Pike Peak Dudhkunda Trek

This trek offers a divers landscape of lower Solukhumbu region. First attraction of this trek is Pike Peak Hill from where trekkers can see the Everest Himalayan range and other several East & North Himalayan ranges of Nepal. We cross the different ethnic villages, immense rhododendron trees, local cultivation in terrain farms etc. Second attraction of this trek is Dudh kunda: It has two words in sanskrit language. Dudh means "Milk" and Kunda means "Lake". Dudh Kunda is well known as Hindu pilgrimage site which is situated in lower Solukhumbu region. It is known as milky Lake. It lies beneath the Numbur Himal locally named Shorong Yul La “the protector of Khumbu region”. It is believed that once we take bath with the water of this holy lake, all our grieves and sorrows will be vanished.

This trek offers an exploration of Sherpa people from lower Solukhumbu, Buddhist monasteries, their local habitation and traditional agriculture in humid farm lands. In full moon day of August, there will be large number of pilgrims to visit this lake situated at the height of 4560m. You will rarely find any other tourist in this route. So, this is very calm and  less touristic  trekking route to enjoy with nature and culture. This isolated land has certain high lights; panoramic view of mountains along with Everest Himalayan range, colorful Buddhist monasteries, Pine trees, Rhododendron and Magnolia forests,warm and friendly Sherpa hospitality and variety of wildlife  like Mountain Thars, Bears, Leopard, Jackal and Pheasants.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Pike Peak Dudh Kunda Trek
Maximum Elevation: 4100m.
Walking Level: 5 -7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 18 Days
Mode of Operation: Tented Camping Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Pike Peak Dudh kunda Trek
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport, welcome and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 02 : Kathmandu to Jiri (1955m) drive by bus about 6 hours and stay over night at camping.
Day 03 : Jiri trek to Shivalaya  (1769m) over night at Lodge.
Day 04 : Shivalaya trek to  Bhandar (2194m) over night at Lodge.
Day 05 : Bhandar trek to Namkheli (2200m)  over night at camping.
Day 06 : Namkheli trek to Ngaur (3350m) over night at camping.
Day 07 : Ngaur trek to Pike Peak (4070m) - Junbesi (2675m) over night at Lodge
Day 08 : Junbensi trek to Saharbeni (3835m) over night at camping.
Day 09 : Saharbeni trek to Dudh Kunda (Milky Lake 4561m) trek to Saharbeni stay overnight at camping.
Day 10 : Saharbeni trek to Taksindu  stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 13 : Taksindu  trek to Kharikhola (2040m)  stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 14 : Kharikhola trek to Karil La (2820m) stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 15 :  Karila trek to Lukla (2840m) stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 16 : Lukla to Kathmandu 45mn flight and transfer to hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 17 : Kathmandu reserve day. Hotel 2 star bed & breakfast included.
Day 18 : Airport transfer & international departure.

COST  INCLUDES:
-Kathmandu international airport arrival and departure service.
-3 nights 2 star hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
-Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-All accommodation in tent with foam mattress  during the trek.
-All camping equipment:  tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, utensil.
-All necessary formalities Sagarmatha National park entry permit, Gauri Shankar Conservation  and TIMS card permits.
-Kathmandu -Jiri by  bus. & Lukla -Kathmandu by plane.
-An English speaking trained/government license holder trekking guide, chef cook & porters.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax  &  other local taxes.

COST  EXCLUDES:
-Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport Kathmandu. You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar
-International airfare/ Your Travel insurance.
-Lunch/ Dinner in Kathmandu/ Kathmandu.
-All the alcoholic/non alcoholic drinks/All deserts sweet things
-Hot shower/ Camera battery charge during the trek.
-Tips for the guide,chef cook & porters  (Tips is expected).
-Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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