Damodar Kunda Trek
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Damodar Kunda Trip Summary
- Damodhar Lake Hike Duration: 11 Days
- Highest Elevation: 4,890m/15,990 feet
- Trekking Hour: 7 Hours daily
- Group-Size: 2 – 12 People
- Best Time: March, April, May, October, November and December
- Trip Mode: Tent Basis Trek
- Meals on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
The Damodar Kunda trek of the Mustang region is an isolated trekking trail and is a perfect destination to visit Buddhist Monasteries. Damodhar Kunda is located at an altitude of 4,890 meters above the sea and is famous for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.
Hike to Damodhar Kund is located in Rainshadow areas north of the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Center of the Mystical Damodar lake is set up northeast of the main Mustang trek route & very close to the Tibetan border. In ancient days, the sacred Damodar Kund lake is mainly visited by the holy sages and saints to fulfill their meditation purpose and pay attention to Lord Shiva.
For the same purpose, many pilgrims also believe in combine to visit this lake with the Muktinath Darshan. However, trekking in the rain shadow areas you experience a unique barren landscape having low vegetation. Muktinath Himal (6,706m), and Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m) including several snow-capped mountains are the most visible from Damodar lake.
Both the excursions can likewise be finished in only 4 days on the off chance that one decides to venture out to the objections through helicopter. It is an incredible choice for people who are advanced in years, have an actual inability, or don’t have a lot of time. But on the other hand is a costly choice when contrasted with the trip.
The best time to discover this Damodar Kunda trekking tour is in August while on a full moon. There are many pilgrimage people traveling to this place at that time so we recommend you make your trip to Damodhar Kunda in August. However, the trek is possible at any time from April until September throughout the year.
How much does for Damodar Kunda Trek Package Cost?
The cost of the Damodar Kunda trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (a local trek operator agency in Nepal) ranges between US$ 1650 to 2499. Certainly, the Damodar Kunda trek cost will change as per the group size you are traveling to and the accommodation service you choose. Typically the price includes transportation, a guide/porters, hotels, food and accommodation, and hiking permit facilities.
However, we basically arrange a private trip in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private hiking tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.
It is the standard trip package price for 11 days trek in the Mustang territory. If you are 2 people Damodar Kunda trek cost US$ 1798 for 11 days trek. We can modify the trek route and the price as per your own demand. Here is the price list for the Damodar Kunda hike.
Price Per Person for 11 days hikes in Mustang
|Number of Tourist||Price Per Person|
|1 Person||US$ 2499|
|2 Person||US$ 1798|
|3 Person||US$ 1775|
|4 to 6 person||US$ 1725|
|7 to 9 Person||US$ 1698|
|10 and more than 10 Person||US$ 1650|
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The Damodar kunda trek itinerary detail
Hiking at Damodhar Kunda is a short and express itinerary compared to most walks in the upper Mustang zone. The trans-Himalayan trek route is designed for world explorers who wish to hike to the upper mustang but are restricted time-wise. Travelers who wish to reach mustang Damodhar lake without going to La Manthang can try this itinerary.1 DayDrive to Pokhara city (900m/2,953 feet), 6 hours.
Early morning, we drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. On the way, we will see the natural beauty like the Trisuli river which is the most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way to almost the bank of the Trisuli and Marshyangdi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to the hotel.
Early morning, take a pleasant flight from Pokhara to Jomsom airport. Jomsom airport is situated at an elevation of 2,720 meters above sea level with spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, and Dhampus peak.
Jomsom is the District headquarters of Mustang and the gateway to exploring Mustang trekking trails and offers several comfort lodges.
We take a delicious breakfast and take a jeep tour of Yara village. The most important thing to do today is to register your name and travel date at the Upper Mustang check post located in Kagbeni fort. Besides the Nepali people, every trekker should require a special trekking permit to hike into the upper part of mustang territory.
The jeep tour today to Yara from Jomsom town takes about 4 hours. stay overnight at the guesthouse and arrange all camping gear for Damodhar Kunda.
Trekkers can stay as a rest day but they can hike about a 400-year-old monastery to visit and see around to active their legs. Tourists can optionally hike the small mountains nearby to have a glimpse of the Tibetan Plateau and Upper Mustang Zone. Return to stay overnight in Yara.
Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery and visit that interesting Cave Monastery. Continue to follow the barren valley after crossing the 5,100 meters pass so everyone should walk with a lunch pack as there are no other options for cooking on the route.
start our day tour after breakfast, the hiking path continues along with ups and downs. Cross another pass at 18,374 feet to reach Damodar Kunda’s highest elevation. As you leave the campsite, there are neither lodges nor local tea shops for cooking possibilities on the trail.
Therefore, the Gokyo agency cook will prepare a special packed lunch for every tourist before your hiking starts. We need to make a lunch pack due to no appropriate campsite en route.
We spend the day at Damodar Kund and perform all the required rituals and take a holy bath at the lake like in Mansarovar. After performing pooja, and havan, and taking the holy bath, we will have lunch.
Explore the divine trail and feel against the high-altitude adventure. Determine the three other prime lakes which are situated around the main kunda. They are Brahma Kunda, Rudra Kunda, and Ananta Kunda. In Hindu culture bathing in Damodar Kunda take out all the sins done in previous and current lives.
That’s the main reason that many pilgrimages visit Damodar lake and collect Shaligram fossils on their way back. Shaligram is typically fossils of ammonite shells from the Devonian-Cretaceous period of 400 to 66 million years ago. Around the afternoon, we return downhill to stay at a campsite.
Return back all the way with the same route to Yara village. The sandy muddy trail continues downhill until reaching Yara Village. We serve lunch half away from home. Our camping crew will search for the best camping ground to set up a campsite to stay overnight.
Not the Longest day comparing others so we first have a short steep ascent and a Long flat hiking trail. The trail continues steeply down to Dechhyang Khola whose origin is from Damodar Kunda. We find them everywhere Saligrames (the black fossils of marine animals).
The trans-Himalayan trail steeply ascents and leads us to the top of the pass where we have our packed lunch break. Up and down and we are on a huge plateau and cross it for reaching Tangya village. We can see several big Chhortens.
Long day hikes, therefore, we start early in the morning. We leave the village, cross the suspension bridge, and follow the short river route. Crossing the river, we steeply climb up to reach a small pass. The trail goes straight to Paha (shelter house stays with drinking water tap).
Continue to cross many small passes until we reach the hill station. Hike over the barren 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 snowy peaks en route.
We keep ascending until reaching small pass from where we can see the high mountains and picturesque view of Muktinath. Walk down to the small stream and cross by a suspension bridge, we arrive at Chhyongar. In the evening, we explore a secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists for about 30 minutes in its compound.
We can visit the 108 brass waterspouts, Muktinath temple stands to enshrine Vishnu, a Hindu God. When we visit Muktinath Temple at once, we are the 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 gives Muktinath great religious significance. Nilgiri Himal and Dhaulagiri Ist can be seen from here.
In the morning before breakfast, we hike the Muktinath temple premises. 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. Temple Muktinath is one of the world’s highest temples at an altitude of 3,800 meters.
Purpose of the Hindu pilgrimage to visit can help by connecting them with Brahman. Through pilgrimage, they can show their belief in God and gain a better understanding of an important holy site. It is also a way of meeting other Hindus who share their beliefs and trying to work towards achieving moksha.
Return to the hotel to get a special breakfast. Pack the hiking gear and take a regular jeep/bus [sharing basis] to return to Pokhara passing via Kaligandaki River valley. The landscape of Mustang is magically marked as the windiest valley where every day big wind blows. Travelers can see amazing waterfalls at Rupse and also Natural hot springs en route to Pokhara. Trip finish!
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How much does the Damodar Kunda trek package price?
Lo Manthang merge with Damodar Kunda trek package price USD 1798 per person on standard trek price on a double occupancy basis. Likewise, Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara round-trip flight is included in the price, however, taking flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu saves your time, and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses.
For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour package, we add Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu round trip airfare, 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN), and 2-5 star hotel accommodation in Pokhara (BB plan). AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
Cultural Damodar Kunda trek package price includes:
- Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara trip for a guide and guest.
- 2-night double bedroom accommodation in a Tourist standard hotel in Pokhara Phewa lakeside.
- 10 Breakfast, 11 Lunch, and 9 Dinner served with Tea/coffee each day during the trek routes.
- Required camping gear for camping accommodation and kitchen utensils for the Damodar Kunda camping trek.
- Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom sector one-way airfare with airport tax.
