Helambu is a region easily accessible from Kathmandu which makes the trek a good way to avoid the bone-rattling public transport. If the journey is to be continued from KyanjinGompa then one might consider crossing the high narrow Ganja La pass into Helambu. But if you choose to start the journey from a point nearby Kathmandu then "Sundarijal" would be the entrance to the valley's northern rim. The species of Rhododendron, bamboo forests and glistening waterfalls welcomes the travelers as soon as they enter Shivapuri National Park. A network of interconnected trail twist past the small villages of Burlang Bhanjyang and Kutumsang. Proceeding along the Thadepati, Sermathang, the trek concludes at the Melamchi Pool Bazar in Helambu.
Even though the trek is a short distance from Kathmandu valley, one cannot afford to miss the enthralling experience of what Helambu has to offer. The Himalayas that backdrop the route at the border with Tibet and monasteries makes the journey spectacular.
Helambu is very popular among the masses for the stringed instrument called Tungna which resembles Tibetan lute usually crafted by Hyolmo Sherpas. This place offers religious and cultural fusion including Manis, Chhortens, shrines and various monastries. Helambu seems to be inhabitated by Sherpas and Tamangs who migrated from Tibet. The flora that are found in the region are Oaks, Chirpine, Maple, Fir, Hemlock spruce and various species of Rhododendron. This region also has various species of fauna namely wild dog, red panda, pika, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan thar, ghoral, serow, rhesus monkey and common langur.
From this trail, it is also possible to link Gosainkunda and other scenic grandeur to the eastern part of Langtang Region. Langtang National Park protects high Himalayan valley that stretches all the way north to the Tibetan border. The sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, high at top mountain ridge and the traditional mountain villages of Helambu rounds out the picture.
1. How can I enter in Nepal?
In South Asia, Nepal is known as one of the most popular tourist destination. Direct and non- stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu (Capital city of Nepal) are also available in several airlines. Such as direct flights from Paris, London, Doha, Frankfurt, Osaka, Shanghi, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Karachi, Hong-Kong, Bombay, Delhi, Paro, Culcutta, Varanasi and Lhasa.
2. Is someone is going to pick me up from the airport with transfer included?
Yes, the member from our company will come to the airport to pick you up with a display card of Nepal Wild-Land Adventure Company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included for our clients.
3. Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, first of all our staff will receive you at the airport and help you transfer to the hotel while our tour leader will be in waiting for you to give a few brief details regarding about the trip (Trekking).
While briefing our clients are kindly requested to bring their passport, 3 copies of passport size photos, travelling insurance, notepad and writing pen with them.
4. What is our daily routine while in trekking?
We wake up normally at 7am in the morning. And after having breakfast, we repack our stuff and leave it with our other Sherpa team.
We normally go on a trail before 8am, all you need to carry is a stuff which are necessary to you and a camera to capture the beautiful moments while trekking. Our Sherpa team guides hike with an interesting flora and fauna sights. You can also find the spot to relax, use toilet facilities, purchase snacks or any drinks which you prefer and shop for souvenirs.
We will have lunch within 11am to 12pm. A usual day's trek normally ends in the early afternoon like 4pm to 4:30pm. After that you can have a quality time for yourself to read or nap before dinner.
After dinner you can play cards, rememorize all the breath taking moments of your day or chat about tomorrows hiking plans.
5. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Yes, of course. Telephone services and internet services are available in all the trekking routes in Everest, Annapurna and Lang tang areas.
6. Can I recharge my camera and other gadgets batteries along the trek?
Yes, in most of the places you can charge your batteries along our trek.
7. About water – are they available at each teahouse? Or are we supposed to bring iodine tablets?
You can buy mineral water, filter or boiled water during the trekking trail. If you want to bring iodine tablets then that would be great.
8. What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
Meals on full protein and nutritious basis will be provided to you during our trekking. Warm and freshly cooked food is served (Western, Continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places). Normally three meals each day will be provided.
9. What will happen if there is an emergency?
For the emergency case, all of our guides are well trained in the basic first aid and can handle the basic aliments that may occur on trek. If the case is out of hand then our team of Nepal Wild-land Adventure trekking will cover the required expenses of rescue operation likewise it is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such as event where these expenses will be needed to recovered from your insurance company. In most regions there are also help posts which have been organized and established by the foreign doctors with an expert staffs.
10. Are all of your company staff insured?
All the trekking staff including guides, Sherpas, cooks and porters of our company is insured. They are all protected by fine life insurance policy with facilities of warm clothing and proper shelter on high altitude. We make sure to insure our staff member to be well paid and properly insured.
