The Helambu Circuit trek is specially designed off the beaten trail that absolutely highlights the calm and tranquil area for trekking and the trails are blissfully famous for its outstanding natural beauty, fascinating culture and favorable climates. The Helambu circuit trekking landscape is classic Himalayan foothills, with plenty of dramatic rises and plummeting descents. On this grand Helambu trekking adventure, discover unchanged central Nepal: trails pass through dense forests and traditional Buddhist villages and while the mountain views are genuinely inspiring. You pass through dramatic ridges, villages inhabited by the Tamang people, lush forests of rhododendron, conifers, oak, and also this trail passes through mountain cattle grazing on rich alpine pastures under the watchful eyes of their herders. Breathtaking mountains views emerge on yours ascent as the vegetation becomes sparser and the conditions more challenging.
Helambu Circuite Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week so it is best trip for those trekkers who do not have the longer holiday in Nepal trip. The trail to Helambu climbs on to the Shivapuri ridge from where there are sweeping views of the central Himalayas. This Helambu village Trek will bring us through the Langtang National Park which inhabits a wealth of rare birds, wildlife and unique plants and flowers. Helambu Circuite Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week so it is best trip for those trekkers who do not have the longer holiday in Nepal trip. During trek we will pass through spectacular villages of Kutumsang, Chisopani and Sermathang with their stunning panoramic views. We will pass through the villages of Melamchi Gaon and Tarkeghyang, Helambu Circuite Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week so it is best trip for those trekkers who do not have the longer holiday in Nepal trip in which we will pass through, provide the cultural riches which will take us into the heart of Nepal. The Sherpa village of Tarkeghyang that forms the focus of Helambu is a charming enclave of farmers and yak herders. They are different from Sherpas of Khumbu region and have unique culture. We go along the south ridge through Sermathang, down to the river at Melamchi, the site of a mega project to bring drinking water to Kathmandu via a series of tunnels. You will experience the Yolmo culture of high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enthralled as the farmers toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo.
The Helambu Sherpa valley trekking trail takes us through the National Park of Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, which inhabits a paradise of flora, including exotic orchids, and a myriad of wildlife and birds. You will trek to villages with spectacular panoramic views including Ganesh Himal Massif, Langtang Himal, Rolwaling Range and distant views of peaks in the Everest region. With diverse range of brilliant green valley’s misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of snowy peaks, Helambu is the ideal short trek. Helambu region lies to the north of Kathmandu and offers the nearest experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to Everest region. This Helambu circuit- Sherpa valley expedition is an easy and enjoyable trip for the trekkers who wish to experience adventure and closeness to the Himalayan trail without going at high altitude. Some of the main attractions of this region include: exquisite gompas enshrining statues of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni, and Chenresig (Avalokitesvara).
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisopani (2140m): Walking Distance 4 hours
Day 04:Chisopani trekking to Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m)
Day 05: Gul Bhanjyang trekking to Tharepati (3597m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
Day 06: Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours
Day 07: Melamchi to Tarkeghyang (2590m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
Day 08: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 09: Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar (828m) and drive to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 10: Farewell Departure
Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2:A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3:Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisopani (2140m): Walking Distance 4 hours
Drive for about an hour from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) where there is a large water project which supplies most of the drinking water to Kathmandu Valley. The unpaved road turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant and starts up a concrete steps alongside the water pipe. Beyond Sundarijal the trail climbs continuously through forests to a medieval-looking reservoir, dam and waterworks. Crossing the dam, the trail leaves the water supply system and climbs steeply to a road to the top of the Shivapuri ridge and wildlife reserve. The trail now continues up hill through the forest to meet the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of Tamang people.
The trail continues with climbing on the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the Borlang Bhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m), The mountain views are excellent from here can see the views of Annapurna to Everest
Day 4:Chisopani trekking to Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m)
The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good sometimes level crossing meadows and fields. There are good mountain views as you leave the wide track and drop down into the valley on a muddy zigzagging path. The trail heads north out of Pathi Bhanjyang (1770m), the Brahman and chhettri village and a gentle ascent to a small white chorten at the Sherpa village of Thakuni Bhanjyang. Make a very steep ascent on switch back to Chipling and 200m climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge (2470m). You’ll have good views of the peaks as you drop down through rhododendron forest on the far side of the pass. Continuing along the forested ridge, the trail descends to a large chorten overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.
Day 5:Gul Bhanjyang trekking to Tharepati (3597m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The trail steadily climbs through prickly leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley. The trek proceeds due north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of the peaks above Langtang and of the Gosaikunda peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are only few shepherds’ huts. The trail descends to Magen Goth and continues to climb, steeply at first, and then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams. A steep path raises above the village to a fluttering white prayer flag on a mind swept hilltop, offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalaya. We arrived at Tharepati Rise early for excellent close up views of Gosaikunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 6:Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours
Heading east from Tharepati, the trail drops rapidly down the ridge. The path passes pine and rhododendron forest rich with bird life along with good views down into the Helambu valley. The ridge gives you a marvelous mountain view of the Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Crossing the village and enter a forested area descending to Melamchi River followed to the Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their unique culture and spectacular Buddhist monasteries.
Day 7:Melamchi to Tarkeghyang (2590m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
From the Gompa in Melamchi Gaon, the trail drops rapidly into the forest, passing a series of large chortens, a reminder of the strong Buddhist influence in the village. The trek descends steeply to the valley floor, where you can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear stream named as Melamchi. After crossing the bridge the trail climbs steeply up to the sprawling valley of Nakote (1980m). Then the trail goes gently up to beautiful Sherpa village Tarkeghyang (ghyang means monastery) passing through Sherpa old settlements and biggest monasteries. Narrow cobbled lanes and tightly packed houses here resemble the high altitude villages of Mustang and Dolpo which are worth viewing. Tarkeghyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel.
Day 8:Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests. The trail leads us cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helambu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region. Sermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of Jugal Himal range. In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Rolwaling, Even Mt. Everest also in a distance.
Day 9:Sermathang Trekking to Melamchi Bazaar (828m) and drive to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours drive
Today The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, you will get to interact with local and friendly people. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the cool air and forested road. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle; join Nepali cultural dinner in the evening overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 10:Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
- Daily Meals chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Langtang Trekking .
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Adam Travel duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- Kathmandu to Trek start point transfer by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate cost)
- Trek finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus/Private vehicle depending on trek ending point.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Adam Travel Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.