Upper Mustang (Tiji Festival)

An exciting Cultural experience

The Damodar Kunda (lake) is famous for the Hindu religion, it is situated in the rain shadow of High Himalayas north of Annapurna range.

The elevation of the Damodar Kunda is 5400 meters. It is a cold and windy place, but also exquisite. We recommend you to visit during the full moon of August because a big festival occurs every year where thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit. Usually, you may visit April to September every year. Festival time will be great for the visit to Damodar Kund.

The Tibetan plateau and Damodar Himal to the north and the Annapurna Himalayan massive to the south can be seen. The Damodar lakes are located three-Day walk from northeast of the main Mustang trekking route & very close to the Tibetan border. Damodar Kunda lies on restricted upper mustang between Kagbeni and Muktinath.

Destination: Mustang, Nepal
Trip Routes: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kagbeni; Jomsom - Tsaile - Syangmochen - Tsarang - Lo-Manthang - Yara - Ghuma Thanti - Damodar Kunda; Damodar Lake - Ghuma Thanti - Yara - Tangye - Tetang - Muktinath - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: March to June and September to December

Group Size
2 - 10
21 days
5200m (17060ft)
Trans Alps Adventure
The Journey Begins Here

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
    Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be welcome by us and transfer to your hotel.
  • Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara,
    Early morning, after having breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara by tourist bus for 7 hours. At 3 o'clock you will reach Pokhara. You will visit around lakeside and do boating in the evening.
  • Day 3 Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom 2720m and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/4 hours,
    Early in the morning, we fly from Pokhara to Jomsom. After arrival in Jomsom, we start our trek to Kagbeni. We walk on the wide bank of the Kaligandaki. We have a short glimpse of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal. From the trail, we continue slightly ascends and level trail until reaching Kagbeni Village.
  • Day 4 Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m/6 hours (via Tangbe/ Chuksang),
    The route will continue on the left bank of Kaligandaki with small ups and downs along the Kaligandaki River. After a long walk, we cross a small stream and climb up on the terraced hill; we will come to Tangbe, After crossing the bridge, we make a steep ascent onto the terrace ahead and we will reach Tsaile.
  • Day 5 Trek from Tsaile to Syangmochen 3800m/7 hours (via Samar),
    We follow the trail that cut out of the cliff and after passing the canyons we will reach a small pass we descend steeply to a stream, then climb up and descend steeply to another stream, then climb up to a plateau. We keep climbing up the right fork to the Chungsi-La and countering through the amazing canyons until reaching Ranchung Cave whose large stalactites resemble Rangchung Chorten.
  • Day 6 Trek from Syangmochen to Tsarang 3560m/7 hours (via Gelling, Ghami),
    We continue descending to the right towards Ghiling, cross a stream and move on along the stone walls in the farm fields. We climb onto the terrace and pass along the longest Mani Wall in Mustang. The trail goes around to the right and a steep ascent starts in the rocky gully, then traverses to the Tsarang-La. On the top of the pass we find, a big stone pile and the Annapurna Himal in back looks beautiful. Then, we keep walking along and gentle descent until reaching Tsarang Village.
  • Day 7 Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3840m/4 hours,
    We will visit the Old Palace and Ancient Buddhist Monastery. Then, we descend to the gorge of the Tsarang Khola, we ascend to about the same height as Tsarang on the rocky gully. Finally, we arrive in Lo-La from where we can see the first view of the wall city of Lo-Manthang and the prayer flags are flapping in the wind. Now we climb up onto the plateau of Lo-Manthang, crossing an irrigation canal at the southern wall of the city of Lo-Manthang.
  • Day 8 Explore to the Lo-Manthang City and Hike to Surrounding mountains,
    Today, we will explore the eastern valley of Lo-Manthang, the site of Garphu and Nyaphu Gompas and some fascinating cave-dwelling structures. First, we descend to the small stream and cross by a wooden bridge. Then we ascend for a while and continue along the level trail until reaching Garphu and Nyaphu village. We visit the scenic Monastery situated inside the Cliff and Cave with numerous rooms.
  • Day 9 Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m/6 hours (via Dhi),
