If you love flowers, then doing a Rhododendron trek in Nepal can be a glorious experience for you. Rhododendron is called Laligurans in Nepali. It is the national flower of this country. You can find them in abundance during the spring season in the hilly regions of Nepal. Due to their huge size and distribution, they tend to cover the whole hills during their peak blooming season. The sheer beauty of hills covered with rhododendrons cannot be described in words and has to be seen to be believed. They will simply take your breath away and fill even your darkest mood with joy.
In Nepal, apart from being the national flower, rhododendron is also popular for many other reasons. It is believed that this flower brings good luck, and so local people use it during various ceremonies and initiations. Rhododendrons are also famous for their medicinal properties among the locals here. The juice from rhododendron is used at many places in Nepal to treat diseases such as diabetes, jaundice, headaches, and stomach problems.
The Annapurna region, the Langtang region, and the Kanchenjunga region are especially famous for rhododendrons. Depending on which region you prefer, we can help prepare an itinerary tailored for a rhododendron trip. The month of March up to May is generally the best for doing this trip. This is also the season when it is the most ideal time to visit Nepal since it is spring season and the weather is likely to be just right. Also the skies will be clear most of the day, giving you plenty of opportunities to grab breathtaking views not only of the hills covered with rhododendrons, but also of the faraway mountain ranges.
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur, Jhapa
Drive early morning from Jhapa to Taplejung in group jeep (13 hrs.)
Trek from Taplejung to Miltung. (5 hrs.)
Rest day at Miltung
Trek from Mitlung to Chiruwa 1171m. (5 hrs.)
Rest day at Chiruwa
Trek from Chirwa to Helllok 1740m (5 hrs.)
Rest day at Hellok and sightseeing around village
Trek from Helllok to Gyabla 2760m (6 hrs.)
Trek from Gyable to Ghunsa (3468m.)
Rest day at Ghunsa for acclimatization. This is a day to rest in order to acclimatize and ex-cursion in and around Ghunsa. Gunsa is also rich with Tibetan and Buddhist culture. Ghunsa is relatively larger town. It is inhabited by Tibetan people. Mainly the women are involved in carpet weaving profession. There is run Carpet Weaving Industry in their home at small scale by local people. The trekkers come across with few check point at Ghunsa. There are local shops where you can buy goods to take along with you at high altitude.
Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.)
Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) and it takes about seven hours. The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m, is near a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain; water is scarce here. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to get out of the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions.
Rest day at Lhonak, and look around.
Trek from Lhonak to Pangpema(5152m.) which takes about four hours.
From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, then gets a bit steeper as it fol-lows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema.
Trek from Pangpema to Kanchanjunga (North) Base Camp (5280m.) to Lhonak and it takes approximately 8 hours. Here you can enjoy the snow capped mountains and Kanchenjun-ga glacier. There are gorges of mountin glacier from water flows all the time. During the middle of the day, the scene of falling avalanches captivates you completely.
Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa which takes about seven hours. Now you trek in descending path crossing the jungle along the river Kambachen river. Somewhere you can see the mani walls and prayer flags hanging over the tree. At a point, you have to cross a wooden bridge.
Rest day at Ghunsa
Trek from Ghunsa to Se lele Camp(4200m.) which takes about 6 hours.
Trek from Se lele La to Tseram (3725m.) and it takes about seven hours.
You trek through almost desert like area and some places you cross are stony trail. The path is ascent from Mirgin La to Tseram. On the path, you can see Lapsang La glaci-er,Mirgin La glacier and snow-capped mountains. There are very few stone roof houses at Tseram and yak huts. You stay overnight.
Trek from Tseram to Okhardunga ( 4730m) for 8 hours.
Rest day at Okhardunga
Trek from Okhardunga to Yalung Base Camp (5400m) for 6 hours.
Excursion to Kanchanjunga Base Camp (South) which takes about six hours.
Trek from Ramchaur to Tortong (2995m) 6 hrs.
Rest day at Tortong
Trek Tortong to Mamankhe (1920m) 6 hrs.
Rest day at Mamankhe
Trek Manankhe to Kande Bhanjyang(2179m) 7 hrs.
Rest day at Khande Bhanjyang
Drive from Kande Bhanjyang to Taplejung (1820m) by bus/jeep 5 hrs.
Drive from Tapeljung to Jhapa by group jeep.
Fly back to Kathmandu from Jhapa