Salpa Pass Trek


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Salpa Pass Trekking in the arun valley

Salpa Pass Trek Summary

    1. Duration of Trek: 9 Days
    2. Trek Difficulty : Easy to Moderate grade
    3. Highest Elevation: 3,350m/10,991 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 20 People
    6. Best Time: October to May
    7. Trip Mode: Alpine Camping
    8. Foods on Trek Route: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus


The Salpa Pass Trek is located at an altitude of 3,358 meters, a part of Arun valley is a blend of remoteness, adventure, and natural beauty. Arun valley combined with Salpa la trekking is categorized as an off-the-beaten isolated trekking trail that connects with the popular Everest region.

There are two different passes along the journey, the Salpa La (3,350m/10,991 feet) and the Surkie La Pass (3,085m/10,121 feet). Walk to 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 trail Arun valley and Salpa pass trekking have a unique ecosystem and the area is dominated by Makalu-Barun National Park.

From the Salpa La summit, it is possible to visit the nearby holy lake – Salpa drops from Salpa la to the Arun Valley. View of Milke Danda (which is also a popular trekking route) a large ridge across the Arun to the east and possibly even the Kanchenjunga massif far to the northeast are simply awesome just before the descent from summit pass.

Diversity of flowers and the butterflies at this altitude are truly appreciated. Since there are very few modern facilities and amenities, a well-supported camp crew and a guided team are recommended. However, the best Arun valley and Salpa la Trek start at Tumlingtar and finish at Salleri Bazaar. But it is possible to do it from both sides according to your want.

Arun valley combined with Salpa la hikes has very beautiful landscapes and wilderness treks passing through tiny villages which is almost the best place to see real Nepal. Hike into Arun valley is possible to do at any time except wintertime throughout Nepal.

How much is the Arun valley Salpa Pass Package Trek Cost?

The Salpa pass trek cost depends upon the month and the group size you are coming with. The cost of the Arun valley Salpa la Trip Package with a Gokyo Treks Agency ranges between US$ 799 to 1380. We also have special travel deals for group leaders. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) on your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike Arun valley for free of cost. Besides that, the Arun valley trek cost for Nepali is cheaper than for foreigners because of national park permits. Taking flights saves your time and riding the bus reduces trip expenses.

It’s a standard trip package price for 11 days for Arun valley to Salleri passing Salpa la trekking. If you are 2 people Arun valley Salpa Pass trek cost US$ 970 for 11 days trek according to the Arun valley trekking plan. We can modify the trek routes and the prices according to your wishes. Here is the price list for the Salpa la to Salleri treks.

Price Per Person for 11 days Salpa Pass Trek

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1380
2 PersonUS$ 970
3 PersonUS$ 960
4 to 6 personUS$ 915
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 870
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 799

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded from this trip price, kindly check on the cost given on a tab button.


Salpa pass trek itinerary detail

This trek itinerary is compared to most walks in this region leading up to the hill station. Arun valley trek combined with Salpa pass Trek route is designed for globe trotters who wish to hike to the spectacular mountain but are restricted time-wise. Travelers who wish to trek in a more relaxed manner can try this itinerary however if this route does not suit you then send us an inquiry for a tailor-made itinerary.

01 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley, 3/4 hours sightseeing

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and drop you at the hotel in Kathmandu town. If you have time permits, we visit Swayambhunath stupa, Kathmandu durbar square and Asan tole. Our representative will brief you with information about further programs.

02 DayScenic fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (518m/1,699 feet), 45 minutes.

After breakfast, fly to Tumlingtar airport. Tumlingtar Airport is a domestic airport located in Tumlingtar serving Sankhuwasabha District, a district in Province No. 1 in Nepal. It is the main tourist gateway to Makalu Barun National Park. Arriving at Tumling Bazaar, buy things for trekking or trek arrangements if you are choosing especially full board Tent basis camping trek.

03 Day Tumlingtar airport (487m/1,598 feet) to Gothey Bazaar (9775m/3,205 feet), 6 hours.

We follow the upstream trail of the Arun river towards the north through the sub-tropical forest around Baluwabesi, crossing Brahman, Chettri, and Rai villages. The trail then continues along the Irkhuwa Khola through rice and banana farms to arrive in Gothey Bazaar.

