Days: 10 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Helambu Valley Trek is a one of the popular and short family trek in Langtang Helambhu region. Helambu cultural trek is easy walking and provides the spectacular view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and other small peaks. The warm and friendly peoples of Helambhu are mostly Buddhist. Helambu valley trek also offers to the visitors who want to explore in a short time for cultures trip and Himalayan scenery. Helambu short trek is famous for its scenic grander and pleasant climate. There are many ancient Buddhist monasteries and enchanting landscapes as well as dense Rhododendron forest. We will experience with the Yolmo culture of high mountain village.
Fact of the Trek:
Trip Region: Langtang Helambhu Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 10 Days
Highest Elevation: 2740m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Private 4W Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Tamang and Yolmo Sherpa and their Tibetan tradition
Major Himalayan Sights: Langtang Lirung 7227m, Ganchenpo 6387m, Dorje Lakpa 6966m, Ganesh Himal 7422m.
Highlights of the Trip: Superb views of snow-capped mountains, the rich cultural heritage of Tamang and Yolmo Sherpa people and their art forms is depicted in wood carvings of windows, dance festivals and unique and age-old weaving traditions, Langur monkeys and dense forest of fir and rhododendron trees that bloom in spring, explore picturesque Tibetan villages, enjoy the quick succession of distinctive landscapes and climates, particularly rich in rare species of animals and plants, one of the most interresting and varied areas in the Himalaya due to the stretch of mountain chain closest to Kathmandu and easily accessable by road, ancient Buddhist monasteries.
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Helambu Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Melamchi Pul by private vehicle (4/5 hours) & trek Kakani 1996m (3/4 hours).
In the morning after breakfast, our private vehicle comes to pick up us in hotel. Drive from Kathmandu via Dhulikhel to Malamchi Pul viewing Langtang range during the drive which takes about 4 hours. Then we will have lunch break there. After lunch, the trail continues steep ascent until reaching Tamang village in Kakani. It takes about 3 hours. Stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Kakani to Sermanthang 2590m (4/5 hours).
You start our trek after breakfast, the trail continues gentle ascent through the Pine Tree forests until reaching Sermanthang village. It takes about 4 hours. We will have lunch break there. After lunch, we can visit the monastery and village tour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Sermanthang to Tarkegyang 2740m (4/5 hours).
We start level trail passing the Mani wall and Chhortens and enter through the Forests till Ganjawal village which takes about 2 hours. We can visit a splendid monastery in this village. We will have lunch break there. Then we continue our trek through the Rhododendron forests until reaching largest Sherpa village in Tankegyang. It takes about 2 hours to reach. We can visit again other splendid monasteries. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Tarkegyang to Melamchi Gaon 2530m (4/5 hours).
In the morning after breakfast, we continue to steep descents till Melamchi Khola and cross by a suspension bridge passing Huge Chhorten. It takes about 2 hours to drop down. Then after, we climb up steeply passing the many Chhortens through the Rhododendron forest until reaching the Malamchi gaon which takes about 2 hours. We will have lunch break in this village. After lunch, we can visit again monastery with guide. This village is also another prosperous Sherpa village. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Thimbu 1580m (4/5 hours).
In this day, we start our trek after breakfast. The trail steep descends through the forests and cross by a suspension bridge. We continue again the trek upstream of Melamchi Khola until reaching Thimbu village. It takes about 4 hours to reach. We will have lunch break and overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Drive from Thimbu to Kathmandu by private vehicle (5/6 hours).
Our private vehicle comes to pick up in our lodge. Firstly the road is rough till Melamchi Pul and continues smoothly until reaching Dhulikhel. It takes about 4 hours. We will have lunch break here with viewing Langtang range. Then after lunch, again continue by drive till Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 9: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Langtang Region is USD 65 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
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Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley as per above mentioned itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation,
salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Langtang National Park Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.