Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek -23 Days

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Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek
Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek
Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek
At a Glance
Duration23 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
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CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude4,890 m/16,043 ft)
Group Size1 to 20 pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking and Camping
Best TimeMarch to November

The Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek is a well-known trekking destination in the Upper Mustang region. This trek offers a lengthy yet rewarding trail that takes you through the outskirts of Lo-Manthang and the entire Lo-Kingdom. Throughout the journey, you will be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, immerse yourself in the vibrant Tibetan culture, witness ancient ways of life, explore monasteries, palaces, and statues, and traverse through the captivating red and gray landscapes as well as lush valleys. Situated in the Mustang district of mid-western Nepal, the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda is located within the Annapurna Conservation Areas. This arid trans-Himalayan desert is a true gem, showcasing the enchanting Tibetan culture, languages, and lifestyles, making the region truly extraordinary and invaluable.

Highlights:

  • Discover the enchanting Lo Kingdom, its majestic monasteries, grand palaces, and sacred chortens.
  • Embark on a journey to the Tibetan border and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring caves.
  • Delight in the breathtaking Trans-Himalayan terrain that awaits you.
  • Uncover the wonders of the Kaligandaki River Valley, with its captivating, lush green valleys.
  • Experience the serenity of the Holy Damodar Kunda Lake.
  • Marvel at the mystical landscape, adorned with low vegetation.
  • Witness the astonishing rain shadow area, where rainfall is a rarity even during the monsoon season.
  • Behold the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range, Damodar Himal, and Muktinath Himal.
  • Encounter ancient and secluded villages that hold stories of the past.
  • Revel in the mesmerizing view of the Tibetan Plateau.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna mentioned the significance of Damodar Kunda and the importance of taking a shower in this sacred lake. It is believed that by bathing in this lake, one can cleanse themselves of their sins. As a result, this lake holds great religious significance for Hindus, Buddhists, and others who believe in its power. Every year, on August Full Moon Day, a special fair is held at Damodar Kunda, attracting many local people who come to visit and take a holy bath. The Upper Mustang Damodar Trek begins with a journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus, followed by a flight or jeep ride to Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang district. From Jomsom, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, marking the starting point of this remarkable trek.

Discover the wonders of the lower Mustang, including Jomsom, Kagbeni, Muktinath Temple, and the breathtaking Kali Gandaki Lush Valley. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the heavenly villages, temples, stupas, monument sites, monasteries, and the majestic green and white peaks that surround you. Experience the rich ancient culture and civilization that thrive in the Lower Mustang before embarking on your journey to the Upper Mustang. Kagbeni serves as the gateway to the Upper Mustang Trek, where you will need to obtain special restricted permits before venturing into the upper region of Mustang. Traverse through Chhuksang, Chele, Samar, Syanbochen, Ghiling, Ghami, and Charang, and finally reach Lo-Manthang, the capital of the Lo-Kingdom. Take a day to explore Lo-Manthang and witness the beauty of Choser and the Tibet Board. From there, prepare for the Damodar Kunda trek, which takes you to one of the remote wilderness areas of the Mustang Region. Camping will be required for this part of the journey.

Embark on the off-the-beaten-path adventure to Damodar Kunda, passing through Yara and Ghuma Thanti. Spend a full day at Damodar Kunda, where you will be mesmerized by the stunning views of the white mountains, pristine lake, and monasteries. Return to Jomsom, taking in the mysterious glimpses of Gumba, lush valleys, and charming villages along the way. The trail will lead you through Ghuma Thanti, Yara, Tange, Tetang, and Kagbeni. Your Damodar Kunda trek will conclude in Kathmandu. The best time to visit Upper Mustang is from March to November. However, the month of May is particularly special as it is when the Tiji Festival takes place. This festival is the main event in the region, attracting people from Tibet and beyond to participate and celebrate. Additionally, visiting during the rainy season can be a unique experience, as the region receives less rainfall compared to other areas. Upper Mustang offers an alternative destination for those who wish to explore during the rainy season.

Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek Requires Permits and Its Cost:

Travelers embarking on the Upper Mustang Damodar Trek must secure a special permit along with a mandatory conservation area permit. The initial permit costs $500 for a 10-day period, with an additional charge of $50 per day once the initial permit expires. It is crucial to remember that the permit is only valid for 10 days, commencing and concluding in Kagbeni. Entry into the restricted Upper Mustang region without a permit is strictly forbidden, as foreigners were not permitted to enter prior to 1992. Moreover, certain areas in Mustang fall under the jurisdiction of ACAP, necessitating a permit from the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Notably, a restricted area permit can only be obtained if there are a minimum of two individuals traveling together, with solo travelers ineligible for the permit.

Which season is the most ideal for the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek?

The Upper Mustang region is situated in the rain shadow area beyond the Annapurna ranges on the Tibetan plateau. Except for winter (December to February), all other seasons are suitable for trekking in the Upper Mustang. Similar to the best trekking seasons in Nepal, autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are considered the optimal times for the Upper Mustang trek. However, it is still possible to undertake the trek during the rainy season. If you wish to explore the Mustang during the Tiji festival, it is advisable to plan your trip for May.

