Welcome to Ilam

Like its neighbour Darjeeling across the border, Ilam is synonymous with one thing – tea. The two share an almost identical climate and topography, although Darjeeling tea is by far the better known. The tea fields that carpet the surrounding hills make for a very peaceful walk in refreshing mountain air.

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$1795 Outdoor Activities

Kanchenjunga Trek

Itinerary: Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur morning 10 am. It takes around 45 min. Same day jeep drive to Ilam, it takes around Seven hours and stay overnight at Ilam.   Day 02: Drive from Ilam to Suketar, Taplejung, via Panch Thar, it takes around eight hours. Day 03: Trek from Suketar (2300m.) to Kunjari (1928m.) which takes about seven hours.  Day 04: Trek from Kunjari to Mamangkhe (1920m) and it takes about seven hours.  Day 05: Trek from Mamangkhe to Yamphudin (2080m.) Bhote Gaun, which takes approximately five hours. Day 06: Trek from Yamphudin to Omje khola (2460m) which takes about six hours.  Day 07: Trek from Amjekhola to Torontan (2890m.) and it takes approximately five and half hours.  Day 08: Trek from Toronde to Tserma (3870m.) which takes approximately five hours.  Day 09: Trek from Tserma to Ramche (4580m.) and it takes approximately six hours.  Day 10: Trek from Ramche to Yalung B.c.(5400m) which takes about six and half hours.  Day 11: Trek from Yalung Bc.to Ramche (4580m.) which takes approximately six and half hours.  Day 12: Trek from Ramche to Toronde (2890m) and it takes about six and half hours.  Day 13: Trek from Toronde to Amjekhola (2460m.) which takes about six and half hours. Day 14: Trek from Amjekhola to Yamphudin (2080m.) which takes about four and half hours.  Day 15: Trek from Yamphudin to Mamangkhe and it takes about five and half hours.  Day 16: Trek from Mamangkhe to Keswa (2120m.) which takes about seven hours. Day 17: Trek from Keswa to Suketar (2300m.) and it takes about seven hours.  Day 18: Drive from Suketar to Ilam. Stay overnight at Ilam. Day 19: Drive from Ilam to Bhadrapur. It takes around eight hours than same day fly back to Kathmandu by Yeti air at 3 Pm.  

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3-Day Eastern Paradise Ilam Tour from Kathmandu

ItineraryDay 1: Kathmandu to Ilam and Antu Danda (45-minute flight)Stop At: Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam, Mechi Zone, Eastern RegionA guide will pick you up from your Kathmandu hotel at 9am and transfer you to Bhadrapur airport for a 45-minute flight. Upon arrival, you will be driven1.5 hours to Ilam. After checking in at your hotel, you will begin your tour to Antu Danda. At an altitude of 5,500 feet (1677 meters), Antu Danda is peacefully located on the foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak. As the best scenic viewpoint for sunrise and sunset, Mt. Everest is visible from here on a clear day.Antu Pokhari and lush-green tea gardens are other attractions of Shree Antu Danda. Tourist enjoy moving around the natural pond lying close to Samalbung VDC. There is a facility of boating in the pond for the tourists. Tourists get attracted to the pond as it is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens from all sides. Tourist can also take the tour of tea factory. Tourists lose the track of time while boating in a healthy and cold environment and having snaps by playing hide and seek in the tea gardens. The dense forest is also an abode to boars, hares, spiny, babblers, Kalij - pheasants, jackals, deer, dove, sim dogs, porcupines, eagles and owls.With a driveable road from Ilam to Chhipitar, trekking along the green hills take 3 hours.Overnight stay at hotelDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel.Day 2: Mai PokhariStop At: Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam, Mechi Zone, Eastern RegionAfter breakfast, you will drive 3 hours to Mai Pokhari. At an altitude of almost 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), Mai Pokhari houses a magnificent lake and nine ponds - some even large enough for boats. An important pilgrimage site, the lake is of emerald color and sprinkled with water lilies and swarmed with goldfish. Located about 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Ilam Bazar, there are nearby villages for viewing, including Chureghanti, Dharpani and Hasbire Bhanjyangon.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel.Day 3: Illam to KathmanduStop At: Ilam Tea Garden, Ilam, Mechi Zone, Eastern RegionAfter breakfast, check out of hotel and drive to Bhadrapur airport for a return flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, transfer back to your hotel, concluding your tour.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.