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Arun valley trekking starts from low altitude to Tumlingtar which is possible to end trek at Jiri bazar to Everest base camp and back to Lukla at the end of the trek. It provides beautiful views of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu. This trek requires fitness and stamina to fully appreciate the beauty of this region which offers with majestic mountain views. On the main Everest trail to Kala Patthar for tremendous close-ups of Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse along with many others before a journey back to Lukla and a flight to Kathmandu. Everest trail starts from Jiri so if you would like to end trekking in Jiri they continue trek until Jiri and catch a bus to Kathmandu or another option when you reach main Everest trail continue trek until Lukla then fly to Kathmandu.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2: In Kathmandu

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Katike Ghat (4 hrs. approx.)

Day 4: Katike Ghat to Gothe Bazaar (7 hrs. approx)

Day 5: Gothe Bazaar to Phedi (7 hrs. approx)

Day 6: Phedi to Guranse (7 hrs. approx)

Day 7: Guranse to Tiuwa or Guidel (8 hrs. approx)

Day 8: Tiuwa or Guidel to Khirangle (7 hrs. approx)

Day 9: Khirangle to Najing (5 hrs. approx)

Day 10: Najing to Pangum (6 hrs. approx)

Day 11: Pangum to Puyan (7hrs. approx)

Day 12: Puyan to Phakding (7 hrs. approx)

Day 13: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (6 hrs. approx)

Day 14: In Namche Bazaar- Acclimatisation day

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Day 16: Tengboche to Dingboche

Day 17: In Dingboche- Acclimatisation day

Day 18: Dingboche to Lobuche

Day 19: Lobuche to Kala Pathar and back to Labuche

Day 20: Lobuche back to Tengboche

Day 21: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Phakding

Day 23: Phakding to Lukla

Day 24: Rest day in Lukla

Day 25: Flight back to Kathmandu

Optional Route

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lahan/Itahari

Day 2: Lahan/Itahari to Hile

Day 3: Hile to Mangmaya

Day 4: Mongmaya to Piluwa Khola

Day 5: Piluwa to Tumlingtar

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Our representatives will come to receive you and transfer to the hotel for your welcome before exploring the evening’s options for dinner.

Day 2: In Kathmandu

This day is for guided sightseeing via chartered vehicle and it will be an introduction to the religion, culture, and architecture of Kathmandu valley with the visits to three major World Heritage sites all listed under UNESCO. The first site is astounding oldest Buddhist monastery named as Monkey Temple locally known as Swayambhunath, which was built 2800 years ago and is perched on the top of the hillocks with a settlement of monkeys and few people, and it allows you bird’s eye view of entire Kathmandu valley comprising snow clad mountains in the north. As you progress to next site, which is Kathmandu Durbar Square, old Royal Palace, Built-in 16 to 17 centuries, you will get opportunities to observe the pagoda architecture constructed with intricate carvings on the wooden frame, doors, windows, and struts as well. Eventually, the tour ends at your hotel after the visit to the holiest Hindu temple Pashupatinath, where the cremations take place incessantly.

Day 3: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Katike Ghat (4 hrs. approx.)

Flying east from Kathmandu, we take our first glimpse from the air of the mountains as we head to Tumlingtar (515m) and the starting point of our trek. This small community lies on the green plains of Tumlingtar and has a distinct Indian feel as it lies mere 70kms from the border. Feeling like we have stepped back in time, we land on the grass-covered runway and pass through this peaceful trading post as we set off across the plains and warm up with a gentle uphill hike through rice paddies and mango groves past pretty settlements with elevated split bamboo houses draped with bougainvillea and honeysuckle shrubs. Crossing the Arun River on a long and low suspension bridge, we arrive at the little village of Katikeghat (950m) situated on the banks of the Arun river.

Day 4: Katike Ghat to Gothe Bazaar (7 hrs. approx)

The day begins with a strenuous uphill hike away from the Arun towards Chalise, where we will break for lunch. After the meal, we will start the gradual climb to Gothe Bazaar where we will camp for the night. In the village, we can sample the local Chhang, a beer made from rice.

Day 5: Gothe Bazaar to Phedi (7 hrs. approx)

Crossing the Irkhu River via rickety but safe bamboo bridges, we head up to Dhobane-Danphe where the villagers specialize in Nepalese handmade papermaking. After lunch, we will continue on our way to Phedi where we will camp for the night (Teahouse available). Until now, we have been trekking through low altitude fertile river valley and experiencing varied local cultures of this area. However, on a ninth day we move up into the middle hills.