What are the packing lists for the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek?

Effective preparation is crucial to guaranteeing a triumphant journey. In order to ensure an extraordinary hiking adventure, we have assembled a thorough checklist of items that you must arrange before commencing the renowned Upper Mustang Damodar Trek. We aim to provide you with an insight into the essential things you should prepare for your trekking experience in Nepal.

  • Essential Gear: Prepare a backpack or daypack (30L), depending on whether you will be using a porter. Remember to bring a 2-3-liter water bottle, trekking poles, a water purification method, and a sleeping bag with a liner (consider a -20-degree capacity for winter treks).
  • Headwear: To protect yourself from the sun and wind, you can choose between a sun hat or a scarf and mask. In colder climates, it is recommended to wear a winter hat or a wind-brimmed hat that is designed to shield you from the winter elements. Additionally, it's always wise to carry a headlight with spare batteries to ensure you have adequate lighting in any situation.
  • Face Protectors: When it comes to safeguarding your skin, don't forget to include sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and face and body wipes in your daily routine. These items play a vital role in shielding your skin from harmful UV rays and keeping it clean and refreshed.
  • Handwear: Lightweight gloves offer comfort and flexibility, whereas heavyweight winter gloves provide superior insulation for extreme cold conditions.
  • Body Requirements: For a successful hiking experience, it is important to have the appropriate clothing. This includes hiking shirts made of synthetic fiber, long-sleeved shirts, a hooded rain jacket, a fleece jacket, lightweight cotton pants, polypropylene underwear, a down jacket for winter treks, and waterproof jackets and pants.
  • Footwear: The footwear options include waterproof hiking boots, thick wool socks, and sports shoes or sandals for relaxation during trek-off time.
  • Toiletries: When going hiking, make sure to pack a fast-drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, shower gel, washing powder, nail clippers, and a compact mirror.
  • Camping Gear: All the camping gear, tent, kitchen, cooking stuff,foods, bedding, and all the required gear.

Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek Cost

The cost of the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda trek can vary depending on your preferred mode of travel and the level of service you desire. Our package for this trek offers an exceptional blend of service and experience, ensuring that you have an unforgettable journey. The cost for this ideal trip ranges from USD 2700 to USD 3000 per person, depending on the size of your group. Our comprehensive package includes a detailed itinerary and top-notch service. This ultimate package is perfect for trekkers who wish to explore this pristine trek at a reasonable cost. The price for the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek is outlined below, based on the group size.

  • The Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek is priced at USD 3000 per person for a 2-person group
  • For a group of 3-5 people, the cost per person for Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek is USD2800
  • The price per person for the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek is USD 2700 for a group of 6–10 pax.
Itinerary

Experience the ultimate adventure with our 23-day Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek, the premier trek itinerary in the Upper Mustang Region. This package provides a detailed itinerary that spans the entire Lo-Kingdom from Kagbeni to the Tibet border, allowing you to explore the sacred Damodar Kunda, a renowned lake where one can cleanse their sins with a single shower. Conclude your journey back to Pokhara after Jomsom. For a unique travel experience, feel free to reach out to us for a customized itinerary tailored to your preferences.

Tour PlanExpand All

Upon your arrival in Nepal, we extend a warm Namaste to you! Known for its friendly locals, ancient architectural wonders, and rich biodiversity, Nepal is a destination like no other. As you step out of Kathmandu Airport, our representative will be there to welcome you. After exchanging pleasantries, you will be taken to your hotel. Take some time to relax and rejuvenate at the hotel before exploring the vibrant Thamel Bazaar in the evening, where you can immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: Welcome DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Embark on a journey to explore the iconic landmarks of Kathmandu today. This modern city has successfully preserved its traditional values, making it a perfect destination for travelers interested in vintage artistry. If you're unsure where to start, don't worry—we're here to help! Begin your adventure at the revered Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, where you can experience a sense of tranquility in the spiritual ambiance. Visit the sacred Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath to immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and witness the grandeur of ancient stupa architecture. And if you're still craving more, don't miss out on exploring the Basantapur Durbar Complex at the city's core, where you can admire the intricate ancient craftsmanship.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

In the early hours of the morning, embark on an aircraft soaring through the sky towards Pokhara or opt for a scenic drive aboard a tourist bus—the choice is yours, based on your personal preferences. Regardless of the mode of transportation you select, you will undoubtedly be treated to breathtaking landscapes adorned with lush valleys, vibrant greenery, majestic mountain peaks, roaring rivers, quaint villages, rolling hills, and terraced fields. The only variable lies in the time required to complete the journey. A flight will whisk you away in approximately 30 minutes, while ground travel will encompass approximately 7-8 hours. Some travelers argue that the aerial vistas surpass those witnessed from the ground, yet the truth remains that individual taste and perspective ultimately determine one's preference.

