Helambu Trek

A cultural and scenic country walks on the high ridges of eastern rim of Kathmandu valley

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Group Size: 1 - 10
  • Max Elevation: 3,600m/11,811ft

Highlights

  • A marvelous country walk on the high ridges and scenic hills around the north of Kathmandu valley
  • Pristine location with daily views of central Himalaya Langtang and Jugal Himal range
  • Remote farm villages of Tamang and Hyalmo people enriched with fascinating Buddhist cultures
  • Serene and enchanting woodland of tall pine-fir-rhododendron-magnolia and oaks tree lines
  • Visiting fascinating old and medieval traditional villages with impressive monasteries

About Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek a fascinating, wonderful place to be with less than a week of the pleasant country walk leading you to high green hills and scenic ridges with awesome views of snowcapped peaks with stunning sunrise and sunset at Chisapani hilltop on route Helambu Trekking.

Helambu Trek in the company of Nepal Spirit Adventure expert guides leading you to a scenic viewpoint and traditional farm villages, offering full information of the local culture and custom, including flora and fauna of the area of trekking.

Starting this trek with the short exciting drive towards the east suburb of Kathmandu valley at Sundarijal, where our walk begins heading uphill towards Shivapuri National Park entrance located within a cool serene forested area with views of cascading waterfalls.

The walk leads to a climb passing farm villages of Burlang and Chepu Bhanjyang with views of Kathmandu Valley and then into the beautiful alpine forest to reach on top of a ridge at Chisapani Village with super views of sunrise and sunsets over Langtang-Ganesh and Jugal Himal as far to Annapurna range.

As the walk progress with ups and downhill trail reaching at lovely villages of Gulfubhanjyang and Kutumsang to Tharepati ridge with superb views and the highest point of the trip at 3,600m | 11,811ft, slowly our pleasant walk leads to downhill to Melamchigaon entering Helambu area and then uphill to Tarkeghyang village the main village of Helambu, famous for delicious green apples and beautiful wood-craft, which are found around nice houses with intricate carved windows and doors including Tibetan design furniture’s.

Helambu the country of sparse populated Hyalmo tribe people interwoven of Buddhism religions with similar Sherpa and Tamang cultures, here visit the interesting old monastery of Ama Yangri situated on top of the village.

After a fabulous and wonderful time around Helambu Trek with impressive culture and panorama of mountains, our walk ends at a lovely Shermathang village with a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

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Itinerary

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Starting this fabulous Kathmandu valley rim trek with morning drive towards east of Kathmandu valley rim, reaching at Sundarijal situated 15 k.m. away from Kathmandu city, from Sundarijal our route leads to uphill climb through farm villages, cascade of waterfalls and reaching at an entrance of Shivapuri National Park, from here through patch of forest and scattered farm field villages to reach at Chisapani located on a ridge north of Kathmandu valley rim high hills, where air is cooler at a height of 2,300 meters with grand views of snowcapped peak ranges from Annapurna-Manaslu-Ganesh Himal, Lang tang Himal extend towards Jugal Himal range including views of Kathmandu valley, this spot offers stunning sunrise and sunset views as well.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse
  • Transportation: Bus

Early morning catching the views of stunning sunrise views over chain of peaks, our walk leads downhill to a nice village of Patibhanjyang, and then heading uphill towards Thodung danda and Gulphu-bhanjyang to reach our overnight stop at Kutumsang village, a lovely farm village with grand views of rolling green hills, valley, and snow-clad mountains.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse

From Kutumsang morning walk leads to a gradual climb into pristine woodland of tall pines-fir-magnolia and rhododendron tree reaching a wide-open green field after crossing a hilltop of Kyuola Bhanjyang at 3,280 m and slowly a short climb leads atop Tahrepati at 3,600 m high with many simple lodges for overnight stay, offering tremendous views of beautiful landscapes and snow-capped peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse

Morning walk leads to a steep descent into a forested area to reach a farm village of Melamchigaon, and then downhill to Melamchi Khola / river, on crossing a bridge uphill to Tarkeghyang village with views of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal range. Tarkeghyang one of the charming village of Mid East Himalaya, famous for wood-work and intricate carving with an orchard of delicious apples are grown around this beautiful area of Helambu. Hyalmo tribes are the main inhabitants with a strong Buddhist religion similar to Sherpa and Tamang culture. At Tarkeghyang village for an overnight stop in the comfort of the nice homely lodge, with time for a walk around the oldest monastery of the area full of impressive Buddhist culture.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge/Teahouse
Enjoying overnight stop at Tarkeghyang village with its friendly locals of Hyalmo tribes, our last day walk leads on pleasant path around unspoiled forested areas, with views of beautiful Helambu villages, walk continues passing chortens a prayer Buddhist monuments, following the trail with superb views of rolling green hills reaching at Shermathang village for the drive back to Kathmandu, Sermathang another nice village of Hyalmo tribes with time to visit the old monastery. With last day on the hills of Jugal Himal around Helambu area, then taking an exciting drive which leads downhill to Melamche Bazaar a busy town, and then on winding scenic road reaching warmer areas of Melamche Bazaar and finally back at Kathmandu, after an awesome time on Helambu Area trekking, after checking into respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transportation: Bus
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Cost Details

  • Transportation: We provide both ways by bus service
  • Trekking Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 3 times a day with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • Trekking Accommodation: Twin sharing lodge/homestay standard accommodation
  • Trek guide & Porter: Services of trekking guides and porters price includes staff porters- daily wages, medical insurance- transportation allowance-meals and accommodation on trekking
  • Route Permit: Applicable trekking (TIMS) Both Shivapuri & Langtang national park permit fees
  • Trek Equipment: Included sleeping bag, down jacket and company duffel bag
  • First Aid: Basic first aid and medical kits provided by the company
  • Emergency: Coordination of service for emergency and rescue operations
  • Payable Taxes: Government and related local taxes are included in the trip package
  • Farewell Dinner: We invite your farewell dinner at a traditional cultural show Nepali restaurant
  • International Airfare-Nepal Entry Visa- Personal Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal Nature-Gratitude: Bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, hot shower (Tips) Hotel and Meals in Kathmandu as per the Itinerary
  • Personal trekking equipment (You can buy in Kathmandu at a reasonable price)
  • Emergency Evacuation by any means of transportations or Heli and personal medical kit
  • Early return from the trips or breaking up the journey due to personal/medical reasons clients have to bear the extra expenses in Kathmandu and other related expenses as there will be no refund from the company in these situations
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu

Dates & Prices

Departure note

If group joining fix departure dates are not convenient for you; you may choose alternate trip departure dates as per your comfort holidays, we are pleased to open a new trip date. We can organize a private trek at any time of the year.

 

Departure DateStatusPriceNote  
07 Dec, 2020 - 11 Dec, 2020AvailableUS$350
13 Dec, 2020 - 17 Dec, 2020AvailableUS$350
19 Dec, 2020 - 23 Dec, 2020AvailableUS$350
27 Dec, 2020 - 31 Dec, 2020AvailableUS$350

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Useful Information

A typical Tea House (Lodge) Trekking Day

A typical trekking day means walking from morning to late afternoon. Each morning after packing your bags and then having a good breakfast, we will set off for day walks to our next designated overnights stop. We suggest that you carry a small day pack to put your water bottles, sunscreen cream, hats, raincoat, camera, and warm jumper just in case if the weather changes to cold, while rest of your belonging that you don’t need for the day goes in large duffel/kit bags for porters to carry. The walk will last for 3 to 4 hours in the morning until lunch at midday. We stop for one hour to have lunch and rest before heading to our overnight destination in the comfort of tea house/lodge at villages.

At the end of the day after checking in the lodge, rest (read books, write your diary) or explore the village. After lunch, you will be walking for 2 to 3 hours, normally reaching at the overnight stop around three to four PM. Our guide will provide you with the best accommodation available in Tea houses and lodge. Some days completing day walks by lunchtime at designated overnights stops, where you will be free after lunch in the afternoon.

After tea and coffee break one can spend time exploring around the village or just relax and do some washing the laundry. The dinner will be served around 6 to 7 P.M. the dining room (Restaurant) inside the tea house/lodge. For dinner as per the menu or recommended by your guide must be ordered one hour in advance. After dinner evening will be spent often playing cards or discussing the day’s topic and events or writing a diary if we are habitual of it before heading off to bed for good sound sleep.

Accommodation in Helambu Trek

We provide accommodation in tea houses (mountain lodge). A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are with twin beds and little additional furniture like small tables or chairs. Blankets are generally provided (we recommend that you carry your own sleeping bags). Most bathrooms are common with squatting (Asian) toilets or of western comfort with sitting toilets. Most of the lodges and teahouse have hot water for showers, but with extra charge in using hot showers.

