Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek, recognized for breathtaking views of the two highest mountains: Everest and Makalu, takes you to Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, and Arun Valley in the Makalu region, one of the deepest valleys in the world. Arun Valley is perched between the Sagarmatha and Makalu-Barun National Parks and blessed with abundant flora and faunas. The region is home to more than 650 species of birds and over 800 unique butterflies species, and endangered animals like Snow Leopards, Red Panda, Musk Deer, and Himalayan Thar.
The striking view of Mount Everest, Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Thamserku, and surrounding peaks is the remarkable highlight of this adventure. Besides, you can marvel closely at Makalu from the upper Barun Khola valley. The trail also flaunts spectacular views of Sherpa village, beautiful hills, terraced fields, lush jungles, and diverse landscapes.
The Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp trek route follows off the beaten path and traverses remote villages of Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa. The first week of the trek meanders through beautiful remote villages like Chewabesi, Gothe Bazaar, Dobhane, Salpa Phedi, Gudel, Gai Kharka, and Kharte. The trail sees very few trekkers before heading to Phadking. From Phakding, the trail traverses the legendary trail of Everest Base Camp, the most popular trail in the Himalayas of Nepal.
You will visit the legendary Everest Base Camp and hike to Kala Patthar to embrace 360 degrees close-up views of some of the world’s highest mountain, including Everest. The trek is an opportunity to marvel at the grand sights of four of the world’s six highest peaks.
You will also explore the Sherpa settlements of Namche, Tengboche, Gorakshep, and Dingboche in the Everest region. In a nutshell, this trek blends the classic Everest Base Camp trek and the Arun Valley trekking.
Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek Route
You will start your journey to Arun Valley and Everest Base Camp with a scenic flight to Tumlingtar from Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Tumlingtar, you will hit the trail to Chewabesi, traversing the subtropical forest. Continue along the east bank of Arun River and discover the picturesque village settlement of Rai, Brahman, Chettri, before reaching Chewabesi. En route, you will also cross a suspension bridge stretching across the wide Arun River. And in about a couple of hours, you will arrive in Chewabesi.
You will walk past a tropical forest of cardamom, and terraced fields, climb Marduwa, a small hamlet, and cross two bridges to reach Gothe Bazaar. Gothe Bazaar is a beautiful village inhabited by Rai and Gurung people.
The next day, you will head towards Lankuwa and Dhobani villages. The route meanders through small whitewashed villages and thick tropical forests before reaching Salpa Phedi.
Continue through forested rails and cross the Salpa Pass. Walk on slate steps to Gudel village, inhabited by Rai ethnic groups, and stay overnight. Heading to Gai Kharka, the trail initially rises to Bung and through soggy forests. The trail further stretches to Kharte via Pangmum La. You will continue trekking across Hinku Khola towards Dudh Koshi.
On your way to Phakding, follow the trail that climbs to the north of Chaurikharka. Admittedly, the path is quite busier than in previous days. On the 9th day, you will trek for 5-6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar. The trail offers an amazing view of Thamserku peak. You will enter the Sagarmatha National Park Area and cross a suspension bridge. Today’s trek bestows grand views of Everest and Nuptse.
After having a light breakfast, you will visit Khumjung village and hike to Hotel Everest View, one of the highest placed hotels in the world. This hotel offers the mesmerizing scene of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and surrounding peaks. And return to Namche Bazaar.
Your next destination will be Tengboche, home to Tengboche Monastery, the largest gompa in the Khumbu region. Embrace the incredible sight of majestic mountains like Kwangde, Tawachee, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse Ama Dablam, and Thamserku peaks.
The trail descends to Dingboche through the rhododendron forest. En route, you will cross the Imja Khola River. Furthermore, you will trek to Lobuche and Gorakshep before visiting Everest Base Camp. The trail commands remarkable views of the mighty Everest. Celebrate your achievement with the team and get some epic snaps at Everest Base Camp.
You will hike to Kala Patthar, the vantage viewpoint in the Everest region, to admire panoramic views of some of the highest mountains in the world. Today’s trek is truly an unforgettable adventure. Continue your journey to Pheriche and back to Tengboche. The next day, you will retrace your steps back to Namche Bazaar, and finally to Lukla. On the last day, you will catch a flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.
Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Arun Valley to Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate to difficult trek, suitable for experienced trekkers. If you are a first-time trekker with good health, you can do this, but you will have to prepare physically and mentally.
Our expert travel consultant will guide you for the preparation. The highest elevation of this trek is 5,550m. The average trekking hours is 5-6 hours, and you will trek for as long as 8-9 hours on a challenging day. If you wish to trek through a challenging route, then the Makalu Sherpeni Col Pass trek would be perfect for you.