Helambu Treks

Helambu Trek is the perfect trekking option to those adventure seekers who have very limited time at their disposal. In spite of being close to the urban Kathmandu, langtang Helambu trekking has been able to retain its natural beauty. Helambu region of highland villages begins at the Lauribina La Pass and descends to the Melamchi valley. The trek provides one the opportunity to immerse in the local customs and traditions while experiencing the true wilderness. Helambu Trekking is considered one of the best cultural journeys comprising of mind blowing vistas of majestic Himalayas. Since the trek requires little experience and the trails are smooth ranging from 800 meters to 3600 meters, it has been the ultimate trek route for amateur trekkers. This very same reason creates further advantage for the trek which is that the trek route is sparsely populated by other trekkers.
                    
The lush green vegetation supported by grand monasteries make Helambu Trek further enthralling experience. You will get to know about the way of life in Himalayan Region and their old and deep relationship with such extreme nature of their surroundings. The trek beginning at Sundarijal takes you all the way to Chisopani, Hyolmo, Tharepati, Tarke Gyang etc. The trail ends at Melamchi Bazaar. The maximum height you will have reached by the time you finish your trek is approximately 3650 meters.

Helambu Trek Itinerary


Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 – Kathmandu Sightseeing, Guided tour over city via private car or jeep depending on group size.
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani
Day 04 – Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang
Day 05 – Another seven hour trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati
Day 06 – Trek from Thadepati to Tarkeghyang
Day 07 – Trek from Helambu to Sermathang
Day 08 – Short trek to Melamchi Bridge and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 09 – Farewell friends, Final airport drop for international departure or on your own.
Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel

As per arrival in Kathmandu you were supposed to accomplish your necessary formalities for Nepal Visa inside arrival terminal on visa desk.  Came out of arrival terminal and look after display board either of NEST or your personal name. The one who is holding this is our airport representative who will help you on relocating at Thamel. Depending upon arrival schedule either same day or next day welcome party will be thrown.

Day 02 – Kathmandu Sightseeing, Guided tour over city via private car or jeep depending on group size.

Kathmandu Valley is full of ancient world heritage sites, which is the main reason why foreigners need to explore Kathmandu at least once. Out of five world heritage sites we will explore entire five places during guided Kathmandu city tour. At the end of city tour in late afternoon you will get certain time to get fresh after which we will attend welcome dinner along with typical Nepali cultural show. Your  guide for helambu Trek will also join dinner as an introduction section.

Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani

Starting with short drive from Kathmandu to Chisapani we will start our trek with uphill trail up to reservoir dam, from where we will stop for lunch and hike up further till we start viewing Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal and even Manaslu, from this point we start descending steeply before we reach Chisapani one heaven close to Kathmandu. Make sure about sunset view around six o’clock in average. Chisapani is one beautiful place to walk around, if we manage to walk for 10 minute on flat road, which leads toward Nagarkot, then we can have exceptional view of Chisapani Village with mountain ranges on back end.

Day 04 – Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang

Moving toward Kutumsang we will descent through meadows with magnificent view of Langtang Range. Before reaching Kutumsang we need to hike up till ridge after Gul Bhanjyang from where we will descend down and spend a night in Kutumsang. Entire trip from Chisapani to Kutumsang will last around seven hours.

Day 05 – Another seven hour trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati

Passing through isolated up hill trail full of fir and rhododendron forest with out any permanent settlements. Along with magnificent view of Himalayan ranges we will pass through Yurin Danda. After heading from Yurin Dada we will arrive Thadepati for our overnight stay.

Day 06 – Trek from Thadepati to Tarkeghyang

Up to Melamchi Khola we will descend from Thadepati from where we will hike up passing via Sherpa Settlements. Being densely populated by Helmu Caste, name of village is Helambu, which is often known as Tarkeghyang. Big settlement with some of oldest monasteries in region Helambu offer incredible view of Himalayan ranges too. Enjoy the final destination of Helambu Trek at full. If we are lucky enough we might get chance to participate in local get together with especially during their typical festival.

Day 07 – Trek from Helambu to Sermathang

Easy trail no more uphill trek, we will walk very gently today enjoying view of forest, stream as well as waterfalls. Further ahead trail passes through village of Gangyul. Finally after Gangyul we will be in Sermathang another Buddhist village with monastery at the top most level of village. Explore the village in afternoon, as today trek will last for around four hours in maximum.

Day 08 – Short trek to Melamchi Bridge and drive back to Kathmandu

Melamchi Bazar, which is around 3 hours from Sermathang, is another village that is also mostly inhabited by Sherpa and Helmu. Most probably we will be having our lunch in Melamchi where our jeep will already be there for pick up us otherwise by the time we finished our lunch someone will be there to pick us up at any case. Upon reaching on Kathmandu you will get leisure time to get fresh and walk around for souvenir, as later we will be conducting a post trek gathering where we will collect feedback, suggestion from your sides.

Day 09 – Farewell friends, Final airport drop for international departure or on your own.

As per your international departure time our transport depart representative will arrange car or jeep for international drop schedule. While on other hand if you are staying couple of more days in Nepal then let our depart head know who will arrange all necessary transport for your final airport departure.
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Equipment for Helambu Trek


Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
 
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
 
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
 
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
 
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
 
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
 
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
 
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
 
So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at info@nestadventure.com

Information For The Helambu Trek



As per arrival
 
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
 
Accommodation
 
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
 
Meals and drinking water
 
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
 
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
 
Visa Requirement
 
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
 
International flight to Nepal
 
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
 
Currency and foreign exchange rate
 
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
 
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
 
Travel Insurance
 
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
 
High altitude sickness
 
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 450 USD
Duration: Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge
Altitude Height: 0
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Easy
Trip Departure: March / April / October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking

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