Includes Foods

As per your booking Helambu Trek, full board meals are included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided). We provide food from these local lodge/tea houses as per choices on the menu. Breakfast and dinner provided at the same tea house/lodge while lunch would be on the trail. Every Tea House serves traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), and as well a variety of different food items, such as rice, seasonable vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups. Some lodge serves western foods such as pizza, pasta, and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses restaurants. A variety of cereals, bread, and eggs dishes are generally available for breakfast.

Safe Drinking Water

Along the trek, safe drinking water is very important while we are on high altitude journey. We recommend that one should drink at least 3-4 liters water a day (this helps from de-hydration and altitude problem AMS). As long as possible we recommend you buy sealed packed mineral water and can buy from every local shop and lodges. Remember! River, spring and tap water are free, we should not recommend you directly drink it even water looks very clean, can not drink with adding water purification pills or filter then will be suitable to drink. You can buy also boiled water from every lodge. Boiled water and sealed packed water cost $1-2$ dollars per letters and its cost also depends on where we are from the sea level. So, you need to prepare and packed the extra cost for all the table drinks.

Health and Fitness Required

Health and physical fitness is the most important part of travel and in participating for trek and hiking. If you do not have previous trekking experience as required, you can start with morning walking exercise or cycling for weeks or month before/after booking the trip with us, if you have previous trekking and climbing experience it will add a plus point on the trek chosen, most of the trek is non-technical effort walks. The highest height gain on this trip is at 5,360m is Gokyo Ri Top above sea level. The walk involves lots of ups and down, walking through local villages, farmlands, terraces, and riverside as long as you have energy walking for 4- 6 hours a day, and if you are qualified for the trek but still requires moderate health and fitness. We strongly advise travelers to consult your medical doctor before traveling and do a regular check-up and hand the report to us while booking a trip with us.

Our Experience Trekking Crews

Nepal is a mountainous country walk takes you to a remote region, it is necessary that you are accompanied by an experienced and qualified guide and leaders for a safe journey and making the trip a success. We at Nepal Spirit Adventure employ native trekking guides and porters who are trained and qualified for this type of trip and have worked with us for a long time.

Our experienced guide provides with much local information and offers you advice on how to use your free time and by coordinating day to day events of the tour, although (sometimes) he might need you to understand that if things do not go according to our plan set. Our trek guides are fully trained and licensed from Nepal Government, certify from TAAN and Nepal Mountaineering Association.

All our trekking and climbing guides are well qualified and highly experienced with 9- 10 years on this job. We provide training for our staff yearly on medical and climbing, with their efficiency, and cheerful attitude, providing helps, information and the needs of the guests of nationalities.

Assuring that all our trips are well managed by the expert team of tourism professionals all our guides have a good knowledge regarding the culture and customs of the routes on trekking and tours, share experience and cultural insights of the country that’s missed out in travel guide books. During your time with us, you will have time learning Nepali phrases and other cultural aspects during the journey. As we organize varied treks in Nepal Himalaya, on group trekking we provide a trek leader with an assistance leader on each trekking depending upon the size of the groups.

This ensures safe travel with us as our guide/assistance guides get any health medical problem, we still have other main guides and leaders to run the trip smooth as per our standard itinerary. To make the trip enjoyable and pleasant we provide one guide to support and carry your bags among two people with one Sherpa helpers in certain conditions.

Caring Porter

Our porter is fully equipped with warm gear and insured on each trip by the company. We take care of our staff/porter's welfare as well as the client’s safeties.
We closely work with (PAC) Porters Association International Act. We allow maximum load to be carried by our porter with 20 to 25 KG and make sure that your trekking duffel-kit bag should not be more than 20-25 KG.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a must and necessary that you are insured when booking trips with Nepal Spirit Adventure. Insurance protections should cover Travel / Medical sufficiently as well as emergency and immediate rescue evacuation by any means of transportation including helicopters on medical ground.
As well covering against loss or theft of your belonging and valuables and please make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking your stay in Nepal such as Trekking and Climbing including others trips and adventure sports.

