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Arun Valley Salpa Pass Trek

13 Days

Trip Highlights

  • A thrilling flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.
  • Get through the authentic cultures of various ethnic groups.
  • Visit the divine Salpa Pokhari.
  • Be mesmerized by the magnificent views of Everest, Mera Peak, Chamlang, Amadablam, Thamserku, and other soaring peaks.

Arun Valley is situated in the Makalu and Everest region, blessed with a vast diversity of natural wonders and indigenous culture amidst the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest (8848 m), and the fifth highest mountain, Makalu (8463m). The trek to this region takes you to Makalu Barun Conservation Area and leads you to Hinku Valley to reach Sagarmatha National Park and the bustling towns of Dudh Koshi Valley, which gives the trekkers an exclusive opportunity to learn about the Rai, Chetri, Magar,

One of the trekking trails through the Rai and Sherpa settlements of the Arun Valley Trek becomes more gorgeous and heartwarming. It starts with your flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar, the initiating point of the trek, which features traversing through deep forests with mixed vegetation leading to the beautiful Rai and Sherpa villages in the Arun Valley. The main highlights of this trek are the holy pond named Salpa Pokhari, which holds fairs during October for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world, and the views of Chamlang (7,321m) and Makalu (8,463m) seen from the top of Salpa Bhanjyang.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Tumlingtar and trek to Kartike (523m), 3-4 hours
Day 3: Trek to Gothey (1,128m), from Kartike 5-6 hours
Day 4: Gothey to Salpa Phedi (1,680m), 5-6 hours
Day 5: Salpa Phedi to Gurase Bhanjyang (2,500m), 6-7 hours
Day 6: Gurase to Sanam (2,850m), 7-8 hours
Day 7: Sanam to Bung (1,900m), 6-7 hours
Day 8: Bung to Gai kharka (2,300m), 6-7 hours
Day 9: Gaikharka to Panggom (2,850m), 6-7 hours
Day 10: Panggom to Paiyan (2,730m), 5-6 hours
Day 11: Paiyan to Lukla (2800m), 5-6 hours
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu from Lukla
Day 13: Drop at the airport for the final departure.

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There are 4 distinct seasons in Nepal and trekking in each season has its own advantages and disadvantages. So check our page for trekking seasons. And please contact us for the month, date and duration to match your trip.

Trip Info

We would like to provide some information that will help you with each of your considerations. Please read below for the more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group and the client's desire (budget)
  • The itinerary included above is a guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and suggestions.
  • Additional activities could be either added or reduced as per client's request before the confirmation of the trip.
  • The price shall be adjusted in our mutual understanding; if the client intends to add some services, we shall charge for those additional services, if intends to lessen some services, we shall wave the charges accordingly.
  • The itinerary is published in full board operation services for a clear understanding of the client. But, required for Trekking cost depends on porter request or exclusion too.
  • The above offer price is full board standard format of itineraries which are all inclusive. But, the cost depends also on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Please feel free to contact with us for any information about your selected package.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your Hotel Vajra in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of your Name at the exit of arrival hall. And welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

You will begin to drive early in the morning to the Domestic Airport and take a flight to the hill town of Tumlingtar, the east of the Arun River, along the chain of the Himalayas. You will enjoy breakfast in the city while watching the heavenly view of Makalu and Chamlang Peaks in clear weather, then drive to the trailhead of Kumal Gaon, walking through the forested area. From there, you will head towards the eastern bank of the Arun River and cross the bridge that leads to Bheteni village. Walking Chewabesi, passing through bushes, and heading in the southern direction along the bank of the Arun River takes you to Kartike.

The trek today begins after breakfast, heading forward to the small settlements of Baluwa Beesi through the grasslands and hanging bridges over the Arun River. Continuing the trail, you will ascend to Sal Forest and Marduwa village. Along the way, you can notice the beautiful landscapes and terraced fields cultivated with rice and other crops. Moving ahead of here and exploring some more of such beautiful settlements and farms, and walking along the Irkhuwa River, you will reach your destination, Gothey.

Ascending the trail furthers up passing several small settlements inhabited by Rai and Sherpa people, crossing suspension bridges over Irhuwa Khola, overpassing streams, and some lush bushes with adorable and picture-perfect scenery. And by then, you will be at Salpa Phedi to stay overnight there.

