As an alternative to Jiri or Lukla the Everest trek can be started or ended by trekking across to the valley in the eastern side of Nepal. The starting point can be Hille if traveling by road or Tumlingtar if a flight is preferred. Getting to or from Hille involves a lengthy bus journey from Kathmandu of around fourteen hours. If this route is taken an entry permit for Makalu Barun National Park is required.
If using the Arun valley as an alternative exit, the route leaves the main Everest trail at Kharte, the village above Khari Khola. It generally travels south east crossing the major rivers in the area, the Hindu Khola and the Hongu Khola, and two high passes, the Pangkoma la (3350 meters) and the Salpa La (3350 meters). Both of these passes give good views of the mountains to the north. The scenery along the trail ranges from mixed farming land and scattered Sherpa and Rai villages to stands of forest including rhododendron and oak. After trekking for five days from where several flights a week connect with Kathmandu and Biratnagar. A further two days trek to the south is Hille from where daily buses operate to Kathmandu.
Facts of the Trek
Minimum Group size: 02
Season: all year (on a bad weather flight does not goes)
Departure Date: Tuesday and Friday
Itinerary of Arun Valley Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m) Transfert to Hotel
Day 02: free day in Kathmandu
Day 03: kathmandu by flight to Tumlingtar
Day 04: Tumlingtar to Chyawabesi
Day 05: Chyawabesi to Kothe
Day 06: Kothe to Salpa Phedi (1680m).
Day 07: Salpa Phedi to Sanam via Guranse (2880m).
Day 08: Sanam via Guranse to Bung. (1900m)
Day 09: Bung to Gai kharka (2300m).
Day 10: Gai kharka to Pinyan (2830m).
Day 11: Pinyan to Phakding (2830m).
Day 12: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3444m)
Day 13: Namche Bazaar Rest and Acclimatization
Day 14: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche Monastery (3875m)
Day 15: Tengboche Monastery to Pheriche (4240 m)
Day 16: Pheriche rest and Acclimatization
Day 17: Pheriche to Lobuje (4930m)
Day 18: Lobuje to Kala Pattar (5540m) Lobuje (4930m)
Day 19: Lobuje to Tengboche Monastery (3875m)
Day 20: Tengboche Monastery to Khumjung (3779m)
Day 21: Khumjung to Monjo (2800m)
Day 22: Monjo to Lukla (2800m)
Day 23: Lukla to Kathmandu by flight
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 25: Transport to airport 3h before of your plane leaving.