- Trip Duration : 6 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 3690 m
- Difficulty : Moderate
- Season : Mar-May, Mid Sep- Dec
- Activity : Trekking
- Trip Grade :
The Helambu trek lies north of Kathmandu and easily accessible. The region is famous for its sweet apple and an indigenous group of people know as Yolmo who migrated from sothwest tibet three hundred years ago and identify themself as Helambu Sherpas.
The trek to Helambu takes you to one of the most beautiful scenery and Sherpa villages. Not so high and not so far away from Kathmandu it’s a superb trek to get close to the tradition villages and Sherpa people. The dense forest, water streams, colourful flowers and great mountain views will definitely gona make your trip a life time experience.
|Day 01 :||Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani ( Approx: 2165M)|
|Day 02 :||Trek to Kutumsang (Approx: 2470M)|
|Day 03 :||Trek to Tharepati (Approx: 3690M)|
|Day 04 :||Trek Tarkeghyang (Approx: 2600 M)|
|Day 05 :||
Trek to Timbu (Approx: 1580 M)
|Day 06 :||
Drive to Kathmandu
Day 1: Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani.
Take a refreshing breakfast and attend one hour drive to Sundarijal. The trip starts with uphill trail through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. We pass by couple of waterfalls and see some beautiful species of bird. Just before we arrive at Mulkharka, we stop by small reservoir which is supposed to be 2nd hydropower project of Nepal, and is still distributing small amount of electricity to some 1 hundred local houses. After one hour of steep climb we get reward of delicious lunch at Mulkharka, a small village of Tamang people. Then we ascend through a forest of oaks and rhododendron and here we come at Chisapani which will be waiting us with a nice view over the Himalayas.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Sundarijal 1460m, Chisapani 2165m.
Day 2: Trek to Kutumsang.
We have steep descend for 25 minutes along the ridge and terraced fields. Then we have an easy walk through terraced fields with the view of Langtang and Jugal Himal view. We come to the ridge again and we continue the journey through terraced fields until Kutumsang. Kutumsang is small village of Tamang people with the view of mountains to the north.
Trekking time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Kutumsang 2470.
Day 3: Trek to Tharepati
From Tharepati the trail stirs steep up through forest along the ridge. We have some trivial ups and downs en route but a good number of steps stroll on uphill trail. The forest is full of pine and rhododendron trees that keep on following our rhythm. From Mangengoth we pass by some small hamlets and terraced fields until Tharepati. View of Langtang Himal is frequent. Tharapati is small village positioned on the top of hill.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs.
Height: Tharepati 3690m
Day 4: Trek Tarkeghyang.
After checking out Tea House, we get to meet two trails but take the one to our right, the one we skip is the way to Gosaikunda. We have steep downhill track through the mixed forest of pine and rhododendron until Bolgaon. From Bolgaon the track mounts steep to the village of Melamchigaon. Melamchi is Sherpa village and famous for its antique and well decorated Kitchen. We take lunch here watching those traditional kitchens. Then we climb down steep to Melamchi River through the forests. On crossing the river over suspension bridge the trail gets steep up again. The trail ens up in the village of Tarkeghyang. The village is parceled by beautiful terraced fields and beautiful traditional houses.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hrs
Height: Tarkeghyang 2600m
Day 5: Trek to Timbu
An amazing farewell by the fresh mountain air and sunrise from Tarkeghyang is followed by gradual and steep downhill track through village, forests and terraced fields. We cross the Melamchi River again. Upon crossing river we come to small settlement which is our last overnight camp. Timbu stands next to Melamchi River with few tea houses.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hrs
Height: Timbu 1580m
Day 6: Drive to KTM
A breakfast in tea house. Pack your all trekking gears into backpack because we don't bother our feet any more. Take a jeep/local bus ride back to Kathmandu through terraced fields, river valleys and villages.
Driving hour: 4-5 hrs
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!
Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you. Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.
What to bring:
As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round. You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.
Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal gloves
- Sun hat and sun glasses
- Woolen or fleece hat
- Warm woolen socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Gaiters ( if snows)
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
-Pick up any litter along the trail
-Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source
-In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
-Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
-Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
-Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
-Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)