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.
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.