Note: The flight cost is an extra USD95 per person if you wish to book a flight.

 

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

This morning, our journey will commence as we board a flight bound for the charming town of Jomsom. The breathtaking aerial views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, situated in close proximity, are truly awe-inspiring. Upon arrival, we will embark on our trekking adventure, ascending the rugged trail that traverses the mountainous terrain alongside the Kali Gandaki River, leading us to Kagbeni (2,810m). Positioned at the confluence of two rivers, this quaint settlement, famously known as the 'gateway to Upper Mustang', offers majestic vistas of Mt. Nilgiri to the south. If our plans unfold smoothly, we may opt for a side-trip to Muktinath, which will add an additional six hours to our planned itinerary. The path to this sacred Hindu temple is relatively easy, featuring gentle inclines and declines. Throughout the year, both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims pay their respects to Lord Muktinath, creating a serene atmosphere in this divine place.

Max. Altitude: 2810mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

After verifying the required permits at the official checkpoint near Kagbeni's border, we will proceed along the Kali Gandaki River, crossing multiple ridges and passing by numerous monasteries, caves, and apple orchards until we reach Tangbe. Surrounded by fields of barley, buckwheat, and wheat, this village is home to white-washed houses made of mud and stone, interconnected by a maze of narrow alleys. Next, we will continue our journey towards Chhusang Village. Crossing to the other side of the river, we will leave the Kali Gandaki Valley behind and ascend steeply to Chele (3,050m).

Max. Altitude: 3050mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Proceeding alongside the distinctive reddish landscapes of the Mustang Region, we will guide our way up through dry terrains before descending steadily to Samar (3,620m). From there, we will have a breathtaking view of the majestic peaks of Nilgiri and Annapurna to the south. Following an ascent on a ridge above Samar, we will continue along the trail down to a stunning gorge, passing through dramatic countryside, crossing a glistening stream, and reaching the peak of another ridge. Finally, we will descend to Shyangmochen (3,800m). Along the journey, we will pass by the renowned Ramchung Cave, a sacred site in the Mustang Region.

Max. Altitude: 3800mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

On this particular day, our journey will commence by passing several teahouses, chortens, and local settlements. We will then make our way through Yamada La Pass (3,850m) and eventually reach Geling Village. Following that, we will proceed beyond Nyi La Pass (4,010m) and Ghami La Pass, descending towards Ghami, which happens to be the third largest village in the area. The trail will then lead us eastwards to the settlement of Charang, located at the end of the wall. Afterwards, we will ascend to the opposite side of the moon-like terrain, where we will catch a glimpse of the distinctive Tsarang Chorten from a distance, indicating our proximity to the entrance of Tsarang (3,560m). The village itself boasts a must-visit attraction, namely the grand five-story white Dzong and the vibrant red Gompa.

Max. Altitude: 3560mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

With the awe-inspiring backdrop of majestic snow-capped peaks like Tilicho (7,134m), Annapurna I, Nilgiri, and Bhrikuti, our journey will begin by descending into the Charang Chu Canyon before ascending steeply along the river. As we continue, we will gradually make our way towards the Lo pass, where we will be treated to breathtaking views of the Lo-Manthang Valley. Throughout the entire day of trekking, we will be surrounded by a vast expanse of aridness. Finally, as we descend the hill and approach the entrance, the fortified capital of Lo-Manthang will come into view.

Max. Altitude: 3800mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

On the ninth day of your journey, you will have the opportunity to rest and give your tired legs a much-needed break while acclimating to the higher altitudes. Lo Manthang, nestled between two massive rocks that form a natural barrier, is a truly breathtaking destination that any travel enthusiast would be lucky to visit. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Mustang, this village boasts captivating gompas, a stunning five-story royal palace, and traditional houses lining its narrow streets. Take the time to explore and immerse yourself in the pristine surroundings of this magnificent village.

Max. Altitude: 3800mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Today, we will be exploring the path adjacent to Upper Mustang. Following a hearty breakfast, we embark on a trek towards Yara. Throughout the day, we will encounter both uphill and downhill sections, all while being treated to breathtaking views. One of the highlights of the journey is crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river and passing through the charming Dhie village. After approximately 6 hours of walking, we will finally arrive at our destination, Yara. This trail spans a distance of 16 km and promises an enchanting and rustic experience, with its captivating landscapes and unique pathway.

Max. Altitude: 3,600 m/11,811 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch , DinnerAccommodation: Tent

Embark on a captivating expedition into the isolated and mysterious upper Mustang region, leaving the Yara behind. Following a satisfying breakfast, our path leads us towards the enchanting Luri Gomba. Today's itinerary features a short hike covering a distance of 4 kilometers, allowing ample time for acclimatization during the 3-hour journey. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance as you visit the Luri Gomba and its surrounding areas.

