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Arun Valley Botanical Trek

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 20 - 25 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 14 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing   Ecotourism  
Season: March - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2375 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2570 US Dollar (USD)

Arun valley lies in eastern Nepal in Makalu- Barun national park, which has one of the richest Bio-diversity among all the conserved areas in Nepal. The area covers the bio-diversity of plants and animals, which has been the attraction to tourists over the years. Red Panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black beer and gray leopard are some of the permanent wildlife of the park. This is a region where you hardly find any modern facilities and amenities but blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty.

This trek has very minimum lodge facilities and where no lodges we will make home stay in local people house. Sherpa, Rai and Limbus are main habitants of the Arun valley. Walking north up the Arun River to Sedua and Num, we get to the upper Barun Khola valley for a close view of Mt Makalu (8,463m,the valley is renewed for it’s magnificent examples of Himalayan orchids and other wildflowers including many valuable medicinal plants.

Features of the park: From tropical forests along the Arun River to icy mountain summits, Nepal's Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer zone, covering 1500 + 830 sq, km. is the only protected area on earth with an elevation gain of 8,000m. The skyline is panorama of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8,463m) fifth highest mountain in the world and fourth highest in Nepal. Mt. Chamlang (7,319m), Mt. Baruntse (7,129m). Mera Peak (6,654m).

Climate: Makalu-Barun area falls in the eastern Himalayan climatic regime where monsoon starts early (June) and stays longer than in west Nepal (until late September). The climate is generally described as monsoon type, where more than 70% of the precipitation occurs between June and September. Pre monsoon rain is common during the month of April and May, an important factor in biomes production. No reliable records of climatic data represent the entire area- Great variations in temperature and precipitation can be expected due to extreme difference in altitude, slope and aspect within the area.

Flora and fauna: Recognized for its tremendous diversity of plants, animals and people, the area contains 25 species of rhododendron, 47 types of orchids, and 56 rare plants. Snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, wild boar, and they are among the wildlife found here.

Facts about the trip:
- Duration: 20days/25 days
- Starting point: Tumlingtar
- Ending point: Tumlingtar
- Highest access on the trek: Shershon (4615m)
- Mode of trekking: Lodge/ Camping + Home stay
- Most attraction of the trek: Mt Makalu, Sherpa, Rai and Limbu culture & bio-diversity of Arun valley
- Best time: April, May June, July (for botanical value)
- Per person cost: US$2375

Tour Itinerary 1.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Helicopter flight to Tashigaon, trek to Unshisa (2770m/4hrs). We flights in the morning to Tashigaon then trek to Unshisa today, the trail ascends throughout the day and we will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees, We launch at Dhara Kharka, an animal grazing field, we lodge at Unshisa, after 2hour from here.

Day 4: Trek Unshisa to Thulo pokhari (3570m/4hrs). Today we cross small pass at Kongma la (3560m), before doing pass we launch at Kauma, a single teahouse to have meals, the walk gives magnificent view of Arun river, the vegetations are rich enough to explore throughout the walk.

Day 5: Trek ThuloPokhari to Mumbuk (3570m, via pass of 3890m/ 5hrs). We again have to go through another pass but not too difficult, The trail ascends and then following a trail which brings us to the beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Leaving this lake, we go downhill until we reach Mumbuk. It is a camping spot surrounded by green forests but we have a small lodge for overnight.

Day 6: Trek Mumbuk to Yanger Kharkha (3200m/4 hrs). The trail today is bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape, which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River through the trail adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6 6739 m, & Peak 7 (6185 m).

Day 7: Trek Yanger Kharkha to Nhe Kharkha (3665m/ 4 hrs). The trail ascends through the grassland and forest. We can enjoy the majestic peaks such as the Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m) and many unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field for Yak, and we lodge here for overnight. The area has plenty of vegetation to explore.

Day 8: Trek Nhe Kharkha to Jark Kharkha (4213mm /5 hrs). This is a core areas to explore arun valley bio-perversity and plants, This place gives us an opportunity to experience rich flora of the Himalayas with diverse plants that available in Arun valley, hundreds of photographer, scientist, botanist make visit to this place with great interests. The walk may be hard due to altitude but not too long.

Day 9: Trek Jark Kharkha to Sherson (4615m/3 hrs). We explore further higher to Sherson today, we walk to Ramara before launch, after launch we walk towards Sherson then back to Ramara for overnight, the areas gives great interest for alpine botanist, we may pass hours on exploring plants. The place gives close view of Mt Makalu, the 4th highest in Nepal and the 5th in the world

Day 10: Trek Sherson to Nhe Kharkha (36 65m/5 hrs). We now return the same path that we ascended before, the places are still interesting to explore but we need to come down little faster, on the walk we pass Mera, Ramara and Jark Kharak all of these are high Himalayan pasture land full of high altitude flora.

