In Spring Time, it is time for the rhododendron to bloom in high elevation from 2,400 meters to 2,800 meters and hills are an undulating red sea of flowers against the background of snow-covered mountains brings you up to paradise.
Nepal is home to more than thirty species of rhododendron with gorgeous flowers, colored red, pink and white are the most conspicuous but the blossom of the Rhododendron arboretum, known as Lali Gurans, is the national flower of Nepal and is the best known that grows to be approximately 20 meters tall. Extensive rhododendron forests lie in the eastern and central part of the country either it a dominant tree or scattered among other forest types. Trekking is the best way to experience the fairy tale forest during it’s blooming occasion, here is our suggestion for you to consider the plan for trekking to watch rhododendron flowers:
This short trek brings you to to the highest elevation at Poon Hill (3,200m), lies on the ridge to the west of Annapurna which offer the view of both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range separated by the Kali Gandaki gorge. The breaking dawn from this bird’s eye view is undoubtedly one of the best experience you ever behold in Nepal. Rhododendron forest is increased on the trail above Ulleri toward Poon Hill, in case you have more time continue the journey from Ghorepani toward Tadapani for another amazing jungle walks.
Gosaikunda lake consisting of 108 lakes, this number attracts both Hinduism and Buddism plan their pilgrim walks to the lake every year especially in August full moon when the Janai Purnima festival takes place. The trail near Lama Hotel is increasing forested with rhododendron and wildlife fantasies trail from Tatepani to Phedi where James an Australian got lost in the winter and struggled for survival lasted forty-three days before he was miraculously rescued.
Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft) the world’s third highest mountain after Everest and K2, bordering with Sikkim of India to the remote northeastern corner of the country where people speak Tibetan. This trek mark as first out of ten chapter in the Great 1,700 kilometers across Himalaya Trail is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding walks in the entire Himalayas. Extensive rhododendron forests lie in this remote eastern part of the country in Kangchenjunga region and but not many trekkers come here to experience these beautiful, flowering trees against the background of snow-covered mountains.
This truly hidden gem can easily compete with Annapurna Circuit Trail in term of landscape plus less crowded trails and well-preserved wildlife. The circuit trek follows ancient trading route snake their way to the top of Larkya La bring you closer to 8,000m peak including “spirit” mountain of Manaslu and “elephant” mountain of Ganesh. For those who seeking spirituality, the impressive monastery of Rimdu standing in the backdrop of snow-capped mountain behind is a perfect choice to find peace and relaxation.
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