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Ilam Tour Package

A brisk walk in a tea garden, tranquil picnic and sightseeing stops, holy sites, short treks along gentle slopes, a trudge into the nearby woods and a unique culture – all this and much more is offered by Ilam. Ilam has always been synonymous with tea, but it also produces excellent cheese and has great views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8,586 m, the third highest mountain in the world. Ilam district is bordered by Panchthar to the north, Jhapa to the south, West Bengal (India) to the east and Morang and Dhankuta districts to the west. It lies to the south of the Mahabharat range and west of the Shinghalila range. Elevations in Ilam district range between 140 m to 3,636 m above sea level and is sometimes called Charkhol (area of four rivers) because of the four main rivers - the Jogmai, Puwamai, Mai and Deumai - that flow through the district. Ilam is one of the richest districts in Nepal in terms of its cultural diversity, natural landscape and flourishing cash crops. Potato, cardamom, ginger, red round chilly (akbare khursani), milk and broom grass are the major cash crops. Many visitors also go to Ilam for botanical and anthropological research. Ilam is served by a good road which sees little traffic, making for a pleasant journey.

ANTU DANDA: Situated at an altitude of 2,328 m, Antu Danda is famous for its spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset over the eastern Himalaya. From here, magnificent views of the 8,586-m Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, as well as Kumbhakarna and other snowy summits can be had. Antu Danda is surrounded by scenic terraces, slopes and plains covered by different types of vegetation. On a clear day you can see the middle hills and plains of neighboring Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. There are homestay facilities at Antu Danda, which is about 35 km southeast of Ilam Bazaar, the district headquarters, 
MAI POKHARI (2,121 m): A popular pilgrimage site, Mai Pokhari is a 9-cornered pristine lake considered the sacred abode of Goddess Bhagawati. It lies 13 km north of Ilam Bazaar and is surrounded by dense forests of fir, juniper, birch, pine and medicinal plants. Rare animals like the musk deer, leopard, porcupine, jackal as well as numerous migratory birds and rare insects are found in the area. People from different parts of Nepal visit Mai Pokhari in Ilam for an annual festival on Kartik Ekadasi which falls in October-November. Mai Pokhari is about 1 ½ hours’ drive from Ilam Bazaar. 
SANDAKPUR (3,636 m), on the Nepal-India border to the north of Ilam, is a big attraction for tourists because of the beautiful sunrise and sunset views over Mt. Kanchenjunga, and the adjoining peaks of Makalu and Mt. Everest. You can virtually see all parts of Ilam district, most parts of the Terai plains, and parts of Siliguri and Darjeeling in India. Animals such as the musk deer and red panda and birds such as the pheasant can be seen here.
KANYAM AND FIKKAL: On the way to Ilam Bazaar, Kanyam and Fikkal have large tea estates that have made Ilam famous for more than a hundred years. These tea gardens are popular among tourists for picnicking, sightseeing and photography. Fikkal is a business center in eastern Ilam and lies on the Mechi Highway leading to Ilam. It is also the junction from where one can go to the eastern border city of Pashupatinagar adjacent to Darjeeling. Indian and Nepali nationals can cross over to the other side of the border with valid documents.

Day to day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Day
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhu, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath
Day 03: Fly to Bhadrapur, Jhapa & Drive to Ilam
We catch the morning flight to Bhadrapur. Bhadrapur is the easternmost city of Nepal located in Jhapa district. It is about 700 km west of Kathmandu and takes about 45 minutes by flight. From Bhadrapur, we head towards Ilam, which is 75km north of Bhadrapur and is of 3 hrs drive. This hill top station is famous for its green hills, fertile lands and the cool temperate climate. 
Day 04: Full day tour - Ilam & Kanyam Tea Gardens
We design today’s trip for Ilam and Kanyam. We start our sightseeing trip with the morning glorious sunrise view. The excellent relief features of around the site are the fine gifts of the nature. The entire area is famous for beautiful tea garden covering more than 100 years plantation trend. Especially Kanyam and Fikkal are fascinating spots because of having large tea estates. It has also got a tea factory to prepare various tea products. Beside these, we also visit to local villages, Ilam Bazaar and Maipokhari to evaluate local lifestyle and culture.
Day 05: Drive back to Bhadrapur, Fly back to Kathmandu
This day we return back to Bhadrapur by drive. The road way runs from the queen hills to the plain Terai. On arrival in Bhadrapur we fly back to Kathmandu. In alternative, you may visit to Darjeeling of India which is right across the border. The border is 15 km east of Bhadrapur. Darjeeling is one of the finest hill stations in the world. Night stay in Kathmandu. 
Day 06:  Sightseeing Tour: Patan & Bhaktapur
Patan and Bhaktapur are two most ancient cultural cities of Kathmandu valley. The ancient ruler’s history bearing durbar squares of both the cities are listed in UNESCO world heritage site. Patan durbar square is the marvel of Newar architecture and thus also known as city of fine arts. Bhaktapur is the city of Devotees. Both the cities have the perfect distinctive features of medieval arts, architectures, culture and lifestyle of the peoples of past and present. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 07:  Final Departure

Trip cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Include(s)


  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel standard is as per your choice)
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees of monuments and temples
  • Lunch and dinner and accomodation during the tour
  • All domestic flights
  • Gorund transfer during the tour

Cost Exclude(s)

Expenses of a personal nature
Lunch, dinner and drinks, unless stated in the itinerary

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Trip Note


(Easy) Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.


(Moderate) This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintaining trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these tracks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.

(Moderate to strenuous) A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.
(Strenuous) These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. & there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.
(Very Strenuous) This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.


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Trip Facts

Trip Destination:
Ilam Tour
Todal Duration:
7 Days
Group Size :
Minimum 2
Best Season:
All the seasons, except monsoon.
Hotel and Lodge
Plane and Jeep
Trip Cost :
$Price on request

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