Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking in Everest region is a lifelong dream for many trekking lovers and while we are talking about Everest region it offers many trekking routes to suit people of every taste. From difficult three passes trek to standard EBC trek, Everest has it all. For those who look for off the beaten track and still want to enjoy the mesmerizing views of Everest, Arun Valley Trekking is just the right trek for them. Arun valley is the deepest valley in the world which is located between Mt Everest (the highest mountain in the world) and Makalu-Barun National Park in Sankhuwasava district. Arun Valley is a less crowded camping trekking in the eastern part of Nepal and is a better alternative to Khumbu (Everest) region trek.

Arun Valley is a beautiful valley which boasts wide variation in vegetation. We can scrutinize different flora and Fauna including 650 species of birds, 800, species of butterflies, 30 species of rhododendron, 47 varieties of Orchids, hundreds of other flowers and endangered species of Panda. Besides this we can also look at the panoramic views of Himalayan mainly Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mera Peak, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt, Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, etc. This Valley is inhabitants by Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu which allows you to observe their unique culture and tradition. We can visit this valley throughout the year, but the best times are February- May, and September- December.
Trip Code: AVTEBCT31
Starts: Tumlingtar
Finishes: Lukla
Duration: 22 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 21
Seasons: Feb-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5643m/ 18513.8ft
Trip Views: 932
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 21
Lunch: 18
Dinner: 18
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Flight
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 17 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • 650 species of birds, 800, species of butterflies, 30 species of rhododendron, 47 varieties of Orchids, hundreds of other flowers and endangered species of Panda
  • Mainly inhabitants by Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu
  • Best times to visit in February- May, and September- December
  • Less crowded camping trek
  • Located between Mt. Everest and Makalu Barun National Park
  • Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp

Why this Trip

  • Those who look for less traffic of tourists and off the beaten path but still want to trek in Everest region, this is the trip tailored to fulfill those wish. Not only is this an off the beaten track but allows you to see the wonderful views of different mountains, flora, and fauna, and endanger species of Panda. This trip is, without a doubt, a rewarding trekking experience which by no means compromise on anything.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    As you descend for the final approach to Kathmandu, you leave your dreams in the snow-capped mountains to your right and your curiosity is aroused, as you almost glide the length of the valley to touchdown. You will be greeted in true Nepali style at the airport by our representative who will accompany you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and the itinerary discussed.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pickup
    • Cultural Dinner program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Kathmandu is the cultural and historical capital of Nepal; many places here symbolize art, history, architecture, and culture of Nepalese tradition. You’ll visit many Hindu and Buddhist Shrine. Our city guide will make sure that you don’t miss out any important place.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Private transportation
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : FLY TO TUMLINGTAR (450M), TREK TO CHYAWABESI(280M)
    Today we fly to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu, it takes about 1 hour to reach there. Tumlingtar is the small city in the eastern part of Nepal. Taking some rest in the small city we start our today’s trek towards the Chyawabesi. Passing through the uphill the villages and green meadows we reach the Chyawabesi village after 5 to 6 hours and for today we spent our night there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Flight to Tumlingtar
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO GOTHEY BAZAAR (1128M)
    After breakfast today we leave Tumlingtar and move to Gothey Bazzar. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach there. By passing through the field, terraced rice and Brahman, Chettri, Rai villages we reach Gothey Bazzar where we can see the banana farms also.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO SALPA PHEDI (1680M)
    Today we enter the Solukhumbu region by leaving the Gothey Bazzar. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach there. From the Salpa Phedi we can see the panoramic view of mountains including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Kanchenjunga.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO SANAM (2850M) AND GURANSE (2880M)
    From Salpa Phedi we move upward towards the small town Sanam which is the settlement of Sherpa People. We reach there after 3 hours walk through the rhododendron and Pine Forest. From there, without wasting time we again head towards the Guranse. Passing the small settlement of Huace, we reach Guranse after the continous walk of 2 hours.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO BUNG (1900M)
    Early morning after breakfast, we descend to the beautiful valley of Bung. This valley is inhabited by Rai people. Descending through the path we cross Rhododendron, brown oaks and Chir Pines forest. Bung is the place from where you can take the entry ticket for the Makalu Barun National Park. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Bung.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO GAI KHARKA (2300M)
    After morning breakfast we will move towards the Gai Kharka our today’s destination, which takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach. In Gai Kharka we can have a wonderful view of grassy terraces and scattered farmhouses. From here we can also view the beautiful scenery of Arun valley.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO PUIYAN (2230M)
    Today our trek will be rather short than compared to other days. We only walk for 3 to 4 hours and reach the destination, Puiyan. From this place,we can view the glorious sunset and also go for the exploration of this region as it is the beautiful place.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO PHADKING
    5 hours walk from the Puiyan we reach Phakding. Phakding is the small Sherpa settlement where we can see the unique culture and tradition of Sherpa. you can explore the beautiful village and lifestyle of the Sherpas.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO NAMCHE BAZAR (3445M)
    This morning right after an early breakfast we start trekking. En route from Phakding, you’ll cross rivers by suspension bridges. The villages along the way will set the pace and before you know it you'll have reached the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. The trail continues rising sharply to reach Namche bazaar. Here you'll spend the night in a hotel with good facilities.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : ACCLIMATIZATION
    Acclimatizing is the key to a successful trek. And today you will acclimatize, whilst trekking, in the legendary Namche Bazaar, with its restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs. You can visit Khunde Hospital, which was established by Sir Edmund Hillary. Or you can stroll up to the Everest View Hotel above Namche, where you can see the sunset over Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Everest

