Arun Valley Trek
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Arun Valley Trek follows the Arun Valley, along one of the few rivers that cut through the Himalaya to Tibet.

The route involves flying to Biratnagar and taking a bus to Dharan and Dhankuta/Hille or taking a bus all the way from Kathmandu. Flying to Tumlingtar is a good option on this route, but flights are not very frequent. The route has been designated as part of the Great Himalaya Cultural Trail.

The trail crosses some quite hard passes to join the main Classic Everest trail alter Pangom, near Kharte. Outline notes are given here since we have not done the trek for some years. There are quite a number of reasonable lodges, basic lodges, and homestays now for most to avoid camping. This is one of those routes where hardly ‘live off the land’ adventurous trekkers can invariably also use other homestay options. This means staying with hospitable families en route, utilizing part of their house, living area, kitchen, and unlikely now, their chicken shed or hay barn.

Highlights of  Arun Valley Trek.

  • Fly to Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • View of Himalayas Everest, Mera Peak, Makalu, Amadablam, Thamserku, and others
  • Ethnic culture, Customs, and lifestyle.
  • Isolated valleys and rhododendron forest.
  • Charming Arun Valley and Lukla.


  • 25 minutes.
  • 3-star Hotel
We complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterward, there is a Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative waiting for us at the gate who will take us to our hotel. We can then spend the rest of the day taking rest. In the evening, we get to try Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by Sherpa Expedition and Trekking. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Dinner.
  • 45 minutes
  • Guest House
Ideally take the plane to Tumlingtar, since it takes less than an hour. However, flights are not very regular these days. The alternative is a flight to Biratnagar, then buses and jeeps. The worst choice is taking a ghastly bus all the way from Kathmandu-best not to dwell on that prospect. Tumlingrar (410 m) has a few OK lodges.
  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Guest House
The route follows the hot Arun Valley all day. A short descent is in order from Tumlingrar to reach the banks of the Arun. The jeep track-trail passes through poor settlements where traditional houses were once built on stilts to catch any breeze. Giddhe is one of the first villages with basic lodges. Satighat is the main place en route. Most of the inhabitants live up on the hillsides, where the heat is less oppressive. Most trekkers stay at Chiyabesi (280m), also called Chewable
  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Guest House.
The trail continues along the hot and humid Arun Valley before climbing west. Just after Kkattike (500m) the route turns west and climbs through Majhuwa (Mardana ) into the side valley of the Likhuwa (Irkhuwa) Khola. Keeping generally well above the river, the path goes through the small settlement of Chalise, which has a homestay. Later across the river is Tabular (600m). with a lodge. Trekkers making faster progress will most likely get well past here in a day.
  • 4 to 5 hours.
  • Guest House.
The route continues along the Likhuwa Khola. The trail heads to Gothe Bazar. The Benkhuwa River is crossed on a bridge near here. Negdaha is one possible place to overnight, although we have no information about andy house-stay/homestay of the lodge here. Further on Dobhane (930) has pretty basic lodgings.
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest house.
Trek route here is following the designated Great Himalaya Cultural Trail. From Donghae, the path climbs initially but keeps well below sales and generally keeps above the river to Tendo (1475m). All trekkers overnight at Salpa Phedi (1565), since it lies below the Salpa Bhanjyang pass. There are OK lodgings. Bob spent two days here when the group’s team of porters decided to go home to harvest their rice! Luckily it’s an amiable spot –but only for an afternoon!
  • 4 to 5 hours.
  • Guest House.
It’s a really tough call getting as far as Sanam with such al big altitude gain from Phedi to the Pass. Leaving Salpa Phedi, hopefully with a porter or two, the trail immediately stars out as it means to continue, for at least 3hrs. The initial, very steep climb passes through the bamboo country before oak and rhododendron replace it. Guranse92990m) is at least 1 hr before the pass.
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest House.
A large chorten marks the Salpa pass. The first sigh of Buddhist territory. Heading on up from Guranse, the Salpa Pass (3360m) is soon (well quite soon!) at hand. The descent is no less gentle, especially at first. This is a very wild country and birdlife is prolific in the dense forest. Less likely to be encountered are black bears and sometimes red pandas. After the tiny Salpa Pokhari lake (it may not be seen) the route continues its momentum via Dhaka (2676m), also called wakkha. It’s quite a long haul to the main settlement at Sanam (2,00m). The village is compact and neat, with a small old monastery and a newer one. There is a lodge near the gompa.
  • 6 to 7 hours.
  • Guest House.
