While you landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport we welcome you with your name and assists to transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The evening we’ll pick up you for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurants with a cultural program in the heart of Kathmandu and overnight at Hotel.
Planning for the pre-trip meeting at morning which includes briefing and preparation for the today’s trip after breakfast. Then you will be headed for the full day sightseeing of capital city Kathmandu which is the city of temples and the world heritage sites.
We'll head to the domestic airport after breakfast for our flight to Tumlingtar in eastern Nepal, the starting point of our trek through the Arun Valley. It's a beautiful flight over terraced fields, hills and traditional villages with a range of Himalayan 8, 000-meter peaks peeking over the haze in the distance. The landing is classic old-style Nepal, a sharp turn, a steep descent to a large, grassy field and trek continue. The Arun Salpa Valley trek will be wonderful days of 'old-style' trekking through the idyllic middle hills of eastern Nepal, a very diverse region of many ethnic groups, shamanistic religion interspersed with Buddhism and Hinduism, traditional villages, green, terraced fields, small, riverside trails and basic accommodation. The mountains view in the hazy distance, Chamalang to the left and Makalu to the far-right. Following the small road through the long village and adjoining series of small, lively villages and colorful tea-houses, there will be many locals sharing the trail with us, as well as trains of mules carrying cardamom, the biggest cash crop in the region. After an hour, we reach a fantastic suspension bridge with side ties stretching across the wide Arun River and drop down to the sandy riverside, peppered with rounded beach rocks. Following the river closely, we pass terraced rice fields, buffalos, thatched huts and villagers working in the fields. We will have a lunch at Chewa Besi. After lunch, we continue to Kattike, where we cross the Arun river on a long suspension Main village known as for bees and honey. We stay overnight here at a teahouse.
We start the morning with an easy walk to the lovely village of Baluwabesi, where we cross a small river and then start climbing through a lush, tropical forest of cardamom, banana and papaya trees, and past thatched huts to a chautara local rest-spot, here also a spectacular viewpoint high above the hazy valley and the Arun River. Leaving the lovely Arun behind, we have 600 meters to climb before lunch. Contouring around hillsides and continuing to climb, we reach Marduwa, a small hamlet village & soon we pass more terraced fields and clusters of ochre and cream mud-brick houses built in the local style, eventually stopping for lunch near Nepali Danda, also called Charlissay, named after a Chettri caste that lived here many years ago, and have not reputedly migrated to the Kathmandu area. Soon we reach the intersection of the old trail from Dingla, and after contouring around a hillside we reach a larger trail near a cluster of banyan trees. The forest thickens again as we ascend and then drop back down to the Irkhuwa River, crossing two bridges, the second one a long suspension bridge, and following a riverside trail for another hour or so to Gothe Bazaar, the inhabitants a mix of Gurung and Rai. At Gothe Bazaar, the local woman will have bunches of sweet bananas and tangerines for sale at the first section of the village for overnight stay.
After breakfast, we start as we head towards Lankuwa village and then further on to Dhobane, a village of paper-makers en route to Tendoi. We leave Gethe Bazaar by crossing the stream, and soon pass many thatched huts, some for buffalos and others simple dwellings. Delicious tangerines are sold along the trail again by local villagers, so don't miss the chance to pick up a bunch for the day. We cross the river on a flexing bamboo bridge and trek through several small picturesque whitewashed villages with thatched roofs and ochre bases. We pass through Lankhuwa village and then start on a steep, uphill climb to Dhobane along the way keep an eye out for the traditional fishermen with their long bamboo nets. We continue through a thick tropical forest & climb the 'waterfall steps' and eventually reach Tala Lower Phedi where they also make paper. We'll stop for lunch before hiking another hour uphill on a lovely hillside trail backed by undulating grasses rocks and fruit trees until we reach the sprawling settlement of Tendo for overnight.
