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Everest Base Camp via Arun Valley  

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Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek via Arun Valley provides another alternative route to get to Khumbu region and Mount Everest. It combines both Arun Valley and EBC Trek. Arun Valley is one of the unexplored, marvelous and irregular trekking regions in Nepal. This trek follows the route of Arun River, which is located in between two giant mountains, Everest and Makalu. The route offers really superb views of hundreds of other mountains as well. In addition, tourists and trekkers can also experience and explore the natural and cultural diversity of the region. Different ethnic groups such as Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, Gurung, Tamang, Newar, Chhetris and Brahmins reside in the region.

Tumlingtar and Lukla are the starting and ending points of the trek respectively. Lukla (the point of departure to Everest base Camp) is the point where one can join the EBC trek as well.  The highest point of the trek is Salpa Bhanjyang where holy lake Salpa is located. The trail also passes through Sedua and Num, Barun, Sherapani col and west col of Hongu valley. The total duration of the trek is 27 days. 

 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley 
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar and Trek to Kartikighat
Day 04: Trek to Gothe Bazaar
Day 05: Trek to Salpa Phedi
Day 06: Trek to Guranse
Day 07: Trek to Sanam via Guranse 
Day 08: Trek to Guidel
Day 09: Trek to Kiraunle Gompa
Day 10: Trek to Sibuje
Day 11: Trek to Pangum
Day 12: Trek to Puinya
Day 13: Trek to Lukla
Day 14: Trek to Phakding
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 16: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche
Day 18: Trek to Pheriche 
Day 19: Rest day in Pheriche
Day 20: Trek to Lobuche
Day 21: Trek to Gorak Shep 
Day 22: Trek to Everest Base Camp and Trek to Gorak Shep
Day 23: Trek to Pangboche 
Day 24: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day 25: Trek to Lukla
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 27: Depart Kathmandu
 
Name: Arun Valley Trek
Duration: 27 days
Grade: Streneous Trek
Starts in: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Camp
Transportation: Private vehicle and flight
Maximum altitude: 5,364m
Per day walking: 5 - 6 hours
 
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our Fishtail representative and driver will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you to check into your hotel. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities during the trek.
 
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley 
Kathmandu valley is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The valley offers you a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit renowned and one of the largest Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa. After lunch, you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square.
 
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar (487m) and Trek to Kartikighat (315m)
After breakfast, you will board a flight to Tumlingtar in eastern region of Nepal, the starting point of your trek. Even during the entire flight, you can enjoy panoramic sights of great Himalayas of Nepal including Everest (8,848m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho Oyu (8,153m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Shar (8,393m), Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar, Ganesh, Langtang etc.  After reaching Tumlingtar, you will trek ahead towards Kartikighat.
 
Day 04: Trek to Gothe Bazaar
The day begins with a strenuous uphill hike away from the Arun towards Chalise, where we will break for lunch. After the meal, we will start the gradual climb to Gothe Bazaar where we will camp for the night. In the village, we can sample the local Chhang, a beer made from rice.
 
Day 05: Trek to Salpa Phedi (2,760m)
En route to Salpa Phedi, you will have to pass through several villages such as Lankuwa and Dhobani. Dhobani is renowned as a village of paper makers. Crossing Lankuwa village you will hike uphill for another hour or so accompanied by undulating grasses rocks and fruit trees until you reach the sprawling settlement of Salpa Phedi for overnight.
 
Day 06: Trek to Guranse (2,500m)
The trek will continue further uphill through many dwellings of upper Salpa Phedi facing amazing views down the valley. It will take you several hours to reach Jau Bari, a village renowned for best barley in the region and where there is a Sherpa Gompa (monastery) just below a lovely Sherpa-run campsite. Moving ahead, you will walk across the terraced fields and rhododendron forests to Salpa Lake and then to the final destination for the day, i.e., Gurasne or Chayaksila. 
 
Day 07: Trek to Sanam (2,850m)
Leaving Guranse, you will follow the trail to reach Sanam. On the way you will come across the Salpa Bhanjyang, which is the border of Solukhumbu and the Sherpa region. In addition, you will be witnessing wonderful views of snow-capped Karylung Peak, Lidung Khola and the traditional Sherpa villages.
 
Day 08: Trek to Guidel
Today you will contour along a high trail with broad views of Duire (Tiu) - a group of simple lodges, Rustic Gompa, and finally you will reach a large bustling Rai village at Guidel.
 
Day 09: Trek to Kiraunle Gompa
Today you will hike for a longer time in comparison to other days but the effort won’t go waste. Beautiful forests and terraced land fields, villages and schools will make the entire journey very interesting. Then you will reach your final destination for the day – Kiraunle where Chamaling Gompa is located. 
 
