Helambu positioned in the Langtang region is one of the best family trekking termini of you could find in Nepal. Helambu cultural Trek is set at 72 km northeast from the capital city Kathmandu. Helambu is well-known for its beautiful natural scene, pleasant climate and Sherpa culture. There are many Buddhist monasteries amidst a rich and captivating landscape as well as impenetrable rhododendron forest and local Sherpa old-style culture there. Helambu is one of the best villages for cultural trek because in Helambu trekkers can experience the different important aspects of Sherpa culture. Moreover the route of Helambu goes through Tamang and Sherpa villages like Melamchi Gaun, Tarkegyang and Sermathang where visitors get to know and experience the Tamang and Sherpa culture and festivals. Helambu derives its name from the staple crops people of the region depends on (heh) meaning potato and (labu) meaning raddish.
Helambu is situated close to the Tibetan border so Sherpa people of Helambu share a lot of their culture and religion with Tibetan Buddhist people. During Helambu visit one can learn about the Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditions, systems, customs, rituals and festivals. Beside cultural attraction Helambu is famous for striking natural scenes and sacred religious sites. According to Buddhist legend Helambu is one of
the seven hidden valleys where Buddhist monks used to practice Buddhist meditation. According to Buddhist legend this Helambu valley was called Yolmo where the guru Padmasambhava meditated many years ago. Legend says since ancient time many Yogi and monks came to Yolmo valley for meditation and returned enlightened that is why Helambu is also called the valley of Meditation. Around the Helambu there are many sacred monasteries, Gompas and caves where monks and Yogi used to practice meditation. This trek is considered easy and provides the spectacular views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal and Gangchenpo. Moreover around the Helambu there are many magnificent old monasteries and cultural power-places, Gompas, Mani wall and Chörtens. The normal trek starts from Sundarijal and goes through Chisapani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Malemchigaun and Sermathang.
Day 01: Drive Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2194m.)
Today, we have a tendency to build AN hour's drive to Sundarijal (1350m), our trek begin purpose. From Sundarijal, trek to Chisopani (2300m). we start our trek on atiny low electricity plant. The path then enters through into the Shivapuri park. the primary settlement we have a tendency to bump into is Mulkharka largely occupied by the Tamang folks. Then we have a tendency to walk on the ridge through a forest of oaks and bush to Chisopani.
Day 02: Trek Kutumsangu (2471m.)
After taking our morning breakfast, we have a tendency to head for a journey to Kutumsang. Our today's trek starts with an honest crossing meadows and fields. get pleasure from the impressive views of the Langtang mountains. therefore we have a tendency to reach Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the path climbs the ridge to a different pass. Another downhill trek from the pass takes U.S. to Kutumsang.
Day 03: Trek Thadepati (3600m.)
We climb higher than Kutumsang on a steep path principally through fir and shrub forest wherever there are not any permanent settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with splendid views of the mountain chain. Finally, we tend to make Tharepati for our long keep.
Day 04: Trek Melamchi Gaun (2550m.)
We will climb the ridge and luxuriate in the sunrise read. The path on nowadays takes U.S. through the forest of blooming shrub wherever we are able to fancy the sight of native pheasants and monkeys. we are going to lower all the way down to Chhyadi Khola. Crossing the stream over the bridge, we are going to reach Melamchi Gaon. the attractive Melamchigaon village is colonised by Asian ethnics.
Day 05: Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
From the Melamchigaon gompa, the path descends through jungle to a bamboo tea parlour at 2360 meter, then drops steeply through fields to the Malemchi Khola stream. once crossing the span at 1890m the path begins its long climb towards Tarke Gyang, that is that the largest village within the Helambu region. The stone house here area unit build approximate with slim alleyways separating them. The gompa of this village includes a giant brass orison (6 hrs).
Day 06: Tarke Gyan to Sermathang (2610m).
The path leaves the village and makes a sweep round the wide natural depression to the gorgeous Sherpa village of Ganyul at 2520 meter. The individuals during this village observe Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, constant because the national faith of Buthan. From here the path drops over a ridge however before long starts ascension up once more through deep forests, crossing variety of stream to a crest at 2620 meter. we tend to continue our approach passing the big gompa at Chumnik, before another light climb leads on the village of Sermathang. within the afternoon we are able to visit the gompa here (4 hrs).
Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu.
From Sermathang the path follows the ridge all the approach right down to Malemchi Afghan monetary unit Bazaar, creating a drop of 1730 meter. The path passes chorten when chorten within the settlements of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang. From here we tend to descent through chir pine forest to yet one more chorten at Kakani, that is that the last Sherpa village on the trek, and that we currently enter the lowlands peopled by Brahmans and Chhetris. From Kakani the path drops steeply to the engaging village of Dubhachaur in a very saddle at 1610 meter. continued firther down the ridge our path can eventually bring USA to an oversized bridge that crosses the Indrawati stream and brings USA into Malemchi Afghan monetary unit Bazaar. From here we'll take non-public transportation back to Katmandu (6 hrs walking time, 3-4 hrs to Kathmandu). nightlong occupy building.
The cost includes:
• All land transport on buses
• An experience Trekking Guide and porters (2:1 basis) insured, registered, experience, salary food and accommodation paid
• Langtang National Park entry permit
• TIMS ( Trekkers Information Management System )
• Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• All accommodation at tea house on twin sharing basis
* quipment such as Sleeping bag and Down jacket if required)
• All land transportation by bus
The price will not include:
• Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu
• Nature of personnel expenses
• Nepal visa
• Bar and beverage bills and all kind of drinks
• Personnel clothing
• Travel insurance and
• Tips (tips are expected)
• 1 large duffel bag: This will carry all your personal gear on the trek. It should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.
• 1 small padlock: Your duffel bag should be locked.
• 1 rucksack or day pack: This should accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you want to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.
• 1 small duffel bag or suitcase: Items not needed on the trek can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu. This bag should also have a lock. Be sure to leave room for purchases, or buy one in Kathmandu they have many good quality ones available.
Head and Face Gear
• A Bandana
• Lightweight gloves
• Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
• Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best
•2 Long shorts
•2 Trousers- (loose and comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm
• Down Jacket
• Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)
• Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)
• Waterproof pants
• Baggy pants
• 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
• 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket
• Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)
• Spare laces
• 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
• 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks
• One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp
• 1 thermos- Water tends to freeze in ‘normal’ water bottles at high altitude temperatures.
• 2 one-liter water bottles
• Purification equipment- Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.
Sleeping and Carrying Equipment
• 30-40 liter daypack
• Rucksack- Without aluminum support
• Water Proof Bag- A water proof bag to cover the rucksack
• Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius.
Personal Medical Kit
• Bandage for sprains
• Iodine or water filter
• Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
• Antiseptic ointment for cuts
• Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
• Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller
• Oral rehydration salts
• Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
• Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)
• Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)
• Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria
• Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)
• Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
• Reading book
• Trail Map/Guide book
• Journal & Pen
• Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble