Upper Mustang

Damodar Kunda Trekking

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Damodar Kund means Damodar Lake which is situated inUpper Mustang Area of Mustang district which is well-known for being a Hindu pilgrimage destination which devotees life-fulfilling meaning to Hindu. Come rain or shine, they venture out on a long arduous journey in hopes of reaching there to take a holy bath at least once in their lifetime into this divine lake before passing away into the next life. Human begins are believed to experience sacramental divinity and attain atonement from all their sins after dipping into this holy lake. In the vicinty of this lake lie two other kindas- Sweta kunda and Rakta Kunds. There is an interesting mythical story is associated with it where lord Bishnu said that the one who visits Damodar Kunda and takes a holy bath would be free from all sin. According to Puran ( Holy Book for Hindus), two sons of Kuber were suffering from their wrong doing and much sin was committed in their previous lives. There were absolved immediately from their sins after taking a bath instructed from lord Bishnu. Above that Damodar Kunda is one of the most important holy destination for hindusm and it can very very interesting trekking destination for all traveller to explore Hidusm, Upper Mustang and Buddism Culture.

Damodar Kunda is situated ar 4,890 m height in the North of Annapurna Range.It is cold and windy place. Normally April to October is good time to visit Damodar Kunda but we will recommend you during full moon of August because during this time there is a big festival with many pilgtimages hindus and buddhist every year. From Damodar kunda you can see magnificent views of himalayas including Damodar Himal and Annapurna Massive to the south, accordinly you can see excellent view of Tibetan Plateau in North Part.

Through Damodar Kunda you are also visiting Lo-Monthang. Upeer Mustang is a remote area at the boarder of Tibet the part of the Republic of China. Where you can explore the ancient monastery, more than thousand years of hundreds ruined cave and Himalayan mountain desert with local tribes domain with Tibetan society. Upeer Mustang (Lo Manthang) region is located on the western Himalayan range and adjoining plateau of Tibetan boarder of the Nepal. This is rain shadow area and still has a mustangi Raja ( State king of the Mustang) only one state king of Nepal. This trek is starting from Pokhara and ending to Pokhara.

Trip Facts:

Country: Nepal
Trekking Type: Tea House/ Camping
Max Altitude: 3810 M
Group Size: 01 - 12
Trip Duration: 22 Days
Best Season: Mar - May | Sep - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate
Transport: Fly in - Fly Out

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival At TIA and Trasfer to Hotel, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu sight seeing tour and Trekking Preperation. O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara (900m), O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 04 : Fly to Jomsom (2713m) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m), 2 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 05 : Trek to Chele (3050m), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 06 : Trek to Geling (3570m), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 07 : Trek to Tsarang (3560m), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 08 : Trek to Lo Manthang (3810m), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 09 : Rest day explore Around Lo Manthang ) , 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 10 : Trek to Dri/Yara (4000m), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 11 : Trek to Bas Khola (4500m) , 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 12 : Acclimatization day , 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 13 : Trek to Damodar Kund (lake)/( 4890m), O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 14 : Trek to Ghechung Khola (4000m), O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 15 : Trek to Tange (3240m), O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 16 : Trek to Tetang (2900m), O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 17 : Trek to Muktinath (3802m), O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 18 : Trek to Jomsom (2713m), O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 19 : Fly to Pokhara, O/N at Hotel With BB Plan.
  • Day 20 : Fly to Kathmandu, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 21 : Day at leisure, O/N at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 22 : Transfer to Airport for Final Departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
  • Day 01 : Arrival At TIA and Trasfer to Hotel
    Arriving Kathmandu from your homeport, where Global Holidays Adventure's representative meets you at the airport, transfer you to the hotel nearby Thamel as per your requirement. Great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 02 : Kathmandu sight seeing tour and Trekking Preperation.
    You will meet your trekking guide, discuss the trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After/before briefing, with our professional tour guide we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and buying needed equipment and other necessaries. Overnight at hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 03 : Drive to Pokhara (900m),
    Approximately eight hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is the beginning of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 04 : Fly to Jomsom (2713m) & Trek to Kagbeni (2800m), 2 Hrs
    Early morning fly to Jomsom, after Jomsom you will start your hiking, you will walk two hour further to Kagbeni which is one of the most attractive place of your trip and its also the entry point of Upper Mustang Area, Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 05 : Trek to Chele (3050m), 5/6 Hrs,
    Our journey starts with a special permit check up and onwards to the riverbank of Kaligandaki up stream. During the walk we have scenic picturesque place to stop through the sandy and windy trails. This trails follows the up and downhill. Firstly we reach Tangbe village with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang and after crossing the river head up to the huge red chunk of conglomerate that has fallen from the cliff above, forming a tunnel through which the Kaligandaki follows. We head on to small ridges reach at Chele village. Overnight at Guest House with BLD Plan.
  • Day 06 : Trek to Geling (3570m), 5/6 Hrs,
    Today, we start our trek again and walk further to Eklo Bhatti. We climb to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft) through plateaus and narrow stretches with views of Tilicho Peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda. Further descend a little to the village of Samar. Climb the trail that goes above Samar village to the ridge then descending steeply to a stream. Another 3 hrs similar walk takes us to Syanbochen. On the way, we relax along the surrounding of cool streams and juniper trees. Locals use the dried leaves of junipers as incenses to invite deities and start any auspicious work. We also pass by a cave famously known as Ramchung Cave.O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 07 : Trek to Tsarang (3560m), 5/6 Hrs
    Start the trek after breakfast with a pleasant walk. After crossing Ghaymi Khola, the trail climbs to a plateau and passes beside a very long Mani wall, a sacred stone wall made by the followers Buddhism. From the end of the wall the trail heads east to the village of Charang with a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the Tsarang Chu canyon. There is also a huge white dzong and red Gompa to get to our teahouse for tonight's stop. Overnight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 08 : Trek to Lo Manthang (3809m), 5/6 Hrs,
    Today, we trek to Lo-Mangthang with a magnificent view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. The trail first descends to Charang Chu Canyon and then climbs steeply after crossing the river. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley. While descending to Lo-Mangthang, views of the walled city appear magnificent with its hills on the Tibetan Border. Ovenight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 09 : Rest day explore Around Lo Manthang ) , 5/6 Hrs,
    Today we explore the surrounding areas. Visit Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar. Namgyal Gompa situated on a hilltop serves as an important monastery of the local community and also as a local court. After visiting Namgyal Gompa continue the tour to Tingkhar, the last main village to the northwest of Lo-Mangthang and stroll back to hotel. Or you may have another option to visit the Tall Champa Lakhang "God house" the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall which are the main attraction of this town. Another attraction is the four- storey building of the Raja's palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Ovenight at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 10 : Trek to Dri/Yara (4000m), 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 11 : Trek to Bas Khola (4500m) , 5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 12 : Acclimatization day , O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 13 : Trek to Damodar Kund (lake)/( 4890m), 7/8 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 14 : Trek to Ghechung Khola (4000m),6/7 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 15 : Trek to Tange (3240m),5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 16 : Trek to Tetang (2900m),5/6 Hrs, O/N at Tent with BLD Plan.
  • Day 17 : Trek to Muktinath (3802m),5/6 Hrs, O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 18 : Trek to Jomsom (2713m), 4/5 Hrs,
    The trail is all the way flat down through the very beautiful landscape and view of Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m), most of the way through the bank of Kaligandaki river where you will fell very very windy but you will feel relax O/N at Guesthouse with BLD Plan.
  • Day 19 : Fly to Pokhara,
    After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. A 30 min dramatic flight to Pokhara between gorge of the two huge mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. On arrival at Pokhara airport guide will transfer to the lakeside hotel. Rest of the time explores the lake and overnight at hotel.
  • Day 20 : Drive back to Kathmandu,
    After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Global Holidays Trekking Staff. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 21 : Day at leisure
    Its day for yourself to buy soviniours for your Family, relatives and friend from Nepal of the memory of your Nepal Visit. Overnight at Hotel with BB Plan.
  • Day 22 : Transfer to Airport for Final Departure.
    Global Holidays Adventure's representative will transfer you to Airport for you final departure.
  • [NOTE: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trek can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.]
"So What you are Paying For?"
What you are paying for, we would like to explain to you. We are a local company providing world-wide travelers with internationally qualified services. We provide you with the lowest cost possible for fully inclusive trips that have no hidden fees. We guarantee your safety, satisfaction, and long-lasting memories of your experience of Nepal Journey.

