Helambu Cultural Trek - 10 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 10 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: 3,690m/12,106ft. Walking Per Day: 5-6hrs
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Autumn and Spring Group Size: 1-15
Mode: Tea-House/Lodge Culture: Tamang Culture, Yolmo Culture, Tibetan Influenced Culture, Sherpa Culture

Helambu Cultural Trek, as the name suggests, emphasizes the cultural heritage of the Langtang region of Nepal. Especially, the culturally rich Helambu village where resides unique ethnic groups of people, mainly the Sherpas and Tamang. The traditional village inhabited by the native people and their authentic lifestyle, culture, tradition, foods, and cuisine, uniforms, languages, festival celebrations, and the art of life is what tourists are beguiled with during Helambu Cultural Trek.

Natural Blissfulness

Though the trek is popular as cultural trekking, the blissfulness of nature is indisputable. Regardless of being nearby the Kathmandu city, the Helambu village still is away from the impacts of urbanization.  A traveller embarking on Helambu Cultural Trek gets an opportunity to expose the extreme beauty of the astounding landscapes, walk thru the lush bushes and notice a wide range of floras and faunas. Nevertheless, the jaw-dropping vistas of mountaintops and whistling of cascading waterfalls are beyond imagination.

Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park

Multicolour Rhododendron forests, green and refreshing terraced fields and the high hills and valleys, various species of herbs and vegetations in the Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park is some of the rejoicing attractions during the hike. Moreover, the traveler can also spot several species of threatened wildlife along the trail. The hypnotic scent of the bushes with a backdrop of the Himalayas takes the trek to a different level.

Lifestyle and Culture

Since it is a cultural heritage trek, the most important aspect of this trek is none other than the lifestyle and culture of the locals. The region is inhabited by people of diverse ethnicities. The unity in diversity among the Hindus and the Buddhists is a pride of the Helambu region. Tourists will be blessed to explore the traditions and rituals of both religions during the trek. We can spot several temples as well as monasteries along the trail which signifies religious harmony.  And in the small settlements as well as hamlets where we stop and rest or stay overnight, the warm hospitality and harmony leave you with no words.

Eligibility for Helambu Cultural Trek

Helambu Cultural Trek is short, easy and comfortable trekking and hiking experience in the Langtang region of Nepal. It doesn’t demand any physical challenges or require any past trekking experiences. The trek can be suitable for any travel and tours lovers who have a leisure time of about 10 days or less. The only thing necessary to choose the trek is passion and enthusiasm towards exploring the rich culture and traditional lifestyle with a touch of natural wonder.

Best Time for Helambu Cultural Trek

The trek can be organized anytime around the year as per the specification of the trekkers; However, Helambu Cultural Trek can be best experienced during Autumn months from September, October and November or Spring months from March, April and May. It is because of the favourable weather, vivid sceneries and the blossoming of flora and fauna along with enjoyable walking trails. Whereas, the winter gets freezing cold and summer brings much too rainfall.

Contact Nepal Mountain Trekkers today to get more information about Helambu Cultural Trek and experience a unique trek in the heavenly country, Nepal.


Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1 Kathmandu arrival (1,365m/4,480ft)
    • Duration :From Arrival up to Evening
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Tribhuvan Int’l Airport

      » Thamel

      » Swyambhunath-Monkey Temple

    • Highlights :

      » Tribhuvan International Airport,

      » Welcoming with Marigold Flower Garland

      » Group Photo

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Scenic Drive

      » Sightseeing around Swoyambhunath-the monkey temple

      » Buddhism

      » Astonishing Scenery

      » Prayer Flags

      » Evening Walk at Thamel

      » Preparation for the tour the next day

      » Dinner

     

  • Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
    • Duration :Half Day
    • Meals :Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Hotel
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Kathmandu Durbar Square

      » Boudhanath

      » Pashupatinath

    • Highlights :

