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Jiri Dudh kunda Trek - 15 Days

Dudh Kund and Explore the towering peaks of Everest, Numbur, Chuli, and other mountains along with Thupten Choling Monastery

Jiri, Bhandar Dudhkund Trek is a newly designed adventure package that is slowly catching its popularity. On this trip, you get a chance to witness the mesmerizing beauty of Jiri, often referred to as the “Switzerland of Nepal”. Tall mountains like Numbur Himal, Gauri Shankar, Mera Chuchuro and Dudhkund Chuchuro will welcome you as you explore new footpaths. You will surely be thrilled by the challenging climb through Sethe, Lamjura and Junbesi to Dudhkund Base Camp (5,756m). Take a holy dip in the Dudh Kund Lake (which literally means, “pool of milk”) and feel blessed! Exploring Thupten Choling Gompa, built by Tibetan icon the Dalai Lama, gives you an insight into Tibetan Buddhism. Thupten Choling Gompa in Junbesima!

Then travel to Yak Khark. Yak passes through Khark and passes through the hills towards Saharsbeni. Finally, from Saharsbeni, you explore the surroundings of Dudhkund Lake the next day and then return to Yak Khark. Then, you will reach Taksindu through river and forest route from Yak Khark. Finally, the trek takes you through Salleri, the headquarters of Solukhumbu, to Phaplu and from Phaplu to Kathmandu. An adventure and pilgrimage with our crew members celebrating apple-based products and delights from the exquisite orchards of Jiri, Shivalaya – Bhandaar to Dudhkund and Phaplu Trek!

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Drive to Bhandar (2,200m) 8/9 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Sete (2,575m) 6/7 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (2,700m) 6/7 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Thupten Chholing Monastery (2920m) 2 hours
Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka (3700m) 7 hours
Day 08: Trek to Saharsbeni (3835m0 6 hours via Pare Danda
Day 09: Trek to Dudh Kunda (4600m) 3 hours
Day 10: Explore surroundings and trek to Yak Kharka (3600m) 4 hours
Day 11: Trek to Taksindu La (3870m) 7 hours
Day 12: Trek to Phaplu (2469m) 5 hours
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m) 7/8 hrs
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 15: International departure

Join us on the Jiri Dudh Kunda Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit the places, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a brief orientation about your trek. And the rest of the time you can visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essentials.

Day 3
Drive to Bandar (2190m) 8/9 hrs

Today you will go to Bhandara by a private ride of 8/9 hours. The road trip takes you to the Bhotekoshi River on the road connecting Nepal to Tibet. You will reach a quaint bazaar on the road called Lamosangu, near the Nepal-Tibet border. A private vehicle journey leads to the Bhote Koshi River. After leaving this river, the road leads to a steep place up to Charikot. Before reaching Jiri, the road leads to the Tamakoshi River. Many trekkers also start their trek from Jiri. Before the airport was built in Lukla, the road to Everest was Jiri. After an 8/9 hour private vehicle journey from Jiri, you will proceed to reach Bhandara (2190m). Bhandar has a large stupa as well as a few scattered houses and farms.

Day 4
Trek to Sete (2,575m) 6/7 hrs

You will start your trek from Bhandar. You will reach Sete (2575 m) in 6/7 hours journey. As you begin your hike, you’ll pass downhill and climb into cool forest shade. As you walk towards the foothills, you will notice some changes in the vegetation with the change in climate. From the foothills, you will pass some paddy fields and rivers on the way. After 3/4 hour you will reach a village called Kenza village (1634m) below Lamjura and Pikedanda. To the north of this village is Numbur Peak. After a short break in this village, a few hours before you reach Sete, which is a cool windy village.

Day 5
Trek to Junbesi (2,700m) 6/7 hrs

After our breakfast today, leave Junbesi and follow the trails along the river and through the plains towards Thupten Choling Monastery. The trail is beautiful and you pass many villages and farms. The monastery houses 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. Stay overnight at the tented camp at Thupten Choling Monastery.

Day 6
Trek to Thupten Chholing Monastery (2920m) 2 hours

Today, you will begin your trek with a gradual ascent towards Yak Khark. The trek goes through beautiful forests with some ups and downs. Rocky paths with mountain views lead you to Yak Khark. It is a grazing ground that residents use to graze their cattle. Apart from shepherds, you can see small huts. So stay overnight at a tented camp in Yak Khark.

Day 7
Trek to Yak Kharka (3700m) 7 hours

From Yak Khark, you will go to Saharsbeni in the morning. The trail is long but you gain a very little elevation. The trail often feels lonely and you’ll see a lot of scenery along the way. On the way to Saharsbeni, many snow-capped mountains can be seen up close. You cross the hills beyond from where you can see the beautiful snow-capped Himalayas. Overnight tented camp at Saharsbeni.

Day 8
Trek to Saharsbeni (3835m 6 hours via Pare Danda

Finally, you will visit Dudh Kunda on this day. Dudhkund Lake is located at the base of Mount Numbur and the Karyalung glacier. It is considered to be the house of Lord Shiva. The place is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists and many pilgrims visit the lake during the August full moon. Bathing in the snowy lake is a tradition as it is believed to wash away all sins. You go to your camp and rest. Overnight stay at tented camp in Dudhkund.

