Helambu Trek is a short and easy trek nearby Kathmandu valley.It is famous for the trekkers who would like to enjoy its scenery and favorable climate. It is located about 72 km from Kathmandu valley. It extends from north of Taramarang to the upper slope of a famous Gosaikunda Lake and downward slope of JugalHimal. The Helambu trek is at the altitude of 800m to 3600m offering little less climbing as well as the warmer temperature. Helambu trek begins from sundarijal about an hour drive from Kathmandu.
The Helambu trek offers pine forest, panoramic Himalayan views, beautiful mountain streams, hard and rugged rocks with snow capped peaks, grassy land and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals. There are snow bridges, spinning angry torrends, small lakes with iceberg’s floating on them and crystalline brightness formed by water in the upper part of the valley. This trek is comparatively easier because of less covered area, low attitude, less crowded. This trek is free from any noise in comparison to other trekking.
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Your journey will start from the Kathmandu Valley. When you arrive at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) will welcome you and he/she will drop you at the hotel so that you can relax and take rest in the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley, the capital city
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture which is the highlights of our guided tour. A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the famous streets.
Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal& trek to chisopani
(3-4 hrs,1150 m Ascent, 150m Descent)
Drive for about an hour from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) where there is a massive water project which supplies most of the drinking water to Kathmandu Valley. The unpaved road turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant and starts up concrete steps alongside the water pipe. Beyond Sundarijal the trail climbs continuously through forests to a medieval-looking reservoir, dam and waterworks. Crossing the dam, the path leaves the water supply system and rises steeply to a road to the top of the Shivapuri ridge and wildlife reserve. The trail now continues up the hill through the forest to meet the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of Tamang people.
The trail continues with climbing on the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the BorlangBhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m), The mountain views are excellent from here can see the sights of Annapurna to Everest.
Day 4: Chisopani to GolphuBhanjyang
(5-6hrs, 890m Ascent, 970m Descent)
The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good sometimes level crossing meadows and fields. There are excellent mountain views as you leave the full track and drop down into the valley on a muddy zigzagging path. The trail heads north out of PathiBhanjyang (1770m), the Brahman and Chhetri village and a gentle ascent to a small white chorten at the Sherpa village of ThakuniBhanjyang. Make a very steep incline on a switch back to Chipling and 200m climb on a stone staircase to the top of the JhoginDanda ridge (2470m). You’ll have good views of the peaks as you drop down through rhododendron forest on the far side of the pass. We will Continue along the forested ridge and descends to a large chorten overlooking the Tamang village of GolphuBhanjyang.
Day 5: GolphuBhanjyang to Tharepati
(6-7 hrs, 1650m Ascent, 210m Descent)
The trail climbs the ridge from GolphuBhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The trail steadily rises through the prickly-leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley. The trek proceeds due north up the YurinDanda ridge and affords views of the peaks above Langtang and the Gosaikunda peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are only a few shepherds’ huts. The trail descends to Magen Goth and continues to climb, steeply at first, and then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams. A steep path raises above the village to a fluttering white prayer flag on a mind swept hilltop, offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalaya. We arrived at Tharepati Rise early for excellent close-up views of Gosaikunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 6: Tharepati to MelamchiGhyang
(3-4 hrs, 1160m Ascent, 100m Descent)
Heading east from Tharepati, the trail drops rapidly down the ridge. The path passes pine and rhododendron forest rich with bird life along with excellent views down into the Helambu valley. The elevation gives you a marvelous mountain view of the JugalHimal and Numbur in the SoluKhumbu. Crossing the village and enter a forested area descending to Melamchi River followed to the MelamchiGhyang. MelamchiGhyang is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their unique culture and spectacular Buddhist monasteries.
Day 7: MelamchiGhyang to TarkeGhyang
(5-6 hrs, 610m Ascent, 670m Descent)
From the MelamchiGhyang, the trail drops rapidly into the forest, passing a series of large chortens, a reminder of the strong Buddhist influence in the village. The trek descends steeply to the valley floor, where you can have a well-earned dip in the crystal- clear stream named as Melamchi. After crossing the bridge, the trail climbs steeply up to the sprawling valley of Nakote (1980m). Then the path goes gently up to beautiful Sherpa village Tarkeghyang (ghyang means monastery) passing through Sherpa old settlements and most prominent monasteries. Narrow cobbled lanes and tightly packed houses here resemble the high altitude villages of Mustang and Dolpo which are worth viewing. Tarkeghyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with a considerable brass prayer wheel.
Day 8: TarkeGhyang to Sermathang
Today the trail is quite easy through the flat land with beautiful forests. The path leads us to cross small forest with the view of the charming village of Helambu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region. Sermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of JugalHimal range. In the bright day, the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Rolwaling, Even Mt. Everest also in the distance.
Day 9:Sermathang to Melamchi Bazar & drive to Kathmandu
Today the trails gradually descend all the way to MelamchiPul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, you will get to interact with local and friendly people. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the fresh air and forested road. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle; join Nepali cultural dinner in the evening overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 10: Farewell Departure
Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. Today is free or last minute you have few hours unique shopping for your relatives. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
Airport pick-up and drop
-Accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary
-Salary, Accommodation and Insurance of one trekking guide and required number of helpers
-Trekking Helper for carrying goods and supplies
-All accommodation during the trek
-All Ground Transportation as per itinerary
-All necessary documents and permits for trekking
-National Park/Conservation Area entry permit.
-Wongchhu Peak Promotion duffel bag and trekking map.
-Airport departure tax
-Tips for Guide