Dudh Kunda Trek
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Dudh kunda Trek Summary
- Dudh kunda Trek Duration: 7 Days
- Max Altitude: 4,560 meters / 14,961 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hours daily
- Hiking Group-Size: 1 – 12 People
- Meals on Trek route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Best Time to Hike: March, April, May, October, November and December
- Trip Mode: Lodge Basis
- Transportation: Regular Jeep / Bus [Sharing basis]
The Dudh Kunda Trek is one of the recently discovered unparalleled trek routes in the Himalayas. Situated on Mount Numbur’s lap at an altitude of 4,560m, Solukhumbu district, the trekking route passes through several traditional villages. It’s an adventure trail however trek to Dudhkunda is a pristine lake that offers breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Rolwanling.
Dudh Kunda journey takes you to a far-off lake concealed in the mountains of the Solukhumbu. Dudh Kunda signifies “smooth lake” and is arranged directly before the strong mount Numbur. This region in the lower Everest is barely visited by vacationers which allows you an opportunity to partake in the remote paths to Pikey Pinnacle and Dudh Kunda.
This route is magnificent that passes through the rhododendron forest with Sherpa settlements of the lower Everest region. Furthermore, Dudhkunda lake combined with the Pikey trail offers you superb sunrise and sunset views in clear weather.
Additionally Dudhkunda means a lake of Milk color water therefore its a Milkey Lake. A trek to Dudhkunda trail has an opportunity to watch birds, Langur Monkeys, and the highest mountains surprisingly. Tourists will have a marvelous eastern Himalayan range including the incredible Everest.
March, April, May, October, November, and December months are the best time to visit in terms of climate, view of landscapes, and flowers en route.
How much is Dudh Kunda Trek Package Cost?
Basically, the cost of the Dudh Kunda trek package with a local agency Gokyo Treks Nepal ranges between US$ 395 to US$ 675. However, trip price varies according to the group size you are traveling to and the service you choose. Typically the price includes transportation, a guide/porters, hotels, food and accommodation, and hiking permit facilities.
We have also some discounts for group leaders of 10+ travelers. However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group treks with strangers travelers. A private trek gives you a better experience on your hike. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.
It’s a standard trip package price for 7 days trek in a lower Solu Khumbu territory. If you are 2 tourists for Dudh Kunda trek cost US$ 499 for 7 days trek as per the given hiking plan. We can modify the trek route and price according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for the Pikey treks.
Price Per Person for 7 days Dudh Kunda trek route.
|Number of Tourist
|Price Per Person
|4 to 6 person
|7 to 9 Person
|10 and more than 10 Person
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Dudh Kunda trek itinerary details
Hike-to-Dudh kunda itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the Pikey hilltop and as well as the Glacial Dudhkunda lake. The special camping trek route is designed for world travelers who wish to hike to the spectacular mountain but are restricted time-wise. Travelers who wish to trek the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary. Nevertheless, if the itinerary does not suit you then send us an inquiry for a tailor-made itinerary.1 DayScenic Overland drive to Salleri Bazaar (2,390m/7,841 feet), 10 hours.
In an earlier day, we meet and brief you about Dudh Kunda trek route programs. We begin our journey at about 5:00 in the morning. Drive from Kathmandu to Salleri passing via Sindhuli Bardibas highway and the impressive Okhaldhunga Bazaar.
Okhaldhunga is the headquarter of the Okhaldhunga District in the Sagarmatha Zone of Nepal.
We follow the highway road along the Sunkoshi River banks until you reach Ghurmi Village. Along the way, you can sit back and admire the constantly changing landscape with dense forests, terraced rice fields, and countless gushing rivers.
Eventually from Kathmandu to Salleri distance is 264-kilo meters by road as a result we reach Salleri Bazaar in the late afternoon.
Alternatively, to travel from Kathmandu to Phaplu by flight, its possible paying an extra cost US$ 160 per guest. Tara Air and Summit Air are the two major airlines that operate regular flights between Kathmandu and Phaplu airport. Likewise, the flight duration from Kathmandu to Phaplu is approximately 25 to 30 minutes, depending on weather conditions and the aircraft used.
