The Tea Gardens of Nepal

Trip description

A trip to meet the Limbus, in the villages in the middle of rice fields and tea plantations in a region totally untouched by tourism. You will stay with local people or in small family lodgings to stay close to the local population and discover their traditions. You walk in the shade of giant rhododendrons, with the entire Eastern Himalayas from Kangchenjunga to Makalu in the background. You walk through tea plantations and pass through Limbus, Rais and Brahmin villages. After a day of warming up in the Ilam tea plantations, you reach Phidim and walk through banana and bamboo plantations .... Gradually you leave the terraced fields and gain height.... A trek without any technical challenges

- Montagnes : Kangchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8485m), Kumbhakarna (7210m) et autres
- Superbes vues depuis les rives paisibles du lac Gufa Pokhari
- Plusieurs nuits chez l'habitant
- Un voyage très riche en rencontres locales : plus de partage !
- Champs de thé et de riz sur les terrasses du Népal

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Altaï Népal

14 days

From : €1,505*


- Né dans la campagne perdue
- Guide de trekking depuis plus de 20 ans
- Spécialiste de l'Annapurna, de l'Everest, du Ladakh et du Rajasthan
- Parlant anglais et français

Day 1: Transfer and installation at the hotel.

Day 2: Domestic flight: Kathmandu - Biratnagar, road to Hile (1950m)

Day 3: Hile - Gufa Pokhari (2860m)

Day 4: Discovery: Gufa Pokhari and the surrounding area

Day 5: Gufa Pokhari - Samthang (2300m)

Day 6: Samthang: discovering the region

Day 7: Samthang: discovering the region

Day 8: Samthang (2300m) - Chhatedhunga (1500m)

Day 9: Chhatedhunga (1500m) - on the Tamor River in Majhitar

Day 10: Majhitar - Ilam, Nepalese tea country

Day 11: Ilam: discovering the Kanyam region

Day 12: route: Kanyam - Jhapa

Day 13: Domestic flight: Biratnagar - Kathmandu

Day 14: End of stay

Day 1 : Transfer and installation at the hotel.

Day1 : Transfer and installation at the hotel. ©Skouatroulio -

Transfer to the hotel. Rest and free time. Depending on your arrival, you will discover the old streets of Kathmandu and get a first glimpse of the Nepalese life.

Accommodation: Hotel
Free meals

Day 2 : Domestic flight: Kathmandu - Biratnagar, road to Hile (1950m)


Early in the morning, you take a domestic flight to East Nepal. It is in Biratnagar, a lower region of Nepal and a town on the India-Nepal border, where you take a collective transport to Dharan. Between Itahari and Dharan, in a small local tea-shop, you take a tea or tchya before continuing the road towards Dharan, city at the foot of the medium mountains. You continue on the mountain road, and cross the bridge over the Tamor river. Some photo breaks: villages, people, rice fields, landscapes. Continue the mountain road to Hile.

Flight time: 30 minutes
Journey time: 4 hours
Accommodation : Mountain Hotel full board

Day 3 : Hile - Gufa Pokhari (2860m)

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After breakfast, you take the road to the highlands of Gufa Pokhari. The road passes through a forest of rhododendrons and in Basantapur, the most important village and typical commercial centre of the region, you have tea with the locals and share a moment with the Limbu people, Bhramanes, etc. You continue the drive through the rhododendrons and have lunch in Chowki at a school teacher's house. Enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayas including Mt. Makalu (8463m). Judicial transfer to Gufa Pokhari, an ethnically diverse village on a small, peaceful lake. From the village, the view is splendid on the Kanchenjunga (8586m) and the Janu (7710m) but also on the Baruntse (7129 m), the Chamlang (7319 m) and the Makalu (8481 m), which is held in the sacred lake of Gufa Pokhari

Route: 3 hours
Accommodation: Lodge held by a Sherpa family (Yak herder)

Day 4 : Discovery: Gufa Pokhari and the surrounding area

Day4 : Discovery: Gufa Pokhari and the surrounding area ©Hugo Canabi - Iconotec

Splendid sunrise to enjoy the view of the high peaks of the eastern Himalayas, which have turned majestically into the sacred lake of Gufa Pokhari. It is a magical place of strange and silent beauty. This is the area where we find the largest variety of rhododendrons, Nepal's national and iconic flower. We can also see herds of beautiful Yaks here. Easy round trip to Milke Danda to enjoy the views of the Himalayan ranges, rhododendron forest, share tea and smiles with the local people: Sherpas, Limbus, Brahmins...

