Arun Valley 13 Days
Duration: 13 days
Trip level: moderate (info?)
Maximum altitude: 3070 m
Accommodation: camping (basic teahouse/lodge and homestay with small groups only)
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November, December
The Arun valley is a remote area between Sagarmatha and Makalu Barun. This trek takes you through farming villages, high mountain settlements and past monasteries. Few trekkers visit this gem valley, and the locals are friendly and hospitable to you. From Phakding you hike back to Lukla over the crowded Everest trail.
After a flight to Tumlingtar, you hike in the hillside towards the Arun valley. Soon after you start the trek you can see the Chamlang and Makalu mountains. You will pass terraced fields and lush tropical forests of cardamom, banana and papaya trees. After Gothey you cross through several picturesque small villages with whitewashed thatched roofs. In the river, you might see traditional fishermen with their long bamboo nets. Towards Sanam, you will cross the Salpa Banjyang pass (3365 m) towards the Solukhumbu region. From the windy pass, you will have wonderful views of the mountains. As you follow the trail you will pass charming Sherpa villages and monasteries. Meanwhile, the Mera Peak becomes visible in the distance. From the Surki La pass (3065 m) you can see the mountain Karylung and the more famous Numbur mountain. The lovely village of Pangom has a Hillary school, a Tibetan gompa and some nice lodges. The trails follow towards Sagarmatha with views of the sacred Sherpa Peak, Khumbila and Kusum Kangarung. After Paiyan you will leave the remote and tranquil valley and enter the trail of Everest Base Camp. From Phakding it is an easy walk towards Lukla. From Lukla, you will fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (510 m – 1 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Chyawabesi (280 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Gothey (685 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Salpa Phedi (1540 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Sanam (2850 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Bung (1900 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Gai Kharka (2300 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Vasme (2500 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Pangom (2850 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Paiyan (2730 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Phakding (2830 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Lukla
Day 13 Flight Lukla to Kathmandu
It is possible to combine Arun valley trek with Everest Base Camp trek.
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, the cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
We have noticed the ways of travelling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Flight Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, flight Lukla to Kathmandu; and transfer to and from domestic airport
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return flight Kathmandu to start and begin trek
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage, tent equipment and cooking equipment. Max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Cooking staff service
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-Free use of tent equipment; including one tent for two persons and a light sleeping mattress
-Three meals a day: breakfast/ lunch/ dinner; Tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate/ hot water and cookies; and if possible fresh fruit
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide, porters and cooking staff
-SagarmathaNational Park entrance fee, Makalu Barun National Park entry permit, TIMS card and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide, porters and cooking staff