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Helambu Cultural Trek (05 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-HLCL1

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 05 days
  • Grade Easy
  • Max.Altitude 3650 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land
Helambu Culture Trek

Helambu Culture Trek

Helambu Cultural Trek offers unique mixture of trekking, natural biodiversity and culture of Sherpa & Tamang people. The culture and customs of Sherpa and Tamang people, who follow Buddhist culture are unique, especially that of Sherpas who differs from Sherpa of other regions.  
It is one of the nearest and shortest trek from Kathmandu Valley. You will trek through forests of pristine wilderness, and visit such typical villages as Kutung Sang, Melamchi Gaon and Tarkye Gyang that are the major highlights of this  trekking. You will be able to catch glimpses of wildlife as well as observe ancient monasteries and interact with local people. 
The romantic villages with farming terraces and people getting on with their daily life will add unique perspective to you overall experience. Along the trek one will be able to enjoy the magnificent backdrop views of Langtang Himalayan ranges, Dorje Lakpa, and Jugal Himal among others.  
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing Helambu Cultural Trek successfully over the years. We can customize and personalize the program as our clients’ interests, timeframe and budget. 

 Trip code: NET-TR-HLCL1
  Region Langtang Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 05 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Easy
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3650 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Tea house) Accommodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) takes about 1.30 hour along the paved road.  The road turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant at Sundarijal bus stop from where you will begin your trek. The uphill trail passes through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve adorned with bamboo and rhododendron forests until you reach Mulkharka village for lunch. Resume trekking as you descend down the ridge through the forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m). Chisopani offers magnificent views from Annapurna to Everest and beautiful sunrise and sunset views. During the evening, the weather in Chisopani is a bit chilly.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours. The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good, level trail that crosses the meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pati Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, and from there it is downhill to Kutumsang (2470m) atop a ridge. Kutumsang is a Sherpa settlement, culturally rich community.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kutumsang to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3650m) takes about seven and half hours. The trek continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords the views of the peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements.

The trail then descends to Magen Goth only to gradually ascend through the enchanting forest of beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees. In fact, Tharepati is a great view point where you can have breathtaking snow-capped mountains views such as Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others. From Tharepati, the trail gradually descends through the pine and rhododendron forest with great views of Helambu valley, Jugal Himal and Numbur. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about six hours. The early part of the trek drops until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang, which is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is named after Sherpa people of Hyolmo caste.
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu (1580m) is about 4 hours and the drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes another 4 hours. The trail gradually descends from Tarkeghyang until Kakani (2070m) and from Kakani it steeply drops through green hills and forests to Timbu. The drive from Timbu to Kathmandu is on a dusty and pebble road, only used by four wheel jeeps and public buses. 

The Trip includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porters (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permits for Langtang & Shivapuri National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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