Arun Valley and Salpa Pass trek is a blend of remoteness, adventure and natural beauty. This off-the-beaten and seldom visited trail links the popular Khumbu region with the Arun Valley having a unique ecosystem and the area is protected as Makalu-Barun National Park. There are two passes in the valley, the Salpa La Pass (3,350m/10,991ft) and the Surkie La Pass (3,085m/10,121ft). It is possible that the Salpa La pass will be snowbound during winter. It may not be a good idea to attempt the cross in bad weather or just after the snowfall as it is difficult to trace the route. From the Salpa La summit, it is possible to visit the nearby holy lake- Salpa Pokhari (3,460m/11,352ft). Its about 3,000 meters (9,843ft) drop from the Salpa La pass to the Arun Valley. The view of Milke Danda- a large ridge across the Arun to the east and possibly even the Kanchenjunga massif far to the northeast are simply awesome from the top just before the descent. A special attention is required while descending as the trail could easily be missed in bad weather so it is recommended to head for the large rock outcrop across the meadow and follow the narrow path as it threads through the rocks and down the high rhododendron forested ridge. The diversity of flowers and the butterflies at this altitude are truly appreciated. The spectacular views of Mera Peak, Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many other mountains are the highlights of this hidden silent trail. Since there are very few modern facilities and amenities, a well-supported camp crew and guided team are necessary for this trek. The Salpa La trek starts at Lukla and concludes at Tumlingtar or the trek can be done vice-versa as well.
Season for Arun Valley Trekking:
The best times for Arun Valley and Salpa La Pass trekking are from the beginning of April to mid May and from the beginning of September to November. The high passes are closed in winter till beginning of spring. The weather must be favourable in order to complete this trek.
High Altitude Warning:
Altitude sickness is a serious concern in the Arun Valley and Salpa La Pass trekking that can affect even young and healthy people. The only medicine to high altitude sickness is to descend, descend and descend. Headache is the most common symptom and there are other signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for different people but include fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, difficulty in walking and rattling breath. We are very much concerned of your safety and our guides are aware of such situations how they should be dealt with.
We have categorized Arun Valley and Salpa La Pass trekking as medium-hard trek and are suitable for passionate trekkers who have courage to walk at least 5-7 hours each day. You might even need to walk 7 to 8 hours or more on some days. However, if you have passions, good health with average physical fitness and self confidence, this trek can be completed successfully. Regular exercising and jogging for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. If you have any previous hiking experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking the trek.
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