Dudh Kunda Trek
Trip Code: EDK
Dudh Kunda Trek is a remote and unexplored area trekking in the lower part of Everest region. During the trek one can explore beautiful and captivating sights and authentic indigenous cultures and rituals of Sherpas along with the sacred milky lake. Highly respected by the locals for being the home of the protective divine being of Solu ( lower part of Everest region ) known as ‘Shorong Yul Lha,’ this lake is considered one of the sacred in Nepal. Locals believe that taking a dip in this holy lake will have the wishes granted. During full-moon nights in the month of August, pilgrims and Shaman Priests celebrate a week-long rituals here. This area has many diverse ethnic groups of people living permanently here. Sherpas, Khaling Rais, Tamangs, Magars, and Gurungs are the popular ethnic groups of people you will find along the trails.
The trip starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri/ Bhandar and then trek begins via Junbesi to Thupten Chooling monastery. This is the isolated ridge through dense forest and rocky, yak grazing pastures to reach Dudh Kunda.. The area beyond Thupten Choolingis monastery is very remote and wild . This part of trek you will hardly meet anyone on this rarest traveled trail. However, in August many Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims visit Dudh Kunda to perform cleansing rituals. According to ancient mythology, childless families that dip in this Holy Lake will be blessed with children.
From Junbesi , the trek to Dudh kunda takes a minimum of 3 days but at least one extra day is required for exploring around the lake. While at the lake side, be sure to walk right around its shore and look for the spring high up on the north eastern side which is considered to be the resource of the holy water.
For those who want to have a more spiritual journey far from the maddening crowds, consider this a holy place to rejuvenate. Every year, more than thousand people trek to Dudh Kunda for its spectacular views.
In a nutshell, Dudh Kunda trek will inspire you to immerse in the beauty of the lakes, mind boggling mountains and never-like-before hospitality of the Sherpa community during the trek.
Despite some damages of private homes and schools by April 25th,2015 earthquake in the Everest region the trail to Dudh kund is in good condition and most of the teahouses are currently in operation for the upcoming season.
Spiritual journey off the beaten track in the Everest region, fully organized camping trek, only few trekkers have ventured this trek, walk through interesting villages, explore monasteries, temples and pilgrimage sites, Major attraction of this trek is lake Dudh Kunda & Pike Peak (4,100m)