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Damodar Kunda and Muktinath Trekking

Trip Price

Per Person

Total Duration:23 Days

Destination:Nepal

Trip Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Meals:Breakfast in Kathmandu and all the foods during trekking

Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane

Accommodation:Hotel and Tented Camp

A holy Lake Damodar Kunda is in Upper Mustang area of Nepal. It is northern Himalayan range of Annapurna. Damodar Kunda lies in altitude of 4890 miter. Lake is famous holy place for Hindu peoples. It is area of Tibetan plateau landscape to remote area of Nepal near from Tibet. It is believe that peoples should reach once in life time and take holy bath here. Bath in Damodar Kunda takes way from all sins done in previous and current life time. The main source of Gandaki River is Damodar Kunda. It is also a good place to find Shaligram. Damoar Kunda in Upper Mustang is restricted area of Nepal government. Special permit is applied in this trekking area.

23 days Damodar Kunda and Kuktinath Trekking is including sightseeing in major places of Kathmandu and Pokhara. We take short flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and reach Muktinath. Muktianth is god of salvation and famous pilgrimage places for Hindu and Buddhist. It lies in foot of Annapurna Himalayan range. We reach Lo – Manthang by crossing several typical Tibetan villages. Lo – Manthang is capital of local kingdom. Known as ancient kingdom Lo – Manthang is rich of oldest monasteries with Buddha painting which are built in centuries back. Panoramic Himalayan views, ancients monasteries, Holy temples, Synthesis cultures of Nepalese and Tibetan are major attraction of Damodar Kunda and Muktianth Trekking.      

Trek arrangement is with full camping. The regular trekking way of Upper Mustang is full facilities of guest houses and restaurants. Damodar Kunda and Muktinath Trekking follow off the beaten path from Upper Mustang Trekking.  Some places of this trekking are not facilities with guest houses. This trekking plan goes with camping in entire trip. Touch Kailash Travel team manages professional working team with all tented camp and freshly cooked foods in entire trekking.

The best season of Damodar Kunda and Muktianth Trekking is from March to October. Rest of the months November to February is cold and trekking might difficult with snow in the path and in some high passes. Raining season of Nepal (June – August) is better to organize this trekking. Since Upper Mustang is rain shadow area, there is less raining even in raining season. Land becomes more beautiful after getting slight rain in the areas. There is special fair in every year August full moon day in Damodar Kunda

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m) Transfer to Hotel. Overnight

Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight at Hotel

Day 03:Drive to Pokhara (6 Hours - 827m) Overnight at Hotel

Day 04:Fly to Jomsom Airpoirt (2743m) and trek to Kagbeni (3 Hours - 2800m) Overnight at camp

Day 05:Trek Kagbeni to Chele (6 Hours - 3050m) Overnight at camp

Day 06:Trek Chele to Syangboche (7 Horus - 3475m) overnight at Camp

Day 07:Trek Syangboche to Ghaymi (6 Hours - 3520m) Overnight at Camp

Day 08:Trek Ghaymi to Charang (5 Hours - 3550m) Overnight at camp

Day 09:Trek Charang to Lo - Manthang (6 Hours - 3700m) Overnight at camp

Day 10:Explore Lo - Manthang. Overnight at Camp

Day 11:Trek Lo - Manthang to Yara (7 Hours - 3530m). overnight at camp

Day 12:Trek Yara to Ghuma Thanti (7 Hours - 4800m) Overnight at camp

Day 13:Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda (10 Hours - 4890) Overnight at Camp

Day 14:Explore and rest at Damodar Kunda. Overnight at Camp

Day 15:Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (8 Hours - 4800m) Overnight at camp

Day 16:Trek Ghuma Thanti to Yara (7 Hours - 3530m) Overnight at Camp

Day 17:Trek Yara to Tange (8 Hours - 3240m) Overnight at Camp

Day 18:Trek Tange to Tetang (9 Hours - 3040m) Overnight at Camp

Day 19:Trek Tetang to Muktianth (6 Hours - 3800m) Overnight at Camp

Day 20:Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni village (5 Hours - 2720m) Overnight at Guest House

