Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
Stand on the Himalayan Shangrila Helambu; flanked on the north of the Kathmandu; house for the Hyolmo Sherpa community famed for the raw and authentic culture, and the storehouse of the nature’s gift furnished in the form of green pasture, terraced fields, lush forests; sanctuary for diverse wild animals and bird species and blooms with seasoned flowers and greenery, magical scenery of waterfalls, fiery rivers with ferocious torrents hitting the cliff with splashing sound.
Helambu trek is taken as cultural trek as trek takes on the culturally vibrant valley Helambu settled by the Hyolmo Sherpa community who feel pride on their charismatic culture, festival, religion, lifestyle that they have attained from Tibetan forefathers who habited on this amazing valley during the period of salt trade with Nepalese traders. Be a part of the well managed Helambu trek which takes at the height of 2700 meters to 3200 meters following the secluded trail from Sundarijal; trek starting venue that can be accessed on maximum 2 hours drive from Kathmandu and proceed through other beautiful village Shermangthang, Kutumsang , Melamchi gaon mingling with the inhabitants of this village who enjoy serving and helping the guests treating the guests as god which they have learned from their ancestors and feel pride, as a reward of this trek.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
You will begin with a one hour drive on rough roads to Sundarijal from here you beingyour 3 to 4 hour trek to Chisopani climbing through forest to Mulkharka at 1800m which has some great views of Kathmandu valley. Walking further on you will find yourself entering the Shivpura Watershed and Wildlife reserve where you will continue climbing to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m). The mountain views from the ridge are excellent as they are from Chisopani (2140m)
Dropping from Chisopani on a pretty good trail crossing meadows and fields you will arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and continue on to Gul Bhanjyang, the beginning of your days climb to a pass at 2620m before dropping down to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle on a ridge. Your journey today will be around 7 hours.
You will walk for around 3 hours today enjoying some great views. You climb on a poor trail to begin with mostly through forests past a few shepherds summer huts (Goths) to the Mere Danda (3510m) here you begin your descent to Megan Goth (3420m).
You will climb to and cross the Tharepati Pass today taking 6 hours in total, from the top you will have great views. You then descend through forests with views into the Helambu valley inhabited by mainly Sherpa people, you may like to visit one of the charming Buddhist monasteries on the way through.
The beginning of your trek takes you down to the Melamchi stream before gently climbing to Tareghyang another pretty little Sherpa village with the oldest and biggest monastery. The village is also known as Helambu after the people living here originally belonged to the Helmu caste. You will be walking for around 6 hours today.
A 4 hour walk today and you will find the trail is relatively easy following flat ground and through beautiful forests. Shermanthang is another pretty village with ancient monasteries, from the northern end of the village you will see views of Jugal Himal.
You drop 1730m today over 2 hours, passing many chortens and meadows. Eventually you will reach Kakani, the last Sherpa village. You are now entering the lowlands where Brahmin and Cheetri are the dominant tribes. The trail descends from here to Melamchi Pul.
Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes about four hours.
You will be met at your hotel and taken to the airport in good time to meet your flight home.
Recommended equipment list: Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. Some items of equipment are available for hire from us as like Down Jacket
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
Other equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit.
Good team. Changes in the tour Puru made on his own decision saved my tour.
The trek was awesome and our guide Passang was great.
Duration: 11 days
Best Time to go: Feb – Jun, Sep – Dec
Max. Altitude: 3514m
Group Size: Min 2 pax
Transportation: Private/local vehicle