Helambu trek is a short trek in Langtang Region. Despite being close (72 km northeast) to Kathmandu this region is mainly unspoilt. This trek is famous for scenic views of mountains- Langtang Lirung, Dorge Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Ganesh Himal, Langshisha Ri, Gyangchempo, Yala peak, etc. and also offers cultural blend of Tibetan Sherpa , highland Tamang people and customary Buddhist community in traditional villages. This is relatively easy trek as the Helambu valley has low elevations (up to 3600m).
Helambu trek begins at Sundarijal which is about 1hr drive from Kathmandu. We trek through Shivapuri National Park dense forest of oak, pine, rhodendron, cultivated fields and meadows to Chisapani, Khutumsang, Tharepati and Melamche Gaun. All along the way we come across some Tamang and Sherpa villages and splendid view of mountains like Anapurna, Manaslu, etc. from the walking trail. Besides the opportunity to explore ancient viallages with rhododendron and bamboo forest, majestic waterfalls we can also explore rare wildlife like red pandas, pika, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, ghoral, serow, rhesus monkey and common langur. After crossing Melamche river we climb to Tarkeghyang village in Helambu village and then the trails drop down across a number of streams & waterfalls towards Sermathang and finally to Melamchi Pul from where we drive back to Kathmandu.
Helambu trek is short and easy suitable for novice but still offers a wide range of cultural and natural scenery. Best season for this trek is Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring(March to May).
Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani (2300m) 5 hours
Day 04: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m) 7 hours
Day 05: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650m) 6 hours
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m) 6 hours
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m) 4 hours
Day 08: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar and Drive to Kathmandu 6 hours
Day 09: Transfer to the airport for the final departure
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives from Leaf Holidays will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, you get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we make an hour's drive to Sundarijal (1350m), our trek start point. From Sundarijal, we trek to Chisopani (2300m). We enter through the trail of Shivapuri National park. The first settlement we come across is Mulkharka mostly inhabited by the Tamang people. Then we walk along the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani. Overnight at guest house.
After taking our morning breakfast, we head for a journey to Kutumsang. We will enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang mountains on the way. After some hiking we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail ascends to another pass. Another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang. Overnight at Kutumsang.
We climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. Then we will pass to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. We will reach tharepati for our overnight stay.
Today we head for Tarkeghyang. During early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola. Then we ascend Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. We enjoy the golden majestic mountain views with the sunshine. We discover the village of biggest and oldest monastery of the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste.
Its a easy walk today as there is no any ascending trail. We pass through forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang. We will discover a village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village.
On our final day of the trek, we descend to Malemchi Pul Bazaar. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa, but there are also people of other ethnicities. From the Bazaar, we catch a bus to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner for the group.
Nearly 2 hours before your scheduled flight, our company representative will take you to the airport. We are sure; you will back to your home taking amazing experience of Nepal. We hope you enjoyed trekking and want to be somewhere in the Himalayas again.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 9 Days
Difficulty Level : Moderate
Minimum Altitude : 1300m
Group Size : 2-15 people
Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Sightseeing
Transportation : Flight, Car & Jeep
Accommodation : 3-4 star hotel in kathmandu, Normal guest house during trekking