“From the deepest valley of the world to the Base Camp of the tallest mountain of the world”
The Arun valley provides superb views of both Mt.Everest and Mt.Makalu. It is located between the Sagarmatha and Makalu-Barun National Parks. Trekking in this valley provides an alternative approach to the Khumbu region. We recommend this approach to those people who have already been to the Everest region and want to revisit Everest Base Camp(Kalapattar) via a less traveled route. The trek requires stamina and fitness to fully appreciate the region’s beauty, providing outstanding mountain views.
Commencing with a flight to Tumlingtar to the East of Everest, the first week is spent trekking through virgin territory into the Solu Khumbu region before a push-up on the main Everest trail to Kallapattar for tremendous close-ups of Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse along with many others before a journey back to Lukla and a flight to Kathmandu. An Arun valley trek is still remote, but there are available teahouse facilities for a small group, and accessible trekking routes follow the Arun River.
This region is also blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. Due to its isolation and lack of tea houses, this area still receives few trekkers. Sherpa, Rai, and Limbus are the main habitants in this area. Walking north up the Arun river to Sedua and Num, then crossing Barun La(4110m) into the upper Barun Khola valley for a close look at Makalu(8463m). You can organize an even wilder trek by crossing Sherpani Col and west Col into the upper Hongu valley. The second part of the trek is very difficult and almost impossible without previous experience.
Landing in Kathmandu is quite an experience. The views of the Mountain ranges from the window seat of the airplane are totally amazing.
Following your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, You’ll be welcomed to Nepal by a representative of Hiking Himalayas at TIA’s arrival terminal. We’ll transfer you to the hotel in a private car.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we’ll hop on a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar(the main gateway of Makalu Barun National Park) over valleys, kush-green hills, and incredible views of mountains. Tumlingtar(320m), the deepest valley in the world, is a small town in Eastern Nepal.
Today, we’ll start our trekking and hit the trail which passes through villages, small tea houses, and agricultural fields. We’ll trek through the villages of Giddhe(451m), and Satighat(299m) before reaching our final destination of the day, Chyawabesi.
Overnight Stay in Chyawabesi(280m).
Today you will get to experience the lifestyle of the Nepalese countryside and the first glance of the Arun Valley. After breakfast, we’ll trek through agricultural fields, and forests, and reach chautara. Now, we’ll ascend and reach the Rai village of Marduwa before reaching Chalise village. We’ll now, ascend and descend toward the Irkhuwa River and cross bridges over the river. Trekking for about another hour will take us to Gothe Bazaar(685m).
Overnight Stay in Gothe Bazaar.
With the raising sun, we’ll have breakfast and hit the trail, cross a bridge, and pass the villages of Lankuwa, Dobhane(600m), Tendo(1475m), and Talo Phedi through the thick tropical forests and agricultural fields, before reaching our final destination of the day, Salpa Phedi(1560m). From here, you’ll get to see Mt.Makalu, Mt.Everest, and surrounding mountains.
Overnight Stay in Salpa Phedi.
Our morning starts with wonderful views of Mt.Makalu(8481m), Mt.Everest(8848.86m), and surrounding snow-capped mountains. A steep ascent from Salpa Phedi on stone steps will take us to Upper Salpa Phedi, and to Jau Bari; “Jau” means “Barley”, and “Bari” means “agricultural field”. A further 10 mins walk and we reach the village of Thulo Fokte(2140m). We’ll trek through the forests of oak, rhododendron, bamboo, and small villages before reaching Bilbate(2800m). Now, after a short downhill walk, we’ll reach Guranse(2880m).
Overnight Stay in Guranse.
After breakfast, we’ll ascend toward Salpa BhanjyangPass(3360m)which will take about an hour. The chorten-filled pass gives us a majestic view of Karylung Peak. Now, we descend through forests, and if lucky you can even spot red pandas and bears. We’ll cross Lidung Khola and continue trekking toward the beautiful Sherpa village of Sanam(2600m). Here, you can explore the traditional lifestyle of the people of the high hills of Nepal.
Overnight Stay in Sanam.
Today, we’ll start our trek by descending through a forest of rhododendron, oak, and pines and reach the village of Share. Here, we can explore the paper factory and an old Gompa. Continuing our trek for about two hours, we’ll reach the Rai village of Gudel(1900m). From here, we can see the village of Bung, Mt.Naulekh(6363m), and Mera Peak(6476m). Now, continuing our trek, we’ll cross the Hongu Khola on a suspension bridge and trek through terraced agricultural lands before reaching the village of Bung(1800m).
Overnight Stay in Bung.
We’ll start our trek by ascending through the village, passing the Mani walls, and finally reaching Khiraule Gompa. From here, you’ll get to see impressive views of the valleys below. Now, we’ll trek toward Surkie La Pass(3070m) through a rhododendron forest, tea houses, and farmlands which will take about 3 hours. Descending along the trail through the bamboo forest, we’ll reach Nanjing Dingma(3070m).
Overnight Stay in Nanjing Dingma.
After Breakfast, we’ll descend down the forest to Gai Kharka; a village with scattered farmhouses. We’ll again continue descending down to Inkhu Khola and ascending a steep uphill Sibu(2500m). Another 2 hours and we’ll reach Pangum La Pass(3175 m). The pass provides you with wonderful views of Mera Peak(6476m), Karylung. We’ll reach the beautiful sherpa village of Pangom(2,846m) after 30 minutes of walking. In the evening you can visit the Gompa and Hillary School in Pangom.
Overnight Stay in Pangom.
After breakfast, we’ll hit the trail and cross the hamlet of Kharte(2701m), before reaching Khari La Pass(3145m). Here, the amazing views of Khumbila(5761m), Gyachn Kang(7952m) – the tallest mountain below 8000 meters, and Kusum Kangaru(6367m) are seen. Trekking downhill through a rocky trail leads us to the Jiri trail and to Puiyan(2790m).
Overnight Stay in Puiyan.
The trail takes us to Chaurikharka(2710m), a beautiful village with a monastery of Kyangma Gumba. Chaurikharka is a fertile village that produces green vegetables, barley, and wheat for the Khumbu region. We’ll trek toward Lukla(2860m) – from where the Everest region trek starts, and head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail toward Phakding(2656m).
Overnight Stay in Phakding.
We’ll start our trek, and after breakfast, head towards Namche Bazaar. We’ll cross the river on high-suspension bridges several times over the Dudh Koshi river. We’ll enter Sagarmatha National Park after crossing Monjo(2845m). We’ll ascend aggressively with the trail to Namche(3450m) enjoying some breathtaking views. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market – was a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La.
Overnight Stay in Namche.
Today we’ll rest in Namche to get used to the altitude and explore Namche Bazaar and near surroundings. Namche is tucked away between two ridges amidst the giant peaks of the Khumbu and has an abundance of lodges, tea shops, and souvenir shops. It is an ideal place to spend a day, acclimatizing to the new altitude before heading off towards Tengboche.
We’ll hike to Hotel Everest View(3962m) for the breakfast, here, you’ll be able to enjoy the views of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam. We’ll visit Khunde Hospital(3840m) set up by Sir Edmund Hillary. There are also good views from the National Park Centre and Museum above the town.
Overnight Stay in Namche.
The trail contours onto the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga(3250m). The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche(3867 m). Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam rising on the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
Overnight Stay at Tengboche.
With the rising sun, we hit the trail and descend downhill through a forest, cross the Imja Khola and climb steadily to the village of Pangboche(3,985 m). This village is directly opposite Ama Dablam, and has exceptional views of the mountain, with the gompa, Mani walls, and scattered pine trees in the foreground. A further two hours walk brings us to Dingboche(4410 m).
Overnight Stay in Dingboche.
On the 16th day, for getting used to the changing altitude, we’ll rest in Dingboche and explore its surroundings. We also get to wander up the valley to look at a lake, the Tshola Tsho(4510m), and the perpendicular walls of Cholatse(6440m) and Taboche(6495m). We can climb up to Nagarjuna Hill(5100m) onto the ridge overlooking, Great Views of Ama Dablam, Mt Makalu, Dingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.Lhotse, Island Peak, etc….
