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Helambu Buddhist Cultural Trek 10 Days

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Destination

Nepal

Region

Helambu Buddhish Cultural Trek

Max.Altitude

3,690 Meter

Grade

Easy

Best Season

Sep-Dec & Mar-May

Activity

Trekking

Duration

10 Days

Route

Sundarijal, Tharepati, Tarkeghyang-Shermathang-Melamchi Bazar

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation in Trekking

Lodge

Accommodation in Kathmandu

3 Star Class Hotel

Meal in Trekking

Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Start/End

Kathmamdu/Kathmandu

KTM/Sundarijal/Melamchi/KTM

By Private Vehicle

Group Size

1-15 Person

Ground Transportation

Car/Jeep/Hiace/BUS

Departure Date

We can arrange on your request date too

Trip Cost

On your Request
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Overview

The Helambu trek is one of Nepal's most popular trekking routes. This Helambu circular trek's additional draws are its low elevation and ease of access. The greatest attraction of Helambu trekking is its socio-cultural and ecological diversity. Ancient settlements, as well as musk Deer, Himalayan black bears, Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, Rhesus Monkeys, and common Languor, can all be seen while trekking in the Helambu region. Following that, spectacular vistas of mountains such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, and the Annapurna Himalaya range can be enjoy. The Helambu circuit walk takes you to the north of the Kathmandu valley, where you may see Sherpa and Tamang villages and learn about their cultures. Hiking in Helambu is perfect for anyone seeking a taste of cultural diversity. The rich cultural heritage, celebrations, colorful dances, and hospitality with their own traditions are all draws to the Helambu circuit hiking. 

The Helambu trek is a short, very easy hike that is great for families with kids and can be done at any time of year. The Helambu circuit climb can be completed at any season, however the months of January and February are best for visiting. Hiking in Helambu includes a trek to a beautiful valley in the region. Because it is so near to Kathmandu, trekking in the Helambu region is a comparatively low-altitude hike. The walk is primarily at low heights, below 3000 meters, with Tharepati as the highest point (3480m). 

The Helambu circuit hike begins in Sundarijal, about an hour and a half drive from Kathmandu, and continues up the hill for 45 minutes before reaching Chisapani. It is a lovely, lush green village with panoramic views of the Langtang, Tibetian, and Langtang ranges. You continue your journey to Kutumsang and then to Tharepati. From there, you drive back to Kathmandu via Tarkegyang and Melamchi Bazaar. If the Helambu trekking itinerary does not suit you, we will design another itinerary based on your preferences and the length of your vacation. Hiking in the mountains can be done on your own at any time of year. Please contact us if you require any additional information.

All Nepal Adventure Tours & Treks Pvt. Ltd is always concerned with our clients' safety and comfort. Trekking in Nepal is a thrilling adventure tour that takes us to a remote mountain region. The health of the environment, nature, and weather in mountain regions can sometimes unexpectedly ensure it. Please keep in mind that the trekking guide has the authority to cancel any part of the Helambu trekking itinerary if necessary for safety reasons. Be prepared to be adaptable if necessary. Otherwise, trekking group leaders follow the above itinerary. On request, the Helambu Trek can be conducted at both tea houses and camps.

Highlights 

  • Rhododendron flowers, pine forests, green meadows
  • Stunning view of Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m) and Gaurishankar (7,145m)
  • Entering and exploring the Shivapui National Park
  • Exploring the Buddhist culture by visiting their ancient monasteries, shrines and stupas
  • Visiting the Tibetan, Tamang, Sherpa and Hyolmo ethnic community
  • No altitude sickness as the highest point will be at 3,650m.

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Itinerary

DAY 01
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. (1300m/4,265ft)

Your trip starts today when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our ANA representative at the airport. He'll be carrying an ANA board with your name written on it. Then you will be transferred to the hotel.  After you check into the hotel, our representative will brief you about your trip. Then free till pick up time for the welcome dinner. In your spare time, you can relax, walk around the hotel, go shopping for necessities, and so on. 

Welcome Dinner                                    Hotel

DAY 02
Drive to Sundarijal (1,385m/4,545ft) 1 Hours, Trek to Chisopani (2,295m/7,655 ft);Distance 13km. Approximately 4-5 Hours

We'll leave early in the morning for an hour's drive to Sundrijal. It is located in the valley's foothills and serves as the starting point for our trek. When we arrive in Sundarijal, we will begin our four- to five-hour trek to Chisopani. We will come across a small hydroelectric plant as we begin our journey. The trail continues on to Shivapuri National Park. After trekking up a ridge of 1895m and about 600m above Sundarijal, we arrived at the first settlement, Mulkhara, soon after. It is primarily inhabited by Tamang people. Mulkhara has tea and snack shops, so we can take a short break there. Then we climbed the ridge, passing through a dense forest of oaks and rhododendrons. During the spring, a variety of colored rhododendrons will bloom in the forest. After trekking through the forest, we'll arrive at the Chisopani.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                         Lodge

DAY 03
Trek from Chisopani (2,295m/7,655 ft) to Khutumsang (2,470 m/8,250 ft);Distance 17km. Approximately 6-7 Hours

