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The Helambu Circuit

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  • 8 days

At a glance

  • Trek in the Langtang National Park, close to Kathmandu
  • Watch sunrise over the Langtang and Everest Himalayas
  • Meet the famous Sherpa people of Nepal
  • Enjoy quiet trekking routes
  • Benefit from relatively short travel time to and from the trek
  • Explore Kathmandu at the end of your trek

Why this tour?

This is an excellent trekking option for those who want to experience some of the best hiking Nepal has to offer and very close to the Kathmandu valley. The ease of access to Langtang National Park means you will not need to spend hours on buses and jeeps to get to your trek, and will also keep costs down. In addition to this, despite its proximity to Kathmandu, this area is not as busy as other trekking regions in the country, meaning you will enjoy the views and culture of Nepal relatively quietly

Highlights

  • Trek in the Langtang National Park, close to Kathmandu
  • Watch sunrise over the Langtang and Everest Himalayas
  • Meet the famous Sherpa people of Nepal
  • Enjoy quiet trekking routes
  • Benefit from relatively short travel time to and from the trek
  • Explore Kathmandu at the end of your trek

Included

  • All necessary trekking permits
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu. Hotel Manaslu or equivalent. Breakfast included
  • Accommodations on the trek. Teahouses in a twin share basis
  • Airport / Hotel pick up and drop off service by private vehicle
  • All meals during the trek
  • Fully qualified guides to lead the group
  • Porters to carry group personal equipment during the trek
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Extensive first aid kit for all clients
  • All domestic travel
  • Free water throughout the trek from our advanced water filters (MSR Guardian)

Excluded

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu (allow USD 10-15 per meal)
  • Bottled water, carbonated and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Travel and medical Insurance (covering rescues)

Itinerary

Day One – Welcome to Nepal

Fly to Kathmandu. Our Mountain Quests team will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Today is a free day to rest from your flight, settle in, check your gear and perhaps some last minute shopping while in the Capital for your upcoming trek. In the evening we’ll have a group briefing for the trip, where we can all meet each other and discuss the trek in detail.

Day Two – Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisopani (2,140m)

After breakfast at the hotel we will pack our things and take a private bus journey to the start of our trek, Sundarijal. The beauty of this trek is that our transit time is short. Within an hour from leaving we will arrive at our start point. We will need to wait a short time while our porters arrange our bags and start moving.

The trek itself will be about 4 hours long today. We will start with a steep climb through the Shivapuri National Park, onto a dirt track to Mulkharka (1,800m) and then onto Borlang Bhanjyang (2,440m). As we walk we will constantly move further away from civilisation and into more peaceful forest surroundings. Eventually we will reach Chisopani (2,140m), which is a modern village, where we will sleep in a tea house for the night.


Day Three – Trek to Kutumsang (2,440m)

After breakfast at the tea house it will be time to move again. A 6 hour trek will take us initially along a dirt track before dropping off the ridge and towards the village of Chipling (2,170m). From here we will trek through cultivated fields and forests past several villages before reaching Kutumsang, where we will spend the night. This is a pretty little village of only one guest house, with a small campsite and with great views of the Himalayas. We will camp here for the night.

Day Four - Trek to Tharepati (3,640m)

Today is one of the most exciting, as well as one of the most committing, days of the trek. We will walk for about 7 hours and climb about 1,600 metres to reach the village of Tharepati, where beautiful views of the Langtang and Rolwaling ranges of mountains can be seen. Several steep sections of the trek will tire us out, and we will take regular breaks to regain our strength today.

We will trek past streams and cow meadows to reach the ridge that will take us to Tharepati, and here is where the best views can be seen. The famous Gosainkund trek branches off from Tharepati, but we will be sleeping here for the night. Tonight we will sleep in tents, wrapping up warm to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Day Five – Trek to Melamchi Ghyang (2,530m)

If the weather allows, we will wake up just before daybreak this morning to watch a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas. For many this moment will be the highlight of the entire trip in Nepal.

After sunrise and breakfast we will continue our now daily routine of packing up and moving on. Today will be slightly shorter, about 4 hours in total. From the ridge at Tharepati we will drop down into the surrounding forest and meadows before reaching Melamchi Ghyang. We will witness some of the damage caused by the earthquake in 2015 here, and we will have the opportunity to learn a little bit about the challenges faced by rural communities following that event.

We will sleep in a tea house for the night.

Day Six – Trek to Tarke Ghyang (2,600m)

Today we will be trekking for up to 6 hours, not losing any overall altitude, but engaging in a few steep ascents and descents along the way. After our initial descent from Melamchi, we will cross the Melamchi River and then climb back up towards Tarke Ghyang. Today we will be passing through Sherpa villages, witnessing their way of life, all the while with the backdrop of stunning Himalayan views in the background.

Our destination for the day, Tarke Ghyang, is also known as “Helambu”; the namesake of our trek. This is because the majority of the people living here are from the Helmu caste of Nepali culture. Tarke is also home to one of the largest and oldest monasteries in the region, which we will get a chance to see.

Tonight will be our final night in the mountains, and we will be camping again. It’s time to make the most of the peace and quiet, perfect mountain air and stunning views, before our last day’s trekking tomorrow.

Day Seven – Trek to Thimbu (1,580m), private bus to Kathmandu

Our final day in the mountains is a short one. We will depart a little later than normal, as there is no rush for us to reach the end of the trek today. We will descend to Thimbu, slowly reintegrating into civilisation as we do so. The day will only take about 3 hours until we reach Thimbu, where our bus will be waiting to take us back to Kathmandu.

After the 4 hour journey we will check into the same hotel we started at, get long-awaited showers and freshen up. The evening is then yours to head into Kathmandu and grab a meal and a few drinks and look back on your time in the Himalayas

Day Eight – Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Fly back home

Today is yours to explore the Kathmandu Valley and some of the 7 World Heritage Sites located in the area. We can provide a guide and transport for a small fee, or you can explore on your own. Alternatively you can wander the back streets of Thamel, checking out the food or buying some gifts for friends and family. In either case we will ensure that you make it to the airport in time for your international flight. It's been a pleasure.

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