• Helambu Terk

Helambu Terk

Trip Overview

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

Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: - Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisopani (2140m): Walking Distance 4 hours
Day 04: - Chisopani trekking to Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m)
Day 05: - Gul Bhanjyang trekking to Tharepati (3597m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
Day 06: - Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours
Day 07: - Melamchi to Tarkeghyang (2590m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
Day 08: - Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 09: - Sermathang Trekking to Melamchi Bazaar (828m) and drive to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours drive
Day 10: - Farewell Departure

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)

Trip Higlights

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.

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