Helambu trek and Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (#13 )

About this package

Semi tropical valley, Helambu mountains, the magnificent Jugal Himal and the vivid contrast of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures.

The most accessible of all trekking regions, Helambu offers a low altitude, distinctly enjoyable walk. In Tamang and Sherpa villages meet friendly and hospitable people with strong family and cultural ties.

It is a region where steeply cut rice terraces and deep green valleys give way to rich forests of oak and rhododendron, all set against a distant horizon of mountain peaks.

Day 1

Arrival Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2

Following a short drive to Sundarijaal the trail ascends past a waterfall then climbs continuously through forests of pine, oak and rhododendron and Tamang villages to the Borlang Bhanjyang Pass (2438m).

Day 3

From the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang the sights of green terraced fields covering the hillsides is fantastic. Trail runs through Brahmin and Chhetri villages and along ridges to the small village of Kutumsang.

Day 4

A longish day’s walk through forests and traversing high pastures seldom visited except by shepherds and woodcutters; the solitude and semi-wilderness is rare on a main trail. From the chorten above Tharepati village there are fine views of the Jugal Himal and Rowaling Himal.

Day 5

A steep descent down a ravine leads to a suspension bridge and up to Malemchigaon. Helambu’s finest Sherpa village, is a collection of neat houses fronted by prayer flags and surrounded by orchards and fields. Unlike those of Solu Khumbu Sherpa women here opt for red cotton dresses rather than Tibetan styles; their language also is quite different. From the Malemchi Khola it is a long climb to Tarkeghyang, the largest village in Helambu. This prosperous village has a lovely gompa, huge brass prayer wheel and large, elaborately furnished stone houses.

Day 6

From here the path is relatively level passing numerous chorten and villages, streams and waterfalls to Sermathang.

Day 7

 Continuing along the ridge, slowly descending, you pass from Buddhist influence back into the Hindu lowlands towards Melamchi Bazaar.

Day 8

Return to Kathmandu by road.

Day 9

Kathmandu city sight seeing.

Day 10

Patan and Bhaktapur city sight seeing.

Day 11

Bungmati and Khokana sightseeing.

Day 12

 Departure and transfer to the airport.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. However, you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal.

Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarials, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.

Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Weather

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations. The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages.

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February) It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May) Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August) The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom.

Autumn (September-November) The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.

  1.  Accommodation in Kathmandu
  2. Accommodation on trek. Twin or multi share.
  3. All domestic transport as listed in itinerary
  4. All National Park entrance fees
  5. All Trekking Permits and fees
  6. Porters to carry personal gear
  7. 15kg luggage allowance while on trek
  8. Duffle Bag for your gear
  9. Sleeping Bag
  10. Trek guide
  11. Comprehensive medical kit
  12. 3 days sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.
  13. English speaking guide
  14. Arrival and departure transfer

  1. Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry
  2. Meals
  3. International flights and departure taxes
  4. Visa and passport fees
  5. Travel insurance
  6. Emergency evacuation
  7. Tips and gratuities
  8. Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Legend Nepal
  9. Entrance fees while you are in City sightseeing.

12 DAYS EXCLUDING FLIGHTS



Highlights

: 12 days
: 3650 m.
: Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities.Showers are available in some places for a small charge.
: On the trek meals are available in tea houses, lodges and bhattis with limited menus.
: 15 km. per day
: Tourist Bus and Private car
: Trekking and Sightseeing
:
autumn (September – November)
winter (December – February)
summer (March – June)
: 12
: Trekking, Sightseeing
: Moderate