Helambu derives from the word Yplmo or Hyolmo region situated in highland villages in Nepal, lies just few hours' drive from Kathmandu. This trekking begins from Sundrijal from an elevation of 1350 meters and ends in MelamchePulBazzar( 850 meters) which has maximum altitude of 3597 meters in Tharepati Village . The amazing countryside is full of Buddhist monasteries, pilgrimage and sweet apples. The apples, gorgeous helambu girls and its monasteries have enhanced Helambu a trekker's paradise.
There are a lot of tea houses accommodations along the route. The specialty of this trekking route is the rich cultural heritage and the hospitality of the Sherpa people who inhabit in the Helambu region. The trail leading to Chisopani starts with the tangible steps alongside the pipeline that brings drinking water to Kathmandu. The trail leaves the pipeline near the dam and reaches Mulkharka, which is 600 meters above Sundarijal. The trial climbs further to Chisopani, at an altitude of 2300 meters, from Mulkharka which offers amazing Himalayan views across the valley. Gradually the trail that runs down to PatiBhanjyang (1770 meters), Chipling (2170 meters), climbs again to a pass at an altitude of 2470 meters before descending to ThodangBetini (2250 meters),forested ridge, the trail descends to a Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang, a hill village at an altitude of 2140 meters.
Himalayan ranges like Mt Langatng, Gaurishankar and so many other small snow covered peaks just lies north of Helambu. Inhabitant of mostly Sherpa community, temperate forests, brilliant displays of rhododendron and primal blooms, flora & fauna, colorful dancing festivals such as Tibetan New Year, this is one of the easy trekking that is possible to trek throughout the year.Located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, it extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of JugalHimal. There we meet several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the MalemchiKhola.
This is ideal for those people who don't have much time in Nepal or would like to make it before commencing challenging or alpine types of trekking such as 3 Cols, Upper Dolpo etc. It is an 8-10 day long trek which starts in Kathmandu itself, but can be concluded in as little as 5–6 days. The regular trailhead starts off at Sundarijal and goes past Chisopani,Yolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Malemchigaun and Yolmo, TarkeGyang. The trek takes place in the Sherpa Helambu region, around 72 kilometers Northeast of Kathmandu. A approximately circuit is used, most often starting at Sundarijal, although other starting positions include Nagarkot, Kakani or Sankhu. PatiBhanjyan, Chipling, Khutumsang and Tharepati are surrounded by the first villages to be passed, followed by Malemchigaon and TarkeGyang. Two likely routes are accessible from TarkeGyang, one to entire the trek and another that leads to the Arniko Highway, the main thoroughfare out of Kathmandu foremost to Tibet. To complete the trek one would carry on to Taramarang subsequent on to PatiBhanjyan. From PatiBhanjyan the trek proceeds to the starting point of Sundarijal, a route that takes around seven days.
The most important benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise in comparison to the Annapurna trek and Everest treks. Many trekkers come down from Gosainkunda Pass or across the Ganja -la pass from KyanjingGompa and PanchPokhari area to take advantage of short overland journey to Kathmandu via Helambu Route.
Walking through such mind blowing villages, through Gul Bhanjyang ( 2620 meters) and descends a little to reach at an altitude of 2470 meters in Khutumsang Village where you will have to show your National park Permits in a Government Check post. Following a trail to Magen Goth, we will finally arrive in our highlest trekking point called Tharepati at an elevation of 3697 meters. The trial turns east and descends rapidly down a narrow valley to the Sherpa villages of Melemchi Gaon.
DAY 01: MEET AT KATHMANDU AIRPORT:
We will meet you at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. When you have had time to patch up in and freshen up after your long flight.
During this visit we will help you check your equipment and assist the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits etc.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU DRIVE TO SUNDARIJAL (1350M) TREKKING TO CHISOPANI (2140M).
Drive about 1 hour from Kathmandu takes you to trek start point Sundarijal. From Sundarijal the trail ascends up besides the water pipes which supplies Kathmandu drinking water, the trail will go through through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The trail continues uphill through the forest to convene the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of Tamanag people.
The trail continues with climbing on the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the BorlangBhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m), The mountain views are excellent from here can see the the views of Annapurna to Everest, overnight at lodge
DAY 03: CHISOPANI TREKKING TO GUL BHANJYANG (2140 M):
The trails runs out of the villages and continues level among pine plantation before arrive PatiBhanjyang a lovely small village. From here the trail goes through small chortens,fields and forest mostly up and down hill before arriving Gul Bhanjyang ( 2140m), overnight in lodge.
DAY 04: GULBHANJYANG TREKKING TO THAREPATI (3597M):
Today to trail steady climb through prickly leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley, Following a ridge line, the trail continues via lightly populated forest to Magen Goth from where the view of Langtang and Gosaikund peak is stunning, Above Magin Goth the trails climbs steeply through dense pine forest passing severealchortens and ruined huts. when we arrived at Tharepati Rise early for excellent close up views of Gosainkunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight at lodge.
