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Helambu Trek-9 Days

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8 Nights/ 9 Days

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Daily Tour

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Group Size

2-15 people

Overview

The Helambu trek is a perfect short trek nearby Kathmandu Valley. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively un-spoilt. Besides the hyolmo culture of high mountain people, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The great Himalayan scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region an enthralling experience. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans.
The Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. After about an hour’s walk, we enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. The trek passes through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • It is one of the easiest treks of the country.
  • Tourists with a small-time limit can try this trail.
  • The region is popular for Buddhist monasteries and sweet apples.
  • Observe the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Hyolmo people.
  • Find antiquated Sherpa towns and their traditional social practices, especially of Hyolmo people
  • Appreciate all-encompassing views on snow-crowned mountains
  • Encounter exotic flora and fauna
  • Sweet apple farm
  • Admirable religious communities, Stupas, and Maniwal (Prayers wall)

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu!

Flying into Kathmandu, you'll have views over the valley, the Himalaya, and the terraced fields below. After completing customs, a representative will be waiting to greet you outside the airport and to guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu’s narrow, winding streets to your hotel.

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu, Evening Trek Briefing
Day 2: Explore Kathmandu, Evening Trek Briefing

Kathmandu has a special atmosphere during the early morning hours when the city is slowly coming to life yet not too chaotic. It's a great time to walk and explore the streets or have a chai overlooking one of the local courtyards or durbar squares.

After breakfast, there are then a number of ways you can spend your day given the numerous famous sights around the Kathmandu Valley. You can use this as a free day or we can provide a local English-speaking guide who knows the city well and can explain the history and significance of the sights (along with a private jeep to take you around).

Optional Day Tours:

Sacred Sites of the Valley (Full day): Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square. This is a full-day tour and you'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant during the day.

Boudhanath (1 hour): A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest spherical stupa (Buddhist shrine). Check out the site’s numerous monasteries, as well as an enormous adorned statue of Maitreya Buddha.

Pashupatinath (1 hour): The most sacred of all Hindu temples in Nepal, located on the holy Bagmati River. This is a large temple complex where you can easily spend an hour exploring.
Bhaktapur (3 hours): A 30-minute drive outside of Kathmandu is the ancient city of Bhaktapur, home of medieval art and wood carving. Founded in the 9th century, visit the town’s narrow alleys and observe villagers going about their day-to-day life.
Everest Mountain Flight (1 hour): A unique opportunity, consider taking a mountain flight to see Mount Everest (one hour).
Shivapuri National Park (half-day): Go hiking or mountain biking in this scenic national park located on the northern fringe of Kathmandu Valley. There are hundreds of species of flora and fauna, including medicinal herbs, as well as historical and religious sites.

However you choose to spend your day, you’ll return to your hotel in Kathmandu in the early evening and meet your trekking guide who will go over details for tomorrow’s adventure.

Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisopani
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisopani

After breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, you'll be picked up by private car and transferred to the village of Sundarijal (about an hour drive). From Sundarijal, you'll begin the trail, which climbs along the water pipeline that supplies Kathmandu with drinking water. The first part of the trail passes through a military checkpoint, the Shivapuri Watershed, and Wildlife Reserve.

Continue uphill through a forest and you'll begin to see Tamang people, inhabitants of the Mulkharka villages. The trail climbs upward through rhododendron and oak forests and provides great bird watching opportunities. You'll then come to the Borlang Bhanjyang pass, which goes downhill to Chisopani—you're home base for the night. On a clear day, the views are excellent from here allowing you to see the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna and Everest.

Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Trekking distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Overnight: Chisopani (7,021 feet / 2140 m)
Accommodation: Teahouse

Day 4: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m/8022ft): 7 hour

After taking our morning breakfast, we head for a journey to Kutumsang. Our today's trek starts with decent crossing meadows and fields. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang mountains. Thus 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 5: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650m/11972ft): 6 hours

We climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay.

Day 6: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m/8397ft): 6 hours

Today we head for Tarkeghyang. During early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Enjoy the Himalayan peaks ofter appear before you glistening in the sunshine. Discover 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 7: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr

Since, we do not gain altitude that much today, it's going to be a comparatively easy walk today. We forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang. Discover the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village.

Day 8: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive

On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa, but there are also people of other ethnicities. From the Bazaar, we catch a bus to Katmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 9: Depart Kathmandu

It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a final stroll through the narrow alleys and temples, and some final souvenir shopping. A driver will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the airport for your return flight home. It's best to be at the airport at least two hours prior to departure.

Included/Excluded

  • -International Arrival and Departure transfer in a private vehicle.
  • -3 nights accomodation in a 3 star hotel on BB basis in Kathmandu.
  • - KTM to Sundarijal transfer in a private vehicle.
  • - 6 Days trek on a full board twin sharing basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee).
  • - NP and TIMS fee.
  • - Melamchi to Kathmandu transfer in a private vehicle.
  • - Equipment, clothing, salary, and insurance for staff.
  • - Kit bags.
  • - All government taxes.
  • - Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc.
  • - Entrance fees for monasteries and museum
  • - International airfare and Nepal entry visa fee
  • - Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • - Your personal trekking gears and equipment.
  • - Personal nature expenses like phone, laundry, gratitude, etc.
  • - Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  • - Any items not mentioned in "Service included a section"

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