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Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek
Helambu Trek

The Helambu Trek is one of our favourite treks and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive region in Nepal.

Helambu – The valley of glacier lies 75 km north from Kathmandu in Sindupalchowk district of Nepal. Situated in the head of Melamchi khola this valley is surrounded by more than 5000m high peaks. Helambu trek is easy and short trek nearby Kathmandu. Being so near to the Kathmandu city this area has not still been exploited. This trekking offers a panoramic view of Langtang range, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Bhrami and makes you familiar with Sherpa culture and lifestyles. Walking through green Rhododendron and bamboo forest, exploring ancient village, musk deer, Himalayan black beer, Himalayan Tar are some of the attractions of Helambu Trek. Being the perfect elevation and easy access trek, Helambu trek offers less climbing as well as warmer temperatures. The most important benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise in comparison to the Annapurna trek and some parts of the Everest treks. Another feature of Helambu trek is visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries along with the spectacular view of Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorjee Lakpa, Rolwaling Himalayan range and Ganesh Himal, Thadepati to Tarke Gyang.

Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure has designed Helambu trekking for 11 days beginning with the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal then trekking through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and concludes with a drive down to Kathmandu via Panchkhal. Helambu Circuit Trek is suitable for everyone and more fruitful for people who can’t go for a long trek but has a desire to observe the dazzling langtang Himalayan range closely. The favorable time of the year for Helambu Circuit Trek is from January to December. People with busy schedule can plan for this trekking.

Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure offers Helambu trek in good price with an experienced guide.

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Highlights:

  • Trekking nearby Kathmandu Valley
  • Low elevation and easy access
  • Exploring ancient villages, Sherpa culture, of Mt. Gaurishanker, Dorjee Lakpa, Rolwaling Himalayan range and Ganesh Himal, Thadepati to Tarke Gyang
  • Walking through Rhododendron and bamboo forest
  • Favorable for people who can’t do long trekking

Itinerary

01

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft.), transfer hotel (5.4km), transfer to hotel

Flying into KTM is a memorable experience with the Himalayas spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive your Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. The company representative welcomes you by offering the holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath(sacred Hindu temple), a city, full of various vehicles, and peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take a rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. In the evening, there will be a briefing session with your trekking guide to discuss the details of the Helambu trek.
Overnight at 3 star hotel

02

Day 02

Scenic drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisopani (2140/7020.997 ft.), 5-6hr walk

Trek commences with 1hr private drive to Sundarijal (1460m). From here, we climb on a large trail, mostly paved beside a large water pipe to the entrance to the Shivapuri National Park. We continues ascend trail through forests to a scattered Tamang settlement called Mul Kharaka (1900m). We continue trek to a ridgeline that encircles Kathmandu Valley and a small pass, Borlang Bhanjang (2420m). Further, we walk through an oak forest to the Chisopani. The journey offers us a gradient with views of Shivapuri, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa
[Included meals: Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

03

Day 03

Trek to Kutumsang (2450m/8038.058 ft.), 6-7hr walk

The initial section of the walk begins with descending a ridge to a saddle at Pati Bhanjang(1770m) and then climbing to Thankune Bhanjang. From here we climb to the top of the Manjyu Danada(2455m) and descend the trail bringing us to Golphu Bhanjang(2130m). We climb to continue to a ridge to the north and take the larger track at each junction until we reach another saddle and the beautiful Sherpa community of Kutumsang.
[Included meals: Breakfast+lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

04

Day 04

Trek to Tharepati(3640m/11942ft.), 5-6hr walk

After having breakfast here, we move the eastern side of a ridge from Kutumsang to Tharepati (3640m). During the dry season hard to find water along the trail. We cross through the oak forest and then through an impressive forest of red, white, and pink-flowered rhododendron. The trail offers good views of the broad lower valleys and Shivapuri behind us. The trail steeps again as we climb a gully before arriving at Kyuola Bhanjang (3220m). From here we found the trail descent a little before climbing an easy gradient to Mangenggoth (39990m) surrounded by rhododendron forest. From here we follow the undulating ridgeline north through dense rhododendron forest until it climbs to the hamlet of Tharepani. There is one steeper climb to reach the ridge and Tharepati. Tharepati is an anti-clockwise trek trail of Gosainkunda.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

05

Day 05

Trek to Melamchi Ghyang (2530m/8300.525 ft.)/12km/7.4 miles), 3-4hr walk

Trek commences with descent from the ridge at Tharepati through forests and meadows full of ruined goths, before descending rapidly to the large village of Melamchi Ghyang. The trek offers us woeful views of mountains and scenery. The last stage of the walk is an unforgiving drop on an almost vertical trail that will teach us the meaning of the word impact. In the 11th century, Milarepa meditated close to the village. Melamchi Ghyang village is a colorful picturesque village founded in 1859 with gompas.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

06

Day 06

Trek to Tarke Ghyang (2590m/8497.375 ft.), 5-6hr walk

From here we drop rapidly into the forest, passing a series of large Chortens, a remember of the strong Buddhist influence in the valley. Soon we reach Thimbu. We continue to follow this grassy path down to the suspension bridge, passing the river and climbing steeply, and reach Nukote(1980m), centered on a large Gonpa with a flagstone. From here we climb to continue to Tarke Ghyang. Tarke Ghyang is a good place for Ama Yangri to hike and take a rest.
[Included meals: Breakfast+lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

