Excellent views of mountains that including Langtang Range, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Dom Blanc, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and even Everest, Yolmo Culture, Interesting Nepal Villages en route, Brahmins, Tamangs and Sherpas tribes of Nepal, Thanka painting, Buddhist Monasteries, religious monuments, Sacred Heritages and Pilgrimage Sites, Guru Rimpoche and Buddhist Saint Milarepa Meditated Caves, Beautiful flora and fauna etc.
The Helambu trek is a perfect short trek nearby Kathmandu Valley. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively un-spoilt. Besides the hyolmo culture of high mountain people, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The great Himalayan scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region an enthralling experience. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans.
The Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour's drive from Kathmandu. After about an hour's walk, we enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. The trek passes through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries. Other similar treks that you might be interested in include: Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Tamang Heritage Trail Trek, Ganjala Pass Trek. Helambu trek itinerary will be 5 to 7 days as per your time frame and the trip cost will be according to group size and mode of tour organized by Wilderness Excursion.
Day 01: Meet and greet in Kathmandu airport.
Day 02: Preparation, get permits and visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu )optional)
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2215m) about 4-5 hours walk.
Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2470m), approx. 6 hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3690m), approx. 5-6 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Tarkegyang (2600m), aprrox. 6 hours walk.
Day 07: Hike up to Ama Yangri Peak (3771m) 5-6 hours for round trip
Day 08: Trek to Sermathang (2580m), approx. 4 hours walk.
Day 09: Drive to Namobuddha (a sacred Buddhist site)
Day 10: Bhaktapur sightseeing and drive Kathmandu
Day 11: Fly Back to Home Country.
Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival in Kathmandu, Wilderness Excursion representative will officially greet and meet you at Airport and transfer you to Hotel. You will have leisure time, followed by an short evening briefing about your trip. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: In Kathmandu
Today, it is rest and preparation, or Wilderness Excursion can arrange a guided sightseeing in historical site of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is known as “city of the temples” to the rest of the world. Vibrant Boudhanath Stupa, the most sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Squaire, Swayambhunath stup known as monkey temple among westerners is highly recommended to explore. Bhaktapur are Patan are other ancient old towns to extend your sightseeing. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2215m)
About 40 minutes early morning drive after Breakfast to Sundarijal. We start hiking via a village and along huge drinking water supply pipe for Kathmanduites. Sundarijal (a beautiful waterfall) is the main source of drinking water for Kathmandu Valley and there is a small hydropower station. We reach the army check point after 30 min of hike and need to show your permits and pay for national park fees. And the trail continues to the water dam. We have our lunch at some guest house. We hike up through beautiful Tamang village and you can see the views of Kathmandu valley. We reach to the nature again and might see some wild animals and birds. We continue to the top at 2430 meters, a small pass and then go down to Chisapani village. Overnight in lodge.
Day 04 : Trek to Kutumsang (2470m)
Wilderness Excursion team head for our journey to Kutumsang after taking our morning breakfast today. Our today's trek starts with a decent crossing meadows and fields. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang Mountains. Thus we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs the ridge to another pass. Another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3650m).
We climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay.
Day 06: Trek to Tarke Gyang
Today we head for Tarke Gyang. During early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola. Then we trek up to Tarke Gyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Enjoy the Himalayan peaks offer appear before you glistening in the sunshine. Discover the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste.
Day 07: Explore sacred lands around Melamchi Gyang
Today we make an excursion to Ama Yangri Peak or explore around Tarke Gyang, the Yolmo Community itself claims their population to be in excess of 150,000. The word ‘Yolmo’ is mentioned in many religious manuscripts of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered as a holy region which in Tibetan or Yolmo is called "Bhe-yul Yolmo" or Hidden Valley. Many great Buddhist masters practiced in Yolmo, including the Tibetan yogi Milarepa , Guru Rinpoche and Yolmopa Terton Ngagchang Sakya Zangpo. Yolmo is famous for innumerable holy and sacred sites. Among the famous caves there are Tag-phug Sen-ge Jong (The Tiger Cave Lion Fortress) just below the village of Tar-kye Gyang, where Milarepa sang his "Song of a Yogi´s Joys", Yang-dag Tsoe-ki Drag-phug (Completely Pure Supreme Cave) which is locally known as "Drub-phug" (Cave of Accomplishment) at an altitude of 14,000 feet, where Guru Rinpoche stayed. Nearby there is a small cave called "Khandro Sang-phug" (The Dakini´s Secret Cave) where his consort Shakya Denma (Shakya Devi) stayed. Another cave of Guru Rinpoche is found in Pema-thang (Tibetan: Zema-Thang= Sandy Flats) a small hidden valley within Yolmo. There is another cave of Guru Rinpoche in Yolmo, re-discovered by Jyadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche in 1984, which is called Yanglashel (not to be confused with a renowned cave of the same name in Pharping, Nepal). Near the village of Milimchhim is yet another cave in which Padmasambhava stayed named "Nyida Rang-zung" (Naturally Appearing Sun and Moon). So on, just below Tarke Gyang Chiri Monastery, said to be the primitive old and historic Buddhist Monastery in all over Yolmo region is the Dzo-dril or Chudi Monastery or Chiri Chuklakhang found by Yolmo Terton Ngagchhang Shakya Zangpo It is situated just at the basement of Holy Mountain in the north of monastery called Ama Jyomo Yangri.
Day 08: Trek to Sermathang (2605m)
Since, we do not gain altitude that much today, it's going to be comparatively easy walk today. We forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang. Discover the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village.
Day 09: Drive to Namo Buddha
After breakfast, today we drive to Namo Buddha, the place is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Stay overnight in Namo Buddha.
10: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu
We drive to ancient town of Bhaktapur from Namo Buddha, Bhaktapur literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa. It is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. Historically more isolated than the other two kingdoms, Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language. Bhaktapur has the best preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. The city is famous for special type of curd called "Ju Ju(king) dhau(curd). It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal. After exploring Bhaktapur we drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Fly back to home.
It comes to the end of your trek. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Wilderness Excursion staff will drop you and see off at airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
Kristel de Bruyne,
We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...
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