The Damodar Kunda trek of Mustang region is an isolated trekking trail, is a perfect destination to visit Buddhist Monasteries. Damodhar Kunda 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. Center of the Mystical Damodar lake is setting up at northeast of the main Mustang trek route & a very close to the Tibetan border. In ancient days this sacred damodhar kund 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 the lake.
The best time to discover this damodar kunda trekking tours is in August while on a full moon. There are many pilgrimage people traveling into this place at that time so we recommend you make your trip to Damodhar Kunda in August. However, the trek is possible to at any time from April until September throughout the year.
The Damodar kunda trek itinerary detail
This trek is short and express itinerary compared to most walks in the upper Mustang region. The particular route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike to upper mustang but are restricted time-wise. For travelers who wish to reach the upper mustang in a more comfortable manner can try this appropriate choice. However, email us if you need a customized itinerary.Day 01 Arrival 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.
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 Marsyangdi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to hotel.
Early flight to Jomsom located an an altitude of 2720m / 8,894 ft. You will be land on the 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 an overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni.
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 whitewash houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat, and apple orchards. The Nilgiri peaks, which dominates the southern skyline of Kagbeni. Continue to loom massively at the foot of the valley. Beyond Tangbe we reach Chhusang Village and cross the river, continue climbing north up the trail to tunnel through where the Kaligandaki follows. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climb steeply up a rocky gully to Chele at 3030m.
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. The trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and 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, descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. Climb sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geiling.
From Gelling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYLA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar chu (river), we will arrive at 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 Thanks as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.
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 climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
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 are 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.
Keep gently ascending until we reach Day-La with a dusty trail from where the last view of the Lo-Manthang is visible. Choose to use the left trail after skipping the trail to reach Tsarang than we arrive in a small pass. Furthermore, 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 served here. Cross a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River and make a short steep climb, follow along with the upstream of Puyung Khola viewing the unbelievable landscapes and innumerable caves at the stone walls until reaching Yara Village.
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.
In this day, we start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600 meters pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail.
Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda/Lake, Stay overnight at tent camp.
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.
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.
As the day is very long, we began our walk early morning. We first have a short and steep ascent and Long flat way trail. The trail continues steeply down to Dechhyang Khola which origin is from Damodar Kunda. We find everywhere Saligrames (the black fossils of marine animals). The 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.
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. The trail goes straight to Paha (shelter house) where we make our lunch. Here is a 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. 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.
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 on Chhyongar. In the evening, we explore a secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist in 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 that gives for Muktinath’s great religious significance. Nilgiri Himal and Dhaulagiri Ist can be seen from here.
We trek to Jomsom with the valley of Kaligandaki River valley, mark as the most 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.
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 the hotel to check-in for a hot shower and relax. In the afternoon, the 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 the hotel.
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.
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Damodar kunda trek cost?
This trip is available now on USD 2,650 per person on standard basis trek price on a double occupancy basis. But 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. 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.
Cultural Damodar kunda trek cost includes
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights twin sharing on tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- 2 night Tourist standard accommodation in Pokhara within Bed with Breakfast Plan
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek
- 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.
- Travel and medical Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Damodar kunda trek 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 trek.
- 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
We can organize group join Damodar kunda trek starting at any date but we can also run this private trip if that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight details. You should do a request to us, our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for Damodar kunda trek?
Answer: It is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in 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: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Damodar kunda trek?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, we offer you lodge accommodation with food in possible places. Rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. We give you Tent camping accommodation with food from Yara – Damodhar Kunda – Yara village only for 4 days. 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 the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Damodar kunda trek?
Answer: In lodge trekking, every lodge they have a hot/cold shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however while you are in camping trekking days – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on Damodar kunda trek?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels 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 with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: In a lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! .
Question: Is there any communication facilities on express Damodhar Kunda Trek?
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?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work 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 misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Damodar kunda trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, our every porter carry maximum of 25 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (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 a 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 trek group?
Answer: 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.
Damodar kunda trek Highlights
- Discover Annapurna and Dhaulagiri family and some of the boarder mountains.
- Walking through dry cultivated fields, Excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Blue Mountain.
- Hidden kingdom with World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki valley
- Meet the mixed communities with shakye pa Buddhism and their lives..
Damodar kunda trek Note:
As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you, however, the trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. 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 itinerary 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 group. Where 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 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 quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, 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 helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.
Mystical Damodhar kunda with great company
Big thanks to Ammar and Ram, who helped to organize one of the best trip in my lifetime!
I was traveling with a group of friends. We have spent in Nepal more than two weeks being under the 24h care of our beloved 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 Ram and team of strong porters:). Me personally and other members of our group are thankful for the smart organization and interesting knowledge we got about that unforgettable country.
I wish good luck to Gokyo Treks organization in all charity projects they organizing for kids in Nepal.
For sure, that is the first but not the last time of my trekking in Nepal! – Peter Iris Viktor, Mosco w, Russia
Trip Price : USD 2,650 Per Person
- Hike Duration: 20 Days
- Altitude: 4,890m/15,990 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
- Group-Size: 2-10 People
- Best Time: April – Oct
- Trip Mode: Guest House
- Meal on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transport: Car/Plane/bus
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