A once in a lifetime opportunity to wash away your sins in the holy Hindu place of worship - Damodar Kunda (lake at 4890m) situated north of the Annapurna Range on the Tibetan plateau in the upper Mustang region.
The high attitude of Damodar Kunda (5400m) is cold and windy, but on the other hand, it guarantees some of the best views of the surrounding snow-covered Himalayan Mountains. Damodar Kunda is the source of the Kaligandaki River and flows all the way to India. According to Lord Krishna, anyone bathing in Damodar Kunda will be released from their sins.
From a vantage point just above Damodar Kunda, you will have spectacular views of the Tibetan plateau & Damodar Himal (mountain range) in the north and extraordinary views of Annapurna in the south. There are a total of 65 peaks in this mountain range including Damodar Himal, Bhrikuti Peak (6364m), and Muktinath Himal (6706m).
Damodar Kunda is in the Mustang region and is often referred to as the Ancient Kingdom of Lo in the Himalayas.
In August every year, there is a full moon festival for Buddhists and Hindus (Purnima Nepali) that would be great fun if your schedule allows. The ideal time to do this trek is between the months of April and September.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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