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 Kyanjin Gompa 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 welcome the travelers as soon as they enter Shivapuri National Park. A network of interconnected trails twists 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 Monasteries. Helambu seems to be inhabited by Sherpas and Tamangs who migrated from Tibet. Floras such as Oak, Chirpine, Maple, Fir, Hemlock, Spruce, can be found in abundance in the region as well as the National Flower of Nepal, Rhododendron, blooms vividly here. This region also has various species of fauna, namely, Wild Dog, Red Panda, Pika, Musk deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Thar, Goral, 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 the Langtang Region. Langtang National Park protects a high Himalayan valley that stretches all the way north to the Tibetan border. The sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, high at the top mountain ridge, and the traditional mountain villages of Helambu round out the picture.
Highlights of the trek:
- Experience one of the most scenic and beautiful villages of Nepal full of spirituality, rich customs, and hospitable citizens.
- Trek in a comparatively short yet fascinating trekking trail of Nepal.
- Get a chance to see the flora and fauna of two National Parks of Nepal; Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park.
- Get engulfed by the rich Sherpa, Tamang, and Tibetan religion of the region.
- Panoramic glimpses of snow-capped mountains of North-East Nepal.