Nestled in between Mount Everest and Makalu- Barun National Park, Arun Valley boasts in being the deepest Valley in the whole world. This route has always remained the least traveled one despite it being the alternative route for entering Khumbu region. Arun Valley is the alternate gateway that must be crossed to reach Everest Base Camp which positions itself at Kalapatthar.
Arun Valley Trek aptly blends nature viewing with cultural expedition. On one hand, the trail followed will bless you with scenic wonders of magnificient mountains including Mount Everest, Moubt Makalu, Mount Nuptse, Mount Lhotse, Mount Amadablam and Mount Thamserku while on the other, it takes you through diverse ethnic villages of Rai, Limbu and Sherpa where you will get the rare opportunity to get acquainted with culture and livelihood of the villagers. Salpa Bhanjyang and Salpa Pokhari are two other wonders that you will encounter while engaging in the trek.
Arun Valley is Eden for bird watchers. More than 650 species of birds can be spotted in this area. Likewise, there are around 800 species of butterflies. Panda- the endangered mammal abodes in the thickets of this region.
Relive the history:
Walk through the same ancient trade route used by locals to carry their goods to Namche Bazaar and Tibet.
Getting There and Away:
Arun Valley Trek is total 19- days long package. The journey commences by taking flight to Biratnagar which is the second largest city of Nepal. A drive of about 108 minutes should be able to take you to Hile. Hile marks the official beginning of trekking. Later you will pass through village of Pokhribas to reach to the bank of Mongmaya River. From there, you will head for Surtibari and Tumlingtar- a town which holds Tumlingtar Airport. Later you will transcend Kartike, Gothey, Phedi, Gurase, Sanam, Bung, Gaikharka, Vasme, Pangum and Puyan to finally arrive to Lukla Airport from where you will take a flight back to Kathmandu.
Day to Day Itinerary Detail
Day 01: Make it to Kathmandu:
Kathmandu- the capital city of Nepal can be accessed via the flight to Tribhuvan International Airport. Taxis can be easily found in the airport which will take you to the hotel.
Day02: Flight to Biratnagar and drive to Hile:
40 minutes flight from Domestic Airport in Kathmandu will take you to Biratnagar- the second largest city of Nepal. It takes a drive of about 108 minutes to cover 105km distance to move to Hile where you will stay in a hotel overnight.
Day 03: Trek to Mongmaya Khola:
The trekking experience initiates from Hile. You will walk through the hill to Pakhribas Village before passing through the rice field all the way down to the Mongmaya Khola where you will spend night in a tent which is pitched at the bank of the Khola.
Day 04: Trek to Surtibari:
The whole journey takes 6 hours to conclude which will take you downward from Mongmaya Khola region to Surtibari- a small settlement at 411m altitude.
Day 05: Trek to Tumlingtar:
The trek initiates by crossing the river through suspending rope-ways. Later you will lower down for about 2hrs to reach Tumlingtar- a small town where Tumlingtar Airport exists.
Day 06: Trek to Kartike:
The trail follows plains before clambering along paddy fields to small village of scattered split bamboo houses. Later you will cross Arun River through a suspension bridge to hit the village of Kartike which exists on the bank of river.
Day 07: Trek to Gothey:
Today the trail ascend uphill from Arun River towards Chalise which stretches further to Gothey Bazaar. The whole journey for today takes 7hrs to complete.
Day 08: Trek to Phedi:
Trekking for today initiates by crossing Irkhu river which will take you to Dovane Danphe. An easy trek through this village leads to Phedi.
Day 09: Trek to Gurase:
The trekking begins by ascending the hill up to Jaubari from where you need to proceed through forest to reach Gurase which translates in English as “full of rhododendrons”.
Day 10: Trek to Sanam:
The first stop for the day is Salpa Phedi which positions itself at 1680m altitude. Clambering through the steep hill will lead you to Sanam Village which is perched at 1680m altitude.
Day 11: Trek to Bung:
Bung which is located at 1900m altitude can be accessed by ascending the hill for about 6-7 hours of daytime.
Day 12: Trek to Gaikharka:
A tough ascend up the hill will take you to a plain land which is full of lush green vegetation. This place is known as Gai Kharka which translates as the grazing land for yak. It is located in 2300m altitude.
Day 13: Trek to Vasme:
It is a 5 hour ascend through the steep hill to make it to Vasme.
Day 14: Trek to Pangum:
Pangum is a High Pass which can be accessed after a steep ascend from Vasme. Being a High Pass, it works as the Vantage Point from where scenic view of Arun Valley along with other mountains can be viewed. Pangum Village exists to the near this High Pass.
Day 15: Trek to Puyan:
A 7 hours long trekking down the hill and passing through ridges will take you to Puyan.
Day 16: Trek to Lukla:
An easy walk through forest and small settlement will take you to Lukla which positions itself at 2860m altitude. Lukla is popular among tourists who are on trekking to the Himalayas near Mount Everest.
Day 17: Flight to Kathmandu:
An early flight from Lukla Airport will take you back to Kathmandu in about 45 minutes duration.
Day 18: Back to your nation:
This day you will return to your nation via Tribhuvan International Airport. You will take lots of memorable travelling experiences as a souvenir to your family which is anxiously awaiting your return.