Helambu

Helambu

Helambu is the name given to a popular trek in the Nepalese mountains, close to Kathmandu.

Route

The trek takes place in the Sherpa Helambu region, around 72 kilometers Northeast of Kathmandu. A roundabout circuit is used, most often starting at Sundarijal, although other starting positions include Nagarkot, Kakani or Sankhu. Pati Bhanjyan, Tharepati and Khutumsang are amongst the first villages to be passed, followed by Tarke Gyang. Two possible routes are available from Tarke Gyang, one to complete the trek and another that leads to the Arniko Highway, the main thoroughfare out of Kathmandu leading to Tibet. To complete the trek one would proceed to Taramarang following on to Pati Bhanjyan. From Pati Bhanjyan the trek returns to the starting point of Sundarijal, a route that takes around seven days.

Helambu region

Helambu is a region of highland villages, such as Melamchighyang and Tarkeyghyang, situated in alpine meadow scenery considered to be of considerable beauty. It is home to two main peoples, the Hyolmo or Yolmo and the Tamang. Some of Nepal's Sherpa population lives in this region. The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La pass and descends to the Melamchi valley. Helambu is also famous for its sweet apples and artistic Buddhist monasteries.

Helambu Trek

This is a good trek for people who don't have much time in Nepal. Its a 8 day long trek which starts in kathmandu itself, but can be completed in as little as 5-6 days. The normal trailhead starts off at sundarijal and goes past chisopani, khutumsang, magin goth, tharepati, melamchigyang and tarke gyang. After which you have the option of two roads one is the footpath via sermathang or the bus routh via kiul. both ways ultimately meet at melemchi where you can take a bus back to katmandu. another variation is the reverse of this trek. The maximum height reached during the trek is about 3650m.

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