Arun Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Views of Everest Himalayas, Mera Peak, Makalu, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and others.
  • Ethnic culture, customs and lifestyle.
  • Charming Arun valley and Lukla.
  • Isolated Valleys and rhododendron forest

Arun valley lies in the Makalu-Barun National park, between Sagarmatha and Makalu. It is not only picturesque but a diverse region with stunning terraced landscape and prosperous in the wilderness. It is less touristy area and an exceptional route, which has been discovered by the trekkers who love to walk through the isolated valleys and hidden valleys.

The trek begins from Tumlingtar after an hour’s flight from Kathmandu and makes a half loop in the region ending the trek in Lukla. During the trek, you cross various ethnic settlements of Rai, Sherpa and Limbu people. It offers amazing trekking experience and offers the beauty of natural paradise of eastern Nepal. Some incredible views of Mt. Everest, Thamserku, Makalu, Ama Dablam and the surrounding peaks offer deep magnetism to enliven your sharp imagination. The route of trekking in the Arun Valley is mysterious and extremely panoramic, with the natural jewel of lush hills and rhododendron forest. The fluttering prayer flags offer a feeling of mysticism and tranquility. From Paiyan, the trek joins with the usual route of the Everest region Trekking and concludes in Lukla.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - B

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of

Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Tumlingtar (450m). 1 hour fly

We fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar today to start the trek in the Arun valley. It is the flight of about an hour with picturesque views of lush hills, gorges and eastern Himalayas. We are spending full day today at Tumlingtar. Transfer to hotel and take an exploration tour around. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Tumlingtar - Marduna (1200m). 5-6 hrs trek.

We commence our trek today after breakfast. We follow the trail alongside Arun River. We head northward and stop for our lunch at Baluwabesi. The surrounding is really exciting and the view is unbelievable. After the lunch, we trek further through the dense woods to Marduna.Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 05: Marduna - Dobani (975m). 4- 5 hrs

After breakfast, we climb up to the hill through the forest. View of green forest and gorge entices us to walk further. It is less explored and only few trekkers have gained this opportunity to get the fascinating views of Arun valley. From the top of the hill, we trek down to Chikhuwa Khola and stop for lunch at Ghote Bazaar, a small settlement with some hotels. Then, we steadily trek to Dobani. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 06: Dobani - Salpa Phedi (1700m). 5-6 hrs

It is a pretty tough day for us to climb up all the way uphill gaining about 700 meters of elevation. We cross many small streams and have our lunch at Tallo Phedi. Then we prepare to climb up further to Salpa Phedi, our campsite for today. Salpa Phedi has got some basic but good teahouses, and amazing hospitality. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 07: Salpa Phedi - Guranse (2920m). 5-6 hrs

After an early breakfast, we hike up to the top of the hill through the rocky and tough trail. Still, the views are tranquil and breathtaking. When we walk in the woods, it’s going to help us stay cool. The landscape is dominated by the colorful grassy lands and open meadows. Heading through the rhododendron forest, we rarely meet human settlements. When we reach Guranse, we are going to gain about 1200 meters of elevation.

Day 08: Guranse - Sanam (2650m). 5-6 hrs

We are dealing with a tough trail and should cross a pass named Salpa La. After a steady ascent from Guranse, we cross the Salpa La pass at 3350 meters and continually trek down through the rhododendron forest and reach Dhaka. We can have some menu options here for the lunch and take a rest for a while. We descend for a while and then walk slightly uphill to our today’s campsite at Sanam where we stay in nice lodges. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 09: Sanam - Bung (1700m). 5-6 hrs

It is relatively difficult to trek down through the steep trail so we start early and walk with a gradual pace and reach our lunch stop at Guidel and still trek down to Hongu Khola. After we cross the bridge, we climb steadily up through the terraced lush hill and further ahead to a tiny Rai village at Bung. They are one of the ethnic castes of Nepal. Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 10: Bung - Boskam Gompa. 3-4 hrs

We are tired enough with a several days walk so relatively shorter walk today is really appreciable. Today we walk for 3-4 hours straight uphill to Boksam Gompa. Boskam Gompa is our lunch stop and also our campsite for the day. It is a striking village with the religious spirits. We spend the whole day walking around the village and exploring the cultural and spiritual aspects of the local people.Overnight at teahouse/lodge.

Day 11: Boskam - Vasme. 5-6 hrs

We trek to Vasme today. We pass Gaikharka crossing the pasture through the untidy jungle and the main trail leads us across Hinku Khola. Crossing a long suspension bridge over Hinku Khola, we climb up to the vertical valley of Sibuje, also known as Vasme. Overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 12: Vasme - Pangum. 5-6 hrs

We begin the trek passing the tiny Vasme village and the trail leads us through the rhododendron forest. Pangum La Pass lies on the trail today to cross past. We get some awesome sights of the snow covered Mera peak and several other mountain peaks in the region. Walking a bit further, we reach to the picturesque valley at Pangum. Local people offer wonderful hospitality as it is less touristy area. They have rich and unique cultural traditions. Overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 13: Pangum - Paiyan. 5-6 hrs

It’s a final day of walking through the isolated mountain foothill of Arun valley. We are going to meet the Everest region trail today. After a slight trek down, we climb up for the last steep and challenging trail. Crossing the Kari La Pass at 3145m and having lunch at the top, we climb down through the steep trail and conclude our trek at Paiyan. Overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 14: Paiyan - Lukla

We leave Paiyan, a beautiful village overlooking a tiny tributary of the Dhud Kosi River. Today, we are going to walkto Lukla. We begin trekking down; then head uphill and pass various Sherpa valley. We cross a steel bridge over Thado Koshi River. Arriving at Lukla, we get refreshed and end our tiresome and exciting trekking. Overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 15: Lukla – Kathmandu 1400m

We take another beautiful morning flight back to Kathmandu by a fixed winged aircraft. Saying a heartfelt good bye to the majestic mountains after so many days of wonderful moments amongst them is quite difficult but we have to do it anyway. We finally land at Kathmandu airport to feel the city air after so many days of wonderful and fresh mountain air. We are transferred to our hotel and left on our own to enjoy and relax.

Day 16: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 17: Departure Day

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis
  • All major meals during the expedition, breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Three cups of tea a day on the expedition
  • A professional trekking guide and necessary number of number of supporting crew members
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Flight to Tumlingtar and back to Kathmandu from Lukla
  • All necessary permits for the trekking
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any kind of drinks in Kathmandu and trekking area (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip

What to bring

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily in a reasonable price in Kathmandu.  

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required).
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard.
  10. Sun block cream.
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat. 
  2. Sun glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1.  Hand gloves

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops.
  3. Light jacket.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2.  lightweight long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. trekking boots, light  shoes and sandle.
  3. hiking gaiters.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).

  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plasts band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  2. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  3. Pocket knife.
  4. bandanas.
  5. Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  6. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  7. Binoculars.
  8. Camera.

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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