HELAMBU TREK 9 DAYS

Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  9 Days
  •  Activities:  Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Grade:  A
  •  Group Size:  2 - 12 persons
  •  Price:  From 840 US $
  •  Trip Style:  Teahouse/Lodge
  •  Diffculty:  Medium Hard
  •  Best Season:  Mar/May & Sept/Nov

Overview

The Helambu Trek is an easy and popular trek close to the Kathmandu Valley. Langtang national park is the first Himalayan national park of Nepal established in 1971. Moreover, visitors who have limited time but are still looking for a real Himalayan experience may find this trek as one of the the best choices. Helambu is home of Hyolmo. The word ‘Helambu’ comes from Tibetan word “Hyolmo”. This is the gateway to the Langtang region which is not very far from the Kathmandu Valley. We start our hikes from the west of Sundarijal along a scenic trail. Sundarijal is a small dam and hydroelectric power station in the north east of Kathmandu. Trekkers does not need previous trekking experience because it does not reach an elevation of more than 3600m. Helambu Trekking is one of the finest trail to explore the Tamang and Sherpa culture with the scenic mountains views such as Langtang (7,227 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) and Lakpa Dorje (6,966 m).

 

Helambu trekking route is uncrowded and pleasant comparing to Everest or Annapurna region trek. The trail passes through the beautiful Helambu region with scattered Sherpa and Tamang villages. The trail along the Langtang region has plenty of tea houses/lodges and many of its inhabitants earn their livelihood from tourism. The trek gives us chance to hike in the second largest conservation National park which offers one thousand species of spectacular flora and fauna. We can also see different species of birds and animals such as Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, Musk Deer, Bengal Tiger, Rhino, Pigeon and more. The best season for this trek is from March to July and September to first December. But it can be arranged according to your requirement during the whole year.

 

Full Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

    (1 hour drive to your hotel ) (Dinner) (1350 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 2

    Kathmandu half day sightseeing and Trek preparation

    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley (Monkey Temple) with your guide then your Trekking guide briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.

    (Breakfast) (1350 Meters ) (Hotel)
  • Day 3

    Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani

    After breakfast at hotel, we take about 45 minutes’ drive to Sundarijal which is our trek staring point. We trek to Chisopani (2300m) about 7 hours walk. The trail leads across first human settlement inhabited by Tamang community and passes through a beautiful forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani.

    (1 hour) (BLD) (2300 Meters ) (5-6 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 4

    Trek to Kutumsang

    After having the breakfast at the lodge, we set off for a journey to Kutumsang which is our next destination. Moreover, the trail starts with a decent crossing of meadows and fields. On the way, we can enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang Mountain. We will keep going ahead until Pathi Bhyanjyang and Gul Bhyanjyang is reached. From here, the trail leads towards the ridge to another pass. Finally, another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang.

    (BLD) (2446 Meters ) (7-8 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 5

    Trek to Thadepati

    After breakfast, we climb up on the way to Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. Our trek continues to Yurin Danda with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Finally, we will arrive at Thadepati.

    (BLD) (3650 Meters ) (6-7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 6

    Trek to Tarkeghyang

    Today we set off for Tarkeghyang. During early hike of the trek, the trail climbs down until we cross the Melamchi Khola. Then we hike up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. We can enjoy the sight of the Himalayan peaks appearing early in the morning when sun rises. Moreover, discover and explore the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste.

    (BLD) (2560 Meters ) (6 - 7 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 7

    Trek to Sermathang

    Comparatively today is an easy walk than the others day. After breakfast, we walk through the green forest, small streams and beautiful picturesque waterfalls. Besides the trail makes a curve around to the wide valley and ends between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. And then we reach at Sermathang. Here, we explore the village and their lifestyle. We will also visit a Buddhist monastery which is set on the top of the village.

    (BLD) (2610 Meters ) (4-5 hours) (Lodge)
  • Day 8

    Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar & drive to Kathmandu

    Today is the last day of our trek. After breakfast at lodge, we walk en route for Malemchi Bazar about three hours to catch the bus for Kathmandu. Malemchi bazar is mostly settled by Tamang and Sherpa ethnicities. After two hours’ drive, we reached at Kathmandu hotel and in the evening our company will host a farewell dinner program.

    (2 hours drive to Kathmandu ) (BLD) (1350 Meters ) (3 - 4 hours) (Hotel)
  • Day 9

    Departure day

    Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

  • Note

    Customize your trip

    Please have in mind that the itinerary is totally flexible. We will make an itinerary as your interest and time. Or back to the main page. For further information pls. email us!!

Cost and Services

Cost includes
01. Pick up and drop from international airport.
02. Kathmandu accommodation (3 nights in star level tourist standard hotel with twin sharing basis room)
03. All land transfer as per given itinerary
04. Sightseeing tour with experience local guide
05. Langtang National Park Conservation entry permit fees and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
06. Teahouse (twin sharing basis room)
07. Experienced English speaking guide / leader, necessary experience local helpers
08. All program according to itineraries on full board
09. Wages, food, accommodation, equipment, insurance and other facilities to staffs

 

Cost excludes:
01: Visa Fee.
02: Travel insurance / Medical evacuation in case of emergency (Compulsory)
03: Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
05: Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
06. Personal trekking Equipments.
08. Tips for trekking staff and driver.
09. Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
10: Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Tour Details

#Gear List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

 

You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack, 25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

 

Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets

 

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.

Responsible

Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.

 

Environment:

1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.

 

Culture:

1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.

2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.

3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.

4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.

5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.

6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.

7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.

8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.

9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.

10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.

11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there

12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.

13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.

14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.

15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).

16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.

17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!

18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.

19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.

20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.

21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.

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