Milke Danda Rhododendron Trek

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    13 Days
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Milke Danda Rhododendron Trek takes you to Makalu-Kanchenjunga Region in the far eastern part of Nepal. It is a beautiful walk through a region of undisturbed floral beauty, forest landscapes, and stunning Himalayan wilderness. Milke Danda is a 25 km long, high forested ridge that splits the Arun & Tamur  River Valleys. It is situated between the elevations of 2580 m and 3580m. The ridge has a great ecological variation encompassing the forests to alpine vegetation and is popular for having the highest diversity of Nepalese Rhododendron species. Recently, an agreement has been reached among the local people, conservationists, and the government agencies to conserve this beautiful remote area and it is a real privilege to be able to experience it.

Milke Danda Rhododendron trekking journey starts with a direct flight into Biratnagar and drives to Basantpur. Next morning we begin the trek to Milke Danda via Chauki exploring the pristine jungle environment of Gupha Pokhari, with magnificent mountain views of four of the world’s highest peaks. Along the trail, we visit different indigenous settlements of Buddhist Sherpas, Hindu Brahmins and Kirat Rai living in communal harmony.  During the trek, one can experience about indigenous people’s lifestyle, diverse cultures, socio-economic situation and a complete sustainable eco-trekking of the Makalu-Kanchenjunga Region.

Those trekkers who wish to explore isolated parts of Nepal, Milke Danda Rhododendron trek would be the best. From  March to May ( Spring) and September to December ( Autumn) are the best time for Milke Danda trek but one can also do this trek a year round except monsoon ( July- August)

If this proposed itinerary is not suitable for you, we will design similar one as per your interest and duration of holidays. Please feel free to contact us.



It is a “must do trek” for all the lovers of flowers and nature in the eastern Nepal. This trek offers an extraordinary experience of Himalayan wilderness, breathtaking floral beauty, forested landscapes. It also offers the superb views of world’s highest mountains – anchanjunga (8,586 m), Makalu (8,463 m) and Everest (8,848 m) and we can explore the rich culture of the local inhabitants and their lifestyle. It is a “must do in life” trip for all the lovers of flowers and nature. The Milke ridge has great ecological variation ranging from the sub tropical forests to alpine vegetation and is renowned for having the highest diversity of Nepalese rhododendron flower species. Every spring the whole forest blooms with rhododendron of different colours, mostly red and pink, creating a rare spectacle anywhere on earth.

  • Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your Pre-booked hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue drive to Patan Durbar Square to observe ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch. Then, you will visit the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu

  • After breakfast at hotel you will transfer to airport to take a flight to Biratnagar and drive to the trailhead at Basantpur. We walk for about 1 km and camp in meadow

  • The trek starts with a slow ascent or a wide trail through mossy rhododendron forests with superb views off both sides to the Arun Kosi and Tammor Kosi drainages and north to Makalu. The trail goes uphill first and then the trail drops gently overnight at camp.

  • Today we trek through Pretty meadows with views of Chham langm merz, Makalu and Kanchanjunga. After some ups and dozns through Manglebare (2620m), Srimani and Balukop (2800m), the trail reaches two small lakes at Lamo Pokhari (2940m). Then, it’s generally dozn hill past the bamboo huts of Koranghtar to more lake at Gupa Pokhari. A large pond behind the village has a Buddhist shrine beside it and Prayer flags in the trees surrounding it.

  • Milke Danda is a “must visit place” for all the lovers of flowers and nature. The trail passes through densely forest with rhododendron flowers, beautiful landscapes and Himalayan wilderness. This site is a long, high ridge that divides the Arun & Tamur river Valleys in eastern Nepal. While trekking we can view

  • Today we begin the trek in the cool shade of the forest. After 2-3 hours walk we’ll come to a clearing with great views of the surrounding landscapes and the distant snow capped mountain range. Then we walk downhill passing through many shepherd huts and hamlets and then reaching the farm terraces and eventually to the village of Nundhaki. This place is also a junction that leads further east to Kanchenjunga and Sikkim across the border. We’ll camp overnight at the village.

