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Damodar Kunda and Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Duration : 23 days

Trekking Region : Annapurna



Damodar Kunda Trek via Upper Mustang has been popular among Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Damodar kunda (Holy Lake) is one of the entire destinations to the Hindu Pilgrimage.

With the lift of restriction to trek in Upper Mustang after 1991, Upper Mustang opened to the trekkers and became accessible to the entire world. However, one should buy the special trekking permit from Nepal government (Alpine Asian Treks organize to their customers) to trek to the Upper Mustang region.

The people in Upper Mustang are Tibetan Buddhist and they had practiced Bon religion before Buddhism. There are some monasteries which are related to Bon-Po religion. The barren mountains, Kali Gandaki river valley, land escape, mysterious cave, the towering snow capped peaks are always attracting to the trekkers. The flat roof hose, small tiny village and rocky canyon will give you the life time experience.

Damodar Kunda and Upper Mustang Trek has been cherished by many tourists from around the world, waiting to come back again to quenched their adventure thrust.

Trip Facts

Highlights of this Trip

Min. Group Size : 2
Grade : Demanding
Best time to Travel : Apr - Sep
Accomodation : Guest house/ Lodge/ Camp
Transportation : Public/ Private
Fooding : supply form the local lodge/ guest house/ camp
Taken Care by : English speaking trekking guide, Porter

Upper Mustang valley, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annaurna South, Dhaulagiri, Tibetan historical, Damodar Kunda (the holy lake) and culture wonders.

Itinerary - Damodar Kunda and Upper Mustang Trek

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu:

On arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will welcome you by garland. Transfer to your hotel. Free in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel in the city center

Transportation: Private car/ van

Activities: Free evening

Take care by: Our representative

Approx time: As per your flight time.

Meal Included: Dinner at traditional cultural restaurant


Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing:

Breakfast at Hotel. Drive to sightseeing Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Patan durbar square. Evening visit our office for the final meeting before the trek. Meet your guide, porter and other team.

Accommodation: Hotel in the city center

Transportation: Private car/ van

Activities: Sightseeing.

Take care by: Our city tour guide.

Approx time: 9:30-4pm

Meal Included: Breakfast at Hotel


Day 3 Drive to Pokhara:

Early breakfast at hotel. Drive to Bus stand. Arrive in Pokhara and transfer to hotel. Free evening around the lakeside.

Accommodation: Hotel in the lake side.

Transportation: Regular tourist bus

Activities: Free evening

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 6 hrs by tourist bus.

Meal Included: Breakfast at Hotel.


Day 4 Fly to Jomsom & trek to Kagbeni 2810m:

Drive to Pokhara airport early in the morning and fly to Jomsom. Proceed towards Kagbeni. The trail 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. Your will have a great view of the snow capped mountain.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ camp.

Transportation: Flight from Pokhara

Activities: Trek to Kagbeni

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 5 hrs.

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge menu


Day 5 Trek to Chele 3050m/10,004ft:

Trek continue through the windy and sandy trails ups and downhill steps, beautiful scenic picturesque mountain cliffs. Check in your permit on the way and reach Tangbe village (the first Mustang village where the village has a medieval atmosphere) with narrow alleys amongst white washed houses, fields of buckwheat, barley, wheat and apple orchards. From there we trek forward to Chhusang village 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.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ camp.

Transportation: Flight from Pokhara

Activities: Trek to Chele

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 6 hrs by.

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge menu


Day 6 Trek to Syanbochen 3475m:

Breakfast at Lodge and continue trek through rocky canyon. We will have a lunch at Samar village. After lunch, we descend steeply to a stream and then climb up to a plateau. We keep climbing up the right fork to the Chungsi-La. Visit Ranchung cave where the Buddhist saint Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated here in 8th century.

Hike to Taklam La Pass (3,624m/11,923 ft), offers the views of Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ camp.

Activities: Trek to Syanboachen

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 6-7 hrs.