Flights from Kathmandu to Phaplu generally operate in the morning hours due to better weather conditions. However, flight schedules are subject to change, so it’s advisable to check with the airlines for the most up-to-date information.
As you fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu offers scenic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, weather permitting. It’s an excellent opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of the mountains during the short flight. Passengers will have a great mountain flight experience taking flight option to Phaplu however the airport at Phaplu is relatively small with limited facilities.
We tke a breakfast in the guest house and began our footsteps to Ringmu village. During the hikes, travelers can view scenic villages, hills and mountains through the rhododendron forests and pleasant green meadows to reach to Ringmu.
Ringmo Village is situated in the lower Solu Khumbu region, south of the Everest Base Camp area. However, it’s essential to clarify that Ringmu is a Sherpa settlements, more commonly associated with the Everest region. The classic route that hardly sees travelers will once and for all give you a scenic sight to relish.
If time permit, hike to Taksindu Monastery, located nearby, is also worth a visit. Taksindu is a Buddhist monastery holds religious and cultural significance for the local Sherpa community. You can explore the monastery, observe the monks’ daily rituals, and learn about the rich Buddhist heritage of the region.
Trek from Ringmu to Saharsbeni (3,835m/12,583 feet), . After a breakfast in a lodge, we pack our trekking equipment and leave for Taksindu la hilltop. Taksindu La also known as Taksindu Monastery Viewpoint, is a popular viewpoint located near Ringmu Village in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest & Lhotse.
To reach Taksindu La Viewpoint from Ringmo Village, you would typically follow a trekking trail that ascends through the beautiful landscapes, dense forest of the Solu Khumbu region. The trek is relatively moderate in difficulty and provides an opportunity to experience the local Sherpa culture and hospitality.
Once you reach the Taksindu La Viewpoint, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and many others. The viewpoint offers a serene and picturesque setting, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Along the way, you may encounter prayer flags, Mani walls (stone walls inscribed with Buddhist prayers), and small monasteries that add to the cultural and spiritual ambiance of the area. However, we continue our day trip to Sarkari Pati, Timba, Chhuwre and finally to Saharsbeni to stay overnight.
It’s an important day trip exploring Dudh Kunda therefore, we take a pack lunch along with us. “Dudh Kunda” translates to “Milky Lake” in the Nepali language. “Dudh” means milk, and “Kunda” refers to a lake or pond. The name “Dudh Kunda” is derived from the milky color of the lake’s water, which is believed to be caused by glacial sediment and natural minerals.
Dudh Kunda is a sacred lake nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. It is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, who visit the lake during the full moon of August to pay their respects and perform religious rituals. The area surrounding Dudh Kunda is known for its natural beauty, with magnificent mountain view of Mt. Numbur (6,959m) and Mt. Karyalung (6,681m) and picturesque landscapes.
We will climb to the Pare Danda from where we can enjoy the great mountains up-close view, greatly gratifying for everyone. Descending further, you’ll come across a green pasture mostly fed by yaks. It’s also rich with wide vegetation and floras out of which some are just found in the region.
Likewise, walk quickly downhill to visit Thubten Choling Monastery before heading to Junbesi. Thubten Choling Monastery (often spelled Thupten Choling) is situated at an elevation of 3,020m/9,900 feet and is one of the popular side trips. It’s a Buddhist monastery founded by His Holiness Trulsik Rinpoche in the 1960s after fleeing Tibet.
Later we continue descend downhill about 340 meters to reach our guest house in Junbesi. In a summary, the journey today is 1,135 meters (7.8 kilo meters) and takes about six hours roughly.
You progress forward down into Phaplu and praise the fulfillment of an extraordinary journey in your comfortable tea house in the town. Phaplu is a scenic little village with a few shops, cafés, and restaurants. A number of different treks end in Phaplu Bazaar, as this is where trekkers catch their flight back to Kathmandu.
