ARUN VALLEY TREK

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destination Everest/Makalu
duration 15 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Everest/Makalu
max altitude 4,000m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,190
Pax 2 USD 2,090
Pax 3 USD 1,990
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,900
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,890
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,790
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,700
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ARUN VALLEY TREK

A TRUE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE IN AN ISOLATED REGION RICH IN CULTURE.

The Arun Valley Trek meanders through the lush Arun Valley following the Arun River in the Makalu-Barun National Park located between Everest (Sagarmatha) and Makalu (8481m – world’s 5th highest peak). The Arun River originates in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The trail offers stunning views of Mt.Everest (Sagarmatha -8848m), Thamserku (6608m), Makalu (8481m), Ama Dablam (6812m) and the Makalu-Barun National Park. 

The Barun Valley is abundant with beauty and contrasting features, such as cascading waterfalls into with where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, lush green forests, terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests in blooming pink and red flowers and of course numerous snow-capped towering peaks. It is estimated that there are more than 650 species of birds and over 800 species of butterflies, home to the endangered Panda, and of course the diverse ethnic groups of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu people.

The journey begins with a flight Biratnagar and taking a bus to Dharan and Dhankuta/Hille (the regional center of Dhankuta Bazaar) or alternatively taking a bus from Kathmandu.  Another option is to fly to Tumlingtar which unfortunately has fewer flights. This trek is also known as The Great Himalaya Cultural Trail.

The trail traverses several high passes before joining the main Classic Everest Trail at Pangom (2948m), near Karte. 

Key Features of Arun Valley Trek

  • Fly to Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • View of Himalayas Everest, Mera Peak, Makalu, Amadablam, Thamserku, and other towering peaks.
  • Understand and witness the different cultures in the region.
  • Trek through isolated valleys and pink/red flowering rhododendron forests.
  • Stunning beauty of the lush green Arun Valley & Makalu-Barun National Park
  • Experience the diversity of unique flora and fauna.

ITINERARY

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On arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by a representative from Sherpa Expedition & Trekking who will take you to your 3-star hotel. You can rest at your hotel or stroll around Thamel and do some last-minute shopping and take in the sights. 

The best means of getting to Tumlingtar is by plane taking less than one hour. The problem lies in that flights are irregular. An alternative is to fly to Biratnagar, and continue by bus and jeep. There are several lodge in Tumlingtar to choose from.

The trail begins with a short descent to the valley floor and then for most of the day follows Arun River Valley. Giddhe is one of the first villages we come to and then we reach Satighat. Most villagers settle above the valley due to it being cooler and less oppressive than living in the breezeless valley. Tonight we stay at Chiyabesi (280m).

The trail continues through the steaming hot Arun Valley before climbing up to the west and then reaches Kkattige (500m) and ascends through Majhuwa (Mardana) into the valley of the Irkhuwa Khola (river). The trail follows a path above the river and passes through Chalise Village and then reaches Tabular where we stay the night.

Today we follow the trail alongside the Pikhuwa Khola (river) and head to Gothe Bazaar. We then cross the Benkhuwa and continue to Negdaha and ultimately Dobhane where we stay the night.

The trail today follows the more popular Great Himalaya Cultural Trail until we reach Donghae and then Tendo (1475m). Tonight we stay at Salpa Phedi (1565) just below the Salpa Bhanjyang Pass.

The trail today is more demanding as we climb higher toward Guranse. In the first 3 hours it is quite steep and along the way we pass through rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests before reaching Guranse where we stay the night.

A large chorten features at the entry to Salpa Pass (3360m), an indication that we are heading into the Tibetan Buddhist region of the trek. As we descend, rather rapidly through rugged terrain we will pass through forest and notice numerous birds and possibly black bear and maybe red pandas. The trail continues via Dhaka (2676m) until we reach Sanam where we will stay overnight.

Today will be physically demanding as we ascend and descend throughout the day. We will pass the Rai village of Guidel (1968m) after descending through the forest reach Bung after initially dropping to the Hongu Khola (river). This is a real challenge before reaching our destination Bung, a Rai village, where we stay the night.

Today’s trek is less physically demanding as we follow the trail to Khiraule (2400m) taking around 3 to 4 hours. There is a locally well-known monastery here. From here we climb to Surkhe (3085m). There are some amazing views looking up the Inkhu Khola Valley along the trail before we reach Gaikharka where we stay the night.

Today the trail descends to the Inkhu Khola (river) before a very steep climb to Sibu (3942m). The trail then descends to Pangom, which has Hillary school, and is where we will stay overnight.