  • The walk today is fairly easy on the downhill and gradually winding track all the way to the charming village of Siddha Pokhari. Local people here are of mixed origin from Brahmans, Chhetries, Korat, Tamang, Sherpas and the Newars. Overnight at tented camp

  • The trail climbs but mostly contours through forest. Yak herders may be seen with their animals grazing in the spring and summer month. Views of the Kanchenjunga to the east and Khumbu Himal to the west are distant but outstanding, especially at sunrise and sunset. If you want to take a direct route with more ups and downs we can head north along the pleasant ridge crest for about 10 minutes to a righthand fork, which heads off to the northeast. Overnight at tented camp

  • After breakfast we start our trek through the rice paddies and soon follow the path up a hillside with tea houses and shady resting spots dotted along the trail. After around 4hrs walk we end the trek. We will celebrate our last day trekking in the camp with our crew members dancing, singing and toasting beers. Overnight at tented camp

  • We complete our trek before we take a flight to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Upon arrival at Kathmandu domestic airport you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day you can stay on your own.

  • Today is a free day in Kathmandu! Please let our staff know if you would like to go join another activity such as Rafting, Bunjee jump, Paragliding and tour around Kathmandu Valley.

  • Today keep in mind your international flight time; so make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency), and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from our amazing country, Nepal COST INCLUDES

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What is included

  • International arrival/departure transfers
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing escorted by City Guide ( any foreign language accordingly )
  • 4 Nights standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • Land transportation Biratnagar– Basantapur
  • Flight Tumlingtar- Kathmandu
  • Domestic Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Domestic Airport Tax
  • Makalu Barun Conservation Area Permit Fee
  • TIMS card
  • Full Board Camping with meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) on trek
  • Necessary camping equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen equipment etc.)
  • Supporting staff (a professional trekking guide and porter(s), cook & kitchen boy(s) as well as their necessary wages, insurance, meals, transportations and allowances
  • Clients allowed taking only 20 kg. personal luggage  on trek

What is Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee
  • Monument entry fee in Kathmandu
  • Single supplement for hotel accommodation
  • Note: Additional cost applies for single tent on camping trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation costs
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry
  • Camera/cell phone battery charge while on trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Excess baggage will be charged if exceeds 20 kg
  • Donation & tips etc.
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)
  • Any other services not specified in the ‘Cost includes’

Milke Danda Rhododendron Trek 2024/2025 Cost and Departure Dates

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Nitty Gritty

  • Trekking Region: Kanchenjunga, Nepal
  • Trip Duration: 13 Days
  • Total Trekking days: 09 Days
  • Camping Trek: Full board basis (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu : 04Nights
  • Trips Starts / Ends: Kathmandu
  • Activities: Camping Trek + Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Mode of Transportation: Domestic Flight & Comfortable Vehicles as per group size
  • Best Season: Mid Feb – May &  Mid Sept – Dec
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu & camp on trek
  • Type of Trip: Private & Fixed Departure
  • Service available: Standard/Camping
  • Trek grade:  Medium – hard
  • No .of Pax : 2 & above
  • Meals during trip:  Included, except lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Maximum elevation: 3124 m
  • Walking hours: 5 – 6 hrs a day
  • Support Staff: Guide 1:10 pax, Leader 1:11 pax above, Assistant Guide 2:10 pax, 3:12 pax, 4:16 pax. Porter 2: 1 pax (20kg each) (Each porter carries only 30 kg. x 2 porters = 60 kg,- 20 kg. clients baggage + 40 kg. camping equipment/food) as per IPPG guideline
  • Kitchen Staff: 1 cook, 1 asst. cook (depending on the group size)

General Information

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  • Nepal is a land of ancient history, colorful cultures and multi- religions found nowhere else on the planet! There are many festivals and cultural events celebrated throughout the year in the various regions by different Nepalese ethnic groups who follow their own way of religious practice, lifestyle, language, culture, and tradition keeping peace and harmony in society.
  • Trekking can be organized for few days to few weeks long, depending on trekkers interest, strength and time frame. Walking could be twelve kilometers or just four kilometers a day and spend the night in the countryside lodge or camp.
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