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Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek

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Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek

Trip Facts

Duration:

21 Days

Highest access:

4890

Group Size:

1 to 14 peoples

Location:

Everest, Khumbu

Grade:

Moderate

Best season:

Spring- Autumn

Culture:

Multi

Transportation:

Land - Flight

Accommodation:

Hotel, Mountain Lodge

Meals:

BLD

Arrival:

Kathmandu

Departure:

Kathmandu

Damodar Kunda Trek is an adventurous journey to a beautiful holy lake Damodar Kunda. It lies in Upper Mustang between Kagbeni and Muktinath at the height of 5,400 meters above sea-level. It is situated on the base of Damodar Himal 6706 meters. The Lake flow towards the south and is believed to be the origin of Kaligandaki River and the Shaligrams. The pilgrims also believe that touching the water of the pond will wipe out the evil spirit and bring prosperity in life.

The trail provides us enthralling experience of beauty of Mustang region and their culture. You can observe archival monasteries, snow capped mountains, isolated villages and many stunning lakes in Damodar Kunda Trekking. You can find around 65 peaks in this Himal range and Marsyangdi River that originates from this assortment. Views of peaks like Muktinath Himal 6,706 m and Bhrikuti Peak 6,364 m, will leave you stunned. You can explore typical culture on Chharang village. The view from the top of the Damodar Kunda Lake is also very magnificent. Due to the religious and historical value of the Damodar Kunda Lake, a grand annual festival is celebrated in August. The full moon of August is the momentous day in Damodar Kunda because there is a huge festival celebrated joyfully on this day every year.

Damodar kunda is very interesting. According to the local inhabitants of mustang, it goes back to 8th century when people tried to build the Samya Gompa in Tibet. But the demons destroyed it every time. The village was very troubled by it. In the mean time, the lamas of the village dreamt of Guru Padma Sambhawa solving the problem and decided to invite Guru in their village for a solution. Guru Padma Sambhawa accepted the invitation and travelled to Tibet. He crossed many regions defeating the demons on the way with his magical power.

When he reached the place (where Samya Gompa was to be constructed), he realized that the magical power with the demons was the reason behind the destruction. Then the Guru suggested the villagers that to successfully construct Samya Gompa in Tibet, they should first build the Lo-Ghyakar Gompa in Mustang. He killed the demon on his way back to Lo-Tshu Dhyun (Upper Mustang) where the Lo-Ghyekar Gompa is now situated. It is also believed that the long Mhane wall which is located in Ghemi along the trail was built from the demon’s intestine and the red cliff near Dhakmar is the blood of the demon which was spread during the battle

Another interesting place that you can witness in this trekking is Lo-Ghyekar Gompa. It is an ancient monastery built in 8th century. The gompa/ monastery lies at an altitude of 3934 meters. This monastery is older than “Samya Gompa” in Tibet. Lo- Ghyekar was built during the time of King-Dhuisung Dhenchen, Kempo-Khenjen Siwachho and Minister- Ghahwi Wangju. It is famous for the carved drawings and paintings in slates and the art is exemplary.

Short Itinerary

Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek : 22 Days

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu. Welcome program by Himalayan Magic Treks and direct transfer to hotel Holy Himalaya on Bed & Breakfast
Day 02: Permit preparation Day in Kathmandu overnight Hotel with Breakfast
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 7/8 hours by private car Overnight at Hotel
Day 04: Fly to Jomsosm again Trek to Kagbeni 2,810 m overnight Lodge
Day 05: Trek to Samar overnight at Lodge (Mustang Special Permit entry at Kagbeni)
Day 06: Trek to Gheling overnight at Lodge
Day 07: Trek to Ghami 3,570 m Overnight at Lodge
Day 08: Trek to Tsarang 3 ,560 m overnight  at Lodge
Day 09: Trek to Lo Manthang 3,810 m overnight at lodge
Day 10: Trek to Yara 3,610 m overnight at Lodge
Day 11: Acclimatization Day overnight at Lodge
Day 12: Ascends to Thanti 4,890 m, overnight at Tent
Day 13: We trek to Damodar Kunda, the holy pond, altitude of 5,400 m (the highest altitude of our trek).We explore the lake, worship in the pond and we camp around Damodar Kunda. Overnight at Tent
Day 14: Trek back to Yara Overnight at Lodge
Day 15: Trek to Charang 3,620 m Overnight at Lodge
Day 16: Trek to Shyamboche 3,770 m Overnight at Lodge
Day 17: Trek to Chhusang 2,980 m Overnight at Lodge. (Special permit exit point at Kagbeni)
Day 18: Trek to Muktinath, a holy Hindu temple in the Himalayan region. Visit the temple and the lifestyle of priests there. Muktinath 3,760 m
Day 19: Trek back down to Jomsom overnight at Lodge
Day 20: Early morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara overnight at Hotel
Day 21: Drive Back to Kathmandu.  By private car Evening farewell dinner in typical Nepali culture
Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination

Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Hotel with Breakfast

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310m

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Hotel with Breakfast

Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900 m) by bus, 6 hours Hotel with Breakfast

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900 m) by bus, 6 hours Hotel with Breakfast

Day 4 : Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720 m, then trek to Kagbeni 2800 m, 3-4 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
2800m
Day Activity
walking

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720 m, then trek to Kagbeni 2800 m, 3-4 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 5 : Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3100 m 6-7 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3100m
Day Activity
walking

Trek from Kagbeni to Chele 3100 m 6-7 hours overnight at Lodge 

Day 6 : Trek from Chele to Gheling 3570 m, 7-8 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3570m
Day Activity
walking

Trek from Chele to Gheling 3570 m, 7-8 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 7 : Trek from Geling to Tsarang 3560 m, 6-7 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
lodge
Elevation
3560m
Day Activity
walking

Trek from Geling to Tsarang 3560 m, 6-7 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 8 : Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang 3840 m, 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3840m
Day Activity
walking

Trek from Tsarang to Lo Manthang 3840 m, 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 9 : Lo-Manthang, day hiking exploring around the Lomanthang, Nifuk, Chhoser Cave overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3840m
Day Activity
walking

Lo-Manthang, day hiking exploring around the Lomanthang, Nifuk, Chhoser Cave overnight at Lodge

Day 10 : Lo- Manthang trek to Yara 3650 m, 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3650m
Day Activity
walking

Lo- Manthang trek to Yara 3650 m, 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 11 : Trek Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800 m 6-7 hours overnight at Tent Camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4800m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800 m 6-7 hours overnight at Tent Camp

Day 12 : Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890 m 7-8 hours long day walk overnight at Tent camp

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4890m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890 m 7-8 hours long day walk overnight at Tent camp

Day 13 : Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda Lake 4890 m overnight at Tent

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4890m
Day Activity
walking

Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda Lake 4890 m overnight at Tent 

Day 14 : Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800 m 7-8 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
4800m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800 m 7-8 hours overnight at Lodge 

Day 15 : Trek Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900 m 6-7 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3900m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900 m 6-7 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 16 : Trek Yara to Tangye 3240 m 7-8 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3240m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Yara to Tangye 3240 m 7-8 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 17 : Trek Tangya to Tetang 3040 m 8-9 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3040m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Tangya to Tetang 3040 m 8-9 hours overnight at Lodge 

Day 18 : Trek Tetang to Jomsom 2720 m 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tent
Elevation
2720m
Day Activity
walking

Trek Tetang to Jomsom 2720 m 5-6 hours overnight at Lodge

Day 19 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara 960 m, 20 min, transfer to Hotel with Breakfast

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
960m
Day Activity
walking

Fly Jomsom to Pokhara 960 m, 20 min, transfer to Hotel with Breakfast

Day 20 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours transfer to Hotel overnight at Hotel with Breakfast

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310m
Day Activity
walking

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours transfer to Hotel overnight at Hotel with Breakfast

Day 21 : Departure to the airport for onward destination to return

Food
Farewell Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1310m
Day Activity
Departure

Departure to the airport for onward destination to return.

What are included in my Package?

The Trip cost will be very depending on the Group Size, duration of days and services basis. Make your own team to customize the price. so contact us about the tour packages via Email:nabinkarki04@gmail.com with your details to obtain a quote.

