1. Trek to the beautiful Helambu village and experiencing the way of life of the Hyolmo people.
2. View of the gorgeous Langtang, Lakpa Dorje, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh and Manaslu mountains.
3. Visiting the beautiful and ancient monasteries, temples and meditation caves.
4. Trek inside Shivapuri national park and experiencing the starry night and mountain view from Chisapani.
5. Visiting Yak pastures and tasting fresh mountain cheese.
Helambu Valley trek or the Hyolmo (alternatively Yolmo) Heritage trek takes us to the home of the Hyolmo people in the Helambu Valley. Helambu Valley lies in the northern part of Kathmandu. It is adjacent to the Langtang National Park. The Hyolmos are also known as Helambu Valley Sherpas. They are quite different in tradition and culture to the more numerous Khumbu and Rolwaling valley Sherpas.
Buddhism is the predominant religion in the region. It is believed that many past Buddhist masters like Milarepa and Guru Rinpoche practiced meditation in the Helambu valley. There are many monasteries, ancient sites and meditating caves that record these happenings. The culture and way of life of the people in the region is also represented in the special Thangka paintings of the Hyolmos. We will be staying with the Hyolmo people for most part of our trek. Their hospitality is wonderful.
The path that leads to Helambu valley passes through Shivapuri National Park. The forests are mostly populated by pine, oak and rhododendron trees. Hundreds of varieties of birds and animals, including some endangered species are found in the forests. The most beautiful part of the trek is the wonderful view of the mountains. Throughout your journey, you will be able to view the beautiful snow clad mountains like the Lakpa Dorje, Ganesh, Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar etc. from a close range.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Chisapani- Kutumsang- Sermanthang- Melamchi- Kathmandu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and hike to Chisapani (2,165 m/7,103 ft), one hours drive & 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 04: Chisapani to Kutumsang (2,470 m/ 8,103 ft), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 05: Kutumsang to Tharepati (3,690 m/12,106 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 06: Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2,530 m/8,300 ft), 4-5 hours of walk.
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,590 m/8,497 ft), 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul (870 m/2,858 ft), 4-5 hours of walk and drive to Kathmandu, 2-3 hours of drive.
Day 09: Departure.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/ 4,264 ft
You will land in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Team Ambition Himalaya will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel, which will be in a central location in the city, preferably in the tourist center of Thamel. We will welcome you with a complimentary Nepali dinner in the evening, which will be followed by musical and traditional events. The dinner will take place at a typical Nepali restaurant and you will be accompanied by the managing director of Ambition Himalaya and your guides during dinner.
Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation
Today is a free day. You will spend the day by going for sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley and doing basic trek preparations. There are many places of religious and cultural importance in the Kathmandu Valley. Major attractions of today's travel include the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. We will go sightseeing in the day and shop for basic trek supplies in the evening. We will also provide you with an introduction of the upcoming trek.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal/Hike to Chisapani
Altitude: 2,165 m/7,103 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
We will wake up early and drive to Sundarijal. If we are late, we will miss the wonderful sunset from Chisapani. Sundarijal is at the base of the Shivapuri National Park. We will walk for 4-5 hours through dense green forests and waterfalls until we reach the height of Chisapani (meaning cold water). The first part of the trek passes through beautiful Tamang villages like Mulkharka. The second part of the trek passes through forest of the Shivapuri National Park. We will enjoy the beautiful mountain view and sunset and rest here overnight.
Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang
Altitude: 2,470 m/8,103 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will trek to Kutumsang today. The path from Chisapani to Kutumsang is full with lush green meadows and fields. The path goes uphill and downhill on a frequent basis. Two passes, Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang lie on our way. The passes and the surrounding area are settled by the Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa people. Chipling is a large village that lies on our way. It has shops and small hotels for trekkers. We will get a panoramic view of the mountains from most places in today's journey. We will reach Kutumsang after a long walk. We will rest in homestays at Kutumsang overnight.
Day 05: Trek to Tharepati
Altitude: 3,690 m/12,106 ft
Time: 5-6 hours
The trail past Tharepati is sparsely populated. It is a steep climb for most part. The forest is primarily made up of Oak, Rhododendron and Fir trees. We will cross Yuri Danda Ridge on our way. It is a wonderful spot for mountain view. Kutumsang is further up. When we finally reach Tharepati, it welcomes us with a flurry of prayer flags, smiling villagers and a nearby sight of the tall mountains.
Day 06: Trek to Melamchi
Altitude: 2,530 m/8,300 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We will start going downhill today. The walk is also shorter compared to previous days. Heading east and flanked by the Jugal and Nombur mountains, we will cross the pine and rhododendron forests on our way to Melamchi. It is the primary settlement of the Helambu Valley Sherpas, the Hyolmos. We will visit the numerous ancient monasteries and shrines in Helambu. We will rest here overnight.
Day 07: Trek to Sermanthang
Altitude: 2,590 m/8,497 ft
Time: 5-6 hours of walk
Sermathang is another beautiful village of the Hyolmo people. It lies at about the same height as Melamchi. The road will therefore be mainly flat. We will cross waterfalls, streams and rivulets that flow through the mountain forests. Two beautiful villages - Parachin and Gangyul lie on our way. There is an ancient monastery at the top of Sermathang, which we will visit before our evening rest at one of the homestays.
Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul and drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 870 m/2,858 ft (Melamchi Pul)
Time: 4-5 hours
We will complete our trek today. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is our final destination before we head to Kathmandu. The trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar takes about 4-5 hours. We will board on a vehicle waiting for us and head for Kathmandu. The drive will take 2 hours on average. You will rest in your hotel overnight. You can enjoy music and cultural dance show before resting in your hotels.
Day 09: Departure
You will head back to your destination today. We will organize a small traditional Nepali ceremony to mark your departure. Our staff will drop you off at the airport, from where you will board a flight to your destination. You also have the option of extending your trip by taking part in other treks.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.