Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek

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Annapurna Encounter offers a classic trekking Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp around high valleys of Arun valley, Solu & Khumbu in the Everest area, journey from Tumlingtar on the Arun Valley towards world’s highest country in between towering high peaks of Mt. Everest 8,848 m, Lhotse 8,460 m, Nuptse 7,145 m, Kwangde 6,160 m, Kangtenga 6,320 m, Tharmasarkhu 6,145 m, Mt. Pumori 7,125 m and the majestic Mt. Ama Dablam 6,645 meters, never ending views of these snow capped mountains throughout this trip to Everest Base Camp & Kalapatthar.

Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp adventure starts with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar town a plateau, located above Arun River, with warm tropical temperature and then heading to Salpa village to begin this great classic route to Everest base camp passing interesting Sherpa and Rai villages of Gothe bazaar, Salpa and the large Pangbung Sherpa village after crossing the high pass of Salpa at 3, 349 meters through beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, and then heading to another pass with first views of Khumbu area including Mt.Everest just after the nice village of Sonam, Guidel and Bung then over Ghaighat pass and towards a large village of Pangbung and getting closer towards the Khumbu region after visiting the lower side of Everest around Arun Valley and Solu area to higher cooler side near Kharekhola and then to Surkhe after Bubsa hill top with first glimpse of Lukla town with plane soaring above Surkhe village and slowly to Phakding village where the trail from Lukla joins.

After completing Other Side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp on the main trail encountering many trekkers on the way, who have flown to Lukla the walk passes several traditional Sherpa villages with its rich old culture and custom with awe inspiring scenery on the walk following the glacial Dudh Kosi river upstream and reaching the famous Sherpa’s capital at Namche Bazaar, with all kinds of modern facilities, hotels, lodge, restaurants, bakery, cyber café, post office and banks.

From Namche heading higher through beautiful serene woodlands of rhododendron, birch, pines and firs tree lines with tremendous views of high snow capped mountain during the walk every day, visiting the famous Tengboche monastery surrounded by high mountains and then slowly reaching at Everest base camp facing the notorious Khumbu ice falls and glaciers and then a climb to Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters the highest point of this trips for mind blowing views of surrounding high peaks with Mt. Everest at a stone throw distance, after an enjoyable and memorable time adventure Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp with Kalapatthar heading to Lukla and back into tree lines for the sweeping scenic flight back to Kathmandu with great service of Annapurna Encounter.ays

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels & Lodge basis
  • Total Trip : 25/26 days
  • Higest Point : 5,545 meters at Kalapatthar
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to adventurous
  • Season : All season except July and August
  • Trekking : 22 nights 23 days (Tumlingtar to Lukla)

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar 650m - 45 mins flight.
Day 03: Trek to Kartikeghat 840m – 04 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Gothe bazaar 800m- 06 hours.
Day 05: Trek Salpa Phedi 2,415m - 06 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Guranse 3,075m -05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Guidel 1,640m via Salpa pass 3, 349 m - 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Khiraule 2,360m - 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Ghai Kharka 2,450m via Surkie La (pass) 3,100m - 06 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Pangbung 2,670m -06hours.
Day 11: Trek to Bupsa 2,250m - 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Phakding 2,650 m - 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m - 05 hrs.
Day 15: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 16: Trek to Tyangboche 3,867 m - 05hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Dingboche 4,260 m - 05hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Lobuche 4,930 m - 05 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Gorak Shep 5,170 m and Everest Base Camp
5,364 m and return to Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Day 20: Hike to Kalapathhar 5,545 m trek to Pheriche 4,240m - 05 hrs.
Day 21: Trek to Tengboche - 05 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Monjo 2,860m - 06 hrs.
Day 23: Trek to Lukla - 04 hrs.
Day 24: Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 25: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 26: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport our AE staff will receive with a transfer to hotel in the hub of Kathmandu around Thamel area, an interesting place with shops, stores, international standard restaurants. Our guide will meet and inform you with details of the hotels and trekking Other side of Everest from Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp and more.

Day 02: Fly to Tumlingtar 45 mins of scenic flight.
As per the flight to Tumlingtar, our AE staff transfer you to domestic Kathmandu Airport for a scenic flight of 40 minutes to Tumlingtar, with great views of snow capped peaks from Langtang including Mt. Everest, Makalu & Mt. Kanchenjunga, on reaching at Tumlingtar town, which is above Arun River with warmer sub-tropical temperature walk to the town area and transfer to lodge for overnight with rest of day at leisure to explore this nice town like village.

Day 03: Trek to Katikeghat 840 m- 05 hrs.
A short walk today on the warmer area walking on the shore and river bed of
Arun River fed from the glacier of Makalu, Barun and mountain in Tibet, morning walk is pleasant walking on the shore of the river and into patch of small forest and passing several isolated farm villages of Rai tribes and then leading to cross a bridge over Arun River and to Katikeghat for overnight stop, here due to less trekkers might accommodate in tents with simple Nepali meals, with time in the afternoon for a splash in the cool river.