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private transportation with warm welcome
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist bus including guide 
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom Guests + Guide
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus including guide
  • All Transportation as per program
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including guide
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) including cup of Tea or coffee each meal time
  • Fresh Fruits, Choco Bars, Cheese as a extra services
  • All the night's Accommodation on Guest House ( Lodge) during the Trek
  • Lunch on the way to Pokhara and return
  • 2 Night's Hotel Holy Himalaya or same Category in Kathmandu on B / B plan
  • 2 Night's Hotel Orchid in Pokhara or same category on B / B plan
  • An English Speaking Guide
  • One porter for two Guest to carry your Luggage during the Trek
  • All Government local Taxes
  • Upper Mustang Special permit for 10 days $ 500 per person
  • National park Fees( ACAP)
  • (TIMS) Trekkers information Management System
  • First Aid kit, necessary medicines
  • Himalayan Magic Treks Duffle bag to protect your staff during the trek
  • Guide and porter salary including Food and accommodation
  •  All Guide Porter insurance during the trek
  • Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Tour Certificate
  • Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
  • And extra services according to the guest per Demand '' Please feel free to inform us'' Your desire will be highly appreciate to providing you as much as possible

What are Excluded from my Package?

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara except farewell dinner

  • Trekking equipment any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry

  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance

  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects & Tips

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Client Reviews

Michel

Michel

United States, 20th September, 2016

Mustang: Damodar Kunda trek

We chose, again HMT for this trip, because our last treks with this agency went beautifully. After a night in Pokara, we took the plane towards Jomson, and from there, we left on foot in the direction of Kagbeni, gateway to the kingdom of Mustang.Our team consisted of the Sitaram guide, the best of the Himalayas! and two porters, Prakash, (iron man) and shamboo with a broad smile. We progressed slowly up Mustang, through Samar, Gheling, Ghami, Tsarang, towards Lo Mantang the capital of the Kingdom. Thanks to Sitaram, we had the chance to visit some caves that serve as hermitage for some Lama, something that would have been impossible to do without him, thank you again a thousand times for his very professional services!The Mustang paths are quite different from those of the classic Nepal treks. Fewer tourists, high altitude in general, drier, dusty, filled with silence and spirituality. Villages like Yara, Tsarang, allow you to discover many ancient temples, several centuries old and still in perfect condition, filled with wonderful paintings and exceptional murals, we were lucky to be able to visit many, thanks to Sitaram, something impossible without him, I thank him again warmly! Then we arrived at Lo Mangtang, a true medieval gem, in the heart of a high plateau at 3800 meters, where we stayed for two days for acclimatization. We visited former cave hermitages, but this time without the monks. Then, we left, under the snow, towards Yara, famous for its high perched hermitages, to get closer to our highest destination, the Damodar Kunda at 5400 meters. After finding the sun, we made a first camp around 4800 meters, because the long climb to the Damodar Kunda represents a walk, round trip of more than 6 hours. The climb is very gradual, but the altitude is quickly felt, and the steps become more and more slow. But what a delight to be at the top, and to see, in the distance the Annapurna chain and also the Dhaulaghiri, fantastic 8000 meters very impressive! Then, we went back down to the camp, for a cold night in the tent, warm in our altitude sleeping bags. And then it was the return, to Yara and the slow descent to Charang, Shyamboche, Chusang and finally Muktinath, holy city, exit door of Mustang and return route from the Annapurna trek.After Mukthinath, we found the flow of trekkers and the bustle of the world, but we will keep the memories of these Hindu pilgrims who bathed in the freezing water of the glaciers, almost naked, in the morning around 7 am! incredible vision! then it was the return to Jomson, for the last step before the morning flight to Pokkara. We will keep the memory of the flight of large vultures above 5000 meters for a long time, the beauty of the preserved temples, the friendliness of the mustangi people and the fantastic landscapes of the lower and upper Mustang, as well as the spiritual strength of the pilgrims of Mukthinath! And finally, thank again the professionalism of the teams of HMT, Sitaram, Prakash, Shamboo and the boss Nabin Karki because without them, the trip would have been very different, they would be warmly thanked here, and, needless to say, the next trek will be with them, once again, for our greatest pleasure! thanks to them all!

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