Today we reconnect with the Classic Everest route and heads to Kharte (2830m) after which we reach Khari La (2840m) where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue until reaching today’s destination Puiyan where we stay the night.

Today we head toward our departure point at Lukla where we will stay the night. We will have ample time here to explore and relax and take a hot shower.

Our morning flight will have us reach Kathmandu in around 30 minutes. During the flight you will have a birds-eye view of many of the world’s soaring peaks in the Himalaya Ranges. Your guide will escort you from the airport to your hotel

Your adventure comes to an end today – but your memories will last a lifetime! Our company representative 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 and explore the most magnificent mountains of Nepal.

SERVICES

Cost Included In Your Package

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure by private vehicles 
  • Two nights’ standard accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu in a twin-sharing basis including 2 breakfasts. 
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, the main course) during the trek.
  • One highly experienced Sherpa Teams’s government-licensed, English-speaking local guide covering meals, flight, insurance, accommodations, and equipment for the guide.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • All the necessary documents such as Makalu Barun Nationalpark permit fee and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) 
  • Trekking lodges or tea houses during the trek
  • An assistant guide for the group of 8 pax or above 
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu including applicable departure taxes
  • Seasonal available fresh fruits every evening after dinner.
  • Sherpa Teams' Certificate of appreciations after the successful trek
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Teams’s complimentary free hiking T-shirt
  • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of the high altitude sickness.
  • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
  • All government, Local taxes, and official Expenses

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fees (You can obtain a visa quickly upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • Extra nights accommodation and meals before and after the trek
  • International airfare
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • Travel insurance - insurance has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation 
  • Personal cloths and trekking equipment
  • Additional cost, the itinerary modifications or delay caused by out of management control due to the weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
  • Gratitudes to the guides and staffs (Recommended by Nepali culture )
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price "inclusive section" of this program
  • NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. is nonrefundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

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

Hands

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

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

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

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or 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 you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having the attached bathroom - in Namche and Lukla which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

 In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.

Physical fitness

Arun Valley Trek is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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The Arun Valley Trek is a scenic trekking route in Nepal that takes you through the beautiful Arun Valley, located in the eastern part of the country. This off-the-beaten-path trek offers stunning views of snow-capped mountains, diverse landscapes, and an opportunity to experience the rich local culture and traditions of the region.

The duration of the Arun Valley Trek can vary depending on the itinerary and your preference. Generally, the trek takes around 14 to 18 days to complete, including both the trekking and return to Kathmandu. However, the itinerary can be customized to suit your available time and fitness level.

The Arun Valley Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. The trail involves ascending and descending through various terrains, including forests, ridges, and river valleys. Some sections of the trail may be steep and require a good level of physical fitness. Previous trekking experience is recommended, but beginners with a good level of fitness can also undertake this trek with proper preparation and acclimatization.

- Spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks, including Makalu (8,481 meters), the fifth highest mountain in the world.
- Exploring the diverse landscapes, from lush forests to terraced fields and remote villages.
- Experiencing the unique local culture and traditions of the Sherpa and Rai communities.
- Crossing high mountain passes, such as the Salpa La Pass (3,350 meters) and Surkie La Pass (3,050 meters).
- Visiting the beautiful and sacred Salpa Lake.
- Enjoying the tranquility and peacefulness of the less crowded trails.

The best time to undertake the Arun Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures, making it ideal for trekking. However, the trek can also be done during the winter and monsoon seasons with proper preparation and equipment.

Yes, a permit is required for the Arun Valley Trek. You will need to obtain both the Makalu-Barun National Park permit and the special trekking permit for the restricted area. These permits can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

Yes, there are teahouses and guesthouses available along the Arun Valley Trek. However, the infrastructure may not be as developed as in popular trekking regions like the Everest or Annapurna region. The teahouses provide basic accommodation and meals, but it is advisable to carry some essential items and snacks with you.

While it is not mandatory to have a guide for the Arun Valley Trek, it is highly recommended, especially if you are not familiar with the region or have limited trekking experience. A guide can provide valuable assistance with navigation, cultural insights, and ensure your safety throughout the trek.

To reach the starting point of the Arun Valley Trek, you can take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, which is the nearest airport. From Tumlingtar, you can then start your trek. Alternatively, you can also opt for a long drive from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, which takes around 10-12 hours.

Yes, the Arun Valley Trek can be combined with other treks or activities in the region. For example, you can extend your trek to the nearby Makalu Base Camp or combine it with a visit to the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar in the Everest region. Additionally, you can also explore the cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu before or after the trek.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 2,190
Pax 2 USD 2,090
Pax 3 USD 1,990
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,900
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,890
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,790
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,700
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,900

Per Person

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