Arun Valley is one of the deepest valleys in the world, nestled between the Everest and Makalu trekking areas (Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu-Barun National Park). It is a thrilling trek in Eastern Nepal, a suitable alternative to those who would like to see the Everest region peaks, but do not want to deal with the dangerously high altitude. The valley formed by the powerful Arun Koshi (River) makes for some incredible trekking through diverse landscapes. Depending on when you take the trek, it’s quite possible that you won’t see another trekker for several days.
The trails lead to the base camp of Makalu (8463 meters/27,766 feet), the 5th highest mountain in the world. The Arun Valley Trek is characterized by remote villages, lush terraced hillsides, dense jungles, and jaw-dropping Himalayan peaks. We pass through numerous local villages, most of which are of Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa ethnicity. They welcome us with open arms and show us their warm hospitality. Interactions with locals are more genuine on the Arun Valley Trek than others, simply because the area sees few trekkers.
The journey starts with a pleasant flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar before beginning the memorable journey. We hike along the Arun River and through rural farmlands. The trail climbs up and up, through verdant, mixed forests (the rhododendrons are spectacular in the spring!). Cross a few high passes for jaw-dropping mountain views, including Mount Everest (8848 meters/29,029 feet), Lhotse (8516 meters/27,940 feet), and many more. You will be in awe staring at not one or two, but several of the highest mountains in the world in one sweeping glance.
Eventually, the trail meets up with the Jiri trail and follows to Lukla, known as the most airport in the world, and the arrival/departure point for Everest region treks. Say “See you later” to the mountains and take a scenic flight from there that takes us back to Kathmandu. We’ll have a delicious farewell dinner in the evening for you and celebrate a successful and memorable trek.
Our Arun Valley Trek is a camping journey. Where there are guesthouses, we can stay there upon your request. Otherwise, we will be camping outside under a tent. Our skilled chef will prepare the meals and we will be sleeping under the bright stars and towering peaks.