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One of most isolated trails yet amazing where mountains like Lantang range, Dorji Lakpa and many other mountains are seen as skyline. The trails are near Kathmandu valley and is perfect for those who are seeking short yet beautiful trek. The valley of Helambu is home to Hyolmo People who have their own culture. They are people mostly from eastern and northern Himalayan region. They too have sizeable community at Tibet, Darjeeling, Bhutan and Sikkim as well. The region of Helambu starts at Lauribina La pass moving towards Melamchi.
Leaving hustle and bustle, horns and confusion of Kathmandu city for Helambu the land scape changes very quickly. One moment you are looking at fancy stores and the next moment you are passing greenery, calm and beautiful scenery. You then will be watching over traditional houses made with woods which is only couple storey and wooden balconies. As this place is mostly isolated and is incredibly beautiful and calm.
Even though the place is near urban area you still could find some unspoiled nature and distinctive lifestyle of people in this region. Along the way you could find Chortens, artistic Buddhist monastery and insight of Hyolmo culture and faith in Buddhism. Passing through Shivapuri National Park with forest filled with Pine, Rhododendron and green meadows offers you to see the variety of birds and chances of seeing deer and other animals are very rare. The trails provides stunning views of Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m), Gaurishankar (7,145m) and many others. Exploring the oldest monastery of that region Chiri Gumba having its own folk tales. You could also see some traditional musical instruments of Hyolmo people still in practice.
Drive to Sudarijal trek to Chisapani (2,295m / 7,655ft)
It will take about one/one and half hours drive to Sundarijal which lies at foothills of Kathmandu valley and is the starting point of trek. The trail moves into Shivapuri National part and in order to reach Chisapani will take around 5 hours.
Chisapani to Khutumsang (2470m/8250ft.)
Waking up with beautiful sunrise with early rays of sun into the mountains after breakfast you will be moving towards Khutumsang which takes about six hours. The trails pass by several terrace field, meadows and with the views of mountains. We then reach to Pathi Bhangyang which is small local settlement and we move up hill to Gul Bhangyang and fall down in order to reach Khutumsang.
Khutumsang to Tharepati (3500m/11482ft.)
Today after breakfast you will be on trails filled Rhododendron, luscious woods with no human settlements permanently. The trail today is steep and comparatively tough then other days. The trails leads toward Yuri Danda offering the majestic views of mountains. Shortly after we will arrive in place with few lodge and hiking up wards we reach to Tharepati.
Tharepati to Tarke Gyang (2600m/9115ft)
This is the interesting day of the trek as you will get to observe different culture and life style of people in that region. It takes about 6 hours in order to reach Tharepati. First the trail moves east of the ridge and descends to beautiful Melamchi village consisting of Buddhist stupas, monastery visited by famous and respected monk Guru Rinpoche. Then we trek towards Tarke Ghyang passing through some human settlements visiting the oldest monastery of the region. Helambu actually is a loose term for collection of Tamangs and Sherpa people.
Tarke Ghyang to Sermathang (2590m/8715ft)
The trail is very easy as it takes you through dense forest, waterfalls and stunning views. As you trek further you come across many villages and see some of them making traditional beverages. From place known as Gangyul we will move ahead to Sermathang which is beautiful settlements with few Buddhist monasteries.
Trek to Melamchi (846m) drive back to Kathmandu
Today after breakfast you will be moving towards Melamchi a famous river, enjoying views of green hills and forest you will have a vehicle waiting for you at Melamchi Bridge in order to take you to Kathmandu safely.
It is easy level of trekking anyone who can carry light bag pack and walk 5-6 hours daily can complete this trek as maximum elevation is around 3500m and there is very less chance of altitude sickness.
No, we don’t require any kind of permits but Sivapuri national park entrance fee is required.
The best season to trek is spring (March to June) and autumn (September to December). The temperature is moderate and in these seasons you can have amazing views.
No we don’t need any trekking experience as the trails are not too tough, mostly easy but general cardio or walk is recommended months before the trek.
Accommodation are usually simple basic lodge and teahouses whereas foods are similar to Kathmandu but some places don’t make food items even if it is written in menu.
You should be fit but not super fit. This is a moderate level trekking. There is no requirement of prior trekking experience. Ensuring proper acclimatization days and with proper gears you can easily complete this trek but carrying some personal knee support and general cardio is recommended.
On usual trekking days, you will be walking for 5 – 6 hours a day. But says walking hours might be more or less which totally depends upon hiker but given time is tentative.
Drinking water will be provided in the teahouses during the journey up to the base camp, either from taps, boiling water, or bottled water. We also recommend using steriepen or other water purification solutions.
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