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Damodar Kunda Trek is a popular pilgrimage trek to the sacred Damodar Kunda (Lake), a basin in Damodar Himal at an altitude of 4890 meters. Damodar Kunda, also the origin of the Gandaki river lies in the Tibetan plateau landscape. A grand celebration is observed on the full moon night of August every year attracting Hundreds of Hindus to offer their prayers. It is believed that taking a bath in the holy Kunda washes away all the sins made during the lifetime.
Damodar Kunda falls in the Upper Mustang region, a restricted area requiring special permits for trekking and visiting. With us, you don't need to worry about any kind of documentation.
The trekking trail passes through the amazing Jomsom town towards Kagbeni along the Kali Gandaki river bank. From Kagbeni we ascend towards Chele to Lo Manthang via several villages. From Lo Manthang, we head towards Damodar Kunda and return back following the same route. Most villages are inhabited by Sherpas whose lifestyle resembles that of Tibetans. There are magnificent monasteries that are centuries old but have protected the culture ever since. We will observe the rural lifestyle with so much simplicity. Being one of the most remote areas of Nepal, there are no tourism infrastructures because of which we will need to set up camps to rest overnight. Be prepared for a strenuous yet highly rewarding trek to Damodar Kunda in the Upper Mustang region.
Those willing to go on a trek to Damodar Kunda must be physically strong and fit as the trekking trail is off the beaten path and demands hours of stretched walk on rugged and rocky paths.
While the best seasons to travel are Spring and Autumn for the natural beauty they disclose. The views are clear and give 100% satisfaction to the trip. The Upper Mustang region can be visited during Monsoon as well as it falls in the rain shadow area.
So, plan your holiday to the sacred Damodar Kunda while exploring the stunning Upper Mustang region. It's an unbeatable offer!!
Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at the airport. After completing official formalities at the airport terminal, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you where you can rest and relax.
We allocate the second day for rest, shopping, official procedures, and trek preparation. We can also spend the rest of the day sightseeing around Kathmandu.
After an early breakfast, we will drive from the capital to Pokhara on the second day. You will be able to freshen up after a seven-hour drive through the Prithvi highway. Although the roads are a bit bumpy, you will definitely cherish the view of river Trishuli, Manakamana Cable car, and diversified hilly habitation through the window of the bus. If we reach in time, we will be fortunate enough to amble on the glorious streets of Pokhara experiencing an exquisite sight of Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Davis fall, and many more.
Following our travel schedule, we will fly to a beautiful northern town, Jomsom on the fourth day of our trek. The 2800m elevated town is a bustling route for Muktinath, a sacred religious destination for both Hindus and Buddhists. After a scrumptious lunch, we will start our hike to Kagbeni for our night stay.
After a convenient night in Kagbeni, we will start our trek to Chele on the fifth day. As soon as we enter Kagbeni, we will have already started to behold an eye-catching treeless landscape. We will enjoy a six-hour hike and rest in Chele.
The trek will start getting tougher after Chele because there are two high passes; Talkam La Pass (3624m) and Dajori La Pass (3735m) to cross. While crossing these two passes, the route will bestow you some mesmerizing views of Tilicho, Yakawa Kang, and Damodar Danda. We will descend from Dajori pass, follow the riverbank passing Samar Village and we will stay in Syanbochen.
On the seventh day, we will make an early start to the Yamda La Pass (3850m) encountering several villages on the way to Ghami. As our trek starts elevating, we will pass through some popular forests and reach Nyi Pass (4010m). As soon as we cross the crown of the pass, we will descend steadily to Ghami, one of the largest villages in the Upper Mustang region, and spend the night there.
The trek will resume early in the morning after an energizing breakfast. We will start descending to the valley through a favorably rough trail crossing a suspension bridge over the Ghami river. After crossing the bridge, our trek will start elevating as the trail will guide you to the Tsarang Pass (3870m) and descend to Tsarang village which is located at the top of a wide canyon. The village is embellished with an ancient monastery where we will stay for the night.
