Helambu Village Trek

This is very easy and short trek in low altitude to the North side near from Kathmandu valley. It offers the ethnic Tamang and ethnic Hyolmo villages with local houses, traditional agriculture in terrain farm lands, Tibetam Buddhist influenced societies, Buddhist monasteries (Gompas), stupas (chhortens) with colorful Buddhist holy flags, etc.

You can see the  spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Panchpokhari Himal, Jugul Himal,Dorje Lakpa,Langtang Himalayan range,Gaurishankar etc. during the trek.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Helambu VillageTrek
Maximum Elevation: 3597m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 10 Days.
Mode of Operation: Tea House Lodge Trek.
Best Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Helambu Village Trek
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 02: From Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal an hour and trek to Chisapani (2194m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 03: Chisapani Trek to Kutumsang (2446m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 04: Kutumsang Trek to Tharepati (3597m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 05: Tharepati Trek to Tarkeghyang (2550m)5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 06: Tarkeghyang Trek to Shermathang (2621m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 07: Shermathang Trek to Melamchi Pul (828m) 5 hours Overnight at tea house Lodge.
Day 08: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m) by 5hours and by jeep 4 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 09: International departure

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner. Internet service is free at hotel.
-Trekking permits of Langtang National Park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge.
-Food(breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, bus tickets, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Sundarijal by bus or jeep  & Melamchi Pul to Kathmandu by bus or jeep as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 %  VAT compulsory government tax  and local taxes.
-Experienced & Professional English speaking trekking guide and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained at up on arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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