Lukla to Tumlingtar Trek is a Himalayan glacier valley situated at the base of Makalu in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal. The valley lies entirely inside the Makalu Barun National Park. Arun Valley provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on Earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by human kind.
The Valley of the mighty Arun Koshi forms the approach route for treks to the base camp of Makalu (8463m), the fifth-highest mountain in the world, as well as the culturally interesting exit trek from the Khumbu region to Tumlingtar. Most trekkers to the Everest Region finish their treks at Lukla, but an interesting alternative is to punch east from Solu Khumbu across three passes to the valley of the Arun Koshi. Most of the trekkers on this little-used route are climbing groups bound for Mera Peak, so independent trekkers can enjoy a level of seclusion unheard of on the Khumbu trails.This is a physically tough trek with lots of ups and downs and only the simplest teahouse infrastructure to support you. If you are at all squeamish about local-style accommodation, you are better off doing this as a camping trek. Alpine Trav Treks and Expeditions is always ready to manage your trek as per your interests and requirements.
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After you land in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our airport representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and afterward you will be transferred to the respective hotel. You will in brief know about your tour and check in to the Hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you go around Kathmandu valley and see Durbar Squares at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Visit to Boudhanath will be unforgettable experience since it is one of the biggest stupas in Nepal. And, Swayambhunath located top on the mount in the city known as the Monkey Temple will also captivate you. Also, you will visit Pashupatinath, at the bank of Bagmati River which is one of the Hindus sacred places. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
You take an early morning flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The 40 minutes flight serves an amazing view of lush hills and snowcapped peaks. Upon arrival at Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, you meet rest of the staff members and start the amazing yet short acclimatizing trek to Paiya. Walking through the alpine forests and crossing several small settlements, you reach Paiya for the overnight stay at lodge.
From Paiya Bridge, move towards Kharte to join the trail left that ascends across a slope on a gorge. On the way, you come across a rock marked ‘Arun Valley Trek’ in yellow paint. Ascend slowly then arrive at Khari La (3145m) where there is a herder’s stone house. Descend through the forest of oak, birch, and rhododendron, and crossing six ancient Mani walls to reach Pangum. Overnight at lodge in Pangum.
Ascend via the village to Pangum La (3173m). Experience the views of Mera Peak (6470m), of rough forested valleys, and of Najingdingma from distant. Go down through a beautiful old jungle, stretching north to two Sherpa houses. Another 30 minutes leads us to the top of Sibuche (2500m) with lodges and a small gompa. Walk through the bamboo, birch, and rhododendron forest on stone stairs to finally ascend up to Najingdingma (2650m). Overnight at lodge in Najingdingma.
Walking through the ridge, climb down into inhabited Hongu valley. It is a relaxed and very exciting day of waking. Walk to reach Bung on the clear path below the gompa and through the blue-roofed school grounds. As the area is highly influenced by Buddhism, we will pass by several Chortens and Mani walls. Bung is filled with Rai culture, a group of concentrated smallholdings covering the hillside from 1900m down to the Hongu Khola Bridge at 1320m. Overnight at lodge in Bung.
Walk past the large rock imprinted with Buddhist mantras, and pass a school, a waterfall and covered bridge. Walk along the lush forest of rhododendron, chir pine, and brown oak for the final climb to Sanam (2850m), where you will find a single series of Sherpa homes dominated by a new gompa. There are widespread potato fields and many livestock in the area. Overnight at lodge in Sanam.
Continue to ascend via a delightful forest to Salpa Bhanjyang (3350m), the highest place of the trek. From the top, you will have an amazing view of the holy lake of Salpa Pokhari. Then, go downhill into the warmer climate of the Irkhuwa Valley. It is beautiful to see the landscape change as you get higher. Walk by the lovely Mani walls along with an amazing view the Himalayas including Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8481m), Mera Peak (6470m), and Everest (8848m) among others to arrive in Phedi. Overnight at lodge in Phedi.
Leaving Phedi, cross the river on stones and hike a little over a ridge, cross the bamboo bridge, and ascend over the small forested ridge to finally descend to Dobhane. Crossing more bridges over Benkhuwa Khola, you walk through rice paddies and water channels, scattered with dry rocky ridges, to reach the attractive Ghote Bazaar (775m) for an overnight stay at lodge.
Make an easy walk following Irkhuwa Khola to join Arun River. The only real problem will be the overpassing of a large spur, which may present difficulties to find the route. Finally, cross Arun River and continue on an easy downhill slope. After walking further, you finally reach Chyawabesi. Overnight at lodge in Chyawabesi.
Leaving behind Chyawabesi, you continue walking until you reach Bheteni which has a row of shops. Pass the river and track since the road now bends up to Khandbari, and enjoy hiking beside the river. Cross a large suspension bridge and another settlement, and ascend uphill on the trail to the left. Ascend up to two stages to the broad highland between Arun River and Sabha Khola, and move along on a dusty road to reach Tumlingtar (460m). Overnight at lodge in Tumlingtar.
A scenic flight over the hills and the mountains of eastern Nepal takes you to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can either rest or go on for souvenir shopping or food hunting in the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
We can go around Kathmandu valley, if some important places have been missed according to your choice. You can also go for shopping or have a day rest to depart from the country.
Today, our airport representative will drop you to the airport and then you will depart from Nepal.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per group size.
- 4 night's hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Transportation to and from the starting and ending point.
- Accommodation: Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) during the trek.
- Professional, licensed and English speaking mountain guide, and Assistant guide.
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS)
- National Park – Conservation. Area entry permits.
- Insurance, medication, and equipment for guide, Porter and staff.
- One porter carry for 2 guest's luggage, 20 kgs - 25kgs).
- AlpineTrav Treks sleeping bag,down jacket, Poles area trekking map.
- First aid medical kit.
- Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your Insurance plan)
- Farewell dinner second last day of departure.
- Meals at Kathmandu.
- Your international airfare.
- Nepal visa.
- Personal expenses.
- Internet, battery charging.
- Bar and beverage bills.
- Your Travel Insurance.
- Gratitude tips.
• An historic and pleasant trek to the valley of the Arun Khosi.
• Although not difficult, there are 3 satisfying passes to cross on this seldom-used route.
• This trek makes for an interesting exit from the Khumbu region.
• As an alternative start to the treks in the Makalu area.
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