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Damodar Kunda Trekking

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Per Person

Total Duration:15 Days

Destination:Nepal

Trip Grade:NA

The holy Damodar Kunda is in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. It is in the Northern Himalayan range of Annapurna. Damodar Kunda lies at an altitude of 4890 meters. This lake is a famous and holy place for the Hindu community. It is an area like the Tibetan plateau landscape, in the remote area of Nepal near Tibet. It is believed that people should reach once in a lifetime and take a holy bath here. Bath in Damodar Kunda takes away from all sins done in a previous and current lifetime. The main source of Gandaki River is Damodar Kunda. It is also a good place to find Shaligram. Damodar Kunda in Upper Mustang is a restricted area by the Nepal government. A special permit is applied in this trekking area.

Damodar Kunda and Muktinath Trekking are including sightseeing in major places of Kathmandu and Pokhara. We take the short flight to Jomsom from Pokhara and reach Muktinath. Muktinath is the god of salvation and a famous pilgrimage place for Hindus and Buddhists. It lies at the foot of the Annapurna Himalayan range. Panoramic Himalayan views, ancient monasteries, Holy temples, and synthesis cultures of Nepalese and Tibetan are the major attractions of Damodar Kunda and Muktinath Trekking.      

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

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

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu. 1400m

Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing. 1400m

Day 03:Kathmandu to Pokhara via Manakamana. 822m

Day 04:Flight to Jomsom, drive to Muktinath. 3750m

Day 05:Muktinath to Yara drive. 3530m

Day 06:Drive to Ghuma Thanti. 4800m

Day 07:Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda | 10 Hours - 4890m

Day 08:Explore and rest at Damodar Kunda. Overnight at Camp

Day 09:Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (8 Hours - 4800m), Overnight at camp

Day 10:Ghuma Thanti to Yara. 3530m

Day 11:Yara to Charang. 3620m

Day 12:Charang to Jomsom. 2743m

Day 13:Jomsom to Pokhara. 823m

Day 14:Pokhara to Kathmandu. 1400m

Day 15:Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu. 1400mWe will receive you at the airport in Kathmandu, and guide you to the hotel, after refreshment, we will have a short briefing in the evening, rest, and overnight at the hotel.

Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing. 1400mAfter morning breakfast at the hotel, we will start visiting the attractions of the capital city of Nepal. We will be visiting Pashupatinath Temple, Guheshwori Shaktipeetham, and Jalnarayan Temple in Kathmandu. Back to the hotel for lunch, evening exploration at the Thamel tourist market for any trip preparations, and last-minute gear shopping. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03Kathmandu to Pokhara via Manakamana. 822mWe will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The 200km total drive will take us to the Lake capital of Nepal, we will drive to Manakamana Temple, a short cable ride to the temple, darshan, and lunch, and later continue the drive to Pokhara. Around 7 hours of the total journey will take us to Pokhara. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04Flight to Jomsom, drive to Muktinath. 3750mWe will catch an early morning flight to Jomsom, and we will drive to the temple of Muktinath. A 25 minutes scenic flight in a small twin otter aircraft and 1.5 hours drive will take us to Muktinath. We will make our darshan and puja at the Muktinath Dham and explore the Muktinath Valley in Mustang. Overnight at a guest house in Muktinath.

Day 05Muktinath to Yara drive. 3530mBreakfast at the hotel, and drive to Yara. Around 5 hours of offroad drive will take us to Yara, it is a remote village in the Mustang District. We will stay overnight at a locally owned guest house.

Day 06Drive to Ghuma Thanti. 4800m We will be on the off roads driving to Ghuma Thanti today. The small village at Ghuma Thanti will be our accommodating place for the day. We will stay overnight at a locally owned guest house and take rest, preparing for our trek the next day.

Day 07Trek Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda | 10 Hours - 4890mA long day walking today with lots of ups and downs. prepare and carry packed lunch, and enough drinking water for today as well. we cross 5600 meters high pass on the way and reach Damodar Kunda - The Holy Lake. Himalayas and landscapes are more scenic today. We will set our camp near the Damodar Kunda, and spend the night.

Day 08Explore 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 Damodar kunda take out all the sins done in previous and current lives. We will explore around the lake, and stay overnight in the tent camp.

Day 09Trek Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (8 Hours - 4800m), Overnight at campTrekking the same way back today by passing 5600 meters high pass. It takes 2 hours lesser than your previous walk on this same route. Today total walking hours are reduced by 2 hours since we will be walking more downhill than uphills, and descending in altitude. Overnight at guest house/ camp in Ghuma Thanti.

Day 10Ghuma Thanti to Yara. 3530m Some breakfast in the morning, and we will drive on the same way to Yara. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse in Yara.

Day 11Yara to Charang. 3620mWe will be driving around five hours to Charang or Tsarang. It is a large thick village inhabitant of people of Lo, actually of Tibetan origin. The adjacent Gompa and aged monastery are supposed to be around 500 years old and are enclosed by several finest religious wall paintings.

Day 12Charang to Jomsom. 2743m We will be driving back to the town of Jomsom. The mountain capital of this region. We will get back to more facilities and take good rest at Jomsom, the town formed with the backdrop of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri. Overnight at a hotel in Jomsom.

Day 13Jomsom to Pokhara. 823m Morning flight back to Pokhara, we will check into the hotel, and set on to explore the lake city. We will visit the Taal Barahi Temple, boating in Phewa Lake, visit David's Falls, and the Gupteshwor Mahadev Temple in Pokhara. Free evening around the Phewa Lakeside for souvenir shopping. Overnight at Pokhara hotel.

Day 14Pokhara to Kathmandu. 1400mWe will catch a late morning flight to Kathmandu, and conclude the trip. We will take ample rest in Kathmandu, do some souvenir shopping in the Thamel tourist market, and overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15DepartureWe will drop you at the airport as per the flight timings and bid farewell after a successful trip to Damodar Kunda.

Trip Note

Touch Kailash Team will organize the trek as per your convenient time frame and for 2 and more people since a minimum of two people is required for the Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit fees. Get in touch with our experts and we will help plan for the trek. 

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

 

Usefull Info

Damodar Kunda is accessible via Helicopter from Kathmandu or Pokhara. It is a short day trip in helicopter tour. 

Related Package(s)

Trip Highlights

  • Holy Damodar Kunda
  • Muktinath Temple
  • UNESCO Heritage Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing and exploration at Pokhara
  • Nomad Lifestyle experience
  • Mustang Region exploration
  • Local Guest House experience 
  • Mustang - Muktinath Region
  • Scenic flights Pokhara to and from Jomsom

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