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Arun Valley Trek

  • 17 Days
  • Difficulty : Streneous
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 3173m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn


  • Trek to the deep valley on an off-the-beaten trail of eastern Nepal.
  • Spectacular mountain views of Number Himal, Mera Peak, Mt. Makalu, Mt.Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt.Baruntse, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Thamserku, and many more.
  • Trek through the Sagarmatha and Makalu National Parks.
  • Witness the plethora of fauna and fauna.
  • Experience the unique culture, traditions, and hospitality of the local communities.

Overview of Arun Valley Trek

Arun Valley is one of the most exquisite destinations in Nepal. Despite lying between the two highest mountains, Mount Everest and Mount Makalu, and being so close to the famous Sagarmatha National Park, the valley still hasn’t got as much limelight as it deserves. It is a picturesque as well as a diverse region with terraced landscapes and prosperity in the wilderness. It is a less touristy area and an exceptional route, which is best for the trekkers who love to walk through the isolated valleys and hidden valleys and are avoiding the crowded Everest and Annapurna regions.

Arun Valley is a lush, green oasis; rich in birdlife. The unspoiled culture of Limbu, Sherpa, and Rai will give you a unique experience in the valley. The villages like Sedua, Num, Gaikharka, and many other settlements exploration enrich the knowledge about Nepal.

Arun valley is the deepest valley in Nepal which makes it one of the low-altitude treks. We come across the Arun River which has played a vital role in the civilization of Nepal and still is one of the important rivers of Eastern Nepal. Arun Valley trekking offers superb Himalayan views including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt.Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Thamserku, and is home to more than 650 species of birds and over 800 species of butterflies, the shelter of the rare, endangered Panda.

The trek route is filled with diverse vegetation. Trekkers will get the chance to walk through the forests of rhododendrons, alpine meadows, and hundreds of flowers. The Arun Valley Trek is a wonderful blend of natural beauty and cultural diversity.

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Arun Valley Trek Difficulties

The Arun Valley Trek is a moderately challenging route. But the trekkers will still have to ascend and descend on rocky and uneven terrain. Similarly, the route goes through remote areas of the region where the trail conditions can get tough. The route also goes through some high passes and may need to cross rivers. It is physically strenuous for trekkers as they will have to walk for 5 to 6 hours on average during the trek.The duration of the trek also ranges from 12 to 18 days. It can test any trekker’s physical endurance and stamina.

As trekkers move to higher elevations, the weather starts to get more uncertain and changes rapidly. So, one has to be prepared to face any weather and carry suitable clothing and equipment. The facilities and amenities are also limited. Sometimes, the remote location and unpredictable changes can mentally stress a person. So, trekkers need to practice mental resilience for mental preparation.

The high altitude is another difficult factor of the Arun Valley trek. The highest point of the trek is 3,173 meters. After 3,000 meters elevation, the oxygen level begins to drop in the air. It can cause trekkers altitude sickness. So, there is a risk of altitude sickness during the Arun Valley Trek. Therefore, proper acclimatization is required to minimize the risk. Gradual ascend, proper hydration, good rest, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco during the trek can also help decrease the risk of altitude sickness.

Overall, trekkers have to be prepared physically and mentally for the Arun Valley Trek. Trekkers should undertake some physical training and exercises to increase their physical endurance and stamina. Also, get adequate information for building mental resilience. Proper planning and preparation of equipment and gear are also important to overcome the Arun Valley Trek difficulties.


Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal, where you’ll get settled in your hotel. After freshening up, meet the company representatives to discuss further the upcoming 16-day trek. After the discussion, you can either stroll around the city or rest for the time being. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2Trek preparation day and Kathmandu sightseeing

Today we prepare for the trek and check the last-minute checklist for trekking gear and if needed shopping around Thamel. After lunch visit Kathmandu’s UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (450 m), 35 min

Our official trek starts today. We catch an early flight to Tumlingtar, which is a small town in eastern Nepal in the Sankhuwasabha district. We get to witness lush green hills, gorges, and the eastern Himalayas in this short flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. We spend the whole day exploring the town.

Day 4Trek from Tumlingtar to Kartike (300 m), 6 hrs.

We start our day after having our breakfast in Tumlingtar. We commence walking towards Kartike. We pass through small settlements of diverse cultural and ethnic communities. The village trail and vegetation round on the trail are more interesting. We follow the Arun river and walk through the sub-tropical forest to Kartike. Overnight in kartike (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Trek from Kartike to Gothe Bazaar (775 m), 5 hrs.

After having a warm breakfast, we start walking towards Gothe Bazaar leaving Kartike behind. Our trail today consists of terraced rice fields on the bank of Arun Koshi. We pass through the ridge, from where we can see an amazing view of the luxuriant Arun Valley. We then continue walking on the bank of Irkhuwa Khola and pass by banana farmland just before reaching the Gothe bazaar. Overnight at Gothe Bazaar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Trek from Gothe Bazaar to Dobhane (920 m), 3 hrs

We start our day with a warm breakfast in Gothe Bazaar. Our walk is easy and short today. We get to see the traditional stone-plated house and terraced farming with irrigation channels. We also can see Nepali paper factory production with the typical Nepali plant called Lokta. We cross the suspension bridge above Irkhuwa Khola before reaching Dobhane. Overnight at Dobhane (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Trek from Dobhane to Phedi (1,680 m), 5 hrs.

We start our day with a warm breakfast in Dobhane. The trail is similar and full of authentic Nepal. We walk through terraced fields, bamboo bridges, and streams. We also come across many monasteries on the way to Phedi. Overnight (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8Trek from Phedi to Guranse (2,880 m), 5 hrs.

After having breakfast at Phedi, we leave for Guranse. We follow the trail to the upper Phedi. We see the spectacular view of Arun Valley. We hike for several hours until reaching Guranse. Overnight at Guranse. (Overnight at Dinner)

Day 9Trek from Guranse to Sanam (2,850 m), 5 hrs

Our day starts similarly. After having our breakfast at Guranse, we start heading towards Sanam, which is a tiny Sherpa village on the border side of Solukhumbu. We will also see Karylang Peak, and follow forest and streams. We get to experience the warm hospitality of the Sherpa community. Overnight at Sanam (Dinner, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10Trek from Sanam to Bung (1,900 m) 3 and a half hrs.

Today is a short hike day. We walk downhill through the forest of rhododendron, brown oaks, sal, Sisau forest. We come across the paper factory, tea shops, and old Gumba. We enter the Makalu National Park entry fee. Overnight at Bung. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 11Trek from Bung to Surke La (3,085 m) 6 hrs.

Our day starts with a warm breakfast in Arun Valley. We then continue walking following the main trail. We pass through abundant chortens, prayer flags, and mani walls. We also circumambulate the monasteries we pass through. The way is steep downhill just before reaching Surke La. We then rest in our tea house. Overnight at Surke La (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 12Trek from Surke La to Gaikharka (2,300 m), 5 hrs.

We start our day with a warm breakfast at Surkhe La and head towards our today’s destination, Gaikharkha. Gaikharka literally means pastureland for cattle. And we can see many pasturelands en route. Just before reaching Gai kharka, we pass through the damp forest. Overnight at Gaikharka (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Trek from Gaikharka to Pangum (3,173 m) 6 hrs.

We start our day with a warm breakfast, at Gaikharka and follow the trail through the damp forest. We continue walking towards Hinku Khola and cross the suspension bridge. In our continuous walking, we will be able to see the up-close view of Mera peak. The beautiful village Shubuche can be seen, which has Tibetan influence. We then hike up to Pangum gompa, where we’ll spend our night. Overnight at Pangum (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14Trek from Pangum to Paiyan (2,680 m) 6 hrs.

We start our day with a warm breakfast in Pangum and move forward to Paiyan leaving Pangum gompa behind us. We walk downhill to cross the Kari La Pass. (3145m). We walk through a rugged path before reaching Paiyan. Overnight a Paiyan (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 15Trek from Paiyan to Lukla (2,820 m).

Today is our last day of trekking. We head towards Lukla after our breakfast. The walk is easy and non-strenuous and the trail is sandy. We will see many mountains and amazing landscapes throughout our walk today. Upon reaching Lukla, you can explore the Lukla Bazaar and do some local shopping. Lukla is the gateway to the Everest region trek. Overnight at Lukla (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 16Fly back to Kathmandu 1350m

We catch an early morning flight at Lukla and leave for Kathmandu. Lukla-Kathmandu is one of the most scenic flights as we can see a glimpse of snowy mountains, hills, rivers, and valleys. We will transfer you to the hotel, where you can rest. Or, you can stroll around the alleys of Thamel. In the evening, we will meet for the farewell dinner and talk about your experiences. Overnight at Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 17Final Departure

The trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Departure Date

Mar 27, 2024

Booking Available (17 Days)

Sep 23, 2024

Booking Available (17 Days)

Additional Information

Attractions of Arun Valley Trek

Many things make Arun Valley Trek a wonderful experience. It is a hidden gem of eastern Nepal. Additionally, the untouched nature and cultural blend make Arun Valley Trek a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But since we cannot possibly list all the attractions of the Arun Valley, we have highlighted a few of them. Take a look:

Deep Valley

The Arun Valley Trek is a wonderful way of exploring the deep and picturesque landscape of the eastern region. The Arun River flows right through the heart of the Arun Valley. It is surrounded by steep hills and Himalayan mountain ranges. The trek takes you through the charming villages of Dobane, Phedi, Guranse, Sanam, Bung, Surke La, Gaikharka and many more. It is among the less popular routes in eastern Nepal. Thus, it is also less crowded. Trekkers looking to explore isolated trails and valleys, Arun Valley Trek is perfect.

Scenic Landscapes

Witness the scenic and diverse landscapes during the Arun Valley Trek. At lower elevations, the route will pass by charming villages and terraced fields.

Similarly, the trail also goes through dense forests of rhododendrons and oaks. At higher elevations, the green and lush vegetation changes into alpine meadows and Himalayan wildflowers. Trekkers can also see the mighty Arun River goes right through the Arun Valley. It is magnificent to see the river flowing through the green forest to the distant mountain. Likewise, the route provides stunning mountain views of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and many more.

Diverse Flora and Fauna

The Arun Valley Trek route goes through two national parks, i.e., Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu Barun National Park. Hence, trekkers will be treated to sights of diverse flora and fauna. There is a variety of vegetation like different species of rhododendrons, orchids, and wildflowers.

It is especially beautiful during the springtime when the whole rhododendron forest blooms. Trekkers will also witness forests of oak, pine, bamboo, highland pasture, juniper, mosses, and lichens. The national parks are also to rare and endangered species like red panda, Himalayan Tahr, snow leopard, musk deer, and many more. It is estimated that over 650 species of birds and over 800 species of butterflies are home in the region.

Ancient Religious Sites

The Arun Valley Trek is also a wonderful opportunity to get connected with inner spirituality. In addition to the rich biodiversity, scenic landscapes, and mountain views, there are many monasteries, stupas, and Hindu temples along the route. Trekkers will come across a few monasteries and religious sites along the trail. The age-old monasteries and Hindu temples have cultural and religious significance to the region.

Cultural Experience

Arun Valley Trek’s other attraction point is its cultural richness. The region is home to diverse ethnic groups like Sherpa, rai, Tamangs, Brahmins, etc. They have their own distinct culture, traditions, and languages. The majority of the locals in the region follow Buddhism, there are ethnic groups who have their local religious practices. The villages of the region have traditional houses. Therefore, it is common to see stone and mud houses. It is also a common sight to see locals adorned in traditional clothing. It reflects their cultural identity and their daily lifestyle. Trekkers can experience the unique local culture and traditions. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to immerse in the local customs and get a taste of the local hospitality.


Can beginners do the Arun Valley Trek?

The Arun Valley is a moderately challenging trek. So, trekkers with a basic level of fitness to join the Arun Valley Trek. Trekkers will still have to climb uphill and downhill on varied terrain. The highest elevation point of the trek is 3,173 meters which is comparatively lower than other trekking routes of Nepal.

Do I need travel insurance for the Arun Valley Trek?

Yes, you will need travel insurance for the Arun Valley Trek. The travel insurance covers medical emergencies. There is no telling when trekkers can meet with an accident and need immediate rescue. The insurance comes in handy to cover those expenses. Similarly, the travel expenses can also cover baggage loss, trip postponement, and trip cancellation.

Do I need permits for the Arun Valley Trek?

Yes, you will need permits for the Arun Valley Trek. Aside from the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card, trekkers will need to obtain a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and Makalu Barun National Park Permit.

Is the drinking water safe in Arun Valley?

It is highly recommended that you do not drink water directly from streams and rivers. It can carry water-borne diseases. Carry a water bottle and fill it with filtered or boiled water. You may find bottled water but it can be more expensive than the normal price. It is best that you carry a water purification tablet or portable water filter for safe drinking water during the trek.

What accommodations are available along the Arun Valley Trek route?

There are tea houses, lodges, and guesthouses available on the Arun Valley Trek route. They provide basic facilities like bedding and blankets. However, these accommodations are comfortable and cozy. They usually have twin shared rooms, shared bathrooms, and a common dining space with a stove. Note that you may have to pay extra charges for facilities like internet, hot showers, etc at accommodation in higher elevations.

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