04 DayGothey Bazaar to Upper Phedi Trek (1,680m/5,512 feet), 5 hours.

We pass through terrace land with rice paddies, Citrus fruits, Banana groves, etc. Tala is sparsely populated by the Rai and Sherpa people. We also can see Nepali paper production from Lokta. A winding trail to Phedi through the Irkhuwa river valley brings you to Phedi.

05 DayTrek from Upper Phedi to Guranse (2,880m/9,449 feet), 4 hours

We leave the forest with deciduous trees and start with the forest of Rhododendron trees. Climb up towards the forest of oak, birch, and rhododendron, and drop down from the top of Bilbate. After further walking for estimated 30 minutes, we reach the village of Gurase. Travelers will have a chance to get to know the local people and their culture. Stay overnight in a Guranse.

06 Day Trek to Salpa Pokhari and to Sanam (2,850m/9,350 feet), 7 hours.

The most scenic place of this route is to visit the holy Salpa Pokhari. Also popular as a salpa lake. Salpa Pokhara is a lake at Dovane in the Bhojpur district of Province number 1 in Nepal. Its fame as a place of religious, and touristic importance, and natural beauty is spreading day by day. People with religious faith in this lake pray to gods, expecting to be washed of their sins.

We cross the Salpa La and continue on in a forest of fir, Hemlock, and rhododendron trees which are abundant with various birds, flora, and fauna. Glimpses of Makalu (8463m) and Chamlang (7321m) can be seen from Salpa Bhanjyang. Reach the open part with loose stones and rhododendrons above Salpa Bhanjyang and descend to the main trail. Continue the on the path across the hillside and through the moist forest to reach Sanam.

07 DayFrom Sanam to Bung Trekking (1,677m/5,502 feet), 7 hours.

Descend to Sorung village passing through the rhododendron forest including oaks and chir pines. Walk about two hours roughly to reach the Rai village of Gudel and visit the Rai and Limbu communities if you have time permits. These people are mostly chosen as Gorkha soldiers and they are popular for their bravery. Cross the Hinku River on a steel suspension bridge, after the trail descends through the rice and millet fertile fields of Bung village. We need our Makalu Barun Conservation Area entry permit to enter Bung. Overnight in a guest house in a Bung village.

08 DayDrive to Salleri, 4 hours.

We, as usual, begin our trek after getting our breakfast on Bung. Previously, Bung, Gudel, and Chheskam were all separate. Later, these three VDCs merged and formed the new local body which is now known as Mahakulung. And this rural municipality is divided into 5 wards having Bung as its headquarters. The trail offers an amazing view of Lower Solukhumbu including the human influence that creates a vibrant atmosphere. There is a beautiful monastery that you could visit.

We take a regular bus/jeep [shared} to Sallri bazaar passing several villages. The journey to Salleri takes about four hours. As you are in Salleri Bazaar, you can either continue to Pikey Peak Trail or drive back to Kathmandu as per your wish.

09 DayDrive form Phaplu to Kathmandu, 9 hours.

Salleri to Kathmandu is approximately 275 kilometers far and takes roughly 9 hours to drive on the mountain road. The drive compresses the variation of landscapes through the villages. If you are traveling with a little bit comfort then there will be an airport in Phaplu where you can fly out to Kathmandu. It takes about 25 minutes o fly and the cost is extra.

In the late afternoon, go shopping or request us to discover Kathmandu as a guided trip at an additional cost. The trip is finished, and we wish you a wonderful journey.

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How much does the Salpa pass trek package price?

Amazing Arun valley to Salleri Bazaar passing via Salpa La pass trek package price start at US$ 799 and might reach up to US$ 1380 per person on double occupancy basis. Gokyo Treks and Expedition agency notify this express Salpa La Trek Package price for 2024 and 2025 based on group size you are travelling with.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with breakfast. And a full camping tent accommodation trip along the journey. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.