- Muktinath to Pokhara transfer by available Bus/ Jeep on a Sharing basis.
- Required Jeep private transfer from Jomsom airport to Yara as written on the above itinerary.
- Fully escorted trek with English-speaking certified trekking guide cum cook.
- Required a number of Porters/donkeys as per the group size. Basically, 2 tourists = 1 porter basis as each porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and their fees
- Upper Mustang restricted area permits cost USD 500 for each guest every 10 days.
- Food and accommodation, salary, and Travel and Medical Insurance for Damodhar Kunda hiking team.
- First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check heart rate and oxygen lavel everyday to save from higher risk. >
- Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and hiking poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
- Trek completion certificate, Damodar Kunda trek map – keep them as a souvenir.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.
Damodar Kunda trek package exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fees.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Pokhara city sightseeing (Devi’s fall and Gupteswor Mahadev cave) transfer by private vehicle at an extra cost if extend.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trek.
- Travelers Personal trekking gear and Clothing.
- -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
- Personal nature expenses, all types of bar bills.
- Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
- Donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
- Other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize either a group join or a private Damodar Kunda trek starting at any date. We can also run this private trip if that works for you at your favorable departure date. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Do I need experience for the Damodar Kunda tent trek?.
Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000 meters above sea level.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?.
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us with your flight details. You should do a request to us, our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.
Question: Is this trekking Safe for Solo women travelers?
Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; this trek is perfectly safe for solo woman travelers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo travelers since its establishment.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Damodar Kunda tent trek?.
Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, we offer you tent accommodation. However, we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect on Damodar Kunda short trek?.
Answer: Our cook will prepare a delicious range of vegetarian foods every day. They are Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal, rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables every day. Available vegetables depend upon the months you go.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along the Damodar Kunda camping trek?.
Answer: Mustang lodge trek, as you are on camping trekking days – we provide you a hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water?.
Answer: In some places en route, you can buy mineral water to drink. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of plastic waste. Instead, we do provide you with purified water along with camping outdoors.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: Most days are not possible to recharge the battery. Thus, we advise you to bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! .
Question: Are there any communication facilities on express Damodhar Kunda Trek?.
Answer: At Damodar Kunda nature trail, buy a local SIM CARD to get a telephone call. And also buy a data pack to use 3G internet service.
Question: Can we use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees to maintain your daily indirect expenses as the direct meals are included in the plan.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payments terms?.
Answer: Our camping trips book up months in advance. So, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of confusion. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 15% advance deposit [not refindable] of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your camping trip reservation before your arrival. The remaining part of the payment, you can pay on your arrival in Kathmandu before 12 hours of trip departure.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Damodar Kunda trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 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 for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking poles for the Damodar Kunda trek group?
Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just 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 your trek.
Damodar Kunda trek Highlights
- Discover Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the border mountains.
- Walking through dry cultivated fields, Excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Blue Mountain.
- Visit and bath in Damodar sacred pond/Kunda takes away from all sins done in a previous and current lifetime.
- Muktinath is a Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.
- Hidden kingdom with World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki valley
- Meet the mixed communities with the the shaky pa Buddhism and their lives in Jharkot Monastery..
Notes for Damodar kunda trekkers:
Visit Damodar Kunda – lake information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you. However, the trip is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific needs. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the daily travel plan would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole party. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
What makes Damodar Kunda trek special?
Opportunities for challenging camping outdoors and pleasant hikes are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and satisfaction is our concern.
We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
Damodar Kunda Trek Review
Damodar Kunda Camping Trek in Mustang
I was traveling with my husband and two others family members to Damodhar Kunda plus Muktinath for a pilgrimage purpose. We spent 17 days in Nepal to complete this trip with Gokyo Treks company. Needless to say about the beauty of the Himalayas and the hospitality of Nepalese people. We were warmly met and hosted in every camp we have stayed.
But the organization and safety of our trip were fully supported by Guide Kamal including a strong camping crew. Me personally very thankful for the smart organization and interesting knowledge we got in that unforgettable country.
I wish good luck to Gokyo Treks organization in all charity projects they organize for kids in Nepal. For sure, that is the first but not the last time of my trekking in Nepal!
From US$ 18342% Off US$ 1798
|No. of people||Price Per Person|
|4 - 6||USD 1725|
|7 - 9||USD 1698|
|10 +||USD 1650|
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