You want to experience the sights of Mt Everest and Mount Makalu? Then the Arun valley is the place to be. It can be found between the areas between Sagarmatha and Makalu-Barun National Parks. Our trekking in this valley provides a unique experience to the Khumbu region. We clearly see this trekking as an add-on to visitors who have already been in this Everest region but have this Everest fever and want to revisit Everest Base Camp (Kalapattar) via a less traveled route. The trek requires although fitness to fully enjoy the beauty of the region which provides some breathtaking mountain views. We start off with a flight to Tumlingtar to the East of Everest. In the first week, we trek through the natural and pure territory into the Solu Khumbu region before we go up on the main Everest trail to Kala Pattar. This is the most exciting part that offers views of Everest Nuptse and Lhotse along with many others before we memory filled return to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
NOTE: B(Breakfast), L(Lunch), D(Dinner)
Arrival and transfer to hotel, after some refreshment, welcome dinner.
After breakfast, sightseeing visit, in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple and afternoon at leisure for preparing trekking
Morning fly to tumblingtar and meet crews, arrange things then we start our trek through the idyllic middle hills of eastern Nepal, a very diverse region of many ethnic groups, shamanistic religion interspersed with Buddhism and Hinduism, traditional villages, green, terraced fields With the mountains rising, Chamalang to the left and Makalu to the far-right.
Today we start the morning by crossing a sparkling stream on a bridge, continuing past the small tea houses, and starting a 600 meter climb, hot in this weather! The trail is slippery, of red mud, and we’ll have a rest at the ‘chautara’ (Nepali resting wall, often by a shady tree) before taking the right to start up the steep climb. We pass many small intersections leading to village along the way, but continue on the main trail, eventually reaching Marduwa. Soon we reach the intersection of the old trail from Dingla, and after contouring around a hillside we reach a larger trail near a cluster of banyan trees. Descending through the lush forest to the Irkhuwa River, we cross on a small bridge and after a short climb reach the lovely settlement of Gothe Bazaar, the inhabitants a mix of Gurung and Rai.
After an early breakfast, we start towards Lankuwa village and then further on to Dhobani, a village of paper-makers, from where we trek though the village fields and past the school before crossing the river and arriving at Phedi, at the confluence of two rivers. From here, the fun starts; we start climbing, steeply, on stone steps that seem to never, ever end … Eventually they do, however, and we arrive at the Shalpaphedi.
Today we start early to head up to the top of the ridge and contour around the dry pond, keeping to the south side of the ridge and through patches of rhododendron before reaching Guranse, a local porter stop. On to the pass! The Salpa Bhanjyang pass at 3350m with its single chorten, is the border of Solu Khumbu and the Sherpa region. We descend following a small stream and several mani walls to the Lidung Khola, where we cross to the north bank and continue on to Whaka with its few tea-houses.
After breakfast, we start our trek, we pass through Monastery and Sherpa village and as soon as we reach Nimtsola, here Sherpa influence ends and the land of the Rai begins. The trail is now larger as we trek down to the large, Rai village of Gudel, with the village of Bung and the Naulekh Mountains visible in the distance. Following the stream on a rock trail, we ascend a switch-backing trail after crossing the Hungu Khola; Bung begins soon afterwards and continues upwards, built on the hillside, the lowest houses of the village about 400 meters below the upper reaches.. Bung means ‘beautiful flower’ in Rai, and is indeed a lovely, large village of Rai inhabitants, renowned for its tongba, or millet beer, and which has received much development aid recently.
Today, we star our trek with a short, steep ascent out of the village, and then our trail becomes more forgiving, contouring gradually around the hillsides. The trail heads towards Khiraunle-Chambaling Gompa, recently rebuilt. The newer trail passes right by the gompa, so if this trail proves to be the best one, we’ll stop into the gompa for a look. Heading to the old chortens and mani walls on the ridge, we pass through an ancient rhododendron forest, and at the intersection by the small group of tea-houses, head up towards the Surkie La pass. There are better views at the sightseeing platform where we’ll be able to see Khatang and Numbur. The descent is steep, through a forest of bamboo, and soon we arrive at our destination, Najing Dingma, a small village with a few small tea-houses and shops, set on a flat, green section of the hillside.
