Rhododendron Trail to Milke Danda

* Amidst beautiful forest with Kumbakarna mountain range in the background
* On the less frequented region, breathtaking panorama of world's highest range of snow capped mountains
* Pristine forest on the most elusive trail, medieval town and villages


This wonderful trip starts with a sweeping flight to Tumlingtar and then a scenic drive to Chinchilla- a mid hill village in the sub-tropic zone following the River Arun upstream passing small scattered farm villages. The path later heads unto the higher region of Jaljala and Milke Danda area located in the far east of Nepal. This excellent trek offers superb view of Mt. Kanchenjunga- the world's third highest peak and the Kumburkarna Himal range, including Mt. Makalu and all the way to Mt. Everest. Milke Danda area is less frequented by western trekkers; the region is densely vegetated with rare alpine flora and beautiful rhododendron forest. The location turns out to be a paradise for naturalist, botanist and flower lovers during the spring and summer.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day tour.
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 950m 5-6 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Chinchilla 1,800m Approx 5-6 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Mamakhe 1,870m approx. 4-5 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Barabise 1,200m 4-5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Deorali 1,800m 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Apung 1,930m 5-6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Dhap 2,600m 5-6 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Jaljala 3,340m 4-5 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Jaljala.
Day 12: Trek to Milke Danda. 3,662m 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Rest day at Milke danda for local hike.
Day 14: Trek to Nundhaki 1,800m 5-6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Chainpur 1,400m 5-6 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Tumlingtar 4-5 hrs.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Day 18: Free day at leisure.
Day 19: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Departure Dates Availability
16 Apr-04 May Available
Day 01:   Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02:  

A day in Kathmandu.

  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 03:  

Fly to Tumlingtar (950m) 40 minutes’ flight and camp.

  After breakfast, take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 50 minute sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalau & Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tumlingtar airport and its village town located on a shelf above the Arun River, walk across to meet our trek crew beside the airstrip and towards far off to the north, the white peak of Makalu, overnight Camp in Tumlingtar near the village with time for a short walk around the villages.
Day 04:  

Drive to Chinchilla (1,800m) via Mani-Bhanjyang (1,200m) 4 hrs.

  First day of the trip starts from Tumlingtar with a pleasant drive for 3-4 hours through the farm fields and villages. After leaving the suburb of Tumlingtar, the trail climbs up gradually towards Khadbari in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal (Sorea-Robusta)and more farm fields along the way, then reaching at Khadbari a major town village and a headquarter of the Sankha Shaba and Makalu region. A busy bazaar, especially on Saturday market day, from Khadbari the trail is gradual with few ups and down till it reaches the village of Manibhanjang, ascending the ridge on this dirt road to the small ridge-top village of Chinchilla. On route, passing through fertile farmed land, and verdant rain forest, with thick undergrowth and many types of ferns. Chinchilla a small farm village with 6-8 houses with a superb view of Mt. Makalu 8,463m and the Kumbakarna mountain range.
Day 05:

Trek to Mamakhe 1,870m 4-5 hrs.

  Today's walk is more or less downhill with few ups and gradual path, our route leaves the main trail of Makalu after Chinchilla. This is one of the few and rare path that westerners have used. Our route meanders through the farm fields and rural villages and coming to our overnight camp at Mamakehe after 4-5 hours of good walk.
Day 06:

Trek to Barabise 1,200m. 4-5 hrs.

  The walk follows the low trail through a patch of cool dense forest of bamboo and rain forest crossing the numerous streams depending upon the season. The path leads too many small farm houses till we reach Barabise by the River. Barabise a small village houses mostly built of thatch roofs, this place is more sub tropical.
Day 07:

Trek to Deorali 1,800m 5-6 hrs.