Day 04: Trek to Gothe bazaar 800 m - 06 hours.
From this small farm village leaving the river behind with climb over a hill top with great views of Arun valley, the walk leads to winding path through many scattered farm villages where rows of mandarin oranges are grown in abundance around this area, the walk leads towards north into rain forest and reaching Baluwabesi villages of Brahman, Chettri and Rai people, and then arriving at Gothe Bazaar for overnight stop ( here again might use tents for night rest with simple Nepali meals) Gothe a small farm village, famous for Rudrakchhhaya (Hindu’s holy beads).

Day 05: Trek Salpa Phedi 2,415m - 06 hours.
The walk today leads through terrace land with rice paddies, citrus fruits, banana groves etc. sparsely populated by Rai and Sherpa people, local produces Nepali paper with local plants Lokta (Dampne papaerius). Trail leads upwards on the slow walk gaining more altitude leaving the warmer area for cooler region at Salpa phedi the base of the hill of Salpa and the pass with few local lodges for overnights.

Day 06: Trek to Guranse 3,075m - 06 hrs.
Morning starting with a steep uphill climb through dense alpine woodlands of bamboo, rhododendron, oaks, hemlock and pines trees the walk passes few cattle herders shelter and camps in between forest surrounding and then after hard climb of the day reaching a small place at Guranse meaning “with rhododendron” for the night stop here might have to take shelter in tents and simple camping meals.

Day 07: Trek to Guidel 1,640m via Salpa pass -06 hrs.
From this thick forest line starting morning walk with a climb after an hour uphill walk reaching at Salpa pass of 3,349 meters altitude, with a large Buddhist chortens marking this scenic pass and from here a slow start of Sherpa culture influence, after a nice break here on the long downhill to reach at Sonam a Sherpa village for lunch after a long morning walk, from here on the gradual winding path to reach at Guidel large spread out Rai village for overnight stop in local simple lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Khiraule 2,360m - 05 hrs.
Starting the morning walk on a nice pleasant trail to cross a bridge over Hinku river which flows from the Mera peak area, after the bridge a short climb to another large Rai village at Bung, this rice growing area is one of the most fertile area of eastern Nepal, with Sherpa residing on much higher region. From here an hour or more of good climb through farm lands reaching at Khiraule a small village and cooler than the villages of Bung and Guidel.

Day 09: Trek to Ghai Kharka 2,450m via Surkhe La 3,100m - 06 hours.
From this nice quaint village morning walk leads to a steep climb into cool forest of rhododendron, pines, oaks and hemlock trees to reach at Surki-la also called as Ghai-Kharka pass a narrow gorge like place and quite dark with thick forested area, the pass is marked with few prayer flags and prayer signs and monuments, from here leading downhill on the steep path to Ghai-Kharka for overnight stop,
a small farming and cattle herders place with few small and simple tea houses serving as lodge for trekkers.

Day 10: Trek to Pangbung 2,670m - 06hours.
After a nice quiet time morning leads to downhill to cross a bridge over Hinku Khola which later joins Dudh Kosi river, after the bridge with a steep climb heading higher to reach a small settlement at Kharte with Sherpa farmers.
With a nice break probably lunch here and with another few hours of afternoon walk to Pangbung village for overnight stop, a nice moderate size village of the Sherpa.

Day 11: Trek to Bupsa 2, 250 - 05 hrs.
From here onwards into Khumbu region after being around Arun Valley and short time in Solu area, walk leads to a small climb on the wide trail above the village of Khare khola leading through woodland of oak, rhododendron and Dhaphne bushes (Nepalese rice paper plant). Walk carries on to reach our overnight stop at Bupsa village a small Sherpa place with nice comfortable lodge for overnight stop, from here onwards with good lodge to stay as this trail joins the Jiri route.

Day 12: Trek to Surkhe 2,295 m - 06 hrs.
Morning walk with a climb on the winding trail into a cool alpine forest passing several farm lands and villages and to a Pyuin village (Paya) stopping here for lunch break here the temperature gets cooler on reaching higher Khumbu area, from here walk is pleasant with few ups and downs but on gradual wide path reaching the top ridge of Surkhe above Lukla town.

From here descend towards Surkhe village for overnight stop, in the first village of Khumbu region after being in Solu area for several days.

