The Helambu Village trek passes through two different national parks-Langtang and Shivapuri. The trek begins at Sundarijal, only 12km far from downtown and is a popular shorter trek available closer to Kathmandu and ends further at Melamchi Bazzar. Sundarijal is the famous watershed area and the biggest resources of Kathmandu’s drinking water supply.
It is a classic extension of Sundarijal Nagarkot trek having facility of home staying and suitable for trekkers who prefer less crowded trekking areas. We meet Sherpa people here but they are different from the Sherpas in Solukhumbu. The Helambu village offers a wide range of mixed cultures of Sherpa, Tamang and Lama Societies.
|01||Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani||2,215m/7,267ft||Trek: 4-5 hrs|
|02||Trek Chisapani to Kutumasang||2,470m/8,104ft||Trek: 4-5 hrs|
|03||Trek Kutumasang to Tharepati||3,510m/11,516ft||Trek: 4-5 hrs|
|04||Trek Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon||2,530m/8,300ft||Trek: 4-5 hrs|
|05||Trek Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang||2,740m/8,989ft||Trek: 4-5 hrs|
|06||Trek Tarkeghyang to Sermathang||2,590m/8,497ft||Trek: 4-5 hrs|
|07||Trek to Melamchi Bazzar and drive back to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,430ft||Trek: 3-4 hrs|
The picturesque landscape and the old monasteries are the main attractions of Helambu Village trek. Helambu village is also popular for apple production. Along the way after Melamchi Gaon, we meet another Sherpa town called Tarkeghyang, which bears its own story.
Tarkeghyang means “100 horses” & was taken from the name of a temple established in 1727 by a Lama (Buddhist monk) who was called on by the king of Kathmandu (Kantipur) to stop an epidemic. The Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought here, as a reward. The local temple rebuilt in 1969 has a design in Bhutanese style.
- Nearest trek available from Kathmandu
- Trekking in two different national parks
- Mixed culture of Sherpa, Tamang and Lama Societies
- Ancient monasteries and traditional villages
- The panoramic views of Langtang Himalayan range
- Great countryside, terrace farming and beautiful landscapes