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Helambu Valley Trek - 8 Days

Helambu Valley Trek
$740 All Inclusive Price.

Helambu Valley Trek also known as Helambu Circuit Trek is ideal short trekking near Kathmandu Valley. Helambu is an area of highland villages in Nepal. This is the home of the Hyolmo people. The Helambu Valley trek is popular because it is short, stays below 3690 meters, and is possible to do in all seasons. It is an easy trek that starts from Sundarijal at a driving distance of about 45 minutes from Thamel. Villages of Sherpa and Tamang community are the major attractions of this area. The language, culture, and attire of Helambu Sherpas are very different from any other region of Nepal and make trekking really fascinating and cultural.

Helambu Valley offers several Buddhist monasteries, rhododendron forests (flowers blooming in March/April), spectacular mountain views, picturesque Sherpa settlements, friendly people, and all the untouched culture of the region. This trek is more like a cultural trek than mountain and glacier expeditions. The people here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpas of Solu Khumbu is distant.

Melamchi Village (Gaon), Tarke Gyang and Sermathang Village are Sherpa villages. The dialects spoken are also different. The people here follow Buddhism, so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages, which have their own stories. There are two things you can do if you manage to spend an extra day in Tarkegyang, you can climb Ama Yangri Peak (3800 m) for amazing views or you can just relax in Tarkegyang to get to know the people and the place.

Helambu Valley has a good network of teahouses and homestays managed by the local people. Taste the food on the trek and be with the locals. The trek starts from Sundarijal, which is just 13 km from Kathmandu. Then you go to Chisapani where you spend the first night of the trek. Chisapani offers spectacular views of the mountains and landscape. Then you make a rough circle trek passing through Kutumsang, Tharapati, Tarkegyang, Sarmathang, and finally reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar from where you take a bus to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal then trek to Chisapani (2140m)
Day 02: Chisapani trek to Kutumsang (2450m)
Day 03: Kutumsang trek to Tharepati (3690m)
Day 04: Tharepati trek to Melamchigaon (2530m)
Day 05: Melamchigaon trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Day 06: Tarke Gyang trek to Sermathang (2610m)
Day 07: Sermathang trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880m)
Day 08: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m)


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Helambu
Trek Start Point:  Sundarijal
Trek End Point: Melamchi Bazaar
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse (Lodges)
Trekking Grade: Easy-Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 3690m
Duration: 8 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal then trek to Chisapani (2140m)
Today drive from Kathmandu to the Sundarijal northern edge of the Kathmandu valley for about 1 hour by private transport and start to trek up to Mulkharka (1800m), the sprawling Tamang settlement. The trail continues on a gentle climb through the forests ridges to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) close to Shivapuri Hill. After that slightly descends to Chisapani (2140m) from where you can see countless snow peaks. From Chisapani outstanding views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt.Dorje lakpa, Langtang Himalaya ranges and Annapurnas. Overnight at teahouse

Day 02: Chisapani trek to Kutumsang (2450m)
Today the trek trail continues to drop down on a good, sometimes level and crosses meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang. This is a Brahman and Chhetri village on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge at 1860 meter. From here the trail starts climbing up again on a series of steep switchbacks to Chipling (2170m). At the upper end of this village the trail makes another steep, 200 meter, climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda (2420m). There are good views of mountains along this stretch of trail. From the ridge the trail descends through forest to a large chorten (round Buddhist monument) overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang, which is a delightful, classic hill village with a pleasant main street and continue trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2580 then gently descends you reach at Kutumsang (2450m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 03: Kutumsang trek to Tharepati (3690m)
Today the trek climbs steep, eroded trail through rhododendron forest passing only a few shepherd’s huts. There is few bhattis at Panghu, then trek route climbs to a large cairn as it crosses the Mere Danda (3510m. Beyond the trail descends to Magen Goth (3420m). There are few teahouses and army checkpoint please show your national park entry permits. After that continue to climb steeply at first, then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests across flowers-strewn, meadows and crossing streams then finally you reach at Tharepati (3690m) overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Tharepati trek to Melamchigaon (2530m)
Today the trek trail follow the northern end of the village the trail turns east and drops steeply into a ravine. Here the vegetation changes to large firs, then oaks and rhododendrons, as we rapidly loose altitude. After crossing the Chhyadi Khola on a suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final ascent to the prosperous Sherpa village of Malamchigaon (2530m) We will arrive here early and the rest of today’s time can be spent strolling around the village. Melamchigaon is a large prosperous Sherpa village with extensive fields of barley, corn and potatoes. The gompa (Tibetan Buddhist temple) here has a line of prayer flags at the front, brightly painted walls and statues of Guru Rimpoche and his consorts. It is local believe that Guru Rimpoche mediated in a cave above the village and wore robes made by dakinis (female angels). Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Melamchigaon trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Today the trek from Melamchigaon gompa, the trail descends through jungle to a bamboo teashop at 2360 meter, then drops steeply through fields to the Malemchi Khola river. After crossing the suspension bridge at 1920m the trail begins its long climb towards Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in the Helambu region. The stone house here are build close together with narrow alleyways separating them. The gompa of this village has a large brass prayer wheel. Afternoon is better to visit around Tarke Gyang and see their life style and culture. Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Tarke Gyang trek to Sermathang (2610m)
The trail leaves the village and makes a sweep around the wide valley to the pretty Sherpa village of Ganyul at 2520 meter. The people in this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Buthan. From here the trail drops over a ridge but soon starts climbing up again through deep forests, crossing a number of streams to a crest at 2620 meter. We continue our way passing the large gompa at Chumnik, before another gentle climb leads to the village of Sermathang (2610m). Afternoon is better to visit Gompa and village to see their life style and culture. Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Sermathang trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880m)
Today trek trail from Sermathang the trail follows the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar, making a drop of 1730 meter. The trail passes chorten after chorten in the settlements of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang. From here we descent through chir pine forest to yet another chorten at Kakani, which is the last Sherpa village on the trek, and we now enter the lowlands inhabited by Brahmans and Chhetris. From Kakani the trail drops steeply to the attractive village of Dubhachaur in a saddle at 1610 meter. Continuing further down the ridge our trail will eventually bring us to a large suspension bridge which crosses the Indrawati river and brings us into Malemchi Pul Bazaar (880m) overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
From Melamchi Pul we can take local transportation, or have our private transport  to bring us back to Kathmandu. Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes about five hours. You travel through gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu though Banepa and Dhulikhel highway.

If you are not interested in joining a group trek, you can take a private tour and depart on your date. Or if you want to include the Kathmandu part in the itinerary, Click here for the complete package including Kathmandu stay, city tour, and trek.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal overland transportation by private vehicle
  • Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu overland transportation by public bus
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary.
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Shivapuri and Langtang national park entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES:-

  • Accommodation and meals during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

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