Arun Valley Trek follows the Arun Valley, along with one of the few rivers that cut through the Himalayas 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.
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 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.
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.
Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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