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Salpa High Pass Trek - 12 Days

Which offers you great views of the peaks, Everest, Makalu, and the mighty heights above the paddy fields, and the dark forests. It is known as the gateway to Makalu-Barun National Park

Days: 12-Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate) 

Salpa High Pass Trek: This trekking trail is known as an old trade route used by local people to transport agricultural products from Namche market to Tibet via Nangpa La pass.

The trek starts from Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River into the Irkhu Khola Valley, which is also famous for its natural paper production. This valley takes us to the Salpa Pass.

The Salpa High Pass Trekking Trail is an interesting trek in the Khumbu (Mt. Everest) region following the unique ecology of the pass towards the sacred lake Salpa Pond. Friendly and naive villagers with beautiful waterfalls take us to the second pass of the trek – Surki La. Rai and Sherpas have long inhabited this exotic land and the area is famous for Tunwa – an alcoholic drink brewed by Sherpa locals. (Local beer). The highest trekking point of this route is Salpa Bhanjyang at an altitude of 3350 meters.

This trek is almost easy and gives you great views of the peaks, Everest, Makalu, and rice paddies at a mighty height, and dark forests. It is called the entrance of Makalu-Barun National Park.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar and stay at night
Day 03: Trek to Majuwadanda (800m) 4/5 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Salpa Phedi (1530m) 7/8 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Sanam (2834m) via Salpa Pass (334m) 7/8 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Khiraule (2535m) 7/8 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Sibuche (2800m) via Surke La & Charakot Pass (3070m) 6/7 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Paiya (2767m) via Narkung La/Chaduk La (3161m) and Kari La (3059m) 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Lukla (2840m) 4/5 hrs
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Day 11: Contingency (Free day at Kathmandu)
Day 12: International departure

Join us on the Salpa High Pass Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Fly to Tumlingtar and stay at night

After having breakfast early in the morning, we will go to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport. Taking a scenic flight of 45 minutes near the Himalayas with breathtaking views of mountains and peaks, we will fly to Tumlingtar. And we will stay overnight at Tumlingtar.

Day 3
Trek to Majuwadanda (800m) 4/5 hrs

From the center of Khadbari, a small path leads down to the west. A couple of times you have the choice: flat or down; choose down. The trail goes down steeply and at several points offers beautiful views of the Makalu range. After about 1 ½ hour you reach a small river with an old wooden suspension bridge (320 m), which you have to cross. Follow the large path (don’t take the small path going up), which follows the Arun River in the northwest direction. It is flat, and easy to walk. After about 20 minutes you pass 2 teashops, from which it is another half hour to the village of Chewabesi. There are a few restaurants, where you can stop for lunch. From Chewabesi the trail continues for another 45 minutes, till you reach a big suspension bridge over the Arun River, which you have to cross. On the other side, you arrive at the village of Kattike Pull. The scenery is very idyllic, with the spread-out houses, rice fields, and the beautiful Arun River to your right. At the end of the village, you cross a blue iron bridge, after which you have to climb steeply for about 15 minutes. The trail keeps on following the river, which is now far below you and climbs gradually. After about 45 minutes, you reach a road, which you follow for 100m, after which you take a small part to your right. You reach a Y-junction, take the left fork up. It is a nice walk through the countryside again, with beautiful views of the Arun Valley below you. After about half an hour you reach the small settlement of Majuadanda. Majuadanda has a small guesthouse with 3 rooms and a place to camp: Sagarmatha Hotel and Lodge.

Day 4
Trek to Salpa Phedi (1530m) 7/8 hrs

Today you enter the Solukhumbu section of the GHT (referring to the Himalayan Maphouse’s GHT map), though you only enter Solukhumbu the next day when you cross the Salpa Pass. It is a very long and tiring day and after leaving Mazuwadanda, the road goes up, sometimes steep and sometimes flat, offering a view of the snow-capped mountains of the Makalu range on the horizon. There is a Y-junction, take the left trail. Again there is another Y-junction (2 small trails), take the right trail here. The trail is now going down, mostly gently, but also pretty steep at some points. You pass small settlements like Chalishe and Tabutar. Apart from terraced countryside, the walk also passes through subtropical forest. You can meet men with huge loads, about 2 times the size of the person carrying it. They are bringing Himalayan herbs to the Chinese market. Shortly after the start of the walk, you will reach a small river, which you will have to cross. This brings you to the edge of a large river, the Liknuwa River, which you will follow upstream for the rest of the day. You walk along the left side of the river. Later, you reach a small guesthouse with a campsite. Later, you will have to cross a large iron suspension bridge near Tabutar village. Continue your walk to the right site of the river (don’t take the path going up). The trail is called Nepali plains: many flat parts with some steep climbs and descents. And later you arrive at the small settlement of Gothe Bazar, where a weekly market is held on Tuesdays. There is a tea shop, which can be a good lunch stop. After the tea shop, there is a suspension bridge. Don’t take that bridge, follow the river west. Passing small settlements like Lankuwa, the road is again Nepalese plain with some steep climbs. After a while, there is another suspension bridge, which you have to cross. You follow the river, which is now beside you. Sometimes you see a path going uphill away from the river, don’t take these, just follow the river. There is another suspension bridge that you have to cross. After the crossing, there is a Y-junction, take the left trail, go up. You’re walking through the subtropical forest again, now and then a small settlement surrounded by terraced farmland or a tea shop where you can stop for tea. The trail is mostly uphill. After the last suspension bridge, you will arrive at Tendo village, where there is a school, which you can use as a camp. Shortly after Tendo, you will have to cross a small self-made bridge over a wild flowing river. Although you are at about 1400 meters the landscape here is reminiscent of a high altitude landscape. Walk up to Rai village in Salpa Phedi where there are few guesthouses and campsites.

