Helambu Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Cultural Heritage Tour of Kathmandu
  • Incredible trekking experience in the Himalaya
  • Breathtaking Himalayan view
  • An awesome experience of nature and life of Helambu region
  • Close look on the inspiring simplicity of rural life style

Helambu trek is one of the beautiful short treks in Nepal. This trek goes in the Helambu region overlooking the mountain peaks in the Langtang range of the Himalayas. It’s also one of the nearest Himalayan trekking trips from Kathmandu. Although it lies closer to the capital city, the nature and simplicity in the region is so untouched that you find it in its purest form.

Spectacular views of the mountains and Hyolmo cultural wonders of Helambu region make an incredible mixture to create wonderful experience of trekking in the mountains. The simplicity of the life style of people living in the region is so inspiring that definitely leaves a positive impression in your life.

The trek that starts at Sundarijal in Kathmandu traverses the trail all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazar bringing all the wonderful nature, culture and adventure in between. It’s definitely a short escape into the serenity of nature mixed with adventure and culture.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will see Mountain Delights’ representative waiting for you just outside the arrival deck. You will see either our company signboard or a placard with your name printed on it. You will be taken to the trip hotel where you check in and relax for some time. Later we will take you for a short tour of Thamel, the main tourist hub in Kathmandu, to show you some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need to go. We go back to hotel after the tour and talk about the trip in details. If your arrival is late today, we will do this tour and trip briefing tomorrow before we start for the tour.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - B

We will take you for a historical and heritage tour of Kathmandu valley today after breakfast. A full day sightseeing today in Kathmandu takes you to the amazing heritage sites of

Boudhanath is considered as the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world which lies in the middle of a beautiful square. The giant Buddhist shrine is a very important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist people. The stupa is considered to have been built in 4th/5th centuries and carries some interesting stories behind its establishment. A stupa is basically a relic monument considered as a sacred shrine in Buddhism but there are several other types of stupas other than relic stupas. A stupa symbolizes the journey of a human being from material world to the world of enlightenment.

Pashupatinath is a Hindu Temple area where you can see a very unique cremation culture for the Hindu dead people. The temple which is considered as the most important Shiva temple in Nepal is open for Hindus only thus non-Hindu people have to stay outside the temple premises observing the Hindu death rites and rituals. We can encounter some Sadhus, the holy men, around who look so fascinating for photographs. The place is a rich spiritual and cultural source to have an insight on Nepali life and rituals.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Chisapani 2,300m - B/L/D

We are going to start the trekking part of this journey today. We drive for about 40 minutes to Sundarijal, the trek starting point. We set off the trail up towards Chisapani, a beautiful place that provides panoramic views of the mountains and natural surroundings. About five hours of uphill trek through forest and village finally takes us to Chisapani to stay overnight. We spend leisurely time around Chisapani once we reach there.

Day 04: Chisapani – Kutumsang 2,450m – B/L/D

The walk today is pretty much easier given its less involvement of steep ascent and descent. Although we have to walk some uphill and downhill trail in some places on the route to Kutumsang today, the trek can be considered as moderate in its difficulty level. As we traverse the trail we can enjoy the view of the mountains in Langtang range.

The beautiful walk of the days ends when we reach Kutumsang where we can wander around and explore the place.

Day 05: Kutumsang – Thadepati 3,650m – B/L/D

We trek to Thadepati today. About six hours of trekking journey takes us to Thadepati for overnight stay. The trail section brings some spectacular views and beautiful experience of trekking. We can enjoy marvelous views of the Himalayas from Yurin Danda and some natural wonders come along the trail today before we reach the destination.

Day 06: Thadepati – Tarke Ghyang 2,743m – B/L/D

The walk from Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang today is a wonderful exploration of Helambu region. The walk takes us to this beautiful Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang via Melamchi Gaun in the region. We can explore monasteries and the village once we are in Tarke Ghyang. Tarke Ghyang is an incredible place to observe the mixture of culture and spirituality. We immerse in to the charm of both, culture and spirituality.

Day 07: Tarke Ghyang – Sermanthang 2,620m – B/L/D

Sermanthang is another village rich in culture and is full of natural wonders surrounding it. About five hours of walk takes us to Sermanthang. Along the trail, we pass through many other villages rich in Sherpa culture and inspiring simplicity of life. We also walk through some forested area along the trail before reaching Sermanthang for overnight stay.

Day 08: Sermanthang – Melamchi Pul Bazar – Kathmandu – B/L

As the final day of walk in the Gosainkunda Helambu region, we trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar. We trek down past many villages with their traditional cultures. We will also walk through terraced fields that people do the farming on. Once we reach Melamchi Pul Bazar, we will stop for the lunch before setting off on a drive back to Kathmandu.

It takes us about four hours of drive to reach Kathmandu.

Day 09: Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden places in Kathmandu and Durbar square) - B

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great opportunity to experience historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. On this walking tour, we explore the Local market of Ason, glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupa etc.

After exploring these hidden charms of Kathmandu, we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique historical, cultural and religious traditions. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar square walking tour will be a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in Kathmandu valley.

Day 10: Departure Day - B

We will drive you to airport for the departure flight three prior to your flight schedule.

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service on your arrival and departure flights
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis
  • All major meals during the trekking, breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Three cups of tea a day on the trekking days
  • A professional trekking and necessary number of number of supporting crew members
  • All necessary permits for the trekking
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any kind of drinks in Kathmandu and trekking area (Except three cups of tea a day on the trek)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Gratuities to guide, porters and driver (Not mandatory but expected as customary thank you for the service)
  • Any other expenses caused by some unforeseen and uncontrollable situations that may arise during the trip

General

1.   Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
2.   Duffel bag or Rucksack and suitcase ((Optional/duffel bag we can provide one if you need it
      but is to be returned after the trek.
3.   Daypack.
4.   Down Jacket only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, Feruary, November and
      December (Optional/we can  provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.   Sun hat.
2.   Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears .
3.   Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
4.   Headlamp.
5.   Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
      should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
6.   A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for
      cold season (optional).

Hand

1.    Golves( not  too warm  and not light ).

Core Body

1.   T-shirts
2.   Shirts
3.   Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.   Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.   Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.   women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton.

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

1.    nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton.
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..
6.    Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
7.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.
9.    pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season. 10.2 pair light
       weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
11.  light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
12.  pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
13.  pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well).

1.   Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.   Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.   Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.   Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.      
      Pleasediscuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.   1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
      some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
      medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous :

1.   Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.   Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to
      change the date of your).
3.   Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.   Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
      neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from
      having to stop and look for it.
5.   Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
      its' effectiveness over time.
6.   Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.   Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.   Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid
      hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.   2 bandanas.

Optional

1.   1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
      assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
      ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
2.   Favorite snack foods.
3.   Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
      Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember,
      keep these items light weight .
4.   Binoculars .
5.   1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok,
      but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use .
6.   Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.   A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
      that chilly late night trip.

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