“TMJ”, the combination of these three alphabets identifies one of the heavenly place on earth. Here, TMJ is clarified as Tinjure Milke and Jaljale, a connecting point of three different districts namely Sankhuwasabha, Taplejung and Terhathum. The trijunction lies in hilly region in the Eastern part of Province no.1 in Nepal. The trijunction is mentioned as ‘heavenly’ in the above statement because of its speciality of blossoming more than 30 species of Rhododendron at a time. The area spread across 30 kilometers and is the proposed Rhododendron conservation Area of Nepal. Among the trial TMJ, the ‘T’ stands for Tinjure, which lies approximately 3680 meters above from the sea level. Its speciality is not only limited within the floral views, scenery and tranquility ,with them one can reap the benefits of spectacular views of sunrise and sunset as well. Moreover, the view tower constructed on the hill top helps admiring the snow filled Makalu massif along with other mountain ranges. Since Mt. Makalu lies in the southeast of Mt. Everest, the view of Mt. Everest can also be fortunate if the weather favours. The ‘M’ in TMJ stands for Milke, also called Milke Danda, which lies approximately 3100 meters above the sea level. The hill peak can please us with varieties of flowers including Rhododendron, which has more importance in a sense that Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. Apart from enjoying the immense beauty of floral varieties, tourists can take an advantage of adventurous excitement as it is also one of the most remote trekking destinations in eastern Nepal. The mountainous view of Kanchanjunga and Kumbakarma too is aided by the hilltop. The third of TMJ trial is the ‘J’, and for sure it stands for Jaljale, which connects Terhathum district with Panchthar district. The highest waterfall in Nepal i.e. the Hyatung Jharana or the Hyatung Falls too lies in Terhathum district and Jaljale hosts the route to it. What is the best time to trek? Talking about the best times to go for trekking, it would be favourable in Autumn and Spring seasons. One can observe varieties of flora while passing through the huge forests for trekking.
How to get there? With normal pace the trek of TMJ takes around three days to complete. It begins from Tinjure and passes through different places including Paachpokhari, Gufa, Milke Danda and ends at Jaljale. Tinjure is at distance of two hours of walk from Basantapur. And to reach Basantapur, one can catch bus from Dharan, Biratnagar and Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Even though the facilities of big fancy hotels and restaurants are not available throughout the trek, however home stays are available. Home stays are more better and reasonable places to enjoy the local lifestyles with delicious local food cuisines and warm beddings. People at home stays are always ready to welcome new guests with warm greetings at their places.
-Article written by: Anu Wasti for Land Nepal