damodar kunda Trekking Fact
  • Trip Code : HST-OF-02
  • Trek Start/End : Jomsom
  • Grade : Moderate / Difficult
  • Trek start Elevation : 2758 m.
  • Highest Elevation : 4890 m.
  • Group Size : Minimum 2 People
  • Best time : September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Mode of Trek : Tent
  • Trek Duration : 20 days

Damodar Kunda trekking is one of the holiest lakes of all Hindus as well as Buddhists. The word kunda represents lake. Damodar Kunda is located in Mustang district at mid western Nepal. This area is very close to Nepal Tibet border. Lying at an altitude of 4890 meters, Damodar Kunda carries wonderful natural beauty. The Gandaki River, a major Himalayan river originates from this holy lake. The most of the part of Damodar Kunda trekking lies in rain shadow area. So here you experience unique barren landscape having low vegetation. While trekking you encounter coldness with sandy wind. You start this trekking from Jomsom following the route of Upper Mustang trail. After you get to Lomanthang you acclimatize there for a day. Then you proceed to north east. From Lomanthang it takes three days to arrive Damodar Kunda. From this sacred lake you see the Tibetan plateau & Damodar Himal to the north and the Annapurna Himalayan massive to the south. Damodar Himal is  a mountain range. It Includes Muktinath Himal (6,706m), Bhrikuti Peak (6,364m), Chuungian Chanma Himal 6165m, Mustang Himal 66234m, Arniko Chuli 6034m and other mountain peaks. On every full moon day of August a big festival occurs around this lake. The best time of this trekking is from April to September.

Damodar Kunda Trekking Highlights

  1. Holy Damodar-Kunda lake at an alititudeo of 3855 m
  2. Mystic landscape having low vegetation
  3. Amazing rain Shadow area where rain not often falls even in monsoon
  4. Superb panorama of Annapurna range, Damodar Himal, Muktinath Himal and Bhrikuti Peak
  5. Visit Lomanthang, the capital of Mustang kingdom on the way, the major destination of Upper Mustang trek
  6. Spectacular caves high up in the cliffs, Buddhist monasteries, ancient ruined forts and chortens in Lomanthang
  7. Ancient and isolated villages
  8. Enjoy the view of Tibetan Plateau.

Damodar Kunda Trekking Itinerary

Day 01: Upon arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to the hotel. Orientation of the trip.
O/n at hotel in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara. 7 hours scenic drive. Afternoon free time. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 03: Morning fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni. O/n in camp.

Day 04: Kagbeni to Chele. O/n in camp.

Day 05: Chele to Giling. O/n in camp.

Day 06: Giling to Ghami. O/n in camp.

Day 07: Ghami to Tsarang. O/n in camp.

Day 08: Tsarang to Lo-manthang. O/n in camp.

Day 09: Acclimatization and explore around Lo-manthang. O/n in camp.

Day 10: Lo-manthang to Yara. O/n in camp.

Day 11: Yara to Bas Khola. O/n in camp.

Day 12: Acclimatization at Bas Khola. O/n in camp.

Day 13: Bas Khola to Damodar kunda (Lake). O/n in camp.

Day 14: Damodar kunda to Ghechung Khola. O/n in camp.

Day 15: Ghechung Khola to Tange. O/n in camp.

Day 16: Tange to Muktinath. O/n in camp.

Day 17: Muktinath to Jomsom. O/n at tea house in Jomsom.

Day 18: Fly back Jomsom to Pokhara. O/n in Pokhara hotel.

Day 19: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu. O/n in Kathmandu hotel.

Day 20: Transfer to international airport for final departure.
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Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your preferences. If you want to make any changes please write us.

A typical trekking day on a Camping:

A typical trekking day means hiking from morning to afternoon only. Each morning after packing bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. All we need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, sun cream, hat, raincoat, camera and warm jumper just case. Rest of your materials will carry by porters. You just need to pack your belongings before the breakfast. The walk will be 3-4 hours in the morning until for lunch in midday. The lunch will be prepared in the grassland beside the Trail. In between your get sufficient time to roaming with villagers, take photographs and enjoy the flora and fauna. After that walk will gradually shorter. We usually reach camping spot in time for afternoon tea but this is not a fixed schedule. But evening camp will set near village area.  Remaining period of afternoon can be spent by exploring the village or simply relaxing with a good book. Local food will provide at dinner by cook and kitchen crew and they were fully aware of food hygiene and green travel.

After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures or writing diary if you habitual of it before heading off to bed for well-earned sleep.

Essential Trek Info

Overnight at tent during trekking

While in camping trekking we provide you private medium size of tent which is enough for two people. Although you'll be sleeping on foam mattresses placed on the ground, we are fully conscious of well earn sleep while camping cause hiking up to 5/6 hrs per day need peaceful sleep. So we select tent according to size of person so that s/he have enough space for sleep.

Meal during the camping Trekking

In camping trekking you will have breakfast and dinner in the tent. Lunch will be taken at the trail side at camp site. The camping chef will prepare meal for you. You will serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentis) local vegetable, noodles, French fries, pasta, soup as well as variety of combination of western and local cuisine. We assure that foods are fully hygiene, tasty meal and kitchen crew is fully aware of general cleanliness and personal hygiene.

Safety drinking water in camping

We suggest you to drink boiled filter water. For boiled water ask to guide or camping crew or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the camp site. Although mineral water is available in most places which is better choice and there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, but we encourage the guest to do what they can protect the environment.

Shower and toilet facilities in camping trekking

In camping trekking toilets tent is usually we fix nearby camp site. You suggest having your own toilets paper during whole trekking period. Hot shower means a bucket of hot water only but availability of hot water can ask to your guide or camping crew. For ecological reasons please try to limit your use of hot water. For shower we will provide you shower tent. Please not that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is rare chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.

Re charge and Electrical items in camping

We highly recommend you to bring Solar panel by yourself for batteries re-charge. Normally we will set the camp nearby village. In some village you can recharge your batteries with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 - 240 volt 50 MHZ (50 cycles per second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plug in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay small amount fee for recharging facilities.

Trekking Team (Guide, Porter)

We offer you an experienced trekking guide. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. More


We suggest you to bring following equipment when you come to Nepal for trekking. The list can be adjusted according to your needs, name of trekking and time of your trekking. More

Weather & climate

Weather and climate varies as per season in Nepal. Autumn (mid-September to end-November)
Autumn is the most popular time to trek. During this time, the weather is clear with mild to warm days and cold nights. However, in the higher altitude, the nights drop into freezing temperature. More

Risk & Liabilities

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey in this connection, we perform our duties honestly and seriously to make your journey very smooth and pleasant.More

Health & Veccinations

For trekking Nepal you don't need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of mountain journey and like walking, you are always qualified for any trekking in Nepal. You do not need any previous experience. More

Passport and Visa

All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. More

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