On the way to pass! The Salpa Bhanjyang 3, 35860 meters with its single chorten, is the border of Solu Khumbu and the Sherpa region. It's a short ascent, just over an hour to the chorten-topped and windy pass where we have wonderful views of snow-capped Karylung Peak. We descend steeply through the forest following a small stream and several mani walls to the Lidung Khola where we cross to the north bank and continue on to walk with its few local tea-houses. An hour or so afterwards we reach the picturesque Sherpa village of Sanam our stopping point for the day. Sanam 'the land of the sky' is a lovely village with traditional Sherpa houses and terraced fields. We stay overnight here on teahouse.
Leaving pleasant Sanam we contour along a high trail with broad views first we reaching Durie Tiu, a group of simple lodges. Soon afterward we arrive at the rustic gompa at Nimtsola here is Sherpa influence ends and the land of the Rai begins. The trail is now larger as we contour another few hours along the hillside finally we reach the many Buffalo huts and terraces fields of the large Rai village of Gudel. The equally sprawling village of Bung and the Naulekh mountains are visible in the distance as is Mera Peak. We descend steeply on slate steps to our campsite in the back of a local teahouse. This is a very interesting bustling and traditional village. In afternoon we explore and take photos of the colorful dwellings and villages. Stay here overnight on tea house.
Today is the very long day but a fantastic day. It's a long and steep descent past rice paddies and cardamom plants, on stone slabs to the river far below us. We cross a long bridge and begin the equally steep ascent to Bung. Following the stream on a rocky trail, we ascend a switch-backing trail after crossing the Hungu Khola. the lowest houses of the village about 400 meters below the upper reaches. Bung means 'beautiful flower' in Rai, and is indeed a lovely large village of Rai inhabitants renowned for its tongba or millet beer and which has received much development aid recently. Half way to their several shops where you can pick up a coke or snack if you want. The school is just past these shops and the entrance to the Makalu Barun National Park across the trail. And we continue to trek with great views and cooler temperatures until we reach a grassy plateau where we'll stop for lunch. Soon afterward there is a small, friendly tea-house where we might stop for rest. Just afterward is the local school of Kiraunle and a bit of 'off-trail' climbing leads us to the grounds of Kiraunle-Chambaling Gompa recently built.
Today we have another pass. Today it takes two and a half to three-hour hike up to the crest. Heading straight to the ancient moss-covered chortens and mani walls on the ridge we pass through a rhododendron forest and at the intersection by the small group of tea-houses. Head up towards the Surkie La pass at 3, 070 meters. There are better views at the sightseeing platform just above the narrow 'pass' ridge where we'll be able to see Karylung, Khatang, and Numbur mountain so head up for a look. The descent is steep down a rocky trail and through a forest of bamboo and soon we arrive at our destination for the day, Nanjing Dingma a tiny hamlet and grazing area with a few small tea-houses and shops set on a flat green section of the hillside. Stay overnight here.
Heading out of town past the long rows of old mani walls. We look out at the hilltop villages of Bupsa and Karikhola in the distance but veer right on a smaller wooded trail towards the small hamlet of Kharte two away and then the Khari La 'wide pass'. It will take us a good hour and a half of contouring and climbing to crest the pass at 3, 075m meters but the views are amazing from the top. We'll have our first view of the sacred Sherpa peak, Khumbu Yul Lha Khumbila, Gyachen Kang and then Kusum Kangaru just around the corner. It's a quick descent on a rocky trail to the main Jiri trail and then the charming village of Paiya where we'll stop for overnight.
After breakfast enjoyable hour of hiking along a wide trail with broad views and over a small ridge brings us to Phakepani. The trail continues to climb through a tributary valley filled with prickly leaned oak and rhododendron forest, where languor monkeys may occasionally be seen. After Paiya walk leads on the long winding trail with few small ups and downs just before the long downhill Surkhe, one can view the Lukla airstrip and the town at Lukla. An hour descend will bring you at Surkhe and have a lunch here. After lunch, it takes about another one an half hour to get the Lukla. From here the trail is mostly up hill.
The flight time to Kathmandu, our schedule for morning normally, because of the wind in the afternoon, sometimes the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason beyond our command. Anyway, we will fly back to Kathmandu and your guide will transfer to hotel. You may have time to relax after a long journey and take back your breath and rest at your hotel.
Today we re-check your flight time for tomorrow and have a full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and in the evening will meet you for the farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.
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