Day 13: Trek to Phakding 2,650 m -05 hrs.
From Surkhe walk leads to an uphill on the winding path passing farm houses and terraces to Ghai Kharka or Muse village a large scattered village with high school and a monastery, from here joining the trail coming from Lukla, where you meet the fresh trekkers taking a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu, and then walk for an hour with gradual winding trail with few ups and down passing many smaller villages and farm fields with view of Kusum Kanguru and Kwangde peaks going around clockwise on Buddhist mani (prayer) walls and monument to reach at Phakding village for the first overnight in Khumbu area. Phakding located by the glacial Dudh Kosi River.

Day 14: Trek to Namche Bazaar 3,440 m -06 hrs.
Starting the fresh morning walk with pleasant uphill following the Dudh Kosi River and re-crossing the same river few times as the walk progress to reach at a nice Monjo village with views of Tharmasarkhu peak and the sacred peak of Khumbila at 5,865m (the patron God of Khumbu area) from here heading down to the entrance of Sagarmatha National Park after registration of Park & TIMS permits (Trekking Information Management System) which all trekkers must have to travel in the Nepal Himalayan region, here with information centre which is interesting to learn of the Khumbu area and its mountains and culture.
From here leading to cross a bridge over Dudh Kosi and arriving at Jorsalle the last village before Namche Bazaar of 2-3 hrs walking distance, stopping here probably for lunch break, afternoon walk leads on the river valley for sometime on reaching the last high bridge an uphill climb for 1-2 hours to reach our overnight destination at Namche, walking on the winding uphill through nice pines, firs and rhododendron woodland, chances of seeing some wildlife like Impeyan pheasant Danfe (Lopoforous) a colorful big bird which is Nepal national bird.
After a tiring climb finally reaching at Namche Bazaar with colored roofs houses set in huge U shaped with views of Kwangde Himal and Tharmasarkhu peak, here check into nice clean comfortable and cozy lodge for overnight stop for 2 nights.

Day 15: Rest day at Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.
A full rest day here for acclimatization at this high altitude of 3,440 meters before heading higher destination, Namche bazaar full of shops, stores, pubs and restaurants, post office, banks, cyber café with fresh bakery, this place is flooded with locals for shopping fresh supplies in Saturday market. Namche offers places for short or day hike to neighboring scenic areas up to Syangboche small airstrip and towards famous Everest View Hotel, Khunde and Khumjung village on the wide glacial valley beneath Mt. Khumbila or long hike to Tamo and Thame towards west, but the best thing is to 30 minutes climb the top ridge of Namche for aerial view of Namche bazaar and the surrounding mountain panorama with first view of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and the majestic peak of Ama Dablam, Kangtenga, Tharmasarkhu, Kwangde and Pachermo towards west, here visit the museum with information on flora / fauna, Sherpa traditions, culture and of mountaineering history of Khumbu area.

Day 16: Trek to Tengboche 3,867m -05 hours.
After a fine rest in Namche morning walk leads to a small climb at the top ridge and then on the gentle winding trail with few ups and down along with the great superb views of Mt. Everest and adjoining mountains, walk leads further with constant scenery of mountains rivers and dales in the forested area of alpine vegetations, after few hours, descending to Imjatse River at Phunge Tenga a small place for lunch stop located in the midst of conifer woodland.
From here 2 hours climb through the dense tree lines of pines, firs and rhododendron with awesome views of snow clad peaks and finally reaching the picturesque spot at Tengboche Monastery area with grand panorama of mountains that encircles this small place and towards north view of Mt. Everest and the stunning close face of Mt. Ama Dablam, with afternoon free to visit this interesting monastery and the museum.

Day 17: Trek to Dingboche 4,430 m - 05 hrs.
From Tengboche walk continues with a downhill through nice pleasant forest passing lovely place of Deoboche with Buddhist nunnery area and rows of prayer walls and then leading to cross a bridge over raging deep Imjatse river, after the bridge a gradual climb with awesome post card view of Ama Dablam peak and then reaching Pangboche village, this is the last permanent Sherpa village of this area, further on with only temporary settlement to cater the needs of the trekkers.
After Pangboche walk is moderate and then a steep climb up to Somare a small settlement with lodge and shops, a popular place for lunch spot on route Pheriche and Dingboche, with a lunch break here afternoon can be quite chilly with cold breeze and wind from here onwards, walking slowly on the gentle up with close view of Ama Dablam after few hours of good walk leading to a cross a bridge and with steep up for an hour and then a pleasant walk to Dingboche for overnight stop in this beautiful Imjatse valley with views of Island / Imjatse peak towards East of the valley along with Nuptse, Lhotse, Tawache and the North Face of Ama Dablam which looks totally different from this northern side.

