Helambu Cultural Trekking is popular among the trekkers for its scenery and favorable climate. Located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, it extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake. It is at the lower slopes of Jugal Himal.
The starting point of this trek is from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and the ending point is Melamchepul to Kathmandu. There we meet several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the Melamchi Khola.
This is one of the easiest treks start from the north corner of the capital city Kathmandu. The attraction of the area is more in its socio-cultural and natural diversities.
Helambu, the mid-elevation in the southern buffer of the Langtang National Park, is a study center of Tibetan Buddhism. Yolmo and Tamang peoples maintain a rich cultural heritage, celebrations, lively dances and hospitality with own tradition.
Best Time for Helambu Cultural Trekking – 10 Days
January – February is the best time to visit this area. The Helambu Cultural Trekking is short. It is relatively easy (ideal for families) adventure, which can be enjoyed all year-round.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport holding “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” Placard with your name on it. He will transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your personal activities. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisopani (2,300m) 4hr. (B/L/D)
First day of this Helambu Cultural Trekking begins with a drive on the suburb of Kathmandu valley to Sundarijal. Which is situated some 15 kilometers North-East from Kathmandu valley. It is the driving journey of one hour.
After Sundarijal starting the first-day walk of this wonderful trip towards our overnight stop at Chisopani. The walk leads uphill passing several farms and villages and through pristine forest into Shivapuri National Park.
Then reaching at ridge top with scenery of Kathmandu valley. Then a short downhill to the scenic Chisopani village. The village is nestled on route Langtang and Helambu with majestic views of sunrise on the snow-capped peaks from Langtang-Ganesh and Jugal Himal. And towards west Annapurna-Manaslu and Gaurishanker in the eastern horizon.
Day 03: Trek to Kutumsang (2,446m) 6hr. (B/L/D)
The second day of this wonderful journey will be a longer walking distance to Kutumsang village. The trek follows descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a Hindu Brahman and Chhetris village.
From here walk climbs then with downhill reaching to another nice Chipplin village. Then with an uphill walk through Thodog Lama Lodge to Kutumsang village for overnight halt.
Day 04: Trek to Tharepati (3,650m) 5hr. (B/L/D)
Morning walk climbs to Yurin Danda ridge from Kutumsnag and crossing a pass at 3,510 meter. Then we descend to the forested area, the trail passes through rhododendron forests. Here we get to see a few small settlements till Tharepati, where we stay for an overnight halt.
Tharepati the highest point of this trek offering stunning views of rolling landscapes and high mountains of Langtang and Jugal mountain range.
Day 05: Trek to Malemchegaon (2,560m) 5hr. (B/L/D)
From here, the trail climbs to a ridge top with a fabulous view of Jugal Himal range. Then walking further on the downhill path to reach Melamchi Khola, crossing the river.
A short climb to Malemchegaon for an overnight stop. It is a traditional Sherpa and Yolmo’s village of Buddhist religion with Tamang tribes. Here the houses are decorated with nice intricate carving on wooden doors and windows.
Day 06: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m) 5hr. (B/L/D)
After leaving this village, the trail leads downhill to Melamchi River. Then crossing a bridge over with a climb then reaching at Tarkeghyang village via Nakote village.
We will have time for a visit to the oldest Buddhist monasteries, Ama Yangri on the top of the village, overnight stop at Tarke Gyang.
Day 07: At Tarke Gyang for local hike and visit. (B/L/D)
An interesting mid-hills village inhabited by the Yolmo (Hyalmo) tribes a descendent from Tibetan tribe a cross between Tamang and Sherpa clans.
They follow the same religion and rituals as Sherpa and Tamang tribe of people, at Tarke Gyang visit the old monastery and these nice villages and interact with locals.
Day 08: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m) 4hr. (B/L/D)
With an interesting time at Tarke Gyang, morning trek leads on the gradual trail towards beautiful forests marveling at the surrounding views villages of this Helambu region.
We walk past many Buddhist monuments, chortens and on the meadows to reach a small village of Gangyul. Following the walk with marvelous views of rolling hills to Shermathang, another pleasant nice Yolmo village for overnight halt. We will have some time to explore its old monastery.
Day 09: Trek to Melamchepul (1,100m) 4hr. (B/L/D)
The final day of this wonderful journey leads downhill, towards flat land till it reaches a newly built stupa and a statue of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).
Then walking downhill into the pine forest to Kakani village. Trekking continues with a descend to Dubachaur. And then walking further reaching a bridge over Melamchi Khola
And finally ending this nice walk at Melamchepul, which is a busy bazaar and a warm area transfer to the best lodge available and explore the market area.
Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu 4hr journey. (B)
Concluding this fabulous Helambu Cultural Trekking journey with hours drive through the town of Dhulikhel and Banepa and then finally to Kathmandu, after a most remarkable journey in the high hills of Himalaya. This is the end of your trip.
- Airport pick up and drop.
- Hotel in Kathmandu 2 star category with breakfast for two nights, twin sharing basis at Nivas Boutique Home or same category. (On the arrival day and After the trekking)
- Your daily meal (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) during the trek as per the itinerary
- One experience trekking guide & one porter for each two tourist. If you are a solo traveler, porter is not included. It is available by additional 200 USD.
- Transportation from Kathmandu Sundarijal by car and Melamchepul to Kathmandu by local bus.
- All necessary paper works and Langtang National Park Entry Permits.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
- Insurance for guide & porters.
- All accommodation during the trek available lodge/tea houses run by Nepalese family.
- Our service charge.
- Government tax.
- Nepal visa fee 30 USD per person.
- Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc. (You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu)
- Personal travel insurance. The insurance must cover medical, accidental, natural disasters, emergency evacuation and trip cancellation expenses along with baggage and gears’ lost, theft or damage.
- If you arrive early or depart late, extra night accommodations other than mentioned in the itinerary.
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like Tea, Coffee, mineral water, beer, hot water, etc.
- Emergency rescue evacuation which will be covered by your insurance.
- Sweet things like chocolate and desert.
- Hot shower and laundry during the trekking.
- Your personal expenses like laundry, phone call, shopping etc.
- Tipping (Tips) for guide & porter as per your main interest.
- All the things that are not mentioned in cost include.
- Wi-Fi, internet, phone calls, battery charging.
Risk & Liabilities: We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a life time journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their own policies. Trekking Guide Team adventure Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstance such as govt. restriction, Land slide, road blockage, flood, snow political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay, sickness or accident, Any extra cost incurring there of shall be borne by the clients on the spot.
As Nepal is an underdeveloped country, our country’s facility and standard cannot match as per yours. But we will always provide you the best facility and service as per Nepal’s standard.
Please bring travel insurance. The Insurance must cover medical, accidental, natural disasters, emergency evacuation and trip cancellation expenses along with baggage and gears’ lost, theft or damage.
Please bring each person 3 PP size pictures to issue permit, hard copy of your insurance and hard copy of itinerary.
Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox etc.
(You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu)
Our company airport representative will be waiting for you in the airport holding our company card “Trekking Guide Team Adventure” with your Name on it and he will escort you to the hotel.
This is a moderate trek of Nepal and do not require any special training or condition. However, you should be fit and should have walking practice. I recommend you to go for morning walks for practice. Many people are able to do this trek easily and you can also do this trek easily. You have to walk everyday 6 to 7 hour, 15 to 20 km.
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