Langtang Helambu Cultural Trek

Trip Overview

The trek is easy and provides the spectacular views of the Langtang (7245m), Ganesh Himal (7405m), Dorje Lhakpa (6990m) and other small mountains of Langtang Himalayan range. The warm and friendly people of helambu are mostly Buddhists. It is an ideal trip for those who have a short time and like to combine both cultural scene. You will enjoy visiting the culturally rich Tamang villages, Buddhist Gompas and the fantastic landscape with rice fields.

Helambu is a lush region to the North of Kathmandu inhabited by Sherpas and Tamang people although the Sherpas of this region differ in their practices from their cousins in the Everest region.The trek passes through some beautiful forests and very interesting villages on route.

Detail Itinerary

Helambu Cultural trek-

Day 01- Drive From Kathmandu To Sundarijal (1350m) 

The road turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant at Sundarijal bus stop from where you will begin your trek. The uphill trail passes through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve adorned with bamboo and rhododendron forests until you reach Mulkharka village for lunch. Resume trekking as you descend down the ridge through the forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m). Chisopani offers magnificent views from Annapurna to Everest and beautiful sunrise and sunset views.

Day 02- Trek From Chisopani To Kutumsang (2446 m)

The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a level trail that crosses the meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pati Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620 m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, and from there it is downhill to Kutumsang (2470m) atop a ridge.

 Day 03-  Trek From Kutumsang To Melamchi Gaon (2640 m) Via Tharepati Pass (3650 m)

The trek continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge and offers the views of peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trail then descends to Magen Goth only to gradually ascend through the enchanting forest of beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees. From Tharepati, the trail gradually descends through the pine and rhododendron forest with great views of Helambu valley, Jugal Himal and Numbur. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture.

Day 04- Trek From Melamchi Gaon To Tarkeghyang (2743 m)

The early part of the trek drops until you cross the stream, Melamchi. Then, you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang, which is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is named after Sherpa people of Hyolmo caste.

Day 05- Trek From Tarkeghyang To Timbu (1580m) , From Timbu To Kathmandu

The trail gradually descends from Tarkeghyang until Kakani (2070m) and from Kakani it steeply drops through green hills and forests to Timbu. The drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes about 4 hours

Langtang cultural trek-

Day 01- Drive From Kathmandu To Syabru Besi

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02- Trek From Syabru Besi (1600 m) To Lama Hotel (2470 m)

Intially, the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is a gradual ascent up to Bamboo passing through a landslide. Afterwards, you trek gently down to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. The end your trail is level to Lama Hotel and while en-route you can see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03- Trek From Lama Hotel To Langtang Village (3430m.) Via Ghore Tabela 

At Ghora Tabela, the trail emerges from the forest.  The trail then continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements. There is a monastery here which you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

Day 04- Trek From Langtang Village To Kyangjin (3870m.)

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. You should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area.

Day 05- Rest Day At Kyangjin Gompa

You take a day off for rest and to visit the monastery and the cheese factory. Walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m.), directly behind the village, for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06- Trek From Kyangjin Gompa To Lama Hotel (2470m.) 

From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. Later, you continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07- Trek From Lama Hotel To Syabru Besi (1460 m)

This day you trek along a flat leveled path until you reach Sherpa Gaon (2500 m.) passing through terraces and green hills. Sherpa Gaon is a Sherpa village with amazing traditions and Buddhist culture. There are houses made of stone, wood and zinc and a few modern houses. The next part of your trek is full of ups and downs until Bhanjyang village. Finally, your trek goes steeply down to Wangal before becoming a gradually descending path to the Kerung river. After crossing the suspension bridge over the river, it merely takes 15 minutes to reach your destination, Syabru Besi. 

Day 08- Drive From Syabru Besi To Kathmandu 

You drive through scenic foothills to Kathmandu.


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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:9 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 3800 meters
  • Best Time: Mid Feb to May and Oct to mid Dec.
  • Trip Mode: Lodge & Camping trek.
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above

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