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The Arun valley trekking is a still non discovered and non touristic trekking area in Nepal. It is is located between the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) and Makalu-Barun National Parks and therefore offers superb Himalayan scenery including the Mount Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt.Baruntse, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt.Thamserku etc. But also the fauna offers more than 650 species of birds and over 800 species of butterflies, and it is the shelter place of the rare and endangered Panda. During the trekking you walk along orchids, swirl prayer flags as you are heading to picturesque Sherpa villages that are the attraction of the Arun valley region. The unspoiled Arun valley is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. Trekking in Arun valley provides an alternative approach to the adventurous Khumbu region trekking. However the trekking requires endurance and fitness to fully see and enjoy the beauty of the Arun valley region. We fly out from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar to the East of Everest, after which the trekking starts through virgin territory into the Solu Khumbu region and trail all the way to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu.
All year, dates on clients’ request.
A complete unspoiled valley to explore!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +D
Himalayan Dream Team will pick you up at the international airport for your transfer to the hotel. As a welcome you will have a typical Nepalese dinner with some of the staff members, typical food coming up! And do not forget to try our typical Nepalese drink with great mood of cheers.
Day 02: Sightseeing/free day in Kathmandu, preparations for climbing/permits, o/n in a hotel +B
After breakfast we will start for the sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu, visit the main temples of Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath, the most venerated Hindu temple of Nepal and Bouddhanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa of the world. In the afternoon we show you Durbar square with an orientation tour through lively Thamel. All entry fees and transport included!
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Kartiki Ghat (315m), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
We’ll head to the domestic airport after breakfast for our flight to Tumlingtar in eastern Nepal, the starting point of our trek through the Arun Valley. It’s a beautiful flight over terraced fields, hills and traditional villages with a range of Himalayan 8,000 meter peaks peeking over the haze in the distance. The landing is classic old-style Nepal a sharp turn a steep descent to a large grassy field and trek continue. The Arun Salpa Valley trek will be wonderful days of ‘old-style’ trekking through the idyllic middle hills of eastern Nepal, a very diverse region of many ethnic groups, shamanistic religion interspersed with Buddhism and Hinduism, traditional villages, green, terraced fields, small, riverside trails and basic accommodation. The mountains view in the hazy distance Chamalang to the left and Makalu to the far-right. Following the small road through the long village and adjoining series of small, lively villages and colorful tea-houses there will be many locals sharing the trail with us, as well as trains of mules carrying cardamom, the biggest cash crop in the region. After an hour, we reach a fantastic suspension bridge with side ties stretching across the wide Arun River and drop down to the sandy riverside, peppered with rounded beach rocks. Following the river closely, we pass terraced rice fields, buffalos, thatched huts and villagers working in the fields. We will have a lunch at Chewa Besi. After lunch we continue to Kartiki Ghat, where we cross the Arun river on a long suspension Main village known as for bees and honey.
Day 04: Trek to Goethe Bazaar (685m) o/n in lodge +B/L/D
After breakfast, we start the morning with an easy twenty minute walk to the lovely village of Balwa Besi, where we cross a small river and then start climbing through a lush, tropical forest of cardamom, banana and papaya trees, and past thatched huts to a chautara (local rest-spot, here also a spectacular viewpoint) high above the hazy valley and the Arun River. Leaving the lovely Arun behind, we have 600 meters to climb before lunch. Contouring around hillsides and continuing to climb, we reach Marduwa, a small hamlet village & soon we pass more terraced fields and clusters of ochre and cream mud-brick houses built in the local style, eventually stopping for lunch near Nepali Danda, also called Charlissay, named after a Chettri caste that lived here many years ago, and have not reputedly migrated to the Kathmandu area. Soon we reach the intersection of the old trail from Dingla, and after contouring around a hillside we reach a larger trail near a cluster of banyan trees. The forest thickens again as we ascend and then drop back down to the Irkhuwa River, crossing two bridges, the second one a long suspension bridge, and following a riverside trail for another hour or so to Gothe Bazaar, the inhabitants a mix of Gurung and Rai. At Gothe Bazaar, the local woman will have bunches of sweet bananas and tangerines for sale at the first section of the village for overnight stay.