    We leave the village and keep by gently ascending until we reach Day-La with dusty trail from where the last view of the Lo-Manthang. The trail gently climbs on the ridge. Then, we climb down a steep and dusty descent in the narrow path. We again come to a wide plateau and descend rocky gully and knee crunching trail until reaching Dhi village. We will have lunch here. After lunch, we cross by a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River and make a short steep climb. Then, we follow along the upstream of Puyung Khola viewing the unbelievable landscapes and innumerable caves at the stone walls until reaching Yara Village.
  • Day 10 Trek from Yara to Ghuma Thanti 4800m/7 hours (via Luri Cave)
    Today, we climb up to reach Luri Cave Monastery and visit that interesting Cave Monastery. After that, we follow the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek.
  • Day 11 Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Damodar Kunda 4890m/10 hours,
    In this day, we start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600meter pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make the lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail.
  • Day 12 Exploring the high altitude Damodar Kunda/Lake,
  • Day 13 Trek from Damodar Kunda to Ghuma Thanti 4800m/8 hours
    Today, we return all the same way passing over the 5600m high pass. The trail again ups and down the same like before. We will make our lunch in some small stream in the trail.
  • Day 14 Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Yara 3900m/7 hours,
    We come back all the same route before we climb up. The trail continues downhill until reaching Yara Village.
  • Day 15 Trek from Yara to Tangye 3240m/8 hours
    We first have short and steep ascent and then long flat way trail. Then the trail continues steep down to Dechhyang Khola which origin is from Damodar Kunda. It takes about 30 minutes. We find everywhere Saligrames. Then the trail steeply ascents and leads us to the top of the pass where we have our packed lunch break, so we need to make pack lunch in Yara due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. After lunch, the trail goes up and down and then we are on a huge plateau and cross it for reaching to Tangya village.
  • Day 16 Trek from Tangya to Tetang 3040m/10 hours (via Paha)
    We leave the village, cross the suspension bridge and follow the short river route. After crossing the river, we steeply climb up to reach a small pass. we continue crossing many small passes until we reach the top of the hill. Then the trail steeply descends and we encounter strong winds until we reach Tetang village. We have a superb view of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak, and other snow peaks during the trail.
  • Day 17 Trek from Tetang to Muktinath 3700m/6 hours,
    Today, we follow our trail through the village after passing the scenic Mani walls. Then, we climb up to the wide valley. After walking the plateau, we keep ascending until reaching a small pass from where we can see the high mountains and picturesque view of Muktinath. we enter in the village of Chhyongar and follow the level trail until reaching Muktinath passing Kani/gate. In the evening, we explore a secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists in about 30 minutes in its compound. We can visit the 108 brass water spouts, Muktinath temple stands enshrining Vishnu, a Hindu god. When we visit Muktinath Temple at once, we are free/salvation of escape from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
  • Day 18 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2720m/5 hours,
    Early morning after breakfast, we drop down to Jharkot village where we visit the ancient Sakyamuni Buddhist Monastery and Traditional Medical Center. Then, we follow the dusty road trail for a while and choose a short cut left trail until reaching Eklebatti where we have our lunch. After lunch, we follow again dusty and strong wind road level trail along the Kaligandaki River to reach Jomsom.
  • Day 19 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 820m,
    Early in the morning after breakfast, we fly back to Pokhara which takes about 20minutes approximately, then, transfer to Hotel in Pokhara. After lunch, we visit in and around the valley.
  • Day 20 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu,
    Today you will drive back to Kathmandu by the tourist bus after breakfast.
  • Day 21 Final Departure from Kathmandu/other travel destinations.
    Today, we will take you to the airport for your final departure 3 hours before your flight. We will wish for your safe journey.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What preparations should I make before trekking?

It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.

Is drinking water easily available?

Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.

What kind of food is available during trekking?

Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.

What are the risks associated with trekking?

Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.

Do I need a guide/porter to trek?

There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.

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