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Helambu trek In Nepal

by Annette Voss (2020-09-07)

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Not as popular as the Everest base camp Trek or Annapurna trek, Helambu trek offers a number of distinct advantages. The trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu. Moreover, you may leave the hotel in Kathmandu and set foot in the Helambu trail within an hour.

Further, it takes only a week to complete Helembu trek in Nepal. This trek starts from Sundarijal, located at the eastern end of the Kathmandu Valley. Further, this trek in Nepal does not climb above 3500m. This trek makes a loop around the Sherpa populated Helambu region to the northeast of Kathmandu and only the first day of the walk is repeated throughout the trek.

The drawback of this trek in Nepal is that it doesn't offer spectacular Himalayan views like other popular treks in Nepal. The Sherpa people of the Helambu region are friendly and hospitable, thác bản giốc making this trek a perfect for cultural immersion.

Wherever you trek in the region, you enter Langtang National Park. Further, on this trek there are park check posts at Megan Goth, Khutumsang and Sermathang.

Itinerary: Day 01: Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani

Morning, transfer to Sundarijal (15 km) from Kathmandu. From Sundarijal the trail starts off up concerete steps besides the pipeline that brings drinking water down to the valley. Eventually the trail leaves the pipeline from near the dam and reaches Mulkharkha, sprawling at the ridge at 1895m. There are superb views back over the valley and some tea shops for refreshments.

The trail continues to climb, however, less steeply to Chisopani at 2300m.

Accommodation at local lodge in Chisopani

Day 02: Trek from Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang

The trails head down to Pati Bhanjyang at 1770m, which has a police checkpoint. After the checkpoint, the trail rises and falls through Chipling at 2170m. Continuing along the forest ridge, the trail descends to Tamang valley of Gul Bhanjyang.

Accommodation at local lodge in Gul Bhanjyang.

Day 03: Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati

The trail climbs from here to another pass at 2620m, then it's downhill to Khutumsang at 2470m. The trail follows the ridge line with the views of the Langtang and Gosainkunda peaks through a sparsely populated forest to Megan Goth before finally reaching to Tharepati at 3640m.

Accommodation in local lodge at Tharepati.

Day 04: Trek from Tharepati to Malemchigaon

From the pass the trail descends rapidly down a ravine to a large Sherpa village of Malemchigaon at 2530m.

Accommodation in local lodge in Malemchigaon.

Day 05: Trek from Malemchigaon to Tarke Gyang

From here, the trail continues to drop, crossing the Malemchi River by a bridge and then making a long climb up the other side of the valley to Tarke Gyang at 2590m.

Accommodation in a local lodge in Tarke Gyang

Day 06: Trek from Tarke Gyang to Kiul

Teh trail drops off the west side of the ridge in a rhododendron forest, along a board, well -traveled path, passing through the Sherpa Villages. The trail then enters the hot, rice-growing country of Malemchi and Indrawati Valleys. The steep descent from here continues to Kiul at 1280m.

Accommodation in a local guest house in Kiul

Day 07: Trek from Kiul to Pati Bhanjyang

From here, the trail descends along the river, crossing it at the suspension bridge then joins the wide trail at Mahenkal and follows it to Talamarang. From here the trail follows the ridge to Pati Bhanjyang at 1770m where Helumbu trek is completed.

Accommodation in a local guest house in Pati Bhanjyang.

Day 08: Back to Sundarijal

The final day largely retraces the route of the first day's walk.

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