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To see the Roof of the World, you don\'t have to take a long and difficult trek, because Basantapur-Tumlingtar (Eastern Nepal) is a slow-motion hike, connecting the trekking routes to the base camps of Makalu and Kangchenjunga.

Number of days :  11 Days High camp :  3000m
Highest altitude :  3100m

To see the Roof of the World, you don't have to take a long and difficult trek, because Basantapur-Tumlingtar (Eastern Nepal) is a slow-motion hike, connecting the trekking routes to the base camps of Makalu and Kangchenjunga. Only to Milk Danda the path is steep, but the reward is an incredible panorama from the pass with a view including the Kangchenjunga (8593 m), Jannu (7710 m), Makalu (8481 m), Lhotse (8511 m) and Mount Everest (8846 m).

From Kathmandu we fly to Biratnagar, a major city in the Terai, where we go by bus to Basantapur (1700 m), the base for expeditions to Kangchenjunga. From this village we walk through many nice villages right of Northwest Himalaya. In Gupha Pokhri we turn right and we camp just below the highest point of the Milk Danda at around 2900 meters altitude. We camp for two days in this deserted kharka (mountain) camp. From the Milk Danda we descend into the valley of the Piluwa Khola and pass villages like Nundhaki and Chainpur (known for the copper work). After a wonderful place to camp, on a tributary of the Arun, we end the trip with the return flight from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu.

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Day 1: The distance of a 2 day bus drive we accomplish in just over an hour by air. The bus is waiting for us at the airport to take us north. We pass the Siwalik Hills and climb ever more toward the Tinjure Danda on which Basantapur is located. We stay in a simple lodge or in tents just outside the village, depending on the arrival time in Basantapur. (about 1 ½ hours, 1700m)

Day 2: This second day of the tour is the first walking day. Moderate increases in the path through a beautiful forest lead to the small village of Tinjure Phedi.  The endless terraces deep in the valley attract attention here. The day ends with a fairly steep descent to Chowki. Just before the village is an excellent campsite screened by high trees. The views here of Makalu and Mount Everest are wonderful at sunset or sunrise! (6 hours, 2500m)
Day 3: We start early in the morning. The path leads us on the ridge with views to all sides. Gupha Pokhari is located on a saddle of the foothills of the Milk Danda. There are some houses built from rocks decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. (5 hours, 2900m)

Day 4/5: A short stage today, bringing us to the highest camp of the trip. The path rises throughout the day and is rarely used by anyone. We cross the Milk Danda at about 3000 meters height and walk on the north side through the woods to a meadow below the ridge. On this meadow we set up the tents. We stay here 2 nights.  This day can be used as a resting day, or for a short walk. The view from the upper ridge is indescribably beautiful. Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Chamlang, Jannu and Kangchenjunga form the backdrop that we will not soon forget.

Day 6: The path is sometimes steep and drops significantly to the 2000 meter line. Since we now walk along the south-west facing slopes, the sun can make it hot. Slowly agriculture is coming back into the landscape. We walk through maize and millet fields. Sometimes we face difficult descents. Where in the beginning of this trip we saw the highest peaks in the world on the horizon, now it's terraces as far as the eye can see.

We dropped more than 1000 meters when we see the first houses of the village Nundhaki, mainly inhabited by Limbu people. On the west side of the beautiful large village follows a short descent before we camp near a tributary of the Piluwa Khola (5 hours, 1600m)

Day 7: We cross the same suspension bridge over the river as on day 6 and climb towards a ridge. The rest of the morning stage is a "little bit up” and a “little bit down" as the Nepalese guidance will tell you. In the neat village Dharapani we have lunch. At noon the path drops more than it climbs. First on to the south side and later the center of the ridge, the path leads us to another beautiful village, known for its brass work: Chainpur. Camp is just outside the village or near the school. (5 hours, 1200m)

Day 8: The end of the trip is already in sight. We see the majestic Makalu on the northern horizon again. We walk on the ridge further westward. In the distance the Arun Valley comes into sight. This river, one of the few rivers in the Himalayan that crosses the mountain chain, formed a wide valley. It is in this valley that we will spend the last days. At the end of the ridge we descend through a subtropical forest to the river Hinwan Khola. We have to wade through the river before we reach the sandy beach where the tents are set up. (4 hours, 600m)

Day 9/10: We either use this day as well-deserved rest day, or we use day 10. In any case, it is possible to walk to the district 'capital' Khandbarione on one of these days.  (1040 m).

We first climb some 25 meters up to the flat plateau of Tumlingtar. At the airport are some hotels that serve cold drinks. We continue our way through the rice paddies. The path between Tumlingtar and Khandbari is part of a busy trade route. At first, we still walk through fields, but soon follow the path up a hillside with tea houses and shady resting spots. For a short time we enter the east side of the ridge and see in clear weather Chamlang (7290 m) in the distance. When we return to the back of the ridge, we are in Khandbari, a Newar village about 3 hours away from Tumlingtar. Khandbari is not only an important marketplace, but also the district center. After lunch in Khandbari we walk the same route back to our campsite. (1040 m, total 5 hours)

Day 11: This short but fascinating trek ends as it began: flying! The air strip of Tumlingtar is a wide grass field on a large flat plateau. During the 45-minute flight the Twin Otter first follows the bed of the Arun just south of the mountains (the Mahabharat-range) before turning to Kathmandu. Before we know it we are back at Tribhuvan Domestic Airport and the trek is over!

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