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Everest Base Camp Trekking via Arun Valley

‘from tropic to arctic climate zone and landscapes’

Activity
Trekking
Trip Destination
Nepal
Trip Location
Arun Valley
Trip Basis
On Lodge / Tea House
Trip Grade
Moderate & Adventurous
Highest Elevation
5,545 m
Total Trip
Moderate & Adventurous
Season
All season except mid June to August
Highlights
From Arun Valley one of the original route after Jiri to world’s highest Mt. Everest at 8,848 m / 29,028 ft from sub tropic, Himalayan mediterranean climate, alpine to arctic climate zone awesome scenery of world’s highest peaks from the highest point at Kalapatthar hill top, amazing traditional Buddhist culture of the Highlanders ‘Sherpa’ Sweeping scenic flight with parallel views of snow capped peaks.
Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition offers an outstanding exotic destination Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley, where you will be surrounded by awesome high peaks within its amazing landscapes from both side of high Khumbu Valley. On this trek Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley you can marvel the scenery from Mt. Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft), Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft) and Lho - La or Khumbutse peak (6,036 m - 19,992ft) Mt. Lingtren (6,749 m / 22,142 ft) Chnagtse ( 7,583 m / 25,230 ft) Mt. Pumori (7,161 m / 25,772 ft)  Ama Dablam ( 6,812 m / 22,480 ft) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft) Tharmarserku ( 6,623 m / 21, 855 ft) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft) Kusum Khanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft) holy peak of Khumbi-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft) and as far world’s 5th highest Mt. Makalu (8,463 m / 27, 766 ft) with trekking peaks Island Peak / Imjatse (6,160 m / 20,328ft) Lobuje Peak (6,119 m / 20,192 ft) Pokhalde ( 5,806 m / 19,159 ft) and many other smaller unnamed peaks.
 
Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley least trekked area till Lukla and then on the most popular and trekked region due to its easy accessibility from the small airstrip at Lukla or from the classic trail Jiri and Arun Valley, our trek Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley starts from Tumlingtar bazaar, located on the eastern region gateway to Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Everest area.
This is one of the classic route and then concludes at picturesque touristic town at Lukla, the trek is moderate in the beginning and to adventurous where all types of travelers can join in this wonderful walking journey and the time duration taking just a little more 2 weeks in the comfort of warm cozy lodge known as tea houses along the route. 
Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley is the least trekked route from Lukla onwards which is second busiest trekking destination after Annapurna region, one of the most unique journeys leading from mediterranean of mid hills to arctic landscapes and climate zone, all these drastic change in temperature found only in the high valleys and mountains of Khumbu area with dramatic change in vegetations and its awesome scenery.
This trek leads through many traditional Sherpa villages famous as mountaineers and warm hospitality and has been a high altitude porters and guides since last five decades.
This remarkable trek starts from warm sub tropic of Arun Valley in Tumlingtar with a scenic flight which is one of the old and original gateway to Everest area and then over to famous Salpa pass at 3,349 meters and to Sonam, Guidel, Bung villages to reach Namche Bazaar at 3,440 meters at Namche with rest day for proper acclimatization and then heading higher to Imjatse valley through the scenic spot of Thyangboche Monastery and Pangboche then finally reaching our destination at world’s highest Mountain base camp at 5,364 meters and then climb up to Kalapathar the highest point of this trek at 5,545 meters and slowly with a scenic walk ending this beautiful and awesome trekking at scenic valley at Lukla for the scenic sweeping short flight back to Kathmandu for your international flight after a memorable time with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition to Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley.
Day 01:           Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:           Fly to Tumlingtar 650m - 45 mins flight.
Day 03:           Trek to Kartikeghat 840m - 04 hrs.
Day 04:           Trek to Gothe bazaar 800m- 06 hours.
Day 05:           Trek Salpa Phedi 2,415m - 06 hours.
Day 06:           Trek to Guranse 3,075m -05 hrs.
Day 07:           Trek to Guidel 1,640m via Salpa pass 3, 349 m - 06 hrs.
Day 08:           Trek to Khiraule 2,360m - 05 hrs.
Day 09:           Trek to Ghai Kharka 2,450m via Surkie La (pass) 3,100m - 06 hours.
Day 10:           Trek to Pangbung 2,670m -06hours.
Day 11:           Trek to Puiyan 2,860m - 06 hrs.
Day 12:           Trek to Phakding 2,650 m - 06 hrs.
Day 13:           Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 14:           Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 15:           Trek to Tyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.
Day 16:           Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.
Day 17:           Trek to Lobuche  4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Day 18:           Trek to Gorak Shep  5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
                        5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Day 19:           Hike to Kalapathhar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.
Day 20:           Trek to Thyangboche - 05 hrs.
Day 21:           Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
Day 22:           Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Day 23:           Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 24:           In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 25:           International departure for home ward bound.

