Helambu Village Trek - 9 Days

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US$ 990/pp  

Helambu Village Trek - 9 Days

  • Starting Cost
    US$ 990
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Destinaiton:
    Langtang
  • Season:
    Spring & Autumn
  • Difficulty Level:
    Moderate
  • Max Altitude:
    2,600 m

Highlight

  • Walk through Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park.
  • Rhododendron forests and favorable climate.
  • Explore ancient monasteries, shrines, and stupas.
  • Immerse yourself in the evergreen culture, tradition, and history of the Yolmo community.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of Gaurishankar, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri and Ganesh Himal.

Overview

The Helambu Village Trek offers a condensed yet immersive journey through the lustrous Langtang region, allowing trekkers to capture the very essence of the region without enduring the challenges of high-altitude trekking. Despite its proximity to Kathmandu Valley, located northeast of the capital, the region has managed to preserve its natural beauty and cultural authenticity, remaining untouched by the forces of modernity. This trek allows you to gain a deeper understanding of Buddhist culture, living among the Yolmo people while enjoying the panoramic views of Gaurishankar 7135m, Langtang Lirung 7,234m, Langtang Ri 7,205m, and Ganesh Himal 7,429m. 

The trek begins at Sundarijal, just an hour's drive fromThamel. After trekking for about an hour from Sundarijal, you'll enter Shivapuri National Park, where verdant hills provide a picturesque backdrop. The trail then leads to Chisapani, renowned as one of the trek's most spectacular viewpoints. Further, the fascinating Helambu trail ascends to Langtang National Park, providing ample opportunities to encounter rare birds and mammals. Along the journey, you'll also have the chance to explore numerous ancient Buddhist monasteries, gompas, chortens, and mani walls, each exuding a spiritual ambiance that enriches the trekking experience.

 

Itinerary (Plan)

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
N/A
  • Arrive in Kathmandu.
  • Our representative will be there to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.
  • The program will be briefly explained on the way to the hotel.
  • Rest of the day varies depending on your arrival time; some activities can be arranged if you arrive by midday or late afternoon.

Time : 6 hours
Max Altitude : 2,215 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • After an early breakfast, drive for around 1 hour from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, located at the foothill of the Kathmandu valley.
  • Sundarijal marks the starting point of our trek towards Chisapani. From Sundarijal, we hike up a ridge trail that leads us into Shivapuri National Park
  • In spring we can enjoy views of the multi-colored rhododendron blooms throughout the forest.
  • Trek for 4-5 hours in this forested ridge trail until reaching our night's destination - Chisapani.

Time : 7 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,470 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Wake up before dawn in Chisapani to witness a magnificent Himalayan sunrise from the viewpoint.
  • After breakfast, we set off from Chisapani towards the village of Kutumsang taking in the stunning views of the Langtang mountain range as we make our way across the hills.
  • After trekking along the upper ridges, begin descending towards the village of Pati Bhanjyang. From there, we continue trekking uphill towards the pass at Gul Bhanjyang.
  • Cross over Gul Bhanjyang, then make another descent down to your night's destination of Kutumsang.

Time : 8 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,530 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Prepare for a strenuous day of trekking as we will ascend over 1200m in elevation towards Thadepati Bhanjyang.
  • Thadepati, at an altitude of around 3,690m, marks the highest point of this trek. 
  • As we continue along the trail, the first glimpses of the Langtang range, Gosaikunda Peak, and Jugal Himal will come into view.
  • From Thadepati, the path descends gently through the forest on the western ridge slope.
  • After 6-7 hours of trekking through the forested terrain, we'll arrive at the village of Melamchi Gaon.
  • Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests and inhabited by the Sherpa community.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,600 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Start the trek by descending towards the Melamchi stream. Feel the cool breeze and listen to the gentle flow of water as you cross the stream.
  • Continue our journey by trekking gently upwards towards Tarkeghyang. As we move along, observe the Sherpa abodes that dot the path.
  • Finally, arrive at Tarkeghyang, a beautiful Sherpa village. This village is home to one of the oldest monasteries in this region.

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 2,590 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Begin our trek through flat land, surrounded by beautiful forests. The trail is quite easy, making it a perfect day to soak in the natural beauty around us.
  • Arrive at Shermathang, another scenic Sherpa village. From the north face of the village, we can see the stunning Jugal Himal range. As the day ends, consider exploring the village and its surroundings. 

Time : 6 Hours
Max Altitude : 870 m
Guest House
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • We begin our trek today by gradually descending towards Melamchi Bazar. The trail takes us through lush meadows and cultivated fields, offering a different perspective of the landscape.
  • Arrive in Melamchi Bazar, marking the end of our trek. Take some time to rest and reflect on the day’s journey.

Time : 4 Hours
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
3 Star
Breakfast, and Lunch
  • Brace yourself for a bit of a bumpy ride on our drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazar. 
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and check into your hotel. Rest and relax after a long day of travel. 
  • Overnight in Kathmandu

Time : 25 mins Drive
Max Altitude : 1,440 m
N/A
Breakfast

The grand finale of our adventure in the Helambu Village has arrived! Today marks the conclusion of our remarkable 09-day trek to Helambu. Our airport representative will accompany you to the International Airport, ensuring a smooth departure for your journey back home.

 

As we bid you farewell, we hold the hope that your wanderlust brings you back to Nepal once more. Safe travels!

