Helambu Trek 9 -Days

Helambu Trek

Trip Highlights

Helambu Trek is all about exploring the natural splendor and well-preserved culture in an undisturbed and unadulterated environment of Langtang. Being the less traveled trail, Helambu has been able to maintain its cultural uniqueness intact.

Situated just 72 kilometers to the northeast side of Kathmandu, Langtang Helambu Trekking is one of the nearest trekking routes to enjoy the cultural and natural beauties. The trekking to this region is a golden opportunity to enjoy the beauty of mountain peaks, beautiful flora and faunas, rhododendron forest, local culture and many more. Starting from Sundarijal, the trial goes through rhododendron forest and many traditional villages where we can take rest and know about their lifestyle and culture.

Following the trial, we can enjoy the greenish natural sceneries of hill terraced farmland. Subsequently, you can also witness the giant snow cones which include Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Naya Kanga. Going through Langtang National Park, we can see many beautiful floras like red pandas, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, rhesus monkey and common langur. To talk about cultural beauties, we can visit many ancient monasteries and gompas made by the local Tamang people.

Categorized as an easy route, anyone with a normal health condition can conquer this route. This route is not so crowded and is still un-spoilt, may trekkers may their journey to this route. Also, this route does not consume much time, so if you have limited time then this route can be best to think once. So much positive features and some beauties to explore, this route is hence one of the best among all in Nepal.

So, get set for an adventurous and joyful trek to the Helambu village in Langtang region. You will be blessed with the mountain views along with the views of azure lakes in the Gosaikunda region of Nepal. The cultural magnificence and the artistic craftworks by the ethnic settlements residing in the Helambu is a wonder that will leave you in awe. Last but not least, the hostility of the Tamang people in the region is remarkable that will make you feel homely and lively.

Lying within the confines of Langtang National Park, the valley has its climatic zones ranging from subtropical to alpine. Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan national park of the country, encompasses the beautiful tranquil Gosainkunda Lake within its perimeter. The Holy Gosainkunda Lake is considered sacred to the Hindus.

With rich foliages of trees like pine, oak, and maple, the national park is a beautiful forested acreage and nurtures within its woods various animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, the Himalayan Thar and Rhesus monkeys, some of which you might encounter on your trip as you walk through the forests in the park.

Langtang Valley is renowned for its Cheese Factory and the serene Kyanjin Gompa. The cheese, made from Yak’s milk, is simply delectable and divine. You can have an interlude on your trek and have a taste of the delicious cheese here at the factory, and if interested, maybe even take some blocks of cheese with you.

Similarly, the visit to the Kyanjin Gompa serves as the cultural aspect of the journey where you can get insight into the Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture prevalent in this region. Majority of the people in this region are Tamang, and you can get knowledge and information on the Tamang way of life in the valley during the trek as well. Learning about the cultures and traditions of the local people is prudently incorporated within the Langtang Valley Trek package.

The Langtang Valley Trek is an easy and most cherished trek for a wonderful vacation. It starts from a drive to Syabru Bensi from Kathmandu, excursing alongside the silver serpentine Trishuli River. Crossing various rivers like the Bhote Koshi and the Langtang Khola, you would be trekking through opulent bamboo forests to reach the village of Langtang.

The trek is full of ravishing beauties of nature and exquisite espy of marvelous landscapes. Join Nepal Hiking Team and make your vacation more lively and absolutely worth the journey! Allow yourself the opportunity to experience wonderful views of magnificent mountains, learn about the cultures and customs of the local people, feel the pious ambiance of the temples and monasteries along the trek and enjoy the winsome aesthetics of natural grace with the Langtang Valley Trek.

Trekking along the path of the Tamang Heritage Trail, you would be presented with quite a jovial experience. The vibrant colorful clothes and traditional dresses were worn by the people, the intricately ornamented houses with fascinating craftworks along with magnificent views of the mountains in the serenity of the verdantly lush environment present a beautiful picturesque paradise.

If you are willing to explore the cultural aspects of Nepal and the pristine environment along with mountain views, then the Tamang Heritage Trail package is definitely the one for you. An encounter with the monasteries along the way reflects the Tibetan Buddhist culture prevalent in the area. As you excuse along the lavishly decorated monasteries and gumbas, you would also be blessed with sights of beautiful natural environments adorned with the fluorescent blooms of rhododendron flowers.

During this journey, you will also discover a gripping Tibetan history and the control of Tibetan culture in this region. You can also see the trading routes of Tibet-Nepal from where two countries import and export goods. People living in this region are mostly Buddhist and grow some hardy grains and vegetables.

Their daily activities are agriculture including raising livestock and trade. In this region, people wear attractive colorful costumes and their houses are decorated with fabulous woodcarvings. This trek offers dazzling views of snowcapped mountains to make this journey memorable and also trekkers get chances to observe Syabru, Mane and other thrilling local dances at Goljung, Brimdang and Gatlang villages which are located near the Tibetan border.

Also, you can experience the famous Tamang Hospitality at Birddim where homestay facilities are provided. After this, we head towards the narrow valley of Kyanjing Gompa at 3,900m down the Langtang Khola relishing magnificent views. Our trekking then ends where it started at the same point of Dhunche in Syabru benshi.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 3,650m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges.

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

After breakfast, about 8:00 o’clock we drive to Sundarijal (1350m.) by a private vehicle about one hour and trek to Chisapani (2300m.) which takes about four hours. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will enter through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement we will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang habitats. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisapani. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After breakfast trek to Kutumsang which takes about seven hours. The trail continues to drop from Chisapani on a good, sometimes level, a trail that crosses meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, its downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After breakfast trek to Kutumsang which takes about seven hours. The trail continues to drop from Chisapani on a good, sometimes level, the trail that crosses meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, its downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After breakfast trek to Tarkeghyang and it takes about six hours. The early part of the trek descends until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helms caste. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

After breakfast trek to Shermathang which takes about four hours. This day the trail is quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. There is situated a beautiful village on the halfway to Shermathang. To add your joy, Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Short walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village and catch transport to Katmandu. Congratulations on the completion of your trek. Overnight at hotel, breakfast, and lunch included.

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the North Nepal Team will take you to the airport.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All ground transportation by the private vehicle including airport transfers.
  • Three night’s accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle.
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
  • Duffle bag for the trekking.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek.
  • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Langtang National Park Permits fee.
  • TIMS Fee – Trekker’s Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit).
  • Government taxes & office service charge.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.).
  • Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other.
  • personal expenses.
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers.

FAQs

  • Excellent views of the Trans Himalaya.
  • Superb mountain views from Tharepati.
  • The culture of Sherpa and Tamang
  • City guided tour in UNESCO world heritage sites.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of a visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get a free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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