Day 11: Trek Nhe Kharkha to Mumbuk (3570m/5hrs). We descend to Mumbuk via Yangre Kharkha and Tematan Kharkha, both of them also grazing field of the yaks having fertile atmosphere to grow plants. We launch at Tematan Kharkah then another 2hours brings us to Mumbuk,

Day 12: Trek Mumbuk to Kauma (3470m/ 5hrs). Today we will cross 2 passes, shipton and Kongma both over 3500m, the walk is adventurous and it provides eye-catching view over Mt makalu and other lesser peak and a view of Barun river way down is magnificent.

Day 13: Trek Kauma to Tashigaon (2200m/ 5hrs). We ascend for sometimes in the beginning then descend to Unshisa in about 3 hrs, we launch here then do our final ups and downs trail till Tashigaon via green forest of sal pine and rhododendrons. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big Sharpe village.

Day 14: Trek Tashigaon to Sedua (1460m/5hrs). Once we depart from this Sherpa village, the trail slightly descends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon season. There is a check post and local office of Makalu Conservation Area.

Day 15: Trek Seduwa to Num (1490m/5hrs). We begins to walk on flat trail for one hour then descend for 2 hours via a small perennial river to reach Num. We continue another 2 hours via Runbaun; Num is a beautiful village, which is enriched with many teahouses and telephone facilities. At Num we join the Arun River, which runs down from Kimathanka, the Tibet border.

Day 16: Trek Num to Bhotebase (1200m/ 5hrs). Today we follow the Arun river the whole day pass by small settlement fururu & Chichila, on this walk we will see many tropical and sub tropical plants, rice filed and other domestic plants.

Day 17: Trek Bhotebase to Tumlingtar (1038m/ 5hrs). It takes about 5 hrs to reach Tumlingtar, we follow the arun rives as usual then reach Kahndbari in 2 hrs, we launch here then descends another 3 hrs following arun river then finally reach Tumlingtar, This is a small town with an airstrip. There is a market and you find some government administrative offices and some teahouses.

Day 18: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by flight. We will take a flight either via Biratnager or direct to Katmandu depending on flights schedule.

Day 19: Visit Kathmandu valley.

Day 20: Departure.

Tour Itinerary 2.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Flight to Tumlingtar, trek to Khadbari (1036m/4hrs). The trail ascends all the way through forest of rhododendrons and sal trees along the Arun River. En route, we pass few villages. Khandbari is administrative down for shankuwashava district of Nepal, it’s good place to see local people activities

Day 4: Trek Khadbari to Chichila (1,830 m) (5/ hrs). Today we walk five hours we still follow the arun river, after some ascend we reach Maney Bhanjyang which is a ridge inhabited by some people in a quite surrounded by forest and this is grazing filed for local people, we launch here then head to Bhotebase another big village where Tibetan travelers pass nights so that the named is Bhotebase, Bhote in Nepal means Tibetan and BASE means to accommodate, we then walk final hour to Chichilla, This is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurungs and other communities as well. There is a government school where locals send their children.

Day 5: Trek Chichila to Num (1490m/4hrs). The trail ascends for about 2 hours and then descends by a small perennial river and the walk on a flat trail for about 1 hour and reach Num. Num is a beautiful village, which is enriched with many teahouses and telephone facilities, here we left Arun river which comes from Kimathanka the Tibet border.

Day 6: Trek Num to sedua (1460m.5hrs). The trail descends steeply for about 2 and half hours till a big river named Neguwa Khola. The trail passes through the suspension bridge and the trail ascends through forest and few traditional villages. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon season. There is a check post and local office of Makalu Conservation Area.

Day 7: Trek Sedua to Tashigaon (2200m/5hrs). The trail slightly ascends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. While walking, we can villages at far distance. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big Sherpa village. We find prayer flags fluttering in sky in and around village. The camping spot in this village is really praiseworthy.

Day 8: Trek Tashigaon to Unshisa (2770m/4hrs). The trail ascends throughout the day and we will walk through forest of Rhododendrons and Sal trees, We launch at Dhara Kharka, an animal grazing field, we lodge at Unshisa, after 2hour from here.

Day 9: Trek Unshisa to Thulo pokhari (3570m/4hrs). Today we cross small pass at Kongma la (3560m), before doing pass we launch at Kauma, a single teahouse to have meals, the walk gives magnificent view of Arun river, the vegetations are rich enough to explore throughout the walk.

Day 10: Trek ThuloPokhari to Mumbuk (3570m, via pass of 3890m/ 5hrs). We again have to go through another pass but not too difficult, The trail ascends and then following a trail which brings us to the beautiful lake named “Kalo Pokhari” at the height of (4004 m). Leaving this lake, we go downhill until we reach Mumbuk. It is a camping spot surrounded by green forests but we have a small lodge for overnight

Day 11: Trek Mumbuk to Yanger Kharkha (3200m/4 hrs). The trail today is bit adventurous and strenuous. The trail passes for about 3 hours through a landscape, which is very prone to landslides. The Barun River through the trail adds more dimensions to the trail with its spectacular views of Mt. Tutse (Peak 6 6739 m, & Peak 7 (6185 m).