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK 1,148 SQ. KMS:


LOCATION: Sagarmatha National Park is located to the Northeast of Kathmandu in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park includes the highest peak in the world,
Mt.Sagarmatha (Everest), and several other well-known peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyo, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thermasarkhu, Kwangde, Khangtiaga and Gyachung Kang. The park was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979.
FEATURES: The Mountains of Sagarmatha National Park are geologically young and broken up by deep gorges and glacial valleys. Vegetation includes pine and hemlock forests at lower altitudes, fir, juniper, birch and rhododendron woods, scrub and alpine plant communities, and bare rock and snow.
The famed bloom of rhododendrons occurs during spring (April and May) although other flora is mostly colorful during the monsoon season (June to August)
Wild animals most likely to be seen in the park are the Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow and musk deer. The snow leopard and Himalayan black bear are present but rarely sighted. Other mammals rarely seen are the weasel, marten, Himalayan mouse hare (pika), jackal and languor monkey.
The park is populated by approximately 3,000 of the famed Sherpa people whose lives are interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism. The main settlements are Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Khunde, Thame, Thyangboche, Pangboche and Phortse. The economy of the Khumbu Sherpa community has traditionally been heavily based on trade and livestock herding.
But with the coming of international mountaineering expeditions since 1950 and the influx of foreign trekkers, the Sherpa economy today is becoming increasingly dependent on tourism.

Extension trip within Kathmandu and beyond:

Para Gliding - Bungy Jumping - Cannoning - Rafting at Upper Sun-kosi
(Bhote-kosi) Trisuli River-Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park or tours in Kathmandu-Bhaktapur & Patan ( Lalitpur)
For more information and trip details please contact us:
Day 01:           Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
Rendezvous in Kathmandu where you will be joined with other members of the trekking team on reaching respective hotels, our guide or group leader will brief information regarding your trekking with do’s and don’ts.
 
