Helumbu is the land of old Tamang and Sherpa village where you can see many monastery and ethnic groups and panoramic view of the mountain ranges between Annapurna and Mt. Everest. The route is varied but you walk through many rhododendron forests that look reddish in April. We encounter the number of Lamas and see Gompas (monasteries), Chorten (Stupas), and Mani stone (Prayer walls) everywhere because most of the ethnic groups in this region follow Buddhism. The people living in the villages of Helambu are friendly who love to welcome the guests with hospitality of their own culture. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guide will help our clients if they want to know about the life routine of the people living in this region.
One special aspect of this journey is that in the short time we’ll receive a representative picture of Nepal and the Himalayas. On the whole trek we stay in lodges, which are sometimes basic in nature. We start right away just north of Kathmandu and pass through the famous rhododendron forests of Helambu.
In this trek, there is good facility of communication since the internet, telephone and mobile service is available in the various points
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02 :Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal (1460 meters), walk to Chisapani (2165 meters)
Day 04: Chisapani -Gol Banjyang (2130 meters)
Day 05: Gul Banjyang – Kyula Bhanjyang (3280 meters)
Day 06: Kyuola Bhanjyang- Tharepati (3690 meters)
Day 07: Tharepati – Melamchi Gaon (2530 meters)
Day 08: Melamchi Gaon – Tarke Ghyang (2600 meters)
Day 09: Tarke Ghyang-Sermathang (2590 meters)
Day 10: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul/ Bazaar (870 meters)
Day 11: Melamchi Pul – Bhaktapur by bus 3-4 hours drive
Day 12: Bhaktapur- Kathmandu/Shopping, Rest (1337m)
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu( 1337m)
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Make sure that the trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found necessary due to unfavorable circumstances that may occur during the trek. However, the effort will be made to keep to the above planned itinerary. Unfavorable weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can force to bring the changes in the itinerary. The leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly according to the plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal (1460 meters), walk to Chisapani (2165 m)
We drive to Sundarijal bus stop, 15km far from the centre of Kathmandu city, for about one hour. A large drinking water project is located here. After the bus stop, we walk the route slightly goes uphill through the village first then a jungle. We go through an army barrack, a check post for Shivapuri and Nagarjun National Park. Then we see a water reservoir. This point is picnic spot as well. Then the sheer stairs in the various places goes slightly through the Tamang village up to Mulkharka. Then the path goes through the jungle leading us to Chisapani.
There are a few small tea stalls where we can sit and enjoy a stunning view of the Kathmandu valley on the way. After Mulkharka it goes up through the dense jungle. We cross Burlang Bhanjyang (pass) at the altitude of 2472meters. The jungle in this area is full of wild animals like leopard, bear, jackal, monkey, deer and birds. So may have encounter with any of them. The forest is of pine, oak and rhododendron. The Mountain View from the pass is dazzling. After the pass we go slightly down to our campsite, Chisapani through the forest walking for about 40 minutes. There is a check post before our campsite. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.
