Damodar Kunda Trek

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration22 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate to Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 4,890m
  • Trip Type Trekking
  • Accommodation Camping
  • Transport Fly in - Fly Out
Highlights
  • Includes superb panoramic views of the entire Annapurna mountain range
  • Opportunity to pass through beautiful landscapes, lush and green valleys, while to view famous Tibetan monasteries
  • Visit to Damodar Kunda lake and take a holy bath in it
  • Excellent trek in the lap of Himalayan mountains

Damodar Kunda Trek, Fixed Departure Date for 2024/2025

Damodar Kunda Mustang trek is one of the less frequent trekking routes and it belongs to the Annapurna Mustang region. The trek gives a large number of superb panoramic views of the entire Annapurna mountain range, beautiful landscapes, lush and green valleys and famous Tibetan monasteries. The holy lake of Mustang Damodar Kunda is in Damodar Himal and it flows in south direction via a rain shadow valley on the Annapurna Mountain Range’s eastern edge.

Damodar Kund is also present at the lap of Himalayan mountain ranges in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. The Kunda has its own history. According to Barah Puran, Lord Krishna advised that individuals visiting the Kunda and takes deep yet sacred bath in it would become free from every sin. Even Damodar Kunda has its description in Puran according to which, two sons of wealthy Kuber were suffering from their sin and wrong deeds associated with their previous incarnations.

However, Lord Krisha suggested these sons to bath in the Kunda and surprisingly, after they took bath in the Kunda, they released from all of their wrong deeds/sin immediately. Damodar Kunda Mustang trek will thus follow in the lap of Himalayan Mountains and visiting to the holy Kunda during the trek journey.

Where is the Damodar Kunda Trek located?

Damodar Kunda is a sacred pilgrimage site and trekking destination located in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. It is situated in the Himalayan mountains of north-central Nepal, near the border with Tibet (China).

Elevation and altitude of Damodar Kunda Trek

The highest elevation reached during the Damodar Kunda trek in Nepal is at the Damodar Kunda itself. The elevation of Damodar Kunda (Lake) is approximately 5,400 meters (17,716 feet) above sea level.

Damodar Kunda Trek in Autumn seasons (Sept – Nov)

Autumn season is widely considered one of the best times to undertake the Damodar Kunda trek. Autumn brings relatively stable weather conditions to the region. The monsoon rains have typically decreased by September, resulting in clear skies and a decreased chance of precipitation. This makes for excellent visibility and comfortable trekking conditions. During the day, temperatures are generally mild and pleasant, especially in the lower elevations. In the higher altitudes, temperatures can be colder, especially at night, but they are still manageable with proper clothing. Autumn is the season when the landscape around the Damodar Kunda comes alive with vibrant colors. The leaves of alpine plants and trees begins to change, creating a breathtaking tapestry of reds, yellows, and oranges against the backdrop of the rugged Himalayan terrain.

Damodar Kunda Trek in Winter seasons (Dec- Feb)

While it is possible to trek to Damodar Kunda during this time, it comes with a set of challenges and considerations. Winter in the Damodar Kunda region is extremely cold, especially at higher elevations. Daytime temperatures at lower elevations may be manageable, but at night, temperatures can drop significantly, well below freezing. In higher altitudes, extreme cold and harsh conditions are to be expected. Snowfall is common in the region during the winter months, which can make trekking trails slippery and more challenging. The Damodar Kunda trek is already a remote and less-traveled route. During the winter, it becomes even more isolated, with fewer trekkers on the trail. This can be both an advantage and a challenge, as it offers privacy but also reduces the availability of help in case of emergencies.

Damodar Kunda Trek in Spring seasons (March- May)

Spring is one of the most popular and favorable times to undertake Damodar Kunda trek. Spring season is the time when the region comes alive with lush vegetation and vibrant blossoms. Rhododendron forests burst into bloom, creating a colorful and picturesque backdrop to the trekking route. Spring brings pleasant and moderate temperatures to the region. Days are generally warm and comfortable for trekking, especially at lower elevations. Nights are cooler than but not as cold as during the winter months. With longer daylight hours, trekkers have more time to cover ground and explore the surroundings. This allows for a more relaxed and flexible trekking pace.

Damodar Kunda Trek in Monsoon seasons (Jun - Aug)

The monsoon season during the Damodar Kunda trek can be challenging and is generally not recommended for most trekkers. The monsoon brings heavy and persistent rainfall to the area, leading to slippery and muddy trails, landslides, and swollen rivers. Trekking paths can become treacherous and difficult to navigate. Clouds and rain often obscure mountain views, limiting the breathtaking vistas for which the region is known. Trekkers may miss out on the stunning scenery due to the cloud cover. The combination of heavy rainfall and steep terrain increases the risk of landslides along the trekking route, which can pose a significant danger to trekkers. Many teahouses and lodges along the trail may close during the monsoon season due to the challenging conditions. This can make finding accommodation and meals more challenging.

