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LOCATION
Everest Region
DURATION
24 Days
Difficulty Level
Challenging
ARRIVAL ON
Kathmandu , Nepal
DEPARTURE FROM
Kathmandu , Nepal
TRIP TYPE
treking
MAX ALTITUDE
5565 meters
GROUP SIZE
10
MEAL
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
ACCOMMODATION
Guest House/Tea houses
TRANSPORTATION
By Road
TRIP CODE
HHTE AV-EBC

Arun Valley – Everest Base Camp Trek

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“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.

 

Highlights

  • Makalu Barun National Park and Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Trek from Arun Valley(435m) – the deepest valley of the world to the Everest Base Camp(5364m) – the gateway to the tallest mountain in the world.
  • Experience and acknowledge Unique Rai, Tamang, Sherpa cultures, villages, and monasteries
  • Wonderful views of Mt.Everest, Mt. Makalu, Karylung Peak, Mera Peak, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, etc. 
  • Trek through rhododendron, oak, and bamboo forests.
  • Close-up views of the Everest Region.
  • Encounter with Yaks, Himalayan Goats, and Musk Deer.
  • Take off from one of the most iconic airports in the world: Tenzing-Hillary Airport.
  • Culturally rich Kathmandu and its UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Hospitable People and High-Hills and Himalayan Lifestyle of people.

Itinerary

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.

ACCOMODATION Hotel
MAX ALTITUDE 1400 meters
MEALS Breakfast

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).

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 280 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 685 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 1560 meters
MEALS (B/L/D)

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 2880 meters
MEALS (B/L/D)

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 2600 meters
MEALS (B/L/D)

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 1800 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 3070 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 2846 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Tea House
MAX ALTITUDE 2790 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

 

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 2656 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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 EverestNamche 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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 3450 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.EverestLhotseThamserku, 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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 3450 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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 EverestLhotseNuptse, 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 EverestLhotse, and Ama Dablam rising on the horizon can be seen from the campsite.

Overnight Stay at Tengboche.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 3867 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 4410 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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 DablamMt MakaluDingboche for the view of the Imja Valley and the incredible south face of Mt.LhotseIsland Peak, etc….

Overnight Stay in Dingboche.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 4410 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 4930 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 5164 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

Early Morning we hike to Kala Pathar(5565m), which is one of the finest viewpoints of MtEverest, including NuptseAmadamlamPumariLolaLhumbute, 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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 4252 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 3340 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Guest House
MAX ALTITUDE 2800 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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.

ACCOMODATION Hotel
MAX ALTITUDE 1400 meters
MEALS Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

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 NepalBhaktapur 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.

ACCOMODATION Hotel
MAX ALTITUDE 1400 meters
MEALS Breakfast

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!!!

         Or,

Extend Your Stay in NEPAL

MAX ALTITUDE 1400 meters
MEALS Breakfast

Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.

Inclusions


Service Includes:

  • Accommodation in different standard hotels as per our different category package with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tour as per itinerary with English speaking guide.
  • All necessary transportation from airport to airport as applicable.
  • All inclusive treks with food, sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, sleeping bag and mattress.
  • All trekking permit, TIMS Card and national park fees.
  • An experienced English-speaking, Trained, educated, professional and friendly staffs (Guide & Porters, Cook ,Sherpa etc..) including their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation
  • All government & Local taxes.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • Portable Altitudes Chamber (PAC) for safety measures.
  • Departure to Airport
Service Excludes:
  • Nepal visa Fee
  • International Airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle and cold drinks,etc)
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike road blocked etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters.

Note:

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.

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Trekking Equipment

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.

 

Head

Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat.
Sunglasses

Upper Body

T-shirts (4)
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)

Hands

Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body

Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories
Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Water bottles
Toiletries
Small wash towel

Optional Items
Swiss Knife
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
Binoculars

Why choose Hiking Himalayas?

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.

Which is the best season for this trek?

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.

What will be the highest point of this trek?

The highest point of this trek is Kala Pathar(5565m), you'll get to this altitude on the 19th day of this trek.

What is special about the Arun Valley - Everest Base Camp 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.

Is Arun Valley - Everest Base Camp Trek right for me?

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.

How hard is this trek?

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.

Can I change this day plan and make as my own preference?

Yes, we always welcome our client's preferences and tastes. You can make your own day plan, feel free to email us.

Do I need a trekking permit for Arun Valley - Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes, you'll need Makalu-Barun and Sagarmatha National Park trekking permits for Arun Valley - Sagarmatha National Park trek.

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