Pikey-Dudh Kunda Cultural Trail Trek, 15 Days
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Pikey-Dudh Kunda Cultural Trail Trek, 15 Days

Jours: 15 / Difficulté: 2 of 5 (Modérée)

The Pikey-Dudh Kunda Cultural Trail Trek is a relatively new trail that exploits the hidden culture and natural allure of the Everest region. During this trek, you'll not only get to observe the snow-laden Himalayas like Everest and Ghaurishankar, but you'll take a detour in the holy Dudh Kunda Lake which is the supposed abode of Lord Shiva. From snow decorated landscapes to the unique Sherpa culture residing in the silent hills, this Pikey-Dudh Kunda Cultural trail trek is the one to take.  

The trek takes 15 days to complete including your arrival and departure. First of all, you’ll be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. The very next day, you’ll drive to Shivalaya via Manthali. During the drive, you’ll get to experience a typical Nepali highway. Next, you’ll start your trek from Shivalaya to Bhandar through beautiful forests and small settlements. Your next day trek will take you to Ngaur and Gumba through Namkheli. The road sees a drastic rise in elevation so be sure to tread carefully. From Gumba, you’ll trek to the Pikey peak base camp. You stay at the base camp as you trek to the peak next morning to view the sunrise. Next morning, you trek to the top and observe the surrounding mountains and villages. Then, you’ll trek down to Junbesi. You can taste the authentic yak cheese there and even learn the culture of the locals. Further, from Junbesi, you head to Thupten Chholing monastery followed by a trek to Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka, you start off to Saharsbeni by passing Pare Danda. Finally, from Saharsbeni, you trek to the holy Dudh Kunda Lake. You explore the surroundings of Dudh Kunda Lake the next day and then retrace your path back to Yak Kharka. Next, you'll head to Taksindu la from Yak Kharka through the trail along the river and forests. Lastly, the trek takes you to Phaplu through headquarter of Solukhumbu, Salleri and take a flight from Phaplu airport to Kathmandu. 

We at Swiss Family Treks and Expedition will provide you with all the needed services required for this trek. We provide services for transportation and accommodation throughout the trek. Other facilities are expert guides and porters. We offer many other tour packages for the people that thrive for adventure and challenges. Join us on a Pikey-Dudh Kunda Cultural Trail Trek in Autumn 2019 or Spring 2020.  

Trip highlights
•    Climbing the summit of the Pikey Peak and observing the surreal views of magnificent mountains that decorate the Khumbu region 
•    Visiting the holy Dudh Kunda Lake which is sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus
•    Observe the culture, religion, tradition, and lifestyle of the people that live in the Everest region


Fact of the Trek

Trek Region
Lower Solu
Type de Trek
Trekking
Durée
15 Days
Plus haute élévation
4600m
Difficulté
Moderate
Repas
Full Board during the trek
Hébergements
3* Hotel in Kathmandu, lodges and tented camp during the trek
Meilleure saison
Spring (March-April-May) and Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov)
Transport par
Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle

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Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll be greeted by our company staffs and you’ll drive to the hotel. You’ll get to meet the guide and then prepare for the trek. You can also go for a short walk around the city. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya 1790m via Manthali by private 4w land cruiser 8 hours
Your journey starts today as you head to Shivalaya from Kathmandu. You will drive on a private land cruiser and it will take 7-8 hours to reach there. The drive will be scenic with views of lush green hills and vegetation around. You’ll drive through Dhulikhel and Manthali to reach Shivalaya. If the weather is clear, you'll be able to get a nice view of the snowcapped mountains. Shivalaya is a small village that is located at the bank of Shivalaya River. Overnight stay at lodge in Shivalaya. 

Day 3: Trek from Shivalaya to Bhandar 2190m/ 5 hours
This day, your official trek starts from Shivalaya towards Bhandar. On climbing up through a small village above Shivalaya River, you’ll get to Deurali. There is a small village at the top from where you can see the Numbur Himal and Gaurishankar, Pikey peaks and other snowy mountains. After an hour of trekking on a downhill trail, you’ll reach Bhandar. Bhandar is a big Sherpa village that has two stupas and a small monastery. You explore the place in the evening and have dinner. Overnight stay at lodge in Bhandar.      

Day 4: Trek from Bhandar to Gumba 2800m/ 6 hours
From Bhandar, you’ll start your trek to Gumba. First, with gradual descend from Bhandar to Likhu Khola, you start off to Namkheli (2300 m). Once, you reach the top, you can have a nice view of Bhandar and Thotung. Then, you’ll move towards Gumba. This day’s trek is a bit tiring as the distance is more and elevation is more than 600 m. At the Gumba, you’ll get a clear idea about life in the rural parts of Nepal. Overnight stay at lodge in Gumba. 

Day 5: Trek from Gumba to Pikey Peak Base Camp 3808m/6 hours
Next, you’ll head to Pikey Peak Base camp from Gumba. You take an elevation of more than a thousand meters. The trail takes you past rhododendron forests, pine forests, and small settlements. Usually, you can climb to the peak the same day, but for the view of the sunrise, you spend a night in the base camp in order to view the sunrise the next morning. The path to Pikey base camp gives you surreal views of Mount Everest along with other mountains comprising the Khumbu region. Overnight stay at lodge in Pikey peak base camp.

