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.  

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 (3,350 m) and the Salpa La (3,350 m). 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. After trekking for five days, you catch a flight to Kathmandu or Biratnagar. Or trek a further two days to the south, to reach Hile from where daily buses operate to Kathmandu.