Day 12: Trek Yanger Kharkha to Nhe Kharkha (3665m/ 4 hrs). The trail ascends through the grassland and forest. We can enjoy the majestic peaks such as the Mt. Tutse (Peak 6) 6739 m, Peak 7 (6185 m), Isuwa La (5340 m) and many unnamed mountains and peaks. Yak Kharka is a grazing field for Yak, and we lodge here for overnight. The area has plenty of vegetation to explore.

Day 13: Trek Nhe Kharkha to Jark Kharkha (4213mm /5 hrs). This is a core areas to explore arun valley bio-perversity and plants, This place gives us an opportunity to experience rich flora of the Himalayas with diverse plants that available in Arun valley, hundreds of photographer, scientist, botanist make visit to this place with great interests. The walk may be hard due to altitude but not too long.

Day 14: Trek Jark Kharkha to Sherson (4615m/3 hrs). We explore further higher to Sherson today, we walk to Ramara before launch, after launch we walk towards Sherson then back to Ramara for overnight, the areas gives great interest for alpine botanist, we may pass hours on exploring plants. The place gives close view of Mt Makalu, the 4th highest in Nepal and the 5th in the world.

Day 15: Trek Sherson to Nhe Kharkha (36 65m/5 hrs). We now return the same path that we ascended before, the places are still interesting to explore but we need to come down little faster, on the walk we pass Mera, Ramara and Jark Kharak all of these are high Himalayan pasture land full of high altitude flora.

Day 16: Trek Nhe Kharkha to Mumbuk (3570m/5hrs). We descend to Mumbuk via Yangre Kharkha and Tematan Kharkha, both of them also grazing field of the yaks having fertile atmosphere to grow plants. We launch at Tematan Kharkah then another 2hours brings us to Mumbuk

Day 17: Trek Mumbuk to Kauma (3470m/ 5hrs). Today we will cross 2 passes, shipton and Kongma both over 3500m, the walk is adventurous and it provides eye-catching view over Mt makalu and other lesser peak and a view of Barun river way down is magnificent.

Day 18: Trek Kauma to Tashigaon (2200m/ 5hrs). We ascend for sometimes in the beginning then descend to Unshisa in about 3 hrs, we launch here then do our final ups and downs trail till Tashigaon via green forest of sal pine and rhododendrons. Tashigaon, surrounded by verdant forest is a big Sharpe village.

Day 19: Trek Tashigaon to Sedua (1460m/5hrs). Once we depart from this Sherpa village, the trail slightly descends but major part of the trail is flat and easy through the bushes. People of this area are mainly engaged in agriculture and the crops grown here are paddy, millet, potatoes and vegetables depending upon season. There is a check post and local office of Makalu Conservation Area

Day 20: Trek Seduwa to Num (1490m/5hrs). We begins to walk on flat trail for one hour then descend for 2 hours via a small perennial river to reach Num. We continue another 2 hours via Runbaun; Num is a beautiful village, which is enriched with many teahouses and telephone facilities. At Num we join the Arun River, which runs down from Kimathanka, the Tibet border.

Day 21: Trek Num to Bhotebase (1200m/ 5hrs). Today we follow the Arun river the whole day pass by small settlement fururu & Chichila, on this walk we will see many tropical and sub tropical plants, rice filed and other domestic plants.

Day 22: Trek Bhotebase to Tumlingtar (1038m/ 5hrs). It takes about 5 hrs to reach Tumlingtar, we follow the arun rives as usual then reach Kahndbari in 2 hrs, we launch here then descends another 3 hrs following arun river then finally reach Tumlingtar, This is a small town with an airstrip. There is a market and you find some government administrative offices and some teahouses.

Day 23: Tumlingtar to Kathmandu by flight.

Day 24: Visit Kathmandu valley.

Day 25: Departure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 5 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu,
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Air ticket from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar
- All surface transfer where applicable
- National Park entry permit
- Trekking permit,
- Accommodation in lodges during the trek,
- Food: three meals a day,
- A guide & required number of porter(s)
- Insurance and security for local staff
- Air ticket for local staff

Price Excludes:
- Monument entry fee in Kathmandu
- Meals in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses
- Insurance
- Essential trekking equipment.
- All alcoholic drinks
- Helicopter charter flight to Tashigaon
- Tip for trekking staff

* Special discount is preserved for botanical institution, tour leader and students.

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The owner of the M18918 has an extensive knowledge in the field of Adventure travel throughout Nepal Tibet and Bhutan, Bijay, a native-born Gorkhan have been a travel consultant, mountain and trekking guide in Nepal for many years. Since 1995 Bijay has been leading many groups and provided as well as has shown his...

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