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Starts from: Hile/Dhankuta
Best Season: Spring and autumn
Duration: 16/17 days
The popularly known Arun Valley Trek includes the Makalu Basecamp, which is one of least visited by tourists.
Walking north along the Arun River to Sedua and Num, crossing Barun La and Barun Khola. This trek follows portions of the Makalu Trek, where we can look closely at Makalu. The trek is a wilder trek crossing Sherpani col, west col and Honu Valley. The highest point of this trek is Salpa Bhanjyang where we will visit the Hindu Holy Lake Salpa at 3414 meters.
This is a marvelous and easy trek for trekkers who enjoy beautiful scenic valleys with splendid views. It seems like the place is blessed by the nature for its beauty. The area is inhabited by Rai, Limbus,Sherpa ethnic groups.
Details Itinerary for Arun Valley Trekking:
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
On your arrival at airport, a representative from All Trekkers Team will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After you’ve had a chance to settle in to your hotel we will offer you lunch/dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant.
Day 2: Sightseeing- Kathmandu
The first day after your arrival in Kathmandu we will take breakfast then go on an outing around Kathmandu. This will be a sightseeing tour with stops at the following historic sites: Swoyambhu (Monkey Temple), Pashupati, Buddha Nath and Durbar Square (ancient palaces). You may even be able to observe Kumari, the living Goddess who resides in Durbar Square. The tour should take abouthalf the day.
Day 3:Drive from Kathmandu to Hile (Dhankuta).
The first day of your real trek is a drive up to Hile. Lush nature will be our company along the drive. We will spend the night at Hile.
Day 4: Hile to Surti Bari
Our first hike goes along the nature trail until Surtibari. We will have wonderful views of Surti Bari village and surrounding terrain. We will trek with guides familiar with the best vantage points and knowledge of the local inhabitants of the villages along the way.
Day 5: Surtibari to Tumlingtar
We depart from Surti Bari after breakfast and head towards another beautiful area named Tumlingtar. Our trek takes us through diversely vegetated landscapes.We will spend the night at Tumlingtar.
Day 6: Tumlingtar to Baluwa
The trek today begins with the trail heading up hill and down hillthrough more lush greenery. After some time we will be able to enjoy more stunning Himalayan views. We spend the night sleeping in the village of Baluwa.
Day 7: Baluwa to Duane
Today the trail steadily climbs up. The trails pitch is never too steep, either up or down, hence it will be a fairly relaxed day. Duane is the village where we will spend tonight.
Day 8: Duane to Chyaksila
Today, after breakfast, we head towards lots of small quaint villages. We will be able to experience different ethnic cultures and observe typical village life. Spend the night at Chyaksila.
Day 9:Chyaksila to Sonam:
After another delicious breakfast we head out to our destination of Sonam. The trial includes some outstanding diversity and natural beauty along with more different cultures. We will overnight at Sonam.
Day 10:Sonam to Gudel.
Today’s trek will be very photogenic. Lot’s of stunning views of mountains, rivers and villages. We spend the night in Gudel.
Day 11: Gudel to Najidingma
Another great breakfast and another wonderful trek, this time toNagidinguma. Nagidinguma is where we will spend the night.
Day 12:Najdinguma to Pangum:
As we know, Nepal is secluded, mountainous country so by now you will be accustomed to these ups and down of the trail. However, todays trek will be harder than the past days. But, just enjoy the adventure!
Day 13:Pangum to Paiya
As we head towards Paiyawe realize we are getting close to our final destination of this trek. So, observe the beauty and the views more closely on your journey today. Finally we reach our overnight stay at Paiya.
Day 14:Paiya to Lukla:
We get ready to climb upward trail. We will observe some typical (Tamang) Sherpa culture as we trek our final trail towards Lukla. Overnight at Lukla.
Day 15:Lukla to Kathmandu
We get back all the way from Lukla to Kathmandu by domestic air. Although it is shorter we experience complete utility of the flight. We arrive in Kathmandu earlier. Then pass the night in Kathmandu.
Day 16:Leisure day in Kathmandu.
The day of rest can be spent wandering, shopping and sharing experiences. It is the day to remember your unforgettable trek by recalling the activities and scenes you experienced. The evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 17: Departure to your home
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight.
Trip Cost Includes
- All airport/hotel transfers
- (standard) hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and transport
- Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This includes their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Rescue arrangement service
- Nepal visa fee
- Airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/City
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Are standard and vary according to the availability and place.
Our Lower Arun Valley Trek itinerary is planned with an awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill you. The higher the altitude the less oxygen is in air. For example, there is 50% less oxygen than of the sea level. Your body needs some days to adapt to this ‘less oxygen’ environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We especially advise the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes your Arun Valley Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members. Professional guides will lead your trip. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experience appropriate to each individual trek. With an objective of sustaining local communities All Trekkers Team supplies only Nepalese staffs that have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of ATTm are also trained with and educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering (applies to expeditions)
The Trekking Group
For the Arun Valley Trek, there will be one guide, assistant guide and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group become sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Arun Valley Trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this.
Though often overlooked, it is important to mention. The trekking and expedition companies in Nepal are built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make the journeys to these remote areas possible. So it's very sad for that there is a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We assure all our porters are to be well treated, well paid and we provide a decent level of shelter, clothing and footwear. Porters who become sick are to be treated with the same care, attention as other team members - to rescue porters from dangerous situations is our duty. And for the porter's sake we inform that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight to a maximum of 15kgs. If you need to have more weight than this additional porters can be hired. Thus we support the working conditions of the porters
Health and Experience Required:
Walking in this high Mountain Region usually requires maximum 6-8 hours of walking everyday. Climbing in the high mountain is the challenging part of your adventure and will require long hours of walking. You should be prepared max 14 Km of walking or jogging exercise everyday 1 month before your Trek starts. And also a positive attitude and a strong determination are important. Previous hiking/camping experience is good to have but technical experience is not required.
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you be protected with an insurance policy. Should medial issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs) happen it is important to be prepared. Please mind that we do not arrange or sell insurance.
Packing list and equipments:
- Big backpack
- Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
- Two pair of wool long socks
- Three pairs of light trekking socks
- Fast drying underwear
- One pair of shorts
- One pair of light trekking pants
- One pair of warm winter pants
- Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
- One fleece sweater for trekking
- Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
- Rain coat
- Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
- Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
- One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom
- Winter hat
- Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
- Fast drying towel
- Toiletries – Besides the basic necessary tools you are taking with you everywhere (shampoo, tooth paste and brush, shower gel, cream), you should also bring:
- Wet wipes
- Sun cream
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
- Nail clipper
- Lip balm
- Tropical anti mosquito spray
- Medical kit:
- Pain killers
- Something for diarrhea
- Pills against cold
- Nose spray
- Altitude pills
- Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
- Sore throat drops
- Cream for muscle pain
- Pills and other medicaments you usually use
- Other necessary thing you must have:
- Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
- Water bottle – 1+L
- Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
- Strings for hanging clothes
- Lighter and candles
- Swiss knife (with all the additions)
- Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
- Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
- Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
- Batteries, power bag
- Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
- Book (optional)
- Hooks (optional)
- Guide book