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Helambu Comfort Trekking

Nepal

Helambu Comfort Trek

Nepal
Trip Overview
 

Semi tropical valley, Helambu mountains, the magnificent Jugal Himal and the vivid contrast of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures.

The most accessible of all trekking regions, Helambu offers a low altitude, distinctly enjoyable walk in a region where steeply cut rice terraces and deep green valleys give way to rich forests of oak and rhododendron, all set against a distant horizon of mountain peaks.

In Tamang and Sherpa villages meet friendly and hospitable people with strong family and cultural ties, living largely traditional lives.

Helambu was severely affected due to 2015 Nepal Earthquake. To revive Helambu and promote sustainable tourism within the region – “Climate Trek Nepal” an initiation was started. With support from “Anders Forum Reisen” – Royal Mountain Travel along with three other tour operators of Nepal worked together to bring Helambu as comfort and climate friendly trek route. 

The new comfort lodges of Helambu:

  • Upgraded trekking lodges; rooms with attached bathroom, beds with a minimum eight-inch mattress for a comfortable sleep, clean duvets, and heating room system
  • To minimize the single-use of plastic bottles, all lodges have a safe and well-equipped water filter system.
  • Lodge owners are ‘much’ trained in hospitality, sustainability of the environment, and community development.  
  • Proper waste management system by the lodge owners
  • Lodges are equipped with solar panels to provide refreshing hot water showers to the trekkers
Trip Highlights
  • Explore ancient monasteries of Helambu.
  • Marvel at the Himalayan panorama of the Jugal Himal from Thare Pati
  • Experience Tibetan Buddhist Sherpa culture.
  • Accommodation in Upgraded lodges
Itinerary

Drive from Kathmandu to Thangkune & trek to Chipling.

This morning’s drive to Thangkune takes 3-4 hours. Here you will meet your guide, who will accompany you during the trek., and set out through a rural region of incredible views. In the small villages children will run after you, calling out in amazement.

Later the trail leads through oak forests full of rhododendrons as you climb to the village of Chipling , where you will spend the night in a very simple lodge.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2170 meters (Chipling)
  • Duration: 4 hrs approx. (Drive)/ 2 hours. approx (trek)
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Trek from Chipling to Kutumsang.

After breakfast, start the day walking up a ridge to a large Chorten from where you can enjoy amazing views before descending to the Tamang village of Golphu Bhanjyang. From here the panorama of green terraced fields covering the hillsides is fantastic. The trail runs through Brahmin and Chhetri villages and along ridges to the small Sherpa village of Kutumsang.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2470 meters (Kutumsang)
  • Duration: 4 hrs. approx.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Trek from Kutumsang to Magengoth.

Today’s route starts out through oak forest. Walking on this route in the month of April is particularly impressive as red, white and pink Rhododendrons are in full blossom.

Today offers the best opportunities for photographers – panoramic views of mountains, lower valleys and Shivpuri in the distance.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3220 meters (Mangengoth)
  • Duration 4 hrs approx.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Trek from Magen Goth to Tharepati.

After breakfast, we will start our trek via a steep path toward Tharepati. Above Therepati fluttering white prayer flags stand atop a windswept hilltop, offering perfect panorama views of Shishapangma, Dorje Lhakpa, Ganesh Himal, Phurbi Chyachyu, Gauri Shankar range, Numur Himal and the Langtang Himalayas.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3640 meters (Tharepati)
  • Duration: 5 hrs. approx.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Ghyang.

Today start out with a short climb, then turning east make a steep descent of 1160m through tall, very old fir, oak, rhododendron and juniper trees. 

After about 2 hours we come to the old bridge and watermill. Crossing the bridge, it is not much further to Melamchi Ghyang. 

The chorten and prayerflags dotting the landscape let you know you are entering an important Buddhist place. The locals here are Buddhist, speak a dialect of Tibetan and are truly mountain people. Guru Rinpoche himself spent time here and his meditation cave is an important sacred site. Tourists cannot enter the cave itself but can visit the monastery as you explore the village.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2630 meters (Melamchi Ghyang)
  • Duration: 5 hrs. approx.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Trek from Melamchi Ghyang to Tarke Ghyang.

From the Melamchi khola, it is a long climb to Tarkeghyang, the largest village in Helambu. This prosperous village has a lovely Gompa, huge brass prayer wheel and large, elaborately furnished stone houses.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2590 meters (Tarke Ghyang)
  • Duration: 3-4 hrs approx.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Trek from Tarke Ghyang to Sermanthang.

From here the path is relatively level passing numerous chorten and villages, streams and waterfalls along the forested route to Sermathang. Arriving in this Sherpa village relax a little and chat with the locals before visiting one of the oldest monasteries in the area.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2621 meters (Sermanthang)
  • Duration: 5 hrs approx.
  • Accommodation: Comfort Lodge

Drive from Sermathang to Kathmandu.

From Sermathang you pass from Buddhist influence back into the Hindu lowlands as we drive on a paved road towards Melamchi Bazaar. On clear days the views from Dhulikhel, where we stop for lunch, are stunning. 

Continue back to Kathmandu where your trip ends.

Notes:
  • Driving Distance: 92 Kms approx.
  • Duration: 4-5 hrs approx.
Services Included
  • Private transport (Jeep) as per group size to and from the trekking region
  • Accommodation in basic tea house on sharing basis
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • Service of assistant guide for groups of 5 trekkers and above.
  • 01 Porter for 2 trekkers/ maximum 15 kgs luggage per porter
  • National Park Permits
Services Excluded
  • All meals while on trek
  • Travel and medical insurance including evacuation and cancellation
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, mineral water, laundries, telephone calls, internet facility, Electronic Device Charge, Hot Water shower
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Any item not specified as included.
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel.
Impact Footprints
  • Lodges have water filtration unit installed so use of single use plastic bottle for drinking water is minimized
  • Lodges have installed Solar Panel for hot water showers
  • Lodge owners have received training for waste management

Great organization, very friendly and competent guides and drivers! Highly recommended!

Patricia Sieling