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Helambu Trekking Route

This is a short trek that starts from Kathmandu valley. On the trails you will get to see Sherpa villages, beautiful waterfalls and one of the oldest monastery in the region along with stunning views of Himalayas at the border of Tibet. Despite its proximity to Kathmandu City, the region still offers the feeling of remoteness and offers untouched natural beauty.

Trek Grading

Easy

Trek Duration

6 Days

6

Maximum Elevation

3,650m/11,972ft

Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani (2300m/7544 ft): Drive 1 hour, Trek: 4 hours
Day 02: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m/8022ft): 7 hours
Day 03: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650m/11972ft): 6 hours
Day 04: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m/8397ft): 6 hours
Day 05: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
Day 06: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Pokhara: 3/4 hrs trek/ 8 hr drive

Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani (2300m/7544 ft): Drive 1 hour, Trek: 4 hours
We will start our trip with an hours drive to Sundarijal (1350m) then we will trek to Chisopani, situated at 2300m. The trail includes Shivapuri National Park, Tamang Villages and forest of Oak and Rhododendron.

Day 02: Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m/8022ft): 7 hours
After an early breakfast we will make our way to Kutumsang. The trail includes downhill path through fields and meadows along with beautiful view of Langtang. Then the trail leads towards Gul Bhanjyang and then climbs to a pass. Then after a downhill section we arrive at Kumtsang where we will stay for the night.

Day 03: Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650m/11972ft): 6 hours
The trail from Kumutsang is steep path that goes through Fir and Rhododendron forest and without any permanent settelments. The trail will then lead you to Yurin Danda that offers magnificient views of the Himalayas and finally to Tharepati, our stop for the day.

Day 04: Thadepati to Tarkeghyang (2560m/8397ft): 6 hours
The trek to Tarkehghyang includes a downhill walk until you cross the Melanchi River. Then on the way to Tarkeghyang you will encounter Sherpa villages. The views of Himalayan peaks in the sunshine is breathtaking and the monastery there is one of the oldest in the region.

Day 05: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
A relatively easy day of trek to Semathang you will walk through forests, beautiful clear streams and waterfalls. It goes around the wide valley between Parachin and Gangyul which is a Sherpa village. You will arrive at Semanthang after Gangyul village where there is a monastery.

Day 06: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive
The last day of the trip you will walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar which is also a Sherpa village and other ethnicities. Then it’s a bus ride back to Kathmandu where you are free to relax or explore Kathmandu further.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations. Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkers like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area. TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies. Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.