Arun Valley Trekking

Arun Valley Trekking
  • Duration17 Days
  • Max. Altitude3,540 m
  • Starts FromUSD 1650


Trip Grade:Moderate (**)

Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Transportation:Private Vehicle / Aeroplane


Starting from:Tumlingtar

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Arun Valley Trekking is enriched with natural beauty and cultural diversities. Arun Valley is situated in between two highest mountains Everest and Makalu. There is less impact of outer world and newly explored this region because of its scenic beauty. Sherpa, Rai and Limbu are the major ethnic groups of this place. Arun Valley lies to the east of Everest. Trekking to Makalu from the Arun Valley is least visited by the tourists. The trek to Makalu can be very short by taking the direct flight to Tumlingtar.

We begin trek Arun Valley going north up the Arun River to Sedua and Num. After we cross Barun La (4,110 m), we reach to Upper Barun Khola Valley. From there we can view Makalu very close. We can have wilder trek crossing Sherpani Col and West Col in to the upper Hongu Valley. The highest point of  Arun Valley Trek is Salpa Bhanjyang. We can visit the sacred lake “Salpa Holy Lake (3,414 m).This is the trek to enjoy the beautiful scenario of valleys and the splendid views of silvery mountains. The fascinating views of Arun River and Valley can be seen from the trekking terrain.


Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Scenic mountain flight over the mountains
  • Fly to Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and  Lukla to Kathmandu
  • Incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture
  • Significant views of Mt. Everest, Makalu, and  many other mountains
  • Salpa Lake (3414m), holy lake of Hindus
  • Experience the lifestyle of Sherpa, Rai and Limbus (Different indigenous groups of Nepal)
  • Less touristic influence on the trail
  • Incredible mountain view of Kanchenjungha, Kumbhakarna and Makalu

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel.Overnight at Hotel

Day 02:Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley & Trek preparation. O/N at Hotel

Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (450 m), 35 min. O/N at Guest House

Day 04:Trek from Tumlingtar to Kartike (300 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 05:Trek from Kartike to Gothe Bazaar (775 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 06:Trek from Gothe Bazaar to Dobhane (920 m), 3 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 07:Trek from Dobhane to Phedi (1,680 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 08:Trek from Phedi to Guranse (2,880 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 09:Trek from Guranse to Sanam (2,850 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 10:Trek from Sanam to Bung (1,900 m) 3 and half hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 11:Trek from Bung to Surke La (3,085 m) 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 12:Trek from Surke La to Gaikharka (2,300 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 13:Trek from Gaikharka to Pangum (3,173 m) 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 14:Trek from Pangum to Paiyan (2,680 m) 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House

Day 15:Trek from Paiyan to Lukla (2,820 m). O/N at Guest House

Day 16:Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m), 35 min. O/N at Hotel

Day 17:Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport

Cost Include

  • Airport picks up & drops by private tourist vehicle
  • A government licensed holder city tour guide
  • 3 nights twin sharing 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) during the trek
  • Lodges/ Guest Houses basis accommodation during the trek
  • Professional license holder English speaking Trekking Guide
  • Airfare of Kathmandu – Tumlingtar flight
  • Airfare of Lukla to Kathmandu flight
  • The required number of local staff and porters (2 Trekkers = 1 Porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • National Park fee and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Down Jacket, Duffle bag and sleeping bag by Himkala Adventure if required
  • Farewell dinner in traditional Nepali Restaurant with typical Nepali Cultural Show
  • Government taxes, vat & service charges

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee 
  • All Beverages: hot/cold drinks, hot shower, battery charge & laundry services
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes' section

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel.Overnight at Hotel Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you after you the completion your custom formalities and transfers you to the hotel, 5 km far from the airport. It takes about 20 minutes if there is no traffic jam. You could take rest and get refreshed from the jet lag and walk around Thamel in your spare time. Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 02Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley & Trek preparation. O/N at Hotel After breakfast, we prepare for the city tour in the historical monuments which are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We can visit the grandeur stupa where the monks and nuns are circumambulating the stupa chanting ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ spinning the prayer wheel. There are many monasteries intricately decorated. The image of Shakya Muni Buddha and other Lokeshworas and Taras have sparkled the Gumbas. The candle lamp offering in the memory of their deceased one or wishing for the good in the family seem the true cultural scenes here. We can visit palaces, museums, courtyards, and walk through the narrow stone paved streets. This reflects the traditional settlement of the medieval ages. Anyway, the traditional Hindu and Buddhist practices are found in today’s activities too. After visiting sites full of artistic craftsmanship and architecture, we return back hotel and brief you about the Siklesh Trekking that we begin from tomorrow. Overnight at Kathmandu

