The Arun Valley Trek meanders through the lush Arun Valley following the Arun River in the Makalu-Barun National Park located between Everest (Sagarmatha) and Makalu (8481m – world’s 5th highest peak). The Arun River originates in the Tibet Autonomous Region. The trail offers stunning views of Mt.Everest (Sagarmatha -8848m), Thamserku (6608m), Makalu (8481m), Ama Dablam (6812m) and the Makalu-Barun National Park.
The Barun Valley is abundant with beauty and contrasting features, such as cascading waterfalls into with where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, lush green forests, terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests in blooming pink and red flowers and of course numerous snow-capped towering peaks. It is estimated that there are more than 650 species of birds and over 800 species of butterflies, home to the endangered Panda, and of course the diverse ethnic groups of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu people.
The journey begins with a flight Biratnagar and taking a bus to Dharan and Dhankuta/Hille (the regional center of Dhankuta Bazaar) or alternatively taking a bus from Kathmandu. Another option is to fly to Tumlingtar which unfortunately has fewer flights. This trek is also known as The Great Himalaya Cultural Trail.
The trail traverses several high passes before joining the main Classic Everest Trail at Pangom (2948m), near Karte.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfort and better quality teahouses - having the attached bathroom - in Namche and Lukla which is a thriving town seeing many more tourists and a greater range of accommodation. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Khumbu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu to Lukla and return.
Arun Valley Trek is a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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An Amazing trip, the group spirit was phenomenal, all the crew was amazing, very responsible, allow us just enjoy this amazing trip. I really recommend.
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