Day 21:Fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing in major places and Overnight at Hotel

Day 22:Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Day 23:Departure

Cost Include

  • All arrival and departure arrangement
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Hotel on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Private car, professional tour guide and entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara sightseeing
  • Tourist bus Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu or Private transportation or flight
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Upper Mustang restricted area permit
  • Accommodations in camp during trekking days, twin sharing tent
  • Three times foods and hot drinks during trekking days prepare by Touch Kailash team
  • Guide as a leader, cooking team and other supporting team in entire trip
  • Foods, Accommodation, Insurance, Salary and equipment for all these staffs
  • Camping material and kitchen equipment
  • Management of emergency evacuation in case of need
  • All service charges and government taxes    

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Personal expenses, Bottled drinks, bar bills
  • Emergency evacuation management, personal insurance, medical expenses, personal expenses and tipping to staff 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m) Transfer to Hotel. Overnight Touch Kailash representative will pick up you from International airport and transfer to hotel. I is just 20 minutes driving from International airport to your hotel. if time permits, we talk about trip and your equipment.

Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight at HotelWe prepare your upper mustang restricted area permit. Handover your original passports and other needful documents. you will proceed for sightseeing in major places in Kathmandu valley. A famouse Hindu Temple, Biggest Buddhist Stupa and Old king palace which are all listed in UNESCO heritage. back to Hotel and stay in trip briefing with your guide, cooks and other team.

Day 03Drive to Pokhara (6 Hours - 827m) Overnight at Hotel After your early breakfast in Hotel, we start driving to Pokhara. you also have option to take private car or take 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu. reach at Pokhara and check in Hotel. Evening walking tour at lake side Pokhara.

Day 04Fly to Jomsom Airpoirt (2743m) and trek to Kagbeni (3 Hours - 2800m) Overnight at campEarly in the morning 15 minutes flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. 3 hours of walking reach at Kagbeni village. Kagbeni is typical village with oldest Monasteries and Tibetan styles of houses. late afternoon exploration at surroundings and overnight.

Day 05Trek Kagbeni to Chele (6 Hours - 3050m) Overnight at camp followed along the bank of Kaligandaki. We pass through the villages of Tangbe and Chunksang. We need to come across a bridge over Kaligandaki and ascend abruptly for around 35 minutes to reach Chele Village. We will be staying overnight at Chele.

Day 06Trek Chele to Syangboche (7 Horus - 3475m) overnight at CampWe pass sevelar high passes Taklam La (3240m.), Baga La, Yemdo pass (4000m.) and Dzong La (3550m.). In a while, you will be walking through fascinating communities of Samar, Yemdo, and Bhona. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.

Day 07Trek Syangboche to Ghaymi (6 Hours - 3520m) Overnight at CampWe pass few tea houses and reach at Yamda La pass (3,850m), chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan style of houses with open Varanda. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m) again would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. Ghaymi is third largest village in the Lo region.

Day 08Trek Ghaymi to Charang (5 Hours - 3550m) Overnight at camp Trek today provide marvelous views of the landscape the tender curve of the north and the irregular mountain gorge in the east west. Charang, a large thicken village inhabitant of people of Lo, actually of Tibetan origin. The adjacent Gompa and aged monastery are supposed to be around 500 years old which are enclosed by several finest religious wall paintings.

Day 09Trek Charang to Lo - Manthang (6 Hours - 3700m) Overnight at camp we enter today to capital region on Upper Mustang. On the way trek to Lo-Mangthang we see a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. lo - Manthang is a small village covered with wall to protect from heavy wind. Village is connecting with Tibetan boarder

Day 10Explore Lo - Manthang. Overnight at Camp Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, which are important monasteries in local community. we also visit Raja Palace of Lo - Manthang. Exploration picturesque landscape as well as surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. you also can visit more places if your interest and time permits.

Day 11Trek Lo - Manthang to Yara (7 Hours - 3530m). overnight at camp Trekking trail steadily climbs two small passes before plunging through a spectacular canyon to Dhi village. After leaving Dhi, we continue along the river bed to Yara and Luri Gompa. Luri is a 13th century cave monastery that jealously guards some rare Pala style paintings of Buddhists mahasiddhas.