Day 18: Trek to Lobuche 4,840 m - 05 hrs.
With a nice time at Dingboche feeling refresh, from here getting closer to our destinations, starting the morning walk with a slow climb to the first top ridge above Dingboche with Buddhist monuments and prayer flags with grand views of surrounding snow capped peaks as far to Mt. Makalu in the east, and then on the pleasant trail for few hours with gradual uphill looking down at Pheriche and the valley beneath the peaks of Tawache and Cholatse, and with first view of Mt. Pumori and reaching at Thugla for lunch stop, a small place with 2-3 small lodges located at the end of Khumbu glacier where it melts and starts into a raging Dudh Kosi River. After a nice break a steep up for an hour or less on the ridge top lined with tombs and memorial of unfortunate climbers on the mountaineering expeditions on Everest and other mountains of Khumbu area, from here a nice walk with slight up to reach at Lobuche for overnight halt with views of Nuptse and Changtse peak which lies into Tibet side over Lho la mountain ridge.

Day 19: Trek to Everest Base Camp 5,360 m via Gorakshep - 06 hrs.
Today towards our final destination and the highlight of this wonderful trip to Everest Base Camp, starting earlier to reach base camp and back to Gorakshep on time, as this will be one of the longest day trek heading North slowly past the metrological glass Pyramid station nearby, managed by Nepal and Italy government geologist, and then the walk leads through rocky moraine above Khumbu glacier to reach Gorakshep after 2-3 hours of walks, Gorakshep located on route Everest Base Camp beneath Kalapatthar rocky hill and towering Mt. Pumori with 3-4 lodges, after a break here continue walk towards east for few hours on the moraine of rocks with few hard ground and then on the icy glacier reaching to our goal at Everest base camp with awesome views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Changtse, Lho-la Lingtren and of Pumori Everest is hidden behind these high peaks and then looking at notorious Khumbu ice falls, after a wonderful moment feeling high spirit on reaching the highlight of this trip, base camp is flooded with expeditions camps during high season of April to May.
After a time here return back to Gorakshep for overnight stop after 5-6 hours of steady and tiring walk due to high altitude.

Day 20: Hike to Kalapatthar and trek to Pheriche - 06 hrs
Early morning 2 hours hike to the top of rocky summit of Kalapatthar at 5,545 meters the highest spot of this trip offering glorious views of surrounding mountains that encircles this amazing spot with Mt. Everest at near distance after an enjoyable and hard climb return trek back to Gorakshep and continue walk downhill to Pheriche reaching back at Thugla and from here the route diverts towards the valley floor on almost flat ground walking for an hour more on this windy valley reaching at Pheriche for overnight stop. Pheriche with views of surrounding peaks and with medical facilities at HRA post (Himalayan Rescue Association).

Day 21: Trek to Tengboche via Pangboche village 3,900 m - 05 hrs.
From Pheriche after the base camp and climb of Kalapatthar today’s walk is easier on the downhill path with few ups on route, walk leads to cross the river and with 40 minutes climb to a ridge and then downhill to Pangboche and then back to green vegetation and tree lines after the bridge, from here leading to a climb for few hours to Tengboche for overnight stop.

Day 22: Trek to Monjo village 2,860 m - 06 hrs.
Retrace the journey back to Monjo on loosing much altitude through Lobesa, Shanasa after a short climb from the river at Phungetenga and then to Namche Bazaar, after a rest here continue walk downhill to river bed and after crossing two bridges back at Monjo for overnight stop.

Day 23: Trek to Lukla - 05 hrs with afternoon free at leisure.
Today the last leg of the trek with pleasant walk on the winding trail passing several villages of Benkar, Toc-toc and Phakding and then Ghat, from Choplong village where the trail from Jiri joins with the last climb for an hour or more to reach at Lukla for last dinner and overnight with the guides and porters.
Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu rest day free for individual activities.
As per the flight time to Kathmandu, a short walk to Lukla airport terminal in the early morning, on boarding the smaller plane 30 minutes of sweeping flight with parallel views of mountains all the way to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to hotel after a short drive around Thamel area, with whole day free as per the time of return flight from Lukla.

Day 25: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu in case of flight delay due to bad weather as the Himalayan weather are unpredictable sometimes if all goes well as per the planned itinerary, morning guided sightseeing tour at places of interest. Kathmandu city and the surrounding valley steeped with history, culture. Kathmandu is full of World Heritage Sites with old Temples, Monasteries, Stupas, Royal Courtyard and Palaces, afternoon free at leisure for souvenirs shopping.

Day 26: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in Nepal with memorable moment and awesome experience and good time with Annapurna Encounter services, as per the international flight time our AE staff will transfer you to airport for the flight back home or to respective countries.

trekking from Arun Valley to Everest base camp, the other side of Everest
on the least crowded area on the best of Solu & Khumbu region of Everest
visiting Solu & Khumbu Sherpa’s village enriched with old tradition and culture
pristine forest of rhododendron, pines, firs and birch trees with flora & fauna
rich Buddhist culture, religion, monasteries in the shade of snow capped peaks
in the world’s highest Mt. Everest base camp with views of Khumbu icefalls