Helambu Trekking- 6 Days

The Helambu Trekking has many advantages. Since the trail-head at Sundarijal, is just 12 km north of Kathmandu, there is little time wasted in travel. This 7 days trek is less crowded than more popular routes, but in fact, provides a condensed version of longer treks, brimming with natural and cultural splendor. There are spectacular views of the Langtang, 7245, Ganesh Himal, 7405m, Dorje Lhakpa, 6990m and other mountains of the Langtang range. People of all ages who enjoy the outdoors can enjoy this trail as it is not too demanding.

The Helambu Trekking trail leads through two different national parks: Langtang and Shivapuri National Park.Staying in the cozy guesthouses of the of the ethnic Sherpa, Tamang and Lama villages, gives a taste of the local culture.The ancient monasteries give a glimpse into traditional Buddhist worship. The beautiful village of Helambu is surrounded by apple orchards. One Sherpa town is called ‘Tarkeghyang’, which means "100 horses". Long ago, the King of Kathmandu, Kantipur, called on a Buddhist Lama, to stop an epidemic. The Lama asked for 100 horses as a reward, and the King gave him the horses. When this Lama built a temple in 1727, he called it Tarkeghyang. The Tarkeghyang temple was rebuilt in 1969, designed in the Bhutanese style. The trek ends at Melamchi Bazzar, a lovely Sherpa village.

Best Seasons for Helambu Trek

Trekking in the Helambu region is possible year round; however the ideal seasons to trek are in spring and autumn: from March to end of May, and from September to late November. In April and early May the rhododendron trees blossom and the landscape bursts into bloom. The views in the autumn, after the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust, are splendid. In the Helambu region the days are sunny and warm all year round and the temperatures at night remain above freezing. In winter it is a little colder, though still not freezing, but trekking in the summertime can be slippery when the monsoon rains soak the trails.

Fitness Requirements:

We have categorized Helambu Village trekking as a medium grade trek, suitable for passionate trekkers of all ages. For those who are less fit, we do recommend that you start a regular exercise regime a few weeks prior to the trek to ensure you have the stamina to walk at least 4-6 hours each day.

Helumbu Trek is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome

Meals on the Helumbu Trek

Three meals a day are included during your Langtang Valley Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.

Drinking Water on Helumbu Trek

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

 

Local Customs You Should Know About for Helumbu Trekking

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

 

Travel Insurance for Helumbu Trek

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • A trek for people of all ages
  • Starts just 12 km north of Kathmandu
  • Route is less crowded
  • Spectacular views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lhakpa and other mountains
  • Interesting area for nature, history and culture

Day 1 : Kathmandu-Chisopani, 2215m

Day 2 : Trek to Kutumsang, 2446m, 6-7 hrs

Day 3 : Trek to Thare Pati, 3510m, 5-6 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Tarke Ghyang, 2590m, 5-6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Sermathang, 2610m, 4-5 Hours

Day 6 : Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, 820m, 4-5 hrs and 2 hr Bus Ride to Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
18 October, 2019 23 October, 2019 US $470 per person Available
23 October, 2019 28 October, 2019 US $470 per person Available
29 October, 2019 03 November, 2019 US $470 per person Available
05 November, 2019 10 November, 2019 US $470 per person Available
11 November, 2019 16 November, 2019 US $470 per person Available
18 November, 2019 23 November, 2019 US $470 per person Available
25 November, 2019 30 November, 2019 US $470 per person Available
05 December, 2019 10 December, 2019 US $470 per person Guaranteed
20 December, 2019 25 December, 2019 US $470 per person Available
20 January, 2020 25 January, 2020 US $470 per person Available
15 February, 2020 20 February, 2020 US $470 per person Available
07 March, 2020 12 March, 2020 US $470 per person Available
17 March, 2020 22 March, 2020 US $470 per person Available
25 March, 2020 30 March, 2020 US $470 per person Guaranteed
04 April, 2020 09 April, 2020 US $470 per person Available
10 April, 2020 15 April, 2020 US $470 per person Available
18 April, 2020 23 April, 2020 US $470 per person Guaranteed
23 April, 2020 28 April, 2020 US $470 per person Available
05 May, 2020 10 May, 2020 US $470 per person Available
22 May, 2020 27 May, 2020 US $470 per person Available
12 June, 2020 17 June, 2020 US $470 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

 

  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 5 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Langtang National Park Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation
  • All ground transfers 
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Porter to carry luggage - but we arrange on your request 1 porter between 2 clients,  for 6 days ( USD 120 in total )
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

 

Recommended equipment list for Helambu Trek

Head

  • 1 Sun hat / Warm hat
  • 1 Sunglasses with UV protection
  • 1 Flash light / Head lamp

Lower Body

  • 2 Under Garments (trousers)
  • 2 Lightweight cotton long pants
  • 1 Fleece pants (seasonal)
  • 3 underwear

Upper Body

  • 2-3 T-shirts
  • 2 Fleece jacket or pullover
  • 1 Waterproof jacket
  • 1 sweater

Hands

  • 1 pair Lightweight gloves wool or fleeced

Feet

  • 3 pair Thin inner socks
  • 1 pair Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • 1 pair Hiking shoes
  • 1 pair Running shoes or sandals for evening

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (just warm)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Accessories

  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Prescription drugs if you may be taking daily
  • Daypack bag (30-40L)
  • Trekking Poles/ sticks
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter
  • Camera

Personal Hygiene

  • Light weight towel
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipe

 

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow
  • Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 6 Days

Price : US $470 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Maximum Height:3510m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Langtang National Park Fee and TIMS Card

Accommodation during Trek:Local Lodges 5 Nights

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