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                                              Cost Details
                                              Cost Includes
                                              • All the ground transportation by private tourist vehicles.
                                              •  Ground transportation by tourist bus/car/van  from Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu
                                              • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara) and airport departure taxes
                                              •  Full board meal 3 times a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & diner)
                                              • Hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara as per the itinerary with breakfast
                                              • Comfortable private vehicle as per itinerary
                                              • Professional tour guide on day trip in Kathmandu.
                                              • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu city tour
                                              • Government licensed English speaking Guide and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter Between 2 Person basis), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
                                              • All necessary paper work Permit & TIMS card (Trekker's information management system)
                                              • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
                                              •  Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
                                              • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
                                              Cost Excludes
                                              • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
                                              • Major meals in Cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara)
                                              • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge laundry charge etc.
                                              • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
                                              • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
                                              • Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
                                              Departure Dates
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                                              Start DateSundayFeb 25, 2024End DateSundayMar 17, 2024PricePriceUS$2500StatusStatusAvailable
                                              Essential Information

                                              Best seasons to do 22 days Damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              The best seasons to do the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking are generally during spring (march to may) and autumn (September to November). During the spring season, the weather is generally stable, with mild temperature and clear skies. The rhododendron forests along the trail are in full bloom, creating a vibrant and colorful atmosphere. However, autumn season offers stable weather conditions, moderate temperatures, and clear visibility. The skies are generally clear, providing excellent views of the mountains, including the stunning peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

                                              Packing tools for 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              • A few pairs of Thermal tops
                                              • Fleece jacket/pullover
                                              • Windcheater - waterproof shell jacket one pair
                                              • Down jacket
                                              • Comfortable Fleece/wool trousers
                                              • Trekking pants- at least 2 pairs
                                              • Mittens/woolen gloves
                                              • Warm Hiking socks
                                              • Hiking Cotton trousers/t-shirts
                                              • Sun hat/scarf, wash towel
                                              • Sunglasses
                                              • Sleeping bag
                                              • Trekking poles
                                              • Day bag above 40 L
                                              • Basic personal first aid kit
                                              • Water bottles, water purification tablets

                                              Accommodation during 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              Tea houses/ lodges are form of accommodations along the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking route. These are simple guesthouses that offer basic facilities such as bed, blankets and shared bathrooms. The amenities may vary from one tea house to another, and the quality can be quite basic. It’s important to note that the availability and quality of tea houses are limited in some areas, especially in the more remote sections of the trek. It is advisable to carry your own sleeping bag for extra comfort.

                                              Foods during 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              During the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking, the food options and meals available will be primarily be basic and focus on providing sustenance for trekkers. Most teahouses along the trekking route will offer range of local Nepali dishes. These typically includes dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), which is the staple dish of Nepal. Other traditional Nepali dishes like momo (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and chapatti (flat bread) may also available. In some tea houses, you may find a limited selection of continental and international dishes such as pasta, fried rice, and pancakes, macaroni etc.

                                              Drinking water during the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              Drinking water is important because it keeps you hydrated. The safe drinking water is available in the teahouses and hotels during the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trek. You can buy the bottled water, filter water or hot water. It is advisable that bring the water bottles and water purification tablets by yourself then it will be plus point for you. You don’t have to buy the mineral water daily, you can fill the water in the tap and purify by yourselves that will help you to save money.

                                              Wi-Fi, electricity and hot shower availability in 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              The availability of Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers can be limited during the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking. In most parts of the trek especially in the remote areas, there will be no Wi-Fi access but some lodges in larger villages may have limited Wi-Fi, but it’s not reliable and fast. Electricity supply in this region can be intermittent and unreliable. Some tea houses may have limited electricity, usually generated through solar power or generators. Likewise, some lodges hot water for shower may not consistently available. If hot water shower is available, then you should pay extra for that services.

                                              22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking difficulty

                                              22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking is considered as a moderately difficult trek. The trek reaches an altitude of approximately 4,890meters (16,043feet) at damodar Kunda. Acclimatization is crucial to avoid altitude sickness. Proper acclimatization and a gradual ascents are necessary to minimize the risks associated with high altitude. The trek involves traversing various types of terrain, including rocky trails, steep ascents and descents, and narrow paths. Some sections may be challenging and require surefootedness and endurance. While the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trek is not as difficult as some of the more challenging treks in Nepal, it still requires careful planning, physical fitness and the ability to adapt to changing conditions.

