Dudh Kunda trek 14 Days
Duration: 14 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 4592 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge and camping ( The camping days will be “alpine style”. Meaning you will enjoy a tent (shared for 2 persons), and basic cooking during trek with dry food and, for instance noodles. However no kitchen tent, no dining tent, and no toilet tent)
Season: February, March, April, May, September, October, November
Dudh Kunda trek takes you to a remote lake hidden in the mountains of the Solukhumbu. Dudh Kunda means “milky lake” and is situated right in front of the mighty mount Numbur. This area in the lower Everest is hardly visited by tourists which gives you a chance to enjoy the remote trails to Pikey Peak and Dudh Kunda. Buddhist culture is obviously present in the landscape as you walk by Buddhist prayer (mani) walls and ancient monasteries. An early morning hike will take you to the top of Pikey Peak. The top offers stunning views of the Nepal Himalaya. During Dudh Kunda trek you go through rhododendron forests, visit remote monasteries and hike along small settlements of the local Sherpa people.
A jeep drive will take you to the starting point of the trek in the middle of the Solukhumbu. The next day your Dudh Kunda trek starts, and you pass several small villages and settlements. These days you fully enjoy the peace and impressive nature of the area. The early morning climb to Pikey Peak from the High Camp takes a few hours. From the top you have impressive views of some famous snowcapped peaks of the Himalaya. You can see some of the well-known mountain peak of over 8000 meters like Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Kangchenjunga. Descending from Pikey Peak you hike into the Junbesi Valley. At the end of this valley lies the beautiful monastery of Thupten Choling. From Junbesi it takes maximum three hours hiking to reach the nun monastery. You are allowed to visit the monastery and you are free to join the Buddhist prayers. A comfortable hiking day will take you to the hidden monastery of Phungmuche. This monastery is hardly visited by either tourists nor locals because of its remote and secluded location. Dudh Kunda trek continues from Phungmuche on a deserted trail passing by shepherds and their yak herds. In a few days you slowly ascend towards an altitude close to 4600 meters. At first in forest area, and later accompanied by high mountains surrounding you. Finally you will reach the campsite close to Dudh Kunda lake. A well deserved resting and exploration day will follow. Towards Thaksindu La pass the trail of the Dudh Kunda trek follows a ridge with magnificent views of the Khumbu region. Through rhododendron forest you will hike towards the local village of Phaplu. This is one of the larger villages in this region with local restaurants and shops. Dudh Kunda trek ends here and in a comfortable jeep you will be driven 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 Bhanjang (2875 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Junbesi (2700m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Thupten Choling monastery for visit, and onwards to Phungmuche (3031 m – 7 hrs. ; camping)
Day 07 Trek to Yak Kharka (3940 m – 7 hrs.; camping)
Day 08 Trek to Saharsbeni (4040 m – 6 hrs.; camping)
Day 09 Trek to Dudh Kunda Lake (4592 m – 5 hrs.; camping)
Day 10 Resting day at Dudh Kunda Lake for exploration
Day 11 Trek to Sarkari Pati (3503 m – 6 hrs.; camping)
Day 12 Trek to Thaksindu La (3060 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Paphlu (2470 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 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 basic cooking equipment (during camping)
-Porter service for carrying luggage; one porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-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 and porters
-If possible: shared teahouse room during trek ( 2 persons per room)
-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
-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