Helambu Sherpa Villages Trek

This trek can be conducted at various times throughout the year. The most popular times are February to April and September to November.  Other times may be possible. We’d be happy to run it with a group of 8 at your convenience and you would be looking at approximately US$60 per day.  This would cover the cost of guides, porters and cook, tent hire, food and trekking permits etc.  It does not cover airfares, beverages or gratuities.  It can be run with 6 but costs will be slightly higher per day.  If you can get a number together but need a few more, let us know-we may well have others interested who would make up a group of eight.

It would be very easy to combine with a three day trip to Chitwan or Pokhara which can be arranged by the friendly and accommodating souls at Himalayan Sunrise.

This is another of our lower altitude treks. Given this, and the convenient location close to Kathmandu. You’d think it would be more “touristy” than it is.  On this trek, you will see some great mountain views, walk through truly beautiful forests and see fascinating villages.  We walk through villages settled by Brahmins, Tamangs and Sherpa people of Nepal.  Each group has their own distinctive culture, jewellery and dress.  For those interested in textiles and fabrics, there’s a lot of “eye candy”!  The Sherpas of the Helambu region are quite distinct from the Sherpas of the Everest region in both language and customs As well as rich cultural diversity, we get mountain views that include the Langtang range, the Annapurna range, Manaslu and even Everest when the planets are in alignment!

Being a shorter trek, this is good for those with less time in Nepal or those who want to combine the trek with another trip to Pokhara, Chitwan or one of the bird sanctuaries.  All these can be arranged by us at Himalayan Sunrise.

 

11

Moderate

Camping + Tea House

 

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, we will pick up at airport, transfer to hotel, Briefing.

Day 02: After break your Sightseeing day starts around 9am.  Our City guide will take you to visit world heritage sites Biggest Hindu Temple Pashupati, Biggest Boudha Stupa and Swayambhu (Monkey Temple). Final preparation day for trekking, check the gears.

 

Day 03 - Kathmandu to Chisopani (23000m)

After about an hour’s drive from Kathmandu to the Sundarijal on the northern edge of the valley, we walk up to Mulkharka, a sprawling Tamang settlement.  Make sure you stop often enough to get the views back over the Kathmandu valley.  From Mulkharka, we gently climb (seriously-it is more gentle from here) along forested ridges to Chisopani (which means “cold water”).  From Chisopani, you do get good views of the mountains and the sunrise on the Himalaya, from Annapurna to Everest, is especially stunning from here. The walk today is approximately 4 hours.

Day 04 - Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) (5-6 hrs)

Today’s walking is “a little bit up, a little bit down, and a little bit flat!”  We trek down, sometimes crossing meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang where Bishnu will check us all thorugh the Police checkpoint. This is a Brahmin-Chhetri village on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge.  From here the trail starts climbing again to Chipling (2170m) where we can stop for lunch.  From here we climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge. From the ridge the trail descends through forest to a large chorten (round Buddhist monument) which overlooks the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.  Gul Bhanjyang is a really delightful, very characteristic hill village with a lovely main street. 

Day 05 - Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m)(6 hours)

Today’s walking is “a little bit up, a little bit down, and a little bit flat!”  You may be detecting a pattern here.  From Gul Bhanjyang we climb up a steepish, eroded trail through rhododendron forest (which would be magnificent in April-May when they bloom!) We pass some shepherds’ huts and cross a pass at 2580 meter. From there, we walk along the Yurin Danda ridge and get views of Langtang and Gosaikund Peaks. We will cross another pass at 3510 meter before heading down to Magen Goth where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, we continue walking, passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams to reach Tharepati (3640m) 

Day 06 - Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) (5 hours)

We head north from Tharepati, then east and head down into a ravine.  You’ll notice a change in the vegetation as we lose altitude-moving through stands of large fir trees, then oaks and rhododendrons.  We cross the Chhyadi Khola on a suspension bridge, and then make a short final ascent to Melamchigaon at 2530m. We will have time to explore Melamchigaon which is a relatively wealthy Sherpa village where fields of barley, corn and potatoes are grown. The gompa (Tibetan Buddhist temple) here is very attractive with prayer flags at the front, brightly painted walls and statues of Guru Rimpoche and his consorts. Locals say that Guru Rimpoche mediated in a cave above the village and wore robes made by dakinis (female angels)

Day 07 - Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m) (6 hours)

From the Melamchigaon gompa, we keep descending through jungle via a bamboo teashop at 2360m, through fields to the Melamchi Khola river. We cross another suspension bridge at 1890m and begin our steady climb up to Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in the Helambu region. The stone houses here are built close together with narrow alleyways separating them. The gompa of this village has a large brass prayer wheel and you can sit and enjoy the crisp flapping of the long prayer flags in the breeze.

Day 08 - Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2610m) (4 hours)

From Tarke Gyang we descend gently through a lovely forest and wide valley to the pretty Sherpa village of Ganyul .  The people in this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, which is the national religion of Bhutan. From here the trail drops over a ridge but we’ll soon start climbing up again through more beautiful forests, crossing a number of streams before reaching 2620 m. We pass the large gompa at Chumnik, before another gentle climb leads us to the village of Sermathang-centre of an apple growing area. In the afternoon we can visit the gompa here (4 hrs).

Day 09 - Sermathang to Kathmandu via Melamchi Pul Bazaar(6 hrs walking time, 3-4 hrs to Kathmandu)

From Sermathang we follow the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar, droping 1730 metres. The trail passes chorten after chorten in the villages of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang. From here we descend through chir pine forest to yet another chorten at Kakani, which is the last Sherpa village on the trek. We now enter the lowlands inhabited by Brahmans and Chhetris. From Kakani the trail drops steeply to the attractive village of Dubhachaur in a saddle at 1610 meter. Continuing further down the ridge our trail will eventually bring us to a large suspension bridge crossing the Indrawati River and takes us into Malemchi Pul Bazaar. From here we will take private transportation back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Free day

Day 11: Departure

 

Cost Include

Airport pick up

Accommodation in Kathmandu for two nights before and one night after the trek

Accommodation and food on the trek

Gear hire as specified

Internal transfers as specified

Trekking permits, restricted area trekking permits and park fees

 

Cost Exclude

Gear hire of unspecified items

Extra accommodation

Tips and gratuities

Alcohol

 

Additional options:

At Himalayan Sunrise, we can arrange any other excursions you’d like to have such as rafting adventures, a trip to Chitwan, Pokhara, Bandipur etc. please contact us and we can arrange this for you.

Please contact us if you are interested in this trek.  We can modify our itinerary to suit the specific needs of your party and can offer you flexibility and the resources to tailor make a trip that suits your needs.