Days: 11 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Trekking and Meditation in Helambhu (Yolmo Land), Lodge 11 Days
Helambhu or Yolmo is situated north of Kathmandu, close to the border to Tibet. In ancient times it was occasionally part of South-Tibet and shares therefore the Tibetan culture. It is famous for its scenic beauty and is an unbelievably sacred site. Also known as Kerung, it is a treasure of Buddhist Dharma, but a quite unknown destination on the tourist map of Nepal and within unexposed to tourism for ages. Yolmo is one of the seven ‘Hidden Valleys’ (tib. bayül), which have been discovered by the Tibetan saint Rigzin Godem (1337-1408), where the people can live in happiness and which are beside others particularly useful to practice Buddhist meditation (beside Khumbu, Rongshar, Lapchi, Dolpo, Nubri und Sikkim). Therefore it represents the great historical, cultural and spiritual heritage of the ancient Nyingma-pa (particularly Byangter-Lineage) and Kagyu-pa schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It was Yolmo, where the Guru Padmasambhava meditated many years and blessed these beautiful mountains on his way to Tibet during the middle of 7th century. Tibet’s great Yogi Milarepa also came here and meditated in a cave during the 10th century for many years. He also blessed this place before he went back to Tibet. The legend tells that he was able to fly after this meditation retreat.
We choose this Tour for ‘Trekking and Meditation’, because there are many magnificent old monasteries and cultural power-places, which are definitely beneficial to pilgrims. Also because it is one of the seven holy ‘Hidden Valleys’, it will make it particularly useful for your meditation.
If you need Meditation instruction you can get this at day 2 a short introduction to Shamata Practice and then you meditate on your own on the trek.
Itinerary in details
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 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.
We 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 go on a village tour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Sermanthang to Tarkegyang 2740m/4-5 hours.
We start on a level trail, passing a Mani wall and Chhortens and walk through forests untill we reach 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 Tankegyang, the largest Sherpa village in the region. It takes about 2 hours to reach. We can visit again other interesting monasteries. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Tarkegyang to Melamchi Gaon 2530m/4-5 hours.
In the morning, we continue in steep descents to the Melamchi Khola, which we cross by a suspension bridge, by which we passing a huge Chhorten. It takes about 2 hours to drop down. After then, we climb up steeply through the Rhododendron forest, passing the many Chhortens until we reach the Malamchi gaon, which will take about 2 hours. This village is also another prosperous Sherpa village. After lunch, we can visit again a monastery with guide. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Exploring the Sacred Site of Melamchi Gaon.
Today, we will explore all the sacred sites of Yolmo, as like the Padmasambhava-cave, a holy pond and the monastery, as well as the village itsself. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Thimbu 1580m/4-5 hours.
Today the trail descends steeply through the forests and crosses by a suspension bridge. We continue the trek upstream of Melamchi Khola again, until reaching Thimbu village. It takes about 4 hours to arrive. We will have lunch here and stay overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Drive from Thimbu to Kathmandu by private vehicle 5-6 hours.
Our private vehicle comes to pick us up in our lodge. At the beginning the road is rough untill Melamchi Pul and continues after then smoothly, until we reach Dhulikhel, which will take about 4 hours. We will have lunch here with a breathtaking view of the Langtang range. After lunch, we will continue our drive down to Kathmandu, with the transfer to the Hotel.
Day 10: 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 11: 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.
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.
* Kathmandu city tour as per above mentioned itinerary and entry fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Langtang National Park Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* 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, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters 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 the clients themselves.