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)
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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 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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