Day 6: Early morning hike to Pikey Peak 4067m and trek to Junbesi 2700m/ 6 hours
Early morning, you’ll follow a gradual ascend to the Pikey peak, also known as Pikey Dada which is mostly covered with prayer flags. From the top, you get to see the peak of Everest and other snowcapped mountains. You can also visit the cheese factory where Himalayan yak cheese is made. Then, through forests, hills, and villages, you'll descend towards the Junbesi village. The area has few monasteries and stupas where you can explore the Buddhist culture and the lifestyle of local people. Overnight stay at lodge in Junbesi.   

Day 7: Trek from Junbesi to Thupten Chholing Monastery 2920m/ 2 hours
After breakfast, you follow the trails along the river and through fields towards the Thupten Chholing monastery. The trail is beautiful and you pass many villages and farms. The monastery is home to around 800 monks and the place feeds and educates a large number of people. The area is inhabited by Tibetan monks who came as refugees a long time ago. Overnight stay at tented camp in Thupten Chholing monastery.

Day 8: Trek from Thupten Chholing to Yak Kharka 3700m/ 7 hours
This day, you’ll start your trek with a gradual ascend towards Yak Kharka. The trail goes through beautiful forests with some ups and downs. The problem you may face is attitude sickness but the trek to Pikey peak gives you a boost. The rocky trails with the view of mountains take you to Yak Kharka. It is a grazing ground that is used by the inhabitants to graze their cattle. Besides shepherds, you can see small huts. Overnight stay at tented camp in Yak Kharka.

Day 9: Trek from Yak Kharka to Saharsbeni 3835m/ 6 hours via Pare Danda
From Yak Kharka, you will head to Saharsbeni early in the morning. The trail is long but you gain very less altitude. The trail feels mostly lonely and you get to see a lot of landscapes along the way. You get the closer looks of many snowcapped mountains as you head to Saharsbeni. You pass Pare Danda from where you gaze on the beautiful snowcapped Himalayas. Overnight stay at tented camp in Saharsbeni. 

Day 10: Trek from Saharsbeni to Dudh Kunda 4600m/ 3 hours
Finally, you’ll trek to Dudh Kunda on this day. The Dudh Kunda Lake lies at the foot of Mt. Numbur and Karyalung glacier. It is believed to be home of Lord Shiva. This place is holy for both Hindus and Buddhists and many pilgrims visit this lake on the full moon of August. There is a culture to take a dip in the icy lake as it is believed to clear off all your sins. You head to your campsite and take rest. Overnight stay at tented camp in Dudh Kunda. 

Day 11: Explore surrounding and trek to Yak Kharka 3600m/ 4 hours
This day is for exploring the Dudh Kunda. You can take a walk around the lake and go to the viewpoint. You can pray to God and visit the temples around the lakes and in the surrounding area. From the viewpoint, you can admire the beauty of sunrise and sunset. After you finish exploring the place, you retrace your path back to Yak Kharka. Overnight stay at tented camp in Yak Kharka. 

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Taksindu La 3870m/7 hours
You start your return journey from Yak Kharka to Taksindu La. The trail is a comparatively easy one and goes through forests of pine, rhododendrons and many other shrubs. You first head to Thadarbug, from where you trek to Taksindu la. You continue down the trail towards the main Jiri to Everest trail to Taksindu la. The pass is decorated with prayer flags and strong winds. You can have a great view of the pass. Then, with a short descend you get to Taksindu monastery and the village. Overnight stay at lodge in Taksindu.  

Day 13: Trek from Taksindu La to Phaplu 2469m/5 hours
This is the last trekking day as you leave the main trekking route and walk the path down to reach Phaplu. You can visit Chiwong Gumba that lies high on a cliff from where you can have a nice look of the valley. Then, after a couple of hours of walking, you'll reach Phaplu. You can also visit Salleri, headquarter of Solukhumbu district, where there are big markets. Overnight stay at lodge in Phaplu. 

Day 14: Fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu (Flights operate only on Sun, Mon, Wed & Thu only)
You return to Kathmandu from Phaplu on a scenic flight. After reaching Kathmandu, you will drive to the hotel and then after some rest, you can go sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley on your own. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After breakfast and bidding goodbye, our staff will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport from where you’ll take a flight to your home. Goodbye and Thanks. 

N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Prix Adulte Status *
USD 3,175
EUR 2.991
SFr 3.185
Tour est disponible
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 2 nights deluxe accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3* hotel Marshyangdi in Kathmandu. 
* Domestic flight tickets from Phaplu to Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold LifeStraw filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge and partly tented camp accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter  for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation,salary, equipments & insurance.
* All the ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Ghaurishankar Conservation Area Permit.
* All other necessary permits.
* Camping Equipment (Tents, Mattresses and Kitchen Utensils).
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.



Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
                                                Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.


Pikey-Dudh Kunda Cultural Trail Trek, 15 Days


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