Dudh Kunda 13 Days
Duration: 13 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 4692 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge and camping
Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December
Dudh Kunda means milky lake and is situated right in front of the mighty mount Numbur. The lake is hidden in the mountains of Solukhumbu. This area is hardly visited by tourists which gives you a chance to enjoy the remote trails to Pikey Peak and Dudh Kunda. The trek is in the Solukhumbu or Lower Everest and takes you through rhododendron forests and along small settlements of the local Tamang, Magar and Sherpa people. Here Buddhist culture lives within the landscape and is found in the many mani walls and monasteries, some of which are of ancient origin. A visit to some of these monasteries should not be missed. From Pikey Peak you can see several spectacular summits of over 8000 meters like Everest, Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse and many other snowy peaks. After Pikey Peak you hike to the remote Dudh Kunda Lake. Wel hidden in the Himalaya mountains.
You start with an adventurous ride by jeep to the heart of the Solukhumbu. The road is mostly paved well into the region. The next day your trek starts, and you pass several small villages and settlements. These days you fully enjoy the peace and impressive nature of the area. The climb to Pikey Peak from the High Camp lasts a few hours. From the top you have magnificent views of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas of Rolwaling and Khumbu. After Pikey Peak you will hike into the Junbesi Valley. At the end of this valley lies the beautiful monastery of Thupten Choling. Here we spend one night at the guesthouse of the monastery and you can visit the nuns in the convent. After this spiritual experience you will walk the hidden trail towards the lake. The next couple of days you will be accompanied by porters and a cooking staff. From Thupten Choling to Sarkari Pati only camping is possible because there are no settlements, only a few remote shepherds with their stock. In a few days you climb towards an altitude close to 4600 m. First in forest area, later accompanied by high mountains around you. Finally you will reach Dudh Kunda, Milky Lake. A well deserved resting and exploration day will follow. From Dudh Kunda you will hike towards the pass of Thaksindu. From the pass of Thaksindu you will again be treated to magnificent views of the high peaks of the Khumbu region. Everest, Thamserku, Ama Dablam; you will see them all here. From Thaksindu you walk over a mountain ridge through the rhododendron forests to Paphlu. From Paphlu on you will take the jeep (or plane) back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 Drive Kathmandu to Pattale (2325 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Japre (2820 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Pikey Peak high camp (3615 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Climb to Pikey Peak (3615 m) and trek to Bhanyang (2875 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Thupten Choling monastery (3031 m -6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Yak Kharka (3940 m – 7 hrs.; camping)
Day 07 Trek to Saharsbeni (4040 m – 6 hrs.; camping)
Day 08 Trek to Dudh Kunda Lake (4592 m – 5 hrs.; camping)
Day 09 Resting day at Dudh Kunda Lake for exploration
Day 10 Trek to Sarkari Pati (3503 m – 6 hrs.; camping)
Day 11 Trek to Thaksindu La (3060 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Paphlu (2470 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 13 Drive Paphlu to Kathmandu (8 hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
Please inquire for price.
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Return drive Kathmandu to start and from end trek
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return drive
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying tent equipment and cooking equipment (during camping)
-Porter service for carrying luggage; one porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service (during camping)
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee.
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek (days 1-4 and 11-13)
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel Insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff