Nepal Helambu Trek

Trip Overview

If you want to have some peace of mind from your daily hustles and bustles of life, then Helambu Trek could be one of your options and you can have this trek with High Altitude Sherpa which provide you with every facility needed on the trek.

Helambu Trek provides you with an opportunity to explore more of the ethnic hyolmo culture. Apart from that, the fascinating views of high snow- capped mountains, bamboo forests and majestic waterfalls waits for you. Helambu Trek takes roughly around eight to nine days which includes arrival to Kathmandu and farewell in the end.

Helambu Trek starts right from the beautiful place, Sundarijal which is only an hour drive from Kathmandu. We have to walk for an hour to reach Shivapuri National Park. The place is yet another motivation to continue with the trek. The trek continues as we pass the places packed with scenic beauties which include Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang. Finally, we reach the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. As we go, the views of Himalayas, thick forests etc accompany us. Also, the Buddhists monasteries are the attractions of the trek.

On the trek, the highest altitude you will reach is 3650m. To be more precise, on the fifth day, we trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650m).


BEST SESSION TO VISIT NEPAL

 

Autumn Session: September – November  

The autumn months of mid-September, October and November are known for being Nepal’s mountaineering and the best time to go trekking. The monsoon rains have cleared the sky with outstanding the views are often remarkable. The valleys are still green and the weather is trifling so trekking is far more pleasurable at this time.

Winter Session : December February 

Winter season is usually snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and comparatively less trekkers on the trail. Winter Treks like Ghorepani pun hill trek, Mardi Himal trek, Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Everest base and Langtang reason treks are always comfortable to trek even in winter season.

Spring Session: March – May 

 Spring is the best trekking season for the trekking and mountaineering in Nepal.  Weather is mostly perfect and temperature is moderate which offers beautiful views without any obstruction. Spring collects beautiful flowers, plants and rare animals Walking is also very much suitable during this season.

Summer Session: June August 

Though summer collects heavy monsoon rainfall it is very much clear to trek around upper and lower Mustang, lower and upper Dolpo and Nar- Phu valley since they are rain shadow areas.  Tibet is much more favorable for Tibet trek. Everest, Langtang and Annapurna are always comfortable to trek even in summer season.


Team Composition

 There will be one English speaking high altitude experience trek leader. There will be One assistant guide if required.

this arrangement ensure that if anybody in the group get sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group.

– porters for luggage carrying: two trekkers: one porters. it is depend number of porter where and  how long you doing trek.


Physical Condition & Experience Requirements:

– This is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the skill to walk 5-7 hours a day with light bag.

– jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip to improve our strength & stability.

– Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes.

you are in excellent health with average physical fitness have a positive attitude.

  Self-confidence and strong determination best way to  complete this trek successfully.

Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

Outline Itinerary

DAYS ITINERARY ALTITUDE O/n
Day 1 Kathmandu to Sundarijal (Drive) to Chisapani 2300 m Lodge
Day 2 Chisapani to Kutumsang 2446 m Lodge
Day 3 Kutumsang to Thadepati 3650 m Lodge
Day 4 Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang 2580 m Loddge
Day 5 Tarke Ghyang to Sermathang 2640 m Lodge
Day 6 Sermathang to  kathmandu vai Melamchi Bazaar 846 m Lodge
Day 7 Internationale flight

 

Detail Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu and drive to hotel (1,350m.)

High altitude Sherpa Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Transfer to hotel brief you about tomorrow’s activities and collect your needed documents for our official needs. introduce with your trekking guide check the requirements and briefing about the helambu trek each day program. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 02: Visit cultural and historical heritage sites of Kathmandu.

We tour Durbar Square, hiddu tample: Pashupatinath temple, buddisht stupa Swayambhunath stupa and buddhist stupa: Bouddhanath stupa which are all world heritage sites.Pashupatinath temple is one of the most important places of pilgrimage for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple and Baudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal   and Trek to Chisapani (2300m): 4-5 hours.

After breakfast drive to Sundarijal for an hour and Sundarijal is situated at the elevation of 1350m., trek starts from here trek through jungles, After passing through an army camp, the trail Chisapani Nagarkot trekking is the east side of Kathmandu. It is easy and short trekking or hiking inside forest, Nepalese inhabitants and the hidden valley. the sport is famous for the mountain panoramic view includes Annapurna to Langtang range and starting and ending point of Helambu trekking.Nagarkot is a famous place to see the mountain ranges and sunrise. It lies at an altitude of 2175 meters and is located 35 km east of Kathmandu you arrive Chisapani within 5 hours. The trek leads up at the first and goes down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisapani at 2300m. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 04: Chisapani  to Kutumsang (2,446m): 5-6 hours.

