Helambu Circuit Trekking

‘Scenic and cultural walk around central Himalaya within Langtang and Jugal Himal high ridges’

Highlights:

  • An enjoyable and scenic country walks on high ridges of Langtang and Jugal Himal
  • Exploring high country villages of Hyalmo near forgotten tribes of Himalaya
  • Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
  • The breathtaking panorama of Ganesh-Langtang and Jugal mountain range
  • Adventure on high hills and valley of Langtang and Jugal Himal to Helambu cultural villages

Introduction:

Awesome Nepal Treks presents a hidden trail on Helambu Circuit Trekking a short and moderate standard walks of less than week duration, suitable for people with limited holiday period, where you can witness panorama views of Langtang and Jugal Himal and as far to Ganesh and Manaslu range of mountains on this marvelous Helambu Circuit Trekking.

Helambu Circuit Trekking a fascinating adventure with the short circuit around the beautiful region of Helambu, where you can marvel at lovely traditional villages of Hyalmo tribe similar to Sherpa and Tamang Buddhist culture and custom.

Our scenic walk begins after a short drive to northeast suburb of Kathmandu valley rim and then heading higher to reach the hilltop at Chisopani with incredible views of sunrise over chain of snow-capped peaks, walk leads into serene alpine woodland to reach the highest point of the trek at Tharepati of above 3,600 m high offering panorama of central Himalayan mountains with dramatic landscapes.

Slowly walk leads into Helambu areas at Melamchi and Tarkeghyang villages home of Hyalmo people one of the least and near to extinct tribes of Nepal Himalaya where you can observe its beautiful carved on wooden furniture’s and houses, explore the hidden culture of Helambu and then concluding this fabulous walk with a drive back to Kathmandu after a greatly enjoyable and delightful moments on Helambu Circuit Trekking.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01:   Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02:   In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

Day 03:   Scenic drive to Sundarijal 1,463 m with 3 hrs trek to Chisopani 2,194m.

Day 04:   Trek to Kutumsang 2,141m - 06 hrs.

Day 05:   Trek to Tharepati 3,600 m / 11,811ft - 04 hrs.

Day 06:   Trek to Tarkeghyang 2,570 m - 06 hrs

Day 07:   Trek to Sermathang 2,693m - 04 hrs walk and drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 08:   International departure for homeward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Helambu Circuit Trekking, lodge on the route with doing and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Helambu Circuit Trekking. (other options on the tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area is also known as Little Tibet)

Day 03: Scenic drive to Sundarijal 1,463 m and trek to Chisopani 2,194 m - 04 hrs walk.
Starting this fabulous Kathmandu valley rim trek with morning drive towards east of Kathmandu valley rim, reaching at Sundarijal situated 15 k.m. away from Kathmandu city, from Sundarijal our route leads to uphill climb through farm villages, cascade of waterfalls and reaching at an entrance of Shivapuri National Park, from here through patch of forest and scattered farm field villages to reach at Chisopani located on a ridge north of Kathmandu valley rim high hills, where air is cooler at a height of 2,300 meters with grand views of snowcapped peak ranges from Annapurna-Manaslu-Ganesh Himal, Lang tang Himal extend towards Jugal Himal range including views of Kathmandu valley, this spot offers stunning sunrise and sunset views as well.

Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang 2,141 m - 06 hrs.
Early morning catching stunning sunrise views over the chain of peaks, our walk leads downhill to a nice village of Patibhanjyang and then heading uphill towards Thodung danda and Gulphu-Bhanjyang to reach our overnight stop at Kutumsang village, a lovely farm village with grand views of rolling green hills, valley and snow clad mountains.  

Day 05Trek to Tharepati 3,600 m /11,811ft -04 hrs.
From Kutumsang morning walk leads to a gradual climb into pristine woodland of tall pines-fir-magnolia and rhododendron tree reaching a wide open green field after crossing a hill top of Kyuola Bhanjyang at 3,280 m and slowly a short climb leads atop Tharepati at 3,600 m high with many simple lodges for overnight stay, offering tremendous views of beautiful landscapes and snowcapped peaks.  

Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang 2,550 m - 04 hrs.

Morning walk leads to a steep descend into the forested area to reach a farm village of Melamchegaon, and then downhill to Melamche Khola / river, on crossing a bridge uphill to Tarkeghyang village with views of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal range.

Tarkeghyang one of the most attractive village around Central and Mid East Himalaya, famous for wood-work and intricate carving with the orchard of delicious apples are grown around this beautiful area of Helambu. Hyalmo tribes are the main inhabitants with strong Buddhist religion similar to Sherpa and Tamang culture. At Tarkeghyang village for an overnight stop in the comfort of the nice homely lodge, with time for the walk around the oldest monastery of the area full of impressive Buddhist culture.

Day 07: Trek to Sermathang 2,693 m - 04 hrs walk and drive back to Kathmandu.       
Enjoying overnight stop at Tarkeghyang village with its friendly locals of Hyalmo tribes, our last day walk leads on pleasant path around unspoiled forested areas, with views of beautiful Helambu villages, walk continues passing chortens a prayer Buddhist monuments, following the trail with superb views of rolling green hills reaching at Shermathang village for the drive back to Kathmandu, Sermathang another nice village of Hyalmo tribes with time to visit the old monastery.

With last day on the hills of Jugal Himal around Helambu area, then taking an exciting drive which leads downhill to Melamche Bazaar a busy town, and then on winding scenic road reaching warmer areas of Melamche Bazaar and finally back at Kathmandu, after an awesome time on Langtang Valley to Helambu via Ganja-La trekking, after checking into respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure and join in for farewell group dinner in a nice restaurant around Thamel area.

Day 08: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders after wonderful experience and fond memories of Helambu Circuit Trekking around great Central Himalaya region of Jugal Himal, our staff transfers you to the airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.

Cost-Inclusives:

  • All airport transfers
  • 2-star Hotels in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Private transport to Sundarijal (trail foot)
  • Melamchi Bazar (trail head) to Kathmandu
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food and lodging
  • All mountain accommodation (soft/comfortable private room)
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag

Cost-Exclusives:

  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • City monument fees
  • Hot and bottle drinks
  • Hot shower
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi Fi
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Tipping

A requirement for Annapurna area high altitude Treks:
Helambu region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Langtang region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhill with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest.
Adventurous walks involve high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with the touch of high altitude that makes it is more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in a pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in the tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m. Where trekkers should be fitted with sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Langtang Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Visa rules apply to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, a transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
Group Size:
For Helambu region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize the private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied by the experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us. 
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with a license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism-related departments.
On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
Acclimatization:
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. 
Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot. 
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level. 
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have the thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling. 
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal. 
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu, your accommodation is at a 2-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.
In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). 
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with an overnight stop.
Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, kinds of pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Helambu region Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.
Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.
 Caring support staff (porter):
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Booking Procedure:
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. A non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.
Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.

The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your daypack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down filled jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • knife

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