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Trip Code: NET-TR-HLCL1

  • Trip Type Lodge (Teahouse)
  • Duration 05 days
  • Grade Easy
  • Max.Altitude 3650 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land
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Helambu Culture Trek

Helambu Culture Trek

Helambu Cultural Trek offers unique mixture of trekking, natural biodiversity and culture of Sherpa & Tamang people. The culture and customs of Sherpa and Tamang people, who follow Buddhist culture are unique, especially that of Sherpas who differs from Sherpa of other regions.  
 
It is one of the nearest and shortest trek from Kathmandu Valley. You will trek through forests of pristine wilderness, and visit such typical villages as Kutung Sang, Melamchi Gaon and Tarkye Gyang that are the major highlights of this  trekking. You will be able to catch glimpses of wildlife as well as observe ancient monasteries and interact with local people. 
 
The romantic villages with farming terraces and people getting on with their daily life will add unique perspective to you overall experience. Along the trek one will be able to enjoy the magnificent backdrop views of Langtang Himalayan ranges, Dorje Lakpa, and Jugal Himal among others.  
 
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing Helambu Cultural Trek successfully over the years. We can customize and personalize the program as our clients’ interests, timeframe and budget. 

overview

 Trip code: NET-TR-HLCL1
  Region Langtang Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 05 days
 Trip Type: Lodge (Teahouse)
 Trip Grade: Easy
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3650 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Lodge (Tea house) Accommodation during Trek

itenerary

After early morning breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) that takes about one and a half hour along the paved road. Climb off at Sundarijal bus station and begin your trek uphill Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Stop at Mulkharka village for lunch and thereafter ascend to Borlang Bhanjyang (2430m) and trek down to Chisopani (2215m). Chisopani offers magnificent views from Annapurna to Everest and beautiful sunrise and sunset views.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours. The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a leveled trail that crosses the meadow. You will then descend through Pati Bhanjyang to arrive at Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to a notable pass at 2620m and then goes downhill to Kutumsang (2470m). Kutumsang is a culturally rich Sherpa settlement. 

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Kutumsang to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3650m) takes about seven and half hours. The trek continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords the views of the peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements.

The trail then descends to Magen Goth only to gradually ascend through the enchanting forest of beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees. In fact, Tharepati is a great view point from where you can have breathtaking snow-capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others.

From Tharepati, the trail gradually descends through the pine and rhododendron forest with great views of Helambu valley, Jugal Himal and Numbur. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive Buddhist culture.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about six hours. The early part of the trek drops until you cross Melamchi stream. Now you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang, which is a beautiful Sherpa village hosting one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is named after Sherpa people of Hyolmo caste. 
 
Stay overnight at lodge.
 

Trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu (1580m) takes about 4 hours and then drive from Timbu to Kathmandu which takes another 4 hours. The trail gradually descends from Tarkeghyang until Kakani (2070m) and from there on steeply drops through green hills and forests to Timbu.
 
Then drive from Timbu to Kathmandu is on a dusty and pebble road, only used by 4 wheel jeep and public buses. 


SERVICE INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

The Trip includes the following services:
  • All airport pick-up and drop-off transport by vehicle
  • One trekking guide
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage of 2 participants)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipments such as sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, and trekking poles if required
  • Entry permits for Shivapuri and Langtang National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Land transportation from Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private vehicle and from Melamche Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu by regular public bus
  • Insurance and equipments for the guide and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of any emergency situation, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services by helicopter. In order to arrange timely helicopter evacuation/rescue facility, you must be insured by a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of hotels in Kathmandu, with a choice ranging from budget lodging and boutique to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Kindly inform us in advance about the type/category/price range of hotel that you prefer to stay.

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