Day 9
Trek to Dudh Kunda (4600m) 3 hours

This day is the day for you to search for Dudhkunda. You can walk around the lake and visit the scenic spot. You can pray to God and visit the temples in and around the lake. From the view, you can admire the beauty of sunrise and sunset. After you finish exploring the place, you make your way back to Yak Khark. Stay overnight after returning to the tented camp in Yak Khark.

Day 10
Explore surroundings and trek to Yak Kharka (3600m) 4 hours

You start your return journey from Yak Khark to Taksindu La. The trail is relatively easy and leads to Taksindu through forests of pine, rhododendron, and many other shrubs. And the trail continues towards Taksindu La. The pass is decorated with prayer flags and you can get a great view of Taksindu La Pass. Then, with a short descent, you will reach the Taksindu monastery and village. And the night will be at the lodge.

Day 11
Trek to Taksindu La (3870m) 7 hours

This is the last trekking day as you leave the main trekking route and walk down to reach Phaplu. You can visit Chiung Gumba which is high on the cliff from where you can get a good view of the valley. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Phaplu. You can also visit Saleri, the headquarters of the Solukhumbu district, where there are large markets. and will stay one night at the lodge.

Day 12
Trek to Phaplu (2469m) 5 hours

You drive back to Kathmandu from Phaplu. After reaching Kathmandu, rest for some time, and after freshening up, you can go for free time to visit Kathmandu valley. And the rest of your day is free at your own discretion.

Day 13
Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m) 7/8 hrs

Thanks for joining us on this trek and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Stay in touch.

Day 14
Free day in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Spend a free and easy day, perhaps shopping or relaxing in the hotel’s beautiful courtyard. During the event, we will enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of your ‘Jiri Dudh Kunda Trek’. While enjoying our dinner, we will also be entertained by an exciting cultural dance performed by local bells.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Please inform us of more details on extensions.

Day 15
International departure

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 10 nights teahouse/Camp. Twin sharing tent for accommodation during the trek there will be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing on a heritage site
  • Trekking permit and conservation area permit
  • Experienced local trek guide for teahouse and Camping
  • Full support camping crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Single accommodation (available in, a camping tent)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

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Difficulty: Grading: 5-7 (Moderate)

Difficulty: Moderate

Trails generally go above 4,500 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 6 – 8 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisites

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Group Size

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 2 and the maximum is 12 people. (For Camping Trek)…Contact us info@alpinetrav.cm

If you want to travel something that is not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, when you want it.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Track:
(Dudh Kunda area) Large logistics accommodation is not required for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have adequate warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone. The bathrooms are often shared and in many places, the toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Camping Base
Dudh Kunda trek, your accommodation will be in a fully tented camp. Tents will be provided for 2 people equal to 1 tent each. By default in the case of single, we will provide a single tent without any additional cost.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of the single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses/lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles. But at camping, if you want a tent for a single by default we will provide a single tent at no extra cost.

Meals

Meals include
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house/lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

For camping Dudh Kunda area, this would be the perfect camp style. Our team will prepare food for us at the base camp.
In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to send your message to your staff. For a gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast, as your options for breakfast will be limited.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be from 6.00 to 7.00 in the morning while on track. The time of getting up and the time of breakfast will be fixed one night before the briefing time. The schedule of each day will depend entirely on the length of your walk for that day.
After breakfast, we take day’s walk. So before breakfast, you need to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are eating breakfast. After a 3-4 hour walk, we stop for mid-day lunch. The afternoon walk is usually short and we usually arrive on time for our afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent walking around the village, washing clothes or relaxing with a good book. And after dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and retrieving the day’s adventures, before going to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

Needless to say that kitting and stuffing yourself out for a trek is almost a herculean task that keeps you mulling and often gets you overwhelmed. But at the mercy of the renting outlets sprouting in every visible corner in Kathmandu, preparing for trekking in Nepal these days is almost tantamount to equipping yourself for a weekend backpacking trip. Most of the heavy and expensive items are easily available for rent, so you don’t actually have to travel to Nepal with a cartload of gear. We have endeavored to formulate a categorical checklist that gives you a tentative idea regarding the gears and accessories mandatory for you during the trek. The list could vary depending upon the kind of trek you pursue, the terrain, weather conditions, and time of the year. For instance, you don’t need the camp trek equipment when you are on a tea-house trek. This listing below simply serves as a guideline and you can always have your own checklist. It is always preferable to pack light and the key to this is to carry the gears and accessories that have multidimensional uses.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Why Trekking with AlpineTrav Treks?

At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be made available to you on a hassle free trip and trek before your arrival; You will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide / leader with a high staff ratio.
On the trek, all-inclusive food and accommodation are included in the camping tents. Our itinerary is also designed with every aspect in mind such as adaptability, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. We also provide sleeping bags, down jackets, and waterproof duffel bags There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for the comfort of each participant.

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Jiri Dudh kunda Trek
From $1,850.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 14N/15 Days
  • Moderate
  • 4550m/14,930ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Jeep or Land Cruiser
  • Teahouse/Camping
  • 2 Max 12

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