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Damodhar kunda trekking

Damodhar kunda trekking itinerary
Overview

Damodhar kunda of Mustang region is isolated trekking trail located at an altitude of 4890m,is famous for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destination. It is located in Rain shadow areas north of Annapurna region of Nepal. Damodar or damodhar lakes are located three days walk north east of the main Mustang trekking route & very close to Tibetan border. In ancient days this sacred lake is mainly visited by the holy sages and saints to fulfill their meditation purpose and pay attention to Lord Shiva. As you are trekking in rain shadow areas you experience unique barren landscape having low vegetation. Muktinath Himal (6,706m), Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m) including several snow capped mountains are the most visible from lake. The best time to discover this trekking tours is in August while on full moon because there are many pilgrimage people travelling into this place on that time so we recommend you to make your trip to Damodhar kunda on August however this trek can be done any time from April until September through out the year.

Damodhar kunda trekking highlights

Lo-Mangthang – capital of Mustang district, beautiful Damodhar Kunda lakes, Holy and ancient caves, Amazing Kaligandaki river gorges, 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

Damodhar kunda trek grading

This trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little bit challenging. 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 about 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily complete 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.

Places that covers on damodhar kunda hiking

Kagbeni villages  – Chaile – Geling – Charang – Lo-Manthang – Ghami villages

Best season to visit Damodhar kunda lake

May, June, July , August and September 

Damodhar kunda trekking outline itinerary

Day 01 : Arrivaal in Kathmandu Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (900m) 6 hours Day 03: Fly to Jomsom (2720m) and trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 3 hours Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m / 6 hours) Day 05: Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m / 8 hours) Day 06: Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m / 7 hours) Day 07: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m / 5 hours) Day 08: Explore around in Lo-Manthang ! Day 09: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara. (3900m, 7 hours) Day 10: Trek from Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800m, 7 hours (via Luri Cave) Day 11: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890m, 10 hours Day 12: Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda / Lake, Stay overnight at tented camp Day 13: Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800m, 8 hours, Day 14: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900m, 7 hours Day 15: Trek from Yara to Tangye 3240m, 8 hours Day 16: Trek from Tangya to Tetang 3040m, 10 hours (via Paha) Day 17: Trek from Tetang to Muktinath 3800m, 6 hours Day 18: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2730m , 5 hours) Day 19: Fly out from Jomsom – Pokhara city. (960m / 25 minutes) Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu. Day 21: Final departure
Itinerary

Damodhar kunda trekking detail itinerary

Our Damodhar kunda trekking has a short, itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed for globe trotters who wish to hike to upper mustang but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the upper mustang in a more relaxed manner can try this appropriate choice. However email us if you need customized itinerary.

Day 01: Arrived at Kathmandu valley

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu bed with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara city (900m/2,943 ft), 6 hours.

Drive 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.

Day 03: Fly to Jomsom. Trek to Kagbeni (2800m/9,156 ft), 4 hours

Early flight to Jomsom located an an altitude of 2720m / 8,894 ft. You 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.

Day 04: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3100m/10,137 ft), 6 hours

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.

Day 05: Trek from Chele to Gheling (3570m/11,674 ft), 8 hours

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.

Day 06: Trek from Geling to Tsarang (3560m/11,641 ft), 7 hours

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 will 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 – storey 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.

Day 07: Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3840m/12,557 ft), 5 hours

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.

Day 08: Lo-Manthang , day hiking exploring around

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.

Day 09: Trek to Yara (3900m/12,753 ft), 6 hours

We keep gently ascending until we reach Day-La with dusty trail from where the last view of the Lo-Manthang can be seen. We use the left trail after skipping the trail to reach Tsarang than we arrive in a small pass. Then, we climb down a steep and dusty descent in the narrow path. We again come to a wide plateau and descend rocky gully and knee crunching trail until reaching Dhi village. lunch will be serve here. Than we cross 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.

Day 10: Trek to Ghuma Thanti (4800m/15,696 ft) via Luri cave, 7 hours

Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery and visit that interesting Cave Monastery. After that, we follow the barren valley after crossing 5100m pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek.

Day 11: Trek to Damodar Kunda (4890m/15,990 ft), 10 hours

In this day, we start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600m 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.

Day 12: Discovering day around

Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda/Lake, Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (4800m/15,696 ft), 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.

Day 14: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara (3900m/12,753 ft), 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.

Day 15: Trek from Yara to Tangye (3240m/10,595 ft), 8 hours

As the day is very long, we began our walk early 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. 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. Than 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.

Day 16: Trek to Tetang (3040m/9,941 ft), 10 hours

Today is also long day again. Therefore we start again really early in the morning. 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.

Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3700m/12,099 ft), 7 hours

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 than we arrive on Chhyongar. 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’s great religious significance. Nilgiri Himal and Daulagiri Ist can be seen from here.

Day 18: Trek to Jomsom Bazzar (2720m/8,894 ft), 5 hours

We trek to Jomsom with the valley of Kaligandaki River which is also known as windy valley where every day big wind blowing and overnight in Jomsom. If you have time enough, you can hike to visit Eco Museum. Our guide will reconfirm the flights for returning by tomorrow early morning.

Day 19: Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, 25 minutes. Sightseeing

Early morning we fly to Pokhara with thrilling spectacular Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Annapurna I and Machhapuchre during the flight. Transfer to hotel to check in for hot shower and relax. In the afternoon, guide will assist you for your sightseeing visiting Devis falls, Gupteswor cave and Boating in Fewa Lake to visit Tal Barahi Temple. Walk back to hotel.

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu

Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 21: Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.

Cost

How much does upper mustang damodhar kunda trek cost?

Lo manthang and damodhar kunda trek cost depends upon the service you choose. In the normal package price, we offer you Tourist Standard accommodation at our home stay located near by Thamel, Kathmandu and tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara Fewa lake side and of course the trip price will vary according to group size. Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara round trip flight is included in the price however taking flights from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu saves your time and riding bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3 star category hotel deluxe air conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and 2 star hotel standard accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places, so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Cost Include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
  • 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
  • Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days
  • Domestic flight: Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara as a round trip airfare with airport tax.
  • Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu as a round trip.
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest (12.5 kg + 12.5 kg) = 1 Porter basis.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
  • Upper Mustang special permits cost USD 500 for each guest for each 10 days.
  • Pokhara city sightseeing (Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Mahadev cave) transfer by private vehicle.
  • All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
  • Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurance of guide and porters.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
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We can organize group join Damodhar kunda lake trek starting at any date but we can also run this private trip if that works for you. Please contact us for more information.

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FAQ
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: 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.


Question: Do I need experience for damodhar kunda Trekking?

Answer: Actually for this kind of trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a light weight day pack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000M above sea level.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Damodhar kunda trekking?

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with cozy bed with nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in damodar kunda trek?

Answer: 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.

Question: What opportunities will I have for shower along Upper mustang Trekking?

Answer: Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on damodar kunda trekking?

Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotel and shops where 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.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: During the Tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend to you bring extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries along with you.

Is there any communication facilities on damodhar kunda Trekking?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

No! So, for the trekking routes you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards works only in the bigger city tours / city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of mis understanding. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of the trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on damodhar kunda Trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our each porter carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guest (12.5 kg luggage of each guest) : 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: 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 roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls for damodar kunda Trekking?

Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch / dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks while you are on trek.

Note:

The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.

“What makes this trip special ? ”

Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.

Damodhar kunda trekking fact

    1. Trip Duration: 20 Days
    2. Trip Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 4890m / 15,990 ft
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-20 People
    6. Best Time: April – Oct
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House + Tent Style
    8. Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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