Max. Altitude: 3,950 m/12,959 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Tent

 Indulge in a delicious breakfast before embarking on a journey to Luri Gumba and Ghuma Thanti. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to discover the unexplored regions of Mustang. The path will lead you through a desolate valley after crossing a 5100-meter pass. Upon reaching Ghuma Thanti, where we will spend the night in tents, you will have passed by the Luri Cave monastery.

Max. Altitude: 4,600 m/15,092 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Tent

Following breakfast, the trail ascends and descends, eventually leading to a 5000m pass. Along the way, we will be greeted by the awe-inspiring Damodar Kunda, a highly revered and breathtaking lake. This magnificent destination marks the culmination of our Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek. Today's journey entails a mix of uphill and downhill sections, making for a long and challenging day of walking. Covering a distance of 17 km, we can expect to spend approximately 6 to 7 hours on foot.

Max. Altitude: 4,890 m/16,043 ftMeal: breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Tent

Today, we are going to discover Damodar Kunda, a revered destination for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Damodar Kunda offers a breathtaking panorama of snow-capped mountains, providing an awe-inspiring sight. Immerse yourself in the holy waters to cleanse your body of any impurities. Experience the serenity and uniqueness of this remarkable place by spending the night in a tent.

Max. Altitude: 4,890 m/16,043 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tent

After having breakfast, we will be heading back to Ghuma Thanti by retracing our steps along the off-the-beaten path. We will be spending the night at Ghuma Thanti in a tent.

Max. Altitude: 4,600 m/15,092 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch dinnerAccommodation: Tent

Following breakfast, we will retrace our steps back to Yara. The trail leads downhill until we arrive at Yara Village, where we will set up camp for our second night.

Max. Altitude: 3,600 m/11,811 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Tent

In the early morning, our journey commences towards Tange. Today presents us with a slight challenge as we make our way down towards Dechhyang Khola, which originates from Damodar Kunda. Along this path, we have the opportunity to discover Shaligram, a sacred symbol of Lord Vishnu according to Hindu beliefs. Additionally, we will encounter numerous Chortens along the way. Our overnight stay will be in Tange.

Max. Altitude: 3360mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

Today, we commence our trek early in the morning once again. As we make our way past Tange village, we encounter a river and a small pass. The path descends until we arrive at Tetang village. From this point, we are treated to breathtaking views of Nilgiri Peak, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, and other peaks. stay over night in Chusang

Max. Altitude: 2980mMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

Today, we begin our day by having breakfast and embarking on our journey towards Muktinath. As we make our way, we will come across a charming village adorned with stunning Mani walls. Continuing our path, we will cross a picturesque suspension bridge. Finally, we will arrive at Muktinath, where we will have the opportunity to explore the sacred temple area, known for its 108 brass water spouts. This site holds immense significance for both Hindus and Buddhists, making it a revered pilgrimage destination. We will spend the night at a comfortable tea house, ensuring a restful stay.

Max. Altitude: 3,802 m/12,475 ftMeal: Breakfast,Luch, DinnerAccommodation: Tea house

On the last day of the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda trek, we make our way back, traversing the picturesque village of Jharkot and enjoying the breathtaking views of Kagbeni before reaching Jomsom, where our trek concludes. As the day comes to an end, we eagerly anticipate a refreshing hot shower. Later in the evening, we gather with our guide and porter to celebrate and share the wonderful experiences we had during the trek. We spend the night at a cozy tea house.

Today, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel in the early morning before embarking on a breathtaking flight along the Kali Gandaki gorge to Pokhara. The rest of the day will be spent relaxing in Pokhara, where you can choose to explore the Pokhara valley or simply enjoy some free time.

Max. Altitude: 823m/2700ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

Today, you have the option to either return by taking a flight or a tourist bus. If you opt for the flight, it will only take 30 minutes, whereas the drive will take approximately 6 to 7 hours. The decision is entirely up to you. However, please note that choosing the flight will incur a slightly higher cost compared to driving. As part of our Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda package, we offer a complimentary bus ride. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be checked into a hotel, and this evening, we will treat you to a farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: Breakfast and DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

Thank you for choosing us to help you live out your Damodar Kunda Trek. We are pleased to offer our assistance and knowledge, and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. You have the choice to select your next adventure from our inventory or return home. A representative will be on hand to accompany you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. Bon Voyage!