The second day of this wonderful journey will be a longer walking distance to Kutumsang village, the trek follows descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a Hindu Brahman and Chhetris village, from here walk climbs then with downhill reaching to another nice Chippling village, then with an uphill walk  to Kutumsang village. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 05: Kutumsang  to Tharepati (3,650m): 5-6 hours.

Morning walk climbs to Yurin Danda ridge from Kutumsnag and crossing a pass at 3,510 meter before descending to the forested area, the trail passes through rhododendron forests and few small settlements till Tharepati is reached for overnight halt, Tharepati the highest point of this trek offering stunning views of rolling landscapes and high mountains of Langtang and Jugal mountain range. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 06: Tharepati to Malemchegaon( 2,560m): 4-5 hours.

From here trial ascents to a ridge top with fabulous view of Jugal Himal range, then walking further on the downhill path to reach Melamchi Khola, crossing the river and with a short climb to Malemchegaon for overnight stop, a traditional Sherpa and Yolmo’s village of Buddhist religion with Tamang tribes houses are decorated with nice intricate carving on wooden doors and windows. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 07: Malemchegaon to Tarke Gyang (2,590m):  4-5 hours.

After leaving this village the trail leads downhill to Melamchi River then crossing  a bridge over with a climb then reaching  at Tarkeghyang village via Nakote village, with time for a visit the oldest Buddhist monasteries, Ama Yangri on the top of the village tarke Gyang. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 08: Tarke gyang to Sermathang( 2,610m): 3– 4 hours.

With remarkable time at Tarke Gyang, morning trek leads on the gradual trail towards attractive forests marveling the surrounding views villages of this Helambu region, walk passes many Buddhist monuments, chortens and on the meadows to reach a small village of Gangyul, following the walk with marvelous views of rolling hills to Shermathang, another pleasant nice Yolmo village for overnight halt with time for to explore its old monastery. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 09: Sermathang  to Malemchepul drive Kathmandu: (1,100m.) 4 hours.

The final day of this wonderful journey leads downhill, towards flat land till it reaches a newly built stupa and a statue of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasamvaba) then walking downhill into pine forest to Kakani village. Trekking continues with a descend to Dubachaur and then walking further reaching a bridge over Melamchi Khola, and finally ending this nice walk at Melamchepul, Drive back to Kathmandu  through the town of Dhulikhel and Banepa and then finally to Kathmandu. O/n at hotel.

 

Day 10: Final Departure to your own destinations.

 

Generally 3 hours before your flight time to get Kathmandu airport is needed in Nepal. So you transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your own destination.

Equipment List

Head:

1. Sun hat or scarf

2. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

3. sunglasses with UV protection

 

Upper Body:

4. T-shirts

5. Light and expedition weight thermal tops

6. Fleece jacket or pullover

7. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)

8. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

9: Down jacket [you can rent in Kathmandu]-  necessary

 

Hands:

10: Lightweight gloves

11: Heavy weight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

12: Fleece liner gloves

 

Lower Body:

13: Underwear ( minimum 4 and according to length of your trip)

14: Hiking shorts ( minimum 2 and according to length of your trip)

15: Lightweight cotton long pants

16: Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

17: Fleece or wool pants

18: Gore-tex jacket

19; Gore-tex jacket trouser

 

Feet:

20: thin, lightweight inner socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

21: Thick, warm wool hiking socks (minimum 3 and according to length of your trip)

22: Hiking boots with spare laces

23: Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

 

Accessories:

24: Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F [Can rent in Kathmandu]

25: Headlamp and batteries

26: Basic First Aid Kit

27: Daypack (approximately

28: Water bottles (2)

29: Small wash towel

30: Swise knife

31: Leap gurd 30 spf

FAQ

What is the best season for this trekking?

  • Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September, the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do Everest base camp trek. From July to mid-September is raining season in Nepal. The best season for this Tour is any time between January to June and September to December.

 

How fit do I need to be for this trek ?

  • This is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the skill to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack.  Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks earlier to the trip are a good idea to improve our strength and stability. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however you are in excellent health with average physical fitness.  Have a positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination best way to complete this trek successfully. Past hiking Experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip.

 

How long do we walk each day?

  • This is best measured in time – about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly   terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length

 

Are there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

  • We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

 

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon arrival at the airport?

  • YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

 

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

  • Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal. You would need photos for permits.

 

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

  • Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. high altitude sherpa guide will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

 

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and in trekking?

  • We use standard rooms at three tourist stander hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission.

 

Are the food and water safe to eat and drink? 

  • Hygiene when trekking generally has improved extensively over the last ten years. local trekking guide knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.

 

How much additional money do I need per day?

  • It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 15 to USD 18 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking. Please note, higher you go the things would be expensive especially at higher altitude; all the goods are supplied either by helicopter, horse, mules or porters therefore the things are expensive.

 

What mode of transportation do you use  ?

  • Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggy back rides on mules and yaks.

 

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

  • Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us.

 

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

  • There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry mobile with local sim card and easily you can buy on arrival time in airport. Also we have kept a satellite phone which has poor connection for the network of phones. Our guide’s use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee..

 

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?

  • Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash transaction is highly recommended. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains. if you try to exchange your foreign currency there you would be getting very less exchange rates.

 

Can I add extra days to my trip?

  • High altitude Sherpa can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible or if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure before departure tour.

Cost Included

 

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • High altitude experienced, English-speaking trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • One map of helambu trekking
  • One Nepali mobile SIM card for local communication
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Langtang National park and shiva puri national park entry permits
  • Trekking information management system TIMS
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Medical kit

Cost Not Include

  • International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepali Visa fee US$ 40 per person for 30 days (to be applied for 60 days (USD$ 100).
  • Lunch & dinner In during the stay in Kathmandu city (also in case of early return from Trekking than the scheduled itinerary).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.)
  • Travel and high altitude insurance, accident, medical & emergency evacuation.
  •  Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation cost if required.
  • Personal Expenses Telephone, Internet, battery recharge, shower, Laundry, any Alcoholic beverages, beer, coke,
  • Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears & Equipment.
  •  internet Service during the trek in not included.
  • Tips:  Tips for Guide, porters and staffs.
  • Extra: Any other services or activities, which are not mentioned in the itinerary.

First Aid

If you are Going Trekking and Climbing in Nepal, you Should Carry the Complete Medic kit.

 

1. Povidone-iodine cream –1 tube.

– Antiseptic cream.

2. Cotton- 1 roll.

– For dressing wounds.

3. Dressing gauze – 5 pcs.

– For dressing.

4. Crepe bandage – 2.

 Sprains and strains,also great as a sling for arm fractures.

5. Band- aid – 10.

6. Dressing tape – 1.

– Great not just for dressing but falsifier mild soft tissue injuries especially in the knee and ankles.

7. Moleskin second skin- 1 packet:

 Great for treating chaffing and blisters.


Finger Pulse Oximetry:

1.Normal arterial oxygen is Approximately 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).

2.Values fewer than 60 mm Hg usually indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

3. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

4.Values under 90percent are considered low.

 

 


Medication:

8. Paracetamole 500 mg- 20 tablets:

 For mild headaches.

9. Ibuprofen 400mg –10 taplets:

– To relieve moderate to severe pain.

10.Throat lozenges –20:

– For cough and sore throat. Given the cold dry mountain air,it is a good idea  it have one in your mouth even without any discomfort.

11.Decongestant -10 tablets:

 For nausea congestion. Non-drowsy kinds like pseudo ephedrine recommended.

12. Antihistamine –10 tablets:

 For allergies.

13. Antiemetic –10 –tablets:

 To control the vomit and nausea.

14. Azithromycin 500mg – 10 tablet:

 For bacterial diarrhea.

15. Omeprazole 200mg –10 tablets:

 For minor gastric upsets and acidity.

16. Tinidazole 200 mg-3 taplats(500mg-12 tablets):

 For giardia and amoebic diarrhea.

17. Acetazolamide 250 mg –20 tablets:

 For helping with acclimataization and treating mild AMS.

18. Dexamethasone  400mg-10 tablets:

 To be used only under expert supervision to treat AMS.

19. Nifedipine 60mg- 10 tablets:

 To be use only under expert  supervision to treat HAPE.

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Quick Facts

  •   Destination: Nepal
  •  Activities: Culture, tour and Trekking
  •   Trip Grade: Moderate
  •   Departure from: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •   Arrival on: Kathmandu Capital of Nepal
  •  Group size: 3+
  •  Best Seasons: April to jun & September to November
  •   Meals: Breakfast In ktm & All Meals During The Trek
  •   Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu &Tea House During the trek
  •   Transportation: Drive

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