About Damodar Kunda Trek - Pilgrimage tour in Upper Mustang 2024
Damodar Kunda Trek
Damodar Kunda is a sacred pilgrimage site located in the Mustang district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of about 4,890 meters (16,040 feet) in the Upper Mustang region, which lies in the Himalayas. Damodar Kunda is considered a highly revered site by both Hindus and Buddhists.Damodar Kunda Trek is the combination of Upper Mustang Trek and Damodar Kunda Trekking in Nepal. In Damodar Kunda Trekking, we see the Damodar Kunda (lake) is famous for the Hindu religion; it is situated rain shadow of the High Himalayas north of the Annapurna range. The elevation of the Damodar Kunda is just 4890 meters; it is a cold and windy place. We will recommend you visit during the full moon of August every year because there is a big festival every year. Many pilgrimages of Hinduism in Nepal and Buddhists in Nepal see the full moon in August. Usually, you can visit from April to September every year. So festival time will be great for visiting 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 are to the north and the Annapurna Himalayan is massive to the south. The Damodar lakes are located three-day walk northeast of the main Mustang trekking route & very close to the Tibetan border. Damodar Kunda lies on a restricted upper mustang between Kagbeni and Muktinath.
The name "Damodar Kunda" is derived from two words. "Damodar" refers to Lord Krishna, a Hindu deity, and "Kunda" means a holy pond or lake. The site consists of two main lakes, namely the Damodar Kunda and the Rohini Kunda, along with several smaller ponds. The lakes are believed to have spiritual significance and are considered sacred by devotees.For Hindus, Damodar Kunda holds great religious significance. It is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of the lakes can cleanse one's sins and provide spiritual liberation. Devotees often visit the site during the auspicious month of August to perform religious rituals and offer prayers.Buddhists also hold Damodar Kunda in high regard. It is considered as one of the important pilgrimage sites associated with Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Buddhist pilgrims visit the lakes to seek blessings and meditate in the serene surroundings.Damodar Kunda Trekking covers Damodar Himal, a mountain range in Nepal Himalayas, in the Mustang district. Includes Muktinath Himal (6,706m), Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m).There are 65 peaks in this Himal range. Marshyangdi River takes its origin from this range. If you're planning a trip to the elusive and infamous Damodar Kund Trek, here are some priceless bits of information that could be the difference between life and death, a negatively eventful pilgrimage, and a relatively straightforward trek and pilgrimage.
Damodar Kund (Lake) is 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 northeast of Muktinath (a 2-3 day trip per foot away). Others will say the river appears from a crack of the Dongmar mountain northwest of Lo Mantang (which 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."
Reaching Damodar Kunda is not an easy task due to its remote location and challenging terrain. The journey usually involves trekking through rugged mountain trails and high passes. The Upper Mustang region requires a special permit for entry, and it is advisable to undertake the journey with a registered trekking agency or guide.The beauty of the Himalayan landscape, the spiritual significance of Damodar Kunda, and the unique cultural experiences of the Upper Mustang region make it a popular destination for adventure seekers and religious pilgrims alike.The Damodar lakes are located three-day walk northeast 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 are to the north and the Annapurna Himalayan is massive to the south. The Damodar Kund (lake) walk is not as tricky as Upper Mustang Trek but is quite a long walking distance and only sometimes a bit steep and almost flat. The only problem is the altitude, and I have been aware of this while working out the itinerary.
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