Waking up before dawn to watch the sunrise from Chisopani is a perfect treat for us, as the view from there is breathtaking. The sun's rays hits the Himalayan range will obviously be a sight to behold. We leave for Kutumsang after breakfast, which takes about six hours .'s begins with a decent trek through the meadows and fields, with magnificent views of the Langtang Mountains.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                         Lodge

DAY 04
Trek from Khutumsang (2,470 m/8,250 ft) to Tharepati (3,690 m/11635 ft); Approximately 6-7 Hours

Today, We trek to the north of the Himalayas, where we can see the snow-capped peaks that await us ahead. We climb a steep trail through a fir and rhododendron forest devoid of permanent settlements. The forests are lush and dense, with rhododendrons, Nepal's national flower, blooming. The trek continues to Yurin Danda, which offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas.We soon arrived at a few lodges in Magen Goth, near a lovely meadow with mountain views. We finally arrived in Tharepati. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                         Lodge

DAY 05
Trek from Tharepati (3,690 m/11,635 ft) to TarkeGyang (2,600 m/9,115 ft);Approximately 6 Hours

Today's journey will be interesting because we will be seeing a different culture and way of life. This journey takes approximately 5 hours. We'll start the trek by heading east, off the ridgeline, and descending as we get closer to the fascinating Melamchi village. Sherpas live there, but they are not the same as the Sherpas of the Solu Khumbu to the east. This village has interesting Buddhist stupas, shrines, and monasteries that Guru Rinpoche has visited, and it is said to be very scary. Then we hiked up to Tarkeghyang, passing through Sherpa villages and admiring the Himalayan peaks along the way. We will also visit the village's ancient monastery, which is one of the oldest and largest in the country.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                         Lodge

DAY 06
Trek from TarkeGhyang (2,600 m/9,115 ft) to Shermanthang (2,590 m/8,715 ft); Distance 10.5km. Approximately 5 Hours

Today's hike will be pleasant because we won't be gaining much altitude. The path will take us through dense forests, streams, and breathtaking waterfalls. We will pass through many small villages on our way from Parachin to the Sherpa village of Ganguly. We arrived in Sermathang after leaving Gangyul. It's a lovely town with a number of Buddhist monasteries. We will investigate them as we learn about Buddhism. The mountain views from Shermanthang are absolutely breathtaking.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                         Lodge

DAY 07
Trek from Shrmanthang (2,590 m/8,715 ft) to Malemchi Bazar (850 m/2825 ft);Approximately 5-6 Hours

We appreciated the sunrise mountain views after a relaxing morning with breakfast. Today, as the last day of the walk, will be exciting and enjoyable. We had a pleasant stroll down the gorgeous valley to the Melamchi River today. We pass a big Guru Rinpoche shrine shortly after leaving Shermanthang and then descend past villages and terraced fields. We met the road across the Melamchi River and planned transportation back to Kathmandu for the next day at Melamchi Bazaar.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner                         Lodge

DAY 08
Drive from Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu( (1300m/4,265ft). 4 Hour Drive

Today we will leave the hills and return to Kathmandu, the ancient capital of Nepal. The scenic path begins by following the Melamchi River, which offers stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape and agriculture. It will take roughly four to five hours to return to Kathmandu. After arrived in Kathmandu check in hotel, relax, shopping etc.

Breakfast/Lunch                                     Hotel

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DAY 09
All Day free in Kathmandu.

Today is free day. You can do as you wish. But you have a option an extra cost. If you are interested to do some sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Old City Bhaktapur, Patan Durbar Square, Chandragiri Cable Car tour etc. Farewell Dinner will provided.

Breakfast/Dinner                                     Hotel

DAY 10
Final Departure

Today is the last day of our trip to Nepal! We'll be dropped off at the airport by an All Nepal Adventure representative about 3 hours before our flight. On the way home, we had plenty of time to plan our next trip to Nepal's beautiful country.

Breakfast

Trip Extensions after your Annapurna Base Camp Trek

■If you have extra days in Nepal after completing the Annapurna base camp, we can arrange tours of Kathmandu valley, sightseeing, and a  trip to Nagarkot, which is the ideal getaway. Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek, and much more await you!

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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a trek to Everest Base Camp or any other tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAY PACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f ( ANA will provide)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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What is Included

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu Transportation
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in trek 6 nights standard room (Generally twin Sharing room).
  • All Standard Meals during the trek.
  • Sleeping Bag, Liner, Trekking Pole ( each two), Duffel Bag, Hot Bag, Washing water.
  • Government License holder All Nepal Adventure experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit").
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Langtang National Park fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - A company's T-shirt &  Trekking Map
  • All Nepal Adventure’s appreciation of certificate after the successful trek
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks

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What is Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Hot shower while on trek.
  • Single supplements in hotels except solo trekking service.
  • Bar bills and laundry.
  • Battery Charges( Available during trek with Extra cost).
  • Optional trips not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tipping to guide and porter.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).
  • Helicopter evacuation/rescue in case of emergency.
  • Donation to the local organization.
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