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Trip Type:
Tea House / Camping

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
3,870 m

Transportation:
Land

Best Season:
Winter

Group Size:
1+
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This is a good trek for people who don't have much time in Nepal. It is a 6-day long trek which starts in Kathmandu itself, but can be completed in as little as 5–6 days. The normal trail head starts off at Sundarijal and goes past Chisopani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Malemchigaun and Hyolmo, Tarke Gyang. After which you have the option of two roads one is the footpath via Shermathang or the bus route via Kiul Takpa Kharka. Kashye. Both the ways ultimately meet at Melamchi where you can take a bus back to Kathmandu. Another variation is the reverse of this trek. The maximum height reached during the trek is about 3650m.

The trek takes place in the Sherpa Helambu region, around 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. A roundabout circuit is used, most often starting at Sundarijal, although other starting positions include Nagarkot, Kakani or Sankhu. Pati Bhanjyang, Chipling, Kutumsang and Tharepati are amongst the first villages to be passed, followed by Malemchigaun and Tarke Gyang. Two possible routes are available from Tarke Gyang, one to complete the trek and another that leads to the Arniko Highway, the main thoroughfare out of Kathmandu leading to Tibet. To complete the trek one would proceed to Taramarang following on to Pati Bhanjyang. From Pati Bhanjyang the trek returns to the starting point of Sundarijal, a route that takes around seven days.

Our company organizes this trek for all the people who are looking to have a short but incredible experience in Nepal. This is the best package one can have if he/she is looking for a short extravaganza.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) takes about one hour and then trek to Chisapani  takes about four hours.  

Day 02: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours. 

Day 03: Trek from Kutumsang to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3600m) takes about nine hours. 

Day 04: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2700m) takes about four hours. 

Day 05: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu (1580m) takes about 4 hours then drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes another 4-5 hours. 

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) takes about one hour and then trek to Chisapani takes about four hours.

After early morning breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) takes about one hour and then trek to Chisapani which takes about four hours.  Climb off at Sundarijal bus station and begin your trek uphill Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Stop at Mulkharka village for lunch and thereafter ascend to Borlang Bhanjyang (2430m) and trek down to Chisopani (2215m). Chisopani offers magnificent views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, Everest and many unnamed mountains. You can also enjoy beautiful sunrise and sunset from Chisopani. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02:  Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours. 

The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a leveled trail that crosses the meadow. You will then arrive at Pati Bhanjyang and thence the trail makes steep climb to the ridge of Chipling. Lunch will be served in Chipling and afterward we descend to Gul Bhanjyang (2620) for 1 hr. Another 2 hrs uphill climb will arrive at Kutumsang  which is a culturally rich Sherpa settlement. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Kutumsang to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3600m) takes about nine hours. 

Wake up early and have breakfast. We will start our trek and enter Army checkpost. After wards we climb for 4 hrs along forested path to reach Magen Goth, where we have our lunch. After lunch we go uphill for one and a half hours to Tharepati enjoying views of Langtang, Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar etc. From Tharepati, the trail gradually descends to Melamchi Gaon which is located on a beautiful valley surrounded by beautiful forests. The inhabitants of Melamchi Gaon is Sherpa people with their distinctive Buddhist culture. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2700m) takes about four hours. 

After breakfast we trek two hours down through bushes and streams to Tarkado village. Another 2 hrs trek will take us to Tarkeghyang where we will have lunch. There is an old Buddhist monastery in Tarkeghyang which was damaged by 2015 earthquake. Have lunch and dinner in Tarkeghyang with village exploration. Stay overnight at lodge (tea house).

Day 05: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu (1580m) takes about 4 hours then drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes another 4-5 hours.

Trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu (1580m) takes about 4 hours followed by a drive from Timbu to Kathmandu which takes another 4-5 hours. The trail gradually descends from Tarkeghyang until Kakani (2070m) and from there on steeply drops through green hills and forests to Timbu. The drive from Timbu to Kathmandu is on a dusty and pebble road, by 4 wheel jeep and public buses. 

The Trip includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permits for Langtang & Shivapuri National Park
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for the guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Great time and saw the most beautiful views

(5/5)

Our Trek was fantastic and everything we had hoped it would be our guide, Ramesh was knowledgeable and lager to answer any of our questions.

 

Address: USA

First trek in Nepal

(5/5)

This is our first trek in Nepal. We only have one week here so we booked just a small trek (4days). We were met by Santosh, the cook + 4 porters which were organised by NEPAL ENVIRONMENTAL. Over the 4 day period Santosh and his team did everything possible to make our trek as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We have made good friends over the last 4 days and hope to return to Nepal in the near future where our first part of call will be NEPAL ENVIRONMENTAL.

Ann & Derek Hardy
33, Jarvis Crescent,
Oldbury, Warley,
West Midlands
B69 4QH England