Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

TripGrade: Easy
An Easy Grade Trip - as the name suggests if a trek not that difficulties to trek around. This trip reaches up to 3000 meters high in altitude. The trails will not be that rugged and are highly suitable for family trips. The trips are generally around of a week or little bit more.

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Duration:

9 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Thadepati (3650m)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

Helambu Trek of the Langtang region is a picture-perfect short trek close to the vicinity of Kathmandu. It has retained its untouched and un-spoilt nature despite being close to the capital city. Preoccupied with the Tamang and the Sherpa community, the Hemablu region provides a glimpse of a typical Nepalese village and lifestyle.

Additionally, the green rhododendron and bamboo forests, gurgling and gushing waterfalls add extra beauty to the region. The trek becomes more exciting and diverse once you come to view the Himalayan peaks including Langtang, Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal and other small snow-capped peaks.

The trek route is not too high or steep. It is accessible and even easy for first-time trekkers with no experience. Our trek en routes through the high and low mountains terraced fields and villages having colorful and meaningful prayer flags fluttering merrily in the breeze. This gives the trek an ethereal look which one has to experience to feel.

As there are many highs and lows in this Langtang region, - a typical mountainous area and yet the highest altitude that you gain on this trek is 3650 m. Hence, acclimatization is not that much of a problem. There is an extensive trail network in this region, thus, you can customize your trek according to your vacation schedule.

The best season for Hemalbu trek is Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and Spring (March to May). During this period, the weather is sunny and warm having a clear view of the Himalayas but the slightly cold nights. In winter, the weather would be very cold, almost freezing temperatures (Dec, Jan, and Feb), but is considered to be good for trekking in this region.

Helambu trek was once considered to be a hidden, sacred domain and still holds the record. Its ridges and fertile valleys are still almost virgin with few footfalls of outsiders. As there are so many trails to follow, people do tend to spread out creating lesser of a crowd.

This trek rewards with spectacular views of Mt Langtang Lirung at 7245m, Mt. Dorje Lakpa 6966m, Mt.  Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak 5500m, Naya kanga 5846m, ranges of Annapurna along with other several snowcapped peaks.

The region is occupied by the majority of Buddhist and minor  Hindus who are engaged in farming extensively. The predominant of Hyalmo Buddhism is widely spread in the region and quite noticeable as you pass by beautiful and serene looking monasteries. You will find yourself at the piece of heaven as you walk through the oak, rhododendron and Lokta forests. Lokta is a kind of tree whose bark is used for the manufacturing of traditional handmade paper.

Helambu Trek Highlights

  • Popular for its scenic magnificence and pleasant climate.
  • One of the most varied treks close to Kathmandu.
  • Hyalmo culture and hospitality of high mountain people.
  • It is one of the least trekking destinations with the unique culture of Sherpas.
  • Stunning view of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, Langshisha Ri, Ganchenpo, Yala peak, Naya Kanga, and other small snow-capped peaks.
  • Walkthrough oak, Loakta, Larch and Rhododendron forest rich in wild flora and fauna.

Trip Outline

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 Walk
Day 05: Trek to Thadepati (3650m): 6/7 Hrs Walk
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m): 6 Hrs Walk
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m): 3/4 Hrs Walk
Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 2 Hrs walk & 3 /4 Hrs drive
Day 09: Final Departure

Starting Price

USD 749 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan trekkers and transfer to hotel. We will be discussing the trek in details and free time of your own. overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

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 our trek. We stay overnight at the hotel.

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

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisapani (2,300m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 with 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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: An hour drive and 5 hrs walk.

Day 4

Trek to Kutumsang (2,446m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Thadepati (3,650m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,560m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Helambu caste.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Sermathang (2,610m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 until 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, “Atithi 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 is self- oriented.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar & Drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BL

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs walk & an hour drive

Day 9

Departure from the city of thousand temples; Kathmandu.

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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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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