North Kathmandu: Langtang and Helamb Trek
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1360m)
Arrival in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Depending on the arrival time, you make a city tour to see some contrasts and activities in the streets of Kathmandu. A local guide shows you his hometown: Kathmandu, its temples and old streets around Indra Chowk and Ason Tole. He also gives you a first glimpse into the lives of Nepali people.
Day 2 Kathmandu Visits
After breakfast, you have a short transfer to Swayambhunath. It is a huge Buddhist monument on top of a hill overlooking the city of Kathmandu. It is also called a Monkey Temple as monkeys from nearby forest come to ‘steal’ offerings made to the Gods! Next visit is Patan, where you have your lunch inside a peaceful, historical courtyard. It was another kingdom within the valley of Kathmandu before the unification of Nepal in the 18th century. It is well known for its beautiful temples, arts and crafts. Similarly, its small, hidden Buddhist monasteries called vihar are another beauty to see in Patan.
Day 3 Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani (2250m)
After breakfast, we have a short drive to Sundarijal, starting point of our trek. It’s a steadily uphill walk, all the way up to Deurali, through the Shivapuri National Park with oak and rhododendron trees. On the way, we will see a couple of settlements the Tamang people, who are basically Buddhist. A final walk along a ridge through a forest offering view on green rolling hills takes us to Chisapani.
Drive 1 hour
Trek: 4 hours
Day 4 Chisopani - Kutumsang (2435m)
You start your trek towards Kutumsang. A decent through meadows and fields makes a good start while enjoying nice views of the Langtang (7210m) and other mountains. You come across many villages like Pati Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. It’s a beautiful trail along a ridge before a downhill trek to Kutumsang, a relatively bigger Helmuli village in the region.
Trek: 6 hours
Day 5 Kutumsang - Thadepati (3650m)
Another beautiful day of trek starts with a climb along a relatively a steep trail. The forest consists primarily of Oak, fir and rhododendron trees. Today, you see hardly any settlements on the way. Enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayas all along to Tharepati.
Trek: 6 hours
Day 6 Thadepati - Tarkeghyang (2555m)
After breakfast, you head for Tarkeghyang starting with a descent to Melamchi Khola. Then, then it’s an uphill trek leading to Tarkeghyang, a Helmu village. Enjoy visiting some Sherpa settlements. The view on the Himalayas continues to be thrilling! At Tarkeghyang, visit also the monastery: one of the oldest and biggest in the region.
Trek: 6 hours
Day 7 Tarkeghyang - Sermathang (2,630m)
Today is an easy day of trek without significant ascent or descent. The trail passes through mostly through forests, and pristine streams and waterfalls dot it. On the way, visit a beautiful monastery in the Sherpa village of Kangyul. An easy footpath leads to Sermathang – another big village amid green hills.
Trek: 4 hours
Day 8 Sermathang – Kakani (2000m)
Today, it's mostly trekking downhill! The trail descends steadily, passing through beautiful villages, Buddhist chortens, and a beautiful forest.
Day 9 Kakani - Melamchi Pul
It's a last day of trekking. You trek down all the way to Melamchi Pul, another beautiful village in a subtropical region. Then, drive to Kathmandu. Free time upon arrival in Kathmandu
Drive: 3 hours
Trek: 2 hours
Day 10 Kathmandu Visits
You continue the discovery of Kathmandu with a guide. a short transfer takes you to Bhaktapur, which is just fabulous anytime of the day! People making offerings -– flowers, colors and lights -- to thousands of Gods and Goddesses, bells ringing, farmers selling their products from nearby fields, children playing…! It’s an ancient kingdom, a unesco site now, that boasts of a 55-window Palace, courtyards, fountains and of course, a myriad of pagodas that are just a marvel to behold. Drive back to Bodhnath, another big Buddhist stupa. It is a UNESCO heritage site; where Buddhist pilgrims walk around the holy dome praying and turning prayer wheels. There is also a small Tibetan settlement nearby and pious Tibetans can be seen praying in various monasteries. Return to Hotel
Day 11 Free day in Kathmandu
It's a free day in Kathmandu! Take a big rest, or get around the old streets of Kathmandu, or bring back few souvenirs...
Day 12 End of our services
End of our services after breakfast. As per the schedule of your flight, transfer to the airport
Period & budget
When to travel?
The best period for travelling is during the following months:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
Terms and conditions
- Cancellation up to 30 days prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: No cancellation fees. Unless you have given a written agreement to pay for additional tailor-made services (hotel, internal flights, activities…). In that case, you shall be charged the corresponding amount
- Cancellation between the 30th and 21st day prior to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 30 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)
- Cancellation less than 20 days to the agreed beginning of the journey: You will be charged 70 % of the travel price, in addition with every non-refundable expense for additional services booked on request (internal flights, site entrance tickets, activities…)