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Helambu Trek - 10 Days


Dear Nim, I visited Nepal 2015, it was a great experience to do trekking in Himalayas. Thanks to you and your Company Core Trek, provide me excellent services, I had a wonderful time in the mountains. I will recommend Core Trek to everyone... [+] Thea Guijt,
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Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Green forests, villages in the cliffs, distant views of horizon and smiling Sherpa people
  • Visit Buddhist Monasteries
  • Breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal Range, Annapurna Himalayan Range
  • Scenic Road Drive to and from Kathmandu
  • Shivapuri National Park
Helambu Trek is the nearest trek from Kathmandu Valley. The mesmerizing Himalayan scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region a fascinating experience. The wonderful forest of rhododendron, waterfalls, snow capped Himalayan, terrace farming of rice, number of Buddhist monasteries make this trek more attraction.
 
The journey of Helambu Trek begins with a short drive (about 2hrs) to Sundarjil from Kathmandu. The trail passes through culturally and naturally rich places, enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along Chisopani, Gulbhanjyang, Tharepati, Melamchigaon and the trek ends at Melamachi Pul Bazzar. The trail passes through villages, forest of rhododendron, waterfalls, snow capped Himalayan, terrace farming of rice, number of Buddhist monasteries which make the trek so attractive. The trekking includes many more breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal Range, Annapurna Himalayan Range and others.
 
The weather is sunny and warms with outstanding views. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for Helambu Trek. Although the trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone. Trekking in summer or monsoon (June, July and August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport (1300m.) Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Trekking preparation and permit paper work day. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) -1 hour drive  & trek to Chisapani (2300m) 3 /4 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 4: Chisopani to GulBhanjyang (2140m)  5/ 6 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 5: GulBhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) -5 / 6 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 6: Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) 4/ 5 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 7: Malemchigaon to TarkeGyang (2,590m)  5/ 6 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 8: TarkeGyang to Sermathang (2,610m)  4/5 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 9: Sermathang to MalemchiPul (880m) 3/4 hours trek and drive to Katmandu 3 hours bus. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Departure. 
 

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (03nights)
  • Kathmandu – Sundarijal by Private veachle & From Malemchi Pul to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • Guest house accommodation while trekking.
  • Government license holder experienced local English speaking guide.
  • Potter service.
  • Staffs cost including their salary, accommodation, insurance, domestic airfare & Food.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and  Trekking meals 3 times a day.
  • All applicable trekking permit & TIMS.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag & duffel bag. (To be return after trek finished)
  • Guided City tour in kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 1 Core Trek T. shirt.
  • Trip Certificate
  • Local and government taxes.
  • Medical Kid box (Carried by your team leader)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner. 

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport (1300m)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in capital city of Nepal Kathmandu, a representative from CORE TREK will pick up you and take to hotel. After that we take you to our office to visit and also to meet our crew. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner where you will be enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine, Overnight at Hotel. (Meal included: Dinner) Arrive at Tribhuvan international airport (1300m.)
Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International airport in capital city of Nepal Kathmandu, a representative from CORE TREK will pick up you and take to hotel. After that we take you to our office to visit and also to meet our crew. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner where you will be enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine, Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Dinner) 

Day 2

​Trekking preparation and permit paper work day.

After breakfast we start a guided tour to most of the famous attractions in Kathmandu which are listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar square, World famous Hindu temple called Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, The Monkey temple (swyambhunath) and the same day we will also be finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. After that we prepare for trekking, arranging all the stuffs and get our equipment checked by our leader get introduced to fellow participants and discuss the trip at our office CORE TREK. Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast)

Day 3

​Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) -1 hour drive & trek to Chisapani (2300m) 3 /4 hours trek.

After breakfast we start our journey towards Chisapani passing through Sundarijal. It’s around one and half hour drive from Kathmandu to reach Sundarijal, which is the starting point of this trek. We can meet our other crew members too in Sundarijal.our trek starts from Sundarijal towards Chisapani, the trail ascend towards Chisapani passing the village called Mulkherka and remarkable forest. Mesmerizing views of Ganesh Himal Range, Annapurna Himalayan Range and many more can see from Chisapani, Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4

Chisapani to GulBhanjyang (2140m) 5/ 6 hours trek.

After breakfast we trek towards Gulbhanjyang(2140m). Looking the heart touching views of Himalayan ranges like Ganesh Himal, Annapurna Himalayan Range and many more. First  our trek follows the descend route towards Partybhanjyang then the trek offers ascend towards Chipling village then after we reach to GulBhanjyang.  Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5

​GulBhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) -5 / 6 hours trek.

After our breakfast we start our trek towards Tharepati. We walk through the village called Khuyumsang. After ascend walk around 3hrs then we reach next village called Mogingoath then after we reach Tharepati. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

Day 6

​Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) 4/ 5 hours trek.

