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Around Helambu
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Around Helambu
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* On the trek amidst traditional villages, its rich culture and the snow-capped mountain traditional villages
* Warm people, picturesque landscapes, Jugal and Langtang Himalayan range, less frequented area
* Alpine forest, rich Buddhist culture in absolute tranquillity* On the trek amidst traditional villages, its rich culture and the snow-capped mountain traditional villages
* Warm people, picturesque landscapes, Jugal and Langtang Himalayan range, less frequented area
* Alpine forest, rich Buddhist culture in absolute tranquillit

* On the trek amidst traditional villages, its rich culture and the snow-capped mountain traditional villages

* Warm people, picturesque landscapes, Jugal and Langtang Himalayan range, less frequented area

* Alpine forest, rich Buddhist culture in absolute tranquillity

Introduction:

Helambu treks begin from Sundarijal or Melamchi Pul. Different types of culture prevail within this area. Nevertheless, the main three ethnic groups that live are the Tamangs, Bhotias and Yolmus. The Yolmo people of the Helambu region are not often referred to as “Sherpas” since neither of their languages, customs, nor clan structures resembles the Solukhumbu Sherpas of Everest. They are thought to be more akin to Langtang Bhotias, and may also have originated from the Kyirong area of Tibet, just over the border. 

Their religion and monasteries reflect their rich Buddhist culture. Other mid hill tribes and caste groups including Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar and Gurung reside at the lower elevations along the edges of the park.

This area happens to be within and always been referred to as the Langtang region as most of the trek to Langtang and adventurous traverse joins in Helambu. Declared a National Park in 1976, Langtang area remains the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km. Mountainous terrains line the south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border. 

Helambu area is regarded as one of the most beautiful regions in the foothills of the Jugal Himalaya, which is just a few days away from the Kathmandu Valley rim situated directly north east of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1,300m.
Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03: A short drive to Sundarijal approx.1,460m 5 hrs trek to Chisopani 2,195 m.
Day 04: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,140m. 5-6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Kutumsang 2,245m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Melamchigaon 2,560m via Tharepati 3,595m 6 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Tarkegyang 2,560 m 3-4 hours.
Day 08: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.
Day 09: Trek to Sermathang. 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu 4-5 hrs rides.
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Departure Dates Availability
14 Jan-26 Jan
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18 Feb-02 Mar
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11 Mar-23 Mar
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08 Apr-20 Apr
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07 May-18 May
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16 Sep-28 Sep
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21 Oct-02 Nov
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18 Nov-30 Nov
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16 Dec-28 Dec Available
Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our staff and guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
   
Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.
  After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before the sight seeing tour.
   
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal 1,460m, 5 hrs walk to Chisopani 2,195 m.
  A few hours drive at the eastern suburb of the Kathmandu Valley passes through the famed places of Bouddhanath renowned for its enormous Buddhist Chaityas or Stupa all seeing. After Bouddhanath the drive diverts to the dirt road for an hour towards Sundarijal (meaning beautiful water), a lovely spot with cool patch of forest with monkeys and fresh streams, a picnic spot for most of the Kathmandu people who wants to escape for a day from the busy crowded metropolitan life in the city.
From here the trek begins with a climb up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, through terraces of rice and millet, and then trough a delightful forest of rhododendron. The trail continues to a climb, eventually reaching a high ridge offering excellent views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal. We camp at Chisopani so that we can take advantage of the sunrise over eastern Himalaya from our camp site.
Chisopani Danda a scenic spot at the top of the hilltop, with 4-6 teahouses or Lodge and an Army Camp nearby, apart from the mountain scenery, a lovely view of the surrounding landscapes and valleys down below can be seen from our camping spot.
   
Day 04: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,140m. 5-6 hrs.
  This is really a trek of ridges and this morning we descend one ridge to the friendly village of Patibhanjyang, before ascending another ridge, and crossing a high forested crest, to our overnight camp at Gulbhanjyang. En route there are wide vistas over the terraced valleys of Helambu. Hindu shrines and Buddhist mani walls and small chortens point to the cultural mix that goes to make up this fascinating part of the world.
   
Day 05:

Trek to Kutimsang 2,445m. 5 hrs.

  After enjoying the stay at Gulbhanjyang, walk lead to a climb steeply up to the Thodang Danda., from here onwards the country becomes wilder, the path winds up gradually passing through patch of forest and farm areas and scattered rural hamlets then eventually reaching the village of Kutumsang one of the main village of Helambu at 2,445 m.
   
Day 06: Trek to Melamchigaon 2,560m via Tharepati 3,595m 6 hours.
  From Kutumsang the route leads to a long ascent through enchanting forest, emerging finally on the Panghu Danda (ridge) at an altitude of 3,300 meteres. The ridge crest is thickly forested with rhododendron and pine the dominant species around this area. Between the patches of trees, there are secluded pastures and associated temporary shelters (goths), and we pass several small valleys which allow glimpsing the terraced farmland which here lays thousands of feet below us. There are two trail from here that leads to Melamchigaon, our route leads the scenic route adding more heights to our adventure towards Tharepati ridge which is about 2-3 hours walk uphill, Tharepati at 3,505m will be our highest point of this trek and its worth the climb for the grand views of the snow capped peaks, ranging from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu to Annapurna in the far west and the Jugal mountain range to the north east.
The trail from here also branches off, for another one and half day walk to the popular pilgrimage holy place of Gosainkund towards west. Our trek continues downhill from Tharepati towards Melamchigaon for another 3-4 hours through the beautiful forest of oaks and rhododendron till Melamchigaon is reached for the overnight.
   
Day 07: Trek to Tarkegyang 2,560 m 3-4 hours.
  The walk from Melamchigaon is gradual for an hour and half with the last hour climb to Tarkegyang. Tarkegyang, is the main village of Helambu region, the place is also renowned for its famed green apples and the wood carving on furniture and for other household products. We will have ample time visiting this lovely village, where its windows and furniture have nice traditional carving. The homes of the inhabitants are amazingly clean with polished wooden floors.
   
Day 08: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.
  A well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing, today local visit around the village and its Monastery, and energetic short hike around on top of the nearby hills for more great view of the snow capped peaks and landscapes.
   
Day 09:

Trek to Sermathang. 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.

  After a lovely morning we head towards another important village of the area to Sermathang, the walk leads on the gradual winding path offering excellent views of the surrounding landscapes all the way to our overnight stop at Sermathang after a good four hours walks.
   
Day 10: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
  The last day of the trek is more or less down hill all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, road head for the drive to Kathmandu. The trek passes through mid hills villages of Kakani and Thimbu before heading towards the subtropical region back to the rice paddy fields. On arriving at Melamchi Pul which is a busy bazaar, where people from the rural villages from the hills come here for the marketing and to catch a bus to Kathmandu city. Here we will have our last camp of this wonderful trek away from the main busy bazaar of Melamchi.
   
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu.
  A short scenic drive of an hour brings back to Kathmandu through the town of Banepa and Bhaktapur.
   
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu.
  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
   
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, keep the confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Transportation Kathmandu / Sundarijal and Melamchipul / Kathmandu by private Non AC Vehicle.
 5.  Trekking arrangement backed by Sherpa Guide and Porters using local standard lodges on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & National Park Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

 

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Around Helambu
  • Trip Duration : 13 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip Date : -
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : at Tharepati, 3,595 m
  • Month : Jan-May, Sep-Dec

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