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ftMeal: Breakfast
Cost Details
Included
  • 23-day trekking adventure package outlined in the itinerary
  • Private transportation arranged for pick-up and drop-off
  • Utilization of tourist bus for ground travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Explore Kathmandu with a knowledgeable cultural guide and travel in a private vehicle for a full-day tour.
  • Stay at Comfortable hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara for 2 nights each, inclusive of complimentary breakfast
  •  Accommodation at tea houses during the mountain trek and tent with 3 meals provided daily (Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner)
  • Tourist bus transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as return journey 
  • Flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and back, included in the package
  • professional trekking guide and Shepra provided, along with one porter for guests
  • Staff members supplied with food, accommodation, salary, insurance, and transportation
  • Welcome dinner featuring a cultural program
  • special permit fee of USD $500.00 per person for 10 days and beyond
  • Inclusion of Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS
  • availability of a government-registered, first-aid-trained, and eco-trained English-speaking local guide with medical kits
  • All government taxes and company service charges covered
  • Tent accommodation provided for 7 nights during the trek;
  • provision of all necessary camping gear for the journey
Excluded
  • The visa fees for Nepal are USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, and USD 125 for 90 days per person.
  • International airfare is not included in the travel package and needs to be arranged separately.
  • Visitors are advised to have travel and medical insurance for their safety.
  • In cases of unexpected bad weather conditions, extra days may be required and should be planned accordingly.
  • Some amenities, such as hot showers, drinking water, WIFI, laundry, and batteries, may come at an additional cost.
  • Personal expenses, extra drinks, and lost items are not included in the travel package.
  • It is customary to give tips to your driver, porter, and guide.
  • All kinds of trekking and personal gear
  • Private transportation between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • expenditure on beverages such as water, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and hot drinks
  • Food and beverage expenses in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Dates & Availability
Starts:May 20, 2024Ends:Jun 11, 2024
PriceUS$3000
AvailabilityGuaranteed
Starts:May 25, 2024Ends:Jun 16, 2024
PriceUS$3000
AvailabilityGuaranteed

The Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek stands out as a popular and iconic choice for those eager to venture beyond the Himalayas and tap into the natural and spiritual essence of the region. This trek is steeped in the Bon Buddhism tradition, offering a glimpse into the ancient Tibetan culture and way of life. The sacred Damodar Kunda lake holds significance for both Hindus and Buddhists, adding a layer of spirituality to the journey. Himalanaya Trekking presents a fixed Departure schedule for the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek, catering to the needs of group travelers. Solo explorers seeking to connect with fellow adventurers in this mysterious landscape can find suitable departure times to embark on this captivating expedition.

Additional Info

The Himalayan Trekking Path is dedicated to furnishing you with comprehensive information about our trekking packages. We understand the importance of detailed information to ensure a well-prepared and memorable experience on every holiday package. Our package provides extensive details on what is included, excluded, and the array of services offered. You will find information on what essentials to pack for the trip, the optimal season to commence this journey, the delightful food choices provided, modes of transportation, accommodation options, permits, and necessary formalities, as well as the availability of experienced guides and porters. We urge you to carefully review our package, and if you are in search of a reputable company, do not hesitate to opt for our comprehensive Upper Mustang Trek for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Explore the detailed information about the Upper Mustang Trek Package.

Booking Process for Upper Mustang  Damodar Kunda Trek with us

To reserve the Upper Mustang Damodar Trek, simply access the "book now" option like you would with other packages. For any additional inquiries, click on "available" and then "send inquiries" to learn more about our customer service and the value we provide. Feel free to reach out to us via email, our website, WhatsApp, or any other preferred method of communication. Please note that a non-refundable deposit of 10–20% is necessary when booking, along with a copy of your passport for preparation purposes and flight details for airport transfers. The outstanding balance should be paid upon arrival.

How do I pay for the Upper Mustang Damodar Trek Package?

We understand that settling your outstanding balance and making a deposit can be a hassle, so we have a highly convenient solution for you. When it comes to paying for your trip, we offer you a variety of options to choose from. You can make the payment at the time of booking or upon your arrival. To ensure your convenience, we provide multiple payment methods, including online transfer, credit card, or cash. However, please note that if you choose to pay by card, a 4% bank service charge will be applied to the total price. On the other hand, if you prefer to pay by cash, you can use the local currency or any other currency accepted by the Nepal government, such as USD, AUD, EURO, CAD, RMB, and more.

The Cancellation Policy:

We understand that plans can sometimes change unexpectedly, which is why we offer complimentary cancellations for bookings made up to 30 days prior to the trip. However, please note that the deposit is non-refundable, even if you decide to cancel after the booking confirmation. It's important to be aware that cancellations made after this specified period are also non-refundable. Trekking involves coordinating various components such as accommodations, transportation, flights, guides, porters, mountain lodgings, and permits. We recommend exploring our packages and services, and if they don't meet your requirements, customization is always an option. Once your booking is confirmed, we kindly request that you avoid canceling as we begin preparations for a seamless experience shortly after. Our company values its reputation, and canceling may impact our relationship with local stakeholders and the quality of our services in the future. To maintain our reputation in the tourism industry, we kindly ask that you refrain from canceling once the booking is confirmed. However, if necessary, we can accommodate date changes.

Difficulty factors of the Upper Mustang Damodar Trek:

The Upper Mustang Damodar Trek is not considered a challenging trek, but it is important to note that weather conditions may cause flight delays between Pokhara and Jomsom. The majority of the trek takes place on flat terrain, although the trail itself is dusty and unpaved. It is essential to be well-prepared for the dusty conditions, intense sun, and strong Himalayan dry winds. Once you enter Jomsom, you will be walking in a desert-like environment on mostly flat terrain, occasionally encountering narrow paths and high passes. The Upper Mustang Trek is classified as a moderate-level trek, but it does require a certain level of physical fitness and good health conditions, as you will be walking approximately 15km each day.