After breakfast, today We head to the Jiri-Lukla route ,we’ll trek to Gai Kharka (cow summer settlement, literally) and after crossing the Inkhuwa Khola on a bridge built by the Himalayan Trust, start up the steep climb to Shubuche, about an hour’s climb. The reward for our climb is wonderful views of the Mera peaks and the Inkhu Valley, Next up, the Satu La at 3175 meters, from where we should be able to see the lower Jiri trail, and the Transhindo La. Finally a descent as we head to Pangkongma village, which has a Hillary school and a few lodges, where we head out of town past the mani walls, looking at our destination to Bupsa.
Today the trail from Bupsa rises through a forested stretch passing Kharte. From Kharte, an uphill climb takes us to Khari La pass, where we enjoy the magnificent views of the Khari La pass of Gyachung Kang and Khumbila mountains among others. Descend to Puiyan and go through the up and down to Surke.
After breakfast, our trail climbs toward Chaurikharka. Initially, the trek moves up to Chhiplung. Then the trail through the Sherpa village along the Dudh Kosi River to Phakding .
Walking through a beautiful pine forest, the track leads us along the Dudh Koshi River through many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. First, we catch wonderful prospect of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). Through the settlement of Benkar, Chumoa, Monjo, we come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass through the last village of Jorsale before reaching Namche Bazaar. The trail climbs through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. After a final steep ascent of about two hours we get first sight of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We stop at Chautara to admire the view. We still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region.
This is the scheduled ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Health experts always recommend us to stay active and moving during the rest day too instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or visiting Khunde or relaxing and exploring Namche Bazaar itself. Namche Bazzar is the main centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize. Our guides will take us to the Tourist Visitor Center near the headquarter of the Sagarmatha National Park where we can observe an assortment of things related to the first Everest ascenders, Sherpa culture and learn about the various plant and animal life of the Everest region. We also take an interesting side trip up to Khumjung. We climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazza.
After breakfast in Namche, we start our trek towards Tengboche enjoying superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and close up view of Thamserku. Our trek follows on the gradual trail with few ups and downs overlooking magnificent view of the great Himalaya. Along the way we can spot wild lives like pheasant, musk deer, or a herd of Himalayan Thar. The trail goes gradually down up to Kayangjuma. The path eventually reaches Sansa which is the major trail junction to Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp. The track then follows through the pine forests and after we cross the prayer flags festooned bridge over Dudh Koshi River, we reach Phunki Thenga, a small settlement with a couple of teahouses and a small army post amidst the alpine woods. After having a relaxed lunch at Phunki Thenga we then have a little tough climb steep up through the pine forests while before we reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and it has a biggest Buddhist Monastery all over in Khumbu region. We visit the monastery the same day at around 3 p.m. to witness the ceremony in the principal and popular monastery of Everest region.
Mountains as a backdrop, the monastery in Tengboche looks spectacular more in the morning. We snap pictures of the monastery and the sceneries around and as usual start the day journey. We choose the upper trail for better views to visit Pangboche village and its ancient Monastery. We pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. We enjoy lunch with fantastic close-up views of Ama-Dablam. In the afternoon, go north to Pheriche or take the eastward trail beneath the towering north face of Ama Dablam. From here onwards the walk is fairly moderate as we enter the Imja Valley. The valley ahead will begin to open up as we approach the confluence of the Lobuche River, we descend into the river and begin the last and steepest climb of the day up to Dingboche On arrival in Dingboche, we enjoy the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect the barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals.
