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Helambu Trek-8 days

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2014-10-07

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The organization behind the trek was excellent !

This was our 4th trek in Nepal and we decided for the first time to put our trust in a local company and we are very pleased to say we have not b...

Trip Introduction


This trekking consider as an easy trekking. This trekking itinerary takes you to to  traditional settlements of diverse ethnical tribes, so it is also recognized as a cultural trek.  We not only enjoy the views of all surrounding Himalayas of Langtang but also have an opportunity to savor the sceneries of green valleys along with agricultural farms and vegetation. The trails across through many villages, hills, subtropical forest and involves a lot of ups and downs.


Helambu Trek begins at Sundarijal and ascends through the trails inside deep jungle to Shivapuri hill. We further trek to Chisapani, Kutumsang and  hike up to Tharepati. From here, trails come further down to Sermanthang, Tarkeyghang and Melamchi Village from where we take transportation back to Kathmandu.

 Trip Highlights


  • The amazing culture of people of Nepal, that belong to different ethnical tribes- Traditional Magar and Tamang are likely to be seen in full swing 
  • The landscapes that include lush vegetation, river valleys and Langtang Himalayan Range to the north
  • The floral and faunal biodiversity of Shivapuri National Park and surrounding areas
  • Most importantly the soft adventurous walk that suits to everyone who can walk few hours everyday

 

 

 


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu; trekking preparation Day -D
Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani for overnight-B
Day 03: Trek to Kutumsang,2470m-B/L/D
Day 04: Trek to Tharapati,3490m,-B/L/D
Day 05: Trek to Sermanthang.2605m-B/L/D
Day 06: Trek to Melamchi Village.1420m-B/L/D
Day 07: Trek to Melamchi Pul ,1400m,and bus back to Kathmandu.-B/L/D
Day 08: Departure to your destination. B/L/D - denotes the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu; trekking preparation Day
Altitude: 1400m      Bed & Dinner
Upon on your arrival, our representative greets and welcomes you and transfer to lonely planet recommended hotel- Blue Horizon. You will have free afternoon to be refreshed up and relax. Later in evening we again meet, brief the plan and take you for little walk around in main downtown. Over night at Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal 1 hr drive & trek to Chisapani 4-5 hrs trek
Altitude:  2300m      B/L/D
Today is a day to start your trekking! We take a small drive to Sundarijal and start trekking towards Shivapuri hill. The trail goes through many local villages and goes through deep forest while hiking to the top of the hill where we can encounter flora and fauna. Overnight at Chisapani just right after finished walking into forest.

Day 03: Trek to Kutumsang 5-6 hrs trek
Altitude: 2470m      B/L/D
Today we walk down for half an hour and continue gradual hike up crossing through some local villages on the way and reach Kutumsang for overnight. This is a border place of Shivapuri Wildlife and Langtang National Park.

Day 04: Trek to Tharapati 5-6 hrs trek
Altitude: 3490m      B/L/D
After breakfast, we will prepare for little long hike up. We issue Langtang National Park Permit here and continue walk up to a big hill. Today walking goes through stony trail mostly on the Sal forest. We walk for 6 hours over here and reach Tharapati for overnight. Tharapati is at the top of the hill from where trail defer toward to Gosaikunda Lake into the North hill. This is a highest elevation we over night at this trek at 3100m.

