Helambu Cultural Trek

Helambu Cultural Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Lodge

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

3,600

Transportation

Land

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Winter

Helambu cultural trek is one of the short trekking programs in Nepal that brings into highlight the scenic beauty of rural Nepal's life. This trek leads you through rice terraces, green valleys and dense forests of oak and rhododendrons with the back drop of the majestic Himalayan mountains.

The Helambu region is situated to the north of Kathmandu and is primarily inhabited by the Sherpas and Tamang communities who will heartily welcome you. You can enjoy the simple, but serene life of the people of the Helambu region. It is fascinating to watch the farmers toil in the fields still using their hand made tools and water buffaloes.

This is a low altitude trek and offers a wondrous trip to the rugged but one of the most beautiful terrains in the world.

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2430

After 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 through Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Stop at Mulkharka village for lunch and thereafter ascend to Borlang Bhanjyang (2430m) then drop down to Chisapani (2215m). Chisapani offers magnificent views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, Everest and many other mountains. You can also enjoy beautiful sunrise and sunset from Chisapani.

Stay overnight at lodge

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2620

Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours. The trail from Chisopani goes on a leveled trail crossing a meadow. You will presently arrive at Pati Bhanjyang after which the trail makes steep climb to the ridge of Chipling where lunch will be served. Later descend to Gul Bhanjyang (2620) for 1 hr followed by 2 hrs uphill climb to arrive at Kutumsang. This is a culturally rich Sherpa settlement.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3600

Trek from Kutumsang to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3600m) takes about nine hours. Wake up early for warm breakfast, then start today’s trek. Pass through army checkpost then prepare for a 4 hrs climb along forested path to reach Magen Goth, which is a lunch spot. After lunch we go uphill for one and a half hours to Tharepati enjoying views of Langtang, Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar etc. From Tharepati onwards, the trail gradually descends to Melamchi Gao, a beautiful valley surrounded by beautiful forests. The inhabitants of Melamchi Gaon are Sherpa people with their distinctive Buddhist culture.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2700

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 got damaged in 2015 earthquake. Go for village exploration.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2590

Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2590m) takes about five hours. The trek travels through forested path, a mix of ups and downs, till you reach Shermathang. Shermathang is a Sherpa settlement situated in the middle of a forest. From Shermathang you can catch view of the Langtang Himalayan range.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Food
Breakfast
Elevation
1400

Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) takes approximately 3 hours and then drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 4 hours. The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages and greeted by pleasant views of mountains.

You will also get to interact with friendly locals. Finally, take a short drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking guide 
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles
  • Entry permits for Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus/jeep
  • Insurance and equipments for all guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge 
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency while trekking in mountains, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must have insurance from a reliable international travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs 
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (applicable even in case of early arrival or late departure or early return from trekking due to any unforeseen or personal reason, breaking from the scheduled itinerary) 

Helambu Cultural Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

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