Accommodation : Same Lodge

Day 5 : Gufa Pokhari - Samthang (2300m)

Day5 : Gufa Pokhari - Samthang (2300m) ©Maygutyak - Fotolia

C'est la journée la plus soutenue du trek avec une alternance de montées et de descentes. Vous traversez une zone couverte de forêts denses de rhododendrons, de magnolias et de châtaigniers, puis suivez la crête sur plusieurs vallées, forêts et sommets. En prenant votre temps, vous marchez jusqu'au village de Samthang.

Accommodation : Home stay
walking time : 6h
Elevation gain : +500m/-1150m

Day 6 : Samthang: discovering the region

Day6 : Samthang: discovering the region ©Author's Image

In Samthang, we spend Days 6 and 7. A beautiful sunrise over Mt. Janu (7710m), probably one of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas and Kanchanjungha (8586m), the 3rd highest mountain in the world. D6 and D7 => During these 2 days, hiking: possibility to walk as much as you want, talking with your guide: 2h per day, or 3, or 4.... Go to different villages, people, schools .... Or help in the fields if you wish: bring herbs for the goats or milk a cow... It would be a total immersion in a lost village of an authentic Nepal.... This day: sunrise; breakfast and walk to Bhagawati without any significant difference in altitude. Lunch at Sakranti Bazaar, a small commercial centre in the region.

Accommodation : Home stay
3 to 4 hours walking

Day 7 : Samthang: discovering the region

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After breakfast, drive to and from Mr. Devi Kafle's house at 1500m. Lunch at Mr. Kafle's house. Drive through beautiful landscapes, villages, cultures, people...
Or spend the whole day in the area: local school, fields, etc.

Accommodation : Home stay
4 hours walking
Elevation gain : +800m/-800

Day 8 : Samthang (2300m) - Chhatedhunga (1500m)

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After breakfast you descend through giant rhododendrons. It is a gradual descent through the villages of Hwaku, Iwa, that we arrive at the small village of Chhatedhunga.

Hébergement : Chez l'habitant
Temps de marche : 5 heures
Dénivelé : +750m

Day 9 : Chhatedhunga (1500m) - on the Tamor River in Majhitar

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Steady descent to the bank of the Tamor River - through subtropical forest - which rises at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga. Relax by the river.

Accommodation: Bivouac in tents by the river
3 hours walking
Elevation gain: -600m

Day 10 : Majhitar - Ilam, Nepalese tea country

Après le petit déjeuner, nous nous dirigeons vers Ilam. Nous dormons dans les champs de thé vert d'Ilam. Marche à l'arrivée dans la région.

Accommodation : Home stay
5 hours drive
1 hour walk

Day 11 : Ilam: discovering the Kanyam region

©Hugo Canabi - Iconotec

Ilam, la capitale du thé du Népal depuis 150 ans. Découvrez les plantations de thé à pied et visitez une usine pour en savoir plus sur les différentes étapes de la production du thé.

Hébergement : chez l'habitant
3 heures de marche

Day 12 : route: Kanyam - Jhapa

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Une jolie route nous mène dans le Teraï oriental, situé à la frontière avec l'Inde, non loin de Darjeeling. Nous prenons le temps de découvrir les petits villages typiques, disséminés entre les rizières. Nous nous promenons de village en village, et apprécions l'ambiance typique du Teraï : rizières, palmiers, bananiers constituant le décor authentique de cette région. C'est un changement radical par rapport à ce que vous aurez vu les jours précédents.

Accommodation: homestay
2 hours drive

Day 13 : Domestic flight: Biratnagar - Kathmandu

Day13 : Domestic flight: Biratnagar - Kathmandu ©The-Walker -

Matinée dans le Teraï puis petit vol intérieur vers Katmandou.

Flight time: 45 minutes
Accommodation : Hotel

Day 14 : End of stay

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