About Damodar Kunda trekking to Mustang
Damodar Kunda is a sacred lake located in the upper Mustang region of Nepal. Pilgrims belief that the departed souls would get moksha visiting Damodar kunda lake of Himalayas. it is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of Damodar Kunda can wash away one’s sins. The best time to visit is from late march to early November, when the weather is dry and clear. The crystal-clear waters of the lake reflect the surrounding mountains, creating a breathtaking sight.
Damodar kunda is the source of black ammonite fossils “Sacred Shaligram”. Both Hindus and Buddhists collect the fossils to worship them. They believe that the fossils are embodiments of God Vishnu. Damodar Kunda is a unique and awe-inspiring destination that offers a blend of spirituality and natural beauty. It is a must-visit for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Nepal’s cultural and religious traditions.
Min 2 to Max 18 Persons
Damodar kund 5400 meters / 17716 feet
March to November
Tea houses / Lodges / Hotels
3 Meals a day (BLD)
Flight, Drive & Hiking
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Jomsom
Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Damodar Kunda Trek is A Spiritual Journey to explore the hidden gems of the Himalayas. Spiritual journey follows through the Kali Gandaki valley and takes to the breathtaking landscapes, rugged terrain, and offers an experience of a lifetime. Many pilgrims from Nepal and India undertake this journey to seek blessings and offer prayers at the lake. Damodar Kunda trek is a perfect blend of adventure, spirituality, and natural beauty.
Sacred Muktinath to Damodar Kunda trek is a pilgrimage trip for Hindu and Buddhist. Many devotees from around the world go to take a bath in the sacred water of Damodar Kunda Lake. Elevation of Damodar kunda is 4890 meters above sea level, situated near the border of China (Tibet). Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda trek is an adventurous trek, less frequented and very long one. Trekking area is very windy and cold, most difficult part starts after Yara.
Muktinath to Damodar kunda trek distance is 173 kilometers / 107.4 miles. Damodar Kunda trek area is a part of Upper Mustang the forbidden kingdom of Himalayas. This route goes along Dhechyang Khola which comes from Damodar Kunda altitude 4,890 meters /16,043 feet.
The water from Damodar Kund flows into Kali Gandaki River. Barren mountains, rough terrain and up down cliff by the river make this route very hard to walk. We advice all to do pre training, yoga practice, daily exercise to make this trip easier.
Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit Mustang Damodar Kunda for pilgrimage and religious celebration each year. It is the center of attraction during the month of August in full moon. The possibilities and best time to go to visit Damodar Kunda Lake is April to October months. During the trekking period you can see the sight of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and other high mountains.
Mustang Damodar Kunda trek starts from Jomsom after Muktinath Darshan, journey follow the upper mustang trekking route to reach the sacred Damodar kunda. Restricted area permit require for all travelers to enter this area.
We are here to systematize guide, porter, permits and other arrangements for trip to sacred Lake to fulfill your wish to worship in Kunda. Damodar kunda helicopter tour is an alternative option to visit holy site damodar kunda origin of fossil stone in Mustang Nepal.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and transfer you to hotel. As soon as we reach hotel, representative will give you a synopsis of plan and program agreement. After a short rest & relax, you can explore the city and its cultural heritage.
Elevation: 1,400 meters / 4593 feet.
After breakfast, Kathmandu sightseeing begins to discover world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley Nepal by car. Our guide takes you to the vibrant streets of city, cultural and historic landmarks like Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, bouddhanath stupa, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square etc. Full day Kathmandu city tour covers most popular tourist attractions like artistic palaces, courtyards, ancient stupas, museum and temples. After sightseeing, we will be back to hotel and organize meeting about trip. You spent rest of the day for gear shopping, packaging, exploring vibrant streets of Thamel and enjoying delicious local cuisine.
The main ways to travel from Katmandu to Pokhara are by bus, private car and plane as per the budget, interest and booking deal. It takes 6 to 7 hours to cross 200 kilometers distance of Prithivi Highway in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you prefer flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara then only takes about 25 minutes.
Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is incredibly scenic, with breathtaking views of Himalayan mountains, waterfalls, picturesque scenery, Trishuli & Marshyangdi River. Along the way, you will pass through small towns and villages that give you a glimpse into the rural life of Nepal.
Once you reach Pokhara, you’ll be greeted with stunning views of Annapurna range, serene Phewa Lake and beautiful Pokhara city. After checking into hotel you can take a rest or go to explore lakeside area, boating and walk around watching the reflection of mountain and sky in beautiful Phewa Lake. Journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara end but memories last forever.
The fastest way to reach Jomsom from Pokhara is to take a flight. Pokhara to Jomsom flight is known for its scenic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of Himalayas. It takes 25 minutes to reach by flight and total weight allowed for baggage is 15 kg per person.
Due to frequently changing weather of Jomsom, flights can be delayed or cancelled at short notice. In this way, it is highly recommended to use road transportation instead of flight to make safe and sure journey.
Safe, sure and easiest way to reach Kagbeni from Pokhara is by road via Jomsom. It is 182 km / 113 miles and takes about 6/7 hours to reach. Road pass along Kali Gandaki river valley observing beautiful mountain scenery and countryside, deepest gorge in the world etc. We arrange flight or jeep as per weather condition, needs and agreement.
From jomsom we can take a jeep or walk to reach Kagbeni village. The road is rugged and bumpy, but the views are breathtaking. If you choose to walk, the trail is mostly flat and easy to follow along Kali Gandaki River. It takes around 3-4 hours, depend on your pace.
Kagbeni is a small village situated at the edge of lower and Upper Mustang Nepal. It is famous for its religious point of view (pilgrimage), traditional houses, narrow alleys, and ancient monasteries. Pokhara to Jomsom to Kagbeni journey is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Today we enter the special permit zone of upper mustang Nepal. The journey from Kagbeni to Chele begins after breakfast at lodge. The trail winds its way northwards along the Kali Gandaki River. It offers stunning views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus and Tukuche peak of Himalayas and unique landscapes of Mustang. Chele itself is a fascinating destination, with a rich history, ancient monasteries, chortens, culture, traditional architecture influences by Tibetan Buddhism.
We traverse several ridges, farm land, apple orchard, picturesque mountain scenery and Tangbe villages to take a break at Chhusang village for lunch. Then after walk along the river observing unique rock formation, high cliff and sky caves of Nepal. Finally cross the Kaligandaki River and from the river bed short uphill climb to reach Chele village of Mustang. This area become very windy and dusty after noon try to cross earlier as much as possible and use sunglasses, mask and windproof clothes. Kagbeni to Chele is a beautiful journey to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Mustang region in Nepal.
Chele to Syangboche trek is a part of Upper Mustang journey starts from Chele and goes through beautiful villages, rocky trails, and narrow canyons. Hiking from Chele to Syangboche will be hard compared to other days to cross two passes, Taklam La 3,624m and Dajori La 3,660m.
You will get to witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the people living in Mustang. The trail passes through several small villages like Ghyakar, Samar to reach Syangboche. Samar is a beautiful village with traditional houses and ancient monasteries, well known common lunch stop of travelers. Along the way you will pass ups and down off-road trail in barren hills, rocky terrain via Ranchung Chungsi cave of Mustang. Chele to Syangboche trek is a wonderful experience for those who want to explore the unique culture and landscape of Upper Mustang region.
The trek from Ghiling to Ghami passes through beautiful landscapes, including arid desert-like terrain, deep canyons and impressive rock formations. There is a new walking path to connect two villages Ghiling and Ghami. We follow new walking route to avoid the road.
Along the way, we will visit ancient monastery of Ghami, which is one of the oldest monasteries of Mustang. Ghami village surrounded by the farm land and desert types hills, Ghami river supply water for whole valley. The trek from Ghiling to Ghami is a scenic and rewarding experience for those looking to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Mustang.
