Helambu is a strikingly beautiful area situated north of Kathmandu and south of the Tibetan border.
This 9 days 8 nights trek explores a pristine national park, encountering traditional villages, colorful, dense forests of rhododendron, pine and bamboo, and an abundant array of wildlife; leopards, musk deer, langur monkeys and the endangered red panda roam the forests of the Helambu region. Meandering through luscious valleys and following raging rivers, this is a perfect trek if you have limited time in Nepal, where you can still experience spectacular views of the Langtang Range, beautiful ornate monasteries and an insight into the lifestyle and culture of traditional mountain people.
This trip never fails to impress, from Chisapani, where you will be treated to magnificent sunrise views of the Langatng range, to the extraordinary vistas between Magen Goth and Thare Pati, the Helambu trek will surely captivate your heart and leave you seduced by the beautiful mountains of Langtang.
Trekking destination: Gosainkunda, Helambu via Sundarijal
Activities: Trekking, sight seeing
Trekking duration: 9 Days
Maximum altitude: 3490m (at Tharepati)
Minimum altitude: 1450m (at Kathmandu)
Walking hour: 5-7 hours each day
Transportation: local bus/private jeep
Season: September to December and February to June
Food: healthy and nutritious meals provided on the trails with Seasonal fruit
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
Day-1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive to Sundarijal (1 hour) and trek to Chisapani.( 2300m.)
Day 3: Kutumsang.( 2470m.)
Day 4: Thare Pati.( 3490m.)
Day 5: Tarkegyang.( 2620m.)
Day 6: Sermathang.( 2620m)
Day 7: Trek to Melamchi and drive to Kathmandu (4 hours by local bus). (830m.)
Day 8: Departure
Day-1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrive at the airport, Top of the World Adventures representative will drive you to our hotel where you can just relax for the rest of the day to recover from your long journey. For the rest of the day you can explore Thamel, visit an array of restaurants, bars and shops. If you get time you can also visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square, cultural and historical sights of the Kathmandu Valley.
You will be accommodated in a 3 star hotel where you will be given the rest of the details of the 8 days trek to helambu.
Day-2 : Drive to Sundarijal (1 hour) and trek to Chisapani.
After a filling breakfast Top of the World Adventure will have you seated in a private jeep/tourist bus and drive you to Sundarijal. On reaching your destination the 5 hour trek will start. You will find steep stone staircases, long, steep inclines along the way along with breathtaking panoramic views of Langtang from Chisapani.
As the day ends with beautiful sunset views from Chisapani over the Langtang mountain range. The highlights of the trek will be the Shivapuri National Park, houses perched on the hillside and terraced rice fields. You will be accommodated in a basic Teahouse. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
Day 3: Kutumsang.
The next morning after a filling breakfast, our Top of the World Adventure guide will take you to trekking in Kutumsang where you will find gentle inclines on the way, along with some rocky tracks, and steady descents. On reaching Kutumsang you can find the breathtaking view of the mountains of the Langtang range.
Seeing the traditional people of the mountain practicing time honored traditions and customs will give you an experience of the culture of the Kutumsang.
Later on, as you walk further you will see the villages of Pati Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. You will be accommodated in a basic Teahouse. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
Day 4: Thare Pati.
After an early morning breakfast you will be driven to a ridgeline path where we will be walking along forest trails. You can find some some steep inclines on the way. After trekking to the top of the ridge you can get a full view of the Langtang valley region along with Gosainkunda lakes. The spectacular views from Magen Goth will surely captivate your hearts. From Magen Goth when you reach the local farmlands you can sit down for a while and take in the view of the local Yaks grazing these lands.
You will be accommodated in a basic Teahouse. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
Day 5: Tarkegyang.
A descent down a ravine, a suspension bridge and a long climb up the valley. Once you reach the top of the valley you will get to see the breathtaking view of the river valley. The highlighting experience here will be crossing the Malenchi Khola River on an impressive suspension bridge loaded with prayer flags.
You will get to see the traditional village of Malenchigaon and some small Buddhist monestaries. Stay in basic Teahouse. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
Day 6: Sermathang.
The terrain here will be gentle descents, well-defined trekking trails hence, you will find less difficuly in trekking. Some magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks of Langtang can be seen from Sermathang.
The local fruit grown in this region are apples. Top of the World Adventure guide will take you on a tour of tasting the local apples in this important apple growing region! You can experience roaming in the beautiful apple orchards along with trailing in the thick rhododendron forests. After the day’s trek you will be taken back to rest in basic Teahouse. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
Day 7: Trek to Melamchi and drive to Kathmandu (4 hours by local bus).
On the way to Melamchi you will find some steep descents, stone staircases, forest paths. The snow-capped peaks of the Langtang range will be the highlights of this trek where you can click pictures. The crisp, fresh mountain air on our last day of trekking. Local villages and houses, some small Buddhist monasteries. You will be driven by to Kathmandu with our Top of the World Adventure tour guide to rest in a 3 star hotel. Dinner and early morning breakfast will be provided.
Day 8: Departure
After b/fast, our rep and office vehicle will be on standby at our hotel to transfer us to the airport for our connecting flight home. Serving you was a wonderful joy and pleasure, we at Top of the World Adventure will cherish the bonds of our relationship created over the time you spent with us and we thank you for choosing us as your travel partner and for visiting this amazing country Nepal. We are sure that trekking in Nepal and this beautiful region of Langtang will give you lifetime memories of a vacation well enjoyed. Sayonara friends! Till we meet again.!