Why Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek
Mustang Damodar Kunda trek is in the Gandaki River, a major Himalayan river originates from this holy lake. The most of the part of Damodar Kunda trekking lies in the rain shadow area. So here you experience a unique barren landscape having low vegetation. While trekking you encounter coldness with the sandy wind. You start this trekking from Jomsom following the route of the Upper Mustang trail. You will get a rest day after reaching Lomanthang. Then you proceed to the northeast. It will take almost 3 days to reach or arrive Damodar Kunda.
Day 01: Drive to Beni from Kathmandu 8/9 Hrs
Day 02: Drive to Kagbeni 2800m/8/10 hours
Day 03: Trek start from Chaile night stop Ghami ( 3490m)
Day 04: Trek from Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800m/7 hours (via Luri Cave)
Day 05: Rest at Yara
Day 06: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890m/10 hours,
Day 07: Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800m/8 hours
Day 08: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900m/7 hours,
Day 09: Trek from Yara to Tangye 3240m/8 hours
Day 10: Trek from Tangya to Tetang 3040m/10 hours (via Paha)
Day 11: Trek from Tetang to Muktinath 3700m/6 hours,
Day 12: Back to Pokhara
9 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Drive to Beni from Kathmandu
10 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Early in the morning we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom with viewing a scenic and majestic Himalayan Ranges just above the deepest Kaligandaki gorge and after arrival in Jomsom, we meet with our support staffs and will have a breakfast. After breakfast, we prepare our trail goes along the Kaligandaki River passing the Jomsom’s main village. Then, we walk on the wide bank of the Kaligandaki and move on in the wind. We have a short glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. On this bank ammonite fossils are often found. From the trail on the bank, we make a small ascent and go down again, and then we reach Eklebatti. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue slightly ascends and level trail until reaching Kagbeni Village, which is doorway to upper Mustang. We will visit the peculiar colors and shapes of the Chhorten and Kani in the village and ancient Sakya-Pa Sect Buddhist Monastery. From the top of monastery, we have a great view of Nilgiri Himal, Tilicho Peak and other snow-capped mountains as well as scenic terraced field. Tea House Trek start from Chaile night stop Ghami ( 3490m.
6 Hrs B/L/d Tea House
Trek start from Chaile night stop Ghami ( 3490m)
7 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery and visit that interesting Cave Monastery. After that, we follow the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek.
3 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Rest at Yara
10 Hrs B/L/D Tent / Tea House
In this day, we start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600meter pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail.
8 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Today, we return back all the same way passing over the 5600m high pass. The trail again ups and down same like before. We will make our lunch in some small stream in the trail. Tea House
7 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
In this also we come back all the same route which before we climb up. The trail continues downhill until reaching Yara Village. We prepare our lunch on the trail. Tea House
8 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Today is also difficult and long day for us. Therefore we start really early in the morning. We first have short and steep ascent and then long flat way trail. Then the trail continues steep down to Dechhyang Khola which origin is from Damodar Kunda. It takes about 30 minutes. We find everywhere Saligrames (the black fossils of marine animals). Then the trail steeply ascents and leads us to the top of the pass where we have our packed lunch break, so we need to make pack lunch in Yara due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. After lunch, the trail goes up and down and then we are on a huge plateau and cross it for reaching to Tangya village. We can see several big Chhortens.
10 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
Today is also long day again. Therefore we start again really early in the morning. We leave the village, cross the suspension bridge and follow the short river route. After crossing the river, we steeply climb up to reach a small pass. Then the trail goes straight to Paha (shelter house) where we make our lunch. Here is small water tap for drinking water. After the lunch break we continue crossing many small passes until we reach the top of the hill. It takes about 2 hours. Then the trail steeply descends and we encounter strong winds until we reach Tetang village. We have a superb view of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and other snow peaks during the trail.
6 Hrs B/L/D Tea House
In the morning after breakfast, we follow our trail through the village after passing the scenic Mani walls. Then, we climb up to the wide valley. After walking the plateau, we keep ascending until reaching small pass from where we can see the high mountains and picturesque view of Muktinath. Then, we drop down to the small stream and cross by a suspension bridge. After that, we enter in the village of Chhyongar and follow the level trail until reaching Muktinath passing Kani/gate. In the evening, we explore to secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist in about 30 minutes in its compound. We can visit the 108 brass water spouts, Muktinath temple stands enshrining Vishnu, a Hindu god. When we visit to Muktinath Temple at once, we are free/salvation of escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth. Below the temple there is another Buddhist monastery where the combination of earth-water-fire that gives for Muktinath’s great religious significance. And we can also see the magnificent view of Nilgiri Himal and Daulagiri I.
10 Hrs B/L
- All Transport
- Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card
- All governmental procedure fees, all permits and local taxes.
- All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
- An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
- Highly experienced trekking staffs.
- Travel and rescue arrangements.
What's not included?
- Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
- Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
- Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
- Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
- Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
- All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section