Siggi Kerscht, Max SchröderFrom April to May 2014 we have been for 4 weeks with Tendi on the Annapurna circuit and in Upper Mustang Trek. It was a wonderful time and Tendi was a perfect guide: competent, always friendly and helpful. Transfers, lodges and food have been well organized and in best quality. And - important for o ... Read More
As an alternative to Jiri or Lukla the Everest trek can be started or ended by trekking across to the Arun Valley in the eastern side of Nepal. Te starting point can be Hille if travelling 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 Kharte Khola. It generally travels South ease crossing the major rivers in the area, the Hinkhu Khola and the two high passes, the Pangkoma La (3173m) and the Salpa La (3350m) 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 village to stands of forest including rhododendron and Oak. After trekking for five days from Kharte the airstrip at tumlingtar is reached from where several flights a week connects with Kathmandu and Biratnagar, A further two days trek to the south is Hille from where daily buses operate to Kathmandu.
Trip FactsTrip Code: HPTE-07, Duration: 15 days, Program Type: Trekking, Max. Altitude: 4500m, Minimum Pax: 2, Mode of Travel: Flight, Start Trip: Tumlintar, End Trip: Lukla, Trip Grade:
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar meets staff there.
Day 4: Tumlingtar to Kartike
Day 5: Kartike to Gothey
Day 6: Gothey to Phedi
Day 7: Phedi to Gurase
Day 8: Gurase to Sanam
Day 9: Sanam to Bung
Day 10: Bung to Gaikharka
Day 11: Gaikharka to Vasme
Day 12: Vasme to Pangum
Day 13: Pagum to Painya
Day 14: Painya to Phakding
Day 15: Phakding to namche
Day 16: Go to visit view hotel and Khumjung
Day 17: Namche to Phakding
Day 18: Phakding to Lukla
Day 19: Fly From lukla to Kathmandu
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Transfer to the airport.