  From Barabise, our route heads towards north, leaving the river behind. Walk continues with a gradual climb through the farm terraces most of the way till Deorali is reached for the overnight camp. Here one can feel the cool breeze with a difference in climate than the other few nights.
Day 08: Trek to Apung 1,930m 5-6 hrs.
  From Deorali onwards, our route leads to more remote areas with only a sparse farm village, and more into a dense wood of rhododendron, magnolia and oaks and other alpine trees. Our walk is more of a climb with few gentle gradual portion enroute our overnight camp at a small place of Apung.
Day 09: Trek to Dhap 2,600m 5-6 hrs.
  Today's walk leads to more up hills adding more heights with verdant green surrounding overlooking great landscapes of the surrounding area with the distance view of the snow capped peaks of Khumbakarna and Mt. Makalu. Trek continues through pasture and meadows and into the cool shade of the forest till a small place of Dhap is reached for the overnight camp.
Day 10: Trek to Jaljala 3,340 m 4-5hrs
  Our good walk continues on the steep uphill to a higher ridge of this area Jaljala through the cool shade of the dense alpine forest, where one can get an idea of the Lord of the Rings in this verdant woods, with great variety of plants including the sweet fragrance of Dendrobium paparius in Nepali it is known as Lokta used for making rice paper. As our walk progress, reaching to the ridge top one can see a panoramic view of the Kumbakarna, Mt. Makalu and Kanchenjunga towards east. After a good steady walk of 4-5 hours, we will be camping in the clearing on the meadow depending upon the availability of clean water. This area is renown for nature lovers and botanist and plus for people who wants to be in the perfect tranquility away from the maddening civilized world in the shade of perfect wilderness on the backdrop of snow capped peaks.
Day 11: Rest day at Jaljala.
  Today an easy leisure day, one can explore the unexplored region of this area, as this region is very seldom ventured by westerners and still it needs to be explored to find a good panoramic viewpoint in this thick vegetation setting, as well for the Sunset and Sunrise depending upon the time of the season.
Day 12: Trek to Milke Danda 3,662m. 5-6 hrs.
  After a wonderful time here, we head along the ridge through the forest with occasional view of the snow capped peaks, the trek leads to misleading path, where one has to be careful and allow the lead Sherpa guide to lead the way and to find the tracks, as this area is very seldom used, and it is mostly used by the shepherds, and woodmen and villagers to collect the Daphnia plant to make the rice papers. Trek continues on this heavily wooded area and coming to another ridge top on the clearing for the overnight camp, where the view of the snow capped mountains is distinctly visible in these quiet surroundings.
Day 13: Rest day at Milke Danda for local hike.
  Another leisure day an opportunity to explore the unexplored region of this area, chances of seeing some wild life, from civet cat-fox-wolfs-antelopes including musk deer or  the elusive snow leopard and Red Panda, after a good hike around returning back to camp for dinner on this great peaceful surrounding.
Day 14:

Trek to Nundhaki 1,800m 5-6 hrs.

  After a wonderful time at Jalajala and Milke Danda area, route descends back to civilization, walk begins in the cool shade of the forest after 2-3 hours of good walk coming to a clearing with great views of the surrounding landscapes and the distance snow capped mountain range. Once off the dense forest, the walk is more or less downhill passing through many Shepherd’s huts and hamlets and then reaching towards 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. Overnight camp is made near the village area.
Day 15: Trek to Chainpur 1,400m 5-6 hrs.
  The walk today is fairly easy on the downhill and gradual winding track all the way to the charming village of Chainpur, once a key village of this Sankha Sabha region and its administrative offices which has been transferred to the nearby town at Khandbari. Chainpur still retains its charm and it's famous for its outstanding metal brass and copper works and for the famed Gurkha knives "Khukuri" here the people are of mixed origin from Brahmans, Chhetries, Kirats, Tamang, Sherpas and the Newars.
Day 16:

Trek to Tumlingtar 4-5 hrs.

  The walk is on the pleasant downhill slope today from Chainpur through the farm villages and you can feel the rise in temperature as the trek leads to semi tropical area, and the vegetations changes as well to more fruit trees like mandarin oranges and other citric fruits and other fruit trees like Guava and Papaya.
The down hill trail continues through the Sal forest for an hour and with the final descend to Tumlingtar for the overnight camp not far from the airstrip. Tumlingtar is situated on a plateau above the Arun and Sabha River with more than hundred houses scattered around on this wide red earth plateau.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  This morning can be at leisure, depending upon the schedule flight time, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason, the flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu which takes less than an hour, a panoramic view of the snow capped can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our office staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
Day 18:

Free day at leisure.

  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Day 19:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy our HimEX staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Tumlingtar / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
 5.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 7.  Transfer of staff and equipment to / from Tumlingtar.
 8.  Local transportation in Tumlingtar by local available vehicle.
 9.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.



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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Rhododendron Trail to Milke Danda
  • Trip Duration : 19 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 3662 m
  • Month : Apr-May