                                              Guides and porters during 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              While hiring guides and porters for 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trek is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. Guides are familiar with the terrain, weather conditions, and the trekking routes. They can provide valuable information, guide you safely, and make the trek more enjoyable. Having a guide ensures that you stay on the right path, especially in case of challenging sections or changing weather conditions. Porters are beneficial for carrying your heavy backpacks, allowing you to trek with less weight and focus on enjoying the journey. This can be particularly helpful at higher altitudes where the trek becomes more physically demanding.

                                              Permits for 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              To undertake the 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking, you will need to obtain three necessary permits. They are: Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP), restricted area permit (RAP) and Trekkers information management (TIMS) card.

                                              Travel insurance for 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              Having a travel insurance is highly recommended for any trekking adventure, including 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking. Trekking in remote and high altitude areas carrier’s inherent risks and travel insurance provides coverage and financial protection in case of unforeseen circumstances. Also if you got any medical emergencies or accidents, travel insurance can cover the costs of medical treatment, evacuation by helicopter if necessary and other related expenses.

                                              Tipping for 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking

                                              Tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry, including for trekking guides, porters, and other support staff. While tipping is not mandatory, it is appreciated and considered a way to show gratitude for the service provided. It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and tipping is ultimately personal decisions. You may choose to adjust the amount based on your satisfaction with the service and your budget.

                                              Why to do 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking?

                                              The 22 days damodar Kunda mustang trekking offers breathtaking views of Himalayans, including stunning mountains peaks like Nilgiri, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The region is known for its distinct desert like landscape, ancient rock formation and barren valleys, providing a contrasting and captivating scenery. Damodar Kunda is a scared pilgrimage site for Hindus, Buddhists and followers of Bon religion. It is believed to be a holy lake associated with lord Vishnu and is considered a place of spiritual purification. Many devotees undertake the trek to seek blessings, perform rituals and experience the religious ambiance of the region. The 22 days damodar Kunda trek takes you to a remote and less travelled part of Nepal. It offers a sense of adventure and exploration as you traverse challenging terrains, cross high passes and experience the wilderness of the region. It is an opportunity to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in nature.

                                              Why to do 22 days Damodar Kunda Mustang Trek with Welcome Nepal Treks?

                                              Welcome Nepal treks have been operating for many years and has extensive experience in organizing treks in Nepal. Welcome Nepal Treks offers a splendid 22 days damodar Kunda mustang Trek package to the customers at a very reasonable price with great services. We have knowledgeable and experienced guides who are familiar with the trekking routes, safety protocols, and local customs. Their expertise can enhance your trekking experience and ensure a smooth journey. We offers flexible and customizable itineraries to cater to individual preferences and requirements. We can tailor the trek to suit your time frame, fitness level and specific interested. Welcome Nepal treks takes care of the logistical aspects of the trek, including permits, accommodations, transportation, and meals.

                                              Damodar Kunda Trekking important notes

                                              • While booking, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance.
                                              • Beverages, snacks, charging electronic devices, hot showers, Wi-Fi are not included in our packages, so you have to pay additional cash.
                                              • It is preferable to pack your bag lightly because porters will only carry your 15-20kg luggage.
                                              • You should have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities including medical expenses and emergency evacuation.
                                              • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets like iodine, aquatabs tablets.
                                              • Pack your clothes according to the seasonal basis.
                                              • Damodar Kunda trek is a moderate to challenging trek which requires a certain level of physical fitness so, it is recommended to prepare with cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking.
                                              • You should carry enough cash in Nepalese rupees as ATMs may not be available in remote areas.
                                              • We suggest you not to book your international flights early as there may be sudden change in weather which will make your flights delay or even cancel.

                                              Risks while trekking to Damodar Kunda

                                              Trekking to Damodar Kunda like many high-altitude treks in remote areas, comes with several inherent risks. Some of the key risks during the Damodar Kunda trek are as follows:

                                              • Altitude sickness
                                              • Weather conditions
                                              • Landslides and rock falls
                                              • Limited transportation
                                              • Difficult Terrain
                                              • Remote Location
                                              • Connection and connectivity
                                              • Cultural and Religious Sensitivity

                                              Preventing Altitude Sickness (AMS) during the Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              Some important steps to help reduce the risk of Altitude sickness during your trek:

                                              • Acclimatize Gradually
                                              • Stay Hydrated
                                              • Trek Slowly
                                              • Balanced Diet
                                              • Consider Diamox
                                              • Layer Clothing
                                              • Avoid Alcohol & Smoking
                                              • Know AMS Symptoms
                                              • Listen to Your Body
                                              • Experienced Guide

                                              Training for 22 days Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              Training for the Damodar Kunda Trek involves preparing your body for the physical demands of high-altitude trekking. Focus on cardiovascular endurance through activities like hiking, running, or cycling to improve your stamina. Strengthen leg muscles with squats and lunges for uphill climbs, and practice carrying a loaded backpack to simulate trekking conditions. Acclimatization hikes at progressively higher elevations are essential for adjusting to lower oxygen levels. Additionally, maintain a healthy diet, stay hydrated, and work on mental resilience to cope with the challenges of remote and high-altitude trekking.

