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Helambu Trek (06 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-HT1

  • Trip Type Lodge/Camping
  • Duration 06 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3600 m.
  • Group Size 1
  • Travel Mode Land
Langtang Helambu Trek

Langtang Helambu Trek

Helambu trek is one of those shortest treks and one that is nearest to Kathmandu Valley. The trek offers a chance to approach Nepal’s traditional culture, pristine natural biodiversity and snow-capped mountains. 
 
The Helambu trek is situated to the north of Kathmandu. The trail passes through green hills, ridges, streams and forests of oak, rhododendrons etc. Indeed the trail runs through Shivapuri National Park as well as Langtang National Park, home to red panda, barking deer, wild boar, clouded leopard, Eurasian eagle owl, white-gorgeted flycatcher, golden throated barbet etc. 
 
The area is primarily inhabited by the Sherpas and Tamang communities who will heartily welcome trekkers. You can enjoy the simple but serene lifestyle of locals of the Helambu region and visit ancient Buddhist monasteries. Kutumsang, Melamchi Gaon, Tarke Ghyang and Shermathang are major hamlets in this trekking. 
 
The trekking starts from Sundarijal and ends at Melamchi Pul Bazaar. One can opt to continue trekking to Langtang from Tharepati via Gosainkunda
 
The best seasons for Helambu Trek are Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (March-May). This is entirely a tea house trek and is graded moderate. 

 Trip code: NET-TR-HT1
  Region Langtang Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 06 days
 Trip Type: Lodge/Camping
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1
 Max Altitude: 3600 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge or Camping Accomodation 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 Shermathang (2621m.) takes about four hours.
 
This day the trail is quite easier across flat land with beautiful forests on the way. There is a beautiful village about half way to Shermathang. Shermathang is another charming Sherpa village where you can visit ancient monasteries along with beautiful view of Jugal Himal
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) takes approximately four hours and drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 3 hours.
 
The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages. This day you will be greeted by pleasant views of mountains and also get to interact with local and friendly people.
 
Afterwards take a short drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Pul Bazaar.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.


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 guide and porter
  • 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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    Martin,
    Canada

    The Helambu trekking was a wonderful experience

    The Helambu trekking was a wonderful experience. Everything we wanted was there. See the country side, meet people in the village and share some great moment.

    But the most wonderful of all was our guide “HARI KRISHNA”. He made everything perfect for us, he is a big man with great heart and he knows many things of his own country.

    Thank for everything and we will come back again for many reason!

    Martin
    Canada
    18/03/2010

     


    Rachel, Warren,Ruby,
    Australia

    Helambu Trek for 8 days

    Dear Nava & Krishna,

    Thank you for organizing our trek to Langtang Valley. It flowed perfectly. We loved the beautiful region but it was all enhanced by Krishna’s friendliness and knowledge. What a lovely caring man. Not to mention STRONG!!!! He helped us with our 3 kids and they all loved him.

    Can’t thank you enough. We wish Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition all the success it deserves. A very honest, reliable company.

    Rachel, Warren,Ruby

    Jez and Louie Mclennan

    Australia

    05/06/2010


    Roef and Ruth ,
    Switzerland

    Clients ReviewFortunately And By Chance We Were Lucky.

    Fortunately and by chance we were lucky to find the right and good organization amongst many offices. Thank you for all the help and readiness to support us for the must beautiful and successful trek to Langtang and Helambu.
     
    Another trip in Nepal will remain in our minds. Lets’ hope for another come back. 
     
    Thank you. 
     
    Roef and Ruth 
    Switzerland 
     

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