The Helambu Valley Cultural Trek is a low altitude short trek that revolves around the revered Helambu region. This trek also explores the mesmerizing Shivapuri National Park and makes stops at prominent tourist spots like Sundarijal, Chisapani, and Kakani. It is a magnificent mix of natural beauty and cultural authenticity as it introduces the lifestyle of the Hyolmo ethnic group. This Helambu valley cultural trek also explores the valleys around the Melamchi River and offers you an escape from a monotonous life.
The Helambu valley cultural trek starts from Sundarijal and ends in Kakani. The trek is 9 days longincluding your arrival and departure. You will be greeted and shifted to a hotel by our representative from Tribhuvan International Airport. The very next day, you will drive to Sundarijal and start your trek to Chisapani. The trek goes through the amazing Shivapuri National Park and along the way, you’ll be blessed with lush forested trails and a picture of Langtang and Gaurishankar ranges. Chisapani is also famous as an excellent vantage point to enjoy the panorama of Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and Jugal Himal ranges.Exiting Chisapani, you climb numerous stone steps to reach Jhogin Danda and arrive at Kutumsang. The road now takes us to Thadepati passing Pangu village and Mere Danda en route. Then, you head to Melamchi Gaon which is inhabited by Sherpa people who have descended from Tibet. You can spend some time interacting with the locals here. Next, passing the Melamchi River, you head to Tarkeghyang which is home to Hyolmo people. You’ll then head downwards to Sermathang by passing through Ghangyul village. Don’t forget to visit the ancient gompa at Chumik before heading out to Kakani. The road to Kakani is quick and discreet. From Kakani, you drive back to Kathmandu and take your scheduled flight back home. Autumn and Spring have nice and clear weather which serve as the best time for the trek. The temperature is favorable and the views are spectacular in those seasons.
You’ll need permits and experienced guides which will be provided by our company. The Alpine Adventure Team provides you with porters, transportation and better accommodation facilities. We offer many treks and tour packages around the country. Contact us for further info and detail.
Geography : Forest, Rivers, Towns, Mid-Hills, Mountains
Location : Langtang, Helambu
Level of Difficulty : Easy to Moderate
Duration of Trek : 9 days
Max Altitude : 3690 m
Religions : Buddhist, Hinduism
Ethnic People : Tamang, Hyolmo Sherpa
Accommodation : Hotel, Lodge
Transportation : Private car
Minimum Pax : 1 person
• Magnificent views of snow-capped mountains including Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and many more
• Study the culture, tradition, and way of living of the local people
• Visit Buddhist monasteries
• Observe the lush vegetation and river valleys
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Our representative will welcome you as you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be shifted to the hotel and will have a light snack. Then, you will be informed about the trek by our guide. You will prepare for the trek and rest. Night stay in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal 1460m and trek to Chisapani 2215m
You will have breakfast and then drive to Sundarijal. The actual trek starts from Sundarijal towards Chisapani. The trek takes you through the Shivapuri National Park and its natural beauty as you continue north. You will walk through the forest and rhododendron passing a quaint Tamang village, Mulkharka and stop at Chisapani. Admire the surreal viewsof mountains in Langtang, Gaurishankar, and Ganesh Himal ranges from Chisapani. Night stay at Chisapani.
Day 3: Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang 2470m
You can enjoy the morning sunrise from Chisapani where the rising sun brilliantly gleams alongside the mountains like Langtang Lirung (7227m), Gaurishankar (7134m), and Dorje Lakpa (6966m). Today, you will walk down a smooth trail that passes through fields and meadows. This path gives you significant views of the Langtang range. You trek to Chipling and climb a stone staircase to reach the top of Jhogin Danda. PassingGul Bhanjyang and the trek heads uphill through the forests of rhododendron and pine. You’ll need to descend to Pati Bhanjyang and cross several villages of Brahmin and Chhetri before you reach Kutumsang. Night stay at Kutumsang.
Day 4: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati 3690m
After breakfast, you kick start your trek to Thadepati from Kutumsang. You trek through steep trails and pass the Pangu village and Mere Danda. The trek heads to Mere Danda and descends all the way to Magen Goth. The trail makes many ups and downs as you move from Kutumsang to Thadepati. You also cross streams and lush vegetation on the way toThadepati. Night stay at Thadepati.
Day 5: Trek from Thadepati to Melamchi Gaon 2530m/3hours
Along the trail descending through the pine and rhododendron forest, you head towards Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forest and is mostly habituated by Sherpa people. The Sherpas here have slightly different lifestyle and social norms from the ones in Solukhumbu.Their unique culture and Tibetan Buddhist practices have been a center of cultural excursions and trips for many years. After you reach Melamchi Gaon, you explore the village and study the culture and lifestyle of locals residing in the village. Night stay at Melamchi Gaon.
Day 6: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarke Ghyang 2620m/4hours
After having breakfast, you trek on the trail down the Melamchi River to reach a forest. You cross the river and walk uphill to reach the next destination, Tarke Ghyang. It is the biggest village of Hyolmo people, and has the oldest and biggest monastery in the region. The village is also known as Helambu, named after the Helmu caste. You explore the village and enjoy the traditional lifestyle of the people before calling it a day. Night stay at Tarke Ghyang.
Day 7: Trek from Tarke Ghyang to Sermathang 2620m/4hours
The very next day, you will leave the Tarke Ghyang and trek through Ghangyul, a beautiful Sherpa village. The people in this area practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism and showcase interesting social and religious lifestyle. The trail descends for some interval and then starts ascending through deep forests and crossing some streams. You continue walking and get to a large gompa at Chumik and make a gentle climb to Sermathang village. You explore the area soon you reach there. Night stay in Sermathang.
Day 8: Trek from Sermathang to Kakani 2070m/3hours and drive back to Kathmandu
Today is the final day of the trek and the trek ends in Kakani. You start off towards Kakani in the early morning. You cross pine forests, teashops, and many beautiful Tamang and Sherpa villages. After you reach Kakani, you will have a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. If time permits, you can have a short walk around the valley with a local guide. Night stay in Kathmandu.
Day 9: Final Departure from Kathmandu
After farewell breakfast and bidding goodbye, you will be dropped to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 2 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Langtang National Park Permit.
* Shivapuri National Park Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn’t include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…