DAY 05: THAREPATI TREKKING TO MELAMCHI GAON (2640M):
A short, steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forest rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as you approach MelamchiGaon. Overnight in lodge
DAY 06: MELAMCHI GAON TREKKING TO TARKEGHYANG (2560M):
The trail descends steeply to the valley floor, where you can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear river before completing the short and mild ascent up the other side of the valley. Tarkeghyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel. Overnight in lodge
DAY 07: TARKEGYANG TREKKING TO SERMATHANG (2621M):
A flat pleasant walk through the beautiful forest takes you to Shermathang This is a an entering Sherpa village and they will be happy to introduce themselves that they are different from the Sherpa of Khumbu(Everest region) In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosainkunda and Rolwaling even Everest too in a distance. Overnight at lodge
DAY 08: SHERMATHANG TREKKING TO MELAMCHI BAZAAR (828M) AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU:
Today the trail gradually descends all the way to MelamchiPul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, you will get to interact with local and friendly people. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle; join Nepali cultural dinner in the evening overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
DAY 09: FINAL DEPARTURE:
We will take you to the Kathmandu Airport for departure.
Starting From: $399
- Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
- Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
- A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
- Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
- 03 nights 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel on twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
- Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary to/from Trekking starting point.
- One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by an experienced Sherpa guide.
- 3 course of meals (tea/coffee, B/F, lunch & dinner) during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
- Twin sharing camping or Lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
- Crews including local Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, helper including equipments including
- Two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc.
- Kathmandu to Lukla and vice varsa air tickets
- Fooding, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance & other expenses of travel crews
- First aid kit box for entire trekking.
- 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter (but you must be insured well)
- Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
- Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show) including to/from transfers.
- Dep. txf from the hotel to KTM international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- All Govt. taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees. US$ 25 / 40 for a month stay
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
- Extra porters if asked by the group.
- Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
- Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!
Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.
The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life.
A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.
For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.
Is trekking for everyone?
Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.
We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.
Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.
Types of Trekking
- Tea House ( Lodge ) Trekking
- Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
- Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.
Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.
Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers. Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.
Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.
Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.
Autumn: September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.
Winter: December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.
Spring: March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.
Summer: June to August Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.
Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries
We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.
Why choose Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd.as a Trekking Agency?
Before embarking on trekking trips, keep one thing in mind that you are on a new land and you have still have limited information about it.
Trekking routes in Nepal are mostly at high altitudes and with it comes risk of high altitude sickness and other altitude-borne diseases. Having our guide will help to monitor and advice you on acclimatization and general prevention.
Another advantage of travelling through our agency is that you will be benefitted from our years of experience. Our guides and trekking personnel will show you places of interest provide you with detailed information about the places that you are visiting and ask local people about trail conditions and help you learn a bit of Nepali language as well. This could make your trip more memorable.
Many trekkers still travel on group treks organized abroad, but it is also possible to arrange an organized trek directly with our company by email, fax or telephone or once you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
By taking the service of trekking agency like Getaway Treks and Expedition you will employ local people. Your contribution may seem small, but it makes big impact on the lives of people in rural areas.
- We travel in a small group basis keeping in mind that to lower the entire cost of the whole trip and not be hassled each other due to different physical conditions.
- We have our own fleet of vehicles and permanently working experienced guides since our establishment which makes us reliable.
- We have no hidden cost nor we include hotel accommodation in any cities beside trekking routes but we keep our door open about the information of all accommodations that our trekkers may need before or after the trip.
- We have our own complete equipments store with us in Kathmandu, Lukla and Pokhara, to minimize the cost as well as to create worry free arrangements for any types of trips in Himalaya.
- We have our own small counter office established at Lukla and Pokhara in order to run trekking and mountaineering smoothly as soon as you land at respective zone without making you wait for hours, since we have long term basis contract with local porters and yak owners.
- We have a special administrative team to apply and issue Permit for TEAMS to National Park or Conservation Permits along with special permits required for Upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo etc.
- Additionally, we facilitate our clients with emergency Helicopter charter service as a rescue service from any corner of the country and evacuate them.
- Equipments & Clothing checking is done in each and every trekking / Mountaineering before commencing it which assures you to be confirmed with the required necessities.
- We offer pick up and drops including custom clearances service free for our trekkers.
- Our company refunds a half of the cost out of total cost in case of serious sickness during trekking.
- We employee Mountaineering Experts and well trained young and old aged guides.
- Our Guides are trained from different mountaineering institutes and clubs.
- They have sound knowledge in English and little knowledge of other international language to communicate.
- Our guides do have sound knowledge about altitude sickness and first aid treatment. One Extra Guide to book perfect and enough space and food to avoid crowd in small lodge accordingly is provided. They carry mobile (cell) phone and satellite phone whereas necessary and accessible.
Causes of Accident
Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.
- Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
- Lip Salve (chap stick, blister or glacier cream)
- Foot powder
- Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
- Moleskin or other blister pads
- Elastic (Ace) bandage
- Throat lozenges or cough drops
- Decongestant tablets
- Iodine-small bottle for water purification
- Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
- Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
- Antibiotic eye drop
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)
- Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
- Decongestant (Actifed)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Hydrocortisone 1%
- Ioperamide (Imodium)
- Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
- Rehydration salts
Recommended Vaccines & Immunization
- Polio (oral)
- Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)
- Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)
- Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.
The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.
Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.
The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.
TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS
NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.
Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.
TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days. Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. LtdTreks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.
Documents required for different Permits
To obtain TIMS Card
- Two (2) Passport-size Photographs
Conservation / National Park Permit
- Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa
- Two (2) Passport size Photographs
Special Permits for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Etc
- Original Passport with two working days:
- 4 Passport size Photographs.
Mountaineering / Climbing Permits
- Original Passport and its Copies
- 4 Passport Size Photographs
Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays:
- 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)
- 10 AM – 4 PM (from mid November to mid February)
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