When people think of trekking in the Solukhumbu (Everest) region, they think of colossal snow-capped peaks and desolate, rugged terrain. There is so much more to the Everest region than mountain peaks that people do not know about. In fact, very few people know about the low-altitude trekking, where you can discover the blissful Middle Hills, rich with Sherpa culture. The Lower Everest Dudhkunda Trek passes through charming villages and their scenic fields of crops, colorful rhododendron and oak forests up to the jaw-dropping Dudhkunda Lake.
One of the most alluring aspects of this off-the-beaten-path trek is that it is possible to go several days without seeing another trekker. The trail is not advertised as a trekking route. Feel a magical sense of solitude as you trek through beautiful scenery with nothing but yourself and the bag on your back. Another awesome part of the trek is that we set up our tent and sleep under the stars each night – a true camping experience.
Begin the journey in Chelsa after a scenic drive from Kathmandu and short hike from Salleri. The trail goes up and down through rhododendron forests (Nepal’s national flower), which make eye-popping colors in the springtime. Trek from remote village to remote village, all the way up to Dudhkunda Lake. This sacred lake is one of the most incredible body of water you may ever see. The milky green-blue lake is situated at the foot of the snowy Numbur Himal peak. During the full moon in August, Hindu pilgrims flock here for a ritual bath to absolve their sins.
After taking a dip in the lake, the excitement continues. We visit Sinsare La, where there is a mesmerizing view of Mount Everest (8848 meters) and more of the highest peaks in the world. Another amazing part of the Lower Everest Dudhkunda Trek is the plethora of wildlife, including the Himalayan tahr, Himalayan black bear, the jackal, and loads of pretty migratory birds. Join us on this off-the-beaten-path trek in the foothills of the soaring Everest region peaks while learning about authentic Sherpa culture!
Book the Lower Everest Dudhkunda Trek all throughout the year. Though the trek is available anytime, certain seasons provide the best weather. In the springtime (March to May), the rhododendrons are blooming and scenery is lush. During autumn (September to November), skies are clearest and mountain views are best. Summer (rainy season) and winter do not provide the best trekking conditions, but on the other hand, you can enjoy more solitude on the trail. If you have any questions, please contact us!