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Arun Valley and Manakamana

Arun Valley with an altitude of 435-meter from above sea level is considered the deepest valley in the world. It is situated in the Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal. It is named after the name of Arun River which runs through the bank of Arun Valley. It is rich in biodiversity and unique culture. It is situated between two famous national parks of Nepal (Sagarmatha National Park and Makalu National Park). Being the deepest valley in the world and situated in the remort part of Nepal, it reflects the lifestyle of remote Nepalese full of a unique culture.

Why you must visit Arun Valley?

Arun valley is the best destination for those who want to roam around nature and observe the endangered species of plants, animals, birds, and butterflies found in this area. More than 600 species of bird and 800 unique species of butterflies make the valley popular in Nepal. Endangered animal Like Red Panda is also protected in this area.

People who belong to Sherpa, Rai, and Limbu dominate the entire Arun Valley. The unique lifestyle, culture, festival, and attire of people living in this area is also one of the attractions for visitors.

Manakamana Temple: Manakamana temple situated at 5KM north of Tumlingtar Airport is another major attraction of Arun Valley. It is ascertained at the bank of Arun river which is part of SaptaKoshi.  It can be the pilgrim for those who follow the Hindu religion. It is believed that worshiping Manakamana Devi with the purest soul will fulfill the things that we wish. Every morning we can see lots of old people praying Manakamana Devi for their salvation after death.

Guide to Trek in Arun Valley: Arun valley is rich in culture, biodiversity, and natural beauty, however, consider the least tourist destination. It is located in the rural part of Nepal having limited amenities and low promotion. Trekking in Arun Valley can be one of the adventurous treks to the trekker.

Arun valley trekking can be either started from Lukla or can be started from Tumlingtar. If we started our trekking from Tumlingtar then the trekking will be for 15 Days and 14 nights which will cost around US$1990. However, trekking started from Lukla will be for 11 Days and 10 Nights which will cost around US$1550. In comparison to trekking started from Tumlingtar I will prefer to start trekking from Lukla because of the lower cost and short time interval.

Best Time to Visit Arun Valley: Arun valley can be visited throughout the year. However, March, April, May, September, October, November, and December is the best time. During this time the sky will be clear and the majestic view of the world’s highest peak Mt Everest (8848.86m) and the world’s fifth-highest peak Makalu (8463m) will add extra beauty during the trekking. The climate will also be best during this time, therefore, there will not come any difficulty throughout the journey.

Old Manakamana Temple(Before temple construction)

Short Itinerary for Arun Valley Trekking: 

1st Day Welcome to the International Airport of Nepal Kathmandu(1336m)
2nd Day Flight from International Airport of Nepal to Lukla Airport(2800m)
3rd Day Trek begins from Lukla to Khari Khola(300m)
4th Day Reach Najingdingma(2989m) from Khari Khola
5th Day Reach Sonam from Najingdingma
6th Day Reach Salpaphedi from Sonam
7th Day Reach Majuwa from Salphedi
8th Day Reach Tumlingtar from Majuwa
9th Day Sightseeing Tumlingtar and Manakamana Temple
10th Day Flight to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar
11th Day Farewell and Takeoff

-Article Written by: Anita Khatri for Land Nepal

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