Day 05: Trek to Salpa Phedi (1,520m) o/n in lodge +B/L/D
After breakfast we start as we head towards Lankuwa village and then further on to Dhobani, a village of paper-makers en route to Salpa Phedi. We leave Goethe Bazaar by crossing the stream, and soon pass many thatched huts, some for buffalos and others simple dwellings. Delicious tangerines are sold along the trail again by local villagers, so don’t miss the chance to pick up a bunch for the day. We cross the river on a flexing bamboo bridge and trek through several small picturesque whitewashed villages with thatched roofs and ochre bases. We pass through Lankuwa village and then start on a steep, uphill climb to Dhobani along the way keep an eye out for the traditional fishermen with their long bamboo nets. We continue through a thick tropical forest & climb the ‘waterfall steps’ and eventually reach Tala (Lower) Phedi where they also make paper. We’ll stop for lunch before hiking another hour uphill on a lovely hill-side trail backed by undulating grasses rocks and fruit trees until we reach the sprawling settlement of Salpa Phedi for overnight.
Day 06: Trek to Guranse (Chayaksila) (3,000m), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
We start the morning with a steep climb on stone steps passing through the many dwellings of upper Salpa Phedi, and then keep climbing with increasingly amazing views down the valley.Tthe layers of hills various shades of icy-blue below us. It will take us several hours of climbing to reach Jau Bari, a village where they grow the best barley in the region and where there is a Sherpa gompa (monastery) just below a lovely Sherpa-run campsite. We’ll stop for a breather here and then continue past the terraced fields and then through rhododendron forests increasingly thick past the turnoff to Salpa Lake just past the small ‘Guranse La’ to Gurasne or Chayaksila a local porter stop with several Sherpa houses which translates as best rhododendrons.
Day 07: Trek to Sanam (2,840m), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
On the way to pass! The Salpa Bhanjyang 3,360 meters with its single chorten, is the border of Solu Khumbu and the Sherpa region. It’s a short ascent, just over an hour to the chorten-topped and windy pass where we have wonderful views of snow-capped Karylung Peak. We descend steeply through the forest following a small stream and several mani walls to the Lidung Khola where we cross to the north bank and continue on to walk with its few local tea-houses. An hour or so afterwards we reach the picturesque Sherpa village of Sanam our stopping point for the day. Sanam ‘the land of the sky’ is a lovely village with traditional Sherpa houses and terraced fields.
Day 08: Sanam to Gudel (1,965m) o/n in lodge +B/L/D
Leaving pleasant Sanam we contour along a high trail with broad views first we reaching Duire (Tiu), a group of simple lodges. Soon afterwards we arrive at the rustic gompa at Nimtsola here is Sherpa influence ends and the land of the Rai begins. The trail is now larger as we contour another few hours along the hillside finally we reach the many buffalo huts and terraces fields of the large Rai village of Gudel. The equally sprawling village of Bung and the Naulekh mountains are visible in the distance as is Mera Peak. We descend steeply on slate steps to our campsite in back of a local teahouse. This is a very interesting bustling and traditional village. In afternoon we explore and take photos of the colorful dwellings and villagers.
Day 09: Gudel to Kiraunle Gompa (2,540m), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
Today is very long day but a fantastic day. It’s a long and steep descent past rice paddies and cardamom plants, on stone slabs to the river far below us. We cross a long bridge and begin the equally steep ascent to Bung. Following the stream on a rock trail we ascend a switch-backing trail after crossing the Hungu Khola. the lowest houses of the village about 400 meters below the upper reaches. Bung means ‘beautiful flower’ in Rai, and is indeed a lovely large village of Rai inhabitants renowned for its tongba or millet beer and which has received much development aid recently. Half way to their several shops where you can pick up a coke or snack if you want. The school is just past these shops and the entrance to the Makalu Barun National Park (across the trail). And we continue to trek with great views and cooler temperatures until we reach a grassy plateau where we’ll stop for lunch. Soon afterwards there is a small, friendly tea-house where we might stop for rest. Just afterwards is the local school of Kiraunle and a bit of ‘off-trail’ climbing leads us to the grounds of Kiraunle-Chambaling Gompa recently built.