Day 12Trek Yara to Ghuma Thanti (7 Hours - 4800m) Overnight at camp we visit attractive Luri Monastery and cross a 5100 miter high pass. After high pass our trail goes down to Ghuma Thanti. 7 hours of walking also meets lots of other small monasteries. Since we do not find suitable place to cook our lunch, we plan to bring pack lunch from our morning camp.

Day 13Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda (10 Hours - 4890) Overnight at CampLong day walking today with lots of ups and down. prepare and carry packed lunch, enough drinking water for today as well. we cross 5600 miter high pass on the way and reach at Damodar Kunda - The Holy Lake. Himalayas and Landscape is more scenic today.

Day 14Explore and rest at Damodar Kunda. Overnight at CampExplore Damodar Kunda today. there are 3 lakes around, these are, Brahma Kunda, Rudra Kunda and Ananta Kunda. In Hindu culture bathing in Damoar kunda take out all the sins done in previous and current lives.

Day 15Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (8 Hours - 4800m) Overnight at campTrekking same way back today by passing 5600 miter high pass. it takes 2 hours lesser than your previous walk in this same route. Today total walking hours reduce by 2 hours because of reduce up hill and make long down hill.

Day 16Trek Ghuma Thanti to Yara (7 Hours - 3530m) Overnight at CampSame way back again today to Yara from Ghuma Thanti. Most of the trekking trail goes all the way down. we also cross 5100 miter high pass on the way.

Day 17Trek Yara to Tange (8 Hours - 3240m) Overnight at CampWe prepare to start our trek early in the morning. Bring packed lunch for on the way today. it is long way walking with lots of ups and down. cross Dechhyang Khola (River) which is originally from Damodar Kunda. Tange lies in big plateau valley of Mustang with lots of memorial Chortern around.

Day 18Trek Tange to Tetang (9 Hours - 3040m) Overnight at CampToday also we prepare to start our trek early in the morning. It is long way walking with lots of ups and down including lots of small passes. Our route generally ups till our lunch station. After Lunch all the way down to Tetang village. Heavy wind may make our walking little hard today.

Day 19Trek Tetang to Muktianth (6 Hours - 3800m) Overnight at Camp Our first part of trekking is keep acceding until one small pass, than we enter and walk through wild valley also crossing several local villages. Mani walls standing in between walking path and prayers wheels inside of this is interesting. we arrive at Muktinath and explore Muktianth temple, 108 holy taps around the temple, Jwalamukhi, and Monastery near at Hotel sides.

Day 20Trek to Jomsom via Kagbeni village (5 Hours - 2720m) Overnight at Guest House Trek all the way down to Jomsom today. On the way of our walking, we pass several typical villages like Jharkot, Kagbeni and Eklobhatti. Oldest monasteries and Tibetan style of houses along with massive view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagir Himalayan range. Arrive at Jomsom and overnight at local guest house today.

Day 21Fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing in major places and Overnight at Hotel Early in the morning, we fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom. Check in to Hotel and rest. afternoon sightseeing in major places of Pokhara. International mountain museum, David fall, Gupteswor Mahadev and boating in Fewa Lake.

Day 22Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel We drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. we also have option to take private transportation or take 25 minutes flight from Pokhara - Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and take rest.

Day 23Departure We transfer you to international airport in Kathmandu for your fly back to home.

Recommendations for Yatra

Trip insurance is important documents. Touch Kailash Travels and tours do not need your insurance policy for permit and visa confirmation. it is only for your secure and immergency. make sure your insurance cover travelling up to 5600 miter altitude and cover Emmergency rescue and Medical bills.  