 

Live Weather

Real Tempreture
26.12 °C
Feels Like
26.12 °C
Humidity
73%
Cloud
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Cost Include

  • All airport transfers (international and domestic) via private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation for 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the 6-night trek in the Langtang Region.
  • Standard meals throughout the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • First-aid trained, government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Porters for luggage during the trek (1 porter for every 2 clients). Max weight limit for a porter- 18 kg (9 kg per trekker, weight limit). You can store non essential items in your hotel or at the DWT store.
  • Fee and Permits for Langtang National Park Permit and TIMS - Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please avail us with 2 passport size photos required for your permit).
  • Filtered water during included meal
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff.
  • 1 duffle or kit bag, trekking map and a trip completion certificate.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • International flight fare and Airport Departure Tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be obtained easily upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with a fee of (USD 30 for a 15-day visa, USD 50 for a 30-day visa and USD 125 for a 90-day visa).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Any further expenses that are not included in the "Include" section.
  • Charges for any excess baggage (Limit: 9 kg per person) during the trek.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or an early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottled water, hot beverages like tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot showers, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge fees, extra porters, etc).
  • Individual clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for staff, guides and porters.

Additional Information

Physical Fitness

  • Helambu Village Trek is physically demanding, involving long hours of walking at high altitudes. Prioritize cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance in your training routine.
  • Consult with a healthcare professional before starting any fitness program, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions.

 

Altitude Sickness 

  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness (Acute Mountain Sickness - AMS) and be aware of the risks associated with ascending to high altitudes.
  • Acclimatization is crucial for your body to adjust to the increasing altitude.
  • Headache, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of altitude-related sickness. If you notice any of the signs, consult your guide and follow their directions.
  • When suffering from AMS, do not continue the trek; instead, stay at the same location or move to lower elevations.

 

Accommodations

  • Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter.
  • The rooms are primarily on a twin-sharing basis.

 

Connectivity

  • Be aware that internet connectivity is limited, and you may not have access to it in certain areas.
  • Mobile Networks are unreliable.

 

Environment Considerations

  • Respect local customs and the environment. Follow the principles of "Leave No Trace" and contribute to responsible tourism.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle and purification tablets to reduce plastic waste.

 

Trekking Permits and Documents 

Permits

  • Langtang National Park Permit- USD 15 for SAARC nation, USD 30 for foreigner
  • TIMS’ Card

Documents

  • Two passport-sized photos
  • A copy of international flight ticket
  • A copy of travel insurance 

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Equipments

For the Helambu Village Trek trek, you'll need a variety of equipment, clothing, and materials to ensure your comfort, safety, and success on the journey. Here's a comprehensive list:

Clothing

  1. Moisture-wicking base layers (Top and Bottom)
  2. Insulating layers (Fleece or Down Jacket)
  3. Waterproof and windproof outer shell jacket and pants
  4. Trekking pants and shorts
  5. Long-sleeve shirts and T-shirts
  6. Thermal gloves and waterproof gloves
  7. Beanies and Sun Hat
  8. Hiking socks and liner socks
  9. Gaiters (Neck/Leg)
  10. Scarfs and Balaclavas 

Footwear

  1. Well fItted Hiking Boots with Ankle support
  2. Ice Cleats (For Winter Months) 
  3. Casual Shoes and Sandals 

Equipment 

  1. Backpack (40-50 liters) with rain cover.
  2. Sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures
  3. Trekking poles
  4.  Headlamp with extra batteries
  5. Sunglasses with UV protection
  6. Water bottles or hydration system
  7. Hydration bladder
  8. Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap, etc.)

Creams and Medications 

  1. Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50 and above.
  2. Moisturizer 
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Healing Ointment
  5. Mosquito Repellent Cream 
  6. Cough Syrup 
  7. Medication for your Allergies 
  8. Blister Kit

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Waterproof cover for your backpack
  2. Energy Bars and Trial Mix
  3. Quick-dry towel
  4. Personal identification and necessary permits
  5. Money (cash) in small denominations
  6. Passport-size photos for permits
  7. Power bank or extra batteries
  8. Wet Wipes
  9. Pee bottle / Pee funnel for women
  10. Pillow Case

 

Remember, this list may vary based on personal preferences and the time of year you undertake the trek. Ensure that your gear is of good quality and suits the specific conditions of the Langtang region.

Route Map

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Freqeuntly Asked Questionnaire

Helambu Village Trek is a trekking activity which helps us explore the Helambu Village and experience the Yolmo Community. Addition to that Helambu Village offers a glorious panorama of Langtang Range and has a diverse range of flora and fauna.

The most common way to start the Helambu Village Trek is by driving to Sundarijal from Kathmandu. From there on you can begin trekking to Chisapani and then to Helambu Village. The trek typically takes around 6 days.

The best time to trek the Helambu Village is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season (March to early June) and post-monsoon (autumn) season (Mid September to November) when the weather is relatively stable, and the skies are clear.

You will need one permit: Langtang National Park Permit. Additionally, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card.

The trek is challenging, and a good level of physical fitness is required. Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training are recommended to prepare for the altitude and the demanding terrain.

Altitude sickness is a condition that occurs at higher elevations due to a decrease in the amount of oxygen. To prevent altitude sickness, it's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually. If symptoms persist, descending to a lower altitude is crucial.

Essential items include sturdy trekking boots, warm clothing, a good backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first aid kit. It's essential to pack light but be prepared for changing weather conditions.

The temperature rating of the ISO-certified sleeping bag we lend is -10°C (14°F) comfort level.

We recommend having cash of around USD 15-20; it should suffice for any additional costs you may need for a day.

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