Helambu Trek 10 Days

$815 USD
- 10 Days
- Modorate
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

March-May\ September -December

Private Car

Hotel & Lodge

Tea house

3300m

Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board meals during the trek

Kathmandu- Chisopani- Tharepati-Melamchi Pul- Kathmandu

Helambu Trek Overview

Helambu is a popular trekking region found in northern Kathmandu. Helambu trek begins from Kathmandu and heads towards North with pleasant walks through Sherpa villages and the forest of rhododendron flowers and pine trees. It is designed for those who desire to get close to the mountains within a short period time and in a less touristic manner, where people really enjoy the experience of walking along Nepalese trails and experiencing the daily life of a trekker. There are many Sherpa villages on the way with their own languages and ways of life. This trek takes you through the uphill regions of Shivapuri, and continues to Tharepati before ending up on the Melamchi Bridge, where you will catch a bus to Kathmandu.
 
The main highlights of the trek are the one-of-a-kind Tamang ethnic group, the Sherpas and their lifestyles, as well as the mind-blowing views of mountains along with other amazing landscapes. This is an easy trek with a maximum height of 3500m. Melamchi is the biggest traditional village en route, and it has a Tibetain Gompa along with interesting farmlands where basic foods such as potato, wheat, millet, and vegetables are produced for local families. Helambu trek is a perfect adventure for those with a small window of time and a desire to experience local cultures and landscapes.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and hike to Chisopani (2,165m/7,103ft)

Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2,470m/8,103ft)

Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3,690m/12,106ft)

Day 06: Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2,530m/8,300ft)

Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,590m/8,497ft)

Day 08: Trek to Malemchi Pul (870m/2,858ft)

Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 10: Departure day

Helambu Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport, we will greet you and take you to your hotel. We can meet later on that day or the next day  to take you to our head office to brief you on your upcoming Trek with us. We will introduce you to your trekking guide and Sherpa. If your flight arrives on time, we will take you to one of the most popular local restaurants with delicious Nepalese food, cultural music and ethnic dance. This will give you a glimpse into the different ethnic groups of the country. If you arrive late in the evening we can do this the next day. 

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After breakfast, you will begin a city tour of Kathmandu where you will see the main attractions of the valley. On this tour you will visit the Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace). After finishing the city tour, we will meet again to check your clothing and trekking equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots). This evening will be spent in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal and hike to Chisopani (2,165m/7,103ft) 4-5 hours

In the morning, a short drive towards north east of the city and your hiking route begins from Sundarijal (means beautiful water). The stone steeps trail leads you to entrance gate of Shivapuri National Park, a brief registration formalities then continue walk towards the dam of Sundarijal which is the main water supply for Kathmandu valley. The trail leads to Mulkharka through stone steps where you will enjoy the beautiful mud houses and farm terraces with the view of Kathmandu valley. After that the trail leads you to the top of the ridge at Deurali through the forest of Rododhendern. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery from the ridge including Annapurna, Manaslu, langtang, Dorje lakpa and more. Then the trail drops down to Chisopani.  After short rest at the lodge, walk around the village to enjoy its landscape and local people. Overnight at the Lodge.
 

Day 4: Trek to Kutumsang (2,470m/8,103ft) 6-7 hours

An easy walk to the end of the ridge of Chisopani and drops steep down to the bottom of the hill. Then the trails steep climb up to the village at Gul Bhanjyang. Overnight in Kutumsang.
 

Day 5: Trek to Tharepati (3,690m/12,106ft) 6-7 hours

After breakfast, the trail goes north. The first phase of the walking is climbing up hill through the forest of Pine and Rhododendron with beautiful views of the mountains and valleys. Tharepati is the highest elevation you reach which is located on the top of the hill and having breath taking view of Himalayas. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2,530m/8,300ft) 3and half hours

The trail drops steep down from Tharepati through the forest and cross the bridge at the bottom before reach Melamchi village. It is the biggest Sherpa village which has Gompa and village school. It is pretty village to walk around where you will explore life of the people on the mountain. Overnight at the lodge.
 

Day 7: Trek to Sermathang (2,590m/8,497ft) 6-7 hours

The beginning part of the day is downhill until cross river and gently climb up through small villages to Tarkeghyang. An easy walk to Sermathang through the village for lunch. You will have great views of snow Peak Mountains and village at the valley. Overnight at lodge.

Day 8: Trek to Malemchi Pul (870m/2,858ft) 6-7 hours

After breakfast, the trail drops down through the ridge to Kakani which is a very beautiful village. Then continue descends towards east to get to Melamchi bazzar for overnight.

Day 9: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we will take a bus  to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, we will take you to your hotel for relaxing. You can have lazy day at the hotel or you can do some city tour if you wish. A farewell dinner to share our experiences. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Departure day

Today is the last day of the trip with us. If you would like to extend your holiday with us, we will help you  otherwise we will take you to the airport as per your flight departure time.