The ninth day will have a relaxing hike as we won’t be much far from Lo Manthang. We will surpass the Lo La Pass (3950m) from where you will be opportune to see the walled countryside of Lo Manthang below. While descending down to Lo Mamthang 3730m), the magnificent sight of Bhrikuti will definitely hypnotize you. After our arrival in Lo Manthang village, we will freshen up and get ready for the big day.
After spending an elaborate night, we will start to explore Lo Manthang, a glorious village carrying great history and culture from ancient times. The village falls in one of the last northwest areas which are rich in Tibetan culture and architecture. We will start to explore as early as we can, visiting some of the monasteries which have been restored over the last two decades preserving their ancient value. We will visit Jhampa Gompa, Chode Gompa, Choprang Gompa, The Royal Palace, The Monastic Museum, and many other cultural and religious heritages getting to know about The Last Forbidden Kingdom. If our travel schedule favors, we will also trek to Tringkhar, a small village in the northwest.
The initial phase of our trek takes us downhill towards Dhie village. After crossing a suspension bridge we climb a steep hill until we reach the village of Yara at 3650 m.
The trail from Yara to Ghuma Thanti behind with a climb to the Luri Cave Monastery. Afterward, we cross a pass over 5100 m and follow the rugged and barren terrain to reach Ghuma Thanti.
This is a significant day as we trek along for hours to reach our major destination, Damodar Kunda, the achievement of this trip. The trek is strenuous as we need to cross over a pass at 5600 m before reaching the Holy Damodar Kunda.
The next day will be spent exploring the outskirts of the Kunda. It is such a marvelous place to camp with mesmerizing scenery all around.
After a pleasant day at the Damodar Kunda, we retrace our path back to Ghuma Thanti crossing the 5600 m high pass.
Following the same trail that we took earlier, we trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara village.
Our trek on this day starts with a steep descent down to Dechhyang River which originates from the Damodar Kunda. Then follows a steep ascent to a pass with a series of uphill climb and downhill walk until we reach Tyange village. We will set up a camp to rest overnight.
We wake up for an early morning breakfast as we will have a long trekking day on this day as well. Following the short river route, we ascent on a steep hill to reach a pass. After lunch, we continue crossing several passes, going uphill and downhill until we reach the Tetang village at 3040 m. Our team will prepare a nutritious dinner and set up a tented camp for the night.
Passing numerous decorated Mani walls, we walk through the village to climb up to a wide valley. After a small ascent, we reach a pass that reveals the stunning views of mountains and the serene Muktinath temple. After walking for a few hours keeping the dramatic landscapes in the sight, we reach the holy Muktinath, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as Buddhists.
The morning at Muktinath is spiritual and awakening. After breakfast, we head downwards to Jharkot village where we have the opportunity to visit the Shakyamuni monastery. Then, following the windy and dusty road until the Kaligandaki river, crossing a few suspension bridges, we reach Jomsom and spend our night in a cozy lodge.
One of the most beautiful flights in Nepal is Jomsom to Pokhara as it offers some mind-blowing views of the huge mountain range including the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Machapuchhre along with many smaller peaks. Upon landing at Pokhara, you are free to go sightseeing in the nearby tourist attractions.
After exploring the wonderful city of Pokhara, we head back to Kathmandu via a short domestic flight. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you can go sightseeing or shop for souvenirs. The evening dinner will be hosted by the Eight K company for all our trekkers and staff.
We thank you for the opportunity to travel to our beautiful destinations with you. We wish for a safe journey back home. One of our representatives will drop you off at the airport for your scheduled departure.
We schedule our trips in the most favorable seasons. However, the above-mentioned itinerary may change as per the expedition’s obstructions but the quality of our service is guaranteed. In case of a delayed flight, we are obliged to inform you that besides the total number of days included in the itinerary, clients are compelled to bear the expenses of the extra days themselves. Apparently, 8k Expeditions will assist necessary arrangements for your comfort.
Trekkers are advised to schedule their flights at convenient time frames as we shall not be responsible for missed international flights or luggage before our reception. You are also suggested not to carry insignificant materials for your own ease.
We are cordially grateful to you for joining us!