Oxygen level is less at higher altitudes. The inclement weather and high altitude induces certain illness generally not encountered over the plains. Headache, nausea, lassitude, lethargy, breathlessness, general uneasiness [malaise], high irritability, light loss of balance, disorientation, incoherence and insomnia are a few. It is common to all irrespective of the age, sex and physical fitness. Gradual acclimatization is the best answer. Tranquilizers, sleeping dose and strong anti-biotic must be avoided. Some of symptoms indicate that the body mechanism is readjusting to new environments. The best idea is deliberately slow down all the activities and follows the following rules:

  • Rest.
  • Relax-do not exert, be excited.
  • Reduce talking.
  • Walk slowly – adopt one third of your speed and space.
  • Keep your load light.
  • Walk for 15 minutes and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Whenever you feel uncomfortable, just stop; rest and relax.
  • Ignore the sudden outbursts of fellow pilgrims and avoid arguments.
  • Observe silence with smile.
  • Never go too high and too fast.
  • Consume plenty of liquids; never proceed with an empty stomach.
  • Chant a prayer or visualize everything around to suit your pleasant thoughts or put on the earphones and listen to your favourite music, bhajans, chanting etc.
  • Be careful not to catch a cold. It is better to be over clothed than under protected. En-route avoids taking bath or drinking water from Lake Streams or rivers, as your system is not conditioned for this.
  • Keep your boots/Ked inside tent. Protect yourself against dust and direct sunshine during the long stretches of driving. Face, feet and hands must be well protected.
  • The uneven ground, steep slope and slushy banks are full of potholes. Do not combine walking and sight seeing together.
  • Always listen to your guide or the one with experience. Never leave the group.
  • On this trip, over exertion is to be avoided and drinking plenty of fluids is recommendable. During winter, heavy warm clothing is a must.

 

  • Kindly consult your doctor and get yourself examined for this yatra
  • As Mount Kailash and lake Manasarovar is situated at high altitudes please start exercises like walking, jogging, yoga and other breathing exercises in order to have a successful yatra at least from a month before. 

DOCUMENTS:

  You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly;

  • Passport with Photo copies, Photographs, Identity card, Diary for addresses, contacts, small notes etc.
  • Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/Books etc.
  • Travel Cheques, credit cards & Currency.
  • Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers.
  • Any other document for personal purposes.

COMMON ITEMS

  • Big bag for putting your equipment and others
  • A small light trek bag
  • Water bottle / Thermos flask for hot water (1 liter).

Note: Touch Kailash Travel provide you big bag and small day carry bag for Yatra

CLOTHING

  • Enough clothing for the whole Yatra including 3 pairs trek suits/leisure wear/jogging troushers/4 to 5tea shirts/2 polar flees one light quilted /shirts/poloneck/salwar kameez etc. Do not over load.
  • Wool socks (around 4 pairs), thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves, scarf.
  • Wool/thermal long underwear
  • Rain wear (Umbrella or Raincoat)

Note: Down Jackets and Sleeping bags will be provided on returnable basis at Kathmandu for the Yatra

FOOTWEAR

  • Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Good one Nike, Adidas etc). Have a spare one too
  • A pair of light Sleepers

TOILETERIES

  • Toileteries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels etc).
  • Sun screen lotion/cream
  • facial tissues, wet once,

CAMPING ITEM

  • Tourch/Candle/match box/lighter/batteries
  • Knife
  • Plastic mug
  • Dusk masks/face masks

PERSONAL & GENERAL ITEMS TO MAKE YOUR JOURNEY ENJOYABLE

  • Any regular medicines that you take
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Your favourite food which will keep you going including Nuts, biscuits, powder juice
  • Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler etc
  • Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
  • Milk powder for tea

FIRST AID KIT – ALSO INCLUDE

  • First aid kit (typical backpacking kit for minor injuries/ our guide also will carry).
  • Diamox/Aspirin/pain killers
  • Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
  • Plasters
  • TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats

 

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Trip Highlights

  • Natural city Pokhara
  • Sightseeing in Historical place of Kathmandu
  • Himalayan flight from Pokhara – Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Typical Tibetan lifestyle of local peoples
  • Panarimic Mountain and sunrise view from Poonhill
  • Muktinath Temple
  • Holy Lake Damodar Kunda
  • Warm hospitality from locally own guest houses 
  • Lo – Manthang of Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trekking 

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