Situated about 75km North of Kathmandu, Helambu is an area inhabited by Sherpas. The route is usually snow-covered and dangerous, difficult or even impossible in winter season. This popular loop trek starts from the edge of the Kathmandu valley at Sundarijal, climbs over the Shivapuri ridge and drops Talamarang. It then climbs to Tarke Ghyang and back down the ridge through Sermanthang to the road. It is easy to organize this trek because of easy transportation from Kathmandu to Helambu and Helambu to Kathmandu.
The friendly and hospital Sherpa people of the Helambu region are just like their better known kinfolk of the Solu Khumbu region. However, the language, culture and dress of the Sherpas from Helambu are very different from Sherpas of Solu Khumbu. The Sherpa women of Helambu are renowned for their beauty.
Helambu is a good trekking destination throughout the normal October to May.However, it tends to be very hot in the Indrawati valley in late spring. The Helambu circuit trek remains at reasonably low elevation, there is little chance of altitude problems, but there would be possibility of cold and snow at Tharepati during the winter. Good lodges are abundant and uncrowded in this circuit.
Day 01:Kathmandu (1320 m)Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu to Chisopani (2300m.)We drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.). The rough road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will take us through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve and then we will come across a Tamang settlement called Mulkharka. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300 m.)
Day 03:Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446 m.)Today we trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446 m.). The trail continues to drop from Chisopani and crosses meadow and fields. We would descend through Pathi Bhanjyang to Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs a ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow at Kutumsang at 2470 m makes a good camping spot.
Day 04:Kutumsang to Tharepati (3510 m.)Having breakfast at Kutumsang, we trek to Tharepati (3510m.). The trek continues due north to Yurin Danda ridge. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest and descends to Tharepati.
Day 05:Tharepati to Tarke Ghyang (2740 m.)Today we trek from Tharepati to Tarke Ghyang (2740m). Tharke Ghyang is the largest village in Helambu rigion. The stone houses are close together with narrow alleyways separating them. Inside, the homes are large, clean and often elaborately furnished with elegant brassware and traditional Tibetan carpets on highly [polished wooden floors. Tarke Gyang’s gompa has a huge brass prayer wheel.
Day 06:Tarke GyangWe take rest at Tarke Ghyang for excursion. It is a good place to take rest. We would also make a half day climb to the peak (3771 m) directly north of village. From the chorten on the summit there see superb views of the mountains to the north.
Day 07:Tarke Ghyang to Shermathang (2621 m.)Trek from Tarke Ghyang to Shermathang (2621 m.) Trekking today is comparatively easier than the previous days as the trail goes through flat land with beautiful forests. On the way, we would penetrate the village called Shermathang where we would visit some ancient monasteries.
Day 08:Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m.)Today we trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m.) The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several villages. En route, we would interact with the local people and know their culture and way of life.
Day 09:Melamchi Pul Bazaar to KathmanduFrom Melamchi Pul Bazaar, we drive to Kathmandu. The road is graveled and bumpy till Lamidanda and then we will come to pitched road up to Kathmandu.
Day 10:KathmanduIt is our last day in Nepal. After breakfast in the hotel, we would go for sightseeing around the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served in Bhojan Griha, a typical Nepali restaurant in the valley.
Day 11:Back home destination.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
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