Day 03Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (450 m), 35 min. O/N at Guest House We fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. It is 35 minutes’ flight. This is the destination from where the trekkers start trek to Arun Valley. The flights are comfortable and safe operated by Yeti Airlines, Buddha Airlines on daily basis. Tumlingtar is a small flat hill town in eastern Nepal at Sankhuwasabha district. It has been surrounded by hills. It is situated at an elevation of 285 m. This is the region famous for the deepest valley and the biggest plateau in the world

Day 04Trek from Tumlingtar to Kartike (300 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast, we begin to trek to Kartike following the main trail downhill to Kumalgaun and reach to the edge of the broad plateau. We cross the bridge over the Arun River, head towards east and arrive at Bheteni Village. It is an hour walk from this village to reach to Chyawabenshi where we take our lunch. After lunch, we pass through the sub tropical forest and the trail traverses following the east river bank of Arun River and reach to the Rai, Chhetri and Brahmin settlements. We visit this village and proceed to Kartike. Overnight at tea house

Day 05Trek from Kartike to Gothe Bazaar (775 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast, we continue our trek walking through the rice fields about half an hour and cross the tarnished metal bridge. We follow the path in the middle of the terraced rice fields on the bank of Arun Koshi and reach to small village of Balwwa Benshi (320 m).Then we ascend into the copse of Sal forest to the Bharta and Nepali Danda villages and cross the ridge. From the ridge, we can see the scintillating views of luxuriant Arun Valley. After this, we slightly go high through the rice field and arrive at Mardua (1,500 m), the Rai settlement. We descend to Nepali Chalishe Danda and continue to walk along the north bank of Irkhuwa Khola passing banana farmland to Gothe Bazaar. Overnight at tea house

Day 06Trek from Gothe Bazaar to Dobhane (920 m), 3 hrs. O/N at Guest House Today, it is an easy and short trek from Gothe Bazaar which is situated on the bank of Benkhuwa Khola to Dobhane. It takes about 3 hours through the terraced rice fields along the irrigation channels. We cross the bridge and head to the north bank. We can see Nepali paper factory producing from the typical Nepali plants called Lokta. We go uphill passing Rai and Sherpa villages and cross the big suspension bridge over to Irkhuwa Khola then we arrive at Dobhane. Overnight at tea house

Day 07Trek from Dobhane to Phedi (1,680 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast, we continue our trek and pass through Tendor and Tallo Phedi villages which have slate roofed houses. We go over the terraced rice fields divided it by the irrigation chhanels. We go through the damp patches of forest following to the south bank. We continue the path, following the Irkhuwa Valley and cross the bamboo bridge. After this, we take a path over the Sanu Khola to Phedi. We can visit the insolvent stupa and gompa nearby. Overnight at tea house

Day 08Trek from Phedi to Guranse (2,880 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House We climb steeply to Thulo Fokte (2,140 m) via Jaubari. Then the path goes gently up through stone stairs passing the forest of oak, birch and rhododendron. Then, the trail drops down from the top to the Belbate (2,800 m). After half an hour walk from Bebate, we arrive at the lovely village of Guranse. Overnight at tea house

Day 09Trek from Guranse to Sanam (2,850 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast, we follow the trail passing through rhododendron forests with Mani walls and stupas and reach to Salpa Pokhari, the holy pond for wish fulfilling at an elevation of 3,414 m. It takes about 2 hours from Guranse to reach to Salpa Pokhari. The serene atmosphere around the pond is further furnished by the hemlock and fir forest. We can see the peak of Solukhumbu in a distance from here. We reach to Salpa Bhanjyang, the open area with tiny rhododendron bush and drop down to the main stream. So the path goes over the hillside through the damp forest and reaches to Sanam. Overnight at tea house

Day 10Trek from Sanam to Bung (1,900 m) 3 and half hrs. O/N at Guest House We take our breakfast and go ahead to Bung descending through the forest of rhododendron, brown oaks and chir pines. We visit the paper factory, tea shops and old Gumba at Share village after passing the big rock carved with Buddhist mantras. After 2 hours walk, we reach to Gudel (1,900 m), the Rai village. Then we cross the suspension bridge of Hongu Khola (1,320 m) and descend to the village through rice, millet terraces to Bung.It is the place officially to pay the Makalu National Park entry fee. Overnight at tea house

Day 11Trek from Bung to Surke La (3,085 m) 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House We climb up the hill side passing through the Rai houses, continue the main trail, we can view the Hongu valley beautiful. We pass the hillside with Mani walls. We can mark the Khiraule Gompa encircled by the juniper trees in the upper valley. We pass the valley of Charakot and drop steep down to Surke La through stone stairway. Overnight at tea house

Day 12Trek from Surke La to Gaikharka (2,300 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House The trail descends steeply to the notch of the cliff wall. We pass the slopes covered by the coppice of the bamboo forest. We pass the Najindingma Village (2,650 m) and can view the summer pastureland. After one and half hours walk down through the squelchy forest, we reach to Gaikharka. Overnight at tea house

Day 13Trek from Gaikharka to Pangum (3,173 m) 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast, we follow the path with damp forest and continue to Hinku Khola. We cross the steel cable bridge (62 m long) over the Hnku Khola and ascend vertically up to the Sibuje Valley (2,500 m). We can see the beautiful water falls on the way. This valley is also known as Vasme or Chatuk which takes 2 hours to reach from Gaikharka. We further climb up where we can see the pocket sized village Gompa. After an hour walk through rhododendron forest, we hit the Pangum La pass from where we can see the mighty view of Mera Peak. We have to hike up to Pangum Gompa for overnight stay. Overnight at Pangum Gompa

Day 14Trek from Pangum to Paiyan (2,680 m) 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House Today, we trek downhill and up over to Kari La (3,145 m) first. After Kari La Pass, we drop downhill steeply in the end where the Arun Valley path joins the route from Jiri just before Paiyan. The terrain does not seem pleasant and the trail diverts in to the side valleys and goes far from the direct way to Paiyan. Finally, we trek to Paiyan overlooking the small tributary of Dudhkoshi .Overnight at tea house

Day 15Trek from Paiyan to Lukla (2,820 m). O/N at Guest House Today, we have an easy trek of few hours from Paiyan to Lukla. We can hike to Karte La Pass. The trail goes uphill along the Jiri Path. Overnight at hotel

Day 16Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (1,350 m), 35 min. O/N at Hotel We fly from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning flight because nobody can predict the weather at Lukla, the day time may be the worst. In case the weather is bad, we will have a leisure day and explore around Lukla. Hopefully, it will be the clear day and we fly back to Kathmandu with great mountain scenery. After check in hotel, you could take rest or spend the rest of time for shopping. Himkala has arranged for the dinner together in the Nepali restaurant with typical Nepali cultural Show. Overnight at hotel

Day 17Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport We depart you to the International airport 3 hours before to your scheduled flight. You could utilize the leisure time doing shopping around. We escort you to the airport, show our gratitude that you joined to Himkala Adventure for the Arun Valley trekking and leave you there to go ahead for the boarding plane. We wish you have safe journey to the onward destination. Namaste!!!

Trip FAQ

Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about Arun Valley Trekking for all curious travelers/trekkers in the world. As you are entirely from different geographical location, you could better to know everything about the treks from the beginning i.e. airport pick up till your departure like airport picks up, drops off, accommodation in city, in the trek, guide and porters, safety for the trekking, food and accommodation and some other things that you might face on the way. Hope our endeavor listing these questions answers will help you self informed.

This is simply the outlines of the services we offer but it may differ as per your requirement, number of trekkers. What we go through our conversation, we will manage the means of transportation, hotels in the city, accommodation in the trekking, numbers of porters etc. This is general idea about Arun Valley Trekking  before your trip and you become clearer about the trek. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.

1) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?

Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.

Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. Do as much uphill as possible. If you live in flat area, go to the stadium and use the steps with your pack.

2) Do I really need to use guide to Arun Valley Trekking?

You are advised to use Guide so that you could feel safer in the unknown area because the guide can tell you the possible danger as they have guided in this region since long. Most importantly, the Himalayan weather is really unpredictable and the Guide can help you to take proper shelter. Nest advantage to be with Guide is you get more knowledge about local culture and you could have easy access to interact with the local people. In 2014, the Nepal Government clearly has stated that the trekkers should have a guide but still it is not seemed in the practicality.

3) How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?

Our representative from Himkala Adventure will display a small board (placard) of company or your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.

4) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?

Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.

5) How are tea house facilities during Arun Valley Trekking?

Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Arun Valley Trekking area are professional though they are simple but with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food with friendly atmosphere Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.

6) What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?

Guesthouses/Tea Houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.

7) What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking? 

The foods in the Himalayas are very simple. There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.

Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains. All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.

8) What mode of transportation do I use?

We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.

9) What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season for Arun Valley Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.

10) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?

The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Arun Valley Trekking is comfortable.

11) Who will be guiding me during this trip?

We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed.  All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government.  We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.

12) What sort of experience do your guides have?

Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.

Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.

13) May I charge my electronic devices during Arun valley Trekking?

Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.

14) How much additional money is required for this trip?

It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.

15) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Himkala Adventure for this trip?

The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together with other companies and taking these issues seriously.

16) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?

We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Arun Valley Trekking. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.

17) Are there communication or internet services during Arun Valley Trekking?

All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal.

18) May I get chances for shower during Arun Valley Trekking?

Most of the guesthouse provides hot shower with some extra cost. In few places, bucket water will be provided for the shower.

19) May I add extra days in trekking?

Yes. You can customize the trek as you would want. We are flexible while preparing the itinerary and you could lengthen or shorten it as per your requirement.

20) What happens in case of emergency?

Himkala Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.

21) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?

We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal.  Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking.  Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism.  Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact.  Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places.  So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.

22) What type of shoes should I wear during Arun Valley Trekking?

You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots with extra laces which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Arun Valley Trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.

23) Can I use credit cards in Arun Valley Trekking?

No, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu. So, it is better you to make change in Kathmandu. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.

24) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?

Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

25) How is Camping Trek to Arun Valley being operated?

Camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.

Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.


Trip Note


The cost of trip varies according to the number of travelers in the group, the category of the Hotel, mode of the transportation and any kind of changes (if there is). So, if you would let us know all of these above mentioned things, then we could quote you the exact price.

Essential Documents:

You are requested to send the following documents after you confirm or book the trip with Himkala Adventure:

A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.

It is advised to maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques, bank/ATM card, contact numbers, international flight tickets, and emergency contact numbers.


The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to December and March to May. The day temperature for walking to Arun Valley Trekking is comfortable. The sky is clear although there is snow and rainfall occasionally. It is about 10 degree centigrade at the height of 3,600 m and increasingly lower, the higher we go. There may be snow at Annapurna Base Camp at any time of the year.


A traveler to/from Lukla is allowed to carry 10 kg of check-in luggage and 5 kg of carry-on hand luggage per person with his/her flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5 kg per person only) will be charged at 120 NPR per person at your own expense.

Extreme Weather and Airport Closures:

Weather conditions in the Himalayas are unpredictable. Flights can be cancelled or delayed due to bad weather. Flights to and from Lukla are particularly prone to travel delays. There is no other alternative except having patience for the good weather or have some optional trip around or chartering helicopters. You will be accommodated at your joining hotel at your own expense.

Nepal Strikes:

There is much more progress in the political scenario in Nepal and we assure you that travelling in Nepal is safe. But there may be Bandha (wide transport strikes) at a very short notice. The shuttle bus is in operation by Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association from domestic and international terminal to the various hotels in Kathmandu. The service costs 300 rupees per person.

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Himkala has thoughtfully designed all the itineraries but our itineraries are updated for the betterment on the basis of our past travelers’ comments and our own research. In case you find changes in the itinerary you printed and the upgraded one does not affect your trip. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to bad weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes.

Physical Rating:

Your trip will be meaningful if you could find yourself fit and fine. You will be walking up to 3,540 m from the sea level. As the geographical region varies, there is a temperature variation as well. So, we advise you to undertake regular physical exercise, jogging, hiking, riding, ascending and descending the long stairs etc.

Group Size:

Himkala Adventure organizes solo to group travelers. Our group trips are designed for sharing accommodation and there is no single supplement. Single travelers share with the same gender from twin to multi-share in an accommodation. You are requested to have mutual understanding in between the fellow travelers who have joined from the different parts of the world. Please remember that you have great responsibilities in the group. If you are requested to be at a particular place at a certain time, make sure that you have been there at a time. It is much more pleasing sharing experiences and traveling together.

Accommodation and Meals:

Accommodation and Foods in the Himalayan region of Nepal cannot be compared with any developed countries in the world. We know that you might not have experienced such things before but you should take it easy. Accommodations at local lodges are simple but clean and comfortable. The food is plain. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary. In high altitude regions, there are very few tea houses and one has to be happy to share in simple dormitories without electricity, without running water. Hot shower means a  bucket of hot water upon our request.

Money Matters:

Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). ATMs can be found only in major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bhaktapur etc. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You make sure that you won’t carry these notes upon arrival in Nepal, otherwise they are confiscated and you may be fined.

Please make sure that the foreign currency notes that you have are new and clean notes because old, torn or faded foreign currency notes in Nepal are very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks.

While travelers cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travelers’ cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.


Tipping is not mandatory. It is not anyone’s right asking for tips but if you are happy with the service, you could tip the staffs. It is entirely a personal preference. Tipping could be significant to them who took take great care of you in your traveling period. Himkala recommends that you could tip any intended recipient by any member of the group than collected and passed on by the group leader.

Note: Please do not tip with coins or dirty and ripped notes. This is culturally taken as an insult.

Local Dress in Nepal:

Nudity is a sensitive issue in Nepal. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Remove shoes before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in some temples.


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