The Helambu Trek is one of the best trekking to highland villages of Langtang valley of Nepal which is 71 km away in northeast region from Kathmandu city. Passing through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and toward the end of the trip, the hyolmo culture of high mountain people, the amalgamation of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. You will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries which are preserved by locals to keep their tradition alive.
The Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. After about an hour’s walk, we enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. Some of the best viewpoints of the entire trail offer you wonderful backdrop of Himalayan panorama. The Helambu region starts from the Laurebina La Pass and ends at Melamchi Valley. The Helambu village is known as “Tarke Ghyang” and Sherpa living here are descendants of Hyolmo civilization. The highlighted feature of Helambu region is the sweet apples grown in this region, antique Buddhist monasteries, Buddhist pilgrimage site etc. Helambu Trek trail feature is also smooth and suitable for every level of adventure seeker. Trekkers with the limited time and still wanting for real Himalayan experience in lifetime can have this trek as the finest choice.
If you can walk 5 miles a day and are in good aerobic shape (with a doctor’s approval), you can do fine and make it. The actual trekking is on mostly level ground with a few sections of steep hillsides – up and down. You should not carry more than a light day pack with a jacket, water and snacks. However, it is the altitude that creates the main issues. That said, the better shape you are in, the more you will enjoy the overall experience.
There’s no specific training needed if you are reasonably fit. If you are completely sedentary, then yes some cardiovascular training would be recommended. Stair climbing or hill walking will get most people ready. Remember you’ll be walking up and down rough paths for 8-12 days. You’ll be at altitude too which will make things much harder. Having a good level of fitness will help you enjoy your trek more and always remember, it’s not a race!
October, November and December is Nepal’s peak season and it is the best time to go trekking.
February, March and April is the end of the dry season and it is the second best time of the year to go trekking.
November, December, January and February, the sky is clear, but it can be very cold in the mountain. May to June is Nepal’s hot season and it can get very warm indeed. June to September is the monsoon season and the least popular time to go trekking in Nepal.
01: Large backpack/rucksack:
02: Day pack or day rucksack:
03: Sleeping bag:
04: Down jacket:
05: Trekking/Hiking shoes
06: Fleece jacket
07:Drinking water bottle-Aluminum
08: Sun glass
09: Wool hat and Sun cap
11: Walking Poole
12: Torch or head lamp
It depends on your route, but EBC trek usually takes about 15 days. We suggest you not to go on a rush trek primarily due to the altitude. You will be landed in Lukla at (9,250 feet) and go to EBC at (17,500 f.). If you go too fast or rush your itinerary, you might get altitude sickness which is harmful.
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