Helambu anti clockwise trekking is a differently customized itinerary prepared by Nepal Trek Adventures, starting from Melamchi Bazaar at a reasonable cost. Helambu is popular for these things: Buddhist monasteries, sweet apples, Tamang and Hyolmo culture and also is combined with Langtang region. Helambu Trekking is one of the easiest and shortest treks of the country located on the north of Kathmandu. It is a nice trek for those trekkers who want to explore typical Hyolmo cultural of Nepal. Helambu trail is a short trek of around eight days. The word Helambu is driven by the word Hyolmo. Normally, the trekking begins from Sundarijal and goes passing Chisopani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Mangengoth, Tharepati, Melamchigaun, Nakote and Hyolmo, Tarkegyang.
After Tarkegyang you will have two options, one follow footpath for Sermathang and the other bus route to Kiultapkakharka. Both the ways ultimately meet at Melamchi from where one can get back to Kathmandu by bus. But Nepal Trek Adventures has revised this itinerary completely in the different way, which starts from Melamchi Bazar and ends at Sundarijal. It takes 3 to 4 hours to reach Melamchi Bazaar and walking for 3 hours in your first day's trekking up to Kakani village. Likewise, the trail follows, Gangjawal, Melamchi Gaon, Mangengoth, Chisapani, and Sundarijal. The trekking covers the maximum height of 3,510 m.
Helambu Trekking is combined with Langtang region, the trail is separated from Tharepati, following Ghopte and crossing Gosaikunda pass and lakes meeting at Lama Hotel via Thulo Syabru and Shin Gomba of Langtang valley trek. The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La pass and descends to the Melamchi valley where around 10,000 Hyolmo people reside. The Nepal Government recognized Hyolmo as one of the indigenous groups among 59 with their distinct cultural identity. Some Hyolmo also considers themselves as Helambu Sherpa. Their main religion is Tibetan Buddhism. As a marriage ritual, Hyolmo used to steal bride but this is no longer in practice in recent days.
Sometimes intuition, or gut instinct, leads you to make the right decision. I met marketing staff’s of NTA in the streets of Thamel and like many others, he gave me a business card and invited my husband and me to visit their office and discuss our travel plans. There are so many touts on the streets of Thamel but NTA’s staff open friendly manner won the day. After entering to the office we found Manager is thorough, his services reliable and very affordable and his staff and a team of guides and porters are friendly, trustworthy and committed to caring for their clients. They skillfully organize all the details for a successful trip - pickups, buses, hotels, tour activities, a checklist for trekking requirements and, of course, wonderful treks. His team organized an everything for us like- Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, The Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Helambu trek. What an experience! Chitwan was amazing and our only regret was that we did not allow more time there after our organized activities to relax and explore the local villages more. Yes, we were tired at the end of both treks but every aching muscle and sore toe was well worth it. We trekked through some of the most spectacular scenery that either of us has ever seen. The climax was, of course, Annapurna Sanctuary. It is a very special place and definitely a fitting home for the gods! The old adage holds out – no pain, no gain. We felt blessed! Trekking is a great way to get a real feel of Nepal, its countryside, its villages, its people and its magnificent mountains. I am so glad that we have had the opportunity and time to have had these wonderful experiences. A big thanks you, once again, to Manager, to our wonderful guide and friend on both treks, and our incredible porters. Don't leave it to intuition of gut instinct like I had to, but take my advice and put your trust in the hands of Manager and the wonderful staff at NTA.
Just returned from Helambu trek with both legs aching but the heart filled with so much satisfaction and joy. Rajendra is the happiest, most cheerful person I have traveled with. Many times he lifts my load just by his smile. Dhana my guide was quite supporting me every step of the way and encouraging me throughout the challenging Ascents. I could not have done this trip without these two!! Also, Dhana and Raj did not hurry me and let me trek at my own peace. This made my journey more enjoyable than reading my destinations.
Helambu trek and Chitwan Park October 2011i started emailing Binod of NTA months before we arrived in Nepal and from the very beginning, the service was great. Emails were timely and his suggestions were important and we never felt like he was trying to force unwanted tours on us! Finally, we arrived and nothing changed we felt very welcome here and loved meeting some of his staff. Our guide (Dhana ) and porter (Bikash ) were amazing troopers and so much fun to spend days with the laughter never stopped! I think other trekkers and guides were jealous of our fun! Dhannyabad Binod and the rest of the NTA gang for their kindness and ensuring our whole trip went accordingly to plan Ta-Ta!
Size of Trekking Group
For Helambu Trek, there will be one leader and Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers). This arrangement is done for the smooth running of the campaign. It ensures that the trip will carry on as per plan even if anybody in a group gets sick. NTA can operate this trek for a group of any size. But, a group of 12 are considered as optimum size. However, if you have a group of more than 12, NTA can arrange this too.He
While on trek, we will spend six nights at local tea houses. All accommodations for this trek will be on twin sharing basis. However, on request, single rooms can also be made available but it costs additional $ 250 US.
During our Helambu Trek, we will enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine like, Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, breads and drinks of different variety and snacks.
Breakfast of a day will be served at the same tea house or lodge where we spent the night, as per its menu. Lunch will be served on the way to destination and dinner will be served at the tea house where you spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be served during our stay in Kathmandu.
Getting Visa for Nepal
You will get on arrival visa for Nepal. On arriving Nepal you will get tourist visa for 15 to five months. It depends upon your purpose of visit but regarding tour you will get the visa for 15 to three months.
For trekking you need to submit photocopy of passport and two pp size photo of yours.