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Arun Valley Trekking

16 days

Trip fact

Destination: Arun Valley trek

Duration: 16 days

Grade: Moderate

Activities: sightseeing and cultural trek

Max elevation: 3,200m

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost info
  • Trekking Gears
  • Map

The Arun valley is located in the between Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu Barun National Parka at Sankhuwasava district; it is the deepest valley of the world and is pulled out between the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest. Arun Valley Trek offers the chance to witness a number of other significant views of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku and many other similar mountains.  Rai, Sherpa and Limbu community and culture can be enjoyed on the route. Arun Valley is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. The Arun Valley trek also provides opportunity to witness Mt. Makalu and Mt. Everest from a close range. The trek requires stamina and fitness to fully appreciate the beauty of the region.

Arun Valley Trek descends to the deep gorge of the stunning Arun Valley. The Arun Valley is lush, green oasis; rich in bird life and first few days provide a captivating distinction to high mountain scape as we approach Mera. From Panch Pokhari track descends to Hunku River, a complete rough country trail. The views along this section are superb. Towards the east is the Kanchenjunga and Jannu. To the north, the views of Hunku and Hongu dominate. The trail continues to Thangnag (4366m) from where we move to Khare (5108m) where we establish the base cam leading to Mera La (5415m). Our return will take us south, down to the Hunku Drangka before turning west to cross the Zattrawa La to the mountain airstrip at Lukla. From here we will fly back to Kathmandu the following day to a remarkable end.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar.

Day 02: Path to Mangmaya Khola.

Day 03: Trek from Mangmaya Khola to Surtibari of Arun valley.

Day 04: Trek from Surtibari to Tumlingtar.

Day 05: From Tumlingtar to Kumal Gaon.

Day 06: Trek from Kumal Gaon to Gothey Bazaar.

Day 07: Trek through Tendor to Phedi.

Day 08: Trek toward Thulo Fokte to Gurase.

Day 09: Trek from Gurase to Sanam.

Day 10: From Sanam to the village of Bung.

Day 11: Trek from Bung to Gaikharka.

Day 12: From Gaikharka to Vasme.

Day 13: Trek from Vasme to Pangum Gompa.

Day 14: Trek through Kari La to Puiyan.

Day 15: Trek from Puiyan to Lukla.

Day 16: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Today we fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar taking around forty minutes. Then we drive by bus to Hille observing all around the amazing sceneries of plain land. Hille is a Tibetan community where we will stay overnight.

Day 02: We move on from Hille, we will have a long day hiking path to reach Mangmaya Khola. Reaching our destination today, we will set our camp and stay there overnight.

Day 03: Today we move ahead of the Mangmaya Khola which is enormous region for watching bird, monkeys and other wild animals. And, moving down you can feel breezy weather throughout the trek which gives you a sense of beauty of Arun valley. Overnight at camp in Surtibari.

Day 04: We will hike downward to Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar is the main entranceway to the Makalu area that stretches diagonally to a wide plateau near the meeting point of the Arun River and Sabha Khola. Stay overnight at camp in Tumlingtar.

Day 05: From Tumlingtar, we descend down passing fields to reach Kumal Gaon, on the edge of a broad plateau. We walk alongside the Arun River traversing bridge to the village of Bheteni. We walk all the way through the sub tropical forest, the path moves further to the south along the bank of Arun via a chain of small Chettri, Rai and Brahman villages. After that, we will reach a vivacious village Kartike where we set our camp. Stay overnight at camp in Kartike.

Day 06: Today, we pass through the fields and then walk among terraced rice pastures on the coast of the Arun Koshi; in due course we will reach the petite village of Balawa Besi (3200m). We will see the first glance of the verdant Arun valley. Then the moves along the north shore of the Irkhuwa Khola all the way through a steamy scenery of rice porches and banana farms to Gothey Bazaar. Overnight at camp in Gothey.

Day 07: Today, we will walk through the villages of Tendor and Tallo Phedi where we will witness slate-roofed houses and thick forest. Our path move further, following the bottom of the Irkhuwa valley, crossing the river on a shaky bamboo bridge. Then we take the path moving over the Sanu Khola to Phedi. Overnight at camp in Phedi.

Day 08: Today we move toward the village of Thulo Fokte lying at an elevation of 2140m. Crossing temperate stone path, we will climb up to the forest of birch, oak, rhododendron and more we will arrive at tiny stone village of Gurase. Overnight at camp in Gurase.

Day 09: Today, we move further ahead from Gurase and pass through a rhododendron forest spotted with stupas and Mani walls. Passing the region surrounded by fir and hemlock forests and is flourished with birds and wild lives, we will then come across the hillside and all the way through the damp forest to Sanam. Overnight stay at camp in Sanam.

Day 10: Leaving Sanam, we move down via the forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines, we will reach the forested valley further on from Gudel (1900m). It is an outstanding Rai valley of whitewashed houses. The main track drops passing a muddle of rice, soybean and millet terraces to reach the village of Bung. Overnight at camp in Bung.

Day 11:  Today, from Bung we will pass Najindingma village which lies at an altitude of 2650m. We will see the area of grassland and damp forests, we will reach Gaikharka. We’ll have amazing views of grassy terraces and speckled farmhouses. Overnight at camp in Gaikharka.

Day 12: Trekking forward from Gaikharka we pass via a moist, ferny jungle, we witness two stunning waterfalls and the track begins to rise vertically to the valley of Sibuje (2500m), also recognized as Vasme and Chatuk. Overnight at camp in Vasme.

Day 13: We leave Vasme to reach uphill where you'll view pocket sized village Gompa.  We will get to Pangum La pass, taking pleasure of the grand views of Mera Peak (6476m) and Khumbu Himalaya. Then, we have a short climb to Pangum Gompa where we camp for overnight.

Day 14: Today we will trek down and then up to Kari La (3145m). Our trail then moves down again to the Arun Valley path that joins the way from Jiri just before Puiyan village. Overnight at camp in Puiyan.

Day 15: Today we move all along the track and reach to Lukla seeing different Sherpa villages coming across a suspension bridge above Thado Kosh. We stay at lodge in Lukla for overnight.

Day 16: Today we fly From Lukla and travel for 35 minutes to return back to Kathmandu in the morning and move back to the hotel. Rest of the day we can relax. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Cost include

  • All ground and air transportation throughout the trek. 
  • Best available accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All national park and conservation areas permit fee.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

 Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek.

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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