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Arun Valley Trek

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Duration

17 days

Max. Elevation

3173m

Group size

Min 2

Level
Moderate
Transportation
All ground transportation and Kathmandu - Tumlingtar & Lukla - Kathmandu flight as per itinerary
Best Season
Sept, Oct, Nov, March, April, May
Accomodation
3*** Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House / Lodge during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu - Tumlingtar - Gothe - Sonam -Surke la -Gaikharka - Lukla - Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Enjoy trekking through the Himalayan national park, Makalu Barun National Park, established in 1992.
  • Explore the natural destinations inside the pristine Arun, Barun, and Hinku valley located at the foothills of Mt. Makalu.
  • Observe the rich culture and lifestyle of the indigenous Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu tribes.
  • Enjoy the majestic sights of the beautiful snow-capped peaks, Mount Everest, Makalu, Chamlang, Baruntse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.
Arun Valley Trek offers one of the best trekking experiences in Nepal. Indulge in an offbeat trek along the foothills of Mt. Makalu located beside the crowded Everest trail. Enjoy the natural sights of the snowcapped peaks, Mount Everest, Chamlang, Makalu, Baruntse, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Thamserku.

Arun Valley, also known as the deepest valley in the world, lies amidst the towering Mahalangur Himal in the west and Makalu in the east. The trekkers call it an alternative to Everest trek that offers an equal amount of adventure and fun. The offbeat trail advancing through Makalu Barun National Park is less crowded, making it a perfect trekking destination. It is home to the endangered species of Red Panda and the elusive cat, Snow Leopard. Get a chance to observe the indigenous lifestyle, culture, and traditions of ethnic Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu tribes.

Arun Valley Trek commences upon your arrival in Kathmandu. Enjoy a scenic sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Embark on a short flight to Tumlingtar in Sankhuwasabha District, followed by a short drive to Gothe village. Begin trekking along the pristine Arun River and climb through Dhoban and Gurase village to arrive at Sanam. The trail goes through the pristine Makalu Barun National Park. Witness the unique Himalayan flora and fauna along the trail. Stay at the ethnic Sherpa, Rai, and Magar villages while observing the local lifestyle and culture. You can amend the itinerary to undertake a trip to the beautiful Salpa Lake (3414m) located at the high pass of Salpa (3350m). Leaving Sanam, the trail begins climbing through rhododendron forests. Climb along with the villages of Surke La, Gai Kharka towards Pangum overlooking the beautiful view of Dudh Kunda (6465m). From here, take a detour and begin climbing down towards Sagarmatha National Park. The trail goes past Puiyan village towards Lukla. Catch the majestic sights of Mount Everest, Chamlang (7321m), and Makalu (8463m) peaks en route. The trip concedes upon your arrival in Kathmandu.

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Trip Itinerary

Day

1

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our representative will be stationed outside the airport to receive you and transfer to your hotel. Keep an eye for a placard with your name on it outside the airport. After refreshment, you will visit our office and meet your trek guide. We’ll discuss the trek in detail and exchange the necessary documents. Your guide will help get the required permits such as TIMS card and national park entry. As there are no plans for today, you can choose to spend the rest of the day buying or renting any necessary gear. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day

2

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our representative will be stationed outside the airport to receive you and transfer to your hotel. Keep an eye for a placard with your name on it outside the airport. After refreshment, you will visit our office and meet your trek guide. We’ll discuss the trek in detail and exchange the necessary documents. Your guide will help get the required permits such as TIMS card and national park entry. As there are no plans for today, you can choose to spend the rest of the day buying or renting any necessary gear. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day

3

Leaving Kathmandu, you’ll embark on a short flight to Eastern Nepal. After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive to the airport and embark on a 35min flight towards Tumlingtar. It is a small town located between Arun and Sabha Rivers in Sankhuwasabha District. Enjoy the beautiful aerial tour of snow-capped peaks, quaint settlements, pristine rivers, and green hills. Upon arrival, you’ll advance on a short trek towards Kartike village. Walk past Kumal Gaon and cross the Arun River to arrive at Bheteni. Enjoy lunch and continue hiking through Chyawabesi village en route to Kartike.

Day

4

Leaving Kartike, you’ll begin descending towards the village of Gothe. The scenic trail goes past the terraced rice fields along the Arun Koshi River towards Baluwa Besi (320m). Trek through the lush Sal forests towards Bharta village. A short hike will take you at Nepali Danda from where you can catch the first glimpse of the beautiful Arun valley. The trail rises through terraced fields towards Marduwa and then descends towards Gothe Bazaar, located beside Irkhuwa Khola.

Day

5

Going past Gothe, you’ll make your way towards another low-altitude village of Dhobane. A short trail leading through the terrace rice fields along the Irkhuwa Khola will take you to Dhobane. The entire trek may last 2-3hr. You can spend the day exploring the beautiful valley. Make a trip to the local paper factory, which produces the famous Nepali paper from the Lokta plant. You can witness the process in action. The small settlements around Dhobane are mostly inhabited by the indigenous Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa tribes.

Day

6

Trekking past Dhobane, the trail begins to rise towards Phedi village. Trek past the village of Tallo Phedi and climb along the terraces rice fields. The trail enters the damp patches of forests beside the Irkhuwa Khola towards lush farmlands at Irkhuwa valley. Cross the river and trek past Sanu Khola to arrive at Phedi. At Phedi, you can consider visiting the local Buddhist Stupa.

