep down to Dechhyang Khola which origin is from Damodar Kunda. It takes about 30 minutes. We find everywhere Saligrames (the black fossils of marine animals). Then the trail steeply ascents and leads us to the top of the pass where we have our packed lunch break, so we need to make pack lunch in Yara due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. After lunch, the trail goes up and down and then we are on a huge plateau and cross it for reaching to Tangya village. We can see several big Chhortens. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Tangya to Tetang 3040m, 10 hours (via Paha)
We leave the village, cross the suspension bridge and follow the short river route. After crossing the river, we steeply climb up to reach a small pass. Then the trail goes straight to Paha (shelter house) where we make our lunch. Here is small water tap for drinking water. After the lunch break we continue crossing many small passes until we reach the top of the hill. It takes about 2 hours. Then the trail steeply descends and we encounter strong winds until we reach Tetang village. We have a superb view of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and other snow peaks during the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Tetang to Muktinath 3800m, 6 hours,
After breakfast we follow our trail through the village after passing the scenic Mani walls. Then, we climb up to the wide valley. After walking the plateau, we keep ascending until reaching small pass from where we can see the high mountains and picturesque view of Muktinath. Then, we drop down to the small stream and cross by a suspension bridge. After that, we enter in the village of Chhyongar and follow the level trail until reaching Muktinath passing Kani/gate. In the evening, we explore to secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist in about 30 minutes in its compound. We can visit the 108 brass water spouts, Muktinath temple stands enshrining Vishnu, a Hindu god. When we visit to Muktinath Temple at once, we are free/salvation of escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Below the temple there is another Buddhist monastery where the combination of earth-water-fire that gives for Muktinath great religious significance. And we can also see the magnificent view of Nilgiri Himal and Dhaulagiri I. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2730m , 5 hours)
After breakfast, we leave the village and drop down to Jharkot village where we visit the ancient Sakyamuni Buddhist Monastery and Traditional Medical Center. Then, we follow the dusty road trail for a while and choose short cut left trail until reaching Eklebatti where we have our lunch. After lunch, we follow again dusty and strong wind road level trail along the Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Jomsom - Pokhara fly (960m / ½ hr)
Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Annapurna I and Machhapuchre during the flight. In the day Time if we have time we will meet the places are in Pokhara such as International Mountain Museum, Devis falls, and Boating in Fewa Lake and transfer to hotel.
Pokhara – Kathmandu flight (1348m / 25 minutes)
In the mid day we fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara with 25 minutes. And transfer to hotel in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur with breakfast.
Drop you in Kathmandu international Airport onward your final destination. Wish you your wonderful blissful journey !!
Cost includes on this packages program
- Kathamndu international airport transfer by private car/van/bus.
- 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within BB Plan.
- 2 Nights accommodation in Tourist standard hotel in Pokhara lake side with BB Plan.
- Airfare from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara round trip flight fare with required domestic airport tax
- One day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with license holder tour guide
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day during the trekking
- Guest house / Tented accommodation according to the given itinerary (Twin sharing basis)
- All necessary grounded transportation
- Restricted area permit issue by immigration of Nepal
- Annapurna Permits and TIMS permits and their fees
- Professional license holder mountain trekking guide and necessary cook - sherpa - kitchen helper and necessary porters according to the group size
- Trekking gears, food, salary and as well as insurance for all Nepali crew
- A special gift as a souvenir from our company.
Cost excludes on this package program
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments, bar bills and personal nature expenses.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation, monuments and monesteries entrance fees and as well as TIPS for crew .
- Any other things not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Recently Asked Question about mustang trekking
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need Experience for Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For Mustang circuit trekking tours - yes, you need to have experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude- somehow about 4500M above sea level.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Mustang Trek?
All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
Normally in the trekking in nepal route there is all places hotel and shop as well in shop you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase .Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.
Is there any communication facilities on Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Mustang damodhar kunda trekking?
we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.