Salpa pass trek Package Include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicle Car/Van.
  • Single night double bedroom accommodation in a Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu city.
  • 8 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, and 8 Dinner served with hot Tea/coffee during the trip.
  • Alpine tent camping plus lodge basis accommodation during the salpa la pass trekking route.
  • Domestic flight : Kathamndu to Tumlingtar one way as per given plan.
  • Makalu Barun National Park entrance permits
  • TIMS permit for Salpa Pass camping treks in Nepal.
  • All necessary camping equipment during the hikes in the Himalayas.
  • English-speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Salleri to Kathmandu with a regular jeep (sharing basis) on your return.
  • Bung village to Salleri Bazaar with a regular jeep/Bus (sharing basis) on your return.
  • Professional porter during the trekking (2 guest luggage = 24kg) is equal to 1 porter basis
  • Salary, food, accommodation, and their travel insurances for guide and porter.
  • On the first day Kathmandu sightseeing as per the itinerary with a tour guide service.
  • Agency’s Certificate of appreciation after the successful salpa la trekking.
  • Agency’s duffel bag (50 liters capacity), and trek poles if Necessary – return after the trek.
  • First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for high altitude risk.
  • In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Salpa pass trek Package Excludes:

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu city.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trek.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu by Private vehicle according to programs.
  • Personal trekking gears and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, and bar bills.
  • Phaplu to Kathmandu flight cost USD 145 extra.
  • Nepal Visitor travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Any donation and monument entrance fees.
  • Gratuities for guide, cook, and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

We can organize your private trek to Arun valley combined with a salpa la pass and then to the Salleri trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: I am an independent trekker, do I need experience for the Salpa pass trek?.

Answer: It’s suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours a day, with a lightweight daypack. For salpa pass trekking – yes, you need to have experience in high altitude – somehow about 3000M above sea level.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival in Kathmandu?.

Answer: Yes sure. Please provide us with your flight details and request us for pick up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage/stuff at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office for free.

Question: Is this Salpa La trekking Safe for a solo female trekkers?

Answer: Yes, this trek is widely regarded as safe for solo female trekkers. However, as with any trekking adventure, it’s crucial to take precautions and remain aware of your surroundings.

Our team consists of honest and friendly guides who treat every trekker like a family member. We have been organizing treks for solo female travelers since our establishment, ensuring their safety and enjoyment throughout the journey.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the salpa pass in the Arun valley Trek?.

Answer: We provide you with tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and likewise, a tent camping accommodation en route. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect?.

Answer: Our professional cook cooks a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups, and fresh vegetables. Fresh vegetables are depending on the season of your travel.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower?.

Answer: We do provide you hot water bucket, so take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on the Salpa pass trek?.

Answer: We serve you filtered/purified water often. Or you can buy water purification tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?

Answer: We advise you to bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you take extra batteries along with you.

Question: Are there any communication facilities?.

Answer: In the salpa la pass trek route, you often get telephone service. So buy a local SIM CARD before your departure for trekking.

Question: Can I use credit cards in hiking in Nepal?

Answer: No. You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to adapt to last-minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Salpa pass trek?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carries a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need a walking pole for the Salpa pass trek?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your hike.

Salpa pass trek highlights.

  • Arun valley paradise on Earth, A beautiful trek to experience also with the tallest mountains.
  • Stunning view of Mera Peak, Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many other mountains.
  • The diversity of flowers and the butterflies at this altitude are truly amazing.
  • Silent trail, only some special wilderness trekkers can hike with full camping gear.

Notice for the Salpa La trekkers!

The Arun valley Salpa la Pass to Salleri Trek information stated above is just a standard template guideline. Salpa la pass to Salleri hike is possible as a tent trek. However, the camping trek daily plan is possible to customize at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary on the trip.

It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

“What makes Salpa pass trek special?”

Opportunities for challenging and top hikes are scattered all over this planet earth. You just need to recognize where to find the best one. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success is our concern.

We are a team of professional, experienced, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Furthermore, we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

Arun valley Salpa Pass trek Review

The best Arun valley trek with Gokyo Agency

February 22, 2019

The best experience on the Arun valley route.

Spent nearly two weeks’ holiday in Nepal including our Arun valley trek. Amazing camping trip with a great camping crew. First camping outdoor in the Himalayas with Gokyo treks agency.

Would like to have soon some bigger adventures especially in Langtang the beaten trip in the next two/three years. Thank you Gokyo Treks for arranging Arun valley’s private trip for us, we are very happy.

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Lucy Newell, California, USA

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thanks a lot for your review. We are very much looking forward to serve for your next hikes in the Himalayas.

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