Helambu Culture Trek
Helambu, a Buddhist pilgrimage site is famous for artistic Buddhist monasteries and sweet apples. It is located in Langtang region, 30 km away from Kathmandu, having highland natural beauties.
Helambu culture trek is a perfect trek for those who prefer short trek and who do not want to travel too far from Kathmandu valley. It is an ideal blend of the scenic village of Tamang and Tibetian sherpas and their tradition and cultures. Not so far from the Kathmandu valley, this trek provides the great scenic view of snow capped mountains, ancient monasteries, alpine and rhododendron forest, alpine meadows. It provides a taste of Himalayan trek for those who prefer low altitude trek.
You will start your Helambu culture trek form sundarijal, which is 30 minutes away (drive) from Kathmandu valley. You will be walking for 4-5 hours from sundarijal to reach chisapani which is our first destination. Further ahead from chisapani we walk to kutumsang and hike to tharepati (3600 m), a highest elevation for overnight. From tharepati, we walk down to sermanthang and then to melamchi village from where we take a bus to Kathmandu.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by our representative from Leisure Holidays. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu - Sundarijal by private vehicle (30 min drives) and trek to Chisapani (2194 m) (4 to 5 hrs walk)
Today we head to Sundarijal an hour private drive from Kathmandu. Our trek begins from sundarijal through small hydroelectricity plant and Shivapuri National park to chisapani (2194 m, 4-5 hrs walk). We will stay overnight at chisapani village.
Day 03: Chisapani - Kutumsang (2471 m) (6 to 7 hrs walk)
From chisapani the trail moves toward Kutumsang a walk of 6-7 hrs walk from chisapani. Today our trail starts crosses meadows and fields. You will enjoy the mesmerizing view of Langtang Mountain. Thus you will reach kutumsang passing Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang.
Day 04: Kutumsangu - Tharepati (3600 m.) (5 to 6 hrs walk)
Today we climb khutumsangu on a steep hill through rhododendron forest, where we dont have settlement. Passing through the pleasant view of mountains we finally reach Tharepati.
Day 05: Tharepati - Tarkeghyang (2560m/8397ft): 6 hours
Today our trip starts heading towards tarkeghyang. Our trail descends from thadepati till we cross Melamchi khola. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing Sherpa village enjoying the natural view.
Day 06: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
Since we will not gain much altitude today, the walk today will be comparatively easy today. Passing wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul we arrive at sermathang.
Day 07: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive
As this is our last day of trek, we walk down to melamchi bazzar, inhabitated by Sherpas. From here we will catch a bus for Kathmandu valley, which is an hour drive. Upon reaching Kathmandu you will be taken to a hotel, where you will take rest and be refreshed.
Day 08: Departure from Kathmandu
As this is the last day of Helembu culture trek, you will prepare for your departure. Make sure you have got all your souvenirs in your luggage and have all the necessary documents to make it easy for the immigration officials at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be transferred to the airport by taxi/car. The trekking to langtang region ends but the memories will be eternal.
Helambu Culture trek Highligths
On our Helambu Culture trek :
- 3 meals a day
- Guide services for entire trek
- Tents and sleeping mattress for accomodation
- All arrangements to carry your luggage
- Trekking permits
- Gratuities, bar bills, personal expenses and insurances
- Medical fees in case of emergency
- Rescue and Evacuation Service
- Any expenses due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.
You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.
Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.
Meals and Drinking Water
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.
Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
International flight accessibility to Nepal:
Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.
Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.
Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.
Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.
All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.
Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.
It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.
Currency and Foreign Exchange
The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site www.nrb.org.np
It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.
High Altitude sickness:
Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.
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Trek Duration: 07 Days
Trip Code: LH-NLRT 03
Maximum elevation: 3600 m
Style: Guided trip, Tea House Trekking
Grade: Easy - Moderate
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