Flowers of Kanchenjunga
Nestled in the Himalayan foothill, Milke Danda is located in the eastern part of the country-Kanchenjunga. Milke Danda area holds up some of the world’s most spectacular rhododendron forests. Over 16 species of Rhododendrons have been identified on the hiking area only.
Our treks are scheduled during the time, when the forests come in its full bloom in late April. These Himalayan flowers are very popular and colourful flowers in Nepal. Rhododendron arboreum is the national flower of Nepal. This trekking area is also comparatively unexplored and untracked under the consideration to be declared as a national park of Nepal of Nepal soon. On this trek you will be exploring the numerous features of rhododendrons and cloud forests. The setting is dramatic with exceptionally inspiring settlements enroute. The view of Kanchenjunga range, the third highest mountain and the culture from this part of the country adds more enjoyable experience of being in this area.
• Milke Danda with large verities of Rhododendron flowers found in Nepal
• Mount Kanchenjunga- the 3rd highest mountain in the world
• Unique culture and tradition of eastern Nepal
• Entirely on off the beaten trail
Flowers of Kanchenjunga Itinerary outline
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 : Day in Kathmandu for guided half day cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03 : To Basantapur and overnight camp
Day 04 : Commence trek to Milke Danda
Today you begin the exciting trek to Milke Danda for wonderful east Nepal adventure with beautiful national flowers, Rhododendrons and amidst stunning eastern Himalayan peaks. Overnight camp
Day 05-14 : Trekking days Continue treks and overnight camping
Day 15 : To Tumlingtar Return trek to Tumlingtar and overnight camping
Day 16 : Return flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar and transfer to your hotel
Day 17 : Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel
Day 18 : Trip concludes in Kathmandu Transfer to airport for flight to onward destination
The trek: Flowers of Kanchenjunga
This trek, “Flowers of Kanchenjunga”, is taken into the remote part of Nepal in the east, where the 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga is located. As the land transportation is very long the flights are used from Kathmandu to eastern terai and then involve another 5-6 hours drive to starting point and back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar.The typical trekking day is wake up early in the morning, have breakfast, followed by the walk to the overnight campsite. The hot lunch will be provided in the middle of the trek. It’s amazing to go through all beautiful the beautiful landscapes with cultural experience. The average duration for walk will be about 6 hours but some days can be longer and some days can be shorter. It all depends on your pace and how often you stop for the photographing, admiring the views and drinking water. Once you arrive to campsite, you will be greeted by hot cup of tea or coffee with cookies before you disappear into your tents. Dinner will be served in the evening after 6pm and if there is some time in between, people can wonder around but make sure your guide knows that or you may take the guide with too. The dinner is of three course- appetizer, followed my main course and desert, tea or coffee at the end. Our expedition cook will try his best to provide the wholesome, tasty and hygienically prepared food. During the camping arrangements and putting the tents if you wish to participate with our staffs, you are welcome to do so, which can be also great fun and interaction with the staffs.
Level of grade!
This trip is categorized as moderate level, which involves walking on steep trails when crossing river valleys and some time getting very strenuous. The duration of walking is usually of 6 hour walk but varies. The highest camping ground is at an elevation of 11,200 feet. The altitude can be felt but itinerary is designed in such way to give minimum impact. Anybody can take this trip provided the person is comfortable staying in tents, being in remote areas, meeting local people and has no chronic health problem. Positive attitude is also a plus point!
For this trip, Flowers of Kanchenjunga, the best season to catch the blooming time of most of the rhododendrons is summer from mid-April through May. This trek can be enjoyed in spring and autumn season also if one if not very particular about flowers.
Flowering season of Rhododendrons
Due to fluctuations in blooming time caused by a multitude of factors (blooming of flowers varies from year to year, and within each year, due to species and altitude). We cannot guarantee they will be at peak bloom during the trek. We do our best to maximize time spent with species most in bloom.
Please carry the following – books on wildlife or birds, a pair of binocular, pen and note book, as its, such a nice experience to note down what you come across along the trail, a camera beside other essentials.
• All meals, tea/coffee and biscuits during the trekking period
• All camping equipments such as spacious sleeping tents, with sleeping mattress and sleeping bag, (though we recommend bringing your own and also a self inflatable mat for extra comfort), kitchen, dinning and toilet tents, simple camping chairs and tables
• An experienced tour leader/guide with nature knowledge with all the supporting staffs
• Well trained and experienced expedition cook with supporting staffs.
• Service of porter to carry your belongings
• Flight to Biratnagar from Kathmandu and to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar
• All private land transportation
• Day hike to Shivapuri national park
• Tourist standard hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on BB plan
• Porter equipments
• Staff insurance
Cost does not include
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu apart from breakfast and welcome dinner
• Visa and airport tax, your travel insurance, tipping, cost of personal nature and cost incur due to any unforeseen events and bottled drinks etc.
Trip departure date 2012 and 2013
14 April 2013 – 01 May 2013 | 14 April 2014– 01 May 2014