Cost Include

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with BB Plan.
  • Welcome and Firewell Dinner.
  • Internal transport and flight within your Nepal staying as per the itinerary.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • All Equipment for Camping Trekking,
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis tents or local lodges / guesthouses.
  • Special Permit Trekking For Mustang
  • All trekking and climbing related permit & fees,(Entry Permit and TIMS Card).
  • Professional English speaking tour leader, guides and necessary porters.
  • Sleeping Bag and Duffel bag for during Trekking period.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Laundry fees.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
What type of shape do I need for this Trip?
Damodar Kunda trek is a suitable trek for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Damodar Kunda Trekking. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice/consent before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall, he/she will be displaying an Global Holidays Adventure name with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Visa info:-
Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal. You take take Visa after landing Nepal in Tribhuwan International Airport.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, and in trekking?

In Kathmand here are all kind of Hotel Simple hotel to 5* hotel. Its depends on your demand but normally in our trekking package We use standard rooms from three/four star hotels in Kathmandu with included breakfast.

During the trekking
, You will have teahouses/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Global Holidays Sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. We usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs around a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the little kitchen. You should not enter the kitchen unless asked to do so.

Toilet Facilities -
On trek, common toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses.

What kind of food can I expect in trekking?

In Mustang area, Most of Teahouse’s cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

What sort of transportation I use?

Global holidays Adventure is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure, with that in mind, where we think you will get more out of your holiday by using a different means of transport that is what we do. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalaya tours and enhances the experience!
We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, van or land cruiser. These small light vehicles are more manoeuvrable and flexible enabling us to take you through the Narrow roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas.

What is the best season for this trekking?

The best time for Mustang trek is October to mid December and mid February to mid June. It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Kailash.

What is the weather & temperature like in trekking?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are enerally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring your adapters!

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Some place there is also internet access which you can use by paying some charges.

Can I use credit cards in the places visit in trekking?

In Kathmandu you can use your credit/Master Card. During the Trekking you need cash you cannot use your credit card.


How much additional money do I need per day?

In Kathmandu, you can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner. It’s all depends on your spending habits. US$10 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and few drinks in trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to tell. Its up to you from your heart by looking their work and support. Tipping is not required, but a small way to show your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of personal involvement with your guide.


Is the water OK to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you will need to bring with you.

Global Holidays Adventure Agency's staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff, including guide, cook, Sherpa and porters.

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tour?
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy which you need to give to us before you leaving for Trip.
  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate.
  • Flight tickets
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

Yes, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower but some Place there is not hot shower, we will provide hot water in bucket for shower.


I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

What immunizations will I need?
No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We also recommend:
- A dental check-up prior to travelling.
- That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

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