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Arun Valley Trek

Trip Introduction

Arun Valley trekking is trekking in 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 is not marked by modern development. 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 wilderness is challenging and adventurous. The area is also important for different endangered animals preserved in the National Park. 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. Arun valley is rich in culture, bio-diversity 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. The valley is covered with dense forests in slope landscape. Different ethnic groups and tribal communities are mutually residing which can be interesting factor to explore the valley.


Facts of Trip

Trek Grade: Moderate 

Trip Duration: 16 Days 

Trekking Type: Tea houseCamping 

Group Size: +2 

Maximum altitude: 3800m 

Start From: Fly  From  Kathmandu - Tumlingtar 

Ending at:  Lukla  and Fly fron Lukla to Kathmandu

Region : Arun Vally to Solu Khumbu

Mode of Travel: Flight and Ground Transportation


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: 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!


Day 02: 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!


Day 03: 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.     


Day 04: 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.  


Day 05: 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.  


Day 06: 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.


Day 07: 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.


Day 08: 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.


Day 09: 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. 


Day 10: 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.


Day 11: 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.   

Day 12: 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.


Day 13: 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.


Day 14: 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.


Day 15: 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!


Day 16: 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.



Day 17: Depart. 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 maybe 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 wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We understand that after a hard day trekking the need for some comfort is very important. At Top of the World Treks we only use the best possible accommodation and also food.  We allow our customers to chose from the menu and eat what they would like and this is included in the cost of the trip. We choose places with the best hygiene possible. 

If your trip includes camping we will take a train chef and kitchen staff to ensure the food is also to the highest standard although choices from a menu will not be available.  


This price includes the following:

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)

Cost Not Includes

Nepal visa.

International airfare.

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.

Alternate Email


    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 seeling 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 guide line.The basic check list 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 weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 



    The following  basic check list 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 weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 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  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (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.

    -water bottles.


    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)



    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)



    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  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.


    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.


    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 ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.


    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.



    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea 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.

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