Helambu Trek, an exclusive walks on high ridges around rolling green hills just northeast of Kathmandu valley rim, located in the shade of Jugal Himal and east of Langtang Himal around Central Himalaya range of mountains.
11 days Helambu Trek is one of the best popular trekking in Nepal Langtang Region area. The Helambu trek is known as perfect best short Trek a fascinating, interesting, wonderful and cultural visit in the mid-hill about 70 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu valley an ideal country walks where all age groups can join in this wonderful trip which is a moderate trek with some downs and uphill climb, leading you into pristine areas covered within serene and tranquil woodland filled with rhododendron-magnolia-oaks-pines and fir trees with incredible views of surrounding landscapes in the shade of giant Jugal Himal range of peaks. Starting with a short drive from Kathmandu and then walking into high ridges past Chisapani with stunning sunrise views over the chain of mountains and then into rural farm villages of Tamang-Sherpa and Hyalmo people of Buddhist religion with colorful culture and age-old traditions.
The walk leads to the highest spot at Thadepati 3,597 m high with striking views of central Himalaya range of peaks, our walk leads finally at Helambu where you can explore this nice and lovely village famous for wooden handicrafts and as well for delicious green apples of Helambu. here visiting the cultural village of Hyalmo tribe kin to Tamang and Sherpa people in both language and culture, and tour of its old monastery then heading down to warmer areas for the drive back to Kathmandu after an interesting and marvelous walk on Helambu Trekking.
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Helambu Trek Located at the northern region of Nepal, Helambu lies near the border between Nepal and China. It is regarded as one of the most magnificent and easily accessible trekking destinations in Nepal. Helambu Trek is a home to numerous peaks including Langtang Lirung (7246m), Langshisa Ri (7205m) and Langtang II (6596m) among many others. You can also see a majority of prominent Himalayan ranges from here. Helambu Trek With the beautiful natural phenomenon, you will also get to experience the culture inherited from their Tibetan lineage. The majority of the population living here are Sherpas and Tamangs. The Helambu Trek is also known to have religious sites to attract pilgrims of Hindu and Buddhist faith.
Everywhere you travel, you will find that Nepali people are very charming. You will be utterly convinced and satisfied with their hospitality. You will find quality tea houses properly spaced between you treks. These tea houses offer comfortable accommodation and good meals. Tea houses or lodges you find along your path will offer basic twin rooms with attached or common bathrooms. Some lodges may offer you hot showers with additional charges for the service. Most tea houses along the lower altitudes will offer you internet but you will not find internet at higher altitudes. A night’s stay costs you around 500 Nrs excluding the food charges.
You can either take a bus or hire a vehicle to reach Helambu. You will find public buses leaving for Helambu Trek area for which you will have to book tickets to get a seat. Hiring a private 4 wheeler jeep is also a feasible idea. However, this can be expensive as they will charge you by the day and may even charge you for the fuel. The drive to the Helambu Trek is a scenic one and you can enjoy the fleeting sights of the settlements and countryside of Nepal.
Traveling at high altitudes, you cannot expect to get the fanciest of meals. But you will surely get to taste the kind of food people eat in such areas. Tea houses will have several dishes to offer you. As per usual, you will find a larger a variety at lower altitudes and as higher you go, your choices for meals narrow down. One notable thing in the Langtang region is, at many places in this region you will only find vegetarian food. One item you will definitely find is the Dal Bhat set. This set includes Rice, lentils, vegetables and even meat in some places. Some lodges may offer you their own versions of western food such as pizzas, pasta, French fries etc. Other snacks you may find are soups, momos, noodles etc.
Like all treks, you have to carry only what is needed. Your porter will have a designated weight you can give him. But it is important to only pack the essentials that you will definitely use in your trip. The ideal backpack would consist of:
You should have a proper bag that can accommodate all the necessities. If you hire a porter, you can add another bag under the weight limit for your porter to carry.
