Helambu Trek with Kathmandu Valley Tour is a good trekking program for people who don't have much time in Nepal. It is a 9-day long trek which starts in Kathmandu itself, but can be completed in as little as 8–9 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.
An your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be greeted with flower garlands/Khadas. Our representative will then take you to your hotel. If time prevails, you will visit office for paperwork. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
On this day, following breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up from hotel and take you for city sightseeing. You will visit popular world heritage monuments in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Pashupatinath. You will also visit Kopan Monastery. By late afternoon you will arrive back in your hotel. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel as you will head towards Patan, one of the three medieval cities of Kathmandu Valley. You will enjoy and revel at the many architectural wonders of Patan Durbar Square including Krishna Mandir, statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Golden Temple, Namo Buddha and so on. The experience of walking through the narrow cobbled alleyways and discovering the age-old culture and tradition of local people will take you back in time.
Later you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another world heritage site. Bhaktapur has much to offer to the tourists from medieval temples and statues to pottery square and museum. Nyatapola Temple, 55-windows palaces are examples of the unique Himalayan architecture that places it among the best destinations within Kathmandu Valley. Drive back to Kathmandu and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Climb off at Sundarijal bus and begin your trek uphill Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Stop at Mulkharka village for lunch and descend through the forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m). Chisopani offers magnificent views from Annapurna to Everest and beautiful sunrise and sunset views. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good, level trail that crosses the meadow and farms. You will then descend through Pati Bhanjyang and then climb the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to a pass at 2620m before dropping to Kutumsang (2470m). Kutumsang is a Sherpa settlement, culturally rich community. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trek continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge and then ascend to Tharepati via Magen Goth. Tharepati is a great view point where you can have breathtaking snow-capped mountains views such as Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others. You can easily descend to Melamchi Gaon which is surrounded by beautiful forests, and inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trek crosses the stream named Melamchi and gently goes up to Tarkeghyang, which is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is named after Sherpa people of Hyolmo caste. Stay overnight at lodge.
The trail gradually descends from Tarkeghyang until Kakani (2070m) and from Kakani it steeply drops through green hills and forests to Timbu. Then drive from Timbu to Kathmandu which takes about 4 hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
As per your flight schedule, our airport representative will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your final departure.
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.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
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.
Julic starr & Azure Nowara
30th Jun, 2022
Great time and saw the most beautiful views 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
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