The Eastern part of Nepal is an untamed frontier, rising to a sheer mountain wall that includes two of the tallest peaks on the earth. In the far east of Nepal, Kanchenjunga clocks in as the world's third-highest peak at 8586m. Further west, mighty Makalu (8463m) comes at number five. The foothills of these Himalayan giants offer some of the most exciting trekking in Eastern Nepal. Eastern region trekking passes through remote country that provides a flashback to what the most country have like when explorers such as Edmund Hillary made the first ascents in the 1950s. Trekking trails in Easter in Nepal follow a series of melt Water Rivers and streams, passing through a fascinating variety of landscapes – terraced rice fields, dense rhododendron forests, rolling alpine meadows and the desolate lunar landscape of the high Himalaya.
The most admired areas for trekkers in eastern region are the Makalu Barun National park on the border of Tibet and the Kanchenjunga massif on the border to Sikkim. This wonderful Eastern region trekking of Nepal can be started with a breathtaking scenic flight of mountains from Langtang, Everest and Kanchenjunga to the south gigantic plain of eastern Nepal and for Makalu region take a flight to Tumlingtar or can walk all the way through the Arun Valley. The densely inhabited middle hills are gouged by the mighty Arun Koshi, flanked by massifs of Kanchenjunga and Makalu. The main appealing areas are panoramic views of eastern mountains as Kumbakarna, Jannu Peak, Tent Peak, Givigela Chule, Chang Himal, Pathibhara, Olangchumgola Pumori, Arun valley etc. Diversities of vegetation like the mixed pastures, hills of colorful rhododendron and jasmine, tropical lowlands and yak grazing pastures at high altitude and beautiful sunrise and sunset views are certain to make your journey in east Nepal heavenly.
During Eastern Kanchenjunga trek, besides the majestic Himalayas and waterfalls, you will pass through thickets of rhododendron and other highland forests. The must-see place of this trek is Kanchenjunga Conservation Area spread in an area of 2,035 sq Km. The area has a rich diversity of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer red panda and others as Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue magpies, shy drongo are the major birds found here. The Makalu-Barun National Park and Conservation Area takes up deep into the eastern Himalayas, a place of outstanding natural beauty and diversity in flora and fauna. The forests shelter abundant wildlife, including the endangered red panda and musk deer as well as the ghoral, Himalayan Tahr and leopard.
Eastern region Nepal trek gives an abundant opportunity to discover cultural & spiritual knowledge. East Nepal region have the ethnic cast like Rai, Tamang, Sherpa, Limbu etc having their own culture. The area is world famous for growing world best teas in large scale as in Illam, east border of Nepal. This route is comparatively frequented and thus the unspoiled villages and environment are yours to discover without the distractions of other trekkers. The expedition can get fairly strenuous at times while crossing the passes, but for every hard sweat you will be pleased with dazzling sceneries as it advanced towards the windswept rugged terrains with overwhelming views of the towering peaks.
Culture: Buddhist, Hindu Mixed
Highlights: Arun valley, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Illam, Tumlingtar, Dhankuta, Hile, Antudanda
Best travel time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Transport: Land & Flights
Accommodation: Small lodges to Star Hotel available