Dudhkunda Cultural Trail Trek
Dudhkunda (4,560m), the holy lake situated in the lap of Mt. Numbur is a popular trekking destination of Nepal. Literally, 'Dudhkunda' means the "lake of milk' is said to be a sacred lake and is revered by the local people. This trek can be completed either starting from Phaplu back to Salleri or can be combined with the cultural experience passing through Khaling Rai settlements. We can also observe dense forests of rhododendron and a variety of wildlife along the trail. This trek can provide one with a close encounter with the unique Khaling Rais of this area. It is generally believed that taking a dip in its holy waters will fulfill one's wishes. A weeklong celebration is held in Dudhkunda by pilgrims and Jhankris (shaman priests) during full-moon nights in August.
Day 01: Kathmandu (1,320m)
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to hotel. Remaining time, rest at your own.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Nagarkot (2,099m)
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. In the late afternoon, we would go to Nagarkot via. Bhaktapur. We would be privileged to view beautiful sunrise and sunset from Nagarkot. Overnight in a resort.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Phaplu (2,469m) – Salleri (2,390m)
Early in the morning, we would go to the airport to fly towards Phaplu. Upon arrival at Phaplu, we would go to Sallery. While on trek, we would be privileged to see the local market in Salleri and visit the local monasteries. We would also visit Chewang Monastery. It takes about 35 min. to reach Phaplu from Kathmandu. From Phaplu to Salleri, it is the distance of 30 min. normal walk. Overnight in a local lodge.
Day 04: Salleri – Junbesi (2,700m)
After having breakfast at Salleri, we gently start our trekking to Junbensi. It is the distance of 5-6 hours normal walk. We would observe the local Sherpa Culture and visit different monasteries along the trail. Overnight in a local teahouse.
Day 05: Junbesi – Thuptenchholing (2,920m)- Shengeephuk
Trekking from Junbesi to Thuptebchooling and then to Shengeephuk provides an opportunity to any visitor to observe the wildlife and vegetation on the way. Besides, we would also visit Thuptenchholing monastery. In addition to this, we would also observe traditional Tibetan medicinal therapy at Thuptenchholing, Monastery Phunmoche and meditation cave.
Day 06: Shengeephuk – Basa Khola – Beni (approximately 4,000m)
Today, we visit Shengeephuk cave and see palm imprint on stone. The walk penetrating alpine jungle at Shengeephuk – Basa Khola – Beni provides wilderness in the beautiful landscape. Besides, we would also have closer view of mountains.
Day 07: Beni – Dudhkunda (4,561m)
We would go to Dudhkunda from Beni. While trekking from Beni to Dudhkunda, we would be able to see mountain glacier, Lake Dudhkunda and the mountains very closely. Besides, we would also be privileged to observe fair if we happen to be there at Janai Purnima in August. The migratory aquatic birds can also be seen in the area during the rainy season. It takes about 4 hrs. to reach Dudhkunda from Beni. We would arrange camping at Dudhkunda.
Day 08: Dudhkunda – Taksindu/ Ringmo (3,060m)
After having early lunch, we proceed towards Taksindu. We would be happy to observe Sherpa culture on the way, see animal herding on the Himalayan pastures, experience wilderness and beautiful landscape. We would also watch Sherpa Cultural Show at Ringmo and on request in Takshindu. It takes about 8 -9 hours to reach the destination. There are some teahouses or lodges at Taksindu/Ringmo.
Day 09: Takshindu (3,060m)
We would view mountains early in the morning from Taksindu. We would also visit local monastery at Takshindu. We take a village tour and observe Sherpa culture. In the evening we would reside in a teahouse.
Day 10: Taksindu – Phaplu (2,469m)
We walk through mixed alpine forests while trekking from Taksindu to Phaplu. We would experience wildlife and bird watching. Apart from this, we would see Sherpa settlement, see wildlife and vegetation. We would also enjoy cultural show in the evening on request.
Day 11: Phaplu – Kathmandu
We take early flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, we would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel. The remaining time will be utilized for shopping. Farewell party will be served in the evening.
All ground transportation, all meals while on trek (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee), Camping equipments (tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, mattresses), a guide, a cook, cook helper, porter, other helping staff, entry permits, all necessary requirements for Nepalese staff (meals, insurance, equipments, ground transportation etc.
- Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
- Flight ticket for guest Kathmandu-Phaplu-Kathmandu.
- Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu-Phaplu-Kathmandu.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.
Trekking Region: Eastern Region
Trekking Name: Dudhkunda Cultural Trail
Best Season: Sept. to mid of Dec. and late March to May (Sept. to Dec. best season)
Trekking Type: Tea-house or camping trek
Duration: 9-11 Days