Helambu Trek happens in the hiking famous region of Langtang. The trek has special mixture of natural sightseeing along with adventure imbued into it. Helambu is situated to the north of the Kathmandu Valley. It is a short adventurous trek on trails worthy of consideration. It is full of natural diversity and picturesque landscapes. The whole trekking route gives an enthralling view of the majestic Himalayas and traditional Nepalese villages mainly of the Tamang and Sherpa communities. Getting to explore the Buddhist culture and tradition is another feature of this trek which attracts hikers. You see monasteries, traditional living of Buddhist people and the natural wonders of the region. This trek is well suited for all kinds of trekkers and those that don’t have any previous trekking experience. You get fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas like the Everest, Langtang Lirung, Dorge Lakpa, and Annapurna Ranges that makes the hike all the more worthwhile.
In Break Free Adventure of 11 days, you get to hike in this region. A short one hour drive takes to you to the fringes of the Kathmandu Valley to the Village of Sundarijal. It is here that your hike actually begins. We trek to Chisapani, meaning cold water in Nepalese. The following day it is to the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang via Chipling and Thodang Betine. Then descending through a forest, crossing the Chhyadi Khola Bridge, you reach the Sherpa Village of Melamchigaon. You continue descending steeply to reach Tarke Gyang and continue in the same mode to Sermathang and Melamchipul. The hike completes here and we drive back to Kathmandu.
There is much that one can take away from this Helambu trek. The most important of all, is, along the way one gets the panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains making the trip all the more comforting. The other thing is that Helambu is in close proximity to the Kathmandu valley so, there is practically hardly any travelling to be had. Then you pass through a number of villages on the way with mixed ethnic diversity, giving you the sense of the true culture, tradition and clothes worn by people in rural Nepal. This more of an eco-trek where you get to feel the bio-diversity of the flora and fauna of the Himalayan Mid-range Mountains. Then the hiking trails are moderately comfortable, so much so anyone with proper physical fitness and loves to trek in the wild can do it. Since you are passing through much of the hike in forested areas, you will be bound to spot a variety of small animals adapt to this part of the world and not to forget talking about the bird species. And, at the climax of the trek, you get to see the spectacular view so close of the Himalayas like the Everest, Langtang Lirung, Dorge Lakpa, and Annapurna Ranges. In all, this Helambu trek is an eco-friendly, culturally diverse and spiritual trek meant for any and everyone who appreciates unpolluted and pristine fresh, lung purifying atmosphere away from the modern consumerism world. The trip simply rejuvenates the body and mind when it’s all over.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Helambu Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03 : Drive to Sundarijal (1460m) and Trek to Chisapani (2165m) [1 hour drive/4 hours trek]
Day 04 : Chisapani to Gulbhanjyang (2140m) [5-6 hours]
Day 05 : Gulbhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) [5-6 hours]
Day 06 : Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) [4-5 hours]
Day 07 : Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m) [5-6 hours]
Day 08 : Tarke Gyang to Shermathang (2610m) [4-5 hours]
Day 09 : Shermathang to Melamchipul Bazar (880m) [5-6 hours]
Day 10 : Melamchipul Bazar to Kathmandu [3-4 hours drive]
Day 11 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination
- Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Enjoy scenic drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu
- Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Langtang region
- Discover unique Buddhist culture and tradition
- Explore varieties and floras and faunas
- Visit Langtang National Park
- Explore some of the beautiful glaciers of the region
- Explore Helambu region and traditional villages
- Witness eye popping views of beautiful peaks of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Dorge Lakpa (6966m), Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu etc.
- Explore different monasteries and religious sites