Dudh Kunda Trek, recognized for authentic Sherpa culture and breathtaking views of Numbur and other peaks in the Everest Region of Nepal, takes you to the Dudh Kunda, a sacred Lake. Everest region is home to some of the most beautiful village settlements of Sherpa ethnic groups. This trek traverses the lower Everest region through off the beaten path.
Dudh Kunda Trek route leads up the less-crowded trail to Dudh Kunda, a sacred lake to both Buddhists and Hindus pilgrims. Very few trekkers make their way to Dudh Kunda. Dudh Kunda means ‘milk lake,’ is situated at the base of the Numbur Himal. Legend has it that if you take a dip in it, your sins will be washed away.
En route, visit Sherpa, Magar, and Rai villages and get overwhelmed by their warm hospitality. Walkthrough rhododendron forests, river valleys, narrow ridges, and rugged paths that reveal the skyline dominated by the towering peaks.
As you navigate the off-the-beaten-track to Dudh Kunda, you will be rewarded breathtaking view of Everest, Pikey Peak, Numbur, and surrounding peaks. Grab an opportunity to explore Thubten Choling and Chiwong monasteries. Phaplu, Ringmu, Beni, Takshindu, and Basa village are the prominent stopping points on your remarkable journey to Dudh Kunda Lake. Note: there are very few teahouses along the way.
Dudh Kunda Trek Route
This 9-day trek lets you explore beautiful Sherpa villages in the lower region of the Everest region and admire the inspiring Himalayan landscape. Begin your adventure to Dudh Kunda with a short flight to Phaplu from Kathmandu. Admire lush green hills, valley, mountains, and the aerial perspective of the Everest Region.
Upon reaching Phalpu, you will start the trek to Ringmo village at 2750m. On this day, you will walk through rhododendron forests and lush green meadows. Traverse the yak pasture land, heading to Beni. It is an easy walk and a pleasant experience.
Some parts of the trek are steep uphill. Remember to walk at your own pace, not to catch altitude sickness. After trekking for about 6 hours, you will arrive in Beni. The local people will welcome you with great hospitality. The rustic charm of this village will surely overwhelm you. You will be amazed to acknowledge the lifestyle of people here.
Leaving Beni, you will ascend to Dudh Kunda. En route, you will discover another lake called Kalo Pokhari. The darkish blue-tinged water of Dudh Kunda is a unique sight to every traveler. If you are lucky enough, you will encounter animals like snow leopards and Danfe, the national bird of Nepal.
You can also marvel at Numbur (6959m) and Mt. Karyalung (6681m.) on your way to Dudh Kunda. Dudh Kunda at 4560m commands spectacular views of Numbur (6959m) and surrounding peaks.
On the 5th day, you will retrace your steps back to Ringmo village. The trek today is comparatively easier and pleasant enough. Continue the trail to Taksindu by descending through the ridgeline. The trail today rewards great mountain views. En route, visit Taksindu Monastery.
The next day you will trek to Basa village before going to Phalpu. And finally, you will bid farewell to the beautiful villages and mountains and fly to Kathmandu from Phaplu. The scenic flight rewards stunning views of rolling hills, valleys, and mountains.
Dudh Kunda Trek Difficulty
Dudh Kunda Trek is an easy to moderate trek suitable for anyone who is in good health. If you are a first-time trekker, you can do this trek. This trek demands 4-5 hours of average trekking hour. However, on a challenging day, you must trek for 5-6 hours.
The highest elevation marked is 4560m. Autumn and Spring are the best time of the year to trek to Dudh Kunda. However, one can trek in winter as well. An alternative to Dudh Kunda Trek is Pikey Peak Trek.
Dudh Kunda Trek Itinerary
Drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2469m/8100ft)
Trek from Phaplu to Ringmo village (2750m/9022ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Trek from Ringmu to Beni (3972m/13031ft)
Duration: 5-6 hours
Trek from Beni to Dudhkunda Lake (4560m/14960ft)
Trek back to Ringmo (2750m/9022ft)
Trek to Takshindu 3060m/10039ft, via Ringmo village
Duration: 5-6 hours
Trek back to Basa village
Trek back to Phaplu (2469m/8100ft)
Drive back to Kathmandu