Ghemi to Charang trek in Mustang is known for its fabulous mountain views, ancient monasteries, Mani wall, ancient Chorten in unique landscapes. Journey of the day start with downhill walk to cross Ghami river. After crossing the river, we climb along longest Mani wall of Mustang, years old Chortens, and red cliff of Dhakmar to reach Chinggel La pass 3870 meters above sea level. From the pass you can see the incredible view of mountain and valley. We take a short break at pass, capture some picture then walk towards Charang village of Mustang.
The scenery around Charang / Tsarang is truly amazing offers a glimpse into the rich culture and natural beauty of Mustang Nepal. Charang / Tsarang is a second largest and beautiful village of upper mustang area. There are ancient Chortens at the beginning and the end of village. Beside that red Gumba, royal palace, Mani wall, holy flags, stupas, farming land and vibrant village are worth to discover.
Today is the final day to reach the highlights of upper mustang trip the wall city “Lo Manthang “. Tsarang to Lo Manthnang distance offers stunning views of mountains, an opportunity to explore the culture, history and natural beauty of Mustang. Most of the walking trail to Lo Manthang is flat; wide and gradually up crossing Sungda Chorten.
Lo La pass 3960 meters is the highest point of the day to reach the wall capital of former kingdom of Lo. From the pass we descend to Lo Manthang which is a beautiful walled village.
Trail to go to Lo Manthang from Tsarang is easier than other part. It offers eye catching views of Himalayan range including two above 8000 meters’ peaks Mount Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.
From the Lo La pass explorer gets the first glimpse of Lo Manthang city, wide barren land in mustang valley. Famous wall city known for their traditional mud-brick houses, narrow alleys, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Finally, we reached ancient walled city of Lo Manthang, the capital of the former Kingdom of Mustang. At the Lo Manthang city we feel pure Tibetan culture, rich history, interact with Lowa people and know about their way of life. There are many things to see around Lo like historic royal palace, ancient monasteries, local markets, mani, chortens and prayer wheels that provides lifetime experiences.
Today is the day to discover the secret of Lo Manthang Nepal that you’ve been waiting for. After breakfast trip starts with either horse riding, walking or jeep safari towards chhoser, garphu & kora la border. Chhosar village offers a unique glimpse into the traditional way of life, daily activities that the practice in upper mustang.
Ancient monasteries like Garphu and Niphu monastery, surrounding colorful rock formations and centuries old caves in rock cliff are really impressive to see in Chhoser area. Niphu monastery is an ancient cave monastery carved into the cliffs. Travelers impressed to visiting Jhong cave, Konchok ling cave & Ritseling cave in Chhoser valley Nepal.
After of before Chhoser we heading to kora la, a high mountain pass located in mustang district of Nepal. It is a part of ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet autonomous region of china. Kora la is known for its stunning mountain views and rugged terrain.
Afternoon we will be back to Lo Manthang and spent rest of the day visiting the city’s ancient monasteries, palace, narrow alleys, stupas and the architecture of earthen wall city. The long walls of the prayer wheels and flags provide a colorful appearance of the place. Royal palace, three ancient monasteries, Amchi school and the local way of life are the highlights of Lo Manthang exploration.
Lo Manthang is a small town surrounded by towering mountains and arid landscapes. It is a fascinating place to explore, rich in history, culture, and natural beauty which make an epic journey into the Himalayas.
Today, we embarked on a journey to Yara, a village located to the south east of Lo Manthang. It was quite long journey then previous days. Walking trail was mostly flat, ups and down including vast grasslands and rocky terrain. You passed through beautiful landscapes on the way from Lo Manthang to Yara via lo la 3950 meters and Dhi la 3950 m, Dhi and Surkhang village.
From the Dhi pass trail descends into the Kali Gandaki river and Dhi Khola valley. Dhi is a picturesque settlement with traditional houses and winding streets located at the confluence of these 2 rivers.