How to Preserve from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):

During the Upper Mustang Damodar Kunda Trek, the risk of mountain sickness is minimal, but it is essential to be proactive in preventing this issue. By preparing yourself and knowing how to trek without succumbing to altitude sickness, you can ensure a successful journey through the Himalayan region. Our team is here to share our expertise and help you have a fulfilling experience. The trek begins in Pokhara (823m) with a picturesque flight to Jomsom (2750m), continuing on to Lo-Manthang with passes exceeding 4000 m, and resting at 3500m in Lo-Mangthang. Eventually, reach  Damodar Kunda (4890m). Due to the altitude gain, some individuals may experience altitude sickness. To avoid this, follow these tips throughout your journey.

  • Adhere to the guidance provided by the trekking guide and maintain a leisurely pace while walking.
  • Hydrate yourself adequately by consuming approximately 4 to 5 liters of purified water every day.
  • Embrace the beauty of nature and avoid rushing while walking.
  • Refrain from consuming any food items that may potentially disrupt your digestive system.
  • It is advisable to abstain from alcohol consumption throughout the trekking journey.
  • Ensure that you carry a few first aid kits containing medications such as Dioria, Vhometing, Feaver, Stomached, and Diamox for altitude sickness.
  • Prior to embarking on the trek, it is recommended to consult with your doctor.
  • Take regular breaks every 30 to 45 minutes of walking to rest and rejuvenate.

Airport Transfer in a Private Vehicle (Pick-Up and Drop-Off)

For a hassle-free experience, our upper Mustang Trekking package includes airport pick-up and drop-off services. Upon your arrival, our representative will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a name card and a Himalayan Trekking Path Board with your name on it. Please locate your name outside the hall and meet us there. As a gesture of welcome, you will be presented with a marigold flower garland and transferred to your hotel as part of the package. Similarly, at the end of your trip, we will arrange for your transportation to the airport and offer you a Khada, along with our best wishes for your future endeavors and a safe journey. Rest assured, all airport transfers will be conducted in a private vehicle. We strive to treat our guests like royalty and show the utmost respect.

Upper Mustang Trekking Accommodation:

In our upper Mustang trekking package, we provide complimentary lodging for your comfort. In the urban area, you will have standard hotel accommodations equipped with modern amenities like wifi, hot showers, cozy bedding, complimentary breakfast, and air conditioning. On the mountainside, we offer the best available accommodations, which are quite basic. These include comfortable, thin mattresses, warm blankets, and some with attached bathrooms, while others have shared facilities. Along the Damodar Kunda route, there are no tea houses available. Therefore, you will need to camp in a tent for a duration of 7 nights. All necessary equipment is provided as part of the package. 

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara: As part of the Upper Mustang Treks, you will have a pleasant stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek. Prior to the trek, you will be accommodated in a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu, such as Hotel Buddha, or Hotel Simal, all falling under a similar category. Similarly, in Pokhara, you will stay at Hotel Crystal Palace for one night before the trek and another night after the trek. Each morning, you will be treated to a complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The hotel rooms offer various amenities, including air conditioning, free wifi, a hot shower, a cozy bed, a working desk, and toiletries. If you wish to upgrade your hotel, it can be arranged for an additional charge. Alternatively, if you choose not to have accommodation, the cost of the Upper Mustang Trek package will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Accommodation in the Mountains: Experience the Upper Mustang trekking package with 10 nights of mountain accommodation, starting in Jomsom and concluding in Jomsom after the Lo-manthang via Damodar Kunda, a 7-night tent camp. During the trek, guests will have the opportunity to stay at a lovely yet basic hotel and lodge, equipped with a thin mattress and a warm blanket. Depending on availability, guests may be able to secure a room with an attached bathroom. The lodge boasts beautiful surroundings, particularly in the dining and kitchen areas. Furthermore, the hotel offers amenities like a payable hot shower, wifi, and charging facilities. In the tent camp, we offer all the equipment and food.

The Upper Mustang Trek required permits, documents and costs.

In order to undertake the upper Mustang trekking experience, it is imperative to acquire three distinct permits. These permits can be obtained by submitting two copies of your passport-size photos along with a copy of your passport. The upper Mustang region is renowned for its exceptional preservation, commencing in the restricted area of Kagbeni, where solo trekkers are prohibited. Nevertheless, if you are an individual traveler and desire to explore this captivating region, it is feasible to obtain extra-person permits by paying an additional fee. For a comprehensive understanding of the Upper Mustang trekking permit requirements and associated costs, please find detailed information below.

  • TIMS Card: The TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System Card) is a vital tool that provides information on weather conditions and track situations. It is especially crucial in emergencies involving tourists, local porters, and guides. The cost of the TIMS Card is Rs 2000 per trekker. To obtain the card, you must submit a copy of your passport and a passport-sized photo. The documentation process will be handled by Himalaya Trekking Path, and the cost of the TIMS Card is already included in the package.
  • ACAP Permit: The Annapurna conservation areas encompass the captivating Upper Mustang Trek, necessitating the acquisition of the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) for entry. This permit plays a vital role in conserving nature, managing waste, and establishing essential infrastructure. Each trekker is required to pay Rs 3000 for the ACAP, which grants them access for one entry. To obtain the permit, trekkers must provide a copy of their passport and a passport-size photo. It is worth noting that the cost of the permits is already included in the package.
  • Resticted Permit: The nature and culture of the Upper Mustang region are exceptionally well preserved. To enter this restricted area, a minimum of two trekkers must be in a group. Permission to enter Upper Mustang after Kagbeni can be obtained from the Immigration Office in Kalikasthan, Kathmandu, at a cost of USD 500 per person for a 10-day permit, with an additional daily fee of USD 50 per person. Original passport, visa, and photos are required for the permit application. The cost of the 15-day special permits is included in the comprehensive package. 

Mode of transportation in use for Upper Mustang Trekking:

The Upper Mustang Trek provides a range of transportation options based on the itinerary. The package includes airport pick-up and drop-off services, a comfortable tourist coach from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and a convenient flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Here is a detailed overview of the transportation arrangements.

  • Travel between Kathmandu and Pokhara: When traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara, you have several transportation options to choose from, including public buses, tourist buses, private vehicles, and flights. However, our Upper Mustang Trekking Package offers a unique experience with a VIP tourist bus ride, allowing you to soak in the breathtaking scenery of the countryside, lush green valleys, rice and vegetable terraces, river valleys, and more. On the return journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu after completing the Upper Mustang Trek, you can also opt for a VIP tourist bus ride. Covering a total distance of 200km each way, this journey typically takes around 6 to 7 hours. Alternatively, there is a quick flight option available, which only takes 30 minutes but comes with an additional charge of USD 100 per person.
  • Travel between Pokhara and Jomsom: During the fourth day of the Upper Mustang Trek, you will embark on an extraordinary adventure from Pokhara to Jomsom, the gateway to the Mustang region, aboard a small aircraft. The flight duration is a mere 30 minutes, yet it offers an unparalleled experience as you traverse the captivating woodland of Ghorepani. Especially during the vibrant spring season, you will have the opportunity to witness the picturesque blooming rhododendron forests, accompanied by breathtaking views of the magnificent Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges, as well as the stunning Kaligandaki valley, all from the comfort of the plane. Similarly, when returning from Jomsom to Pokhara, you will once again have the privilege of traveling by plane. This mode of transportation not only exudes luxury but also ensures the utmost convenience for your journey between Pokhara and Jomsom.

Important Features of Travel Insurance:

When preparing for trekking or adventure activities in Nepal, it is crucial to have travel insurance. This is not just important but also a requirement for obtaining trekking permits and ensuring safety in case of emergencies. Additionally, travel insurance can be extremely valuable during unforeseen situations, covering medical expenses, lost items, and rescue operations. To guarantee a confident, delightful, and safe journey, we highly recommend choosing an appropriate insurance plan. While insurance is not part of our package, we are more than happy to provide suggestions if needed. There are several insurance companies that specialize in adventure and high-altitude trekking coverage, such as World Nomads, IMG, and Seven Corners. You can either check out their websites or directly get in touch with them to explore coverage options for your specific trek or climbing expedition.

Trekking Guide for Upper Mustang Trekking:

The presence of a trekking guide is crucial for any trekking expedition, especially in restricted areas like the Upper Mustang Trek, where a local company and trekking guide are mandatory. The Upper Mustang Trek provides a professional trekking guide who is fluent in English, holds a government license, and has extensive knowledge about the culture, history, flora, and fauna, as well as first-aid services. Your guide will be by your side throughout the entire trek, from start to finish. This package covers all expenses for the guide, including salary, insurance, meals, accommodation, and transportation. Additionally, the package includes a climbing guide who is fully equipped with food, insurance, salary, accommodation, and gear. Our committed guides go the extra mile to ensure that your journey is not only successful but also enjoyable. We are confident that you will have a fantastic experience with our guides.

Trekking Porter for Upper Mustang Trekking

Enhance your Upper Mustang trekking experience with our comprehensive package that includes a complimentary porter service. This service ensures that you have a porter to assist you along the demanding and less-frequented paths, making your journey comfortable and enjoyable. By utilizing the porter's services, you can lighten the load on your daypack and have more time to relish the magnificent views along the trail. Additionally, you will be supporting the local community during your trek. Each pair of trekkers is provided with one porter, with a maximum weight limit of 18 kg. The package covers all expenses related to the porter, including fees, salary, insurance, meals, and accommodation.

What types of meals are typically served during the Upper Mustang Trek?

