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 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 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.
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.
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High altitudes pose challenges like lower oxygen levels, inducing symptoms such as headaches, nausea, lethargy, and breathlessness. These affect everyone, regardless of age or fitness. Acclimatization is crucial; avoid tranquilizers and antibiotics. Slow down activities, rest frequently, and reduce talking. Walk slowly, keep loads light, and observe silence with a smile. Consume liquids, avoid sudden exertion, and protect against cold. Don't bathe in streams, protect against dust and sun, and follow experienced guides. Prioritize rest, hydration, and warm clothing during winter.
Wi-Fi will be accessible in Kathmandu, but as we venture into the more secluded regions of Nepal, connectivity will be restricted. The tour guide will carry a satellite phone for emergency communication. Wi-Fi connection is more accessible in the Tibet region as well, while there are no such facilities in Mansarovar, and during the Parikrama.
Options for e-sims are widely available in supported devices for cellular data, while mainstream social media including WhatsApp and Facebook are prohibited in China. The use of VPNs may allow for seamless communication with family back home.
During May to September, temperatures in Nepal and Tibet range from 10 to 22°C during the day. Despite the moderate daytime temperatures, the intense sun at high altitudes can create a much warmer sensation. Nighttime temperatures may drop significantly, reaching as low as -5°C.
As altitude increases, the body requires time to adapt to lower oxygen levels through a process known as acclimatization. Proper acclimatization is crucial for maintaining health and ensuring a comfortable journey at high altitudes. Most individuals are affected by the reduced oxygen levels at elevations exceeding 2,500 meters. Diamox (Acetazolamide) has proven to be highly effective in facilitating acclimatization and countering High Altitude Sickness. Further details will be provided closer to the journey.
Please consult your doctor and undergo a medical examination before embarking on the Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar yatra. Given the high altitudes, it is advisable to begin exercises such as walking, jogging, yoga, and breathing exercises at least a month prior to ensure a successful journey.
The Touch Kailash Team will be providing a Duffel Bag, a 25l Backpack, and a Down Jacket (on a refundable basis), upon your arrival in Kathmandu.
Carry a small waist pouch or document bag to organize essential documents:
- Passport with photocopies
- Identity card
- Diary for addresses and contacts
- Ball pens with spare refills
- Travel cheques, credit cards & currency
- Airline/Railway tickets/vouchers
- Any other personal documents
- Big bag for equipment
- Small light trek bag
- Water bottle/Thermos flask (1 liter)
- Enough clothing for the entire journey, including trek suits, leisure wear, jogging trousers, T-shirts, polar fleece, shirts, salwar kameez, etc.
- Wool socks, thick tights, wool monkey cap, scarves, warm light gloves
- Wool/thermal long underwear
- Rainwear (umbrella or raincoat)
- Sports comfortable shoes/trainers (Nike, Adidas, etc.) with a spare pair
- A pair of light slippers
- Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet rolls, towels, etc.)
- Sunscreen lotion/cream
- Facial tissues, wet wipes
- Plastic mug
- Dusk masks/face masks
Personal & General Items:
- Regular medicines
- Dark sunglasses
- Favorite food for energy (nuts, biscuits, powdered juice)
- Kapoor/Vicks/Inhaler, etc.
- Binoculars/Camera/extra batteries
- Milk powder for tea
First Aid Kit:
- Typical backpacking kit for minor injuries
- Lip balm/Mustard oil/Vaseline
- TCP, salt, mint, Vicks for sore throats
This journey encompasses urban, rural, and remote areas in Nepal and Tibet, resulting in varying accommodations and amenities. Whether it's five-star hotels and guest houses or camping in the breathtaking Himalayan regions under the care of our staff, you can be confident that we will consistently offer the best possible facilities in every instance.
All Travelers must ensure that their passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of tour completion.
Damodar Kunda is accessible via Helicopter from Kathmandu or Pokhara. It is a short day trip in helicopter tour.