Day 10: Trek to Sibuje (2,480m)
Moving ahead, today you will have another pass to cross, i.e., Surkie La Pass. It will take three hours to reach Sibuje from the pass. Better views of Karylung, Khatang and Numbur mountains can be gained at the sightseeing platform just above the narrow 'pass' ridge. 
 
Day 11: Trek to Pangum (3,137m)
Yet another fantastic day of the trek because you will be climbing Najina Dingma.  The path descends through Gai Kharka, several villages and Imja Khola. On the way to Pangum you can see Mera Peak looming in front of you. Pangum has few nice lodges, Hillary school, fields marked by wooden fences and a Tibetan Buddhist gompa off to the northern side of the village. Fantastic view of sunset is visible over the wide-open valley with Karylung rising majestically across the Dudh Koshi River.
 
Day 12: Trek to Puinya (2,800m)
En route to Painya, you will come across long rows of old Mani walls, hilltop villages of Buspa and Karikhola and Khari la pass. It will take us another good hour and a half of contouring and climbing to crest the pass at 3,075m but the views are amazing from the top. You will also have the first view of the sacred Sherpa peak, Khumbu Yul Lha (Khumbila), Gyachen Kang and Kusum Kangaru just around the corner.
 
Day 13: Trek to Lukla (2,850m)
After breakfast, you will proceed to Lukla. The route will keep you engaged with beautiful scenery of mountains, hills, forests, rivers, traditional villages etc.
 
Day 14: Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
The walk from Lukla to Phakding is gradual and has few ups and downs on the way. You will be accompanied by a superb view of Kusum-Kangru, short suspension bridges, and Ghat village.  Another one and a half hour of gradual walk brings you to Phakding village. 
 
Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
Leaving Phakding, you will be crossing the river twice through high suspension bridges and arrive at Monjo – the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. From here, you will follow the path to reach Namche, which is the major trading village in entire Khumbu region. If the weather is clear, you will get the first glimpse of Everest from this point.
 
Day 16: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
Today you will spend your entire day in Namche by taking complete rest in order to acclimatize to gain altitude, plan for forthcoming trips and get habituated to your trekking destinations. 
 
Day 17: Trek to Thyangboche (3,860m)
This day, from Namche, the trail follows the path to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi River.  You will get to see some great views of peaks of Khumbu region including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. As you move downwards, you will pass through several Sherpa villages and teashops. The path offers awesome sights of Rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Finally, you will reach Thyangboche, which is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu region.
 
Day 18: Trek to Pheriche (4,371m) 
Today, you will be descending downhill from Thyangboche through the forests and crossing Imja Khola. The trail then follows the uphill path to the village of Pangboche which faces Mount Ama Dablam (6,856m). Joy of the trek will be further escalated by views of mountains, forests, gompas, rivers etc. Further two hours of walk will take you to your last destination for today.
 
Day 19: Rest day in Pheriche
Today you will spend your entire day in Pheriche resting in order to acclimatize to gain altitude, plan for forthcoming trips and get habituated to your trekking destinations. However, if you want, you can climb up onto the ridge overlooking Mount Lhotse and Imja Valley.
 
Day 20: Trek to Lobuche (4,910m)
Leaving Pheriche, you will trek uphill to Lobuche and have to pass through a wide valley, Khumbu glacier and several teahouses in between. Besides, the trail also offers magnificent views of Cholatse and Tawache.
 
Day 21: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m)
Your last destination for today will be Gorak Shep, base for the Everest Base Camp. To reach Gorak Shep you will have to pass Kalapatthar and Khumbu glaciers. 
 
Day 22: Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) and Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164m)
A very early start is required to reach the Everest Base Camp. It takes several hours as the trail weaves its way through ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, you can opt to take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu Ice-fall and South Col. 
 
Day 23: Trek to Pangboche (3,985m)
Today you need to walk downhill. Couple of hours of walk will take you to Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). From there, you will continue the journey and pass Khumbu Khola, Imja Khola and the suspension bridge before arriving at Pangboche.
 
Day 24: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
From Pangboche, your journey will continue towards Namche. The trail will take you across rivers and rhododendron forests amidst the views of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku mountains.
 
Day 25: Trek to Lukla (2,850m)
This will be the final day of the trek and the ultimate destination is Lukla. The path goes along the Dudh Koshi River. Upon reaching Lukla in the evening, you will have time to enjoy local drinks with a company of Sherpa guides and porters.
 
Day 26: Fly to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will check in to the Lukla airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching the Kathmandu airport, your guide will transfer you to the designated hotel. In the evening, you have free time for refreshments and shopping.
 
Day 27: Depart Kathmandu
After checking out of the hotel, our representative will take you to the international airport for your flight towards onward destination. If you want to continue your stay in Nepal for short tours i.e. National parks, rafting, mountain biking, hiking, etc., please do let us know. We will be proudly serving your needs.
 
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