Beyond Duglha we trek up the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We find our way through the boulder-strewn slope as we ascend Chupki Lhara, an eerie ridge top with dramatic mountains views. At the top of the ridge we will find an array of stones with prayer flags used as memorials to Scott Fischer (American mountaineer) and 10 times Everest submitter Babu Chiri Sherpa (mountain guide from Nepal) who perished on a mission to climb Everest. As the trail drops to the Khumbu Glacier moraine, we find ourselves right “in front of” several great peaks – Khumbutse, Lingtren, Pumori and Mahalangur Himal. We are now in the vicinity of Everest but the great mountain still remains hidden. Nuptse towers to the right as the trail crosses the Khumbu Glacier. As we trek along a murmuring stream we do not see the Khumbu glacier because of its lateral moraine wall and we now begin to feel a little out of breath due to high altitude.
The trail to Gorak Shep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass though the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju. As we reach Gorak Shep, we will be surrounded by snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mount Everest. After a brief lunch and rest, we take the trail to Everest Base Camp through the once vast Gorak Shep.
Lake and return back to Gorak Shep
Today is the climax of our trip. We start early in the morning to catch the dramatic views from Kala Patthar witnessing the first light of day shining on Mount Everest. However, we need to get prepared for an early morning; there is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. Familiar peaks such as Lingtren, Khumbutse, Changtse tower to the east even as Everest begins to reveal itself emerging between the west shoulder crest and Nuptse. During the ascent to Kala Patthar we can pause to catch our breath at several outstanding view points to snap pictures. After several hours of an ascent, we reach Kala Patthar. From here we scramble to climb the rocky outcrop near to the summit marked by cairns and prayer flags. As we reach the top, we sit on the Kala Patthar rocks our eyes taking in the unbelievable Himalayan Panorama, wandering from one mighty massif to another. We take as many pictures as we can with our camera and take the in view with our mind’s eye to last lifetime. On being back to Gorak Shep, we have breakfast and continue trek back to Dzongla.
After early breakfast, our walk begins as we transverse through a spur extending westward from Dzongla. The path descends to a basin across which meanders a murmuring stream crusted with ice at places. In about an hour, we reach the top of the basin readying for the triumph on ChoLa pass 5430m. As we gain height, the view back gets increasingly more captivating; the Chola Lake begins to appear and the Ama Dablam in its pyramidal incarnation presides over a range of mountains on the south as Cholatse soars on the west.
An early breakfast, start trek dawn today as we have to trace our trail up to Marlung today after conquest of Renjo La 5345m. As there is no alternative to Marlung for overnight, we need to start early. Down from the Gokyo Valley, we leave the main trail and turn to Renjo La trail by Dudh Pokhari. After about 3 hours, we gain the Renjo La where a dazzling vista awaits. The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray smear of Ngozumpa Glacier.
The descent from Marulung to Thame follows a traditional route used for centuries by the Tibetan traders. Down from the Marulung we cross the Bhote Kosi and descend to Taranga. The trail then goes through the valley of Langmuche Khola. This stream drains down from Dig Tsho, the glacial lake that burst its banks in 1985, causing devastating floods along the Dudh Kosi Valley to moraine to Thame. Thame has a sprawling village with a few lodges and stunning mountains like Thamserku, Katenga, Kusum Kangguru, etc. Overlooking Thame is its famous Gompa situated some the fields, on a hill to the west. Established some 325 years ago, the Gompa has three big images of Chenresig (Avalokiteswara), Guru Rimpoche, Buddha Sakyamuni. Colorful Mani Rimdu festival featuring colorful mask dances is held in this Gompa in May. We climb down after crossing a bridge after then eventually reach Samde and continue to Namche bazaar.
The trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Koshi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we start to get warmed up by the light breeze. Any remaining sore throats and colds will be gone by today as we pass through this charming mountain air. Although we are travelling the same route down, we feel completely different views.
We snap a mixture of open plains, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We walk through the Sherpa villages’ noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, we stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with smile on their faces.
After breakfast, tours to the famous sightseeing of Bhaktapur and Patan -the medire view principalities of Kathmandu valley. You will visit old royal palaces, temples, stupas, and monasteries and will see lots of striking intricate wood and stone works. In the late afternoon we return to hotel in Kathmandu
Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu