NORTH POLE TREKKING PVT. LTD. This trek fllows the Arun Valley, along one of the few rivers that cuts through the Himalaya to Tibet. The route involves flying to Biratnagar and taking a bus to Dharan and Dhankuta/Hille, or taking a bus all the way from Kathmandu. Flying to Tumlingtar is a good option on this route, but flights are not very frequent. The route has been designated as part of the Great Himalaya Cultural Trail.
The trail crosses some quite hard passes to join the main Classic Everest trail alter Pangom, near Kharte. Outline notes are given here, since we have not done the trek for some years. There are quote a number of reasonable lodges, basic lodges and homestays now for most to avoid camping. This is one of those routes where hardly ‘live off the land’ adventurous trekkers can invariably also use other homestay options. This means staying with hospitable families enroute, utilizing part of their house, living area, kitchen, and unlikely now, their chicken shed or hay barn.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: fly or drive from Kathmandu toTumlingtar (4,10m)
Ideally take the plane to Tumlingtar, since it takes less than an hour. However, flights are not very regular these days. The alternative is a flight to Biratnagar, then buses and jeeps. The worst choice is taking a ghastly bus all the way from Kathmandu-best not to swell on that prospect. Tumlingrar (410 m) has a few OK lodges.
Day 03: Trek from Tumlingtar to Chiyabesi (280m) 4 to5 hrs
The route follows the hot Arun Valley all day. A short descent is in order from Tumlingrar to reach the banks of the Arun.
The jeep track-trail passes through poor settlements where traditional houses were once built on stilts to catch any breeze. Giddhe is one of the first villages with basic lodges.
Satighat is the main place en route.Most of the inhabitants live up on the hillsides, where the heat is less oppressive. Most trekkers stay at Chiyabesi (280m), also called Chewabesi.
Day 04: Trek from Chiyabesi to Tabutar (600m) 5 to 6 hrs.
The trail continues along the hot and humid arun Valley before climbing west.
Just after Kkattike (500m) the route turns west and climbs through Majhuwa (Marduna ) into the side valley of the Likhuwa (Irkhuwa) Khola. Keeping generally well above the river, the path goes throuth the small settlement of Chalise, which has a homestay. Later across the river is Tabutar (600m). with a lodge. Trekkers making faster progress will most likely get well past here in a day .
Day 05: Trek from Tabutar to Dobhane (600m) 4 to 5 hrs
The route continues along the Likhuwa Khola. The trail heads to Gothe Bazar. The Benkhuwa River is crossed on a bridge near here. Negdaha is one possible place to overnight, although we have no information about andy house-stay/homestay of lodge here. Further on Dobhane (930) has pretty basic lodgings.
Day 06: Trek from Dobhane to Salpa Phedi (1,565m) 4 to 5 hrs.
trek route here is following the designated Great Himalaya Cultural Trail.
From Doghane the path climbs initially but keeps well below salewa and generally keeps above the river to Tendo (1475m). All trekkers overnight at Salpa Phedi (1565), since it lies below the Salpa Bhanjyang pass. Thre are OK lodgings. Bob spent two days here when the group’s team of porters decided to go home to harvest their rice! Luckily it’s an amiable spot –but only for an afternoon!
Day 07: Trek from Salpa Phedi to Guranse (2,990m) 4 to 5 hrs.
It’s a really tough call getting as far as Sanam with such al big altitude gain from Phedi to the Pass.
Leaving Salpa Phedi, hopefully with a porter or two, the trail immediately stars out as it means to continue, for at least 3hrs. The initial, very steep climb passes through bamboo country before oak and rhododendron replace it. Guranse92990m) is at least 1 hr before the pass.
Day 08: Trek from Guranse to Sanam (2,600m0 5 to 6 hrs.
A lagre chorten marks the Salpa pass. The first sigh of Buddhist territory.
Heading on up from Guranse, the Salpa Pass (3360m) is soon (well quite soon!) at hand. The descent is no less gentle, especially at first. This is very wild country and birdlife is prolific in the dense forest. Less likely to be encountered are black bears and sometimes red pandas. After the tiny Salpa Pokhari lake (it may not be seen) the route continues its momentum via Dhaka (2676m), also called wakkha. It’s quite a long haul to the main settlement at Sanam (2,00m). The village is compact and neat, with a small old monastery and a newer one. There is a lodge near the gompa.
Day 09: Trek fromsanam to Bung (1,800m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Today is al bi of a shocker. It’s a typical day in the middle hills descend a lot, climb a lot, sweat a lot. En route is the forst Sherpa settlement of Tiu (Tium) Nimchola (Sorung ) has a couple of gompas and some confusing trails.
Further on all the fun stars at Guidel (1968m) after a descent through the forest. Bung is barely 3km as the crow flies across the valley but virtually a whole day is needed to surmount this. The drop to the Hongu Khola is testing. The climb through cloud forest bamboo os energy-sapping. Bung (1800m) is a lagre spread-out place, so there’s another Rai village; its name means ‘pretty flower’ in Rai.
Day 10: Trek from Bung to Gaikharka (2,500m) 5 to 6 hrs.
After the previous day’s exertions it’s a relief to have an easier day. From Bung a steady climb takes the route around the hillside to Khiraule (2400m) in 3-4hrs. There is l locally famed monastery set in a ring of trees and a good lodge makes it tempting to stop here. Ahead the trail climbs to the Surkhe La (3085m). Again it’s a wearying slog, but there are views up the Inkhu Valley. Down the hill, after passing
Day 11: Trek from Gaikharka to Pangom (3,050m) 6 to 7 hrs.
If you thought bung was the end of the seemingly wasteful height gains on this trek, think again. Today the route drops to the deeply cut Inkhu Khola (1830m). The nest stage is severe, with the climbing trail making for Sibuje (2832). Sibuje (Shibucvhe ) has a fes lodges and a home stay. Forest again blocks the views up to the Narkung AL pass (3286), also called the Pangkoma La. The path makes a short descent to Pangom (3050m). It boasts a Hillary school and is a pleasan place to lodge overnight.
Day 12: Trek from Pangom to Puiyan (2,730m) 5 to 6 hrs.
Leaving sunny pangom, the route drops around the ridges and hillsides to join the Classic Everest route.
En route Kharte (2830m) is above the newer main trail via Kharikhola.There is a simple lunch spot at the Khari La (3415m)en route. Following this higher trail eventually takes the Arun Valley trekker to puiyan 92730m) and the regular trail for Namche.
Day 13: Trek from Puiyan to Lukla (2,860m) 3 to 4 hrs.
The route is described above under the Classic Everest Trek.
Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu 33 minutes flight.
Day 15: Transfer to International Airport.
What is Included
- Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car / van / bus
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as mentioned in the itinerary.
- All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Local licensed English and other language speaking guides. (We have guides for different language including Russian, etc.)
- Flight from Kathmandu Tumlingtar to Lukla and back to Kathmandu
- Local staffs and porters to carry your luggage during the trek
- Down jackets-sleeping bags and comprehensive medical kits.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staffs
- Inclusive of government tax.
- Official expenses
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
- Sagarmatha National Park permits fee.
What is Excluded
- All meals (lunch and dinner) in City or the Capital.
- Your travel insurance (compulsory)
- International airfares and airport departure tax
- Visa fees
- Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks, laundry
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips for trekking staffs and driver. (Note: Tipping is expected)
- Certain sightseeing/monument entrance fees
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in above section.
- 1-2 long sleeve T-shirts
- 4-5pairs of Socks
- A down Jacket
- A wind and waterproof thin layer jacket.
- 2 windproof/waterproof trousers
- A Thermal wears (specially a trouser)
- A pair of good trekking boot
- Pair of sandal
- Trekking Stick/s
- Winter hat
- A pair of half gloves for walking stick (if you prefer)
- Sunscreen (35 to 60spf)
- Sleeping bag
- Head light
- Water bottle and a water purifying pills
- And a medicines which are necessary for you.
NORTH POLE TREKKING PVT. LTD. information about Himalayas of Nepal Everest Region Trekking.
Doing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people with saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
- Don’t under estimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual don’t like that.
Note regarding itineraries.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprise to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Although, we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa expedition & trekking pvt. ltd. Walkers has led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.