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Helambu village - Kakani Trekking

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This is a short but fantastic trek into Helambu which takes you through the heart of the Sherpa & Tamang Culture, along the way. Moderate elevations and easy access from Kathmandu make this an ideal trekking. The trek begins with 5 hrs drives to Melamchi Pul.

You will experience the people here in their appearance, customary hospitality, and devotion to Tibetan Buddhism and their language and customs. The villages are colorful and impressive along the trail. The mountain scenery provides a stunning backdrop for a transcendental experience. Hidden among the oak rhododendron and fir forests, and these steep river valleys, are a number of sacred cave dwellings and meditation sites of historic lamas. Join the trail coming from Gosainkund then trek down to Chisopani and further to Sundarijal from where you drive to Kathmandu.

Introduction and trip briefing: We give a short brief about the trip in Kathmandu on the same day of your arrival and introduce your trip guide and team members. At the mean time, we provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions if any about the trip.

Accommodation: Lodges in the mountains are not as comfortable and clean as in the city but not the very basic. The lodges we use normally have combination of dormitories, twin, triple room and beds have foam mattress. There are few factors that affect our choice of a particular lodge which may not always be immediately obvious but the great looking lodges from outside may not be the cleanest and may not provide the best service or food. Please note that we also do not use lodges that will not provide accommodation for porters and guides as we believe that we have a duty to look after all our staffs. Some of the lodges now have attached bathrooms but we do not include this in the price of your trips. However due to availability issue you may be given a room with a bathroom and we will not charge extra.

Meals: Three meals as per your choice are provided in a day. Every lodge has a food menu and ordering book and you should write down in it everything you order under you name and room number. Guide will assist it actually and check at kitchen how busy they are. However it is good to order the food in one hour advance. Lunch is normally taken in a lodge along the way and we suggest the group tries to order similar dishes to make easier and shorter time. Nepali,Tibetan, Continental etc dishes are available though. However local food like vegetables, potatoes, soups are fresh, hygiene and healthy.

Guide: English speaking, well experienced and knowledgeable holding license from government institutions. They are well trained about the high altitude problem, eco tourism, social responsibilities and sincerely dedicated on their duty.

Actually our guides play an invaluable role in ensuring that our clients have the best opportunity to experience, learn about, and enjoy their trip presenting them whenever you need any help. Porters: Normally we use only regular porters working for the company. Our porters are fully equipped and insured having knowledge of walking on snow and high altitude passes. They are very honest, reliable, strong and of curse get good pay.

They can speak engligh and will be referred to take the guide training after they are well experience and confident.

Travel Insurance: We suggest and t is a condition of traveling with us that you must be fully insured, including air rescue services and all medical expenses. You decide and choose what amount and types of is insurance is suitable for your trip nature as some does buy cancellation and only for certain period of time.

Itinerary: Given itinerary is flexible so if needed there is often there will be possibility on the trek to extend or shorten the walking days. In the special case if the trips is ended a week or more earlier, there will be given an optional for a short trip. Please discuss this with your trek guide and express your wishes.

Washing and Toilet: Most of lodges offer hot shower now. Some times a hot shower means a bucket of hot water and ask your trek guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water if the water is not solar-heated. Please note that higher place and cold time there is very little chance to have enough and hot water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but ask your trek guide about the place where you can wash and clean your teeth. In any event it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you. If the water frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water which does not cost money.

Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are out side the lodge but now some lodge are have inside the room or lodge. They tent to be cleaner in the lower and Annapurna region than the Everest or other remote and high region because of water shortage and temperature. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Drinking water: Most of the stomach problems are faced from drinking water in the mountain so you should really care of it. Bottle of mineral water is normally available but environmentally unfriendly options so we recommend filtered and boiled water that should be treated with iodine / purifying tablet before you drink it. The lodge people charge minimum for boiled water as fuel is used to boil the water and wait about half an hour before adding any fruit powder etc.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers and local bus to trek starting and ending point or private vechicle will be arranged at an extra cost if required.

Electricity: Small scale electricity schemes are running is several mountain communities but as they by definition small the light may not be strong enogh to read by and is not always guaranteed to be working. Kerosene lamps, candles or solar light bulbs are often used is the dining room where there is no electricity. A toch light, with extera battries is essential. Some lodges have rechargeing facilites for which there is a small charge. Nepal use voltages, 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets are fit both round and flat.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport. You'll be met at the airport by our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour. Afternoon, meet the guide / trip briefing and final preparation of the trek.

Day 03: A scenic drive via Dhulikhel and reach to Melamchi then trek unhill through the forest to Kakani 2000m. 2-3hrs.

Day 04: Kakani - Sermathang 2600m. 6-7hrs. trek

The trail ascends through the beautiful villages, chorten, teashops and chir pine forest experiencing a lowland Tamang and Sherpa culture.

Day 05: Sermathang - Tarkeghyang 2490m. 5-6hrs. trek

The trail ascends along the ridge visiting a Gomba in Chumik and soon starts descending through deep forests, crossing a number of streams en route to and further to Tarkeghyang a picturesque large village on a shelf high above the river.

Day 06: Tarkghyang - Melamchi Gaon 2530m. 6-7hrs. trek

The trail descends through the colorful settlements and a short ascends through forest to a sturdy suspension bridge across the Melamchi Khola then reach the Melamchi Gaon.

Day 07: Melamchi Gaon - Tharepati 3630m. 5-6hrs. trek

Cross the suspension bridge, the trail climbs steeply up a ravine then vegetation changes to large fir, oaks, rhododendron and a pasture to reach the Tharepati.

Day 08: Tharepati - Gulbhanjyang 2260m. 5-6hrs. trek

The trail passes some ascent and descent with the views of down valley along some of the beautiful villages then reach to Gulbhanjyang.

Day 09: Gulbhanjyang - Chisopani 2140m. 6-7hrs. trek

The trail crosses the farm land, beautiful landscape and lower villages with mix culture along all the way to Chisopani.

Day 10: Chisopani - Sundarijal - Kathmandu 5-6hrs.

The trail ascends to Bhanjyang and then walk through the forest to come to to the village from where the trail descends to Sunadarijal from where we catch the transport to Kathmandu.

Day 11: Kathmandu

A full day sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley. Evening Join the farewell dinner with live Nepali cultural program hosted by the company.

Day 12: Departure

If you have time and are interested for other adventure like white water rating, wild life safari or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to airport and fly back to sweet home.

Trip Cost: USD 690 per person

Trip cost includes

  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • 3 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with tour guide, entrance fees
  • Lodge accommodations and all meals during the trek, down jacket, sleeping bag
  • Cost for a first Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide and Porter
  • Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag
  • All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits
  • All government and local taxes where applicable.
  • Welcome or farewell dinner

Trip cost does not includes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
  • Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu
  • Emergency rescue and medical expenses
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters
  • Tips for the trekking crew
  • Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required

Trip Fact

Grade: Easy-Medium

Max alt: 3800m

Min alt: 1460m

Walking hrs: 5-7 hrs

Seasons: Sep-Nov, Mar-May

Trek Style: Tea House / Camping


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