Milke Danda Trekking, also known as Lali Gurash Trekking, is one of the marvelous treks in Nepal’s Makalu region. This trek is arguably one of the most underrated treks in Nepal. The breathtaking views of Makalu to the west and Kanchenjunga to the east, 29 variety of rhododendron, and over 250 species of birds are some of the major highlights of this trek. This trek is renowned for boasting the highest diversity of Nepalese rhododendron species: 29 out of 32 species in Nepal.
Milka Danda trek route is less-crowded and leads up the 25km long forest ridge at 2580m that separates Arun and Tamur Valley. The trail is draped in lush rhododendron forests that bestows amazing views for every step throughout the trail. The authentic culture and warm hospitality of Limbus and Kirants people are delightful experiences for every traveler.
The trail to Milke Danda attracts very few trekkers who are nature admirers and keen trekkers who love to explore the less-trodden path.
Milke Danda Lali Gurash Trek Route
Milke Danda Trek starts and ends in Kathmandu. You will catch a flight to Biratnagar, the industrial capital of Nepal. The 45-minute flight offers spectacular views of Kathmandu and urban landscapes. Your guide will book a cozy room to stay for the night. At your leisure, you can enjoy the ambiance of Biratnagar. Also, you can prepare for tomorrow’s adventure.
On the 2nd day of the trek, you will drive to Basantapur. It will take up to 16 hours to arrive in Basantapur from Biratnagar. Basantapur is a beautiful town that serves as a gateway to the numerous trek in the Makalu region.
The following day, you will trek to Chauki. You will walk for 5-6 hours through the forested trail. As you ascend gradually, the forest reveals the stunning views of Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Makalu (8463m).
Continuing to Bhaisi Kharka at 2930m, the trail meanders through one of eastern Nepal’s best trails. Rest assured that the hike will be a pleasant experience for you. Furthermore, as you march towards Gupha Pokhari, you will cross Manglebare, Balukho, and Srimani, and explore two lakes at Lamo Pokhari.
On the 6th day, you will explore Gupha Pokhari and Milke Danda. Gupha Pokhari at 2890m, is a natural pond, a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. It is a popular destination in the Tinjure Milke Jaljale Trail. It is believed that the pond grants your wishes. Milke Danda bestows splendid views of Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and dramatic landscapes.
After spending quality time and celebrating, you will descend to Nundaki. You can still admire the distant snowcapped mountain range. Once off the dense forest, you will gradually descend through Shepard’s huts and hamlets. After a few hours, you will reach Nundaki.
Your next destination will be Chainpur. The trek is easier as you continue descending through a beautiful trail to the charming village of Chainpur. It is an ancient market place famous for Karuwa, a special kind of water mug with a pipe tap. It should not take you more than 4 hours.
You will then head to Tumlingtar, walking across the crops field. Tumlingtar is probably the best stopping ground on this adventure. It is a beautiful city and also the deepest valley. On the trek’s final day, you will drive to Tumlingtar airport and catch a flight to Kathmandu.
Milke Danda Trek Difficulty
Milke Danda Trekking is an easy trek, best for first-time trekkers and ideal for nature admirer. The highest elevation of this adventure is 3124m at Milke Danda. The trek is easy and demands 3-4 hours 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.
Milke Danda Trekking Itinerary
Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar (80m)
Duration: 45 minutes
Drive to Basantapur (2200m) via Dharan
Duration: 16 hours
Trek from Basantapur to Chauki (2700m)
Duration: 5-6 hours trek
Trek from Chauki to Bhaisi Kharka (2930m)
Duration: 5-6 hours trek
Trek from Bhaisi Kharka to Gupha Pokhari (2900m)
Trek from Gupha Pokhari to Milke Danda (3124m)
Trek from Milke Danda to Nundaki
Trek from Nundaki to Chainpur (1324m)
Trek from Chainpur to Tumlingtar (518m)
Duration: 3-4 hours
Fly back to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar
Duration: 43 minutes