After breakfast we descend to Melamchigaon. We walk through remarkable rhododendron woods blooming in various colours, pine forest after walking about 5hrs we reach to Melamchigaon. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7

​Malemchigaon to TarkeGyang (2,590m) 5/ 6 hours trek.

After breakfast we start our trail towards TarkeGyang (2590m). To reach our next stop first we descend about 2hrs to Nagarkoti Village from where our route follows to ascend way towards Trake Gyang passing the remarkable forest and small stupas. We reach to Tarkegyang a particular Sherpa village. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8

TarkeGyang to Sermathang (2,610m) 4/5 hours trek.

We start our trek after breakfast. Following ascend and descend path we reach to Sermathang, where we see the monastery and the breathtaking views of Tibetan peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 9

​Sermathang to MalemchiPul (880m) 3/4 hours trek and drive to Katmandu 3 hours bus.

After breakfast we descend towards Melemchipul. Passing through villages called Kakani and many more then reach malemchipul or bazaar. Then take bus towards Kathmandu. Arriving in Kathmandu you are transfer to the hotel and take rest and today is your last day to stay in Nepal so we are offering you a farewell dinner at Traditional Nepalese restaurant.  Overnight at Hotel. (Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 10

​Departure

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today. You need to ready for the departure for your hometown. A representative from CORE TREK will take you to the airport, approximately 3hrs before your flight scheduled. (Included: Breakfast)
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Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport)
  • 3 starts Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (03nights)
  • Kathmandu – Sundarijal by Private veachle & From Malemchi Pul to Kathmandu by public bus.
  • Guest house accommodation while trekking.
  • Government license holder experienced local English speaking guide.
  • Potter service.
  • Staffs cost including their salary, accommodation, insurance, domestic airfare & Food.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and  Trekking meals 3 times a day.
  • All applicable trekking permit & TIMS.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag & duffel bag. (To be return after trek finished)
  • Guided City tour in kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • 1 Core Trek T. shirt.
  • Trip Certificate
  • Local and government taxes.
  • Medical Kid box (Carried by your team leader)
  • Welcome & Farewell dinner. 

Cost Excludes

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew
  • Lunch & Dinner  in Kathmandu
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services
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Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)


Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)


Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

 

What is trekking?
Trekking is an adventurous and exploring work. This activities pursuit involves lengthy, multi-day walks and climbs on village and park trails.

Is trekking for me?
We offer the trekking for everyone who is physically and mentally fit, patient, and love the outdoors.

Why is a guide necessarily?
Having guide is not a legal requirement but we cannot send you without any guide having licensed and experienced. You’ll be travelling through wilderness, remote countryside, and high elevations - from an aspect of pure safety, it is highly dangerous to go it alone. Additionally, very few locals in Himalayan villages speak English. Should you get lost (and, with many paths crossing through many, many villages, this is more a likelihood than a possibility), it would be difficult to communicate directions or obtain food and shelter.

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
For your own responsibility Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What's the best time of year to book a trek in Nepal?
The best times for trekking the Himalayas are February to May, and then September to December. You can view the sublime beauty of Nepal with glamorous sense.

Are any permits required for trekking?
Its depends on the nature of the trek. Some trekking areas require a special permit for trekking, while as others require only permits to enter conservation or national parks. Most require a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. We handle all permits for you, so you have one less thing to worry about!

How long do treks last?
Most of our Himalayan treks range from one to four weeks.

How long do we spend walking each day?
Trekkers generally walk four to six hours a day. That's between five and fifteen kilometres depending on trail conditions and the state of the weather.


Can you please provide me more information about the tea houses on this trek?
the location and the situation determined the nature of the tea house. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bedroom above them. You have to share their toilet while using but nowadays in low levels attached toilet is found and some of them have hot shower facilities too. But some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other room are unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there are electricity facilities. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porters carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
Exactly it is not necessary buy if essential they can carry. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various points and it’s easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekkers baggage. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your size of group.
At one time how many litter of water I have to carry in the trek?

Mostly 3-4 litters will be sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it necessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.


What sort of footwear is recommended?
Cosy , sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. Wool socks are recommended instead of cotton, and these too should be thick and warm.

What do I need to know about sun protection?
It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sun block. A sun block specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There are no any plastic recycleable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you. Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odourless.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physically changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness.

What ill may be appeared if i get in the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feel dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carry down if no progress we advise travellers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if its very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekker before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend taking a Down Jacket?
The weather is very flexible in Nepal. It changes according to the time. The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.


Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?
It is not compulsory; tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Your guides and porters will tremendously appreciate a small gratuity at the end of your trek, as these little extras go a long way towards helping their families. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team's hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

How much money should I bring along?
Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?
Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude. It depends on you.


Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?
It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we cannot offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 10 Days
Accomodation: Hotel / Guest House
Seasons : March , April , May , Aug, Sep, Oct & Nov.
Type: Moderate
Activities : Trekking / Sightseeing
No. of Pax : 1-12 pax.
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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