About Arun Valley Trekking

This is an adventurous trekking journey that combines the tranquil Arun Valley with the Dudh Kosi Valley of the Everest Region. The trek passes through an out-of-the-way, off the main route area that is spectacular. Along the way, visitors can enjoy magnificent sights of the Himalaya and rural villages surrounded by terraced fields and dense jungles.

The thrilling route of Arun Valley Trekking travels through several remote valleys to meet up with the main Everest trail at the high elevation airport of Lukla. Lukla is a day’s walk away from Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Khumbu. The Arun Valley Trekking can be easily combined with one of our Everest Treks.

The scenic Arun Valley is located between two national parks of the Everest Region (Sagarmatha National Park) and Makalu Region (Makalu-Barun National Park). Trekking here is especially ideal for the biodiversity and cultural attractions. This journey takes trekkers off the beaten path and sees relatively few trekkers. It offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier and more commercialized routes. The welcoming people in the area are mainly Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa ethnicities. 

The path of Arun Valley Trekking travels through serene forests and isolated territory and visitors will mostly have the remote trails to themselves!  If you are feeling fit and looking for an adventure, then the Arun Valley Trekking is perfect for you!

We begin the journey with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar, a splendid village near the Arun River. Then we trek west through rural farmland. We cross several ridges on the way to Lukla with great views as you enjoy Nepal trekking at its best.

The Arun Valley Trekking is a camping journey. High Camp Adventure will arrange a crew of porters to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent, and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.

Please Note: Our Arun Valley Trekking has set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable for you and your requirements.

There are many additional options for more exploration in the area. If you have the time and the interest, we can combine the trek with a journey to Makalu Base Camp or into the Khumbu including Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, a ‘Trekking Peaks’ and more. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Trek Preparation day (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (520 mt.) and trek to Kartike. Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 4Kartike to Gothe Bazaar (750 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 5Gothe Bazaar to Salpa Phedi (1,680 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 6Salpa Phedi to Guranse (2,880 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 7Guranse to Sanam (2,850 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 8Sanam to Bung (1,900 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 9Bung to Gai Kharka (2,300 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 10Gai Kharka to Vasme. Walking 4 hours hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11Vasme to Pangum. Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12Pangum to Paiya (2,730 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 13Paiya to Lukla (2,804 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 14Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu. Flight 30 min. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 15Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation as per the itinerary (including airfare).
  • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport, insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Shower fees at lodges, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen the 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share the room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Arun Valley Trek is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Arun Valley Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspects also play a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy the good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Arun Valley Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Domestic Flights

Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Tumlingtar to Kathmandu is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best to re-schedule flights to and from Tumlingtar at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.