Day 6: Phedi to Guranse (7 hrs. approx)

We ascend to Jaubari, and after the hard climb, we can stop there to enjoy a revitalizing cup of local Nepali Sherpa tea (Salt, flour, boiled water and butter mixed with tea). Proceeding through the rhododendron forest, we stop to enjoy our packed lunch and a well-deserved rest, before heading up to Guranse, our campsite. (Optional hike to the mountain pass, 40 mins.)

Day 7: Guranse to Tiuwa or Guidel (8 hrs. approx)

A 40-minute hike through the forest takes us to the Salpa pass, from where we descend the mountain ridge – at 3,349m. (If there is enough snow, you won’t need skis to slide down the slippery slopes!) Back in the rhododendron forest, we will continue to the Sherpa village of Sonam (this is our second shopping center for fresh vegetables), where we will stop for lunch. There is a choice of camping sites, either at Tiuwa (1 hour) or at Guidel (3 hours).

Day 8: Tiuwa or Guidel to Khirangle (7 hrs. approx)

Heading steeply downhill through jungle and villages along the ridge and past the Hinku (‘Hunga’- local name) River, we will stop for lunch at Bung –before carrying on towards camp at Khirangle, on the edge of the jungle. (If you wish, you can give some donation to the local primary school).

Day 9: Khirangle to Najing (5 hrs. approx)

Heading into the jungle, we trek uphill to visit a Buddhist monastery before stopping for lunch. Later, we advance towards the second pass, Surky la (3,084m) where we will get to enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Numbur. From here, we descend onto the Sherpa Summer camp of Najing. Once there, we can try the local delicacies – dry meat, Sherpa tea, Yak yogurt…hmmm!

Day 10: Najing to Pangum (6 hrs. approx)

Today’s trek will take you along a downhill trail across the Inkhu River, which, in turn, leads to a steep ascent…a real endurance test! We take our lunch at Gaikharka (where it is possible to buy chocolate bars); after which we head towards the third pass of Pangum (3,137m), and then into Pangum village to camp.

Day 11: Pangum to Puyan (7hrs. approx)

We gradually trek downhill to our lunch spot at the Makalu Hotel (a local teashop). After lunch, we continue towards the ridge before the steep downhill path merges with the Jiri trail….and all the other trekkers! (Note: there is another lower and gentler route, but if the weather permits, we should have beautiful mountain views from our high route.) At Puyan, we can relax and enjoy a drink or two and take shower (a welcome relief).

Day 12: Puyan to Phakding (7 hrs. approx)

This morning we share the trail with villagers, porters, trekkers, mules and of course yaks as we make our way towards the edge of the Lukla plateau and then down to the valley floor.  Continue back down into the Dudh Kosi valley until we reach our camp at Phakding. Teahouse here will provide us with cokes, beers, and videos!

Day 13: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (6 hrs. approx)

Following the Dudh Kosi, we gently climb through fields and rhododendron forest to reach Jorsalle, where we stop over for lunch. After our meal, we will visit Sagarmatha National Park, before heading on towards camp at Namche Bazaar. This bustling village offers such luxuries as bank, hot showers and, surprise, surprise- shopping! Tonight we bid adieu to the porters – who’ll be replaced by yaks from here on.

Day 14: In Namche Bazaar- Acclimatisation day

We stay put in Namche Bazaar for a day to get acclimatized to the altitude. The day can be spent exploring the Sherpa culture and mingling with the locals. Weather permitting, our first glance at Everest, Thamsherku, Kangtega, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam is a distinct possibility. A visit to the museum can also be made. After packing our lunch, we can visit the Khunde Hospital, the Sir Edmund Hillary School, or Everest View Hotel – the world’s highest hotel. Here at Namche, it is possible to arrange any extra supplies needed for the ascent to the Base Camp.

Day 15: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche

Today we travel towards Tengboche, stopping in Phunki Tanga for lunch, where we will find the water mills and prayer wheels. Once at the Tengboche camp, it is possible to visit the local monastery and the Sherpa Heritage Foundation or to hike up to see close-up views of the Thamsherku. From this day onwards, smoking and drinking will be prohibited to minimize the chances of altitude sickness.

Day 16: Tengboche to Dingboche

Continue to follow Dudh Kosi along a moderate uphill trail. Lunch will be at Sombare, and then we carry on our trek to our camp at Dingboche (teahouse optional). Here, we can enjoy a hot shower…and very cold air!

Day 17: In Dingboche- Acclimatisation day

The key to acclimatization is a slow descent, and following the golden rule: go high, sleep low. Armed with a packed Lunch, one can choose from a number of short hikes;

1)       Up the Chuking Valley, 1-8 hours;

2)       Nuptse Glacier, 3-4 hours (5,000m);

3)       Imjatse Peak, 3-4 hours (5,200m);

4)       Ama Dablam Lake (where you can have an exhilarating swim) 4-6 hours (4800m);

Day 18: Dingboche to Lobuche

We’ll take a short trek up along the ridge; and after a quick tea break at Thugla, we will continue up the steep moraine pile to the edge of the Khumbu Glacier. Lunch will be taken at Lobuche, where we will also set up camp (optional- dormitory bed). The afternoon will be spent resting, acclimatizing, or hiking.