Solududhkunda is the only municipality in Solukhumbu District in Nepal. The town of Salleri, which is located within the municipality is the headquarter of the Solukhumbu that offers beautiful lodges, coffee shops, and market place. Tonight we stay in Salleri in a guest house.
The regular jeep to Kathmandu departures around 6 am in the morning every day. Thus, we drive out to Kathmandu with a regular Jeep on a sharing basis with the same road as we took before.
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How much does the Dudh Kunda trek package cost?
The Dudh Kunda trek price of US$ 499 per person is a standard trekking price on double occupancy basis. Hike the Dudh Kunda trail is a lodge base trek, a highly demanding great Himalayan trail in Nepal for the last few years. The lodges along the journey stay with basic rooms and nice beds.
For the deluxe and luxury plan, we add a 3-5 star hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with breakfast and Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu and from Phaplu to Kathmandu round trip. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
Dudh Kunda trek package price includes:-
- Kathmandu to Salleri & from Salleri to Kathmandu return transfer by Jeep [sharing basis].
- Private taxi transfer from your hotel to jeep station and back [both way].
- 7 Breakfast serve with a cup of tea/coffee, 7 Lunch and 6 Dinner [main course] during the Dudhkunda trekking tours.
- 6 night double bed room accommodation in Lodge along the journey.
- Necessary permit as per above travel plan to enter for Dudh Kunda trek in Nepal.
- Government license holder (Professional) Mountain Trekking Guide for your Dudh Kunda trip.
- Assistance Hiking Guide [License holder] for more then 7+ Tourist for Dudh Kunda trip.
- Required number of porters during the trek (1 porter = two guest basis) because each porter carries a maximum of 24 kilo gram of your bag pack.
- Seasonal fruits like [Apple, pomegranates..etc] as a dessert after dinner at climbing Dudh Kunda route.
- Trek completion certificate and Dudh Kunda trek map – Keep them as a souvenir.
- Agency’s Duffel bag (50 liters capacity) and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
- First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check oxygen level and heart rate every day to save form higher risk.
- Well-paid salary, food, accommodation, and insurance of Nepalese guide/porter.
- Nepal Government Tax/VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Dudh Kunda trekking package price excludes:-
- Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
- Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Phaplu – Kathmandu as a round trip with airport taxes (US$ 160 per guest).
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu with a Private vehicle and Guide if you wish to extend the trip.
- Tourist personal trek equipment , nature of expenses, all types of drinks and bar bills, shower, deserts, and Clothing.
- -10 comfort fresh Sleeping bag rental cost per piece US$ 2 per day.
- Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
- Any donation and monument entrance fees.
- Gratuities for guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
We can organize your private Dudh Kunda Trekking starting on any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Do I need experience for Dudh Kunda Trekking?.
Answer: Dudh kunda Trekking is an easy hike in Nepal best for novice trekkers. Tourists can walk around 5-6 hours every day with a lightweight backpack. However, a special climbing experience does not require it.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival in Kathmandu?.
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details. Our spokesperson will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.
Question: Is Dudh Kunda GHT trekking Safe for Solo Female Trekkers?
Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; GHT Dudh Kunda is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.
Question: What kind of accommodation and food can I expect on Dudhkunda trekking?.
Answer: We do provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu. Likewise, lodge accommodation on a trekking route. Around two beds are in each room with nice mattress with a bed cover with a very thin blanket. For this reason, we advise you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.
Likewise, all the small guesthouses along the trek route have attached restaurants and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as curry rice, Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables.
dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch provides on the way to the next place where you are hiking.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Dudh Kunda Trekking?.
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get on pay.
Question: How do I get drinking water on express Dudh Kunda Trekking?.
Answer: There are enough places of local houses and shops where you can buy bottled mineral water. Some days there are no lodges en route. Therefore, we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these types of plastic waste in the mountain. Therefore, we suggest you buy a metal bottle and water purification tablets before you depart from Kathmandu. You can get water on stream or on local taps easily.
Question: Can I load my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: As a lodge trek there are more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters.
Question: Are there any communication facilities on budget Pikey trail?.