11. Could you give us some information about the guide?
We guarantee for the safety and security of all the trekkers with the many years of experience in this field with you. All of our staffs and members are well trained on this field with a trekking guide license and experience. We only hire the professional guides who are able to serve in a effective way to the guest and good in fluent English and also the one who can adjust to the Trekkers desired language. Our team members are expert one and are also active for any services as per the preference Of the Trekkers.
12. What kinds of banking facilities are provided in Nepal?
In Nepal you can find modern banking facilities with international banks in KTM (Kathmandu). All foreign currencies along with credit cards are accepted in Nepal. For eg: American Express, Visa and Master Cards. You can also find A.T.M facilities in Nepal.
13. Is travelling alone women with your company is safe?
We guarantee all the safety and security for every individual women traveler while with us. We are more alert and confident for such issues. You can believe us without any doubt for your safety. All the guides of our company are well trained and experienced in such types of cases. Personal room on lodge trek and tent for camping is provided to our clients according to their preference.
14. What happens if I have to leave the trip early?
Sometimes communication on mountain region is difficult but we assure you that in the case like this our company guides will make the best effort to obtain the quick transportation and reservation to get you home as quickly as possible in a safe and sound way.
15. Does this trekking company (Nepal Wild-land Adventure) accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa, American Express and Master Cards. In case, if you are paying in person in Nepal then we kindly request you to pay in cash or traveler's cheque because the bank charges for credit cards are quiet high.
16. Can you arrange extra night lodging in case if I arrive early or depart late?
Is there a single room option?
We would be honored to make arrangements such as extra hotel rooms, personalized tour, airport pickup and arrangements for private rooms. If you need a single room then we request you to indicate us that on your application and we will contact you the details and info on single room supplementary costs.
17. Can I bring some food from home?
Yes, you may bring power gel, cereal bars, and similar high energy foods. We suggest you to bring Gatorade because it is one of the most highly recommended to fight dehydration.
18. Except trip price, how much extra money should I take with me?
This case depends on your spending habits. US$ 15 to US$ 20 per meal in Kathmandu is allocated.US$ 12 to US$ 15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot drinks, hot shower, coca cola, chocolates and other preferable stuffs.
19. Is visa to travel in Nepal is needed? What do I need to get my Visa?
Except Indian citizens, all the other foreign nationals need to obtain visa while entering in Nepal. To travel Nepal for 30 days, you need a visa passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40 for your stay.
20. What's the main form of greeting in Nepal?
Namaste or Namaskar are the common form of greeting in Nepal. You can also say the greeting in words as well as a gesture where you have to join your palms together and bring them closer to your chest and above 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaskar holds many meaning like Hello, how are you doing?, nice to meet you, good morning and so on.
21. What is the basic Nepali costume that I should know about?
The main and most important thing is that you should take off your shoes before entering one's home or a temple. And also it is considered illegal to take photographs inside the most temples.
1 Woolen hat and day camp for sun hat: Depending on the weather take a hat for both sun and wind protection.
2 Sunglass enough UV protection
3 Make sure you buy genuine UV protection sunglasses. The sun's rays are particularly strong the higher up you go. Use a hard case to keep them in to avoid easy breakages.
4 Gloves warm enough:
5 Windproof gloves during this season are all that's needed. Head torch with extra enough batteries.
6 Water purification drops or tablets:
7 It's better as economically and environmentally if you pack enough water purifying drops or tablets instead of buying mineral water in non-biodegradable plastic bottles.
8 For dry lips due to climate and heavy breathing
9 Enough Sun scream.
10 Water bottles required:
11 It's better if you have two bottles, one for drinking, and the other for water preparation or backup.
12 Some ordinary plastic bags to keep things in, e.g. dirty laundry
13 Trekking Map/NOTE BOOK/PAN /PANCILS/WATCH/ BINOCULAR
14 Tissue paper, small handy pack will do for emergency toilet breaks
15 Duct tape small just in case
16 Wallet to carry your money
17 Quick dry towel 1: any size required
18 Swiss army type knife
19 Trekking poles- handing for rough terrain
20 Sleeping bag
21 Energy bars like candy/cheese nuts/Cholet/snickers etc
22 Camera, video- enough space for pictures and enough batteries, and charger with socket adapter for your plugs.
23 Good lightweight hiking boots. Waterproof is good for you do adventure in Nepal.
24 Light sport shoes to use in camp or sandals for showers, night time toilet walks.
25 Hiking socks 2/3 pair's thick and thin but good quality hiking socks suitable for the climate you'll be in.
26 Quick dry lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts any good qualities required because long sleeves are good for sun.