It is highly recommended that you have a guide with you. Hiring a porter depends on what kind of a trek you are going. Guides can help you in every aspect of the trek. They can guide you through the routes as well as help you with any emergencies. Guides are like companions for your trek. They don’tjust carry out their tasks as guides but help you with the lodges and all communication tasks so that everything is smooth. They will keep you on schedule and make sure everything is going according to plan. The number of guides and porters depends on the group you have. The larger the group, the more porters and guides are required.
Since the availability of Wi-Fi is now widely spread, you will get internet services at various tea houses around the lower region. The normal Nepali sim cards will also work at the lower altitude regions of Langtang. However, once you gain great attitude, you will neither find internet not will the normal sim cards work. You will need the sky sim to make calls, which provides coverage in many areas. You will find landlines at some tea houses. Similarly, electricity will be available at tea houses and as you go higher you will be charged for its use. You will need to pay hourly up to 2-4$ for charging your appliances.
You can choose your own group size according to your preference. You may have to hire more porters and guides according to the size of your group. You may require a set of crew members if you are planning to go on camping treks. You will need porters, guides, cooks etc. They will help you set up camps as you go. For other treks, your group members must be skilled in navigating. However, travel agencies will assist you with guides, assistant guides, and porters. They will help you get through the well-established routes. You may also travel alone if you wish but it depends upon the agreement stating that you are responsible for your own safety.
It is highly recommended that you bring medications that you think will be required after ample research. You can carry some common medications that can be used to deal with a headache, flu, stomach problems, etc. If you travel with a guide, he will also most likely have a first aid kit. Most guides will also be trained in first aid procedures and basic medical and life aid. There will most likely be small medical shops around the villages, which can help you with the primary treatment and common medicines. You can easily find hospitals at lower altitudes.
One of the risks of traveling to high altitude is altitude sickness. When you travel at high altitudes, the oxygen density lowers. To keep going, you have to maintain a slow and steady pace exerting minimum pressure on your body. The biggest threat of altitude sickness is that it cannot be cured or gotten rid of instantly. Symptoms of altitude sickness include shortness of breath, fatigue, insomnia, headache, nausea etc. If you experience any of these, stop your trek and take some medications or descend right away. Medications such as Diamox can help you in dire situations. By staying hydrated, getting adequate rest and acclimatizing to the location you can avoid altitude complications. If such cases do arise, consult with the trek guide to take further actions.
Acclimatization is an absolutely necessary part of any high altitude travel. This is the only way your body can deal with the increase in altitude. Acclimatization helps your body produce more red blood cells, this increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood thus making your body adjust to the altitude change. This process can require up to hours and even days. But it is best to not take any risk and give your body the maximum amount of rest you can. You are recommended to spend at least one night or more at every checkpoint for acclimatization. This will be just enough to lower the risk of any disease you can get at high altitudes.
You need to know when the best time to go traveling is, it is one of the most important things you will have to prepare before leaving. By choosing the best dates to travel, you will minimize the risks of slippery trails and weather issues. You never know when it might rain or the views might get interrupted by fog. The best possible season to travel is the autumn season. Typically occurring around early October till early December, this will be the best season to go traveling around this region. During this time, the trails become dry, and views become clear. You will also have minimum chances of bad weather.
Insurance is one of the key things you must have covered if you are traveling at high altitudes. Usually, your travel insurance policy does not easily cover high altitude travels. While traveling at high altitudes you may face health issues and require immediate medical attention or even a rescue operation. You will need a rescue team to carry you to the nearest hospital. Sometimes, helicopter rescue services are required too. As such facilities can be really expensive, it is best to have insurance to cover all of these charges. You can find insurance providers who also cover your insurance at high altitudes.
You will find plenty of travel agencies who have varieties of offers for a Helambu trek at decent prices. You will have to pre-fix the dates and schedule your trek through the platform the agency will provide. You also have the option to let the agency choose the best dates for your trek given that you provide them with a time period of your availability. To book a trek, you will have to comply with the terms and agreements set by the agencies. You will be required to send necessary documents such as passports and visas. You will be expected to provide an advanced downpayment for your trek. You may cancel your trip but if you have booked a plan you can be charged a certain amount of money depending upon the agreement set before.
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