- Country: Nepal
- Trip grade: Essay
- Destination: Langtang Region
- Activities: Trekking and Cultural Hike
- Accommodation: Home Stay /Tent /Camping
- 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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.