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO TENCGBOCHE (3870M)
    The day begins with an easy walk to Phulki and onwards to Tengboche village, famous for its monastery probably the largest in the Everest region. It is located within the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can see panoramic views that take in the whole range of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. You will stay overnight in Tengboche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4410M)
    Descending the trail, you'll wend your way through lush forests of birch, conifer and rhododendron trees. You’ll reach Pangboche by this downhill path to Debuche crossing the Imja River on the way. Continuing through the Imja Valley and crossing the Lobuche River you'll finally ascend to Dingboche. A bucolic scene awaits you here in this picturesque village with beautiful barley, potato and buckwheat field complete with grazing animals.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO LOBUCHE (4940M)
    The trail will become more and more challenging, as you climb to higher altitudes. We ascend to the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. The trail goes through boulder-strewn slopes as we make our way up Chupki Lhara, a ridge that provides spectacular views. The next part of our adventure brings over craggy mountain terrain to Lobuche, a small settlement with views of Mt. Lobuche, Mt. Pumari and the Nuptse.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5170M), EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364M)
    Every step gets you closer to your destination that begins with a relatively easy trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep. The subsequent, straight trail to Everest Base Camp is more challenging. The up and down route will take you mostly on a glacier path. From here you will get your first sight of Everest Base Camp and then you head back to Gorak Shep after an arduous day.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO KALA PATTHAR (5545M) AND PHERICHE (4288M)
    Kala Patthar is definitely the highlight of this amazing trek. The trek to Kala Patthar begins at daybreak to catch a glimpse of the sunrise over Mt. Everest. The day’s first light will illuminate your spectacular view of Nuptse Nup, Changtse, and Lhotse. Here you'll get your best shots of Everest and its neighboring peaks. Later, you'll head back to Gorakshep for breakfast and down in the direction of Pheriche.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : TREK TO NAMCHE
    Here is the turning point of the trek from where you descend back to Namche.The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill. You’ll be in Namche, where you’ll spend your last day near the mountains.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 19 : TREK TO LUKLA
    Straight after breakfast, you'll trek back to Lukla via Phadking. You’ll revisit all the spectacular views of mountains, monasteries, and villages. This will be your last night on the mountain until the next time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 20 : FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU
    The flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are sometimes canceled due to weather conditions, so we reserve a buffer day in order not to impact on your departure plans.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 21 : BUFFER DAY
    A free day which can be spent sight-seeing, evening ceremony of chanting at Pasupatinath or, alternately, a relaxing massage. We can arrange anything for you on this day or you can spend your free day independently.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Trekkers' Massage
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 22 : DEPARTURE
    For those departing Nepal on this day, you'll probably have some energy left for shopping in the city . We’ll eat together and then we'll accompany you to the airport in traditional Nepali farewell mode.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
    • Farewell Lunch
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek.
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • All necessary paperwork and Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS).
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek.
    • Get-to-know Welcome Dinner and Farewell Lunch in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Arun Valley.
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek.
    • Sim card service(zero balance).
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Photos and videoes of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee.
    • Excess baggage charge(s) for the domestic flight.
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary.
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
    • Travel and rescue insurance.
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boats as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp is one of the most visited areas by the tourists so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek is a better alternative to Khumbu region among the trekkers hence this region provides wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher you should avoid meat for health purpose as it is not good to eat meat in higher altitude and also the meat is not very fresh.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car/jeep/van depending on the size of the group for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Tumlingtar on domestic flight.
  • 10. What is the best season for trekking in Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp ?
    Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season and winters. February to June and Mid-September to November are the best time to do this trek.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage helicopter for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How many hours do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because, number of hours of walk really depend on client's speed. So it is really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of $200 or 15% of total trip cost is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made less than 100 days before the trip departure, you will need to pay 20% to confirm the trip, if before two months, 25% of the total trip cost will need to be paid and if booked between 30-60 days, 50% of the total trip cost needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 30 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer or Western Union Money transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that nonrefundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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