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DAMODAR KUNDA TREKKING AUGUST 2008
Pokhara - Muktinath - Mustang - Damodar Kunda
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Full Moon Day Festival 16th August 2008 at Damodar Kunda (4890m)

Trekking in the legendary kingdom of Mustang/ Nepal

Klosteranlage von Tsarang [Charang]

On the way to Lo Manthang through the upper Mustang valley - Monastery of Tsarang [Charang] -

- Ram - Chhaubi - Tham - Sam Bahadur - Nima - Bibek
- Ram - Chhaubi - Tham
- Sam Bahadur - Nima - Bibek
- Mustang Trekking Tour 2008 -
The kingdom of mustang, formerly forbidden, is located in Nepal, north of the mountain giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri on a about 6000 m high plateau in the Himalayas, close to the border of Tibet.

Mustang borders on Tibet and Nepal and was regarded as the forbidden kingdom Lo (Lo Manthang) once, the highest kingdom on the roof of the world, embedded in the mountains of the Himalayas.

The little 'forbidden' kingdom was completely inaccessible until spring 1992. Strangers were not allowed to enter it except for few exceptions. Legends and myths have grown up around the history of mustang, the kingdom of Lo as it is also called.

    left picture :  - our Trekking Guides, Cook and Porters -

click on the photos to see more

The kingdom of mustang was opened only in 1992 with strict conditions for the tourism. From the Tibetan border it is only a day`s ride to the 3730 m high fortress like capital of Lo Manthang with the medieval royal palace and its important Buddhistic monastery complexes from the 15th century.

The way to the capital of mustang [Lo Manthang] leads along the Kali Gandaki river, past bizarre rock formations made of sandstone, granite or limestone, past steep loam-cones and slopes from which the wind has eroded out the most fantastic forms . Highlight is Lo Mantang, the capital of the kingdom mustang, appearing to us like a ancient mystical town from the past.

right picture :    - Udi - Hotra - Lalita - in Jomosom,
starting point for our Trekking Tour through the upper
Mustang Valley, trekking to Lo Manthang, Damodar Kund,
Muktinath and back to Pokhara

- Udi - Hotra - Lalita -
   
According to the Dalai Lama mustang is regarded as one of the few areas in the Himalayas with an intact Tibetan culture.
Lo Manthang was an important trading place between Nepal and Tibet for many centuries, located at the old salt trade route through the Kali Gandhaki valley. It was part of the region of western Tibet, called Ngari for many centuries. Today culture of the Lopas is threatened because the trade came to a standstill with the occupation of Tibet by China. Anyone who passes through this gateway to Mustang, however enters into a mystical country where time has seemingly stopped.

Lo Manthang - Haupstadt des Königreiches Mustang

Lo Manthang - capital of the kingdom mustang, with medieval royal palace and buddhistic monastery

Hajo in Trekking Ekstase
Hajo in Trekking Ecstasy
Map of Mustang
Map of Mustang
Map of Lo- Monthang
Map of Lo- Monthang


Highlight and goal of our trekking tour ist Damodar Kund, the holy lake situated at a height of 4890 m
Kamandalu-Kund

Damodar Kund consists of 3 small lakes [Kamandalu-kund, Dudh-kund, Rakta-kund],
here only Kamandalu Kund is shown [middle]

Wegweiser zum Damodar-Kund
Dudh-Kund

Here you can see Dudh-Kund, please note the 'golden circle' in the lake.
Six trekking hours from here lies the little known 'Eksaoaath'-Kund, the place of 108 lakes.


MUSTANG - DAMODAR KUNDA - TREKKING ITINERARY - 17 DAYS

Day
Trekking -- From
Trekking -- To
Aprox. Duration /Time
 
Arrival in Kathmandu! -- Explore City -- From Kathmandu to Pokhara (915m) Fly 30 Min. or Drive 6-7 hrs by Bus
05.08.
1
Pokhara (915m) to Jomsom (2720m) to Kagbeni (2810m) Fly 20 Min. - Trek 3 hrs - tented camp or Guesthouse
06.08.
2
Kagbeni (2810m) via ( Tangbe/ Chuksang) to Chele (3050m) Trek 6 hrs - - tented camp
07.08.
3
Chele (3050m) via Samar (3660m) via [Rangchung Chörten] to Shyangmochen (3820m) Trek 7 hrs - night at tented camp
08.08.
4
Shyangmochen (3820m) via Geling (3570m) via Ghami to Tsarang [Charang] (3560m) Trek 8 hrs - overnight at tented camp
09.08.
5
Tsarang [Charang] (3560m) to Lo Manthang (3809m)   Trek 4 hrs - tented camp or Guesthouse
10.08.
6
Whole Day Acclimatization in Lo Manthang -- Explore City and Monasteries --
11.08.
7
Lo Manthang (3809m) via Dhi [Dri] to Yara (4000m) Trek 7 hrs - overnight at tented camp
12.08.
8
Yara (4000m) via Pass [5100m] to Ghuma-Thanti Shelterhouse (4856m) Trek 7 hrs - overnight at tented camp
13.08.
9
Ghuma-Thanti Shelterhouse (4856m) via Pass [5600m] to Damodar Kund (4890m) Trek 10 hrs overnight at tented camp
14.08.
10
Stay at Damodar Kunda for full day - [FULL MOON DAY is on 16th AUGUST - moon eclipse]  (wrong arrival day)
15.08.
11
Damodar Kund (4890m) via Pass [5600m] to Ghuma-Thanti Shelterhouse (4856m) Trek 8 hrs overnight at tented camp
16.08.
12
Ghuma-Thanti Shelterhouse (4856m) via Luri Gompa to Yara (4000m) - Trek 7 hrs - overnight at tented camp
17.08
13
Yara (4000m) to Tangge (3240m) Trek 7 hrs - overnight at tented camp
18.08.
14
Tangge (3240m) via Paha [Paa] (via Chuksang! wrong way) to Tetang (3100m) Trek 10 hrs - overnight at tented camp
19.08.
15
Tetang (3100m) to Muktinath (3760m) Trek 6 hrs - overnight at tented camp or Guesthouse
20.08.
16
Muktinath (3760m) to Jomsom (2713m) Trek 5 hrs - overnight at tented camp or Guesthouse
21.08.
17
Jomsom (2713m) to Pokhara (915m) Fly 20 Min. - Stay in Pokhara Guesthouse
 
Trekking Ends in Pokhara. From Pokhara to Kathmandu Fly 30 min. or Drive 6-7 hrs by Bus.


Photos Trekking Places

Kathmandu
Pokhara
Jomosom
Kagbeni
Eklobatti
Tangbe
Chucksang
Chele
Samar
Rangchung Chörten
Sangmochen
Geling

 

Photos Trekking Places

Ghami (Ghemi)
Charang
Lo Manthang
Dhi
Yara
Luri Gompa
Ghumatanti Shelterhaus
Damodar Kund
Tangge
Tetang
Muktinath

 

Travelogue - Articles

Buddhist Monastery
Wedding in Yara

 

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