Day

7

The trail rises through a sharp steep climb along the spur that divides Irkhuwa Khola and Sanu Khola. A short ascent will bring you to Jaubire from where you’ll begin crossing the dense settlements of Thulo Fokte (2140m). The trail further rises through the forests of oak, birch, and rhododendron towards the ridge that offers the panoramic view of the Irkhuwa Valley. Continue trekking along the forested path and climbing down towards Bilbate village. A half an hour trek from Bilbate will bring you to the small settlement of Gurase.

Day

8

The elevation remains the same as you leave Gurase and trek towards Sanam village. Begin trekking through the lush rhododendron forest towards the large Mani walls and Buddhist Stupa. Witness the history of Buddhism through religious arts. Continue traveling for almost 2hr to arrive at Salpa Pokhari. The locals believe that the sacred pool or Salpa Pokhari fulfills the wishes of the adherents. Trek past Salpa Pokhari and continue through hemlock and fir forests towards Salpa Bhanjyang. A short descent through rhododendron forest will bring you to a path that leads towards Sanam.

Day

9

Leaving Sanam, you’ll begin trekking downhill through the forest of rhododendron, brown oaks, and chir pines towards Share village. En route, you will get to visit the local paper factory, which produces the authentic Nepali paper. Visit an old Monastery at Share village before heading downhill through the forested path towards the Rai village of Gudel (1900m). Witness the endemic whitewashed houses and kitchen gardens at Gudel. From here, you’ll begin crossing the Hongu Khola and walking past rice, millet and soybean fields towards Bung. Bung marks the entrance to Makalu Barun National Park.

Day

10

Leaving Bung, the trail begins to rise through small Rai settlements towards Surke La. The trail remains decorated with vibrant farm fields of beans, maize, and others. Climb towards the ridge that offers a panoramic view of the neighboring Hongu Valley. The trail climbs along the Mani walls and into the juniper forests. Walk past Khiraule Gompa and continue trekking through the scrubby, burnt forest towards Charakot. A short descent through a steep stone step will bring you to Surke La Pass

Day

11

Begin climbing towards the cliff wall and trek past lush bamboo forests towards Najindingma village (2650m). Enjoy a beautiful view of pastures and open grassland en route to the thick forest trail. An easy descend along the damp forested path will take you to Gaikharka. Overnight in Gaikharka.

Day

12

Leaving Gaikharka, you’ll begin trekking towards the highest point of the trek, Pangum (3173m). The trail rises through the humid and ferny forest towards the pristine Hinku Khola. Cross the 62m-long steel cable bridge and begin trekking along the massive waterfalls towards Sibuje village (2500m). Leaving Sibuje, you’ll start climbing through the pine forests towards the small village of Gompa. The final section of the trail goes past the rhododendron forest towards Pangum La pass. Enjoy the majestic sight of the nearby Khumbu Himalaya and Mera Peak from the pass. Climb towards the Pangum Gompa for the overnight stay.

Day

13

From Pangum Gompa, you’ll begin climbing down through a forested path. Cross the final pass at Arun valley and start climbing towards Kari La Pass (3145m). Enjoy your lunch, and resume trekking downhill through Arun Valley towards Puiyan village. You will find fertile terraced fields and forests around the lower valley. Puiyan connects major cities to the remote Arun valley. Spend the evening exploring Puiyan overlooking a small tributary of the Dudh Koshi River.

Day

14

Leaving Puiyan, you’ll begin trekking towards the Dudh Koshi Valley. The trail is decorated with lush forests and traditional Sherpa villages. Cross several small settlements and walk past Yak pastures to arrive at Lukla. The trek may last anywhere from 4hr to 5 hr. Upon arrival, you can relax and celebrate the completion of the trek with your guide and staff.

Day

15

Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can choose to indulge in a sightseeing tour of the city and explore a few of the unvisited UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can also visit the local massage center to enjoy a full-body trekker’s massage. Enjoy souvenir shopping and dining at Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day

16

Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can choose to indulge in a sightseeing tour of the city and explore a few of the unvisited UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can also visit the local massage center to enjoy a full-body trekker’s massage. Enjoy souvenir shopping and dining at Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day

17

On the last day in Kathmandu, you can choose to do whatever you like. We’ll drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport approximately two hours before your flight time.

Inclusions

Includes

  • Ground Transportation: All necessaries ground transportation including Airport to Hotel and Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Government Permit: Government Trekking Permit including National Park Entry Permit, TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System) and Local Permit
  • Kathmandu Hotel Accommodation: 3 night Kathmandu Hotel Accommodation at 3 Star hotel with BB Service.
  • Trekking Guide: A highly professional trekking guide, having 5-7 years experiences in Trekking sector of Nepal and well speaking skill in English and related language.
  • Porter: An experienced trekking porter, Max 25 kg
  • Accommodation: Accommodation at Tea House and Local lodge during trekking period.
  • Logistics: Three time meals a day during trekking period including breakfast, lunch and dinner and hot water tea and coffee.
  • Nepal Visa Information and general information related to Nepal will provided by free of cost
  • Company T-shirt as a gift for each trekker
  • First Aid kit and general equipment for Porter during the adventure trip
  • Guide and porter salary
  • Refundable Duffel Bag during the trekking period
  • Guide & Porter insurance during the trek

Excludes

  • International flight
  • Nepal Visa and cargo clearance
  • Extra porter if needs
  • Alcoholic products during trekking product
  • Emergency rescue services cost

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