Nepal Spirit Adventure holds no responsibility and liability in case of loss, theft or damage of your belongings. We also let you know that Nepalese insurance companies do not have a travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. They have this policy only for Nepalese nationals. We advise you when you travel to Nepal please bring your insurance documents it is top important.

Re-Charging Batteries of Electronic Items on The Trek

We can recharge your batteries, devices with electricity or solar power sources. In Nepal 220 240 volts 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second) power is supplied. Just need to have a plug adaptor in case of socket fitting, which you can buy in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. You might have to pay a small amount of fee/hour for using recharging facilities.

How to Get Nepal Visa & Cost

All foreign nationals, except Indian citizens, need visas to enter Nepal. Nepalese visas can be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy or consulate in your home country or it can also be obtained at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu upon your arrival. Most of our guests take Nepal Visa after they arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. The choice is yours.

If you have obtained a visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.

Visas obtained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit points are 'Tourist Visas'. They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa 'On Arrival' is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ' Tourist Visa' to get into the country. However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from the Department of Immigration by producing required documents. Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior to their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of the Nepal Government.

Please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA) if you have not acquired Visa prior to boarding the plane.

1st Step:

Fill in ' Arrival Card '

Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting our official website Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring a visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.

2nd Step:

Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days) Get the receipt.

While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points

  • 15 Days – 30 USD

  • 30 Days – 50 USD

  • 90 Days – 125 USD

3rd Step:

Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts, and your passport. Hand in your documents to the immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues a visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Visa Extension Fee

Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

Children below 10 years except for US citizens. Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen is eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of the Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request a concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with the Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.

High Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally at altitudes of over 3000 m. Most people will feel some effect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light-headed, which is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness, and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. When symptoms of altitude sickness develop you, please tell your trekking guide. He will advise you do deal with your problem. Generally, overexertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness. So drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics.

Group Size

We organize any route of Nepal trek with fix departure basis or private trip, the minimum group size would be 1 maximum group size is 10 of more on request. We can also organize a private trip to a solo person with a single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online market or ask us with your personal suitable flexible dates, we will open group date on the same date.

Trekking Season

Nepal has two best seasons for trekking Everest Three High Passes, as this trip is much adventurous and challenging, we always recommend that you book this kind of trip at the right time of the year as possible. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year, depending on the area of the trekking area chosen. In Nepal, you can trek anywhere in any four seasons (Spring-Summer-Autumn / Fall or Winter), but the most popular trekking seasons are Spring and Autumn times. Nepal Spirit Adventure offers you to consider the following advice on the outstanding aspects of each season.

Autumn (September- October- November):
The autumn is one of the best seasons for trekking in the Himalayan region offers excellent weather and outstanding mountain views, the weather is clear and we can guarantee that you can witness fantastic mountain views and panorama. This season is the peak time for trekking in Nepal Himalaya and you can also witness several Hindu festivals such as 15 days long Dashain, the biggest festival for all Nepalese, celebrating with the triumph of good over evil, and shortly afterward the 5 days long Tihar or Dipawali (Festival of Lights) follows.

Winter (December-January- February):
In winter snowfall times at higher elevations, the snowline descends considerably, and the weather is cold. So it is an ideal time for trekking at lower elevations below 3,000m in the foothills of Nepal with great views of the Himalayas, it can get cold at night and in the mornings, but during the day temperatures are mild when it is sunny.

Spring (March-April- May):
The spring is one of the best seasons for trekking in Nepal Himalaya. Many visitors travel to Nepal in the spring as trekking is fine in all Himalaya regions. The meadows and forest will be in full bloom with riots of colors of wildflowers specially rhododendron the, national flowers of Nepal, come in great varieties from bush to tall trees. The weather is warmer at lower elevations and at the higher elevations over 4,000m visibility is excellent and the temperature is quite moderate.

Summer (June-July- August):
During summer trek is warm and sweaty in the wet summer months, and also constitutes the monsoon season which can continue up to mid-September. Summer is a good time for the keen botanists and forest researchers as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. It is not generally recommended to trek during the summer season except in the arid rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash.

Nepal Himalaya will be in the grip of wet monsoon season starting from mid-June to early September months, although morning are often clear for few hours for the views of sunrise and mountains, it can rain heavily almost every day, cloud hangs around by mid-morning, with frequent rain and occasional thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening times. The advantages of trekking in the summer months trekking along with a few crowds of trekkers and on the quiet trail.

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