07

Day 07

Trek to Sermanthang (2,590m / 8,715ft)/14km (8.7 miles), 4-5hr walk

A pleasant trek awaits you, as we will not be gaining much altitude. The route from Tarke Ghyang will take you through dense forests, streams, and waterfalls, providing stunning sights. As you trek, you will be coming across many small villages between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, you will trek ahead to arrive at Sermanthang. It is a beautiful settlement with quite a few Buddhist monasteries.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

08

Day 08

Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar(940m/3083ft.) & Scenic drive to KTM (1350m/4429 ft.) , 3-4hr trek+4-5hr drive

This is the final day of your trek and you end with 3-4hr walk down to the river valley at Melamchi Pul Bazar. You trek down with splendid view of the Himalayan peaks, and wide Indr?vati and Melamchi riverbed and walk past numerous villages with rural life. Once you reach Melamchi Pul Bazar, we stop for the lunch before setting off on a drive back to Kathmandu. It takes us about 4-5hr of drive to reach Kathmandu.
[Included meals: Breakfast+Lunch]
Overnight at 3 star hotel

09

Day 09

KTM Sightseeing Tour on UNESCO World Heritage Sites (4hr)/free Day in KTM (1350m/4429 ft.)

During the free day at Ktm, you can simply stay relaxed, to make your day memorable you can do a sightseeing tour of the world’s UNESCO Heritage sites (Pashupatinath, Boudha Stupa, and Swayambhu/Monkey Temple), or you can do 1h30min Langtang helicopter tour or 3-4hr rock climbing. You can also do the Chitwan jungle safari tour but for that, you are required 2-3 days extra days, etc.
[Meals included: bed and breakfast]
Overnight at 3 star hotel

10

Day 10

Final Departure From Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft.), 30min drive/4.5km

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meal: Breakfast]

Note

Trek Duration

The Trek duration can be shorten or extend depending on time and fitnes

If you require a personalized itinerary, please get in touch with our specialists.

 

Location

 

 

Our Offer

 Starting from
US$865  
Per adult (price varies by group size)

We offer Group Discount

1 traveler......................................  US$ 935  Pp
2 - 4 traveler.................................. US$ 860  Pp
5 - 8 traveler ................................. US$ 820  Pp
9 - 15 traveler ............................... US$ 725  Pp


What's Incldued

  • Trek with an English speaking govt licensed trekking guide
  • 1 porter (betn two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 24 kg; i.e. 12kg pP)
  • Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary
  • Private vehicle from KTM to Sundarijal & sharing bus from Thimbu to KTM
  • Duffel bag and trekking map
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Shivapuri National Park Permit
  • Necessary paper works, all government, and local taxes
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu by the host family at Typical Nepali Cultural Restaurant
  • First aid medical kit, oximeters to check pulse, heart rate & oxygen saturation carried by the guide
  • 2N in 3* and 1N in 4* hotel in KTM on B/B plan as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]
  • Airport pick up & drop off personally
  • Full board meals in the mountains during the trek

Group Discount:

There is a further discount for larger groups. Please contacts us for details at mytrek2nepal@gmail.com


Trek Duration:

The Trek duration can be shorten or extend depending on time and fitness.


What's Excluded 

  • International Airfare to and from your country
  • Nepal visa (USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days, two passport photographs required). For the further more information, have visit Nepal Immigration Department official website. 
  • Insurance - Following stated things must be submit while you do trips through (IHSA)
  • You must submit copy of your insurance certificate included standard policies that covers trekking activities up to 5000m
  • Your Insuarnce policy must cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue upto 5000m and it is excluded in the trip price
  • At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not
  • IHSA also recommends your insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects
  • Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek
  • Tipping is a culture in Nepal and is expected by your staff (guides, porters, drivers)
  • Hot shower, wifi, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)
  • Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather-related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs, etc
  • Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

 

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

 

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. A Bandana

3. Sunglasses

4. Warm hat

5. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

6. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

7. An emergency light

 

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

 

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

 

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

 

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

 

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

 

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

 

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-Aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

 

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

 

Information

Additional Options:

+Additional porter:

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max. They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuff in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.


Hotel upgrade in ktm:[€60 for 5* hotel Per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 5* category.

Nepal Visas

You need a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15-day visa and £35 for a 30-day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entries. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.


Flexible Timing

The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla significantly reduces the journey time compared to the trek via Jiri (which we also offer). The flight is the shortest and most popular way of gaining access to the region but the mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and sometimes even during the best part of the season, flights are delayed or postponed for one or more days. We can also arrange for a Heli charter from Kathmandu to Lukla instead but this adds significant extra cost. We highly recommend that you take potential delays into account and allow for a week extra day in Kathmandu.


Money and Gratuity

Money and Gratuity; It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in a major currency [some currencies are not convertible to NPR]. USD, GBP, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally fine. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 8 - 10 per meal in Kathmandu / Pokhara and USD 30 – 35 per day whilst trekking in the Annapurna region (if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to gratude their crews at the end of a trek but gratuity are not included in the trip price. If you are happy with the performance of the trekking staff, we suggest the following as a minimum: USD 7 per day of the wages or around one day’s wage for each week on a trek. As a rule, and through tradition, the head cook should get a little more than the porters and ‘Sherpa’ and kitchen crews. The Sardar and Leader/Guide should get a little more again.


Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.


Weather

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

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Price

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Duration

10 Days

Season

Oct - Apr

Region

Langtang - Nepal

Grade

Medium

Altitude

2140m - 3640m

Walking

5hr

Accommodation

teahouse & Hotel

Trip Type

Private & Group Join

Transportation

Sharing & Private Vehicle

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