Situated up in the High Himalaya Annapurna mountain range between Kagbeni and Muktinath is Damodar Kunda – a sacred lake set in the barren but beautiful landscape of Upper Mustang. Damodar Kunda holds a special religious significance for Hindus. The Lake is the source of the Kaligandaki River which flows south to the Indian border carrying with it a manifestation of Lord Vishnu – Damodar Kunda is the place of Lord Vishnu’s head, Muktinath his mouth, Shaligram Chakra his chest, Ru Ru Kshetra his waist, Devaghatam his knee and Gajendra Moksha Devadham his feet. Lord Krishna said that those who visit Damodar Kunda and bathe in its waters will be freed from all sin. For many Hindus a pilgrimage to the Holy Lake is a once in a life time opportunity. The views from Damodar Kunda are quite simply spectacular, with views north to the Tibetan Plateau and Damodar Himal and South to the Annapurna Himalayas.
This exclusive tour is ideal for those wanting to visit the Holy Lake but who are short on time. This tour will take you from Kathmandu by helicopter up to Damodar Kunda and the Holy Temple at Muktinath. It also provides an opportunity to experience Nepal’s vibrant and colourful capital city with the stunning religious and architectural sites it has to offer.
DAY 1: KATHMANDU (1,400m)
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and be met by a representative of Getaway! Himalayan Eco Trekking. Transfer to hotel.
Visit to Pashupatinath Temple – a UNESCO world heritage site – and one of the most sacred Hindu Temples of Nepal, dedicated to God Shiva. Opportunity for aarti (religious ritual) at 6pm. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: KATHMANDU – MUKTINATH (3,800m) – DAMODAR KUNDA (4,890m) – KATHMANDU
Transfer from hotel to Kathmandu International Airport, domestic terminal. Helicopter flight to Ranipauwa (3,710m). 90 minute walk to Muktinath. Opportunity for holy bath in lake in front of the temple. Short walk to Jwalamai Temple before returning to Ranipauwa for onward flight to Damodar Kunda. 1 hour 45 minute return flight to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 3: KATHMANDU
Sightseeing around Kathmandu including visits to four UNESCO world heritage sites; Swayambhunath, an iconic Buddhist temple offering stunning views of the Kathmandu valley; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupid in Nepal Patan Durbar Square; Kathmandu Durbar Square with its exquisite architecture and Patan Durbar Square – the City of fine arts full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines. You will also have the opportunity to visit Budhanilkantha with its statue of the sleeping Lord Vishnu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
DAY 4: DEPART KATHMANDU
Transfer from hotel to Kathmandu International Airport for return journey.
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Lower Body – Legs
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
Miscellaneous, but Important !