Helambu is situated in the northern part of the country; about 75km from Kathmandu and the area is inhabited by Sherpa’s. The languages, culture and the dress of Helambu Sherpa are different from those of Solokhumbu Sherpa. On the way to any Langtang trek you can also do Helambu trek either from Gosaikunda or from Ganja La pass (5106m).The route from Ganja La pass is quite difficult in winter because of height and usually snow-covered trail.
Sundarijal (1350m) is the best place to start Helambu trek. With a short drive you can get to Sundarijal from Kathmandu by private car or van. Helambu trekking offers a scenic loop through villages of varied ethnic make up with good high- mountain views. In the way of Helambu there is a surprising amount of old- growth forest. Magnificent old rhododendrons grace the trail between Tharepati and Malemchaigaon. It has a splendid variety of wild flowers, snow covered peaks, and varieties of birds to make your journey remarkable.
The best time for trekking in the Helambu area is from October to May. In the way of Helambu trekking there is the chance of altitude problems and you should be prepared for and possible snow at Tharepati during the winter. In this area good lodges are abundant and uncrowned.
Sector: Langtang region
Route : Helambu Trek
Duration: 12 days
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 3640m
Best Season: March-December
Group Size: 2
Trek Start/End: SUNDARIJAL /MELAMCHI PUL BAZAAR
Trekking Hours: 5-7 per day
Note: The above itinerary can be customized according to your duration of holiday at your request to accommodate of specific requirements.
|Day 1||Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters). Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu and will be displaying with DOLPA ADVENTURE TREKS AND TOURS signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel . Overnight in Kathmandu.|
|Day 2||Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley : Optional In the morning of after breakfast at around 8 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour in Nepal. After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. Sightseeing places will be : Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, Swoyambhunath stupa and Kathmandu durbar square. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. The rest of your time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.|
|Day 3||Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Chisopani (2140m) From Kathmandu you will drive to Sundarijal and from Sundarijal the trail ascends through a light forest to reach t Mulkharka (1800m) where you can have a view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Climbing the trail you will get to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m). The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisopani, where you have spectacular Mountain Views. O/N at Chisopani.|
|Day 4||Chisopani to Gulbhanjyang (2140m) The trail continues dropping from chisopani to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m), a Brahmin and Chhetri village. Then the trail forwards making a steep ascent to Chipling (2170m), the trail then proceeds observing the good mountain views to Thodang Betine (2260m) and finally descend to the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. O/N at Gul Bhanjyang.|
|Day 5||Gulbhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) The trail climbs and reaches Khutumsang (2450m) and proceeds further having the views of the peaks above Langtang and the Gasainkunda. Through a fir and rhododendron forest the trek forwards to Panghu and descends to Magen Goth (3420m) and finally reaches Tharepati. O/N at Tharepati.|
|Day 6||Tharepati to Malemchigaon (2530m) The trail switchbacks steeply down, then descends through a forest of huge gnarled rhododendrons, the trail makes a steep further descent to Chhyadi Khola. Crossing Chhyadi Khola bridge, making a short climb you will reach to the large Sherpa village of Malemchigaon. O/N at Malemchigaon.|
|Day 7||Malemchigaon to Tarkegyang (2590m) From the Malemchaigaon the trail descends and drops steeply crossing Malemchi Khola. The trail climbs, passes the school, where you can visit if you like and further climbs steeply upwards, bringing you to the first meadow of Tarkegyang (2490m). Then climbing gently you will get to the picturesque village of Tarkegyang. O/N at Tarkegyang.|
|Day 8||Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2610m) The trail leaves Tarke Gyang and heads to meet the pretty Sherpa village, Gangyul (2520m). The trail drops a little bit and then climbs through deep forests, crossing a number of streams, to finally bring you to Chumik. And making a gentle climb you arrive at the big village of Shermathang. O/N at Shermathang.|
|Day 9||Sermathang to Malemchipul Bazar (880m) Making a drop, the trail reaches in the settlements of Nigale and Gyalsha and further to Raithani Gyang (2290m). Descending through the chir pine forest the trek gets to the large fascinating village of Dubha Chaur and finally descending you will reach to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. O/N at Malemchi Pul Bazaar.|
|Day 10||Malemchipul Bazaar to Kathmandu After breakfast, We will transfer to Kathmandu from Melamchi. O/N at Kathmandu.|
|Day 11||Free day in Kathmandu. Today, Pax have their own free time in Kathmandu for their final shopping and packing. O/N in Kathmandu|
|Day 12||Departure to final destination. Morning time is free in Kathmandu and afternoon will transfer to airport for the final destination.|