Remote Rhododendron Trek

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In remote eastern Nepal, nestled in the foothills of the Himalaya, the Milke Danda region nurtures some of the world’s most spectacular rhododendron forests. There are over 16 different species of rhododendron to be found in the trek area, and the forests should be in full bloom in late April, the one time of year this trek is run. Although the rhododendron is under siege throughout the greater Himalayas, this area is still relatively unsettled and untrekked, and efforts are under way to have it declared a national park. The trek is designed to explore the many aspects of rhododendrons and cloud forests, but the dramatic setting and fascinating villages makes this appropriate for anyone wanting a stimulating two week walk in Nepal. Trail grades are steep when crossing river valleys, and at times very difficult, but the distances between camps are never more than a 6 hour walk. Highest camp is at 11,200 feet, and altitude should not pose a problem for trekkers.

Detailed Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu airport. Transfer to the Kathmandu Guest House (KGH). Arrival briefing and afternoon walkabout.

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Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu and Patan, including visits to both Durbar Squares and Pashupatinath. O/N KGH.

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Morning pre-trek briefing. Afternoon free to get any last minute things for the trek. O/N KGH.

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Early morning free. 10am transfer to domestic terminal and flight to Biratnaghar. We then take a bus to the trek start point at Basantapur. Begin 13 days of trekking in the Milke Danda region. Short trek to campsite (7,400ft, 2,265m). Trekking with campsites at the following places:

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Chauki Forest (8,260ft). A short walking day to Chauki. Some of this day’s walk is along ridge trail with spectacular views of Mt. Chamlang, Makalu, Peak 6, and other Himalayan giants. Begin entering temperate forest and encountering Rhododendron Arboureum species. Excellent campsite surrounded by rhododendron forest.

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Explore Chauki Forest. Mainly two different species of rhododendron here.

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Guphapokhori (9100 ft). Walk along the ridge with Kanchenjunga also coming into view. Up about 500 feet along easy trail with great mountain and valley views. Camp is near interesting village with a variety of ethnic groups (Sherpa, Chetri, Tamba etc. ).

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Lampohori / Sukepokhari (9,700ft). Continue on Milke Danda ridge with views of Tamber and Arun valleys. Excellent campsite in meadow surrounded by forest.

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Dolley Pokhari (11,200ft). Today’s walk passes through Rhododendron forest with a vast diversity of species. At least 16 different species of Rhododendron are found here, including R. Arboureum, R. Hodgsonii, R. Thomsonii, R. Barbateum, R. Griffithianum and etc.

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Dolley Pokhari (11,200ft). Day to explore and revel in the majesty of the mountains and rhododendron forest.

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Giddhe (11,000ft). Carry along ridge with fine views. Chance for hike up to 12,100 feet.

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Giddhe (11,000ft). Rest day. Chance for a hike up to 12,100 feet for a great panoramic view of the Eastern Hamalayas.

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Dolley Pokhari (11,200ft). Return to Dolley Pokhari.

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Baghkor (apx 7,000ft). Descend 4,000 feet through more rhododendron and oak forest.

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Chainpur (apx4,800ft). Continue on down to the village of Chainpur, famous for its brass work. Lots of time to explore the bazaar. Camp just past the village.

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Return to Tumlingtar. And last evening of dancing and goodbyes.

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Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, and transfer to Kathmandu Guest House.

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Day free in Kathmandu to relax. Overnight at the Kathmandu Guest House.

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Transfer to airport for flight home.

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PLEASE NOTE: Owing to fluctuations in blooming dates caused by a multitude of factors (bloom dates vary from year to year, and within each year, owing 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, and this can lead to adjustments in the itinerary, including additional rest and exploration days.

Synopsis

Trip Grading:

Length: 19 days total, 14-day trek

Max. Altitude: 11,200ft / 3425m

Begins/Ends in Kathmandu.

Land Cost: $2565 Full-service tented trek (includes everything).

International Airfare: Apx. $1800 to Kathmandu (from North America)

Mar 21 – Apr 11 ’16
Mar 20 – Apr 10 ’17

Mar 19 – Apr 09 ’18
Mar 18 – Apr 08 ’19

Single Supplement: $195

You can also contact Canadian Himalayan Expeditions directly for more information.

Synopsis

Trip Grading:

Length: 19 days total, 14-day trek

Max. Altitude: 11,200ft / 3425m

Begins/Ends in Kathmandu.

Land Cost: $2565 Full-service tented trek (includes everything).

International Airfare: Apx. $1800 to Kathmandu (from North America)

Mar 21 – Apr 11 ’16
Mar 20 – Apr 10 ’17

Mar 19 – Apr 09 ’18
Mar 18 – Apr 08 ’19

Single Supplement: $195

You can also contact Canadian Himalayan Expeditions directly for more information.