Day 02:           Fly to Tumlingtar 45 mins of scenic flight.
After breakfast, our staff will accompany and transfer to domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 45 minutes sweeping scenic flight to Tumlingtar overlooking range of snow capped peaks from Langtang all the way to Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, then on reaching Tumlingtar, located on a shelf above the Arun River, walk across to this small town area for the overnight stop, with afternoon free for local walk around this interesting town, this area is quite tropical in nature.
Day 03:           Trek to Katikeghat 840 m- 05 hrs.
The first day trek starts from Tumlingtar the walk is pleasant for an hour through the farm fields and villages. After leaving the suburb of Tumlingtar, the trail narrows and leads gradually towards Khartikeghat in the midst of the sub-tropical forest of Sal (Sorea-Robusta) and more farm fields along the way, overnight camp by the bank of Arun River, crossing the suspension bridge before reaching to the camp.
Day 04:           Trek to Gothe bazaar 800m-06 hours.
 After breakfast, leaving the Arun River down below with a climb of few hours the path meanders gradually towards north through the sub tropical forest around Baluwabesi, crossing Brahman, Chettri and Rai villages, finally reaching overnight camp at Gothe Bazar, a small farm village and it is popular for Rudrakchhhaya (Hindu’s holey beeds).
Day 05:           Trek Salpa Phedi 2,415m - 06 hours.
The walk today leads through terrace land with rice paddies, citrus fruits, banana groves etc. sparsely populated by Rai and Sherpa people, who makes Nepali paper by local plants Lokta (Dampne papaerius). Trail leads upwards, almost imperceptibly gaining in elevation, through the rice fields, crossing numerous bamboo bridges, flimsy and substantial and re-crossing the river and there are many pools large enough for swimming. Finally reaching at the base of Salpa pass known as Phedi where there are few tea-shops and local lodges.
Day 06:           Trek to Guranse 3,075m - 06 hrs.
The walk leads uphill most of the way through bamboo and  rhododendron forest, from the warm Arun valley to near alpine climate at near Salpa Bhanjyung Pass, the trail in between are gradual in the meadows, following the forest path passing several Sheppard’s shades, then reaching at Guranse for the overnight stop in the midst of the rhododendron forest.
Day 07:           Trek to to Guidel 1,640m via Salpa pass -06 hrs.
Morning walk leads to a short uphill to the top of the pass at Salpa top at 3,349m where a large chorten marks the pass and the beginning of Sherpa influence. From here a long descend to the Hongu Khola, through hemlock and fir forest that abounds with bird and animal life including Himalayan bear, barking deer and lesser red panda. From the top the trail leads downhill and continues reaching at Sonam village after this village another few hours walk to the large Rai village at Guidel for overnight stop.
Day 08:           Trek to Khiraule 2,360m - 05 hrs.
The walk today is moderate than other previous day; the trek leads past Guidel village reaching the bridge over Hinku River, then crossing over the bridge reaching at Bung village, this rice growing area is one of the most fertile area of eastern Nepal and is almost exclusively of Rai ethnic tribe, while the Sherpa resides at higher elevations. From Bung another hour of good gradual reaches at Khiralule overlooking both the villages of Guidel and Bung down below.
Day 09:           Trek to Ghai Kharka 2,450m via Surkie La (pass) 3,100m.
After a wonderful time at Khiraule the walk leads to uphill climb away from the villages passing through the cool shade of the forest of rhododendron, pines, oaks and hemlock reaching at Surki-la or Ghai-Kharka pass a small narrow spot, from here a long descend leads to the overnight camp at Ghai-Kharka  a small farm area, at present there are 4-5 tea houses to serve the travelers.
Day 10:           Trek to Pangbung 2,670m – 06 hrs.
After breakfast, the trail descents continue across the Hinku Khola towards the Dudh Kosi, after crossing the bridge the walk leads to a steep ascent leading north to Kharte a small village inhabited by Sherpa tribe. From here the walk leads on the gradual good winding path all the way to the large village of Pangbung.
Day 11:      Trek to Puiyan 2,800m 5-6 hrs.
From here onwards the air gets much cooler heading close to Khumbu area, walk leads to a small climb on the wide meandering path through a mixed forest of oak, rhododendron and the fragment Dhaphne bholua; the Nepalese paper plant, bird life, including pheasant, is abundant along this section of the trail. Walk continue traversing the flank of the Kharte Dande high above the river to a notch in the ridge, the Kharte La 3,880m, journey continues through a small village at Puiyan 2,800m, a nice spot in the middle of the forest.
Day 12:      Trek to Phakding 2,650 m - 05 hrs.
After Puiyan morning heads towards the main trekking trail passing Surkhe, Muse and Chowrikharka farm village near below Lukla. Being on the isolated area for many days, from here onwards on the famous route to Everest Base Camp where the trail from Lukla joins at a small Choplung village, walking is easier and pleasant on the gradual path all the way to Phakding with few small ups in between, reaching at Tarhe khola, with wonderful view of Kusum-Kangru 6,369m, after crossing the bridge with a short climb reaches to Ghat village, from here onwards an hour of pleasant walk to Phakding village for overnight stop by the bank of Dudh-Kosi River.
Day 13:           Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 06 hrs.
Today’s morning walk leads to the bank of Dudh Koshi, then crossing bridges to reach the entrance gate of Sagarmatha National Park at Monjo. After checking the Park & Trekking tickets and permits, further walk leads on the bank of the river, then after the last high bridge an uphill walk for few hours all the way to Namche Bazaar, here we will have two nights in this large prosperous trading town –village as well the main centre and capital of Khumbu area with facilities of ATMs, Cyber cafes, stores, shops, restaurants, banks and fresh bakery with a busy colorful
Saturday market.
 
Day 14:           Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
Namche an ideal place for acclimatization, this rest day one can relax or take a short hike up to the park museum which houses great range of information from mountaineering, flora – fauna and Sherpa culture and religions, from this spot offers grand panorama of high snow capped mountains including Mt. Everest and stunning peak Ama Dablam, with time here an optional walk up to Everest View Hotel for another beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
 
Day 15:           Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.
After a good rest at Namche, morning walk starts along a gradual winding trail through conifer and rhododendron woodland, with the striking views of Ama Dablam, the walk further offers striking views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku and Kwangde peak, then the path descends towards Imjatse river at Phunge Tenga, after a rest here on the uphill path through a nice serene forest to reach at Thyangboche Monastery. A scenic spot with awesome views of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Thamserku, Kwangde and Mt. Everest, this place is also a holy spot as the head lama (Rinpoche) of the monastery resides here.
In this monastery, mountaineers take blessing from the high lama priest for better success and safe expedition.
 
