Arun valley and Milke Danda are located in the eastern part of Nepal along the base of the Kumbhakarna range. This trek gives you some splendid views of the various mountains in the eastern part of Nepal like Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and Mt. Kumbhakarna.
Arun Valley and Mile Danda trek lies in some of the remotest parts of the country. The trekking trails here are seldom visited by foreign trekkers. As a result, the trails here are quite fresh. So, the region also maintains much of its cultural and natural beauty.
This trek starts after a scenic flight to Tumlingtar which gives you the first glimpses of the mountains in the eastern side of Nepal. From Tumlingtar, you will drive to Chinchilla, which is a quaint sub-tropical village. You will then trek along Arun river passing many farm villages along the way.
You will finally reach the higher regions of Jaljala and Milke danda area. From Milke Danda, you can get superb views of Khumburkarna Himal range, and of Mt.Everest.
You will trek along some rhododendron forests during this trek. These forests are homes to various animals like civet, cat, fox, wolfs, antelopes, musk deer, snow leopard, and Red Panda. So, you will have some chances of getting some views of these animals as well.
This trek that lies away from the busy hum of other popular treks in Nepal. The friendly locals of this place, its unique environment, camping in the villages of these areas, and the splendid views of the mountains make this trek quite delightful.
Arun Valley and Mike Danda Trek Highlights
- A scenic 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar and back.
- Trekking amidst of rhododendron alpine forest.
- Get an opportunity to catch sights of rare animals like civet, cat, fox, wolfs, antelopes, musk deer, snow leopard, and Red Panda.
- Trek in remote least trekked, isolated, and off-the-beaten-path
- Wonderful views of the mountains like Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kumbhakarna, and Mt. Kanchenjunga,
- Visit some isolated and quaint villages like Jalaija, Mike Danda, Nundhaki, Dhap, Apung etc.
- Make wonderful memories and friends with friendly locals.
Best Time for Arun Valley and Milke Danda Trek
The best time for trekking in Nepal are the seasons of spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). This is no different for the Arun Valley and Milke Danda trek.
Spring season has almost the perfect temperature for trekking. The sun doesn’t beat down heavily. The wind that blows is also quite mild. The amount of precipitation is also quite low. All of these climatic factors make a spring trek in Arun Valley and Milke Danda astounding.
Spring is also the time when the rhododendron forests light up with its glowing red hue. So, walking along these forests will be quite spectacular in the spring season.
Besides spring, autumn is another very good time to complete the Arun Valley and Milke Danda trek. The weather is pretty similar to that of the spring season. However, you won’t be able to catch the spectacular views of rhododendron in autumn.
In spring and autumn time, the views of the mountains like Makalu, Kumbhakarna, and Kanchenjunga will be awesome.
Arun Valley and Milke Danda Trek Difficulty
Arun Valley and Milke Danda trek is a moderately difficult one. You will trek only to the mid-altitude hills of Kumbhakarna region.
You will have two days for acclimatization during Arun Valley and Milke Danda trek. You will spend one of these days at Jalaija. Another of these days will be at Milke Danda. The altitudes of these places are 3440 and 3662 meters respectively.
So, this is a trek that takes place at relatively low altitudes. However, the trekking trails are quite isolated as the trails are normally only used by shepherds or local villagers. So we highly recommend that you complete the trek with a guide.
You will walk through some steep uphills during your trek. You will trek for a total of 13 days. On average, you will hike for 5 hours. So, it is extremely important that you prepare before embarking upon this trek.
There are various ways of preparing that include jogging, running, swimming or cycling, or going to the gym.
We highly recommend you to complete at least a hike or a short trek before you do the Arun valley and Mile Danda trek. You will get a feel of how well has adjusted to trekking for long hours after your preparation.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour
Day 03: Fly to Tumlingtar 950m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Chinchilla 1,800m. Approx 5 – 6 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Mamakhe 1,870m. approx. 4 – 5 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Barabise 1,200m. 4 – 5 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Deorali 1,800m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Apung 1,930m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Dhap 2,600m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Jaljala 3,340m. 4 – 5 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Jaljala.
Day 12: Trek to Milke Danda. 3,662m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 13: Rest day at Milke danda for a local hike.
Day 14: Trek to Nundhaki 1,800m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Chainpur 1,400m. 5 – 6 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Tumlingtar 4 – 5 hrs.
Day 17: Free day at leisure.
Day 18: Transfer to Airport for international departure.