Arun Valley Trek

This non touristic and wild trekking area is located between Sagarmatha national park and Makalu Barun National Park. This trek offers you the excellent views of Everest and Makalu Himalayan range. The land is inhabited by different ethnic groups such as Sherpa, Rai,Limbu etc.

This trek begins from Tumlingtar after flight from Kathmandu and ends at Lukla to fly back to Kathmandu. Trek follows  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. You can put together an even wilder trek by crossing Sherpani col and west col into the upper Hongu valley. Salpa Bhanjyang is third highest trekking destination and also you can visit Hindu holy called Lake Salpa holy Lake (3414m).

You can explore the  incredible diversity of natural beauty and cultural varieties. The Arun Valley is lush, green oasis, rich in bird life and these first few days provide a fascinating contrast to high mountain scape as we approach Mera. From Panch Pokhari you will descend to Hunku River, a complete wilderness trail. The views along this section are superb. Towards the east the Kanchenjunga and Jannu Himal.

To the north, the views of Hunku and Hongu dominate. The trail continues to Thangnag (4366m) from here we move to Khare (5108m) where we establish the base camp, leading to Mera La (5415m). Our return will take us south, down to the Hunku Drangka before turning west to cross the Zattrawa La to the mountain airstrip at Lukla.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Arun Valley  Trek
Maximum Elevation: 2880m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 15 Days
Mode of Operation: tented Camping trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov..
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Arun Valley Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in world heritages sites optional bed and breakfast included.
Day 03: Fly from  Kathmandu- Tumlingtar(937m) 45mn  & trek to Kartike ghat 3 hours. Overnight camping
Day 04: Trek Kartike ghat to Gothey. 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 05:Trek Gothey- Phedi (1680m) 6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 06: Trek Phedi- Gurase (2880m) 6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 07: Trek Gurase- Sanam. 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 08: Trek Sanam- Bung (1900m). 6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 09: Trek Bung- Gaikharka 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 10: Trek Gaikharka-Vasme. 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 11: Trek Vasme-Pangum (2850m). 6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 12: Trek Pangum-Painya (2730m) 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 13: Trek Painya-Lukla (2840m). 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 14: Fly Lukla-Kathmandu 45 mn and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 15: Reserve day if weather condition is bad in Lukla hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 16: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu twin basis with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Makalu Barun National Park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tented camping  with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Kathmandu to Tumlingtar  & Lukla to Kathmandu by plane  as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government  tax and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag – 20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain..
-Tips for guide,chef cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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