Day 16:           Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk descends to Debuche through beautiful birch-rhododendron and pines forest, from here a nice pleasant walk and then the path leads crossing a bridge over Imja Khola. From here a gentle climb to reach Pangboche a Sherpa village with several houses made of stones with an old monastery and this is the last permanent village before Everest Base Camp, from here leaving the tree lines behind for short rhododendron and juniper bushes. The trail leads slowly through exposed landscapes with superb views of Mt. Ama Dablam at close range after a good walk of the day, then reaching at Dingboche for overnight stay.
 
Day 17:           Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Dingboche, following the path uphill for an hour then with a pleasant walk to  place called Thugla ( Dugla) the midway spot, as the trail joins from Pheriche valley, Dingboche and Cholatse pass towards Everest Base Camp & Kalapthar, this place with stunning views of Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche, Pumori, Ama Dablam and as far to Mt. Makalu towards east and tips of Mt. Cho Oyu  in the west,  the climb up to the terminal debris of Khumbu Glacier, and continues till Lobuche our overnight stop spot.
 
Day 18:           Trek to Gorakshep 5,170 m, Everest Base Camp 5, 364 m.
The trail today is quite hard due to altitude gain with tremendous views of
Mt. Pumori, Lingtrin, Khumbutse and Mt. Everest world’s highest peak at 8,848 meters / 29,028 ft. After few hours of strenuous and scenic walk reaching at Gorakshep through moraine and icy path, Gorakshep houses 4 lodges, this place with the last lodge before Everest Base Camp, after a break here our journey continue to Everest Base Camp walking along then moraine with view of Khumbu Icefall and then reaching at Everest Base Camp our goal and destination of this adventurous memorable trek. After spending some time at the base camp, return journey back to Gorakshep for the overnight stop after fulfilling the high light of this trip.
 
Day 19:           Hike to Kalapatthar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4, 240 m - 05 hrs.
Morning climb with a steep uphill to Kalapatthar for the most fantastic view of
Mt. Everest with other surroundings peaks all the way to south eastern horizon. Kalapatthar at 5,545 m the scenic view top for entire south face of Mt. Everest and other high snow capped peaks, after a memorable moment here and the highest point of this awesome trek, spending some time here a steep downhill back to Gorakshep and continue the journey all the way to Thugla after Lobuche and finally towards Pheriche valley for the overnight stop.
 
Pheriche a temporary settlement near to Dingboche with more than 20 lodges and teahouses with fabulous views of snow capped peaks of Taboche, Cholatse, Ama Dablam and as far to Mt. Cho-Oyu in the distance.
 
Day 20:           Trek to Thyangboche 3,867 m - 05 hrs.
Leaving Pheriche with super views of Ama Dablam, Nuptse wall, Lhotse, then heading on the downhill path and back to lower altitude and tree lines, the walk leads past Pangboche and from the bridge an hour or more climb brings you back to the famed Tyangboche Monastery with amazing surrounding scenery.
 
Day 21:           Trek to Monjo 2,880 m through Namche Bazaar - 06hrs.
Morning walk begins with a descend to Imjatse River at Phunge tenga, here after crossing the bridge a steep uphill for an hour then with gentle winding walk all the way to Namche Bazaar, ( for energetic people can use the route to Namche visiting Everest View Hotel or Khumjung and Khunde village) from Namche on the downhill path to Dudh Kosi River bank, from here with short ups and downs to reach the Sagarmatha National Park entrance and then Monjo village for overnight stop in this quaint nice village.


Day 22:           Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs.
After a memorable trip to Everest base camp, today the last day walk of this fascinating journey, from here retrace the trail back to Lukla on the gradual winding trail passing Phakding and Ghat village then with the last uphill climb to Lukla for lunch and overnight stop, evening time enjoy the last meal with fellow trekkers, staffs and porters.
 
Day 23:           Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
From Lukla the flight starts early morning to Kathmandu, sometime the flight time can get delayed due to bad weather, as per the flight time board in the small plane for a super, scenic flight back to Kathmandu, on reaching at Katmandu domestic terminal our guide and staff transfer you back to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu in and around Thamel area.
Day 24:           In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest.
This day reserved a free day in case of flight delay in Lukla due to bad weather conditions, and one can join for sightseeing tour at leisure, depart hotel for few hours in our interesting cultural tour of heritage sites as Kathmandu valley is full of world heritage sites, however some of them been damaged from recent earthquake.
The  tour of holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath ( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, afternoon free at leisure for individual activities.
Day 25:           International departure for home ward bound.
After a great memorable time and experience with Solukhumbu Treks & Expedition, depart from the hotel to the airport for final departure homeward bound or to respective destinations.

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