Helambu Trekking
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Overview

One of the shortest trekking routes served by Nepal Eco Adventure, Helambu Trek offers a wide range of mountains views within a reasonable time-frame from a relatively low altitude. Despite being fairly close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively unspoiled trekking region. A devotional trek, which segues through a forest of blooming rhododendron, majestic waterfalls, and villages of the Tamangs and Sherpas, Helambu trekking is a perfect destination for experiencing a noble combination of culture and nature.

The trail followed by Nepal Eco Adventure team to Helambu heads on to the Shivapuri ridge from where sweeping views of the central Himalayas come into sight. TarkeGyang the principal village of this area, is abundant in traditional and cultural practices, which in-turn makes the journey a delightful experience. The people of Sherpa community and Tamang community living here are warm, friendly and welcoming. Tarkeghyang, meaning to a Buddhist temple with 100 horses, is another Sherpa’s attraction along the way. We believe Helambu trekking is an elementary trekking destination for exploring the ethnic Sherpa community that has settled in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

Tibetan village in the Langtang region, along with the amazing views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Lang Sisa and an ascent of chorkari Ri (5050m) makes up the attractive features of Helambu Trekking. Panoramic view of 10 peaks over 6000m high, sight of ice-fluted Gyanghempo and a holy visit to Gosaikunda is another interesting part of this trekking. This trek weaves Langtang Valley, Gosainkunda lakes and Helambu valley within the same loop of experience.

The trip begins from Kathmandu to Sundarijal which is a scenic drive worth testing. The trail passes through Shivapuri National Park rich in flora and fauna and Melamchi pul bazaar in the Helambu region,which are the two noteworthy moments of this spot. Langtang Helambu trek is not only famous for its scenic grandeur,but also for its pleasant climate.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Langtang Region and conservation area
  • Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Lang sisa& ascent of chorkari Ri 5050m
  • Easy trekking trail closer to the Kathmandu valley
  • Friendly people
  • Tamang villages and Sherpa villages
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Sight of beautiful landscape and Jugal Himal range
  • Cheese factory

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1 : Arrive to Kathmandu(1380m) and transfer to Hotel.

Welcome to Kathmandu. Our Airport representatives will receive you at the airport. We will then transfer you to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu as you please. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 2 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour.

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, we will begin our sightseeing tour around the beautiful Kathmandu city. A specialized tour guide and a comfy private vehicle will be available for your assistance. We will visit the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupati Nath, which predates to Lichhavi period. A visit to Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, shrines of lord Buddha, uniquely built in Shikhara style is a great way to observe Buddhist traditions. A visit to Kathmandu Durbar Squares showcases the rich art and culture of medieval era. Later on this afternoon, we will begin your preparation for trekking.

Day 3
Day 3 : Drive to Sundarijal and trekking to Chisopani.

We will make an hour’s drive to Sundarijal. We begin our trek along a small hydroelectric plant. The trail then enters into the Shivapuri National Park and then through the settlement called Mulkharka which is composed of the Tamang population. We will walk along the ridges through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani. We will halt in a guest house at Chisopani for the night.

Day 4
Day 4 : Trekking to Kutumsang.

On this day, we will begin our journey to Kutumsang early in the morning. We can savor beautiful views of the Langtang Mountains along the trails. After crossing Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs the ridge to another pass. We will spend the night in a local guest house in Kutumsang.

Day 5
Day 5 : Trekking to Thadepati.

We will begin our journey from Kutumsang and trek to Thadepati. The tracks are mostly steep and passes through fir and rhododendron forest. There are no permanent settlements around this particular region. The trek continues to Yurin Danda from where glorious and breathtaking views of the Himalayas comes to sight. We will spend the night in as local guest house in Thadepati.

Day 6
Day 6 : Trekking to Tarkeghyang.

On this day we will trek to Tarkeshyang. The trail will lead us to Melamchi Khola and then to a settlement of the Sherpa people. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Himalayan peaks glistening under sunshine on our journey. We will also confront one of the oldest and the biggest monastery in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste. We will halt in a local guest house at Helambu for the night.

Day 7
Day 7 : Trekking to Sermathang.

This trek is comparatively easier because of the much lower altitude we experience.Major part of the trail is dominated by forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail flows around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. Upon our arrival at Sermathang, we will discover the village. We will spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 8
Day 8 : Trekking to Melemchi Pul Bazar.

On this day we will walk to Melemchi Pul Bazar. Comprising mostly of the Sherpa inhabitants, Melemchi Pul Bazar is known for its hospitality. We will then drive back to Kathmandu and transfer you to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore the city as you please.

Day 9
Day 9 : Final departure to your onward destination.

It is time for us to bid farewell to the beautiful country, Nepal. We will receive you from your respective hotels and transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure for home. We also welcome you to visit our country again for further experiences of nature’s bounty in new and exciting places.

What is Included

  • Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
  • Three nights standard twin sharing hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Trekking lodge (tea house)accommodation during trek.
  • Three meals a day( Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner) on the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide, a porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging.
  • Langtang Helumbu National Park fee,Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park fee and Trekking Information Managment System(TIMS Card).
  • Use of Sleeping bag, down jacket,duffel and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be return after completed the trek).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  • Kathmandu guided sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Car to Sundarijal and bus back to Kathmandu from Melamchi.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 4+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fees (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos.
  • Your Travel and trekking insurance.(compulsory)
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Sightseeing tour entrance fee.

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FAQs

Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?

Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.

You can apply online visa from 1st of March (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.

How fit do need to be for trekking?

It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.

How long will be the trekking?

The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.

What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?

In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.

Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?

Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket and accommodation during the trek will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.

Do I really need trekking guide?

While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.

Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?

Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.

Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.

Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?

You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.

Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?

In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.

What do I need to carry on trek?

A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.

Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.

What in case of altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.

What happens if there is an emergency?

Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.

You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.

Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?

Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.

What currency should I bring to Nepal?

We advise you to bring US dollars /British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.

Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?

Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.

What are the main Nepali customs to know about?

Take off your shoes before entering a temple or a house
Ask for permission before entering Hindu temples
Most of the time, it will be forbbiden to take photographs inside temples

What about time and phone code in Nepal ?

Nepali time is GMT/UTC + 5H45
The Country Code is 977

Do we need to get vaccinated to visit Nepal?

You do not need any specific vaccine to come to Nepal. It is however recommended to check if your mandatory vaccines are up to date and talk to your doctor before travelling.

How early should I book my trip?

We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate last minute bookings. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.

What are your payment terms?

You need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?

You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.

How much extra spending money should I bring?

This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.

Are Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?

Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.

How much should I tip to my guide and porter?

Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.

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Helambu Trekking

Trip Facts

  • 9 Days Helambu
  • Moderate
  • Minimum 02 person
  • September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • 3690m
  • Bus or Car
  • NEA-LHT-01

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