Day 04: Chisapani -Gol Banjyang (2130 meters)
We are in the Helambu region. We can have a spectacular view of northern range of Himalayas from Chisapani. The path goes down in the beginning for some time through the beautiful meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang. Then we walk through the village called Thulo Bhanjyang, it is a Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetri village with a few shops and tea houses .Nearby is a glorious stupa (Buddhist) with the beautiful prayer flags. Then we head to another beautiful village called Chip Ling at 2170 meters where we have lunch. Then we head to Jhogin Danda from where we can have a nice view of the surrounding mountains. We continue walking through forests to Thotung Danda. We continue our path up to the Tamang village of Gul Banjyang where we camp for the night. Day 05: Gul Banjyang – Kyula Bhanjyang (3280 m)
The path slightly goes up from Gul Banjyang to a pass at 2580 meters. From a grassy meadow we can look back over Gul Banjyang at large chorten which we had passed just yesterday. It is downhill to Khutumsang.This vilage has completely adjusted to trekkers. Almost every house in the village is a shop or lodge. There is a national park office here. Also a cave is there. The route continues north to Yurin Danda, with magnificent views of the peaks of Langtang and Gosainkunda. After Khutumsang the path goes uphill through pine and rhododendron forests. After crossing the Bhanjyang Kharka, a midow, we camp at Kyuola Bhanjyang. Day 06: Kyuola Bhanjyang- Tharepati (3690 m)
The path goes slightly uphill to Mangengoth for half an hour in the beginning. Mangengoth is also a campsite for the trekkers with lodge and tea houses. Today we have short trek. We are trekking in the higher altitude; so slight acclimatization is needed. The first path is a bit steep, and then more gradually goes up and down. We pass through beautiful pine forests and meadows and arrive at Tharepati, the campsite. Since we have enough time, we can have a visit to Melamchigaon, a beautiful village. Day 07: Tharepati – Melamchi Gaon (2530 m)
The path goes downhill through the dense forest of rhododendron in the beginning. We cross Melamchi River through the suspension bridge constructed over the River. We view a big beautiful water fall from the bridge. Just over the bridge is the village of Melamchi. Tamang and Sherpa people reside in the village in majority. Hence, we can visit to Gopma here. Internet, telephone, mobile service facility available. Day 08: Melamchi Gaon – Tarke Ghyang (2600 m)
The path slightly goes downhill to another Melamchi River. We cross the river through the suspension bridge again. We walk through the Nakotegaon, Tamang and Sherpa village. The chyorten and Gompa are seen on the way. We walk steep uphill to Tarke Ghyang, Sherpa village and camp for the night. We can visit to Gompa along with the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide. Day 09: Tarke Ghyang-Sermathang (2590 m)
From Tarke Ghyang the path goes almost flat for the whole day. We walk through several beautiful small Tamang and Sherpa villages. Also we enjoy jungle walk from time to time. Finally we reach Sermathang a big Sherpa village for the camp at night. The village has a school and internet facility. A police check post also lies here. The view of Panchpokhari and Jugal Himal is panoramic from here. Day 10: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul/ Bazaar (870 m)
The path goes flat in the beginning then it goes downhill for the whole trek through the several small villages. We can see some school buildings on the way. We camp in the Melamchi Bazar that lies in the bank of Melamchi amd Indrawati River. We can wash/ take bath in the river. Day 11: Melamchi Pul – Bhaktapur by bus 3-4 hours drive
We drive from Melamchi Pul to Bhaktapur buy bus/vehicle for 4 hours. Then we go through sightseeing in Bhaktapur Darbar Square area. We stay in a hotel in Bhaktapur for the night. Day 12: Bhaktapur- Kathmandu (1337m)/Shopping, Rest
After breakfast we head to Kathmandu. We have enough time. So, this day you spend on your own either looking around Kathmandu, buying souvenir for your friends/family or you can have full rest or prepare for going back to your home country the next day. In the evening you will be served the Farewell Dinner by the company.
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Accomodation in Lodge during the trek.
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Upto 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/12kg capacity bag, and trekking map are yours to take
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
Langtang National Park Permit
Shivapuri National Park Permit
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
Nepalese visa fee
Excess baggage charge(s)
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during the trek
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and trekking Hiking shoes .
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Minimum number of participants: 1
Maximum number of participants: 17
Max Altitude: 3690 meters BestSeason: Throughout the year DifficultyLevel: Easy
December ,January and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail.Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikings and cultural tour.It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour for this places. Chitawan National park Bardiya National Park are also the places to have live experience of culture and rituals.
March , April and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze is felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of cloud can be seen in the sky during this season.So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal .So many tourist from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalyan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period.Peak climbing period can be enlength upto June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period.This period offer plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.Except rhododendrons , many kind of natural flora and fauna makes Nepal very beautiful during this season
June ,July and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slight difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang , Upper Dolpa , Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September , October and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is the popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain , Tihar and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favourable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal.Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period.So many tourist come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m are the best destination for climbing in this season.Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
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.
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)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
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)
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
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 are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
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)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.