Helambu Trekking Trail


26
Oct
2014

Written by:
Anup


Helambu Trekking Trail

Helambu Trekking are the ones most convenient to Kathmandu. Beginning from these Helambu reason trekking makes a circuit from Pati Bhanjyang. There is alternative way Kathmandu to Kodari road. Visit can be made to Gosaikund to Langtang , beginning at Trisuli to the northwest part of Kathmandu and via toutes linking them with Helambu.
Helambu is the name of Northern end region of Melemchi Khola. The helambu trekking is starting from sundarijal. Sundarijal is the north east corner of Kathmandu. There is one small hydroelectric station , which is the old hydroelectric project in Nepal constructed in 1960th decade. We can go Kathmandu to sundarijal by private Bus. Stay on the vehicle until it reaches the turn around point several hundred yards east of the stupa. The right branch going to Sankhu. And the left to sundarizal. Begin on this left fork and walk 2 to 3 hours along the level road until it forks again near the edge of the valley. The trail reaches a clearing with an open building in 30 minutes. Climb through wet , subtropical forest to an oak forest. And on to Mulkharka (1768 M) , there is scattered Tamang village. The trail continues going up, then in oak forest, and reaches the few house of chubas (2233 M)in 1.5 hours. The trail then ascends for another 30 minutes to a pass reach burling Bhanjyang. This pass marks Kathmandu valley’s rim, here known as shivapuri.
The Halambu trekking trail through a pleasant oak forest, past some house on the left, Where another Chisapani trails join from the right . In clear weather there we can see the good view of Himalayas. In the spring season rhododendrons bloom here. The trail continues to descend through open farmland to reach Pati Bhanjyang (1768 M).  To head north from Pati Bhanjyag climp up the north part of the hill. There we reach Jamang village and beyond the Talamarang Khola. This is where it meet the return path . Continue climbing up, taking the uppermost fork at major junctions, upto (2453 M). Then begin descending through the oak forest to Gul Bhanjyang (2142 M). The trail is not very direct over this portion. A few minutes north of the town, reach a clearing a trail junction where the left fork contours while the right climbs near the ridge. Take the right fork almost 1 hour beyond Gul Bhanjyang (2430 M) . There is another fork. Take the left fork up to 2545 M just west the summit of the hill and descend to the few houses and trekkers lodges at Kutumsang (2469 M) situated in a pass, reach it in 2 hours. There are no permanent villages in this town. From Kutumsang or Bolumje the trail ascends hill to the north. Climb through oak forest that becomes a rhododendron and fir forest in its upper reaches (3230 M) after climbing for 2.5 hours , mostly on the east side of the main ridge. It starling from kutumsang , the trail initially keeps cloase to the ridge crest. Just beyond the notch is a clearing . continus, keeping more level, on the west side of ridge. Another clearing containing some goth (3185 M). At the north end of clearing, a little to the west , there is a fresh water spring . Water can be difficult to find along this ridge during dry weather .
From clearing , contour on the west side to reach Mengegoth (3285 M) in 30 minutes . This is the largest group of goth before Tharepati, You can reach the notch in some 5 hours from kutumsang and in clear weather you sould have good views of mountains. Spending a night in one of the goth , to enjoy view in the morning. 
If instead of desending from the notch you continue to the two clusters of goth called Tharepati (3597 M) and then beyond to the north, the trail leads to the Gosaikund lakes in a day . To continue to malemchigaon and the villages of upper Helambu descend east from the notch mentioned above along a cut, but times indistinct, steep trail. Eventually you enter a rocky streambed (2926 M). The people here in Melemchigoan call themselves Sherpas. 
They are spoken differently. Here you will find a gomba on the east end of the town, and the interesting rock home. After then go to tark Ghyang, proceed down to the south of the gomba through an entrance. There are some large rocks, a large bridge over the Malemchi khola , reach rere in 1 hour from Malemchigoan. Descend from there into the valley of the next tributary. Rather than head east to cross the tributary upstream from the main river. You reach Thimpu. . another scattered Sherpa and tamang village. The trail now follows the east bak of the melamchikhola , clost eh water for the most part , but rising occasionally to clear difficult streaches. The forest is again Subtropical. In less then  hour , descent to a suspension bridge across the river. Cotinue on the east bank, crossing several triputaries along the way. There is an interesting looking Brahman village on the right. This route takes 8 to 9 hours to sundarijal and should be taken if bad weather prevents you from having good views of the peaks on the way to Pati Bhanjyang. Or If you are travelling in the Spring.