Arun Valley Trek is trekking in a remote area of Nepal which is not frequently visited by tourists. The trek is between the two Mountains-Everest and Makalu where we can experience unique culture and variety of natural flora and fauna. Arun valley is very rich in its Sherpa, Rai and Limbu cultures which are not marked by modern development. Besides that, Arun Valley Trekking follows the trail along Arun Riverside after we start trekking from Tumlingtar.
The trail reaches to Makalu Base Camp and to Everest Base Camp following Makalu Barun National Park’s wilderness. Crossing the river time and again and walking through the wilderness is challenging and adventurous. The area is also important for different endangered animals preserved in the National Park. However, the astonishing views of Mt. Makalu and Mt. Everest including hundreds of other peaks are impressive throughout the trek. Trekking trail crosses Barun La and passes through Hongu and Hinko Valleys.
The unspoiled culture of Limbu, Sherpa and Rai is very interesting to experience in the valley. The villages like Sedua, Num, Gai kharka and many other settlements exploration enriches the knowledge about Nepal. The valley is rich in culture, biodiversity and landscape too. Arun Valley Trekking is considerably low altitude trek in Arun Valley. Arun River flows through the valley which is one of the important rivers in Eastern Nepal. Likewise, the valley is covered with dense forests in slope landscape. Moreover, different ethnic groups and tribal communities are mutually residing which can be an interesting factor to explore the valley.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All necessary trekking paper, trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu round flight.
Domestic airport Taxes.
Sightseeing with tour guide and entrance fee.
Trekking Leader, and Guides.
One Assistance Guide who support to pitch tents and guarding camp at night / as per group size.
One Cook and One kitchen supporter/s as per group size.
Required kitchen utensils
Cooking fuel and lighting service
Required portage service to carry tents, food stuffs, fuels & kitchen utensils Necessary tent and equipment.
All the staff insurance, well paid salary, equipment, transportation.
All the transporting.
Government taxes and service charge.
Medical supplies (first aid kit)
Travel and rescue Insurance
Food in Kathmandu.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
Tips for guide porter.
Arival in Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there istime for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Kariki Ghat (351m.)
In the morning after taking breakfast we fly to Tumlingtar, the eastern part of Nepal. The beautiful flight covers terraced fields, hills, Snowy Mountain, traditional village of Himalayan range. We head towards Kariki Ghat. Moreover, in the trekking we meet various cultural and ethnics community villages. The village trail and vegetation round about the trail is more interesting. In our continuous walking we cross the suspension bridge over the Arun River. Finally we meet the Kartiki Ghat and live overnight at tea house.
Trek to Goethe Bazaar (685m.)
We start our trekking after breakfast in the morning. We follow the tiny village Balwa Besi and cross the small river. Furthermore, we walk upwards through the forest, hazy valley and Arun River. We cross the many small traditional village and attractive place and forwarded to Goethe Bazaar by crossing Irkhuwa River two times. The Goethe bazaar is the communal mixer of Gurung and Rai. Overnight at Goethe Bazaar with the representative of great Himalaya.
Trek to Salpa Phedi (1520m.)
After breakfast we head to Lankuwa village and then go to Dhobani which is the trekking route of Salpa Phedi. On the way we cross the many small traditional village and bamboo bushes. We continue our trek upwards by crossing the forest. With the various green and snowy mountains we reach Salpa Phedi and live overnight at there.
Trek to Guranse (3000m.)
In the morning we take our breakfast in Salpa Phedi and leave for Guranse. To go Guranse we follow the upper site of Salpa Phedi, from this site you can see the attractive valley around Arun 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. At last we get to Guranse and live overnight.
Trek to Sanam (2840m.)
The same activities have happened in this day also. We start our trek after breakfast. Today we trek in the border site of Solukhumbu. On the way we can see Karylang peak, and follow forest, and streams. The typical Sherpa village and its settlement make your happy in your trip of Arun valley. Even you will stay there for this night.
Trek to Gudel (1965m.)
After leaving pleasant tiny Sherpa village called Sanam we hike towards Gudel. 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 get to Gudel and overnight there.
Trek to Kiraunle Gompa (2540m.)
We start our trek after breakfast. Normally we will trek this day more than other day. We pass the parry field and other local plants. Likewise we also cross the small stream and traditional houses. The Makalu Barun National Park is also our attraction of the day. Afterward we walk towards local school and Buddhist Gompa. Overnight at Gompa.
Trek to Sibuje
Today it takes two/three hour hike up to the crest after breakfast. Heading towards 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. We continuous to Surkie La pass. The view of 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. Overnight at Sibuje.
Trek to Pangum (2850m.)
We take our breakfast at Sibuje and trek towards the interesting pass named Gai Kharka. In our continuous walking we can see Mera peak. The beautiful village Shubuche can be seen, which has Tibetan influence. With crossing of the interesting vegetation and forest we reach to the Pangum and stay overnight there.
Trek to Painya (2730m.)
In the morning after breakfast we leave Pangum and head towards the Painya. 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'). Even we walk through the rocky trail and reach Painya. Stay overnight at Painya.
Trek to Lukla
On this day, we trek to Lukla from Painya. The trail follows a sandy path with strenuous walk. The trail is full of picturesque view of landscape and some mountain scenarios. You can explore Lukla Bazaar and shop local items there. We stay overnight in Lukla.
Lukla to Kathmandu
You board a plane and fly to Kathmandu. This short and scenic flight possibly makes you feel nostalgic because of the glimpses of snowy mountains from your plane. You will be transferred to hotel where you either have leisure time or you may catch the last moments exploring the sights of Kathmandu valley. Shopping in market is also a good idea to your specially loved ones. In the evening, we have a celebration dinner together.
Fly back to Kathmandu
An early start to the airport and weather permitting a flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive back to hotel mid morning and a welcome shower and clean clothes will be waiting for you. The rest of the day will be at your leisure with lunch, shopping in the Thamel and adjusting to civilisation!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not only the religion but the Nepali culture. A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Return to the home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
For all the Arun Valley Treks you will be flying from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and then at the end of the trek, you will need to do the return flight From Lukla to Kathmandu. This flight is very weather dependent and can be delayed or cancelled at short notice if the weather is not suitable for this mountain flight. At Top of the World Treks, we will do our best to manage this situation and if your flight is cancelled we will do all we can to get you on the next available flight. It may be possible for a helicopter to be charted but this will be at an extra cost and up to the group at the time. We plan extra days into our itineraries in case this happens but you are also welcome to plan extra days if you wish.
We can arrange sightseeing and tours in Kathmandu if you wish on these extra days. If the weather continues to see cancellation then it must be decided on the group whether to continue to wait or transfer the trek to another region such as Annapurna or Langtang. We will fully advise you if this becomes the case.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.