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  Everest to the Arun valley

Yet another alternative route to Everest lies further east along the Arun valley through the Makalu Barun National Park avoiding the Jiri and Lukla routes. A bus ride takes you to the charming little town of Hile where the trek begins or if traveling by air is preferred, then the trek begins at Tumlingtar. The bus journey to Hile takes 14 hours from Kathmandu and to trek up this route, an entry permit for the Makalu Barun National Park is required.

This region is blessed with an incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. Arun valley trek is between two highest mountains, Everest and Makalu. It is really a non touristic area but we can see significant views of Mt.Everest, Makalu, and hundreds of other mountains just on your eye.

Sherpa, Rai and Limbus are the main inhabitants of this region. Walking north up the Arun river to Sedua and Num, then crossing Barun La(4110m.)into the upper Barun khola valley for a close look at Makalu. You can put together an even wilder trek by crossing Sherpani col and west col into the upper Hongu valley. The highest point of this trek is Salpa Bhanjyang and also we can visit Hindu holy call Lake Salpa holy Lake(3414m.).

Using the Arun valley as an alternative exit means leaving the main Everest trail at Kharte, the village above Khari Khola. The route goes generally in a south-easterly direction, crossing the major rivers in the area, the Hindu Khola and the Hongu Khola, and two high passes, the Pangkoma la and the Salpa La . There are great views of the mountains to the north from these two passes. Along the trail you encounter farmland and scattered Sherpa and Rai villages and walk through forests of rhododendron and oak.

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