Day 10: Kiraunle Gompa to Sibuje, o/n in lodge +B/L/D
Today we have another pass. Today it takes two and a half to three hour hike up to the crest. Heading straight to the ancient moss-covered chortens and mani walls on the ridge we pass through an rhododendron forest and at the intersection by the small group of tea-houses. Head up towards the Surkie La pass at 3,070 meters. There are better views at the sightseeing platform just above the narrow ‘pass’ ridge where we’ll be able to see Karylung, Khatang and Numbur mountain so head up for a look. The descent is steep down a rocky trail and through a forest of bamboo and soon we arrive at our destination for the day, Najing Dingma a tiny hamlet and grazing area with a few small tea-houses and shops set on a flat green section of the hillside.
Day 11: Trek to Pangum (2,850m), o/n in lodge+B/L+D
Today another fantastic, big climbing and pass! After breakfast we leave Najing Dingma and descend through leafy woods for an hour to Gai Kharka (a kharka is a seasonal grazing settlement in Nepali and gai means cow), another small village of only a few thatched huts and continue descending steeply to the rickety bridge high above the Inkhu Khola. From here we’ve got a steep ascent of which the owner of the small Nepali tea-house near the bridge said ‘it’s so steep that even the monkeys fall off’. Enough said it’s a steep climb of two to three hours to the next village but as we gain altitude we’re treated to spectacular views up and down the Inkhu Valley eventually spotting Mera Peak looming in front of us. Shubuche (pronounced Sibuche the local Sherpa name is Ningso which means dense bamboo forest) is a large village at 2,660 meters spread out over the hillside market by Tibetan prayer flags at the lower end with two local tea-houses just past the flag and a small gompa at the upper reaches. It will be take us another hour of climbing to reach the two small tea-houses below the pass and then another hour to reach the Pangum La (or Satu La) pass at 3,175 meters. We see the trail from Jiri, the Trakshindo La and the incredibly scenic Sherpa village of Pangum below and in half an hour reach our scenic campsite in back of a friendly Sherpa lodge. Pangum now has a few quite nice lodges, Hillary school, fields marked by wooden fences and a Tibetan Buddhist gompa off to the northern side of the village. We’ll have a fantastic sunset out over the wide open valley with Karylung rising majestically in front of us across the Dudh Kosi (the ‘milk river’ that leads to the Khumbu region).
Day 12: Trek to Painya (2,730m), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
Heading out of town past the long rows of old mani walls. We look out at the hilltop villages of Bupsa and Karikhola in the distance but veer right on a smaller wooded trail towards the small hamlet of Kharte two and a half hours away and then the Khari La (‘wide pass’). It will take us a good hour and a half of contouring and climbing to crest the pass at 3,075m meters but the views are amazing from the top. We’ll have our first view of the sacred Sherpa peak, Khumbu Yul Lha (Khumbila), Gyachen Kang and then Kusum Kangaru just around the corner. It’s a quick descent on a rocky trail to the main Jiri trail and then just another half an hour to the charming village of Puiyan.
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,290m), o/n in lodge +B/L/D
After breakfast enjoyable hour of hiking along a wide trail with broad views and over a small ridge brings us to Phakepani. The trail continues to climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly leaned oak and rhododendron forest, where languor monkeys may occasional be seen. From Painya walk leads on the long winding trail with few small ups and downs just before the long downhill Surkhe, one can view the Lukla airstrip and the town at Lukla. An hour descend will brings you at Surkhe and have a lunch here & overnight stay same place.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B
The flight time to Kathmandu, are scheduled for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, but sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond will. Anyway we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer you to your hotel. You may have time to relax after long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel with ending your Himalayan trip with us.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping, o/n in a hotel +B
After breakfast you can explore Thamel for some nice souvenirs or we can invite you for some additional sightseeing. Maybe still interested to go to Patan or Bhaktapur and see these enchanting former King’s cities? Or just hangout on one of the many terraces in lively Kathmandu.
Day 16: Transport to the airport for international flight home, +B