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 quite 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 en route, utilizing part of their house, living area, kitchen, and unlikely now, their chicken shed or hay barn.
Highlights of Arun Valley Trek.
- Fly to Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and Lukla to Kathmandu.
- View of Himalayas Everest, Mera Peak, Makalu, Amadablam, Thamserku, and others
- Ethnic culture, Customs, and lifestyle.
- Isolated valleys and rhododendron forest.
- Charming Arun Valley and Lukla.