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Mustang - Damodar Kunda Trek (21 days)

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Trip Code: NET-TR-MSDM1

  • Trip Type Lodge (Tea house)
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude
  • Min. Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Damodar Kunda

Damodar Kunda

Mustang Damodar Kunda trek is an adventurous trekking that takes you to Charang Lake or Damodar Lake, one of the holiest pilgrimages of Buddhists and Hindus. Located at an altitude of 4890m in Upper Mustang region, the lake offers spectacular views of a chain of Himalayas including Annapurna I (8091m)- the tenth highest and Dhaulagiri (8167m)- the eighth highest mountain in the world. 
Mustang Damodar Kunda trek will pass through beautiful valleys of Mustang and Lo Manthang on the banks of Kali Gandaki River. This is also the spot where the deepest gorge in the world exist between the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The barren landscape of Mustang joins the Tibet and is home Thakali people who are known of their unique culture and tradition. You will be visiting many monasteries along the trail including the temple of Chumi Gyatsa (Muktinath), one of the sacred sites for Buddhists and Hindus. Among other things you can observe the eternal holy flame and mud statue of Buddha. 
You will have the opportunity to explore the architecturally ancient caves and cliffs that contains mural paintings and scripts in Tibetan scripts and Jampa Lakhang, Thubchen Lakhang and Choprang Lakhang. 
Along the trail spectacular views of  Annapurna II (7739m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna south (7219m), Nilgiri (7040m), Fishtail/ Machhapuchhare (6998m), Tukuche peak (6920), Muktinath Himal (6,706m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m) among other things. 


 Trip code: NET-TR-MSDM1
  Region Mustang Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 21 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Tea house)
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Monsoon: JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportation: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Accommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Lodge (Tea House) during Trip


Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara.

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.

Stay overnight at hotel.

Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2700m) takes about 25 minutes and after landing at Jomsom, 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.

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Trek 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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trek 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.

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Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang [Mustang] (3730m.) takes about three hours. You will spend part of the morning exploring the interesting village of Tsarang 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 Tsarang 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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.  

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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 Trip includes following services:
  • The price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Special Trekking Permit
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Flight ticket from Pokhara - Jomsom and Jomsom - Pokhara
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 
The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.



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