Helambu treks begin from Sundarijal or Melamchi Pul. Different types of culture prevail within this area. Nevertheless, the main three ethnic groups that live are the Tamangs, Bhotias and Yolmus. The Yolmo people of the Helambu region are not often referred to as “Sherpas” since neither of their languages, customs, nor clan structures resembles the Solukhumbu Sherpas of Everest. They are thought to be more akin to Langtang Bhotias, and may also have originated from the Kyirong area of Tibet, just over the border. Their religion and monasteries reflect their rich Buddhist culture. Other mid hill tribes and caste groups including Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar and Gurung reside at the lower elevations along the edges of the park. This area happens to be within and always been referred to as the Langtang region as most of the trek to Langtang and adventurous traverse joins in Helambu. Declared a National Park in 1976, Langtang area remains the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km. Mountainous terrains line the south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border. Helambu area is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the foothills of the Jugal Himalaya, which is just a few days away from the Kathmandu Valley rim situated directly north east of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region.
Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our staff and guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before the sight seeing tour.
Drive to Sundarijal 1,460m, 5 hrs walk to Chisopani 2,195 m.
A few hours drive at the eastern suburb of the Kathmandu Valley passes through the famed places of Bouddhanath renowned for its enormous Buddhist Chaityas or Stupa all seeing. After Bouddhanath the drive diverts to the dirt road for an hour towards Sundarijal (meaning beautiful water), a lovely spot with cool patch of forest with monkeys and fresh streams, a picnic spot for most of the Kathmandu people who wants to escape for a day from the busy crowded metropolitan life in the city.
From here the trek begins with a climb up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, through terraces of rice and millet, and then trough a delightful forest of rhododendron. The trail continues to a climb, eventually reaching a high ridge offering excellent views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal. We camp at Chisopani so that we can take advantage of the sunrise over eastern Himalaya from our camp site.
Chisopani Danda a scenic spot at the top of the hilltop, with 4-6 teahouses or Lodge and an Army Camp nearby, apart from the mountain scenery, a lovely view of the surrounding landscapes and valleys down below can be seen from our camping spot.
Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,140m. 5-6 hrs.
This is really a trek of ridges and this morning we descend one ridge to the friendly village of Patibhanjyang, before ascending another ridge, and crossing a high forested crest, to our overnight camp at Gulbhanjyang. En route there are wide vistas over the terraced valleys of Helambu. Hindu shrines and Buddhist mani walls and small chortens point to the cultural mix that goes to make up this fascinating part of the world.
Trek to Kutimsang 2,445m. 5 hrs.
After enjoying the stay at Gulbhanjyang, walk lead to a climb steeply up to the Thodang Danda., from here onwards the country becomes wilder, the path winds up gradually passing through patch of forest and farm areas and scattered rural hamlets then eventually reaching the village of Kutumsang one of the main village of Helambu at 2,445 m.
Trek to Melamchigaon 2,560m via Tharepati 3,595m 6 hours.
From Kutumsang the route leads to a long ascent through enchanting forest, emerging finally on the Panghu Danda (ridge) at an altitude of 3,300 meteres. The ridge crest is thickly forested with rhododendron and pine the dominant species around this area. Between the patches of trees, there are secluded pastures and associated temporary shelters (goths), and we pass several small valleys which allow glimpsing the terraced farmland which here lays thousands of feet below us. There are two trail from here that leads to Melamchigaon, our route leads the scenic route adding more heights to our adventure towards Tharepati ridge which is about 2-3 hours walk uphill, Tharepati at 3,505m will be our highest point of this trek and its worth the climb for the grand views of the snow capped peaks, ranging from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu to Annapurna in the far west and the Jugal mountain range to the north east.
The trail from here also branches off, for another one and half day walk to the popular pilgrimage holy place of Gosainkund towards west. Our trek continues downhill from Tharepati towards Melamchigaon for another 3-4 hours through the beautiful forest of oaks and rhododendron till Melamchigaon is reached for the overnight.
Trek to Tarkegyang 2,560 m 3-4 hours.
The walk from Melamchigaon is gradual for an hour and half with the last hour climb to Tarkegyang. Tarkegyang, is the main village of Helambu region, the place is also renowned for its famed green apples and the wood carving on furniture and for other household products. We will have ample time visiting this lovely village, where its windows and furniture have nice traditional carving. The homes of the inhabitants are amazingly clean with polished wooden floors.
Rest Day at Tarkeghyang
A well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing, today local visit around the village and its Monastery, and energetic short hike around on top of the nearby hills for more great view of the snow capped peaks and landscapes.
Trek to Sermathang. 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.
After a lovely morning we head towards another important village of the area to Sermathang, the walk leads on the gradual winding path offering excellent views of the surrounding landscapes all the way to our overnight stop at Sermathang after a good four hours walks.
Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
The last day of the trek is more or less down hill all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, road head for the drive to Kathmandu. The trek passes through mid hills villages of Kakani and Thimbu before heading towards the subtropical region back to the rice paddy fields. On arriving at Melamchi Pul which is a busy bazaar, where people from the rural villages from the hills come here for the marketing and to catch a bus to Kathmandu city. Here we will have our last camp of this wonderful trek away from the main busy bazaar of Melamchi
Drive to Kathmandu.
A short scenic drive of an hour brings back to Kathmandu through the town of Banepa and Bhaktapur
Free day in Kathmandu.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep the confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal
Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
4. Transportation Kathmandu / Sundarijal and Melamchipul / Kathmandu by private Non AC Vehicle.
5. Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and Porters using local standard lodges on full board basis.
6. Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
7. Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
6. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
7. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
8. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
9. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc