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Damodar Kund Yatra

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Damodar-Kund is situated at the lap of high Himalayas in Upper Mustang area of Nepal. In the column of Barah Puran; Lord Krishna has said that who pays a visit to this Kunda and takes a deep-bath, they will be freed from all the sin. It is also mentioned in Puran that two sons of Kubers were suffering from their wrongdoing & sin, which they did in their previous birth but lord Krishna suggested them to take bath in this Kunda and immediately after taking bath in this Kunda they were released from all their sin.

A common name for three lakes Brahma Kunda, Rudra Kunda and Ananta Kunda, Damodar kunda is located at the altitude of 22,000 ft. in the remote Himalayan district of Mustang in western Nepal. There is also a large meadow of kusha. As a motherland of shalagram, this shrine is of utmost importance for all Hindus on the earth; Gandaki River is believed to originate from this holy lake.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m.) takes about 25 minutes and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810 m.) takes another four hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m.) takes about five hours.
Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.) takes about three and half hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.) takes about five hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) takes about five hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 07: Trek fram Ghami to Tsarang (36200 m.) takes about five hours. Today's walk is perhaps through the driest part of Mustang. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 09: Rest at Lo-Manthang. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Lo-manthang to Yara. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Yara to Bas Khola. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Bas Khola to Damodar kunda (Lake) 5916m. Stay overnight in camps.

Day 13: Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghechung Khola. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Ghechung Khola to Tange. Stay overnight in camp/lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Tange to Muktinath (3825 m). Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: The fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 25 minutes. Flights are available in the morning time. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.

You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 02: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700 m.) and it takes about 25 minutes and trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810 m.) which takes about four hours.

You begin your trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni (2810m) which spans for four hours. The trail is quite barren with craggy rocks and sand and is mostly flat, which makes it very easy going. It is also very picturesque, with views of big peaks all around such as Dhaulagiri, Tukuche and Nilgiri, whilst to the south can be seen the entire Annapurna Massif. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03Trek from Kagbeni to Chuksang (2900m.) takes about five hours. 

You trek right up to the river valley, but you use a combination of the high trail and the riverbank pathways. The trail then widens significantly revealing an endless stretch of sand. Chusang village is only about a 2hrs walk beyond Tangbe at the confluence of the Narshing Khola and the Kali Gandaki. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Chuksang to Samar (3150m.) takes about three and half hours. 

The trek now leaves the valley and climbs steeply up a rocky alley to the village of Chele. From Chele you climb a steep spur and then continue ascending along the side of a spectacular steep canyon to a pass. Beyond the pass you descend on a pleasant trail to Samar, situated in a grove of poplar trees. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m.) takes about five hours. 

You climb above Samar to a ridge and then descend into a large gorge past a chorten before entering another valley filled with juniper trees. You then cross a stream and after climbing to a pass, you descend along a ridge to Shyangmochen a tiny settlement with a few tea shops. The trail climbs gently from Shyangmochen and you enter another huge valley before descending to Geling with its extensive fields of barley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Geling to Ghami (3490 m.) via Ghami La (3520m.) takes about five hours. 

From Geling the trail climbs gently through fields, up to the center of the valley, passing above the settlement of Tama Gun and an imposing chorten. You then begin a taxing climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La [3840m]. The descent from the pass is quite gentle and about half an hour further on we come to a trail junction; the right trail is the direct route to Charang, the left trail leads to Ghami. Ghami is a large white-washed village sheltered by overhanging cliffs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (36200 m.) takes about five hours. 

Today's walk is perhaps through the driest part of Mustang. Finally, you come to Charang, a large spread-out village at the top of the Charang Chu canyon. At the eastern end of the village are a huge dzong [fortress] and a red Gompa which houses an excellent collection of statues and thangkas. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.) takes about three hours. 

