Helambu Trek is all about exploring the natural magnificence and well preserved culture in an undisturbed and pure environment of Langtang. Being the less travelled trail, Helambu has been able to maintain its cultural uniqueness intact. The cheerful nature of people with their unique tradition and lifestyle is the major attraction of this trek. The valleys of the region are occupied by the Buddhist majority and minority of Hindus who are engaged in farming extensively.
Helambu Trek is an opportunity to experience mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, forests, meadows all at once. Owning to its accessibility near Kathmandu, Helambu Trek can be a best option for those who would love to taste both natural and cultural combination of Nepal in an easy way in a short span of time. As the trek comprises Langtang National Park, the trek is a wonderful chance to encounter some rare birds and animals. The red Panda which is a unique feature of any Langtang region trek can be your reward if lucky.
Helambu Trek head towards the beautiful villages of Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghyang, and Sermathang where the hospitality of the people is well-known all over Nepal and you can experience this on your own. The trek between the latter two villages is somewhat taken over by the new rough road but still, the views are amazing.So, get set for an adventurous and joyful trek to the Helambu village in Langtang region. You will be blessed with the mountain views along with the views of azure lakes in the Gosaikunda region of Nepal.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Today starting day of our trip, we send our organization agents to pick you up at Tribhuwan International Airport. You will be heartily welcomed with greetings and shifted towards tourist standard hotel. We additionally plan for meeting at our office for a discussion about upcoming trek.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation
We tour world heritage sites which hold vast cultural, religious and historical for Nepalese people. The amazing sites include Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'monkey Temple'(Swayambhunath) and Bouddhanath. At the end of the day, your guide will be briefing you about your further journey and necessary equipment to pack. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03 - Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2300m/7545ft) Duration: 4 hours
In the morning we prepare for an hour’s drive to reach at Sundarijal (1,350m) from where your fantastic trek begins. At the trek starting point, we turn around a small hydroelectric plant and then the trail will enter through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement we will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang habitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisapani. Overnight at Chisapani.
Day 04: Chisopani - Kutumsang (2,446m): 6 - 7 hrs
After breakfast trek to Kutumsang which takes about seven hours. The trail continues to drop from Chisapani on a good, sometimes level, trail that crosses meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, its downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge. Overnight at Kutumsang.
Day 05: Kutumsang - Thadepati (3650m): 5 - 6 hrs
We start our climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail, mostly passing through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent human settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Finally, we arrive at Thadepati. Thadepati is the trekking junction of Langtang region from where the trail to Gosaikunda branches off .Overnight at Thadepati.
Day 06: Thadepati - Tarke Ghyang/ Helambu (2,560m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today, we start walking in the direction of Tarkeghyang. During the early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Gaon and head towards the Melamchi Khola. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through the Sherpa settlements. Enjoy the Himalayan snow capped peaks glistening in the sunshine that appear often. You can also explore the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmbu caste. Upon reaching at Helambu, you will engage on exploring the village. Inside the village you will reach at one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. Overnight at Tarke Ghyang.
Day 07: Tarke Ghyang/Helambu - Sermathang (2,610m): 3 - 4 hrs
Since we will not be attaining too much altitude today, it's going to be a comparatively easy walk today. We will pass through the lush green forests, fast-moving streams and the gushing and bubbling waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we continue to trek until we reach Sermathang. You can explore the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village. Sermathang is renowned for the Hyalmo culture and hospitality as they take a guest as a god, “Athiti Devo Bhava” which means that guests are considered as the incarnation of God and they will show the warm courtesy and hospitality in today also, where everyone in the world is self- oriented. Overnight at Sermathang.
Day 08: Sermathang - Melamchi Bazaar Trek & Melamchi - Kathmandu Drive: 5- 6 hrs
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa's, but there are also people of other communities too. From the Bazaar, we catch a bus or take a private drive to Katmandu. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner. Stay the night at Kathmandu.
Day 09: Departure from Nepal
The Nine days’ awesome Helambu trek in the Langtang region of Nepal Himalayas with the collection of memorable trekking experience comes to end today. Since, before 3 hours of scheduled flight our representatives will take you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu for 2 nights and the best available teahouses during the trek (9 nights). All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this trek, there will be one leader, assistant leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This is a moderate trek. Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for this trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to this should be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the Trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 2 pax)