• Helambu Terk

Helambu Terk

Trip Overview

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.

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.

Detail Itinerary

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.  

Cost Details

What is included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Good hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Farewell dinners.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerar.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • soul himalaya trek  bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxe

What is not included?

  • Personal equipment for trekking
  • Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter
  • Bar & Beverage bills

Gear list

UPPER BODY LAYERS 

Walking t-shirt  -2 merino wool, capilene or synthetic fabric over cotton t-shirt which is  quick dry.

Sleeping t-shirt -1 it can be cotton.

Thermal base layers top -1 mid weight long sleeved t-shirt of merino wool or polyester, capilene or polartec power dry. 

Insulating layers -1mid weight fleece that can be worn over other layers 

Fleece vest optional -advisable for those who feel cold 

Rain jacket -1 essential 

Down jacket -1 essential it’s very cold above 4,000 meters.

 

 

LOWER BODY LAYERS

Underwear - enough for trek (notice you can wash along them along the way)

Hiking trousers -2 quick dry and light weight trousers no cotton, but zip offs are good.

Sleeping trousers 1 light weight yoga style evening sleeping, but no jeans.

Trekking shorts -1 if no zips off trousers . below the knee for ladies.

Rain pants -1 advisable 

Thermal long johns 1 for evening or sleeping.

 

 

PACKS&BAGS

Duffle bag pack 1 to store excess luggage in at hotel. Soul Himalaya provides duffel bags for the duration of the trek. These are easier for the porters to carry.

Day pack with rain cover -1to carry your personal items during the treks eg camera and chocolate, water.

Sleeping bags -1 3season (4season oct-feb).

Compression stuff sack -1 for sleeping bags.

 

 

FOOTWEAR 

Trekking boots -1 must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support.

Socks -3 good and warm enough and worth spending money on quality socks.

Flip flops or camp shoes-1 light weight for evening use.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS 

Water bottles -2 one or two liters nalgene or sig style or a bladder.  Bladders are preffered

Water purification drops -1 it is cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (piyous).

Lip balm -1 with SPF factors.

Sunglass -1 essential good uv protection. 

Suncream we recommend SPF 30 greater. 

Bandana -1 this useful for a variety of purposes. 

Baseball head (cap) it is useful for sun during the hiking. 

Warm woolen hat -1 it is very useful evening and morning when we hike above the 3500m.

Flash light or head torch -1head light is best as it leaves your hand free and extra batteries. 

Personal first aid kit -1 include any prescribed medication (should be your all personal medication).

Travel towel -1 light weight and compact. 

Wash kit -1 travel items for the trek. 

Instant hand sanitizer -enough for trek and alcohol based for keeping your hands clean. 

Camera with charge and enough batteries for your treks 

Book or journal as you like. 

Pack of cards/travel board games for evening fun. 

Trekking snacks enough for trekking and good selection available in Kathmandu. 

Toilet roll and rubbish bag it is very important we don’t leave rubbish in the mountains. 

Trekking poles optional and advisable for anyone with knee issues.

Gloves warm enough.  Preferably warmers as well 

Neck warmer \Buff. 

 

A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR AND ATTITUDE IS ESSENTIAL -DONT COME WITHOUT IT NAMASTE.

 

All of above the equipment you can get cheaply in Kathmandu. If you have any queries please feel free to ask.

                       www.soulhimalayatreks.com                                    info@soulhimalayatreks.com

 

 

FROM US

$1,450

9 days

Trip at-a- Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Essay
  •    Destination: langtang region
  •    Activities: Trekking and Cultural Hike
  •    Accommodation: two night hotel in Kathmandu local guest houses during the trek.
  •    Meals: Included
  •    Maximum altitude: 3300m
  •    Group size: MIN 3
  •    Best Season: Best seasons are Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May)nd Spring (March to May)

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