Located north of Kathmandu, Helambu is one of the most accessible Himalayan regions in Nepal where there are ample opportunities for trekking and pilgrimage in the stunning landscape with traditional villages and communities. The area takes you up close and personal with the Himalayas (Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lhakpa), whilst also allowing you to experience the rich culture and tradition of ‘Yolmo’ people.
On the trek, you will enjoy the natural landscape: snow-capped mountains, beautiful waterfalls, rhododendron forests as well as cultural landscape: monasteries, villages and hospitable people which are so interlinked in making a beautiful lifestyle of the Himalayas. The local people are most Sherpa and Tamang who coexist peacefully with their Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The area is home to many sacred sites to both religions including Goisakunda lake and a number of caves where Saints such as Padmasambhava and Milarepa are said to have stayed.
The trek begins at relatively low altitude at Sundarijal, a short drive from Kathmandu, passes through Shivapuri National Park, Chisopani, Gulbhanjyang, Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang culminating at Melamchi Pul Bazaar. In addition to beautiful mountain range, you will see amazing Buddhist monasteries and the picturesque rice terraces and local agricultural biodiversity.
Due to the diversity of natrual scenery and the natural hospitality of the Yolmo people, a trek in Helambu offers an extremely rich travel experience whilst being not too demanding and still being accessible.
While the best season for trekking in Helambu is February – May, and August – December, it can also be visited rest of the year too. There is decent mountain accommodation along the trail and is contantly being improved.
You will be received and transferred to the Hotel by our representative. Depending on the flight schedule and time, we will stroll in the streets of Thamel, for shopping and preparations. We will have an evening dinner with briefing of the trip. Overnight Hotel in Kathmandu.
Following the breakfast, we will visit some important World Heritage Sites of the valley such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, and Swayambhu Nath an ancient stupa dating back to the orgin of Kathmandu valley and Boudha Nath, the most revered stupa in the sub-continent.
This is the start day of the trek. After driving about an hour to Sundarijal (1350m), our trek wil start. The trail leads from Sundarijal to Chisopani (2300m) and towards a small hydroelectric plant which leads into the Shivapuri National Park. The first settlement we come across is Mulkharka inhabited by the Tamang people an ethic community of the hills . The trail then leads through the forest of oaks and rhododendron reaching Chisapani.
We will start the trek after breakfast with a decent via meadows and field amidst great view of Langtang mountain range. We will then arrive Pahi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. The trail from Gul Bhanjyang, goes further up and after a pass and downhill, we will arrive at Kutumsang village.
From Kutumsang, the trail ascends through fir and rhododendron forest with no permanent settlements along the trail. Reaching Yuri Danda, you will get magnificent views of the Himalayas before reaching Tharepati where stay overnight.
The trail begins with a descen till Melamchi Khola from where it ascends to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa villages on the way. The trail offer magnificent close view of Himalayan peaks. We will visit the village, monasteries which suffered significantly during the earthquake but are in the process of rebuilding.
Trek to Sermathang is a relatively easy one and passes through forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail passes through Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul before reaching Sermathang. There we will visit the village, and the monastery under restoration.
We will trek down to Malemchi Bazaar, small town inhabited by Sherpa,and other communities. From here, we will drive to Katmandu where we will conclude our journey with a DINNER Overnight Kathmandu.
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