Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

Duration 9 Days Difficulty3,650m

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.

An amazing short trekking experience near Kathmandu, Helambu Trek offers a blend of nature and adventure. The route is famous for its natural beauty, stunning views, and intriguing cultures. In addition, it will take you to some untouched and unspoiled parts of central Nepal.

Remote yet Accessible

Helambu Trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu, and it merely takes about a week to complete this fantastic trek. We will see some rare birds, wildlife, and plants as we tread through the Langtang Valley. Moreover, the ancient villages of Chisopani, Sermathang, and Kutumsang, among others, will inspire a unique perspective of Nepali Culture.

It also involves trekking through the Shivapuri National Park and witnessing some spectacular views of beautiful mountains. These snow-capped mountains include Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal. Furthermore, with vibrant valleys and lovely rhododendron forests, it is almost an ideal short trek.

An Intermingling of Culture and Adventure

Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, which is merely an hour drive away from Kathmandu. We walk for about an hour from Sundarijal to reach Shivapuri National Park. Then, we pass through the villages of Chisopani, Thadepati, Kutumsang, and Sermanthang. The final destination of Helambu Trek is Melamchi Pul Bazaar. We will come back to Kathmandu after traversing thick forests, beautiful farmlands, and stunning monasteries.

The highest point of the trek is Tharepati Pass, which is at an altitude of 3,650 meters. So, there is no danger of altitude sickness. Moreover, this trek requires no earlier trekking experience and can be done by beginners.

You can do Helambu Trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. Any other time, it is either too hot or too cold. We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout the trek.


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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Best time to visit Dec, Jan, Feb,
  • Max-Altitude 3,650m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges.

After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up in a car and take you to your hotel. Later in the evening, we will have a briefing program about the trek.

After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance. The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

We drive for an hour to reach Sundarijal, which is the starting point of our trek. We walk alongside a hydroelectric plant and then enter the Shivapuri National Park. We then encounter the village of Mulkharka, which is a Tamang settlement. Hiking further along the forest on the ridge, we reach Chisopani after 4 hours.

After having breakfast, we start our trek. We descend through fields and farmlands with a stunning view of Langtang Mountains. We also pass through settlements at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang before finally reaching Kutumsang.

Climbing above Kutumsang, we will hike along a steep trail surrounded by rhododendron forests. We climb to Yuri Danda which provides some gorgeous views of the Himalayas. Walking further, we arrive at Tharepati, where we spend the night.

We descend until we reach the Melamchi Khola. After crossing the river, we will hike uphill, passing through several Sherpa settlements. At the top, lies the village of Tarkeghyang. Most of the people here belong to the Helmu Caste. Hence, this village is also known as Helambu.

It will be comparatively an easy walk as we traverse through the plain trail. The path passes through forests, waterfalls, as well as streams. We pass through the Sherpa village of Gangyul before reaching Sermathang.

We descend for about 3 hours to Melamchi Pul Bazaar which is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa. We then get on a bus that will take us back to Kathmandu in just 2 hours. We will go souvenir shopping in the evening.

Our representative will take you to the airport for your final departure.

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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