You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Charang and its large monastery, before setting out for Lo Manthang. You climb gently above the valley to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and Lo. The trail then broadens and eventually you get your first view of the walled city of Lo Manthang. The city has only one entrance so you circumambulate the wall to the gate on the north east corner. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Rest at Lo-Manthang. 

Today is a rest day at Lo-Manthang. You will acclimatize with the weather and climate by spending the day exploring caves and villages, visiting Jhampa and Thupchen Gompas and short hike up to Tingkhar. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Lo-manthang to Yara (3580m)

You will resume your trek today towards Dhi village passing a canyon before. The trail crosses Lo la pass at 3960 meters pass and becomes flat before the final short stretch of steep climb to the village of Yara. Yara is a small settlement featuring cliffs and Tashi Kabum cave that houses rare paintings and a stupa. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Yara to Luri Gompa and return to Yara. 

After breakfast take a short hike to Luri Gompa as the trail follows Puyung Khola. Luri Gompa belongs to Nyingma Sect of Buddhism. After exploration return to Yara. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Yara to Ghuma Thanti (4800m)

Today you will cross one of the highest passes on this trek. The trail follows a barren, rugged trail and climbs up to 5100meter pass which offers panoramic views of the valley across. From here it is another 2 hour hike to Ghuma Thanti.  Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda (4890m)

This is the day you will visit Damodar Kunda, one of the high altitude wetlands in the Himalayas. The trail involves climbing up to 5600meter pass and then the path levels all the way to Damodar Kunda. Stay overnight at tented camp.  

Day 14: Explore Damodar Kunda. 

Damodar Kunda is sacred among Buddhists and Hindus. Damodar Kunda is composed of three small lakes. The lake offers beautiful views of Damodar and Annpurna peaks. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 15: Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti (4800m)

After exploring Damodar Kunda you will return the same route to Ghuma Thanti. So the trail again crosses over 5600m high pass. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara (3900m)

Return to Yara Village today. Though there are frequent ascents and descents initially, the trail levels midway to Yara village.  Stay overnight at tented camp.  

Day 17: Yara to Tange (3320m)

The rugged trail continues with a steep ascent. In no time you will reach Luri Gomba from where the trail goes down to Decchyang Khola. The river is famous for Shaligram fossils. The trail then rises up to a pass at 3850m and then dips to the village of Tange that features Buddhist chortens. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Tange to Tetang (3240 m.). 

The trail from Tange to Tetang passes by deep ridges and rolling hills to drop down to Kali Gandaki valley. Magnificent views of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri visible once you reach Tetang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 19: Trek from Tetang to Muktinath (3825 m.). 

The trail ahead is an uphill one all the way to Muktinath. En route you will come across maniwall and beautiful views of Dhaulagiri peak. Muktinath or Chumig Gyatsa is a sacred temple revered both by Buddhists and Hindus. You can explore the temple in the afternoon. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 20: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713 m.) takes about 5 hours. 

Today we continue down for early two hours and then walk through the flat path till we reach Jomsom. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 21: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes. 

The flight is a scenic one with panoramic views of Himalayan peaks, especially Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri etc. 

The cost includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop services
  • Special Trekking permit
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekking guide
  • Trekking cook
  • Necessary Porters
  • Necessary kitchen helpers
  • Necessary Sherpas
  • All surface transportation to the starting point and from the ending point of the trek
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc.
  • Camping charges
  • Insurance and equipment's for trekking staff
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu hotel and two nights in Pokhara at lake side on breakfast basis
  • One day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private vehicle
  • Entry fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley 



The cost does not include the following services:

  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Note: We can arrange hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per clients' interest and budget

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It has been a wonderful experience and a memorable journey for all of us. Shiva was a fantastic guide and there is nothing more we could have asked for. Thank you for all the help and support. The trip was planned and organized and everything fell in place we definitely look forward to making more trips with your company after the wonderful experience we have had.

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Puneet Brar
Chandigarh, India
15/05/2012

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Spain
17/05/2011

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