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge menu


Day 7 Trek to Ghaymi 3520m:

After breakfast we trek uphill to the Yamda La (3,850m /12,667ft) passing a few teahouses, chortens and local villages which is like Tibetan lifestyle. We cross mountain passes, and an avenue of poplar trees and fields of Barley. The climb to Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft) would be a little longer. Descend to our overnight stop at Ghaymi. The third largest village in the Lo region surrounded by large fields. Overnight at lodge.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ camp.

Activities: Trek to Ghyami

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 6-7 hrs.

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge menu


Day 8 Trek to Tsarang 3560m:

We proceed our 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. This wall is the longest and most spectacular stretch and Mani wall in Nepal. From the end of the wall the trail ascend up east to the village of Tsarang via passes at 3600m 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.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ camp.

Activities: Trek to Tsharang (Charang)

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 6-7 hrs.

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge menu


Day 9 Trek to Lo-Mangthang 3840m:

Today explore the old palace and ancient monastery from where is believed to spread the Budhism in Upper Mustang. After breakfast trek to (the lost forbidden kingdom of Tibet) Lo-Manthang. The trail descends about 150 m down from Tsarang, crosses the Charang- chu river and climbs steeply up a rocky trail. Now you will have a beautiful view of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Annapurna I and Bhrikuti peak. Further the trail ascends gently to the 3,850m windy pass of Lo, from where you can see the Lo-Mangthang Valley, magnificent view of Tibetan Border. After a short descent we will reach Lo-Manthang village.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ camp.

Activities: Trek to Lo-Manthang

Take care by: Trekking guide

Approx time: 6-7 hrs.

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge menu


Day 10 Explore Lo-Mangthang:

Visit the palace and around, 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 back. 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 king's palace. King palace is an imposing building in the center of the city and is occupied by the current king and Queen. The king of Lo-Manthang, is highly respected by the locals and consult about the major issues, within Upper Mustang area.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ lodge.

Activities: Trek to Lo-Manthang

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen


Day 11 Trek to Yara 3850m:

Trek trekking trail and circumstances will be different from today. You will encounter rare trekkers and village. Just before arriving to Yara you will see uncountable caves in the rock and wall. The trail goes gently descending down before reaching Dhe village, steep down hill for about 2 hours reach Dhe Village. After lunch we cross the river on a metallic bridge and walk through the bank of the river. Gradual ascending up for about one and half hours will bring us to Yara. The accommodation will be in tent.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Yara

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our Kitchen

Trek time: 7 hrs.


Day 12 Trek to Ghuma Thanti 4890mk via Luri Gumpa 4000m:

Wake up; tea will be serving at your tent. Pack the gears and procced to Guma Thanti. On the way climb to Luri cave monastery Gumpa (ancient Gumpa, Ningma Pa sect). Luri Gumpa is one of the amazing mysterious Gumpa in this high barren valley. After that, we follow the barren valley after crossing 5100m pass. Your lunch will be making at the breakfast place as there are not appropriate camping site with water source.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Ghumua (Guma) Thanti

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 7 hrs


Day 13 Trek to Parsye Khola 5000m:

After breakfast, pack your gears and continue your trek to Pase Khole. Today we cross another pass of 5200m. After the pass we start descending down for 2 hours to Pase Khole. Overnight at Pase Khola.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Parsye Khola

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 7 hrs


Day 14 Trek to Damadar Kunda (4800m) and explore around:

The trek starts after breakfast as other days. First the trek descends down about 3 hours then hike up to 5600m, the highest point of the trek. Finally 2 hours descends will bring you to Damodar Kunda, the entire destination. You will stop over night next to the lake. Serve you the dinner and night rest.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Damodar Kunda

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 7 hrs


Day 15 Trek back to Guma Thanti 4800m:

After breakfast, we return back all the way same way back to Guma Thanti. . Crossing over the 5600m high passes trail again ups and down same like before.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Ghumua (Guma) Thanti

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 7 hrs


Day 16 Trek to Yara:

Today also we come back all the all same route climb ups and down which we have done before. The trail continues downhill until reaching Yara Village. We will serve you pack lunch on the trail.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Yara

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 7 hrs


Day 17 Trek to Tangye 3240m:

This is a long day. We have to start early in the morning. The trail continues steep down to Dechhyang Khola ( river) which origin is from Damodar Kunda. Then the trails steeply ascend and lead us to the top of the pass where we have our packed lunch break. After luch, the trails goes ups and down then we are on huge plateau and cross it for reaching to Tangya village. Overnight at tented camp on full board)

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Tange

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 9-10 hrs


Day 18 Trek to Tetang 3040m:

Today also we have big day. After breakfast we proceed our trek early in the morning, cross the suspension bridge and follow the short river route. After crossing the river we start steeply climb up to reach a small pass. Then the trail goes straight to Pauha (Shelter house) where we make our lunch break. Here is small water tap for drinking water. After having lunch we continue crossing many small passes until we reach the top of the hill. Then the trails steeply descend and we encounter strong wind until we reach Tetang village.

Accommodation: Tented camp.

Activities: Trek to Tetang

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from our kitchen

Trekking time: approx 9-10 hrs


Day 19 Trek to Muktinath 3800m:

After breakfast we will start our journey through the village after passing the scenic Mani wall. Then we start climb up to the wide valley. After walking the plateau, we keep ascending until reaching the small pass from where we can see the high mountains and magnificent 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 village. Today we will serve you a pack lunch and dinner at the lodge. Overnight at lodge.

Accommodation: Local guest house.

Activities: Trek to Muktinath

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge

Trekking time: approx 6 hrs


Day 20 Trek to Jomsom 2720m:

After breakfast we head off to Jharkot village where we see the ancient Sakyamuni Buddhism Monastery and Traditional Medical center. The trails follow the dusty road for a while then we follow the trekking trail until reaching Eklebhatti where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we follow again mountain road trail thought Kaligandaki River to reach Jomson. Enjoy the last night in the mountain. You can invite to your support team to join a dinner.

Accommodation: Local guest house.

Activities: Trek to Jomsom

Take care by: Trekking guide

Meal Included: BLD from local lodge

Trekking time: approx 6 hrs


Day 21 Fly to Pokhara:

Early morning after breakfast, we fly to Pokhara with thrilling fantastic Mountain View including Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Annapurana I and Machhapuchere.

Flight Time: 20Min

Overnight: Hotel in the lake side.

Meal included: Breakfast only.


Day 22 Drive back to Kathmandu:

After early breakfast we take a walk to regular tourist bus station to catch up bus to Kathmandu at 7:30 am from Pokhara. Free evening in Kathmandu. Optional ( we will take a flight instead of drive back )

Accommodation: Standard hotel/ deluxe hotel basis

Meal included: Breakfast


Day 23 Drive to airport and fly back to Home:

We will transfer to airport and take a flight to home. Or we will be on hand to advice and assist with your onward travel arrangement.

Meal included: Breakfast

Departure transfer: by private vehicles as per group size


Package Cost Includes - Damodar Kunda and Upper Mustang Trek

• Arrival and departure transfers from International airport, Kathmandu.

• Guided Kathmandu day sightseeing by car

• 3 Nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis

• 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on BB basis

• Flight to and from Pokhara - Jomsom - Pokhara

• Domestic airport arrival and departure transfers

• Land transportation Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu

• Mustang Special Trekking Permit Fee

• Annapurna Conservation Area ( ACAP) Permit fee

• Full Board Camping with meals (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) while on trek

• Necessary camping equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen equipment etc.)

• Supporting staff (a professional trekking guide and porter(s), cook, kitchen boy(s) as well as their necessary wages, insurance, meals, transportations and allowances

• Clients allowed taking only 15 kg. Personal luggage while on trekking.

Package Cost Excludes - Damodar Kunda and Upper Mustang Trek

• International airfare

• Nepal Entry Visa fee

• Monuments entry fee in Kathmandu and Pokhara while on sightseeing.

• Personal trekking equipments( Note: Additional cost applies for single tent on camping trek)

• Lunch and dinner while in the city ( Kathmandu and Pokhara)

• Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation costs

• Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry

• Excess baggage will be charged if exceeds 20 kg

• Tipping and donation (5-10% is normal)

• Single supplement for hotel accommodation

• All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)

• Any other services not specified in the 'Cost includes'

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