About Damodar Kunda Trek

Damodar Kunda Trek is combination of Upper Mustang Trek and Damodar Kunda Trekking in Nepal.In Damodar Kunda Trekking, we see the Damodar Kunda (lake) is famous for Hindu religion, it 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 Kunda Trekking covers Damodar Himal, mountain range in Nepal Himalayas, in Mustang district. Includes Muktinath Himal (6,706m), Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m).From there are 65 peaks in this Himal range. Marshyangdi River takes origin from this range. If you're planning a trip to the illusive and infamous Damodar Kund Trek here are some priceless bits of information that could be the difference between life and death, and negatively eventful pilgrimage and a relatively clear trek and pilgrimage.

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. There 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 (what is much further north than the first description) 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."

The Damodar lakes are located three days walk north east of the main Damodar Kunda Trek route and very close to the border with Tibet. 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 walk to the Damodar Kund (lake) is not so difficult but quite long walking distance and only sometimes a bit steep and almost flat. Only problem is the altitude and I have been aware of this while working out the itinerary for you.

Note: If you are not satisfied with this itinerary and other detail, please Contact Us to make itinerary and other detail as per your need.

Highlights

  • Explore Kathmandu and Pokhara City .
  • Buddhist Monastery, Chorten and Mani walls.
  • Tibetan life-style in refugee camps and the mystic Landscape. 
  • Snow capped peaks. 
  • Damodar Kunda, possible to festival observe if trip on full moon of August.
  • Ancient and isolated villages.
  • Lo Mangthang valley.
  • Mixed culture and purely Tibetan cultural. 
  • Pilgrimage site of Muktinath. 
  • Explore Pokhara City.

Day to Day Itinerary

Meet by our Himalayan Asia representative in airport and transfer to the hotel. Our representative assists to check in hotel process and give short brief about program. You can take rest and fresh. You can walk in evening in Thamel (tourist hub of Kathmandu).
Overnight in Kathmandu.  

  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

In the morning after breakfast, we introduced your trek guide / leader. It will provide an opportunity to know your guide/leader and can ask questions about treks. After discussing with trek guide/leader, we start sightseeing tour: Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.. We provide private vehicle and guide for city sightseeing tour, you have time to shopping for trekking gear.
Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Altitude: 1350m.

 If we fly from Kathmandu, your guide will come at hotel for transfer Pokhara. It will take 25 min by domestic airlines. If we go by bus it will take 7 hrs by tourist bus.
Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.

After taking breakfast, transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom of 20 minutes over the mountains with views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, brings you at Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang. Jomsom is also major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old trans-Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet. From Jomsom onwards it is very windy in the afternoon, continue on the path on the Kali Gandaki river bed for 3 hours and finally reached Ekle Bhatti village . In Kagbeni a major tributary , Kak Khola coming from Muktinath , meets Mustang Khola from there the river is called the Kali Gandaki .
Overnight in Eklebhatti .

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Eklebhatti .
  • Altitude: 2810m.

After doing the formalities of showing your restricted area trekking permit in Kagbeni we start our trekking because in Mustang there is heavy wind which gets up later in the day, blowing dust and sand around. The climb from Kagbeni to Chele passes through beautiful village of Tangbe, which offers white washed traditional houses and fields of barley, buckwheat’s and apple orchards. On the way we enjoy good views of Nilgiri mountain .Passing several ridges we cross a stream after Chhusang village, leave the Kaligandaki valley behind and climb further to the village of Chele. From Chele we start observing the typical Tibetan settlements of Upper Mustang .
Overnight in Chele.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Chele.
  • Altitude: 3050m.

