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East Nepal

         As much as Nepal has become synonymous with adventure, much of this amazing country is still rarely traveled! A vast majority of those that visit Nepal see Kathmandu and want to go trek to either Everest base camp or the Annapurna Sanctuary - but Nepal has so much more to offer!

         East Nepal is an amazing example of that.East Nepal is home to four of the world's five tallest peaks. Kangchenjunga (28,208') is the third tallest, but due to its standing as a lone citadel looming over the surrounding countryside, it looks more imposing than almost any other peak or massif in the Great Himalayan Range. As you wander the countryside, being in the foothills of the Himalaya affords you dramatic close-up views of Kangchenjunga along with its equally impressive neighbor, Jannu, and the entire ridged landscape of on the horizon.

         Walking on these trails will take you up to magical hilltops, through rhododendron forests, a long ridgetop trail with nonstop mountain views, and some of Nepal's most beautiful villages. Few if any of our clients in the last 30 years have met any other trekkers throughout their time on these trails, but almost all have had the opportunity to engage deeply in many of the folks that call this area home.

         East Nepal boasts low altitude treks, lots of rarely visited tribal villages, superb Himalayan views, access to rural haat (weekly) bazaars and multitude of options for timing! This area is great for families, small custom groups and even the hard core adventure seekers.  You can trek here for as little as a week and as long as a month, with plenty to see, do and explore.

  • Gurung Weavers
  • Porters take a smoke break
  • Ridges of East Nepal
  • Sherpani porters take a break
  • Trekkers on Milke Danda
  • View of Jannu and Kangchenjuna from Lalikharka
  • Sherpa boys of Nundhaki
East Nepal Sample Itineraries

         Most of the itineraries we put together in east Nepal include a portion of time on a ridge, unlike all the others in the country, this one runs north/south (the rest of the ridges run east/west, parallel to the Himalayas).  Spending time walking north on  a ridge means you'll have days of unfettered views of the mountains! On top of which, we can customize a trekking itinerary to fit your exact needs - timing and difficulty.  

         There are challenging treks up into the mountains lasting three to four weeks, moderate treks in the foothills that can be 2 weeks and even short, low altitude treks that can be done in two weeks door-to-door from home!  

Kangchenjunga - Legend of Pathibara: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Depart US /  Day 2: En route / Day 3: Arrive Kathmandu / Day 4: Transit to Basantapur / Day 5 - 12: On trek / Day 13: Return to Kathmandu / Day 14: City tour of the capital / Day 15: Depart

Trekking the Ridges of East Nepal: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu | 02: Optional day hikes | 03: Fly to eastern Nepal & begin  trek | 04 - 10: On trek | 11: Finish the trek and fly back to Kathmandu | 12: City sightseeing | 13: Depart Kathmandu | 14: Arrive home.

East Nepal boasts low altitude treks, lots of rarely visited tribal villages, superb Himalayan views, access to rural bazaars and multitude of options for timing!


  • A region that has been in the book "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" for years!
  • Four of the five tallest peaks on earth are visible from trails in this region
  • Virtually no other trekkers!

Steve was set up to do a 30-day trek on the Jaljale Himal, but when bad weather unexpectedly pushed him and his staff off the ridge, he got a chance to explore the rest of the richness of east Nepal. It was serendipity speaking and Steve loved his trip. 

Check Out Our Other Sample Nepal Itineraries:

  • The Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
    • Come explore what the Dalai Lama has called the last bastion of living Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Trekking Everest
    • The valley leading to Everest (also called the Khumbu) offers a variety of treks ranging from one week to three, all providing wonderful exposure to the indigenous Sherpa culture and access to the biggest mountains on earth.
  • Trekking Manaslu & Tsum Valleys
    • Nestled into the base of the Himalayas, these valleys are located close to the major hubs of travel in Nepal but are also not frequently visited. With lots of trekking and heli-trekking options, this is area is prime for adventure!