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Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,455ft]
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,455ft]
After an early breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Boudhanath, and the temples of Pashupatinath. As we stroll along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupas in Asia, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. There will be a brief orientation followed by trek preparation during late afternoon at the hotel lobby.
Day 03 - Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani [2,300m/7,546ft]
Sundarijal is located to the northern edge of Kathmandu. We will take about an hour of ride from Central Kathmandu to reach Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we will follow the stone steps upward to reach Mulkharka which is the scenic Tamang village. We will walk along dam that supplies water to Kathmandu and enter Shivpuri National Park. We will follow the descending trail to Chisapani (cold water) (2300m).
Day 04 - Trek to Kutumsang [2,446m/8,025ft]
We will leave Chisapani and walk along forest area to Kutumsang. It is going to be a long trek of seven hours. We will follow the descending trail through meadows and fields by enjoying the spectacular views of Langtang Mountains. We will move through Pati Bhanjyang to Gul Bhanjyang and then proceed to another pass. Lowering down from the pass, we will reach Kutumsang where we will stay overnight.
Day 05 - Trek to Thadepati [3,650m/11,976ft]
After early breakfast, we will leave Kutumsang and follow the ascending trail on a steep path lined with fir and rhododendron forest. We cannot find any permanent settlements in this trail. Walking through forest, we will reach Yurin Danda that allows panoramic views of several surrounding mountains. Continuing further, we will arrive at Thadepati where we will stay overnight.
Day 06 - Trek to Tarkegyhang [2,560m/8,399ft]
About 6hrs of trek will take us to Tarkeghyang from Thadepati. We will leave Thadepati and head east. Lowering down from Melamchi River, we will pass through few Sherpa settlements. We will visit ancient local monastery. The region was named Helambu after its Hyolmo inhabitants. We will stay overnight in Tarkeghyang.
Day 07 - Trek to Sermathang [2,610m/8,563ft]
Leaving Tarkeghyang, we will move through wide valley to Sherpa village of Ganyul (2520m). Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism is the chief religion that is dominant in this region. We will follow the descending trail before climbing up to the forested ridge. We will stop by the large gompa at Chumnik before climbing uphill to Sermathang village where we will stay overnight.
Day 08 - Trek to Melamchi bazar and drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,455ft]
Our final day of trek includes descending trail to Malemchi Pul Bazaar. We will walk through the scenic trail decorated with chortens and after passing through the small villages of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang, we will lower down to Kakani. This is the final Sherpa village on Helambu trek. We will lower down from Kakani and reach Dubhachaur located at 1610m. We will arrive at large suspension bridge and crossing Indrawati river over bridge, our trek concludes at Malemchi Pul Bazaar, from where we will take a drive back to hotel.
Day 09 - International departure
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
- All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
- All required permits for trek (TIMS Card and National Park Fee)
- Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
- Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
- All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
- Comprehensive first aid kit.
- Trek Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
- Staff insurances and allowances
- Trek completion certificate (Upon request)
- International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for staff