Helambu Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Helambu trekking is also one of the popular trekking like Ganjala pass trek in the Langtang region.it is one of the pristine trekking in the langtang region bordering the Tibet with varied culture and traditions. This trekking is in the north east of Kathmandu and to the south of Tibet border. This easy and short trekking is for those people having only a few days’ holidays can join this trekking where you get to view the scenic view of the Langtang Mountain.

This trekking to helambu offers you the majestic mountain of Langtang Lirung at 7245m , Dorje Lakpa 6966m, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak 5500m, Naya kanga 5846m, Annapurna Himalaya range and other snowcapped peaks.. You will be visiting the Yolmo villages that are similar to Sherpa ethnic groups. Including viewing the serene mountain you also get to visit several monasteries, yak herders, cheese factory which make this trek more inspiring.

This trekking begins from drive to sundarijal and there we start our trek to Chisopani at 2300meter and then we will be crossing the hydroelectric plant after 4-5 hours of trekking we will be entering the Shivapuri National Park with diverse species of birds around 117 and abundant rare orchids and different wild species are found in this national park . On the trail we will be visiting the first village Mulkharka which are mostly inhabited by the tamang communities. On the trail to Chisopani to Kutumsang at 2446 meter through the fir rhododendron forest where there is no such settlement. Trekking 6-7 hours we will be reaching the Yurin danda where you get the picturesque view of the Himalayas. Then descending down until crossing melamchi khola we will be trekking up to Tarkeghyang through Sherpa and hyolmo settlements where you get the glimpse of the mountain and also visit the ancient/biggest monasteries in this region. Finally we will be descending down to melamchi pul bazaar with different ethnicities residing but mostly are from Sherpa communities. From here we will be taking a private vehicle to reach Kathmandu.

This trekking can be done at the autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) is the best seasons. The climate will be sunny and warm with spectacular views but during the nights are bit cold. The other remaining month is also specific to do this trek but the weather will be too much freezing so, if you can adapt this climatic conditions you can probably do this trek but we recommend do this trek in the specific month given above.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) is one of the best agencies where you get the opportunity to adjust the itinerary according to vacation schedule. So, if you want to book this trek destination or you want some information about this trek you are freely to contact us or email in our GHHT agency.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft

After all these days of trekking, this day is allocated for rest and tour around the village of Sermathang. In the morning when sky is clear, we can watch the mountains to the north and Helambu valley. During the day, we spend time touring the village and observing different traditional agricultural activities of the villagers. Tourism is now flourishing in the village, so you can see more tourists.

 

Day 2 - Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani for overnight

Altitude: 2340m/7677ft
Distance of driving: 1 hour drive
Distance of walking: 4-5hrs walk

Today is a day to start your trekking! We take a small drive to Sundarijal and start trekking towards Shivapuri hill. The trail goes through many local villages and goes through deep forest while hiking to the top of the hill where we can encounter flora and fauna. Overnight at Chisapani just right after finished walking into forest.

 

Day 3 - Trek to Kutumsang

Altitude: 2438m/7998ft
Distance of walking: 6-7hrs walk

Today we walk down for half an hour and continue gradual hike up crossing through some local villages on the way and reach Kutumsang for overnight. This is a border place of Shivapuri Wildlife and Langtang National Park.

 

Day 4 - Trek to Tharapati

Altitude: 3800m/12,467ft
Distance of walking: 6hrs walk

After breakfast, we will prepare for little long hike up. We issue Langtang National Park Permit here and continue walk up to a big hill. Today walking goes through stony trail mostly on the Sal forest. We walk for 6 hours over here and reach Tharapati for overnight. Tharapati is at the top of the hill from where trail defer toward to Gosaikunda Lake into the North hill. This is a highest elevation we over night at this trek at 3100m.

 

Day 5 - Trek to Sermanthang

Altitude: 2664m/8740ft
Distance of walking: 5-6hrs walk

Today after breakfast, we walk down hill and enjoy with the green scenery of Helambu valley. We will reach Sermanthang at late afternoon after following confusing Greenfield trails. Over night at lodge.

 

Day 06: Trek to Melamchi Village

Altitude: 2600m/8530ft
Distance of walking: 5-6hrs walk

Today walking evolves with green field and through agricultural farms which confuse us to find out the right way. We take a short cut way to Melamchi village and over night at lodge.

 

Day 7 - Trek to Melamchi Pul and drive back to Kathmandu

Altitude: 860m/2821ft
Distance of walking: 2-3hrs walk
Distance of driving: 3-4hrs drive

After trek for some hours, we finally reach to Malamchi Pul and take comfortable transportation back to Kathmandu. It takes about 4-5 hours. You will explore city at afternoon and meet again at evening for celebration of the trek. We host farewell dinner at Typical Nepalese restaurant and comment about the trip at the same time while exchanging trade emails. Over night at Kathmandu Hotel.

 

Day 8 - Departure to your onward destination

Free day for shopping and departure
Altitude: 1,300m/4,264 ft

Today is free at morning to prepare for your ongoing drive/flight. This morning, you will have last minute to buy some gifts to your family or to friends from Himalayan country Nepal if you have not purchase yet. We transfer you to airport and our trip over here of you may extend your trip with us!

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) and 2 nights in a 3 star hotel in pokhara with breakfast
  • 6 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 8 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

Price from USD 799 p/p
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Duration: 8 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, Excursion & Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge

Country: Nepal

Region: Langtang

Price: USD 799

Group size: min 02

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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