Milke Danda Trek - 15 Days

Arun valley

Milkedanda (Makalu-Kanchenjunga Region) Camping 15 days trek for panoramic views of numerous peaks and the discovery of Laliguras flowers including many species of flowers.

Days: 15-Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate) 

It is the most remote trekking destination in the far eastern part of Nepal. This trek offers breathtaking views of the mountains up to the Milkedanda area. Milke Danda is the most popular area for various types of flowers, especially the national flower of Nepal, the Rhododendron.

It is a long and tall forest region that separates the Arun and Tamur valleys of eastern Nepal. There are great views of Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and other peaks. The trek leads through the pleasant low country, to a remote, uninhabited ridge with fine mountain views of four of the world’s five highest peaks. For those who want to experience once isolated parts of Nepal, go on extraordinary treks to untouched destinations.

The most important features of the regions offer you a unique experience about the real Himalayan hubs, lifestyle of tribals, diverse cultures, socio-economic conditions as well as total sustainable eco-trekking. Milkedanda trek in the eastern part of Nepal offers great mountain views of Makalu Himal and Kanchenjunga Himal.

It is also famous for rhododendrons and other flowers. Milke Danda trek is especially recommended in spring because of the rhododendrons, the Milke Danda trek is also known as the rhododendron trek. Milkedanda trek starts and ends at Tumlingtar Airport. There are daily direct flights from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (410m) 45 minutes
Day 04: Trek to Phapung, stay at tented camp
Day 05: Trek to Chainpur (1260m) stay at tented camp
Day 06: Trek to Jaljala, stay at a tented camp
Day 07: Trek to Bhalukhop, stay at a tented camp.
Day 08: Trek to Milke Danda (3690m)
Day 09: Exploring surrounding hills
Day 10: Trek to Mayuan, stay at a tented camp
Day 11: Trek to Chainpur (1260m) stay at a tented camp
Day 12: Trek to Tumlingtar (410m)
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 14: Contingency (Free day at Kathmandu)
Day 15: International departure

Join us on the Milke Danda Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Today after an early breakfast, we set off on a guided tour of Kathmandu’s primary historical sites. We will visit iconic monuments, monasteries, palaces, and UNESCO World Heritage sites including Boudhanath Swayambhunath. As we wander through the exotic locales of Kathmandu, the more diverse cultural milieus of the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia, we get a deeper insight into Buddhism. It can invoke your spiritual senses. There will be a short orientation after the preparation for the trek at the hotel lobby in the afternoon.

Day 3
Fly to Tumlingtar (410m) 45 minutes

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will drive to domestic terminal of Airport in Kathmandu. Taking 45 minutes of scenic flight close to Himalayas with breathtaking views of Mountains and peaks, we will take flight to Tumlingtar. Today we will stay overnight in Tumlingtar.

Day 4
Trek to Phapung, stay at tented camp

Day 5
Trek to Chainpur (1260m) stay at tented camp

Day 6
Trek to Jaljala, stay at a tented camp

Day 7
Trek to Bhalukhop, stay at a tented camp.

Day 8
Trek to Milke Danda (3690m)

Day 9
Exploring surrounding hills

Day 10
Trek to Mayuan, stay at a tented camp

Day 11
Trek to Chainpur (1260m) stay at a tented camp

Day 12
Trek to Tumlingtar (410m)

Day 13
Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

It takes 45 minutes of scenic flight to reach Kathmandu Airport from Tumlingtar. Once we arrive at the Domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred back to the hotel for a comfortable stay.

Day 14
Contingency (Free day at Kathmandu)

Today, enjoy a leisure day in Kathmandu. This day can be used as a contingency for any possible delay due to flight cancellation etc. Cancellations may occur due to inclement weather. If the flight is canceled, outside or inside Kathmandu, you can explore the places and try to mingle with the locals where you live. You can meet local people and hear different stories from them. Try their traditional Nepali local organic food and enjoy the day in a wonderful atmosphere.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Please message us for more details on extensions. We will be at your service 24 hours a day on how to make arrangements.

Day 15
International departure

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 4 nights standard hotels and 10 nights camp. Twin sharing tent for accommodation during the trek there will be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing on a heritage site
  • Internal flight Kathmandu-Tumlingtar to Kathmandu
  • Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
  • Experienced local trek guide for Camping trek
  • Full support camping crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if necessary' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Sleeping tents for single travelers are available
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

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Difficulty Grading: 5-6 (Moderate)

Milke Danda Trekking is an easy trek, best for first-time trekkers, and ideal for nature admirers. The highest elevation of this adventure is 3124m at Milke Danda. The trek is easy and demands 4-6 hours of a trek every day. The maximum trekking hours for this trek is 5-6 hours. Since it is a lower altitude trek, anyone with no high-altitude trekking experience can embark on this adventure.

Prerequisite

No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.

Why Trekking with AlpineTrav Treks?

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions it is our aim to provide a wonderful holiday in our part of the world and ensure that our clients enjoy the holiday as much as possible with minimized risks and a worry-free trip should it be monetary, physical, or emotional. All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be done prior to your arrival providing you with a hassle-free journey and on the trek; you will be led by an experienced and medical-trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio.
On the trek, All-inclusive meals and accommodation are included in camping. Our itineraries are also devised keeping every aspect in mind such as acclimatization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. We also provide a sleeping bag, down jacket, and waterproof duffel bag for each participant.

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

Trekking: Camping
Your accommodation during the trekking period will be fully tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travelers with a foam mattress. If in case of a single by default, we will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. In Kathmandu, your accommodation at the hotel in the heart of the tourist destination Thamel will be based on a twin partnership and if you want to get the same room, you will have to pay a single supplemental price as mentioned in the travel cost on request. . But in case of single by default during trekking, we will arrange single tent for you at no extra cost.

On Trek: Meals

All meals are included during the trekking period

We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Since this is a full camping trek, our kitchen crew will serve freshly prepared meals during the trek. We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. You can and are encouraged to bring along comfort food that you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks, etc.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast as your options for breakfast will be limited.

In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where and what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served at your tent as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Camping where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the camp evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Milke Danda Trek
From $1,975.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 14N/15 Days
  • Moderate
  • 3,690m/12,106ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Bothway Flight
  • Fully tented camping
  • 2 Max 12

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