There are many short treks in and around the Kathmandu area. One of those wonderful short treks that are ideal for young families is in the Hyolmo area of the Helambu Valley.
This area is known for the culture of the Hyolmo Mountain people. There are green rhododendrons, bamboo forests, incredible waterfalls and great snowscape mountain scenes. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries, chhortens and Mani walls that you will pass along the way.
This is a great short trek. It is rated as a moderate trek, with a few challenges, but easy enough for most people to experience with little to no difficulty. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful short trek into the Hyolmo region of the Helambu Valley.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 2 – Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani (elev. 2300 m): 5 hours
DAY 3 – Trek to Khutumsang (elev. 2470 m): 5 hours
DAY 4 – Trek to Tharepati (elev. 3490 m): 5 hours
DAY 5 – Trek to Tarke Gyang (elev. 2620 m): 6 hours
DAY 6 – Trek to Sermathang (elev. 2620 m): 4 hours
DAY 7 – Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar (846 m), drive to Kathmandu
DAY 8 – Final Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition and taken to your Three Star Hotel to relax from your long flight.
DAY 2 – Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani (elev. 2300 m): We drive for 15 km by private vehicle to the village of Sundarijal which is just outside of Shivapuri National Park. We join the trail head, trek upwards to Mulkharka until we are around 600 meters above Sundarijal, enjoying a most wonderful view of the valley as well as the mountains. Our destination is the village of Chisapani, known for its stunning mountain views. This is a popular tourist village with some nice hotels and great food. Trekking time is around 5 hours.
DAY 3 – Trek to Khutumsang (elev. 2470 m): The trail descends to Pati Bhanjyang (1770 m) and then travels on what we call "Nepali Level" (up and down). It then rises in elevation to 2620 m before descending again to the village of Khutumsang where we plan to spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time is around 5 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek to Tharepati (elev. 3490 m): The views of the Gosainkund Mountains are wonderful today as we make our way toward the village of Tharepati. All along the way we see great mountain views. This area is lightly populated, giving us more quiet time by ourselves as we commune with the natural beauty of the Himalayas. We will spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time is 5 hours.
DAY 5 – Trek to Tarke Gyang (elev. 2620 m): We descend today into ravines to explore Sherpa villages. Our destination is Tarke Gyang, the largest village in Helambu where we will stay at a local lodge. Trekking time is 6 hours.
DAY 6 – Trek to Sermathang (elev. 2620 m): Sermathang is the center of an important apple growing area and there are apple orchards everywhere. The high mountains of the Himalayas rise magnificently above the apple orchards. In the spring when the apple blossoms are in bloom, the scene is absolutely awesome. Today we can take our time and meet the local people and enjoy their hospitality. We will spend the night in a local lodge. Trekking time is around four hours.
DAY 7 –Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar (elev. 846 m), Return to Kathmandu: We descend a great distance today, dropping from 2620 meters to 846 as we make our way to Melamchi Pul Bazar. Here we can pick up a local bus back to Kathmandu with travel time around 4 – 5 hours. We return to Kathmandu and check back into our Three Star Hotel. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with a cultural show.
DAY 8 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and today, it is time to travel to your next destination. Your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can help you to plan your future trip as well as to other destinations around South Asia. Be sure to talk to your representative before leaving Kathmandu about a return trip to this great country. As they say, a lifetime is never enough to explore all that Nepal and the Himalayas have to offer.
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling to remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
THE TREKKING GROUP
For this trek, there will be one leader, an assistant leader (4 trekkers = 1 assistant leader) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. But, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition generally includes maximum of twelve (12) visitors as this company has found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can arrange this, too.
All accommodations for the Hyolmo Land Culture with Children Lodge Trek are on a twin sharing basis with inclusive trip costs and based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations on this trip. In Kathmandu, we will stay two nights in Three Star Hotels. On the trek, we will stay five nights at local lodges and tea houses which do vary in quality. Most contain unheated rooms with wood beds and foam mattresses. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition provides attached rooms in some major towns; however tea houses or lodges in some places only have shared facilities as well as shared toilet. If we are a solo traveler, we may have to share the room with someone else of the same sex. Please understand that we will try to provide single rooms if at possible for an additional supplemental fee.
During our trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as some basic foods from different types of cuisines. While in Kathmandu, we can enjoy a great selection of foods from a variety of ethnic cultures. In the larger villages, we will have good selections, but some of the small villages may only feature a single item for dinner. Lunch will be served as a picnic lunch. There will be a farewell dinner that will feature a cultural show in Kathmandu.