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Helambu Trekking - 8 Days

   Helambu trekking is the shortest one which provides you a great chance to explore the beautiful floras and faunas of langtang region. Here the trek offers the panoramic views of many stunning Himalayas like: Langtang range (7246m\23772ft.), Gaurishankar Himal (7134m\23405ft.), Dorje Lakpa (6966m\22854ft.), Manaslu (8163m\26781ft.) and Everest (8848m\29028ft.) with great culture of mountainous people like Sherpa and Tamang, following their own different traditions, customs, rituals and life styles.  During trekking on the trail, you can closely explore the beautiful settlements of people along with their culture, amazing wild life like: leopard, musk deer, spotted deer, red panda etc. in beautiful forests of bamboo and pine.  

              

Helambu trekking is one of the most well located of the short treks close to Kathmandu. While most of the trek is at low altitude below 3000m, the high point at Tharepati La pass is 3600m and can experience snow even during the main trekking seasons. Charming spot Chisapani, Tharepati for the Himalayan scenery, spectacular sunrise and sunset, monasteries, the different community with the majority of Tamang, Gurung, Sherpa people. This trekking considers as an easy trekking. We encounter many different types of Nepalese Peoples villages and can inspect their rich Culture and tradition while hiking to Helambu. We not only enjoy the views of all surrounding Himalayas of Langtang but also have an opportunity to see green valleys along with agricultural farms and vegetation.

The trails across through many villages, hills, subtropical forest and involves a lot of ups and downs. We start trekking from Sundarijal up to Shivapuri hill and continue walking on deep forest. We further trek to Chisapani, Kutumsang and take the hike up to Thardepati, the highest elevation for overnight. From here, trails come further down to Sermanthang, Tarkeyghang and Melamchi Village from where we take transportation & back to Kathmandu.

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, our Sunrise Adventure Trek airport representative will pick you in the airport then transfer to hotel and will give shortly brief further details of the trip program. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 2
Day 02: Kathmandu to Sundarijal(1410m) - 1 hr drive & Trek to Chisapani (2215m)

From Kathmandu we take scenic drive to Sundarijal. And then trek to Chisapani. On the way we can meet up Tamang peoples and beautiful rhododendron flower and oak trees.

Day 3
Day 03: Chisapani to Kutumsang (2470m)- 7 hrs

After breakfast we begin our journey to Kutumsang, we will have to cross meadows and fields. We can witness awesome views of langtang Himal. After walking downhill we reach to Kutumsang for overnight stay.

Day 4
Day 04: Kutumsang to Thadepati (3610m) - 6 hrs

Passing through fir and rhododendrons, we climb uphill from Kutsumsang and arrive Thadepati for our stay. Magnificent Himalayan views can be seen during the trek.

Day 5
Day 05: Thadepati to Tarke Ghang (2740m) - 6 hrs

Today we descend until we cross Melamchi Khola and ascend after that. We will pass through Sherpa settlement with beautiful Himalayas around us. We can see biggest monastery of the district during the trek. This area is dominated by Helmu caste.

Day 6
Day 06: Tarkeghang to Kakani (2070m)

From Tarkeghang we head to Kakani, after visiting the old monasteries, today’s trek is gentle and we reach to Kakani which is Sherpa village in the outskirt of Kathmandu.

Day 7
Day 07: Kakani to Melamchi Bazaar (840m). Drive to Kathmandu – 2-3 hour

Through Kakani, we visit national park and head toward Melamchi. It takes around 2-3 hours to reach Kathmandu.

Day 8
Day 08: Departure and Farewell

Love Nepal. Hope you enjoyed the stay. Have a safe journey home.

What's Include

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All entry fees TIMS card and entry Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

What's Exclude

  • International Flight major meals in cities
  • Airport tax and monuments entrance fees
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Langtang region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Helambu trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 6 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching there. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Helambu trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, and Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise Adventure Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Helambu trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear

- Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories

- Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

- Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Langtang region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Best Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Langtang region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February. Helambu trekking can be done even during the monsoon season but not recommended. There a few avalanches prone area in this trekking route which makes it dangerous for trekking in winter season.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Helambu and how can we prepare?

    Trekking to Helambu is an easy trek as compared to others with various beautiful floras and faunas. And our company also provides well skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. Well preparation is needed for every trek.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Helambu trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements?  Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Helambu trek?

    Trek to Langtang region with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room.  Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking , Hiking, Sightseeing, Nature and Culture
  • Langtang National Park Region
  • 3610 meters
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Moderate
  • Tea house/Camping
  • 5-7 Hours each day
  • Oct, Nov, Dec, April, May
  • 1 - 18 pax
  • Bus, Tourist & private vehicle
  • Sherpa Culture, Rivers, Mountain view, Buddhist Monasteries

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