As part of our Upper Mustang Trek package, we offer premium accommodations with breakfast in the city and full-board meals in the mountains. You will have the opportunity to savor a wide variety of culinary delights, ranging from local delicacies to international cuisine. Whether you have specific dietary requirements, such as gluten-free or allergies, or if you follow a vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or vegan diet, we have multiple options available to cater to your needs. In the mountains, our team ensures a generous selection of food, but if you find it insufficient, we recommend considering alternative items. It is advisable to consume meals with a higher calorie content during the trekking journey. We kindly request that you carefully review the food choices provided both in the town and on the mountain.

  • Breakfast: Enjoy a complimentary breakfast in Kathmandu as part of the Mustang Trek package, along with comfortable accommodation. Indulge in a hearty breakfast spread in the city, featuring eggs, meat, vegetables, fresh fruit, juice, bakery items, cereal, cheese, tea, coffee, and an array of local and continental dishes. Moreover, in the mountainous regions, a delightful breakfast menu awaits you with options like eggs, bread, paratha, set breakfast, champa (a local porridge), porridge, muesli with milk, hot beverages, fruit salad, and warm noodle soup.
  • Lunch and Dinner: During the Upper Mustang Trek Package, you will be treated to a comprehensive meal plan that includes full-board meals in the mountains as well as a memorable farewell dinner in Kathmandu before your departure. Our dining experience will commence in Jomsom and continue until the end of the trek, including the return journey to Jomsom. Regardless of your dietary preferences, whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian diet, there is a wide range of choices available to cater to your culinary needs. From local delicacies like Dal Bhat to international cuisines such as Nepali, Indian, and Tibetan dishes, you will have a diverse selection to satisfy your taste buds. Prepare to indulge in popular food items like noodles, momo, roti or bread, curry, soup, spaghetti, fried rice, chicken roast or grilled, pizza, spring rolls, French fries, and more.

How about other amenities for the Upper Mustang Trek?

We would like to notify you that the upper Mustang trekking package does not encompass the provision of mountain amenities such as wifi and internet access, mobile phone and recharge services, hot showers, drinking water, and charging facilities. These services can be obtained separately at an additional expense. Please be aware that you have the option to avail yourself of these amenities by paying an extra fee.

  • Drinking water:Hydration is essential for all trekking and adventure journeys to prevent mountain sickness. In the context of Upper Mustang Trekking, it is recommended to drink 3 to 4 liters of water daily. There are various options to access clean water during your expedition, including using filters or purification tablets for spring water. Alternatively, you can buy bottled water or boil water for consumption. If you desire hot water, remember to bring appropriate containers. The price of a one-liter bottle can vary from Rs 150 to Rs 350, depending on the altitude.
  • Hot Shower: It's important to get a good night's sleep to recharge after a long day of hiking, and a refreshing shower can help with that. Unfortunately, hot showers are not part of the package, but they are available at most teahouses and homestays nearby for an additional fee. These showers are powered by either gas or solar energy. As you begin your Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can enjoy a hot shower at a reasonable cost. The price per person per shower typically ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400. It's a good idea to have some Nepali currency on hand to cover the cost of this service.
  • WiFi and reception: While embarking on the Upper Mustang Trek, you will have access to wifi at all teahouses. In locations with good reception, you can opt for a local SIM card with data, except for specific areas. Nevertheless, if you choose to utilize the teahouse wifi, there will be a charge of Rs. 200 to Rs. 300 per teahouse. It is important to note that internet service may not be available during unfavorable weather conditions.
  • Laundry Service: When embarking on a lengthy journey, utilizing the laundry service can be an excellent way to reduce the number of belongings you have to pack. In areas with mountains, there are laundry services offered at a reasonable cost, but you also have the choice to wash your clothes yourself. To do this, make sure to bring washing powder or soap and clean your daily-use items. Afterwards, hang them near a wood fire or on the balcony of the tea house, utilizing the wind to ensure they dry quickly overnight.
  • Charging Facility: Throughout the Upper Mustang Trek, a charging facility will be at your disposal for all your electronic devices. The hydroelectricity service provided throughout the entire journey guarantees the availability of necessary amenities. Moreover, each tea house is equipped with multiple outlets to cater to your convenience. This ensures that you are well-prepared for any unexpected situations, such as adverse weather conditions or power outages.

Tipping Culture:

Tipping is a common practice in the tourism industry in Nepal. When utilizing airport transportation services, it is customary to leave a tip for the driver. Similarly, when dining for lunch or dinner, it is expected to show appreciation by leaving a tip for the staff. This practice also applies to trekking guides, tour guides, climbing guides, and porters. The amount of the tip is discretionary and should reflect your satisfaction with the service received.

Farewell 

On behalf of the  Himalayan Trekking Path Company, we are delighted to invite you to a farewell dinner in honor of your upcoming departure. This special occasion will also serve as an opportunity for us to present you with an appreciation certificate and engage in a conversation about your trip, allowing us to gather your valuable suggestions and reviews. Your kind feedback holds great significance for our company.