Alpine Explore Nepal
Himalayan of Nepal

Easterner Himalaya Salpa Arun to Khumbu Trek

salpa trek, arun to khumbu trek, salpa arun trekAs part of our programmed to reduce the negative impacts of tourism in general, we are offering two special treks into the Makalu-Barun area of Nepal.  The treks give the opportunity to visit community conservation sites as well as the opportunity to help support local conservation efforts.  The treks feature: environmentally sound camp practices; provide expert leadership knowledgeable about ecotourism and conservation efforts; visits to communities and projects that are working to protect their rich natural environment.

The Salpa-Arun to the Everest area route is one of the three main trekking routes in Makalu-Barun, connecting the Arun River Valley to the Khumbu region. Some 600-800 trekkers follow the lower section of this route each year (1% of total trekkers in Nepal).

This trek traverses a wide variety of ecosystems as well as cultural landscapes as it climbs gradually from the mighty Arun River (435m) to Tengboche Monastery (3,800m).  From the vantage point beneath picturesque Ama Dablam peak there is a perfectly framed view of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse, three of the highest mountains in the world.


Day 01   Arrive in Kathmandu and settle into hotel.  

Day 02   Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.

Day 03   Kathmandu to Tumlingtar   We take an internal flight to Tumlingtar and prepare for tomorrow.

Day 04   Tumlingtar (487m) to Gothebazaar.  We follow the Arun River northwards through the sub tropical hardwood forest around Baluwabesi, dotted with Brahmin and Rai villages.

Day 05   Gothebazaar to Tala / Upper Phedi.  Along the way we see lokta production.  We camp near a Sherpa settlement.

Day 06   Tala / Upper Phedi to Guranse / Salpa Pokhari.  We visit the holy lakes and meet with the local management committee. 

Day 07   Guranse / Salpa Pokhari to Tue / Sonam.  We cross the Salpa La and continue on in a forest of fir and rhododendron.

Day 08   Tue / Sonam to Cheskam. We visit the local Rai (the community from which most Gurkha soldiers are chosen) museum and find out about ethnobotany and the locally managed forests.

Day  09   Cheskam to Bung / Kiraule. We meet with the local tourism management committee and maybe move on to camp near the lovely Kiraule monastery.

Day 10  Bung / Kiraule to Najing.  

Day 11   Najing to Pangom. We visit the school set up by Hilary and also the hydroelectric facility (MT is involved in a new H.E. project in Phortse).

Day 12   Pangom to Chaurikharka.  We join the popular Lukla to Everest trekking route and stop along the way to visit a WWF forestry project.

Day 13   Chaurikharka. to Namche Bazaar. 

Day 14   Namche Bazaar.  We spend a second night in Namche to help acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 15  Namche Bazaar to Kunde / Khumjung.  We visit monasteries, another Hilary school and a hospital.

Day 16   Kunde / Khumjung to Tengboche. We will visit the famous monastery and along the way maybe see musk deer.

Days 17  Tengboche to Tengboche. We take the upper trail to this alpine valley.

Day 18 Tengboche to Pheriche (4280m).  Today we trek through Pangboche village where what is claimed to be a Yeti scalp is kept in the monastery. Continue on to the highest permanent settlement of the area - Pheriche.  Here you will find a medical post and if you arrive in time, go along to the talk held each day at about 15.00 on altitude sickness.

Day 19  Pheriche to Lobuche: (4930m).  First efforts today are to climb a small ridge and you will find it a real struggle as you continue to further acclimatise.  Then contour towards Dugla (4600m) before trekking over the moraine and then alongside the Khumbu Glacier towards Lobuche.

Day 20 Lobuche to Kala Patthar (5545m) return to Lobuche (4930m).  A day trek with a light load only to Gorak Shep and up Kala Patthar. This is the day you will stand on a hill top adjacent to Everest. WOW !!!

Day 21 Lobuche to Dingboche (4350m) and explore the Imja Khola, an intersting valley near to Ama Dablam.

Day 22 Dingboche to Tengboche.

Day 23 Tengboche to Namche.

Day 24   Namche to Lukla. Fly to Kathmandu.

Day  25   Kathmandu with free time.

Day  26   Depart for home.

 The following information will allow you to better plan your budget for tours or treks. A range of costs is given. These costs are dependant on:
  • The mix of Touring and/or general Trekking,
  • The remoteness of the areas visited,
  • The number of guides or porters required,
  • The standard of accommodation required (if there is a choice), 
  • The type of ground transport used,
  • The length of your visit, and
  • The size of your group.

Depending on group size the costs of treks and tours range from:
1 to 3 pax     US$ 88 to 163  P/p per night.
4 to 8 pax     US$ 78 to 148  P/p per night
9 to 14 pax.  US$ 75 to 135 P/p per night.
15 to 20 and above US$ 60 to 110 P/p per night
Single supplement US$ 40 to 70 per night.

Note: The itinerary and cost for Peak climbing, Mountaineering, Tibet, Bhutan and India tours and trek are conditional apply.

Notwithstanding the costs shown above, we can tailor tours to suit almost any budget. Feel free to email us for more information.
Note: One tour leader will be free of cost for tours with 15 or more paying guests only. 

Children's bellow three years is free if sharing with their parents. And need to pay if they are participating on the trekking, and above three to nine year children half of the price.

Cost Includes: Accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels in the cites as your choice, basic accommodation in a lodge or tea house or camping (depending on your itinerary and choice) during treks, guides and porters on treks, all land transfers by private vehicle, 3 meals a day on treks, all jungle safaris, all sightseeing tours as per itinerary and all necessary entry fees, permits and airport transfers.
Cost Excludes: Personal expenses, domestic air tickets, airport tax, drinks (soft drink, mineral water and alcoholic beverages and hot-shower on the trek), personal insurance, and extra cost due to natural calamities or accidents outside of our control.

Remarks: The cost of the trip determines with the services included during the trip so that it might be varies with the services, hotel and transfer of your wish.

Please note that our guides speak the following English languages and if required we will provide your language spiking guide on extra cost.

Note: Please contact for more information and prices.


Contact Information:

Alpine Explore Nepal
P.O. Box: 4546, Kathmandu, Nepal
+977 1 4700714 / 4700175 / 4701974
Fax: +977 -1 - 4700970

Skype Address: explore.alpine
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18 April 2000

This was my third trek in Nepal, having visited the Annapurna Region in 1995 and with Bharat and Dave in the beautiful and wildlife-filled Langstang Valley in1998. Bharat's company "Explore Alpine Adventure"....
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