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Salpa Pass Trek (Arun Valley) - 14 Days (3800m.)

Starting from: Tumlingtar (Flight from Kathmandu 35 minutes)
Ending at: Lukla (By Flight to Kathmandu)
Grade: ModerateTrekking Grades
Highest access of the trek: 3800m.
Culture: Different Community with majority of Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Magars, Chhetri, Brahamn.
Mode of trekking tour: Fully camping trek.
Himalayan sights: Mt. Everest 8848m, Makalu 1-8463m., Chamlang 77319m, Baruntse 7145m, Sharste 7502m, , Mera Peak 6654m, Kusum Kanggru 6367m and more snow capped peaks
Most Attraction of the trek: Different Community with majority of Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, Brahamn, Newar and Great Himalayan Landscape etc.
lake Salpa Pokhari

The Salpa Pass trail is a marvelous way to walk into the Khumbu (Everest) region following the unique ecosystem of the Arun Valley. This trekking trail is known as an ancient trade route used by local people to transport agricultural products to Namche Bazaar and Tibet across Nangpa la. This trek begins in Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River until we turn into the Irkhu Khola valley, which is renowned for its natural paper products. This valley takes us to the Salpa Pass and the holy lake Salpa Pokhari. Friendly villagers and beautiful waterfalls bring us to the second pass of the trek - the Surkie La. Rai populates this area and Sherpa people settled in a wonderland of isolated villages. This area is renowned for its Tungba - a Sherpa alcoholic drink. The highest trekking point in this route is Salpa Banjang at 3800m and highest camp site is at Salpa Kharka at 3600m. This trek is comparatively easy which offers superb views of Mera Peak, Everest, Makalu, and many others at unfeasible height above rice paddies, lush forests. This is also the gateway to the Makalu-Barun National Park.



Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu airport and Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu, preparing and briefing

Day: 03: Kathmandu – Tumlingtar fly and camping at Tumlingtar

Day 04: Tumlingtar (487m) to Gothebazaar. We follow the upstream trail of Arun river towards north through the sub tropical forest around Baluwabesi, crossing Brahman, Chettri and Rai villages.

Day 05: Gothebazaar to Tala / Upper Phedi. We pass through terrace land with rice paddies, Citrus fruits, Banana groves etc. sparsely populated by Rai and Sherpa people. We also can see Nepali paper production from Lokta.

Day 06: Tala / Upper Phedi to Guranse / Salpa Pokhari. We leave the forest with deciduous trees and start with the forest of Rhododendron trees. We can know about local people, their culture and visit the holy lakes.

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 Rai and Limbu community. These people are mostly chosen for Gorkha soldiers and they are popular for their bravery.

Day 09: Cheskam to Bung / Kiraule. We can visit Kiraule monastery and Sherpa people.

Day 10: Bung / Kiraule to Najing. Near Kiraule, above Bung there is an important trail junction headed towards Panch Pokhari and the route to the Mera La from Lukla. To the Northwest a large path leads over Sipki La and crosses the Inkhu Khola.

Day 11: Najing to Pangom. We climb again to the Satu La and finally join main Everest Highway at Kharikhola.

Day 12: Pangom to Lukla. We descend towards Lukla after passing Surke, overnight Lukla

Day 13: Lukla - Kathmandu.We reach Kathmandu after 35 minutes flight

Day 14: Kathmandu

Day 14: Final Departure


Camping Trek

Cost includes:

  1. 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu with Bed & Breakfast.
  2. Equipment: Trekking tent, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table and chairs, Mattresses during the trekking
  3. National Park Makalu & Arun Valley area.
  4. Maklau Trekking permit fee.
  5. Food: Food for trekking & Peak climbing (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  6. Staff: 1 Guide, 1 Cook, 1 Kitchen & necessary porters
  7. Local transportation Airport – Hotel – Airport
  8. Kathmandu- Tumlingtar & Lukla -Kathmandu flight
  9. Trekking crews of insurance
  10. Farewell diner
  11. Our service charge

Cost does not includes:

  1. PERSONAL equipment for Trekking
  2. Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
  3. Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  4. Emergency Rescue evacuation
  5. Trekking Sleeping bag
  6. Personal expenses
  7. Tipping (Tips)
  8. Bar bills & Beverage
  9. International departures taxes
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