Answer: At the Dudh Kunda hike route, buy a Nepal Telecom SIM CARD for telephone call service as well as 4G data.
Question: Can I use credit cards on Dudh Kunda trekking routes?.
Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payments terms?.
Answer: Our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Phaplu to Dudh Kunda Trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12-kilo luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking poles for the Dudh Kunda Trek?
Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.
Question: Is it possible to book a experienced local guide for Dudh Kunda Pikey peak trekking?
Answer: Yes of course. If you do not have a wish to book a complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert local guide to make your holiday tour safer. Email to us to get a cost quotation for a local guide hiring in details.
Question: How much additional money do I need daily?.
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.
Dudh Kunda trek highlights
- Gorgeous views of Highest Mountain with Dudh Kunda lake – pay homage to Lord Shiva.
- Dudh Kunda lake is revered by Buddhists and Hindus Travelers from all over the world.
- Get amazed while driving via Banepa Sindhuli Bardibas Road .
- Scenic view of Rumjatar and Okhaldhunga Bazar of Okhaldhunga District while on a drive.
- Fantastic view of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, and Mount Rolwanling in a single row.
- New opened pikey Dudhkunda trek route and a part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT).
- Local Sherpa Hospitality and Sherpa Buddhism, old monastery.
Alternative trail connects with Dudh Kunda Trek?
A trek to Dudh Kunda has alternative trails that can be connected to it, allowing for different trekking experiences in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. Here are a few alternative trails for your reference;-
Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trek:
Dudh Kunda Trek is possible extend to include the famous Everest Base Camp Trek. It is the most popular trek takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, allowing you to witness the stunning views of the world’s highest peak and explore the Sherpa villages along the way.
Three Passes Trek:
Another option is to connect the Dudh Kunda Trek with the Three Passes Trek. It’s challenging and adventurous trek takes you over three high passes in the Everest region: Kongma La Pass, Cho La Pass, and Renjo La Pass. It offers breathtaking views, remote landscapes, and an opportunity to explore the Everest region from a different perspective.
Jiri to Pikey Peak Trek:
It’s also possible to combine the trip from Jiri to Pikey Peak takes about 3-4 days hike and best for beginner trekkers. Jiri is a metropolitan area in the Dolakha District in the Bagmati Province of Nepal. Mainly Jirel people are inhibiting this area and the landscape is called Nepal’s Switzerland. Travelers who travel more then 7 days time can also combine Dudh Kunda and pikey trail Journey. A hike to Pikey peak offers panoramic views of the Everest and Makalu ranges, along with a chance to experience the local Sherpa culture and visit monasteries.
Gokyo Lakes Trek:
We can also combine Gokyo Lakes Trek after Dudh Kunda Trekking. Journey to Gokyo lakes and Gokyo ridge route takes you to the stunning turquoise Gokyo Lakes, nestled amidst the Himalayas. You can enjoy the mesmerizing views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and other peaks while exploring the Gokyo Valley.
These are just a few examples of the alternative trails that can be combined with the Dudh Kunda Trek. Depending on your preferences, time availability, and trekking experience, you can customize your itinerary and explore different routes in the Solu Khumbu region. It’s advisable to consult with us for detail information, so we help you plan your trek accordingly.
Dudh Kunda trek notice!
The hikes at the Dudh Kunda tour stated above is just a standard template guideline that we provide. However, Dudh kunda trip is possible to customize at your request to accommodate your specific terms. Reaching Pikey summit, tourists can also descend to Phaplu passing several villages with spending a single day.
Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during the journey.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
What makes the Dudh Kunda trek special?
A trek to Dudh Kunda stands out as a special journey in the Everest region due to its religious significance, stunning natural beauty, and cultural immersion. It offers a unique and rewarding experience for those seeking a trek that goes beyond the traditional routes and allows for a deeper connection with the region’s spirituality and people.
While a place like Dudh Kunda is getting popular as short escapes become more popular amongst solo trekking enthusiasts as a fair number of people do explore these trails every week. First safety and success satisfaction are our top priorities.
We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and usage.
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