Helambu Circuit Trekking

helambu-trekkingHelambu trekking with BUNA is one of the most beautiful regions in the foot hills of the Himalaya, which is just a few days away from the Kathmandu Valley rim situated directly north east of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region. This area happens to be within and always been referred as the Langtang region as most of the trek to Langtang and adventurous traverse joins at Helambu, Langtang area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km mountainous terrain south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border.

Helambu trekking with BUNA with its boundaries are some 45 villages, with the main objective of the park is to preserve the regions by allowing the local to follow the traditional land use practices which are compatible with resource protection. Helambu trekking begin from Sundarijal or Melamchi Pul, the area offers a range of cultures with the main three ethnic peoples living in are the Tamangs, Bhotias and Yolmus. The Yolmo people of the Helambu region are not often referred to as “Sherpas”, however, neither their languages, customs, nor does clan structure resemble the Solu-Khumbu Sherpas of Everest. They are thought to be more akin to Langtang Bhotias, and may also have originated from the Kyirong area of Tibet, just over the border.

Their religion and monasteries show their rich Buddhist culture. At lower elevations along the edges of the park, other mid hill tribes and castes reside including Brahmins, Chhetries, Newars and some Gurung.

Trip Highlights: “amidst traditional villages, its rich culture and the snow capped mountain views, traditional villages, warm people, picturesque landscapes, Jugal and Langtang Himalayan range, less frequented area, alpine forest, rich buddhist culture in absolute tranquility.

Trip Profile:
Mode of trekking:                On Lodge basis.
Trek Grade:                           Moderate
Highest point:                       3,595 m at Tharepati.
Trekking duration:               09-19 days.
Total Trip:                             13-14 days.            

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.1,300m.

Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.

Day 03: A short drive to Sundarijal 1,460m 5 hrs and trek to Chisopani 2,195 m.

Day 04: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,140m. 5-6 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Kutumsang 2,445. 4-5 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Tharepati 3,595m 3-4 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Melamchigaon. 3-4 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Tarkegyang 2,560 m 3-4 hours.

Day 09: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.

Day 10: Trek to Sermathang. 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu 4-5 hrs journeys.

Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.1,300m.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by BUNA staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where BUNA guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.

Day 03: A short drive to Sundarijal 1,460m.
5 hrs trek to Chisopani 2,195 m. A few hours drive at the eastern suburb of the Kathmandu Valley passes through the famed places of Boudhanath renowned for its enormous Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa all seeing. After Boudhanath the drive diverts to the dirt road for an hour towards Sundarijal (meaning beautiful water), a lovely spot with cool patch of forest with monkeys and fresh streams, a picnic spot for most of the Kathmandu people who wants to escape for a day from the busy crowded metropolitan life in the city. In the early days it used to be a summer resident of the Rana aristocrat rulers. The bungalow that’s left now ares used for the Scout training. Here, the trek begins with a climb up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, through terraces of rice and millet, and then trough a delightful forest of rhododendron. The trail continues to a climb, eventually reaching a high ridge offering excellent views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal. We camp at Chisapani so that we can take advantage of the sunrise over eastern Himalaya from our camp site. Chisopani danda a scenic spot at the top of the hilltop, with 4-6 teahouses and an Army Camp nearby, apart from the mountain scenery, a lovely view of the surrounding landscapes and valleys down below can be seen from our camping spot.

Day 04: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,140m 5-6 hrs.
This is really a trek of ridges and this morning we descend one ridge to the friendly village of Patibhanjyang, before ascending another ridge, and crossing a high forested crest, to our overnight camp at Gulbhanjyang. En route there are wide vistas over the terraced valleys of Helambu. Hindu shrines and Buddhist mani walls and small chortens point to the cultural mix that goes to make up this fascinating part of the world.

Day 05: Trek to Kutumsang 2,445m 4-5 hrs.
After enjoying the morning views from here at Gulbhanjyang, the trail climb steeply up to the Thodang Danda., from here onwards we will get the feel that the country is becoming wilder, and after passing through the village of Kutumsang one of the main village of Helambu at 2,445 m, as we embark on a long ascent through enchanting forest, emerging finally on the Panghu Danda (ridge) at an altitude of 3,300 meteres.

Day 06: Trek to Tharepati 3,595m 3-4 hrs.
The ridge crest is thickly forested with rhododendron and pine the dominant species around this area. Between the patches of trees, there are secluded pastures and associated temporary shelters (goths), and we pass several small valleys which allow glimpsing the terraced farmland which here lays thousands of feet below us. Where there are views across to the Gosainlkund ridge and the route to Laurebina-La. Maghengoth, a lovely spot with a large grassy field, from here take the scenic route adding more heights to this adventure towards Tharepati ridge which is about 3-4 hours walk uphill, Tharepati at 3,505m will be the highest point of this trek and its worth the climb for the grand views of the snow capped peaks, ranging from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu to Annapurna in the far west and the Jugal mountain range to the north east.

Day 07: Trek to Melamchigaon 2,560m 3-4 hrs.
There are two trail from here that leads to Melamchigaon, our trek continues downhill from Tharepati towards Melamchigaon for another 3-4 hours through the beautiful forest of oaks and rhododendron till Melamchigaon is reached for the overnight stop a nice villages where you can see carved windows and doors.

Day 08: Trek to Tarkegyang 2,560 m 3-4 hours.
The walk from Melamchigaon is gradual for an hour and half with the last hour climb to Tarkegyang. Tarkegyang, is the main village of Helambu region, the place is also renowned for its famed green apples and the wood carving on furniture and for other household products. We will have ample time visiting this lovely village, where its windows and furniture have nice traditional carving. The homes of the inhabitants are amazingly clean with polished wooden floors.

Day 09: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.
A well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing, today local visit around the village and its Monastery, and energetic short hike around on top of the nearby hills for more great view of the snow capped peaks and landscapes.

Day 10: Trek to Sermathang. 2,621m. 4-5 hrs. After a lovely morning we head towards another important village of the area to Sermathang, the walk leads on the gradual winding path offering excellent views of the surrounding landscapes all the way to our overnight stop at Sermathang after a good four hours walks.

Day 11: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
The last day of the trek is more or less down hill all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, road head for the drive to Kathmandu. The trek passes through mid hills villages of Kakani and Thimbu before heading towards the subtropical region back to the rice paddy fields. On arriving at Melamchi Pul which is a busy bazaar, where people from the rural villages from the hills come here for the marketing and to catch a bus to Kathmandu city. Here we will have our last camp of this wonderful trek away from the main busy bazaar of Melamchi.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu. 4-5 hrs journey.
The drive from here is on a dirt road for few hours until we join the main Tibet-Nepal Arniko Highway. From here a pleasant scenic hour drive brings us to the mountain resorts at Dhulikhel an old Newar town situated beyond the eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley on route Tibet and to Jiri the classic gateway to Everest. From here a short drive of one hour brings you back to Kathmandu.

Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, your passport handy. BUNA staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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