Shree Antu Danada

Shree Antu Danda (around 2,300m) lies in Ilam district in eastern Nepal, right at the border to Darjeeling/India and south of Kanchenjunga (8586m), which is the world’s third highest mountain. Ilam is Nepal’s main tea growing area. Apart from tea, the area is also known for growing cardamom, ginger, potatoes, a particular type of chilly (akabare khursani) and a particular type of grass (amliso). The climate in eastern Nepal is generally wetter than further west, with the monsoon clouds arriving from the east. This provides for the favourable conditions for growing tea and other crops.
Amidst tea gardens and surrounding pine tree forests, the Antu Danda view point offers spectacular views (particularly at sunrise or sunset) over the eastern Himalayas in the north, the plain Terai landscape in the south and the tea growing areas of Darjeeling in the east. On clear days Mt. Everest can also be seen.
Ilam is home to a variety of ethnicities, like Limbu, Rai, Lepcha, Magar, Tamang and others. Within Nepal, the Lepcha people are only found in Ilam where their population is probably less than 4,000 (outside Nepal there are Lepcha communities in Bhuta, Tibet, Darjeeling and Sikkim). While the Lepcha consider themselves as indigenous to the area, their actual origin is unknown. On our visit in Antu Danda we also have the possibility to stay with a Lepcha community (homestay) and learn more about their unique culture and traditions.

Besides exploring the socio-cultural traits of the people in this area and enjoying the scenic view of the rolling hills covered with tea plantations and the lush green of the surrounding jungle, we can visit one of the tea estates. There we learn about the different types of tea and how tea is produced, from plucking the tea leaves to withering, rolling, drying etc. until packaging it. 
Ilam can be reached via Bhadrapur by air and then by road from Bhadrapur, or after a long drive or bus ride from Kathmandu (approx. 18 hours in total). Depending on your interests and time availability, there are a number of other places that can be visited in Ilam, like Maipokhari, a wetland which was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance in 2008. A visit in Ilam can also be combined with trekking in the Kanchenjunga or Makalu (Barun national park) area, or as a stopover on the way to Darjeeling/India for example.
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 5 day
  • Maximum Altitude: 2328
  • Trip Cost: US$reasonable pp
Short Itinerary

Day 01 Kathmandu to Bhadrapur by flight and drive to Ilam
Day 02 Ilam to Shree ANtu Danda
Day 03 Shree Antu Danda to Bhadrapur drive then flight to kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary
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Service Includes

*Airport pick up/drop, transfer to/from hotel
*Sightseeing in Kathmandu                        
*Four night hotel Kathmandu with B.B Plan 
*Accommodation during the trek with B.L.D.
*Transport to/from trekking starting/end point 
*All necessary permits for this region
*Professional guide & Nepali porter/staff
*First aid kit box
*Nepali staff insurance, salary & B.L.D.
*Farewell dinner
(B.L.D. = breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 

Service Excludes

*Visa fee for Nepal
*Personal medical and emergency insurance
*Extra night in Kathmandu, in case early return from trekking due to any change in schedule
*During the trek: personal expenses, laundry, battery recharge, soft drinks and alcohol, tissue paper, boiled water, shower, chocolate etc.
*Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
*Tips for driver, porter and guide

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