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.
Arun Valley Trek follows the Arun Valley, along one of the few rivers that cut through the Himalaya to Tibet.
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.
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)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- The warmer hat that covers the ears
- 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
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificially sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- 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
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.)
- 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:
- 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.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
2. Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- 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.