Trekking “Amidst rich mid-hills culture in the shades of the Jugal Himalayan range”…as you view magnificent sceneries & interact with the ethnic communities and learn of their unique cultures…
This trek takes you through a wonderful circuit of the Helambu region. The actual starting point for this trek is Sundarijal because of its proximity to Kathmandu. The Helambu region is less frequented by trekkers than other regions like that of Everest or Annapurna. Helambu, one of the most beautiful regions in the foothills of the Himalayas, is just a few days away from the Kathmandu Valley rim, and is situated directly northeast of Kathmandu in the central Himalayan region. This trek takes you through the Langtang region and joins at Helambu. The Langtang area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest national park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq. km. of mountainous terrain south of the Nepal-Tibet (China) border. The area gives you opportunities to immerse yourself in a broad range of cultures. The three main ethnic peoples living in the area are the Tamangs, Bhotias and, Yolmus. Their religion and monasteries show rich Buddhist culture at its best. At lower elevations along the edges of the park, other mid hill tribes and castes reside including Bramins, Chhetries, Newars and some Gurungs.
This is a wonderful trek that mixes nature with culture….
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Full – day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1460m) Trek to Chisopani (2195 m) 5 hrs
Day 04: Chisapani to Kutumasang (2470m) 6 – 7 hrs
Day 05: Kutumasang to Tharepati (3510m) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 06: Tharepati to Melamchi gaon (2530m) 3 – 4 hrs
Day 07: Melamchi gaon to Tarkegyang (2560m) 3 – 4 hrs
Day 08: Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2621m) 3 – 4 hrs
Day 09: Rest at Sermathang
Day 10: Sermathang to Melamchi Pul (840m) 5 – 6 hrs
Day 11: Drive to Dhulikhel Mountain Resort 2 hrs
Day 12: Drive from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 14: Transfer to the airport for final departure
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to your hotel, where our Sherpa guide or office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and your trip in general. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day’s sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Full-day, guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley.
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kastamandap temple with a professional guide who knows about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambunath Stupa, also known as the “Monkey Temple” because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and make any last minute queries before departure for your trek. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: we drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1,460 m.).
Trek to Chisopani: (2,195 m.), 5 hrs. A few hours drive through the eastern suburbs of the Kathmandu Valley takes you through the famed site of Boudhanath, renowned for its enormous Buddhist chaitya or stupa, adorned with the ever-present, all seeing mystical eyes of Lord Buddha. After stopping at Boudhanath, the drive diverts to a dirt road for an hour towards Sundarijal, meaning “beautiful water,” a lovely spot with cool patch of forest with monkeys and fresh streams. Sundarijal is a picnic spot used by people from Kathmandu who want to escape the busy crowded metropolitan life in the city for a day. In the early days, it used to be a summer residence for the aristocratic Rana rulers. The bungalow left is now used for scout training. Here, the trek begins with a climb up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley, through terraces of rice and millet, and then through a delightful forest of rhododendron. As you continue to climb, you eventually reach a high ridge offering excellent views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himal. You stop at Chisapani for the overnight so that you can take advantage of the sunrise over the eastern Himalaya. Chisopani is a scenic spot at the top of the hilltop, with 4-6 teahouses and an army camp nearby, as well as lovely mountain scenery.
Overnight in a lodge.
Day 04: Chisapani to Kutumasang: (2,470 m.), 6 – 7 hrs.
You begin your journey with a morning drive of 25 kilometers on a good road with gorgeous scenery, passing through the scenic villages of Naudanda, Kanre, and Lumle, all the way to Nayapul. At Nayapul, our adventure begins in a warm, subtropical region; the walk follows the Modi River upstream to Birethanti, and then follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola, with scenery of rushing waterfalls and tall, green forests. Lunch will be served at Ramghai. We will stop overnight at Tikhedhunga village, where you can enjoy the cool splash of cascading waterfalls. Walking distance is about four hours. overnight in a lodge.
Day 05: Kutumasang to Tharepati: (3,510 m.)
You begin by climbing a steep, eroded trail above Kutumasang, passing mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are no permanent settlements. Then the trail descends to Magen Goth (3,150 m.). It finally reaches Tharepati for the overnight stay. Tharepati, situated at 3,510 m., is the highest point of this trek and it’s worth the climb for the grand views of the snow-capped peaks, ranging from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna to the far west and the Jugal mountain range to the northeast. The trail from here also juts off to the west. It is another one and half day walk to the popular pilgrimage site of Gosainkund. Overnight at your lodge.
Day 06: Tharepati to Melamchigaon: (2,530 m.), 3 – 4 hrs.
The trek continues downhill from Tharepati towards Melamchigaon through a beautiful forest of oak and rhododendron. It passes the northern end of Tharepati and descends steeply down a ravine. After crossing a river via suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village of Melachigaon for the overnight stay. This village is famed for its wood carving, and you can see the intricate carvings on the windows of the houses. We then bunk out overnight at a lodge.
Day 07: Melamchigaon to Tarkegyang: (2,560 m.), 3 – 4 hrs.
The hike from Melamchigaon is on a slow path for an hour and a half before ascending to Tarkegyang. Tarkegyang is the main village of the Helambu region, renowned for its green apples and the wood carving on furniture and other household items. You will have enough time to visit this lovely village. The homes of the inhabitants are amazingly clean, with polished wooden floors and real clean utensils. Overnight at your lodge.
Day 08: this will be a day for rest at Tarkegyang.
A well deserved rest day, free from the hassles of packing! Today you can visit the village and its nearby monastery. You can also go on a short hike to the top of the nearby hills for more great views of the snow-capped peaks. Overnight at your lodge
Day 09: Tarkegyang to Sermathang: (2,621 m.), 4 – 5 hrs.
After a lovely morning, you head towards Sermathang, another important village in the region. The hike leads to a steady winding path, offering excellent views of the surrounding landscape all the way to the overnight stop at Sermathang. Overnight at your lodge.
Day 10: Sermathang to Melamchi Pul: (840 m.), 5 – 6 hrs.
The last day of the trek is more or less downhill all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. The trek passes through the mid – hills villages of Kakani and Thimbu before heading towards the subtropical region filled with rice paddies. Melamchi Pul is a busy bazaar where people from the rural hill villages come for marketing or to catch a bus to Kathmandu. Here, you will have the last camp of this wonderful trek.
Day 11: Drive from Melamchi Pul to Dhulikhel Mountain Resort. 2 hrs.
The drive from here is on a dirt road for few hours until it joins the main Tibet – Nepal Arniko Highway. From here, a pleasant, scenic drive brings you to the mountain resort at Dhulikhel for the overnight. Dhulikhel is an old Newar town situated beyond the eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley en route to Tibet and Jiri, which is the classic gateway to Everest. As Dhulikhel offers a panoramic view of the central and eastern Himalayan ranges, it is one of the most popular tourist spots and has comfortable lodges and resorts.
Day 12: Drive from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu.
A short scenic drive of an hour brings you back to Kathmandu.
Day 13: this is a free day in Kathmandu.
You are at leisure to do shopping or just resting at your hotel. In the evening, you will be taken to a reputed Nepali kitchen for a delicious Nepalese dinner. As you savor your meal, you will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary outing provided by Higher Limit Trek & Expedition for the good will of its guests. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Transfer to the airport for final departure.
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