After taking breakfast, we start our trek through a forest of small trees and green bushes which are able to survive in the narrow gorge because the high vertical walls keep them cool and sufficiently moist. Soon the valley broadens out and we can see walls built in front of caves which are temporary homes for the herders whose animals graze here. Sometimes it is possible to see the rare blue mountain sheep in this area. After about one hour we are on a pass offering a good view towards Samar, the Kali Gandaki valley and snow-capped peaks in the distance. After Samar we cross a side-valley, descending to its base and crossing over a creek, before we trek all the way up again on the other side.From Samar is a red painted cave monastery, which looks as if it has been stuck on to the vertical wall. This is Rangchyungchorten(the chorten that formed itself’), one of the most sacred places in Mustang.The walk to Syangboche can seem never-ending. It is fairly easy, but a constant climb with the destination nowhere in sight, until, finally, a cluster of houses appears. It is much colder in Syangboche.
Overnight in Syangboche.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Syangboche.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

After taking breakfast we start our trekking. Today we pass three high passes with in 15 min. Yanda La, and passed a distinctive red chorten painted with Buddhism’s eight auspicious symbols and terraced valley with groups of yellowish trees appears and above the village of Ghelung are two red Gompas. Unlike other villages in Mustang, where the houses are built close together and look fortress-like, Ghelung is spread out wide on a patch of green grass and gives the impression of being a fairly affluent little community. Rising above the village are barren, brown hills and we can see the Nyi La pass straight ahead. The path descends gradually towards the Ghami La pass and on the way we see a rundown, deserted village downstream. Another broad valley comes in from the left-hand side and in its centre is Ghami, Mustang’s third largest town, which is high above the river and surrounded by fields.
Overnight in Ghemi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Ghemi.
  • Altitude: 3520m.

We see the Mustang’s longest Mani wall(1000m) long and decorated with simple in well with the surrounding scenery outside the Ghemi. There is also a group of chortens standing in front of the red wall which forms the end of the valley. The architecture here is like a carvings, blending organic extension of nature. According to legend when the famous Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) came to the area and fought and destroyed a demon, its intestines landed at the site where the Mani wall stands, its lungs near the red cliffs behind and its heart at the spot where Mustang’s oldest monastery, Lo Gekar, was built. A steady climb takes us up a 3820m pass, after which a lunar-looking desert stretches to the horizon. The first indication of human presence we see next is the Tsarangchorten – the large red-painted Stupa is in the middle of the landscape and further down the monastery and the palace of Tsarang can be distinguished in the fields. A broad road leads to Tsarang, Mustang’s second town.
Overnight in Tsarang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Tsarang.
  • Altitude: 3560m.

After taking breakfast, trekking begins on flat terrain and the view, apart from a chorten and a few caves, is unrelieved barrenness. After crossing a pass and waking through two rocks forming a natural gate we have finally arrived at Lo Mangthang.
Overnight in Lo Mangthang. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Lo Mangthang.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

After taking breakfast, we explore the surrounding areas, visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hill top serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa, continue to the Tingkhar, the last main village of northwest of Lo- Mangthang and back to hotel.
 Overnight in Lo- Mangthang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Lo Mangthang.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

After taking breakfast, we trek towards Yara. Today, we walk some ascends and descends with stunning view and feel experience of suspension bridge in the Kaligandaki river and Dhie village . After walking 6 hours, we will reach Yara.
Overnight in Camp in Yara with Tent House. 


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent House /Camping.
  • Location: Yara.
  • Altitude: 4000m.

After taking breakfast, we move towards Thati. Thati means a rest house for public in public area. We will pass Luri Cave monastery.The trail follows the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass.After pass Luri Cave monastery, We stayed at tent in Thanti.
Overnight in Camp in Thanti with Tent House. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent House /Camping.
  • Location: Ghuma Thanti.
  • Altitude: 4850m.

After taking breakfast, the trail follows up and down hill and cross another 5000m pass and will see Damodar Kunda which is our final destination of Damodar Kunda Trek . Today we face some ups and downs.
Overnight in Damodar Kunda with tent.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent House /Camping.
  • Location: Damodar Kunda.
  • Altitude: 5400m.