Today is al bi of a shocker. It’s a typical day in the middle hills descend a lot, climb a lot, sweat a lot. En route is the first Sherpa settlement of Tiu (Tim) Nichola (Sorung ) has a couple of gompas and some confusing trails. Further on all the fun stars at Guidel (1968m) after a descent through the forest. A bung is barely 3km as the crow flies across the valley but virtually a whole day is needed to surmount this. The drop to the Hongu Khola is testing. The climb through cloud forest bamboo os energy-sapping. Bung (1800m) is a large spread-out place, so there’s another Rai village; its name means ‘pretty flower’ in Rai.
  • 5 to 6 hours.
  • Guest House.
After the previous day’s exertions, it’s a relief to have an easier day. From Bung a steady climb takes the route around the hillside to Khiraule (2400m) in 3-4hrs. There is l locally famed monastery set in a ring of trees and a good lodge makes it tempting to stop here. Ahead the trail climbs to the Surkhe La (3085m). Again it’s a wearying slog, but there are views up the Inkhu Valley. Down the hill, after passing
  • 6 to 7 hours.
  • Guest House.
If you thought bung was the end of the seemingly wasteful height gains on this trek, think again. Today the route drops to the deeply cut Inkhu Khola (1830m). The next stage is severe, with the climbing trail making for Sibu (2832). Sibue (Shibucvhe ) has a few lodges and a homestay. Forest again blocks the views up to the Narkung AL pass (3286), also called the Pangkoma La. The path makes a short descent to Pangom (3050m). It boasts a Hillary school and is a pleasant place to lodge overnight.
  • 6 to 7 hours.
  • Guest House.
Leaving sunny pangram, the route drops around the ridges and hillsides to join the Classic Everest route. En route Kharte (2830m) is above the newer main trail via Kharikhola. There is a simple lunch spot at the Khari La (3415m)en route. Following this higher trail eventually takes the Arun Valley trekker to puritan 92730m) and the regular trail for Namche.
  • 3 to 4 hours.
  • Guest House.
The route is described above under the Classic Everest Trek. Need to climb up it takes about four hours and overnight at Lukla.
  • 35 minutes.
  • 3-star Hotel.
We catch an early morning flight to Kathmandu after our long mountain journey. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or do some souvenir shopping. If we want to explore any other areas of Kathmandu, we may do that today. Our guides can help you with both souvenirs shopping or sightseeing. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the climbers’ successful summit of the Island peak. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
  • 25 minutes.
  • 3-star Hotel.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


What is Included

  • Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by private car / van / bus.
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
  •  Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and flight back to Lukla from Kathmandu.
  •  Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staffs.
  •  Inclusive of government tax. 
  • Official expenses.
  •  Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) 
  •  Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu, and Gaurishanker National Park permit fee.

What is Excluded

  •  All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfares and airport departure tax.
  •  Visa fees.
  • Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, chocolate and laundry.
  • Wifi and battery charge.
  •  Personal trekking types of equipment.
  • Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the above section.
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)


The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the bag pack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:


  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)ve 3,000m)
  •  Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries


  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificially sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants


  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect sting / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

Good to Know

1. Trekking equipment

The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:

  1. Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
  3. Daypack bag for yourself
  4. A down Jacket
  5. Shade hat
  6. Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  7. A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
  8. T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
  9. Lightweight thermal tops.
  10. Fleece jacket.
  11. Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
  12. A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
  13. Underwear
  14. Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
  15. Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  16. Four pairs of liner warm socks
  17. A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  18. A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  19. A pair sandal (Optional)
  20. A water bottle.
  21. Head/Torch Light.

2. Medicines and First Aid Kits

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
  5. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)

3. Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd.  Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.



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