Day 05: Trek to Sermanthang 4-5 hrs trek
Altitude: 2605m      B/L/D
Today after breakfast, we walk down hill and enjoy with the green scenery of Helambu valley. We will reach Sermanthang at late afternoon after following confusing Greenfield trails. Over night at lodge

Day 06: Trek to Melamchi Village 4-5 hrs trek
Altitude: 1420m      B/L/D

Today walking evolves with green field and through agricultural farms which confuse us to find out the right way. We take a short cut way to Melamchi village and over night at lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Melamchi Pul 2-3 hrs trek and drive back to Kathmandu 3-4 hrs drive
Altitude: 860m      B/L/D
After trek for some hours, we finally reach to Malamchi Pul and take comfortable transportation back to Kathmandu. It takes about 4-5 hours. You will explore city at afternoon and meet again at evening for celebration of the trek. We host farewell dinner at Typical Nepalese restaurant and comment about the trip at the same time while exchanging trade emails. Over night at Kathmandu Hotel

Day 08: Departure to your onward destination
Free day for shopping and departure      Breakfast
Today is free at morning to prepare for your ongoing drive/flight. This morning, you will have last minute to buy some gifts to your family or to friends from Himalayan country Nepal if you have not purchase yet. We transfer you to airport and our trip over here of you may extend your trip with us!

Price: US $600 per person

What is Included?

• Airport pick up and transfer

• 3 star standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast as per above itinerary

• Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private vehicle

• Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

• A day guided Kathmandu city tour with city tour guide,monument entry fees

• 5nights/6 days Helambu Trek with full board of meals( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Tea- Coffee) & comfortable, neat and clean mt. accommodation at tea- house/ Mt. lodge.

• One Advanced Adventures Trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), one porter on each two trekkers, all payments/ insurance

• Helambu & Langtang National Park Fee

• TIMS Card( Trekkers security card- newly introduced)

• Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag

• Medical kit bag

• Final airport drop

• All government and local taxes as required


What is Excluded?

• Nepal Visa fees, intl. airfare & departure taxes

• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu

• Travel and rescue insurance

• Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters

• Personal Tipping

• Any extending trips

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

Please Check Available Dates for The Year of:
Start Date Availability Price
28 February, 2018 Available US $600 Book Now

Important Trip Notes & Activities
Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.

Passport & Visa Information
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US cash & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.

Nationals of SAARC countries and China do not need visa when visiting Nepal. As per this rule, Indian nationals do not require visa.

Currently, foreign national can obtain Nepalese visa from the following border.

• Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
• Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
• Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
• Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
• Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
• Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
• Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
• Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees: Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

(For further information, please, contact Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,

Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Group Size:
In our trip, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size is ten or more on request. We can also organize private trip to solo person with single supplement cost. Else, join our estimated group departure dates available online or ask us with your personal dates, we will open group date on the same date.

Our Guides, trip and safety
Because these hikes take you on the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the very experienced and qualified & equipped leader for the safe and successful trip. We Advanced Adventure employee the local trek guide and stuff who are trained and qualified on the trip we worked on. Our guides are trained and licensed from Nepal Gov, certify from TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association. All of our leading Trekking and Climbing Guide are experience from last 8 to 10 years. We have train them specially for your trip, to cater the flexible needs of our peoples in the group joining from different countries, this double assure you that your trip is at the right and professional hands.

At every trip, there would be our one Trek leader and one assistance leader on each additional 2 peoples on the trek- this arrangement would ensure that even if any of our guide/ assistance guides get sick or if any travelers gets sick and need to be back or delay the days of walking, it would still works smoothly and there would not be any impact on our original trek plan. Also each two trekker would have one Sherpa helper for carrying your trekking bags.

Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu and any other cities, your accommodation is at tourist standard hotels ( Attached Bath, A/C, 24 hours running hot/cold shower) similar of 2 to 3 star standard hotel and while in trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and local tea houses, they are clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.

In city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). We provide you food from the local tea- house/ Mt. Lodge from en route. Breakfast and dinner is to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be en route in between.

Foods provided are depends on the availability of the Mt. lodges we would be staying but in general, you can have Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pastas and even a version of pizza! So, over all you have a different choice of food on trek.

(Upgrade hotel to 4 stars or 5 stars is possible in Kathmandu, please write us if you interested)

Trekking Seasons:
We do have two best seasons to attempt this trek to Everest Base camp. As this trip is a big trip to you, we always suggest you to come at the right time of the year as far as possible.

Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, warmest weather of the year.

Autumn:- (Mid September, October and November) - excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility.

Winter Months: - (December, January and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.

Summer: - Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid June, July and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek.

Vaccination:
Vaccination is required to plan to your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information of vaccination you would require to the country you will be travelling.

Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for travel Nepal.

Caring Porter:
Our porter are fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter are fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters.

The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.

Communication facilities on this Trek:
These days, there are enough communication facilities on this trek, most of the local villages has local telephone booth phone thus if required, you can easily communicate with your friends and family however the cost is slightly expensive, 2 to 3 dlr per minute. Nowadays, during the clear days, reception of Nepalese cell phones is on throughout the trail, your guide will have Cell phone on the trip.

To Book
Once you would choose which trip you would like to book with us, write us with the information or phone us on our phone number for the trip booking confirmation. We have online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with information required and summit us.

Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. Non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.
 

Please don't hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our trip booking Process.
 

Hom Rana

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Born in Bungkot village of Gorkha, Hom Rana is cheerful mountain guide with more two decades of experience. Most of the guests who trek Nepal with him thinks that he is a "cool" guide. Mr. Magar's engagement in trekking started when he was 15 years old (in year 1995). He went to Annapurna Circuit Trek and his first salary was a modest NRs 75. Hom Magar is passionate about trekking in the Himalayas. He talks fondly of the mountains, the people and the cultural heritage of Nepal.

Hom can play traditional Nepalese musical instruments like Madal and Flute. He is also fond of singing. He has a tiger face tattooed on his left arm and fondly tells his guests about the story behind it. He generally spends his free time with his family- cooking Momo and playing with his child.

He says that Nepal is a "small world with a lot to behold".

Ishor Lamichhane

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Born in Burlang, Gorkha District, Ishwor first came to Kathmandu in 1999 to get enrolled in a college to complete his under-graduation.

It was during the final year of his under-graduation that he got into tourism to support his financial instability. A novice, he first went to the Annapurna Circuit as a porter carrying a 30 kg goods on his back. He did the same for half a dozen trips, An earnest man, he waspromoted to be the porter cum guide for Annapurna trek and later guided a trek to Everest Base Camp.

He lives with his family in Kathmandu. A family guy, he loves to cook at home and help with other household chores along with assisting his children with school assignments.

His friends call him a jolly fellow. He loves dancing to folk tunes...and occasionally sings during the recreational activities in trek. He says, "If we consider going to Everest Base Camp to trek, it is not just about Everest, the cultural and natural extravanza along the way is what make the trip special [...] The fun of the trek is not in the destination but in what you meet along that way…and in Nepal one meets a lot!"

He is a man of various stories and you can talk about a variety of topics with him.

Rating :

2014-10-07

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The organization behind the trek was excellent !

This was our 4th trek in Nepal and we decided for the first time to put our trust in a local company and we are very pleased to say we have not been disappointed, the organization behind the trek was excellent, the emails received where fast and formative and the information given was accurate and honest.

Once we started the trek we found it to be challenging but enjoyable, we where fortunate enough to have a very good local guide that was able to answer all of our questions and make the arrangements on a day to day basis whilst up in the mountains, he understood our requests and every over night stay he arranged for us was comfortable and an brilliant experience into the locals and the traditions and music of the locals.The accommodation we had was always comfortable and the food was very good.
The porter we had was also great, always happy and smiling and always made it to the next stop way ahead of us and made the room comfortable for our arrival.
We are very happy to recommend this company to anyone that is looking to book a trek in Nepal with a local company, their pricing is the best we could find their service more than matched the delivery of the much larger international companies.


Ian Cole & D Scott – London UK – April 2013
Irc1968@ntlworld.com | derekscott@ntlworld.com

Price US $600

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Meals Full board on trek/Breakfast in the city
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Max Elevation 3100m Tharepati
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Group Size 1 - 10 Persons
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