After this village, we eventually reached peaceful Yara village, a remote settlement surrounded by barren hills, rugged landscape and ancient ruins. One of the most interesting features of Yara is the ancient caves that dot the hillsides around the village.
Yara village, located at an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level. This village famous for its traditional mud-brick houses, unique architecture and cultural heritage. It is one of the most well-preserved village in mustang region & worth to see.
Lo Manthang to Yara was a truly unforgettable experience because you were immersed with stunning landscape, rich culture and traditions of mustang in the Himalayas. Upon reaching Yara, we checked into our hotel and spent the rest of the day exploring the village and interacting with the locals.
The journey from Yara to Tangye began early in the morning. The trail relatively flat with some downhill sections towards the lower mustang Nepal. It passes through barren landscape of mustang, with its dramatic cliffs, deep canyons, Chortens, monastery and stunning rock formations. Finally, you reach Tangya village, a remote village with ancient ruins and a traditional way of life influences by Tibetan culture. Tangge village known for its unique architecture, with houses built out of stone and mud, and stunning surrounding scenery.
Local people of Tangge are largely subsistence farmers and rely on animal husbandry, traditional farming methods to grow crops such as barley, wheat, and buckwheat. They have a deep connection with their land, culture and great pride in preserving their traditions and way of life. Tangye village of mustang is a hidden gem that offers a rare opportunity to experience a way of life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries.
Unique architecture, breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Tangye make this area must visit destination to explore the remote corners of the world. Yara to Tangye trek is an unforgettable journey through the mystical mustang region of Nepal.
Tangye to chusang trek distance is the longest and tough journey then previous days but the stunning landscapes keep us motivated to reach destination. Walking trail ascend gradually till Pa Bhanjyang then after descent towards Chhusang following syerkothang danda. Finally, we reach Chhusang village located on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and witness the daily life of local people who live in this remote part of the world.
Chhusang village is surrounded by towering red cliffs and eroded sandstone formations that have been shaped by centuries of wind and water erosion. The contrasting colors of the red cliffs and the greenery of the surrounding vegetation create a striking visual effect that is truly breathtaking.
You walk alongside the Kali Gandaki River, which is flowing gently and provides a serene atmosphere that helps to relax mind and soul. Tangye to Chhusang trek is an excellent choice for those who wants to experience the incredible scenery, fascinating history and unique culture of upper mustang. Stunning views of Himalayan range, natural beauty and spiritual heritage of this area, make it a memorable journey for forever.
The final leg of the journey takes us to Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trail from Chhusang to Muktinath is rugged and challenging but the views are awe-inspiring and the experience are well worth it.
Chhusang, Tetang to Muktinath trip begins with long gradual ascend in rugged terrain and final steep climb to cross Gyu la 4077 meters. After crossing the pass trail descend towards Jhong village to Muktinath. Jhong is a beautiful village with traditional houses, Chortens and monasteries.
Muktinath is situated at an altitude of about 3,762 meters and is home to a beautiful temple and monasteries. Once you reach Ranipauwa, explore the Muktinath temple and its surrounding highlights of Mustang district Nepal.
It takes 6 to 7 hours to reach Muktinath from Tetang / Chhusang by foot. The journey from Chhusang to Muktinath is a beautiful, adventurous and rewarding one.
Muktinath to Jomsom journey begin after Muktinath temple exploration at Ranipauwa village in mustang. The distance from Muktinath to Jomsom is about 21 kilometers and possible to go by driving or walking as per preferences. It takes about 1 hour by driving and 5 to 6 hours by walking depend on your pace.
Trail descent from Muktinath towards the Kali Gandaki river crossing Jharkot, Khingar, Kagbeni and Ekle Bhatti villages in Annapurna region of Nepal. This is quite popular route offer stunning views of unique landscape, mountains, including Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and more. Jomsom is famous for its apple orchards and strong winds that blow through Kali Gandaki valley.
