Langtang Helambu Trek
Helambu is a popular trek in the Nepalese mountains. It is a roundabout trip that includes Langtang-Gosainkunda-Melamchi route. Two main villages Melamchighyang and Tarkeyghyang constitute the Helambu outfit. The region starts from the descent from the Lauribina La pass at 4,610 metres and descend all the way to Melamchi valley at about 700 metres. The route is a challenging one with rocky narrow uneven trails above 4,000 meters from Gosainkunda to Thadepati. Then the steep descent across the rhododendron forests till the beautiful Melamchighyang, a scenic rest place. Then a further downhill trail to cross the lovely Melamchi river and again uphill to Tarkeyghyang. The route then slowly descends down to the Melamchi bazaar, a subtropical climate zone. The route lies in the Rasuwa, Nagarkot and Sindhupalchok districts. Helambu is also famous for its sweet apples and artistic Buddha monasteries.
Day 01: Arriving into Kathmandu
Namaste and welcome to Nepal, You’ll be met and assisted at the airport by our local representatives who will arrange your transfer and check in to your hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing / Cultural Day In Kathmandu
Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu, Patan city where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local tradition are highlighted on my guided tour. Thereâ€™s time to explore the cityâ€™s many charms on your own or take a rest while I finalize trekking area permits. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali well come dinner await for you. Q/N in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu â€“ Chisapani
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal northern edge of the Kathmandu valley about 1 hour by taxi and start to hike up to Mulkharka the sprawling Tamang settlement. The trail continues gently climb through the forests ridges than it drops down to Chisopai (cold water)(2300m.) situated on the ridge from where you can see countless snow peaks. Stay overnight there. Q/N at Chisopani.
Day 04: Chisapani â€“ Kutumsang
The trail continues to drop down to Pati Bhanjyang than start climb up to Chipling (2170m.) where we can stop for lunch. From here to Kutumsang the trail traverses through delightful, classic hill village with a nice street, some shops where there are good mountains views. Overnight at Kutumsang. Q/A
Day 05: Kutumsang- Tharepati
From Kutumsang the first part of the trail climbs on a step, eroded trail and rhododendron forest without settlements but few shepherdâ€™s huts. When we walk on the ridge we can see views of Langtang and Gosaikunda Peaks. The trail now descends to Magen Goth where we will stop of lunch than the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests to reaches Tharepati (3490m). The whole day trek takes about 5.30 hours. Stay overnight here. Q/A at Tharepati.
Day 06: Melamchi Goun- Gangjwal
From Melamchi gaun, the trail continues to descend to the Malemchi Khola. After crossing its suspension bridge at 1890m the trail begins the ascent towards Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in Helambu region. We will have a lunch here than we will walk on a gradual flat trail to attractive village of Gangjwal(2500m). Total hours about 5 hours. Stay overnight at Ganjwal and Q/ N.
Day 07: Gangjwal â€“Kakani
The trail is quite easy, it continues at around the same altitude along the side of the ridge, crossing a number of streams in the heart of Helambu region. Then we reach at the edge of the large village of Sermathang (2620m). There are some old gompa and Langtang National Park Office. Lunch at Sermathang then the trail follows the ridges passing shorten and drop to the tiny pretty village of Kakani situated on the ridge. This is a wonderful place for splendid mountains views where we will stop for overnight. Q/N at Kakani.
Day 08: Kakani- Melamchi- Kathmandu
From Kakani the trail traverse several picturesque small villages and drops to Melamchi Pul Bazaar about 3 hour where we can have lunch. Malamchi Bazaar has a collection of shops and teahouses and abundant lodges. After lunch we can drive to Kathmandu by vehicle about 4 hours on the Kodari road.
- Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
- Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with private car/van/bus.
- Three nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (Bed & Breakfast).
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
- Domestic airport pick up and drop by private car/van/ Flight ticket (Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu).
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
- An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters.
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service.
- Outfitter Nepal’s sleeping bag, down jackets, and walking stick, if necessary.
- Medical supplies.
- All government taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee. You will require 2 passport size photos.
- Your Travel insurance.
- Food while you are in Kathmandu.
- Entrance fees while sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
- Sweet things like chocolate.
- Hot Shower during the Trek.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Tips for the guide and porter.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes I described in this site. Depending on the area and season, I will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Many of the items on the list are available in Nepal. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal Himalayas.
- Lightweight walking boots.
- If new one is being bought, “walk them in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
- A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet.
- Warm jacket. Fiber fill or down should be adequate. This is especially essential during winter, from December to February.
- A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
- Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential.
- Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
- A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu.
- Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
- Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
- Thermal underwear. Which is excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months.
- A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
- 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
- 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
- A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
- A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
- Â A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
- 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
- 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
- “Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
Equipment & Accessories
- Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
- Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a book etc.
- Water bottle.
- Snow glasses and sunglasses.
- 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
- 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
- Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
- Toiletries with large and small towels.
- Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
- Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
- Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
- An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
- Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional) – an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
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