Arun Valley Trek - 14 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 2-10
  • Max. Altitude 3360
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • A thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Get through the authentic cultures of various ethnic groups.
  • Visit the divine Salpa Pokhari.
  • Be mesmerized by the magnificent views of Everest, Mera Peak, Chamlang, Amadablam, Thamserku, and other soaring peaks.

Arun Valley is situated in the Makalu and Everest region, blessed with a vast diversity of natural wonders and indigenous culture amidst the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8848 m), and the fifth highest mountain, Makalu (8463m).

The trek to this region takes you to Makalu Barun Conservation Area and leads you to Hinku Valley to reach Sagarmatha National Park and the bustling towns of Dudh Koshi Valley, which gives the trekkers an exclusive opportunity to learn about the Rai, Chetri, Magar, and Sherpa cultures by visiting the many temples and monasteries.

One of the trekking trails through the Rai and Sherpa settlements of the Arun Valley Trek becomes more gorgeous and heartwarming. It starts with your flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, the initiating point of the trek, which features traversing through deep forests with mixed vegetation leading to the beautiful Rai and Sherpa villages in the Arun Valley.

The main highlights of this trek are the holy pond named Salpa Pokhari, which holds fairs during October for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world, and the views of Chamlang (7,321m) and Makalu (8,463m) seen from the top of Salpa Bhanjyang.

Itinerary
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Our representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, and you will be transferred by a private coach to the hotel, where we will discuss the necessary equipment and the trekking permit in the evening over a welcome dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel!

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel
  • MealsComplimentary Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,320 m

The valley of Kathmandu is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred pilgrimage of Lord Shiva revered by Hindus all over the world, and Swyambhunath, the self-sprung Buddhist dome treasured by local Newars and both Hindus and Buddhists.

Boudhnath, with a massive number of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism followers, and the three royal Durbar Squares of the previously ruling Malla and Shah kings before the unification of Nepal

You will pay a visit to all these historical and religious worlds' heritages and meet our guide in the evening to verify all the required equipment for the trek and their packing.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel

You will begin to drive early in the morning to the Domestic Airport and take a flight to the hill town of Tumlingtar, the east of the Arun River, along the chain of the Himalayas.

You will enjoy breakfast in the city while watching the heavenly view of Makalu and Chamlang Peaks in clear weather, then drive to the trailhead of Kumal Gaon, walking through the forested area.

From there, you will head towards the eastern bank of the Arun River and cross the bridge that leads to Bheteni village.

Walking Chewabesi, passing through bushes, and heading in the southern direction along the bank of the Arun River takes you to Kartike, to call it a day.

  • AccommodationComfortable Lodge
  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude523 m

The trek today begins after breakfast, heading forward to the small settlements of Baluwa Beesi through the grasslands and hanging bridges over the Arun River.

Continuing the trail, you will ascend to Sal Forest and Marduwa village. Along the way, you can notice the beautiful landscapes and terraced fields cultivated with rice and other crops.

Moving ahead of here and exploring some more of such beautiful settlements and farms, and walking along the Irkhuwa River, you will reach your destination, Gothey.

Overnight at Gothey!

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,128 m

Ascending the trail furthers up passing several small settlements inhabited by Rai and Sherpa people, crossing suspension bridges over Irhuwa Khola, overpassing streams, and some lush bushes with adorable and picture-perfect scenery.

By then, you will be at Salpa Phedi to stay overnight there.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,680 m

The trail advances in escalation to almost 900 m elevation from Phedi after breakfast through the verdant woods and slightly arduous track, which is rather tough but worthwhile.

The beautiful oak, birch, and rhododendron forests and the mind-boggling scenery of landscapes and mountain ranges will make this journey a fulfilling one. 

Overnight at Gurase Bhanjyang!

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude2,500 m

You will hike up again after breakfast to the highest elevation of Salpa La Pass (3,360 m), with eye-dazzling scenery of the Makalu ranges and Chamlang, which is a steady climb from Gurase.

After the steep ascent up to the pass, you descend towards Dhaka through beguiling Rhododendron forest and trek up to Sanam village where you will be staying overnight.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,360 m

The trail today is full of ascents and descents through the forested trail with rhododendrons, chir, pines, and other flora and fauna that you will begin to cover soon after having your breakfast.

You will cross a steel suspension bridge over the Hinku River and descend towards the village of Bung. Bung is a Rai village to discover the cultivation of rice, millet, and soybeans in the terraced fields using their traditional farming techniques.

  • MealsFull Meal Courses
  • Max. Altitude2850 m

This entire day also, you will walk through a trail full of ascents and descents that commence after descending steeply through the cliff of a hill and passing across the settlements of Najindingma.

Here you will get to spot some chortens and monasteries along the way, as well as some Yak grazing meadows and bushes.

Overnight at Gai Kharka!

  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude2,300 m

The pathway today ascends and descends across gorges and old moraines, rhododendron, and Juniper forests alongside the Hinku River and, in addition, offers a spectacular view of Mera Peak with some glimpses of the Upper Khumbu region.

Also, a steep ascent to Panggom La Pass (3,174m) offers a close-up, more stunning view of Mera Peak and other neighboring peaks.

From the pass, you will lower down toward Panggom village, inhabited by Sherpa people.

Overnight over there!

  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,850 m

On this day, you will leave Sunny Panggom after breakfast via the route that drops around the ridges and hillsides, joining the Classic Everest Route.

En route, Khatre (2,830 m) is above the newer main trail via Kharikhola, with a simple lunch stop at Khari La (3,415 m).

Moving along this higher trail eventually leads you to Paiyan (2,730 m).

  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude2,730 m

After breakfast, you will walk along the route described under the Classic Everest Trek, which takes about four hours to reach Lukla for the night.

  • AccommodationComfortable Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

It is the day when your trek comes to an end, appreciating the hardworking potters, the real survivors of the Himalayas, and taking a flight back to Kathmandu.

During your flight, you will get to enjoy dramatic scenes from the plane unlike other flights you have ever had before and meet other accomplished people to have a celebratory dinner organized by us in the evening.

  • AccommodationStandard Hotel

It is your final day in Kathmandu, as you will fly back to your hometown, conveying a farewell to each other.

Our airport representative will assist you with your luggage packing and drop you off at the international airport.

We wish you a safe flight and look forward to your feedback.

We hope to see you soon again!

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    Route Map
    Arun Valley Trek - 14 Days Map
    What's Included
    Includes
    • Airport pickup and drop
    • Three nights’ accommodation with 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
    • 10 nights and 11 days of food and accommodation during trek (local lodge or home stay)
    • Flight from Kathmandu to tumlingtar and back from Lukla to Kathmandu after trek
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
    • Arun valley Makalu entry permit fees (bring three photos for each permit)
    • Sagarmatha national park fee
    • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
    • Equipment (sleeping bag, Down jacket, duffer bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
    • Insurance for all staff & porters.
    • Trekking achievement certificate
    • Adventure Himalayan T-shirt
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    Excludes
    • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
    • International flight
    • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
    • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
    • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
    • Hot shower during trek
    • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
    • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    • Tips for Guide and porter and any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
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