This is a moderately challenging trek that starts very close to Kathmandu and includes some steepish slopes up on to the ridges that border the western side of the Helambu Valley.
The region of Helambu (Helmu) lies to the North- east of Kathmandu valley, just 45 km. away on the lap of the Langtang Himal. Gosainkunda – the abode of Lord Shiva is a religious site where Thousands of Hindu pilgrims congregate every year in mid august to worship Shiva. Helambu Trek is popular among the trekkers for its scenery and favorable climate.
It extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal. There we meet several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the Melamchi Khola.
This trek is comparatively easier one due to the fact that the elevations are lower, ranging between 800m to 3,600m, offering less climbing as well as warmer temperatures. The most important benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise in comparison to the Annapurna trek and some parts of the Everest treks. Besides this, the trek offers a wide range of cultures and spectacular scenery.
The group will leave Kathmandu (1350m) in the morning and embark on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Trishuli, where they will stop for lunch. From Trishuli, the group will continue their journey to Dhunche (1960m), which is located in Rasuwa district. Due to its proximity to the Tibetan border, there will be multiple checkpoints along the way. The group will overnight in Dhunche.
On the fifth day of the trek, the group will set out from Dhunche and journey to Chandanbari (3330m) in approximately 4 to 5 hours. After a nourishing breakfast, the group will embark on a trek through lush jungle landscapes, where they will have the opportunity to observe an array of wildlife including white and red monkeys and diverse species of birds. The group will stop for lunch along the way and continue to their final destination, Chandanbari, known for its Yak cheese factory, where they will spend the night.
After breakfast at Chandanbari, the group will embark on a 3 to 4-hour trek to Laurebina (3910m). The trek will take the group through a scenic forest of pine trees and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Along the way, the group may have the opportunity to spot the elusive red panda, which is an endangered species. From Laurebina, the group will have a glimpse of the Tibetan landscape and will spend the night there.
After a nourishing breakfast, the group will set out on a journey towards Gosainkunda (4380m), which is estimated to take 3 to 4 hours. The Gosainkunda is considered a holy site by various religions and is renowned for its temple and large lake. During the trek, the group will have the opportunity to admire the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes, including Saraswoti Lake, Bhairab Lake, and the largest lake, Gosainkunda. The group will spend the evening taking in the beautiful surroundings and will overnight at Gosainkunda.
After breakfast, we will embark on a trek from Gosainkunda to Lauribina Pass (4610m) and then to Ghopte (3530m). This journey is expected to take 8 to 9 hours. During our trek, we will witness panoramic views of the mountains and lakes, and then descend from Lauribina to take lunch before continuing our trek to Ghopte, which will take approximately 2 hours. We will spend the night in Ghopte.
Today, after breakfast, we will embark on a 7 to 8-hour trek from Ghopte to Tharepati Pass (3690m) and Melamchigaon (2530m). Tharepati is a breathtaking viewpoint, affording stunning views of the mountains and hills. We will take a short break there to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, before continuing our descent to Melamchigaon for lunch and an overnight stay. During our time in the area, we will also visit some traditional Buddhist Ghyangs, adding a cultural dimension to our adventure.
Following breakfast at Melamchigaon, we will embark on a 4 to 5-hour trek to Tarkeghyang (2600m). The uphill journey will take us to a historic Buddhist monastery, where we will have the opportunity to observe the local people and their way of life. After visiting the monastery, we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch and settle in for an overnight stay in Tarkeghyang. This unique experience will offer us a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region and the warmth of its people.
Today, we will take a well-deserved break at Tarkeghyang, before setting out on an exciting excursion to the Ama Yangri Peak (3771m) after breakfast. To fully enjoy this journey, we will bring along energy bars, water, and a packed lunch. Once we reach the peak, we will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding area and its various monasteries, and during the monsoon season, we may even witness the magnificent spectacle of thunderbolts. This 8 to 9-hour trek to and from the peak will be an unforgettable experience, offering a sense of peace and serenity amidst the natural beauty of the region. We will spend the night in Tarkeghyang, recharging our batteries for the next leg of our adventure.
Today, after breakfast at Tarkeghyang, we will embark on a 5 to 6-hour journey to Sermathang and Kakani Bhanjyang (1996m). The trek ahead will take us along a well-trodden path and offer us the chance to admire the Buddhist Chhortens and Gumbas that dot the landscape, highlighting the significant influence of Buddhism in the area. We will pause for lunch along the way and then continue our trek to Kakani Bhanjyang, where we will spend the night. This leg of our journey promises to be an immersive experience, offering us a deeper appreciation for the cultural and spiritual richness of the region.
Today, after breakfast at Kakani Bhanjyang, we will embark on a 4 to 5-hour trek to Melamchi Bazaar (870m). During this descent, we will encounter the communities of Braman Chhetri and Tamang peoples and gain a deeper understanding of the diverse cultural landscape of the region. After a refreshing lunch in Melamchi Bazaar, we will catch a bus back to Kathmandu, a journey of approximately 4 to 5 hours. This final leg of our trek will bring our adventure to a close, but the memories and experiences gained along the way will last a lifetime.
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