                                              Distance and Time while trekking to Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              The total distance of the Damodar Kunda Trek can vary depending on the specific route taken and the starting point, but it generally covers a distance of approximately 80 to 100 kilometers (50 to 62 miles) for a round-trip journey. The daily trekking distance can vary widely, but you may cover approximately 10 to 15 kilometers (6 to 9 miles) per day. On average, you can expect to trek for about 5 to 7 hours per day.

                                              Internet, Wi-Fi, Hot Shower and charging facilities on Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              During the Damodar Kunda Trek, access to internet and Wi-Fi is limited and unreliable. Most villages along the trekking route do not have reliable internet connectivity. Hot showers are available in some teahouses, but they often come at an additional cost and may not be readily available at higher altitudes. Charging facilities for electronic devices, such as smartphones and cameras, are typically available for a fee at teahouses, using solar power or generators. It's advisable to carry a portable power bank or spare batteries to ensure you can charge your devices, as electricity availability can be inconsistent in remote areas.

                                              Private booking of Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              Yes, you can book a private Damodar Kunda trek through Welcome Nepal Treks. We offer a variety of trekking packages, including private treks to damodar Kunda. For the booking of private trek, reach out to welcome Nepal treks through our website, email, or phone to inquire about the private Damodar Kunda trek. You can specify your preferences, such as travel dates, group size, and any additional services you may require. We customize the trek itinerary according to your preferences and available time. We will also provide you with the cost of the private trek based on your requirements.

                                              Group Joining Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              Yes, you can join a group on a Damodar Kunda trek. Welcome Nepal Treks organize group treks to popular destinations like Damodar Kunda. You can reach out to us and inquire about their upcoming group trek departure dates. Then, we will tell you the availability of group treks during your preferred travel dates and will provide you with information on upcoming departure dates and the number of participants already registered for each group. Joining a group trek is a great way to meet like-minded trekkers from around the world, share the experience, and potentially reduce the overall cost of the trek.

                                              Damodar Kunda Trekking Cost

                                              The cost of 22 days Damodar Kunda Trek can vary based on several factors including the type of trek (private or group), the level of services and accommodation, and the season of trekking you choose. According to the service, accommodation provided by us (Welcome Nepal Treks), we offer the 22 days Damodar Kunda Trek at a very reasonable price. We offer this splendid Damodar Kunda Trek package around US$2500 with the quality services. The cost includes the transportation fees, permits and everything mentioned in the package.

                                              Booking and Payment Policies of trekking to Damodar Kunda for 22 days

                                              If you want to book the Damodar Kunda trek with Welcome Nepal Treks then, we need the photocopy of your passport and you have to pay us a minimum of 10% payment of the total cost as advance. You can pay us through different medium like cash, bank transfer, or online. We accept booking deposits through Credit Cards (Master Card or Visa and many more). You can also pay us direct cash. We also accept your last minute booking but the booking should be done at least before one day prior to the trip departure date. If you have any question regarding the trek, then feel free to contact us.

                                              Trip extension after 22 days Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              Extending your trip after completing the 22 days Damodar Kunda Trek in Nepal can offer you the opportunity to explore more of this beautiful and culturally rich country. Here are some popular trip extension options to consider:

                                              • Helambu Trek
                                              • Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek
                                              • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
                                              • Chitwan National Park
                                              • Manaslu circuit trek
                                              • Upper and lower mustang trek
                                              • Pokhara
                                              • Nagarkot
                                              • UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath
                                              • Trishuli, bhotekoshi rafting
                                              • Mardi Himal trek
                                              • Tlicho lake trek
                                              • Everest Base Camp Trek
                                              • Langtang Valley Trek
                                              • Upper Mustang Trek
                                              • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

                                              ATM and money exchange service during Damodar Kunda Trek

                                              ATMs and money exchange services is limited during the Damodar Kunda Trek. You'll typically find ATMs in larger towns like Jomsom, Kagbeni, or Muktinath, but they may not always be reliable or in operation due to various factors, including power outages. It's essential to carry enough Nepalese Rupees in cash to cover your expenses during the trek, including accommodation, meals, and incidentals. Money exchange services are also scarce in the region, so it's advisable to exchange currency or obtain sufficient cash in Kathmandu or Pokhara before starting the trek.

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