Helambu trek is one of the most beautiful short treks in Nepal. This trek lies in the Helambu region – the home to the Hyolmo people from which the term Helambu derives. The region stands overlooking the mountain peaks in the Langtang range of the Himalayas and extended from the Lauribina Pass to the Melamchi River Valley. Helambu is one of the nearest trekking regions to Kathmandu thus the Helambu trekking. Although it lies closer to the capital urban city, both the pristine nature and authentic lifestyles in the region are undisturbed which you still can enjoy in its organic form. Spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks, distinct lifestyles of Hyolmo culture, artistic Buddhist monasteries, and important Buddhist pilgrimage sites all combined in this short trekking trip offer a wonderful lifetime experience in the Nepal Himalayas.
Our Helambu trek program in the region is one of the most sought-after trekking trips.
Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of only International airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check-in at your Hotel and then after short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You start the day with a short drive for about 40 minutes to Sundarijal, the trek starting point. As you reach Sundarijal, you walk straight uphill towards Chisapani in which the walk provides panoramic views of the mountains, beautiful landscape, and the walk in the jungle. You walk through small dotted villages, farm terraces, and in the National Park. About five hours of a steep uphill walk through forest and village, and a short descent finally takes you to Chisapani – literally means cold water – to stay overnight. Spend leisurely rest of the time in Chisapani enjoying the grandeur view of the Himalayan peaks. Overnight stay at the local lodge.
At Chisapani have breakfast and start descending to the Patibhanjyang, and then climb uphill. The walk today is quite long, and you have to walk frequent uphill and downhill, but not as steep long as the first day. As you traverse the trail you can enjoy the view of the mountains in the Langtang range. The beautiful walk of the day ends after you reach Kutumsang – small town in the ridge. You can explore and walk around in the evening if you are still strong enough to do so. Overnight at local lodge.
After breakfast at your lodge, the walk starts with uphill in the forest area. About six hours of trekking journey takes you to Thadepati for an overnight stay. The section of the walk today brings some spectacular views. You can enjoy marvelous views of the Himalayas – section of Langtang range – from Yurin Danda and offer some beautiful natural wonders. Thadepati is small place with few tourist facilities, yet basic and windy. Overnight at local lodge.
The walk from Thadepati today is a wonderful exploration of the Helambu region. You first walk steep down to the river in the forest and then walk up after crossing the stream to reach Melamchi Gaun and then to Tarkeghyang. Tarke Ghyang is an incredible place to explore a mixture of culture and spirituality of Sherpa people. You can explore the village monastery and surrounding in the evening given your stamina, and tiredness. Overnight at local lodge.
You start another exciting day in the Helambu region with breakfast at the lodge. After you walk small forest section enjoying numerous small villages of the Helambu region, and walk past some villages, you finally reach the village called Sermanthang. It is another village rich in Sherpa culture and practices Buddhism. You can explore the village monastery and the village in the evening. Overnight local lodge.
This is the final day of your trek and you end with a short walk down to the river valley at Melamchi Pul Bazar. You trek down with splendid view of the Himalayan peaks, and wide Indrawati and Melamchi river bed and walk past numerous villages with rural life. Once you reach MelamchiPul Bazar, we stop for the lunch before setting off on a drive back to Kathmandu. It takes us about four to five hours of drive to reach Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu. The quantity of your gears/equipments for shorter treks can be lesser, and you may wish to travel light.
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
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. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
10. Two pairs 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. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
13. A 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)
All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
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