Helambu Trek offers scenic landscape, favorable climate, insights into hillside village lifestyle, and a relatively easy trail with less demanding altitude (highest point is 3600m). Located some 70km away from Kathmandu, the Helambu trek is part of the Langtang Valley, which is dubbed “the valley of glaciers” and offers spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. The trail is dotted with many traditional villages inhabited by various ethnic groups, such as Tamang and Sherpa, both practice Tibetan Buddhism, thus there are lots of ancient and beautifully crafted monasteries and stupas en-route.
Morning depart from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu, arrival in the afternoon. Transfer to hotel in Thamel area, a backpacker-haven and a shopping district, where you can get supplies for the trek ahead.
Drive some 40 minutes to the starting point of the trekking trail in Sundarijal (1350m). The trail leads to the Shivapuri National Park. Trek uphill through forests to reach Mulkharka Village for lunch break; the village is mainly resided by the Tamang ethnic, the name means “horse traders” in Tibetan language. Later, trek along the ridge through oak and rhododendron forests to reach Chisopani.
Trek downhill to Pati Bhanjyan at 1770m, then the trail rises and falls till reaching Chipling at 2170m. From here, the trail climbs again to reach a pass at 2470m, before descending through a forest ridge to Thodang. The trail continuously descends till reaching a large chorten overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.
The day starts with uphill trek until a pass at 2620m, then descent to Kutumsang, where the Langtang National Park office is located. Park rangers shall check and verify trekkers’ permit. Later, trek for another 4-hour uphill to reach Magingoth, with view of Langtang and Gosaikunda peaks in a distance.
Today’s trek is relatively short; it takes about 3-4 hours to reach Thatepati, the highest point of this trek and an ideal spot to view the Himalayan ranges, including snow-capped peaks like Manaslu and Langtang Lirung, lots of photography opportunities. Have lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in Tharepati.
Follow a descending trail and pass through pine and rhododendron forests, the view opens up to the Helambu Valley. Enter Melamchi Gaon, a scenic Sherpa settlement. The Sherpa people are credited as skilled and hardy local guides for early western explorers of the Himalaya region. Their mountaineering skill is said to be partly due to genetic adaptation to high altitude living, like unique hemoglobin-binding enzymes and doubled nitric oxide production, thus they could cope better with thin oxygen in high altitude.
A day of rest and relax in Melamche Ghyang, and get to know the Sherpa culture and tradition better. Explore the village, visit local school, ancient Buddhist monastery, nearby forests; or simply laze about in teahouses with great view of the nature, sip tea, and chat with the locals.
Take a descending trail until the Malenchi Khola suspension bridge (1890m) that spans across a rapid flowing river. Trek uphill after crossing to the other side of the valley. En-route, pass by one of the oldest monasteries in the region, before reaching Tarke Gyang (2620m), the largest village in Helambu; stop for lunch. Later, the trail is relatively flat and offers sights like water falls, monasteries, traditional villages, and farmers working in the fields.
Take a descending trail through meadows and cultivated fields, with the majestic Himalayan ranges as backdrop. Along the way, observe village life and farmers toiling in the fields. Upon reaching Melamche Bazaar, check into a proper hotel for a well-deserved rest, and enjoy sumptuous meal. This is the last stop of the trek; throw a party with trekking guide and porters.
After breakfast, around 9am catch a local bus to Kathmandu, arrival around 2pm. Check into hotel in Thamel area and refresh. Later, you may explore the surrounding street markets, shops, or cafes, Thamel is a shopping haven.
Free and easy day. For optional activity, you could sign-up for a city day-tour at own cost – visit the UNESCO Heritage site of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the Monkey Temple, and Buddhanath Stupa.
After breakfast, you may go for last-minute souvenir hunting in Thamel area. Before lunch, hotel check-out and transfer to the airport, catch an afternoon flight back to Kuala Lumpur. End of tour.
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