Day 19: Lobuche to Kala Pathar and back to Labuche

Wake up early in the morning; and after a light breakfast, we will hike for 2/3 hours up into the valley at Gorakshep. We will have a tea break and a short rest before heading up the steep trail to our ultimate destination- the Summit of Kala Pathar (5,545m)-the closest one can get to Mt. Everest without the aid of mountaineering equipment. After packing our lunch and lot of group photos with Everest in the backdrop, we will make our way back down to our camp at Lobuche.

Day 20: Lobuche back to Tengboche

Trekking down the valley, we pass through Pheriche (optional visit to Pheriche Hospital) and stop for lunch at Sumbare. We head towards the Dudh Kosi and Pangboche and Denboche monasteries. We will set up camp at Tengboche, overlooking the mountains that we have just passed through.

Day 21: Tengboche to Namche Bazaar

Today we will continue descending down the valley, and reach Namche Bazaar by lunchtime. Tired trekkers will highly appreciate the free afternoon.

Day 22: Namche Bazaar to Phakding

We can either wake up late and have lunch at Namche Bazaar before leaving for Phakding, or trek in the morning and arrive in Phakding for lunch. Here you can enjoy a relaxing and leisurely afternoon.

Day 23: Phakding to Lukla

We maintain our unhurried return to Lukla along the Dudh Kosi, stopping for lunch in Kusum Khola. At Lukla, we can either camp or stay in dorm (US$3/bed). Night time, we can go for drinks and let our hair down at the farewell party!

Day 24: Rest day in Lukla

Our trip leader will confirm the flight back to Kathmandu while the rest of us take a well-deserved rest.

Day 25: Flight back to Kathmandu

We will have an early breakfast before going to the airport to catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu (between 7:00am and 12:00pm). After debriefing at the Himalayan Encounters office, the trip will officially be over!!!

 

Optional Route

Day 1: Kathmandu to Lahan/Itahari

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by private transport. We travel through the valley into the tropical Terai lowlands. Breakfast and lunch will be provided en route. By early evening, we will arrive at Lahan/ Itahari, where we will stay at a local guesthouse. Here we’ll relax, have dinner and get acquainted with each other.

Day 2: Lahan/Itahari to Hile

The wakeup call is at 6 am; you can have tea or coffee before setting off to Dharan. Here, we will have a heavy breakfast and a chance to pick up any last minute trekking goods. We leave Dharan by private transport and start climbing into the Himalayan foothills. We will arrive in Hile in the evening where we can unwind and freshen up at the guesthouse while our Sirdars will be busy recruiting local porters and checking last minute details. Over dinner, you will have the opportunity to discuss the trek with the trip leader and share a pitcher of Tongba ‘a local beverage’, a good way to start a trek.

Day 3: Hile to Mangmaya

We will be up by 6 am. Have an early morning tea and breakfast, after which we will begin the 3-hour trek through small villages and farms to Pakhribas. Here we will enjoy a leisurely lunch before heading on towards our campsite, on a small beach on the Mangmaya Khola. After a refreshing bath, and a visit to the nearby village of Magmaya, we will have a quiet dinner on the beach. We round of the day by getting acquainted with our porters, and the trip leader will talk about the following day’s itinerary.

Day 4: Mongmaya to Piluwa Khola

The trek today takes us along the Arun River, through villages and paddy fields, into Danda Kharka, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will travel along the sandy riverbank to a small beach at the confluence of Arun and Piluva rivers, an ideal place to camp. Here you can take a dip in the river before calling off the day.

Day 5: Piluwa to Tumlingtar

We will continue along the Arun river valley, a trail which consists of few gentle hills. Lunch will be taken at Satar. A swim in the Sabaya Khola is a possibility. At Tumlingtar, we will have access to local shops, STD/ISD phones, and a post office and…..an airport!

 

Cost includes on:
Airport Transfer – car/ van/bus/ jeep
Accommodation on B/B basis Kathmandu
All entrance fees of Temple, monastery, Museum, Durbar Square etc
Arrange and transportation expenses, during, Trekking, and Tour
Arrange and expenses for Tour/ Trekking Guide/ Potter
Insurance all meals and allowance for all trekking staff
Arrange the TIMS( trekking information management system card).

Cost does not include
Visa fees international airfare
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during the trek
Personal expenses phone calls bar bill, extra porters etc
Personal trekking equipment/gears.
Tips for guide porters and driver
All others expenses not mentioned on includes section