The trail advances in escalation to almost 900 m elevation from Phedi after breakfast through the verdant woods and slightly arduous track, which is rather tough but worthwhile. The beautiful oak, birch, and rhododendron forests and the mind-boggling scenery of landscapes and mountain ranges will make this journey a fulfilling one. Overnight at a Gurase Bhanjyang!

You will hike up again after breakfast to the highest elevation of Salpa La Pass (3,360 m), with eye-dazzling scenery of the Makalu ranges and Chamlang, which is a steady climb from Gurase. After the steep ascent up to the pass, you descend towards Dhaka through beguiling Rhododendron forest and trek up to Sanam village where you will be staying overnight.

The trail today is full of ascents and descents through the forested trail with rhododendrons, chir, pines, and other flora and fauna that you will begin to cover soon after having your breakfast. You will cross a steel suspension bridge over the Hinku River and descend towards the village of Bung. Bung is a Rai village to discover the cultivation of rice, millet, and soybeans in the terraced fields using their traditional farming techniques.

This entire day also, you will walk through a trail full of ascents and descents that commence after descending steeply through the cliff of a hill and passing across the settlements of Najindingma. Here you will get to spot some chortens and monasteries along the way, as well as some Yak grazing meadows and bushes. Overnight at a Gai Kharka!

The pathway today ascends and descends across gorges and old moraines, rhododendron, and Juniper forests alongside the Hinku River and, in addition, offers a spectacular view of Mera Peak with some glimpses of the Upper Khumbu region. Also, a steep ascent to Panggom La Pass (3,174m) offers a close-up, more stunning view of Mera Peak and other neighboring peaks. From the pass, you will lower down toward Panggom village, inhabited by Sherpa people. For overnight over there!

On this day, you will leave Sunny Panggom after breakfast via the route that drops around the ridges and hillsides, joining the Classic Everest Route. En route, Khatre (2,830 m) is above the newer main trail via Kharikhola, with a simple lunch stop at Khari La (3,415m). Moving along this higher trail eventually leads you to Paiyan (2,730m).

After breakfast, you will walk along the route described under the Classic Everest Trek, which takes about six hours to reach Lukla for the night.

It is the day when your trek comes to an end, appreciating the hardworking potters, the real survivors of the Himalayas, and taking a flight back to Kathmandu. During your flight, you will get to enjoy dramatic scenes from the plane unlike other flights you have ever had before.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international airport on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived at international airport with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transferred to the hotel.
  • According to the above package, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will arrange two nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions also provides an assistant guide on a group basis to assist members in trekking. (necessary)
  • According to the trekking program, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions arranged regular flight tickets from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu for trekking members and guides.
  • Transportation will only be included during the trekking and major city for members as per the itinerary above.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay. AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trekking. (clean, Nutritious, and fresh food)
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions allow up to 15kg of personal trekking equipment per person during the trekking period carried by porters or mules.
  • As Arun Valley Salpa Pass is at the Makalu National Park and restricted territory, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a permit for Makalu National Park and restricted area.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is required to enter the area of Makalu National Park, so AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • The above offer price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, since this city's offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except the farewell dinner).
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Equipment List

The gear listed below is recommended. We encourage you to get all the equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops.

— Sun hat or scarf
— Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
— Sunglasses
— Head Torch
— Suncream (40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body:
— Cotton t-shirts and thermals
— Fleece jacket
— Waterproof jacket
— Down jacket

Lower Body:
— Lightweight cotton pants (long)
— Waterproof pants
— Inner thermals

— Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
— Thick, warm wool hiking socks
— Comfortable hiking boots
— Shower sandals

— Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
— Creams
— Sanitizer

— Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
— Trekking bag (Rucksack)
— Duffel bag
— Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
— Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
— Water bottle or camel bag
— Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits:
— Personal Regular Medicines
— Knee Caps
— Bandages
— Ointments
— Blister Tape

— Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
— Light-weighted Towel
— Swiss Knife
— Passport and extra passport photos
— Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

— Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
— 2 copies of passport-size photos (For sim card and travel purposes)
— Credit cards in case of emergencies
— Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport
— Flight tickets
— Travel Insurance
(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Trip Map

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Arun Valley Salpa Pass Trek
10% Off
From $1,750.00 $1,575.00
/ Per person

Trip Facts

  • 12 nights, 13 days
  • Moderate
  • 3,350m/10,991ft.
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Flights & Car/ Van
  • Teahouse/Lodges
  • Min 1 - Max 12

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