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