Today , we will explore Damodar Kunda which is known as sacred place for Hindu and Buddhist followers also. From Damodar Kunda , you can see amazing view of snow capped mountain . 
Overnight in Damodar Kunda with tent.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent House /Camping.
  • Location: Damodar Kunda.
  • Altitude: 4890m.

After taking breakfast, we return back same way towards Thati. We will make lunch on the way and take lunch and hike ups and down. 
Overnight in Thati.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tent House /Camping.
  • Location: Thati.
  • Altitude: 4850m.

After taking breakfast, we return back same way towards Yara. The trail follow downhill until reaching Yara Village.

Overnight in Yara village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Yara Village.
  • Altitude: 4000m.

At early morning , we start our journey towards Tange. We face little bit difficult today. We descend towards Dechhyang Khola (origin is Damodar Kunda) and can found Shaligram ( Hindu people believed Shaligram is the symbol of lord Vishnu). On the way we can see many Chortens. Overnight in Tange.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Tange.
  • Altitude: 3240m.

Today also, we start our trek at early morning. When we pass the Tange village, there are river and small pass. The trail goes down and reach Tetang village. From this village, we can see stunning view of Nilgiri Peak, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak and other peak.

Overnight in Tetang. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Tetang.
  • Altitude: 3040m.

Today we take breakfast and start our journey towards Muktinath. On the way , in villageyou can see beautiful Mani walls. We ascend and descend and reached Chhyongar village, before reaching this village , we pass a beautiful suspension bridge. We reached at Muktinath and explore Muktinath temple area where we can found 108 brass water spurts.

Overnight in Muktinath.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Muktinath.
  • Altitude: 3800m.

It's a final day, passing back through beautiful village Jharkot and views of Kagbeni to Jomsom where we end our trek. It's now time for us to take a nice hot shower. In the evening, you celebrate with your guide and Sherpa and exchange your good experiences what you had on the trekking. Or you can visit Marpha village (near Jomsom), where you can see apple orchids.

Overnight in Jomsom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tea House/ Lodge.
  • Location: Jomsom.
  • Altitude: 2710m.

We take a spectacular early morning flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara and rest of the day relax in Pokhara .This day you be free or if you want you may do Pokhara valley sightseeing in Pokhara.

Over night in Pokhara.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Pokhara.

Take breakfast at the hotel and then your guide will take you by taxi/car to tourist bus station and then at 7:30AM drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel.
  • Location: Kathmandu.
  • Meals: Breakfast.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara in best Three star hotel. 
  • Ground transportation (Airport pick up and drop, sightseeing by private).
  • Entrance fees in entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing place.
  • Three times meals at trekking route.
  • Flight fare of Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in Tea house or lodge in trekking route.
  • Government licensed English speaking guide.
  • Porter (one porter for two person and carry 20 kg).
  • All necessary paper work like Permit and TIMS card (Trekkers information management system).
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • Twenty four call assistance by our office representative.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any type of insurance.
  • Any type of international  flight fare.
  • Personal nature expenses like bar bills, water, tea coffee, shower, laundry, wi fi in trekking route.
  • Tips.
  • Any extra cost which is not mentioned in Cost includes column.
  • Extra day for natural calamities like flood, landslide, flight cancellation.

Useful Information

Nepal Information:
Nepal is landlocked country located between India and Tibet autonomous region of China. It have highest peak of the world name Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) and eight peaks of the world’s ten highest peaks. It is birthplace of Gautam Buddha place name is Lumbini.
Nepal is small country but tremendous geographic diversity. It rises from Fifty nine meters to eight thousand eight hundred forty eight meters. Nepal is divided into three part Terai, Hill and mountain regions.
In here, the first language is Nepal (Devanagari script) and one hundred twenty three languages. The official language of Nepal is called Nepali.