Helambu Trek Cost :- US$725

Include

Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
3 nights twin share accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
Trekking permits and Tims permits
Melamchi- Kathmandu transport by public bus.
All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
A porter (One porter for 2 members) and his entire expenses
Insurance of Guide and Porter
All required local tax and Gov tax
Down jackets and sleeping bags
Trekking Map
 

Exclude

Nepal arrival visa
Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
Monument entrance fees
Your personal expenses
Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation

 

Helambu Trek Information

Nepal is a land locked country which lies in between India and China. It is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitude variation. The elevation of the country ranges from 60 meters above sea level to the highest point of the world, Mt. Everest at 8,848 meter above sea level. Nepal has three major geographical ranges - Himalayan regions; Hill region and Terai low land.

Area: 147,181 sq. kilometers
Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south
Capital: Kathmandu
Population: 2,642,799
Language: Nepali is the native language. However, travel-trade people can understand and speakEnglish
Currency: Nepali Rupee
Political System: Multi-party democracy
Religion: Mainly Hindu. There is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism.
Travel season: We have two best seasons in Nepal (Spring and Autum).
Spring: - (March, April, May) - warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. 
Autumn: - (Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, great visibility.
Winter months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s very colder. 
Summer: - Monsoon, heavy rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August).
People: Nepal has more than 91 ethnic groups and 70 different spoken languages.
What to Wear: Lightweight clothing is recommended for May through October. Warm garments are required in October through March. An umbrella or raincoat is a must for the rainy season (June to August)
Climate: Nepal’s climate varies according to elevation. The Terai of southern Nepal has a tropical monsoon climate characterized by rainy summers and the southwest winds of the monsoon, and almost dry winters.

Communication:
Postal Services: The Central Post Office located near Dharahara Tower, is open from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. Post Restate is available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Express Mail Service (EMS ) is available at GPO and at Thamel, Basantapur and airport postal counters.
Telephone Services:
Telephone, fax, telex and telegraph services are available at the Nepal Telecommunications Corporation at Tripureshwar. Hotels and private communications centers provide long distance telephone. For calling from outside, country code for Nepal is 00977 and the area code for Kathmandu is 1. You can buy a local Sim card to use while in Nepal.
Internet Services:
Several Internet cafes and communication centers are available in the Valley and around the country. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by hotels in the city like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and major cities.
Electricity:
Major towns have electricity and the voltage available is 220-volts and 50 cycles. Load shedding is sometimes experienced. Most hotels have their own generators.
Medical Services:
A variety of medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the government in different parts of rural Nepal.
Meals and Accommodation:
There are many types of restaurants in the city. While you are on mountain especially for the trek basic mountain accommodations are available where basic facilities are available such as hot shower, toilets, comfortable mattress, solar electricity lights.
Insurance:
A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is recommended. Make sure the insurance also covers the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking, rafting.
Vaccination:
Vaccination is recommended to plan to your trip to Nepal . Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel to Nepal.
Medical Kit:
A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling. The following items are recommended: Aspirin or Panadol - for pain or fever; Antihistamine - as a decongestant for colds, allergies and to help prevent motion sickness; Antibiotics - useful if traveling off beaten track but they must be prescribed; Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil – for stomach upsets; Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhoea; Antiseptic, mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar 'dry' spray - for cuts and grazes.
Other things to be included are:
Calamine lotion to ease irritation from bites or stings, bandages and band aids for minorinjuries, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, insect repellent, sun block lotion, chopsticks, water purification tablets, throat lozenges (Strepsils), moleskin, Sulamyd 10% eye drops, Acetaminophen (Paracetamol, Antacid tablets).
Pack list:
It is essential to have warm clothing and equipment to plan this trip. Below are some suggestions for planning this trip. 
Climbing:
Ice Axe
Crampons
Harness
Screw gate Carabineers
Descended abseil device
Prussic Loops
Plastic Mountaineering Boot
For your head:
Sunglasses with UV protection
Lip balm
Upper body:
T- Shirts (2)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/ or jacket
Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves/ mittens with a waterproof outer shell
Lower body:
Underwear (4)
Hiking shorts (2)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/ or sandals)
Gaiters (when hiking in winter)
Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small padlock or combination lock
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (you will carry your own small daypack)
Water bottles (2)
Hiking poles/ walking sticks
Toiletries:
Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothbrush etc
Ear plugs
Small wash towel
Extras:
Camera with extra batteries and cards/ film
Binoculars
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Reading book
Trail Map/ Guide book
Journal & Pen
IPod & Travel games (i.e. cards, chess, and backgammon)
Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is very easy visa to obtain. You may also obtain your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Consulate or Mission offices abroad or obtain your visa upon on arrival at Kathmandu international airport. You must have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip. Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. Indian nationals do not require visa. Transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following borders:

• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)

• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)

• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)

• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)

• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees

3 days transit visa - Free of cost

Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu

Tel: 00977-1 4433934 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868, Download visa form-: www.immi.gov.np