Helambu Circuit trekking
Helambu circuit trekking is a naturally and culturally rich journey that provides awesome views of the Himalayan panoramas and unique Sherpa cultures. Helambu circuit trekking is easy and altitude free trek that does not require any special permits except a small payment for national park. This is a worry free trek that does not involve any flight. Helambu circuit trekking is also peaceful and tranquil destination for trekking and the trails are tremendously quite than other popular regions like Everest and Annapurna. The landscape is classic Himalayan foothills, with plenty of dramatic ascends and plummeting descents. Helambu circuit trekking will passes through Mountain View points, alpine meadows and Tamang and Sherpa villages. The access for the trekking is easy with the taking of Bus/Car or land cruiser drive from Kathmandu.
Walking through lush green valley’s misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of Himalayan peaks are great features in this trek. Helambu circuit trekking is the ideal trek that provides simple teahouses and lodges along the trails. Yet the area remains relatively unspoiled by tourism. We will experience the unique culture of high mountain villages, stunning views of snow peaks, and watch enthralled as the farmers work in the fields using handmade tools and groups of water buffalo.
Helambu circuit trekking lies to the north of Kathmandu and provide an opportunity to experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to Everest region. The Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang that which forms the focus of Helambu is a fascinating enclave of farmers and yak headers. Helambu circuit trekking starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, this trek is suitable for those with limited time.
Helambu circuit trekking is easy and scenic trek that goes up to the average altitude of 3600 meters. The trek takes us via Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang, where a choice of trails opens up. However we follow along the south ridge via Sermathang, down to the river at Melamchi, the site of a Mega project to supply drinking water to Kathmandu through a series of tunnels, finally our trek ends with a drive down to Kathmandu via Melamchi Bazaar through Dhulikhel bazaar.
Attraction of the Langtang Region
Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.
In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures
Flora & Fauna:
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.
The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.
In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.
Helambu Circuit trekking short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal (1350m), trek to Chisopani (2140m), one hour drive, 4 hours walkking.
Day 04: Trek from Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3600m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon (2640m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Melamchi gaon to Tarkeghyang (2560m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Tarkeghyang trekking to Sermathang (2621m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Bazaar), drive to Kathmandu, 2 hrs walk, 5 hours drive.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Final Departure.
Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.