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Helambu Rhododendron Trek

  • 11 Days
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 1 - 10 People

Destination: Nepal

Meals: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner

Transportation: Private / Public Vehicle

Accommodation: Teahouse+Hotel

Max. Altitude: 3650m

Activities: Trekking, Cultural Tour

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Helambu Rhododendron Trekking is a trek which lies 75 km north east of the ancient city Kathmandu, noted for its scenic grandeur and pleasant climate. The Helambu Rhododendron Trek covers the diverse range of brilliant green valleys, misty rhododendron forests, and distant horizons of snowy peaks and the colorful contrast of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist cultures. This trekking is an ideal destination trek for short holiday visitors in Nepal in the un-spoilt region.

Helambu Rhododendron Trekking offer historic Buddhist Monasteries amidst a rich and enchanting landscape, as well as superb mountain views, picturesque Sherpa settlements, friendly people, and the unspoiled local traditional culture of the area at the average altitude of 3500m. This trek is more like a cultural trek than mountain and glacier expeditions, which can be completed in only few days and is well supplied with good teahouses in each settlement. The people here are predominantly Tamang, with Sherpa people inhabiting the higher villages, particularly Melamchi Gaon, Tarkegyang and Sermathang. Along the way of the Rhododendron Trip in Helambu, we visit mixed ethnic group settlements of Brahmins, Tamangs, Newar and Sherpa people. Helambu Rhododendron Trekking offers excellent views of mountains that include the Langtang (7245m), Ganesh Himal (7405m), Dorje Lhakpa (6990m), the Annapurnas, Manaslu, and other small mountains of the Langtang Himalayan range - and even Everest on a clear day. Rhododendron Trekking in Helambu starts from a 13 km drive by bus/car from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Then we begin our trek ascent to Chisopani with great views of mountains, valley views, and landscapes. Then we continue our walk to make almost a circle through the Khtumsang, Tharapati, Tarkeghyang, Sarmathang and finally to Melamchi; the site of a mega project to bring drinking water to Kathmandu via a series of tunnels - then we take bus/ private vehicle back to Kathmandu. It is possible to do opposite cross over Laurebinayak Pass (4,609m) to the popular Hindus and Buddhist holy site Gosainkunda and Syabrubesi, then head back to Kathmandu 7/8 hours scenic drive by bus. This trek is normally arranged as a tea house trek, but we can offer you Camping trekking also.

As we are trekking company base in Nepal, Nepal Mother House Treks organizes this Spring Trip with a lifetime of experience with local Guides, porters, helpers, necessary equipment, rescue and evacuation service, all our staff insurance, Government permission, and other required fees. Helambu Rhododendron Trekking is possible to make shorter and longer, or Camping, or Home Stay, as our clients prefer. This trekking is recommended for mountains lovers and cultural seekers, who love to test travelling in Nepal Himalaya with Rhododendron blooming. The best time is spring season (Mid Mar to end of April).

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu.

Day 02:Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m)

Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) -1 hour & trek to Chisapani (2300m) -3 to 4 hours

Day 04:Trek Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 05:Trek Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 06:Trek Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) -4 to 5 hours

Day 07:Trek Malemchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2,590m) -5 to 6 hours

Day 08:Trek Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2,610m) -4 to 5 hours

Day 09:Trek Sermathang to Malemchi Puul Bazaar (880m) -3 to4 hours and Drive to Katmandu -2 to 3 hours bus

Day 10:Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 11:Final Departure to your Destination

Cost Include

  • Arrival to until Departure all transportation (airport to Hotel to airport).
  • Hotel in Kathmandu before trek and after trek overnight with BBB Plan.
  • Welcome and farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural restaurant.
  • All comfortable Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea, coffee, chocolate during the trekking.
  • Warm down Jacket and Sleeping Bag for the trek.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi to Kathmandu private tourist bus/ car/ van.
  • English speaking friendly Guide and helpful strong porter and their lodging and food.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing by City Tour Guide with entries fee and transportation.
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS Cards.
  • Insurances for Guides and Porters.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Medical Kit Bag during the trek.

Cost Exclude

  • Cold drinks; coke, fanta, sprite, and mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, beer and bar bills.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance.
  • Souvenir or other expenses during the trekking.
  • Personal mountaineering gears.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend.  

Trip Note

If you do not need porter for the trip, the trekking cost will be reducing from the original price. Nepal Mother House gives you some clue to make less cost for the Solo traveler also. Please contact us in our email for more details with your requirements. 

If you wish to stay longer, we can offer plenty of suggestions: Bungee Jumping, mountain biking in the Kathmandu valley, white water Rafting, Jeep Flyer, Paragliding, Rock climbing, Jungle Safari tour, Skydiving, Mt. Everest view flight, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square, the Kathmandu valley's other historic cities Sightseeing, or a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for a bit of luxury and some worth able sunset and sunrise mountain panoramas. We help to arrange any of these excursions for you. Namaste and see you during your next trip to the Nepal Himalayas!

Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu.Upon arrival at international airport meet our assistants and transfer to the Hotel located at Thamel to take a rest and be free all afternoon.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing pre- Treks (1350m) Our Tour Guide leads you to explore around Kathmandu valley for sightseeing. You will explore historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square; the House of the Living Goddess “Kumari” and Kasthamandup temple” - it is said that it was built from a single tree in 16th century, Big bell-Big drams, Erotic carvings in old temples, old palaces, etc., Bouddhanath; one of the largest Stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath; situated on top of the hill known as the Monkey Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas in the world, which has been registered as a UNESCO heritage side. Pasupatinath; Hindus holy place, with Sadhus and pilgrims bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the Ghats, located on the holy Bagmati river. After these activities we go back to your hotel and prepare for the treks. Stay overnight at hotel. Please, check your insurance details and have a copy of your travel medical insurance policy with you.

Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) -1 hour & trek to Chisapani (2300m) -3 to 4 hours We drive from Kathmandu to the Sundarijal on the northern edge of the Kathmandu valley for about an hour by private transport, and then start to hike through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement we will come across is the sprawling Tamang settlement Mulkharka. The trail continues on a gentle climb through the Rhododendron forests ridges before it drops down to Chisopani (cold water) (2300m) situated on the ridge from where you can see countless snow peaks. The sunrise on the Himalaya, from Annapurna to Everest, is particularly outstanding from here. Stay overnight there.

Day 04 : Trek Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) -5 to 6 hours After breakfast the trail continues to drop down on a good, sometimes level path, and crosses meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang. Here there is a Brahman and Chhetri village on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge at 1860 meter. Then the trail begins climbing up again on a series of steep switchbacks to Chipling (2170m) where we can stop for lunch. At the upper end of this village the trail leads us on another steep 200 meter climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge. From this ridge the trail descends through forests to a large Chorten (round Buddhist monument) overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang, which is a delightful, classic hill village with a pleasant main street.

Day 05 : Trek Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) -5 to 6 hours Today the first part of the trail climbs up a steep eroded trail through rhododendron forest passing only a few shepherds’ huts to a pass at 2580 meter. The trail proceeds north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of Langtang and Gosaikund Peaks. Then we will cross the pass at 3510 meter before we descend to Magen Goth where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, the trail goes ascending / descending again, passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams till we reach Tharepati (3640m). We stay overnight at teahouse.

Day 06 : Trek Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) -4 to 5 hours After breakfast the trail turns east and drops steeply into a narrow valley from the northern end of the village. The vegetation changes to large firs, then oaks and rhododendrons, as we rapidly achieve low altitude. The trail then goes in descending order from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaun through the pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley. The ridge directly above the village gives you a marvelous view of the Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. We cross the village and enter a forested area, again descending to Melamchi River followed to the Malemchigaon for overnight. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture, and some Buddhist monasteries.

Day 07 : Trek Malemchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2,590m) -5 to 6 hours The early part of the trek descends until you cross the stream named Melamchi. Now you enter a cultural destination called the Helambu Region. Then the trail goes gently up to a beautiful Sherpa village Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements and huge monasteries. The stone houses are close together with narrow alleyways separating them. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 08 : Trek Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2,610m) -4 to 5 hours Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests. The trail leads us across small forests with the view of beautiful villages of the Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. This is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.

Day 09 : Trek Sermathang to Malemchi Puul Bazaar (880m) -3 to4 hours and Drive to Katmandu -2 to 3 hours bus After breakfast the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking today is quite pleasant with mountain views and the possibility of interacting with friendly local people. After having lunch we will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements and high hills. It takes about 3/4 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu by bus/ private car.

Day 10 : Farewell friend day in Kathmandu (1,350m) In this pleasant day you may have a full day at leisure to either relax at your hotel or explore the around Thamel. Today is the day of ending your journey, so Nepal Mother House Treks would like offer you farewell dinner in a Nepali Restaurant, and give you a Trip Certificate, Trekking Permit and TIMS Card for a memory of your Nepal trip.

Day 11 : Final Departure to your Destination Today is free for last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives until your departure flight/drive. Our assistants will be transferring you to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Helambu Rhododendron Trekking - Trip Map

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Useful Info

Few things are worth arranging while you are at home. Please note down these list details before your departure, this tips will help to make your trip enjoyable:

  • Read travel advice, inform yourself before travelling and get advice locally when you arrive.
  • Make sure your passport valid date during your travel and consult about visa processing.
  • Estimate your budget and fixed holiday period then chose suitable destination.
  • Note down travel check list before leave home and preparer accordingly.
  • Inform your friend and family about your trip and itinerary details.
  • Make copies of your important documents as a backup in case you lose the originals.
  • Buy Guide book and study about Nepal’s general information (culture, custom, political, people, geography, weather, festival, religion, rule and regulation).
  • Buy insurance which will cover all overseas medical, emergency evacuation costs.
  • Batter to know at list few Nepali words while traveling in Nepal.
  • Make reservations with advance payment, especially during peak season, for trip, accommodations and local guides.
  • Call your bank for debit- and credit-card to let them know about fees and your travel destination. Get your bank’s emergency phone number if you have a problem.
  • Visit the doctor for your health report and take medicine and vaccine accordingly.
  • Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them.
  • Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behavior may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
  • Never step over anyone feet/legs, and pull in your own legs when somebody wants to pass.
  • Never touch anybody with your feet, also never point in a direction using your feet. The feet are considered the most impure parts of the body.
  • When entering a house, somebody's kitchen, temple or monastery take off your shoes.
  • As a woman you should always be dressed avoiding provocation, so keep shoulders and legs covered.
  • It is very polite to give and accept with your right hand, and even more so when you use your left hand for supporting the elbow of your right hand.
  • When in doubt how to behave in certain situations; keep a low profile, do not shout and keep your dignity.
  • It is better not to touch offerings or persons when they are on way to shrines.
  • Beef is prohibited among both the Hindus and Buddhists. No female animal is killed for food.
  • You may not be allowed entry to the inner sanctuaries of temples and Stupas.
  • You may be interested to take snaps of temples, Stupas and monuments. Generally temples, Stupas and monuments are permitted to be photographed, but it is better to have permission before using your cameras.  

For more details please visit Nepal Travel Tips.

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