Day 5
Trek to Sanam (2834m) via Salpa Pass (334m) 7/8 hrs

It is also a long length. The distance is only 14 km, but you have to climb about 1800 m of 3340 m to Salpa pass, then descend 500 m. It’s nice to see the landscape change as you go up: you start in the middle of rice fields, pass small settlements, climb into forests, which turn into thickets, and up you walk through thick rhododendron forests. You reach the Sherpa settlement of Thulophokte (2286 m), which is a good place for lunch. Thulopokte has a small Buddhist monastery, Chochen Gompa, belonging to the Gelugpa sect. Ask the people next door for the key! After a few hours, you reach Salpa Pass (2936 m) with camping facilities. If you don’t want to go to Sanam, this is the place to stay. It takes around one and a half hours from the guesthouse to Salpa Pass (3340m). You’ll notice that you’re arriving by beautiful Mani Walls (stones with Buddhist prayers and pictures carved into them). With good weather, you can have a good view from the pass to Dudh Kund (6465m). Salpa pass brings you to Solukhumbu. From the pass you can go to Salpa Lake (3414m), which is about an hour’s walk, from this viewpoint you can see a great view of the Himalayan range: Mt Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Mera Chuchuro and Everest. It takes about 2 hours to reach the small Sherpa village of Sanam from Salpa pass through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. You pass the small settlement of Huaca. Shortly after Huaca the path there is a Y, here (for a while) take the right trail. The road gradually descends to Sanam.

Day 6
Trek to Khiraule (2535m) 7/8 hrs

From Sanam, the trail descends through rhododendron forests, past some mani walls. With good weather, you can see the snow-capped Mount Numbur (6959m) on the horizon. And after passing a huge gemstone and wall, there is a Y-junction, take the right trail, and go flat. Pass the small settlement of Siare. The trail continues to the left, going downhill. About two and a half hours after leaving Sanam, one reaches Gudel (2042 m), a large village inhabited mainly by Kulung Rai. Mera Shikhar (6476 m) and Chamlang Himal can be seen from here. Take the path that follows the river below through this village. After crossing the river bridge, you will arrive at Bung village spread over the hill. You pass the road to the National Park Office in Makalu Barun National Park. And the trail continues to climb through forests and farmlands, passing a hamlet with a small settlement. After a few hours, you will reach Khirau. You pass a school and an iron bridge, from where you have to reach the camp lodge, which is located next to the Buddhist monastery.

Day 7
Trek to Sibuche (2800m) via Surke La & Charakot Pass (3070m) 6/7 hrs

Summary of today’s program: Ascent to Surkela (also known as Charkot Pass) at 3070m, then down 1000m to Inkhu River (1985m), then back up 800m to Sibuche (2800m). . From the lodge, follow the small trail up the back hill. The trail climbs out over some stone steps, leading to a trail through rhododendron forests. You pass a beautiful stupa with some gem walls and continue into the forest. The forest is surrounded by mountains as far as you can see. The road passes through the small settlement of Charakot. From here you can hike in a northeasterly direction to a beautiful Himalayan five pond. The GHT continues in a westerly direction, but a steep path through Surke La and Charcot Pass takes you through rhododendron forests to the village of Najingdingma (2700m). The village is surrounded by grasslands where the people of the upper villages take their cattle to graze in the summer. From Najingdingma continues a small trail that goes steeply into the forest. And you reach the wild flowing Hinku River, which you cross over the high suspension bridge (1985 m) over the river. After crossing the bridge the path goes uphill again. After about an hour and a half you reach Sibuche (starting at 2555); It takes another half an hour to climb to the end of Sibuche (2800m). From here you have a beautiful view of Mera Peak.

Day 8
Trek to Paiya (2767m) via Narkung La/Chaduk La (3161m) and Kari La (3059m) 6/7 hrs

There are 2 passes to cross between Sibuche and Paya. Most of the day you are walking through the forest, with a small settlement now and then. From the end of Sibuche, it takes about an hour’s walk to reach the first pass, Narkung La (also known as Chaduk La) at 3161m. From the pass, you can have a beautiful view of Mount Numbur (6959 m). After passing, the road goes up and down. And the trail comes to a T, with a gem wall behind it. From here you have to go left. And you reach the small settlement of Pangoam, where at the end of the village, don’t take the path to the left, go straight: take the steps leading to the courtyard, cross the courtyard and then go down. And the path leading to the wooden bridge descends through the forest. From here the ascent of the second pass begins. It is a beautiful trail through the forest, high on the slopes, with views of Mount Numbur. Keep your steps on the way up. Today’s second pass, Kari La, reaches 3059 meters. With good weather, you can see not only the Numbur mountains, but also the Dudh Khosi valley as far as Namche Bazar and Cho Oyo (8188m). The footpath again goes uphill and after a while joins the main trade route from Kharikhola and the famous Jiri-Lukla trekking trail. Follow the trail in a northerly direction. And reaches Paiya. Plus you can tell you’re in a more touristy area today by the good amenities: lodges offer hot showers, hot meals, clean rooms, beds with soft mattresses and extensive food menus!

Day 9
Trek to Lukla (2840m) 4/5 hrs

On this day you walk mostly through the forest, the day starts with a gentle climb of about an hour and a half, then the trail reaches Surke (2290m). En route, you have beautiful views of rugged snow-capped mountains like Khumbi Yul La (5761m), Khongde (6168m), Numbur (6959m), and Kusum Khangaru (6367m). Shortly after the descent, you cross a bridge, which is the lowest point today. From here it is a long but steady climb to Lukla (2860m). All categories of lodges are plentiful in Lukla. Apart from this, you will also find shops, bakeries, email cafes and bars, and discotheques here. Lukla is the starting point for many treks in the Everest region, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Gokyo Lake Trek (or a combination of the 2), or the Tashi Labsta to Rolwaling trek. Moreover, it is the starting point for many climbing expeditions, the most famous for Mount Everest (8848 meters). Those who want to finish their trek can fly to Kathmandu from Lukla. If you want to go to Everest Base Camp, you can consult a guide

Day 10
Fly to Kathmandu (1,350m)

We wake up early in the morning, enjoy breakfast, and get ready for the arrival of our plane for our flight back to Kathmandu. On our touchdown at Kathmandu Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of your day is at your own leisure.

Day 11
Contingency (Free day at Kathmandu)

Today, enjoy a leisure day in Kathmandu. This day can be used as a contingency for any possible delay due to flight cancellation etc. Cancellations may occur due to inclement weather. If the flight is canceled, outside or inside Kathmandu, you can explore the places and try to mingle with the locals where you live. You can meet local people and hear different stories from them. Try their traditional Nepali local organic food and enjoy the day in a wonderful atmosphere.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Please message us for more details on extensions. We will be at your service 24 hours a day on how to make arrangements.

Day 12
International departure

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
  • 3 nights standard hotels and 8 nights teahouse/lodges
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Internal flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to kathmandu
  • Trekking permit, and national park +local fees
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • 1 porter for every 2 trekkers throughout the trek
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
  • All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if required' (return after completing the trek)
  • Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • High altitude medicine and first aid kit
  • Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
  • Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare & Nepal Visa
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratuities for staff
Difficulty Grading: 5–7 (Moderate)

Arun Valley Trek is considered moderately challenging. The duration of this stretches up to three weeks. Trails generally go above 3,000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 6 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well.


No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and be adaptable to high altitude conditions. Having a previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate in this trip. All travelers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. Hence we strongly advise you to prepare yourself for the trip by going on hiking, running, or going to the gym.


The best seasons are Autumn (the latter half of September till December) and Spring (the latter half of March until mid-May). In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors. But for the low altitude trekking can be done throughout the year.

Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. The temperature during Autumn varies.

Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. During the spring season.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Why Trekking with AlpineTrav Treks?

At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions it is our aim to provide a wonderful holiday in our part of the world and ensure that our clients enjoy the holiday as much as possible with minimized risks and a worry-free trip should it be monetary, physical, or emotional. All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be done prior to your arrival providing you with a hassle-free journey and on the trek; you will be led by an experienced and medical-trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio.
On the trek, All-inclusive meals and accommodation are included in camping. Our itineraries are also devised keeping every aspect in mind such as acclimatization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. We also provide a sleeping bag, down jacket, and waterproof duffel bag for each participant.

Carry my own stuff

You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.


In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

Trekking: Camping
Your accommodation during the trekking period will be fully tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travelers with a foam mattress. If in case of a single by default, we will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs, and more for your comfort.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. In Kathmandu, your accommodation at the hotel in the heart of the tourist destination Thamel will be based on a twin partnership and if you want to get the same room, you will have to pay a single supplemental price as mentioned in the travel cost on request. . But in case of single by default during trekking, we will arrange single tent for you at no extra cost.


All meals are included during the trekking period

We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Since this is a full camping trek, our kitchen crew will serve freshly prepared meals during the trek. We consider hearty and delicious meals as a key component to the overall success of our trip. You can and are encouraged to bring along comfort food that you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks, etc.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast as your options for breakfast will be limited.

In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where and what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served at your tent as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Camping where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the camp evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equipment Checklist

We encourage you to get all 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.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-Warm Jackets
-Waterproof jackets
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

General Information

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Salpa High Pass Trek
From $1,450.00
per Person

Trip Facts

  • 11N/12 Days
  • Moderate
  • 3,350m/10,991ft.
  • Sep-Oct-Nov) & (March-April-May
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight & Private Vehicle
  • Lodges During Trek
  • 2 Max 12


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