27 Long sleeve cotton-shirt any good qualities is Good for sleeping in at night or as a base layer if it gets cold in the mornings/evenings
28 Quick dry long leg light weight trekking pants zips are good two pairs. A lot of these pants are windproof, avoid anything too heavy or completely water proof. Zip offs are good as they can double up as shorts during the day.
29 Windproof jacket/windbreakers one: you'll mainly use this only in the morning, or when sitting around at night. But making sure it's windproof is good in case the wind picks up.
30 Lightweight rainproof jacket one: good fit and enough to pack up in a tiny pocket. Good for unexpected rain showers. Light weather protection and warmer weather.
31 Underwear required: Comfortable underwear is essential. Pack both cotton and polyester in case of problems or Friction.
32 Bungy cords: essential for hanging up your clothes to dry, or wrapping them around your day pack which is great way to dry clothes during the day
33 Washing items required: shop, small facecloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, tea tree oil and a small water proof toiletry bag or dry bag to carry them in.
34 Personal first aid kit with enough your important really necessary medicine. Containing paracetamol, bites/burn cream, plasters, small bandage, and antiseptic cream.
35 Day carry bags 35/40 liters
Though the list seems really long, believe me, all these things are really needed in the trek. If you have any confusion about the equipments listed above, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be more than happy to answer any kinds of queries.
DAY01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1350m)
After the arrival of you're at Tribhuwan International Airport, our customer receiving member will greet with attractive preparations and will drive you up to the booked hotel from the means of your comfort. If your arrival is accurate as planned then, we will also take you to well-hygienic restaurant along with opportunity to take a short glimpse over the taste of foods, entertaining dances, etc. of different ethnic castes of Nepal and if the arrival is late then we may do this in next day. Next day morning, you will be taken to the head office and you will be told about your trekking routes, activities, destinations and their time periods briefly. Then, we will introduce you to your trekking guide.
Day 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING.
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. There will be a full day guided tour to the historic Durbar Square, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess), the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Boudhhanath), in the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip.Overnight at hotel, included meal.
DAY 03: KAHMANDU - SUNDARIJAL - CHISAPANI (2194m).
This is the day we start our adventure towards Tharepati(3600m). We drive to Sundarijal and we stat our trek after reaching Sundarijal. The drive to Sundarijal from your hotel would take no more than 60 minutes. After a one and a half hour ascent from there, we reach the forest from where you can barely see any human settlement. Then we walk for about two hours through the lovely forest. After arriving at Burlang Bhanjyang which lies at about 2400 m, you find yourself at the first viewpoint of our trek. From there, we can see the great mountains ranging from Annapurna to Gaurisankat. Then, we descend for about an hour to reach Chisapani.
DAY 04: CHISAPANI - KUTUGSANG- (2446m.)
This day, we descend for about an hour through some villages to arrive at Pati Bhanjyang. Then, we start a gradual ascent towards Kutugsang. The trek will be featured with fascinating views of different mountains and hills. It is one of the best ridge walks all over the world.
DAY 05: KUTUGSANG – THAREPATI (3597m.)
This day, we will gradually ascend through the rhododendron forests, local villages, splendid viewpoints and many more. The way will be full of surprises and awesome view points of many mountains. You will also get a chance to observe the local lifestyle and culture of the peoples until we finally reach Tharepati.
DAY 06: THAREPATI - MELAMCHE – (2560m.)
Tharepati is our last destination of the trek. You will have a free morning to roam the awesome place and take pictures. Then, after meal, we will again give continuity to our journey.This day, we will descend down to the destination Melamchi, the first Sherpa village in the Helambu area. It is a collection of neat houses fronted by prayer flags and full of local indigenous culture and tradition.
DAY 07: MELAMCHE - SERMANTHANG – (2621m.)
The trail will lead us down to Melamchi river. Then, we follow the path shown by the river and climb up to Tarkeghyang, which comprises of a large reinstated gumba(monastery) which dates back to the early 18th century. After having a close look of the village, we will walk to another interesting Sherpa village named Sermanthang.
DAY 08: SERMANTHANG - MELAMCHEPUL - KATHMANDU
This is the last day our trip. Today, we descend through different villages, forests and rivers. After we arrive at the Melamchi Pul bazaat, we will drive to Kathmandu which will take an estimated 4 hours. The melamchi pul bazaar lies at the bank of Indrawati river.
Day 09:- - Kathmandu - departure or Extend other activities.
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It's been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are sure you've had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Take care!!! You can place any of your complaints, recommendations or suggestions regarding any matter.