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Helambu Trek - 9 days

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Helambu trek is the perfect short trek in the vicinity of Kathmandu. Despite being so close to the national capital, yet it has retained its untouched and un-spoilt character. This region is home to the Tamang and the Sherpa community in the upper section. They provide a glimpse of a typical Nepalese village and lifestyle. Apart from the people, the green rhododendron and bamboo forests, gurgling and gushing waterfalls and the snow capped imposing Himalayan peaks including Langtang, Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal and other small snow capped peaks with addition to the natural beauty make this trek an exciting and a diverse one. This is not too high or steep trek and this moderate elevation makes it accessible and easy for even those people who have very little experience of trekking. It is an almost easy walk through the high and low mountains, memorable chortens, the terraced fields and the villages with their colorful and meaningful prayer flags fluttering merrily in the breeze. It gives the trek an ethereal look which one has to experience to know.

There is an extensive trail network in this region and you can customize your circuit according to your time schedule. There are many highs and lows in the region, typical of a mountainous area and yet the highest altitude that you gain is just 2700-3200 meters above sea level. Hence, there is no problem of getting acclimatized to the weather conditions. The best season to visit this region is in autumn (mid September to mid December) and spring (March to May). During this period, the weather is sunny and warm and one can have a clear view of the Himalayas but the nights are slightly cold. Winter season (Dec, Jan, and Feb) is also considered to be good for trekking in this region but the weather would be very cold, almost freezing temperatures. The peaks of Langtang Himal are often visible but they are not too close as in the other areas.

Helambu was once considered to be a hidden, sacred domain and this feature is till date retained. Its ridges and fertile valleys are still almost virgin areas where there are very few footfalls of the outsiders. And as there are so many trails to follow, people do tend to spread out creating less of a crowd. The valleys of the region are occupied by the Buddhist majority and minority of Hindus who are engaged in farming extensively.

This trek head towards the beautiful villages of Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghyang and Sermathang where the hospitality of the people is renowned all over the Nepal and you can experience this through your eyes. The trek between the latter two villages is somewhat taken over by the new rough road but still the views are amazing; passing by beautiful and serene looking monasteries, the predominant of Hyalmo Buddhism is widely spread in these places. While walking through the oak, rhododendron and Lokta forests, you will find yourself at the piece of heaven as the peace and serenity of nature will make your trip mesmerizing. Lokta is a kind of tree whose bark is used for the manufacture of traditional handmade paper.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisapani (2300m): 01 Hour Drive & 05 Hrs Walk
Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2446m): 7 Hrs
Day 05: Trek to Thadepati (3650m): 6/7 Hrs
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m): 6 Hrs
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m): 3/4 Hrs
Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 2 Hrs walk & 3 /4 Hrs drive
Day 09: Final Departure
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  2. Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
    Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) Treks and transfer to hotel. We will be discussing about the trek in details and free time of your own. We stay overnight at hotel.

    Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
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    we will start our guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions and some of landmarks which  are considered as world heritage sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupa in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members where we will discuss about our trek. We stay overnight at hotel.

    Note: If the clients have limited time, we will start our trek from this day by skipping the day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

    Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisapani (2300m): 01 Hour Drive & 05 Hrs
    Today, we drive for an hour and reach Sundarijal (1350m), our starting point for this trek. From Sundarijal, we are going to walk to Chisopani (2300m). We begin our trek along a small hydroelectric plant. The trail then enters into the Shivapuri National Park.  The first human settlement we come across in this region is Mulkharka, which is predominantly inhabited by the people of the Tamang community. Then we walk along the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani.

    Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2446m): 7 Hrs
    After having our breakfast, we head for Kutumsang. Our trek for the day starts with a medium high and low meadows and fields. Enroute you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang Mountains. Accordingly we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs the ridge to another pass. Another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang.

    Day 05: Trek to Thadepati (3650m): 6/7 Hrs
    We start our climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail, mostly passing through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent human settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay.

    Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m): 6 Hrs
    Today, we start walking in the direction of Tarkeghyang. During the early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Gaon and head towards the Melamchi Khola. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through the Sherpa settlements. Enjoy the Himalayan snow capped peaks glistening in the sunshine that appear often. You can also explore the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste.

    Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m): 3/4 Hrs
    Since we will not be attaining too much altitude today, it's going to be a comparatively easy walk today. We will pass through the lush green forests, fast moving streams and the gushing and bubbling waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul.  From Gangyul, we continue to trek till we reach Sermathang. You can explore the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village. Sermathang is renowned for the Hyalmo culture and hospitality as they take a guest as a god, “Athiti Devo Bhava” which means that guests are considered as the incarnation of god and they will show the warm courtesy and hospitality in today also, where everyone in the world are self- oriented.

    Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 2Hrs walk & 3 /4 Hrs drive
    On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpas, but there are also people of other communities too.  From the Bazaar, we catch a bus or take a private drive to Katmandu. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner. Stay the night at Kathmandu.

    Day 09: Final Departure
    You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

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