Passport and Visa:
First thing for travelling anywhere, you need valid passport with at least six months. You can obtain visa for Nepal from Nepalese consulates or on arrival in Kathmandu or other boarders or most reliable source of information is currently the Department of Immigration Nepal If you fill online form and bring with you, then it would be easier to get visa in any Nepal boarder.

Weather:
Nepal’s climate varies with its topography and altitude. The low land Terai area has hot and humid climate that can rise above 40 degree Celsius during summer, middle region weather is pleasant almost all the year and northern region temperature is always cold.

Nepal has four seasons:
Spring: Mar-May: The temperature is good in this season and many flower blossom and best season for trekking.
Summer: (Jun-Aug): Monsoon season in Nepal, weather is hot and wet at times.
Autumn: (Sep-Nov): This is the best season for tour and trek in Nepal. In that time, weather is highly pleasant so are the mountains and Himalaya. This is also season of festivals as Nepal celebrates the biggest festival Nepali name Dashain and Tihar.

Best Time to Go Trekking in Nepal:
The best to do trekking in Nepal is September to November and March to May. December and January is also possible to do trekking but winter season so it would be cold and snowfall, we can suggest lower part of mountain trekking. June, July and August is raining season so we suggest contacting us for best trek.

Is it suitable trekking for me?
If you are physically fit and love to walk then you can choose any trekking itinerary from our website to suit you. If you choose long day’s program, then you have t walk more days in mountain. All trekking program can see in our website. We suggest while going trek, please took one professional guide and if you cannot carry your luggage then took one porter also. If you need more question about suitable trekking package in Nepal for you, please drop email or contact us in social sites also.

Currency:
The Nepalese currency called Rupees. For exchanging your currency into local currency, can visit Bank, govt. licensed holder Money Exchange.

Insurance:
We told all our clients to do travel insurance before leaving your home country with showing your travel itinerary. Their insurance must covered medical, personal accident, loss of gears, emergency evacuation, and damage or lost their luggage and etc.

Hotel/ Accommodation on Trekking in Nepal:
We provide to our client in City area best three star (above three star is on client requested) and lodge/teahouse during the trek. A Teahouse/lodge is the combination of guest house and restaurant where rooms are normally decorated and available bed, pillow and blankets. In every trekking route, we provide only teahouse/lodge because there is no availability of deluxe hotel.

Meals Trekking in Nepal:
The meal which is provided in trekking area is included breakfast, lunch and dinner. We provide breakfast and dinner where you stay overnights and our guide will choose restaurant for lunch on the way. Our guide and other staff always give priority t served delicious, hygienic and each place special food. We recommended you to bring water purification tablets.

Guide and porter Trekking in Nepal:
We provide you best staff to you who have good experience and government license. In a group, we provide one guide till 16 pax and one porter for each two person. One porter carries 20 kg .

Personal Expenses Trekking in Nepal:
Personal expenses means which is not covered your package column cost include. Normally, you have to pay for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks (on the trek), tips, souvenirs, hot showers and extra day if flight cancelled or any other natural disasters.

Some do’s and do not’s Trekking in Nepal:
Respect local culture and people.
The Nepalese people are friendly and hospitalize by nature so you do not have difficulty to adjust in here.
While you are entering in Temple and monasteries, just check in some temple not allowed entering for non-Hindus. If there is permitted to enter, please do not wear leather things and walk in Temple and Stupas clockwise. Before taking photograph, please ask authorized person for permission.

What do I need for trekking?/ Packing list :
-Day pack (rucksack)
-Light weight and warm trousers.
-Socks.
-Sun hats and gloves.
-Full- sleeves t shirt.
-Warm jackets.
-Waterproof jacket, trousers and bag cover.
-Light weight cotton clothing.
-Waterproof or windcheater jacket.
-Knee supports.
-Sun glasses.
-Sun cream and lip protector.
-A one liter hard Water bottle.
-Batteries
-Flash light
-Down jacket
- Sleeping bag and duffel bag will provide by our company have to return.
-Trekking shoes or boots.
-A pair of sandals.