Arun Valley Makalu Trek
Trip Overview of Arun Valley Makalu Trek
The Arun valley provides really superb views of both Mt Everest and Mount Makalu. It is located between the Sagarmatha and Makalu-Barun National Parks. Trekking in this valley provides an alternative approach to the Khumbu region. We recommend this approach to those people who have already been in the Everest region and want revisit Everest Base Camp (Kalapattar) via a less traveled route. The trek requires stamina and fitness to fully appreciate the beauty of the region, which provides some outstanding mountain views.
Commencing with a flight to Tumlingtar to the East of Everest, the first week is spent trekking through virgin territory into the Solu Khumbu region before a push up on the main Everest trail to Kallapattar for tremendous close ups of Everest Nuptse and Lhotse along with many others before a journey back to Lukla and a flight to Kathmandu. An Arun valley trek is still remote but there are available teahouse facilities for a small group and it is easy trekking routes follow to the Arun River. It will be nice to arrange camping (tents camp) Trekking on this trails.
This region is also blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. Due to its isolation and lack of tea houses this area still receives few trekers. Sherpa, Rai and Limbus are main habitants in this area. Walking 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 (8463m). You can put together even wilder trek by crossing Sherpani Col and west Col into the upper Hongu valley. The second part of the trek is very difficult and almost impossible without previous experience.
Detail itinerary of Arun Valley Makalu Trek
ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. O/N in Kathmandu. (Welcome-Dinner)
KATHMANDU CITY TOUR
After breakfast, we'll visit Swoyambhunath temple, and said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock offers breath-taking view of Kathmandu City. We will then processed to Visit Pasupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch we'll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) - which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals. O/N in Kathmandu. (B/L/D)
KATHMANDU / KHANDBARI
After flying to Tumlingtar we walk north to Khandbari. The trail crosses a plateau (45 minutes) then climbs gradually for about 3 hours. We camp above the village on large grassy fields. O/N in Khandbari at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
KHANDBARI / CHICHIRA
We walk through many small picturesque villages, occasionally on steep trails for 3 hours to reach Goure. Chichira is 3 hours further, still uphill. O/N in Chichira at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
CHICHIRA / NUM
The morning starts with wonderful views of Makalu and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. The path, an ancient trading route, after a few up and downs, descends through forest to Num. O/N in Num at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
NUM / NAVAGAON
We descend steeply for 1. 1/2 hours to the suspension bridge across the Arun river. It is a 2 hour ascent to Kerabari. We then continue upwards for 2 more hours to Navagoan (Shidda) and the police check post. O/N in Navagaon at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
NAVAGAON / TASHIGOAN
Ascending through forest we pass the picturesque Sherpa village of Tashigoan, the last village en route to the base camp. O/N in Tashigaon at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
TASHIGOAN / KHONPMA
We climb out of the forest to the grazing area of Khonpma, 5 1/2 hours away. We have a packed lunch because of the lack of the water in between Tashigoan and Khonpma. O/N in Khonpma at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
KHONPMA / MUMBUK
Above Khonpma we occasionally walk on snow (depending on the season) to Changse Danda. Two hours further on is Magar Chanse Danda. Makalu and the surrounding Himalaya is spectacular. We camp just over the Barun Pass. O/N in Mumbuk at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
MUMBUK / NEHEKHARKA
Starting early we take about an hour to cross some land slides. 4 hours further on over the higher river plains is Nahekharka. O/N in Nehekharka at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
NEHKHARKA / MERA
After crossing the wooden bridge over the Barun river we trek beside the river on grasslands to Mera . The mountain peaks here are inspiring. O/N in Mera at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
MERA / MAKALU BASE CAMP
We pass a small glacier with spectacular alpine scenery before reaching the base camp. O/N in Makalu Base Camp. (B/L/D)
MAKALU BASE CAMP / BARUN PASS
Trek return to Barun pass. O/N in Barun Pass at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
BARUN PASS / KHONGMA
Trek retrace to camp at Khongma. O/N in Khongma at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
KHONGMA / NAVAGOAN
Trek return to Navagoan. O/N in Navagoan at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
NAVAGOAN / NUM-VILLAGE
Trek return to Num Village. O/N in Num Village at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
NUM VILLAGE / BHOTE BASS
Trek return to Bhote bass. O/N in Bhote Bass at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
BHOTE BASS / TUMLINGTAR
Trek return to Tumlingtar. O/N in Tumlingtar at Tented Camp. (B/L/D)
TUMLINGTAR / KATHMANDU
Fly to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel. O/N in Kathmandu (B/L/D)
Free day on your own Kathmandu. O/N in Kathmandu (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you're free as your own before drop to airport for your final destination. (B)
Cost includes and excludes
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- Accommodation in different standard hotels as per our different category package with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).Sightseeing tour as per itinerary with English speaking guide.
- All necessary transportation from airport to airport as applicable
- All inclusive treks with food, sleeping tent, dining tent, toilet tent, chairs, tables, sleeping bag and mattress.
- Services of English speaking trekking guide, cook, sherpa and porters during the trek.
- All trekking permit and national park fees.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (for 30 days Multiple).
- Personal nature expenses.
- Soft and hard drinks such as alcohol, hot water, mineral water, cold drinks etc.
- Laundry, phone call, tips and internet.
- Meal other then breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike road blocked etc.
- Emergency flight by helicopter
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