      » Sightseeing at Kathmandu

      » UNESCO World Heritage Sites

      » Introduction with group members and trekking crew

      » Equipment checking and briefing about the trek

     

  • Day 3 Kathmandu – Chisapani(2,165m/7,104ft) via Sundarijal(1,350m/4,430ft)
    • Duration :2hrs Drive(15Km) and 5hr Walk(10Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :815m/2,675ft
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Boudhanath Stupa

      » Jorpati

      » Sundarijal

      » Mulkharka

      » Chisapani

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Sightseeing around Boudhanath Stupa

      » Continue Drive toward Sundarijal

      » Waterfalls

      » Charismatic Scenario

      » Major Picnic Spot

      » Shivapuri National Park Permit Check-In Point

      » Flora and Fauna

      » Herbs and Vegetations

      » Lifestyle and Culture of Locals

      » Rural Settlement

      » Typical Foods

      » Panoramic View of Mahalangur Range

      » Terraced Fields

      » Sunset View

     

  • Day 4 Chisapani – Kutumsang(2,470m/8,105ft)
    • Duration :7hrs Walk(12-13Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :335m/1,100ft
    • Ascend :640m/2,100ft
    • Location :

      » Chisapani

      » Pati Bhanjyang

      » Thotung Danda

      » Golphu Bhanjyang

      » Kutumsang

    • Highlights :

      » Marvellous Sight of Sunrise over the Himalayan Panorama from Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal to Langtang and Jugal Himal Range

      » Lush Forest

      » Hillside

      » Winding Trail with the Uphill and Downhill Trek

      » Settlements of Gulbhanjyang and Chiplin

      » Patch of Forests

      » Small Settlements

      » Lush Landscapes

      » Rolling Hills

      » Greenery

      » Sherpa and Tamang Community

      » Kutumsang – Permit Check-in Point of Langtang National Park 

     

  • Day 5 Kutumsang – Thadepati(3,690m/12,106ft)
    • Duration :5-6hrs Walk(9-10Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :1,220m/4,002ft
    • Location :

      » Kutumsang

      » Pangbo Danda

      » Kyuola Bhanjyang

      » Mangengoth

      » Thadepati

    • Highlights :

      » Marvellous Sunrise View

      » Langtang National Park

      » Bushes Walk

      » Army Check Post

      » Forests Dominated by Oak, Pine and Rhododendron Trees

      » Climb to the Summit of Big Hill Known as Mangen Danda

      » Best Viewpoint of Langtang and Everest Range

      » Sunset View

     

  • Day 6 Thadepati – Tarkeghyang(2,600m/8,530ft) via Melamchi Gaun(2,530m/8,300ft)
    • Duration :7-8hrs Walk(13-14Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :1,160m/3,805ft
    • Ascend :70m/230ft
    • Location :

      » Thadepati

      » Melamchi Gaun

      » Tarkeghyang

    • Highlights :

      » Long Walk on the Hills

      » Short Climb to Ridge Top

      » Rhododendron, Hemlock, Pine and Fir Forest

      » Temporary Settlements

      » Sheppard’s Huts

      » Famous Melamchi River

      » Gentle Climb

      » Settlement of Tamang and Yolmo Community

      » Buddhist Culture

      » Suspension Bridges

      » Prayer Flags and Prayer Wheels

      » Mani Walls and Mani Stones

      » Tarkeghyang – famous for wooden products with intricate Tibetan Carvings

      » Green Apple Orchards

      » Old Buddhist Monasteries

     

  • Day 7 Tarkeghyang – Sermathang(2,600m/8,530ft)
    • Duration :5hrs Walk(8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Ascend :170m/558ft
    • Descend :180m/590ft
    • Location :

      » Tarkeghyang

      » Ghangyul

      » Sermathang

    • Highlights :

      » Chortens

      » Mani Stones and Mani Walls

      » Prayer Flags and Prayer Wheels

      » Monasteries

      » Cultivation Fields

      » Terraced Fields

      » Multicolor Rhododendron Forest

      » Special Potato Farm

      » Blissful Nature

      » Unique Lifestyle and Culture

      » Developing Area

      » Melamchi Project

      » Downtown Area

      » Langtang National Park Permit Check-In Point at Sermathang

     

  • Day 8 Sermathang – Talamarang(960m/3,150ft)
    • Duration :5hrs Walk(8-9Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :1,630m/5,350ft
    • Location :

      » Sermathang

      » Nigale Bhanjyang

      » Kakani Bhanjyang

      » Pokhari Bhanjyang

      » Talamarang

    • Highlights :

      » Tamang Settlements

      » Cultivation Fields

      » Rural Settlements

      » Downhill

      » Melamchi – Water Source of Kathmandu Valley

      » Blissful Nature

      » Unique Lifestyle and Culture

      » Unique Foods and Uniforms

     

  • Day 9 Talamarang – Kathmandu
    • Duration :4-5hrs Drive (50Km)
    • Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation :Lodge/Hotel
    • Descend :1,630m/5,350ft
    • Location :

      » Talamarang

      » Melamchi

      » Bhaktapur

      » Koteshowr

      » Thamel

    • Highlights :

      » Scenic Drive

      » Farewell Dinner in the Evening

     

  • Day 10 Final Departure
    • Meals :Breakfast
    • Transportation :Private Vehicle
    • Location :

      » Thamel

      » Tribhuvan International Airport

    • Highlights :

      » Souvenir Shopping

      » Airport Drop with Khata/Khatag as a Symbol of Wishing Safe Journey

      » Group Photo

     

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Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3-night Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • All foods during the trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; any items on the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you not to waste your meals for it is difficult to transport food in the rural area.
    • You are not allowed to share your meals with anyone else from another group.
  • Transportation costs: Kathmandu-Sundarijal and Timbu-Kathmandu.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS cardLangtang National Park, and Shivapuri National Park fees
  • First aid medical box
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • All required trekking gear like Sleeping bags and Down jackets made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3-night Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Green Horizon or similar standard)
  • All accommodation during the trek in the best hotels/tea-houses in the area (differing according to the price you wish to spend)
    • Sanitation: The accommodation we provide will be neat and clean with warm-hospitality and quality services.
    • Single Accommodation: You won’t have to share your accommodation with anyone else so that your privacy is protected.
  • Breakfast during the trek
  • Transportation costs: Kathmandu-Sundarijal and Timbu-Kathmandu.
  • Professional and Highly experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide licensed by the Government. Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: Our guides are locals of the region which ensures that you will surely get to explore a bit more during the trek than with any other guides.
    • Experienced: With an experience of more than a decade of working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kinds of critical situations that might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staff.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and food.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belong to the same region where we trek in order to provide employment opportunities to the locals as well as to make you explore every prospect of the region.
  • Trekking permits: TIMS cardLangtang National Park, and Shivapuri National Park fees
  • First aid medical box
  • T-shirt, Duffel Bag, and Trekking Map with Company Logo
  • Rescue Arrangement Service
  • All required trekking gear like Sleeping bags and Down jackets made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Visa fee to enter Nepal (Visa Information)
  • International flight tickets and extra baggage charges
  • All meals during the trek except for breakfast
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel insurance/ Rescue operation costs
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and porters

Route Map

map of Helambu Cultural Trek

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 10 days Helambu Cultural Trek

HEAD

Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms

UPPER BODY

Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket
Down jacket (Light-weighted)

LOWER BODY

Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Waterproof pants
Underwear and Half pants

FEET

Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals

HANDS

Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Creams
Sanitizer

ACCESSORIES

Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits 

Personal Regular Medicines
Knee Caps
Bandages
Ointments
Blister Tape

MISCELLANEOUS

Medicines: We recommend you to bring your regular medicines; we will provide first aid kit from our side.
Light-weighted Towel
Swiss Knife
Passport and extra passport photos
Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

 

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