Rhododendrons of Nepal
Rhododendrons of Nepal: Pure rhododendron treks in Nepal!
Nestled on the lap of 3rd highest mountain of the world Kanchenjunga, Milke Danda is located in the east Nepal. Rhododendron forest’s of Milke Danda is one of the most spectacular forests in Nepal that encompass over 16 species of Rhododendrons along 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 that are in within the famous Kanchenjunga Conservation area (KCA) an important and rich biodiversity area of the country. On this trek you will be exploring the numerous features of rhododendrons and cloud forests. The setting is dramatic with exceptionally inspiring settlements en route. The view of Kanchenjunga range and the unique culture from this part of the country adds more enjoyable experience of the trip.
- Milke Danda, probably the largest Rhododendron forest in the world
- Some twenty five species of rhododendrons
- Mount Kanchenjunga- the 3rd highest mountain in the world
- Unique eastern Nepal culture and tradition
- Entirely on off the beaten trail
ITINERARY Outline: Rhododendrons of Nepal
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 : Half day cultural sightseeing
Day 03 : To Basantapur and overnight camp
Day 04 : Start trek to Milke Danda, overnight camp
Day 05-14 : Trekking days and overnight camping
Day 15 : To Tumlingtar and overnight camping
Day 16 : Return flight to Kathmandu
Day 17 : Free day in Kathmandu. Overnight hotel
Day 18 : Trip concludes in Kathmandu
Rhododendrons of Nepal
This trek, “Rhododendrons and Nepal”, is undertaken into the remote part of east Nepal, where the 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga is located. As the land transportation is very long the flights are used from Kathmandu to eastern terai to drive ( 5-6 hours) to starting point and flight back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar at the end.
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 easy to 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 3350m. 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 tour, “Rhododendrons and Nepal”, 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 bring along…
Please carry the following – books on rhododendrons of Nepal, wildlife and 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.
Trip COST- Rhododendrons of Nepal
US$ 2,990 per person on twin sharing (minimum 4 person required)
• All meals, tea/coffee and biscuits
• All camping equipments
• An experienced tour leader/guide with nature knowledge with all the supporting staffs
• Trained & experienced cook, supporting staffs
• Porters to carry your baggage
• KTM/Biratnagar & Tumlingtar/KTM flight
• All private land transportations
• Day hike to Shivapuri national park
• Boutique hotel accommodations on BB plan
• Porter equipments
• Staff insurance
Does NOT include
• Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, 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.
Rhododendrons of Kanchenjunga
16 April – 03 May and 21 April – 08 May
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