Overnight Stay in Dingboche.
The trail takes us up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawache on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb toward the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha(4620 m) is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier’s terminal moraine. At the top of this climb, there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche(4930m).
Overnight Stay in Lobuche.
We follow the Khumbu Glacier, to reach our next stop. The trail offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our Gorak Shep(5164m). Later in the afternoon, we go to Everest Base Camp(5364m). It takes 5 hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col.
Overnight Stay in Gorakshep.
Early Morning we hike to Kala Pathar(5565m), which is one of the finest viewpoints of Mt. Everest, including Nuptse, Amadamlam, Pumari, Lola, Lhumbute, etc…Today’s trek is mostly downhill. As we retrace our steps to Duglha and descend to Pheriche(4252m), we arrive at The Himalayan Rescue Association, a trekker’s aid post and worth a visit.
Overnight Stay in Pheriche.
The trail continues to follow the river and, after crossing it, climbs back up through the birch and rhododendron forest to Tengboche(3860m). Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega, and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants to be seen. From Tengboche, we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga(3250m), we get to see the water-driven prayer wheels, on our way to Kanjuma(3550m). We continue walking to the beautiful mountain town of Namche.
Overnight Stay in Namche.
Today is the final trek of our trip. The trail follows the Dudh Kosi down to Lukla(2800m). This last evening calls for a celebration as this is our last day on these fantastic mountains that were home to us all of these days. We have a party with our Sherpa guides and porters who’ve got close to us over the weeks & are now good friends. We sample some ‘chang’ (locally brewed mountain beer). Altogether, this is an end to a merry trip on a merry note. After supper, we relax under the starry skies on a moonlit night & reflect on the emotional experiences we had while hiking through these massive mountains that have probably helped us re-discover ourselves in ways least expected. We then slumber into blissful sleep.
Overnight Stay in Lukla.
We pack up early and head for the airstrip to hop on a flight back to Kathmandu. On touchdown, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, send a few postcards home, or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, their two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural, and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath – the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square – the 15th-century palace of 55 windows, and Swoyambhunath. At the event, you will be briefed about your trip.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as a drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour, or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
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Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.
All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Hence, please suggest us your preferences so that we can prepare the program accordingly and quote the price for the same. You are kindly requested to always feel free to contact us for any information that you require. Your queries are always welcomed and we will be privileged to furnish you with the required information.
The following date can be changed according to your preference. We are available all time of the year to make your Dream Trip turn into Reality.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for the Arun Valley – Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat.
Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
Hiking Himalayas is an authorized government-licensed trekking and touring company based in Nepal, with more than 20+ years of experience in the tourism industry. Our organization focuses on customer satisfaction and quality services and comprises experienced and licensed tourist guides.
The best season for trekking this trail is Autumn(September, October, and November), and Spring (March, April, and May). The temperature in these seasons can reach up to 20°C and the nights can reach up to -5°C. The days will be sunny and warm, providing you with better views of the surrounding mountains and hills.
The highest point of this trek is Kala Pathar(5565m), you'll get to this altitude on the 19th day of this trek.
This trail offers a trekker to trek from Tumlingtar(320m) – the deepest valley of the world to the Everest Base Camp(5364m) – the gateway to the tallest mountain in the world along with the Sherpa, Rai, and Tamang culture and villages.
We recommend this approach to those people who have already been to the Everest region and want to revisit Everest Base Camp(Kalapattar) via a less traveled route.
Arun Valley - Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trek, suggested for experienced trekkers. But if a trekker can walk for 5-6 hours normally and is mentally and physically fit, a first-timer can also complete this trail.
Yes, we always welcome our client's preferences and tastes. You can make your own day plan, feel free to email us.
Yes, you'll need Makalu-Barun and Sagarmatha National Park trekking permits for Arun Valley - Sagarmatha National Park trek.