After crossing suspension bridges over Kali Gandaki river, ultimately you reach Jomsom, check in hotel either rest, relax or explore around city, museum, apple orchards and interact with local etc. Muktinath to Jomsom trip is an incredible experience in Kali Gandaki valley where you witness the beauty of lower mustang closely.
Today is the day to say goodbye to Mustang, early in the morning, we will take a flight to Pokhara. Jomsom to Pokhara flight is a popular domestic route of Nepal. Plane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, offers stunning view of snow-capped mountains and valleys below. Once you arrive in Pokhara, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. You can spend rest of the day in leisure or walk around the streets of lake city, souvenir shopping, boating in Phewa lake and experience nightlife in Pokhara etc.
The weather of Jomsom change in no time that affect Pokhara flight frequently. If the weather is not fine, we’ll arrange jeep to drive back to Pokhara. We request you to plan some buffer time for this possibility and be flexible to use alternative ways of transportation like jeep or helicopter.
Jomsom Pokhara travel by jeep is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery, countryside, waterfalls, people and culture of Nepal, the memories will remain forever.
After breakfast, you’ll drive back to Kathmandu, a scenic drive takes around 6-7 hours to reach by jeep, car or tourist bus and 25 minute by flight as per deal. On the way back to Kathmandu by drive along the Marshyangdi and Trishuli river seeing the sight of countryside and beautiful high mountains and greenery around. Upon arrival in Kathmandu valley, you’ll check into hotel, use free time to take rest, relax and explore around Thamel for souvenir shopping and relaxation. Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of trip.
Today is the final day of Nepal trip! Our representative will drop you to airport 3hrs before schedule flight. “Wishing you a safe journey! We look forward to our paths crossing again someday.”
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Damodar Kunda is a sacred lake located in the Mustang district of Nepal. The lake holds significant religious importance for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is a popular pilgrimage site situated in the Annapurna Himalayas, close to the Damodar Himal range.
Holy Damodar kunda accessible by driving and hiking or helicopter flight. Travelers reach till Ghara village / Luri gumba then need to Hike for 2 more days to reach. Damodar kunda trekking route is known for its remote and rugged terrain, making the journey to Damodar Kunda a challenging but rewarding experience.
Damodar Kunda is a sacred high-altitude lake situated at an elevation 4,890 meters /16,043 feet above sea level. Upper mustang region is known for its high elevations and unique cultural and natural attractions.
Damodar Kunda hold great spiritual significance and the lake is considered a divine creation and is associated with protection and blessings.
Mustang Damodar Kunda trek considered as challenging trek, it requires good level of physical fitness, hiking experience, and preparation. Trail follow rugged terrain with steep ascents and descents, rocky paths to reach the lake.
Jomsom to Damodar Kunda trek usually takes around 20 days to complete, covering significant distances and elevation gains each day. This requires good stamina and endurance. If you prefer driving to Yara and horse riding trek to Damodar kunda then possible to complete within 16 days.
Mustang Damodar Kunda camping trekking cost quite expensive, it cost around US$ 2250 to 2500 per person depends on group size and services. Driving trip to upper mustang then horse riding for 3 days would be cheap, best, easy and quick option to discover damodar kunda of mustang Nepal.
The best time to trek to Damodar Kunda is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is relatively stable and clear. It is possible to go to this lake in Monsoon season (June to August) as well because it lies in rain shadow area of Himalayas.
Jomsom to damodar kunda distance is 145 kilometers / 90 miles via Lo Manthang, Yara and Ghara route. This is road distance till Ghara then walking distance to Damodarkunda Lake.
Damodar Kunda is a sacred site that holds great religious and cultural significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Pilgrims visit holy lake and surrounding site with the belief to cleanse themselves of sins and seek blessings from Lord Vishnu. It is important site because of its spiritual, cultural, environmental, and economic extents.