Helambu Cultural Trek - 10 Days

Hiking, Trekking, Sightseeing, Cultural Insight, Food and Cuisine, Meditation Tour, Honeymoon Tour, Family Tour, Solo Trekking, Home-stay Tour and many more
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1-15
Duration
10 Days Days
Mode
Tea-House/Lodge
Max-Altitude
3,690m/12,106ft
Daily Walking
5-6hrs
Grade
3
Culture
Tamang Culture, Yolmo Culture, Tibetan Influenced Culture, Sherpa Culture
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Helambu Cultural Trek, as the name suggests, emphasizes on 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.

1. Kathmandu arrival (1,365m/4,480ft)

  • Duration:From Arrival up to Evening
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Tribhuwan Int’l Airport
  • Thamel
  • Swyambhunath-Monkey Temple

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport,
  • Scenic Drive
  • Sightseeing around Swoyambhunath-the monkey temple
  • Buddhism
  • Astonishing Scenery
  • Prayer Flags
  • Evening Walk at Thamel
  • Preparation for the tour next day
  • Dinner

2. Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

  • Duration:Half Day
  • Meals:Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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 

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

8. Sermathang – Talamarang(960m/3,150ft)

  • Duration:5hrs Walk(8-9Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Hotel
  • Descend:1,630m/5,350ft

  • 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

9. Talamarang – Kathmandu

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

  • Talamarang
  • Melamchi
  • Bhaktapur
  • Koteshowr
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the Evening

10. Final Departure

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pick-up and drop service
  • 3-night Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • 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 in the menu as much as you wish to consume.
    • We provide hygienic and safe meals to re-energize you.
    • We request you to 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 foods.
    • 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 in working in this field, our trekking guides possess excellent knowledge on briefing during the trek as well as they are experts in handling all kind of critical situations which might occur during the trek.
    • Insurance: Nepal Mountain Trekkers have an insurance policy for all our trekking staffs.
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers with a max load of 25 KG). Including their lodging and foods.
    • Local Staffs: The porters we hire belongs 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 card, Langtang 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 gears like Sleeping bags and Down jacket made available on rent
  • 13% VAT and 10% company service charge
  • Farewell Dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • 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

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Helambu Cultural Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you might only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device charger is not suitable with two-pin plug.

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in hotels/lodges and also mobile data during Helambu Cultural Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trails of Helambu Cultural Trek are not so crowded as well as not deserted. During the off-season, there will be only a few trekkers but during the pick-season, there will be trekkers from different parts of the world. 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Helambu Cultural Trek you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Helambu Cultural Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

Yes, you will need a special permit for Helambu Cultural Trek because you will pass thru Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park, you would need to have Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park Entrance Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

Yes, it is possible to get showers during Helambu Cultural Trek on the hotels/lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

HEAD
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses
Head Torch
Lip Balm
Sun’s Cream ( 40+)

UPPER BODY
Cotton t-shirts or thermals
Fleece jacket
Waterproof and windproof jacket
Down jacket (Light-weighted)

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

FEET
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Light-weighted sandals

HANDS
Gloves


ACCESSORIES
Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
Trekking bag/duffel bag
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries


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 Sterilize

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads. 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

The best time to go for Helambu Cultural Trek would be Autumn months from September, October and November or Spring months from March, April and May because the weather would be clear and the sceneries are vivid under the clear blue sky and lush greenery everywhere. Moreover, the blooming of rhododendron forest and other herbs and vegetations would be the major attraction of being there during autumn and spring as well it will reduce the risk of natural calamities and blockades from snowfalls.
 

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

 

Helambu Cultural Trek is the easiest and luxurious trek suitable for every travel lover who loves to experience amazing vista of nature, enjoy great Himalayan views and witness the culture and tradition of local inhabitants.

Generally, Helambu Cultural Trek is 8 to 10 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

During Helambu Cultural Trek, you would be staying hotels or lodges and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat or with the food of your choice available on the menu.

Without any doubt, yes you can customize and personalize the trek duration of trek itinerary of Helambu Cultural Trek so as to meet your requirements.

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

Of course, since Helambu Cultural Trek is one of the most accessible treks and very popular among the trekkers, one can go for solo trekking without any worries. Because the people in there are very friendly and co-operative and you can also meet other trekkers along the way so that there won’t be any risk for solo trekkers or solo female trekkers to go for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Furthermore, our trekking staffs(guides) are highly experienced and dedicated to their job, so our company will be fully responsible for that note.

Helambu Cultural Trek is short, comfortable and safe trekking journey organized at moderate altitude nearby Kathmandu Valley. During Helambu Cultural Trekking, you will feel blessed with vistas of the Himalayas. It provides you with an opportunity to pass through wonderful dense forests, spectacular landscapes, culturally rich villages and great views of Himalayas.

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