Saturday, July 6, 2013

Trekking In Helambu - Helambu Trek




Helambu Valley
Melamchi Ghyang Valley
Helambu or Hyolmo is the name of a region at the northern end of  the Melamchi Khola Valley. At  one time it was a ‘’hidden valley’’, or beyul . Helambu is  derived from  the  local words for  potato(heh) and radish (labu), the two  principle uplands crops in that area. The treks starts from SUNDARIJAL (4560ft,1390m), a small dam and hydro electric  station in the  north east corner  of Kathmandu Valley where the   Himalayan  Rescue  Dog squad is   head quartered. The trails begins    west of   sundarijal at the end of the of   auto road where the   large water pipe comes out of the hills
There is now bus service to Sundarijal from Boudhanath.  A taxi  can also be hired or you  can walk.

There  is  now  daily jeep service from Sundarijal to Pati Bhanjyang .To walk  begin at the bus park in sundarijal and   the large  water pipe.Cross under the pipe and proceed along its  west side Much of the way  is up stairs, continue. eventually turning left to cross over the the dam of  a water  reservoir (5200ft1585m) in 40 MINUTES, Across the dam continue uphill crossing the water shed  management road which winds around the hillside There is Lodge near here

Climb through wet sub tropical forest  to an oak  forest and on to MULKHARKHA (6220FT 1896M),in an hour, This IS  a scattered TAMANG village with  lodges and view of  KATHMANDU Valley behind you Don’t walk  the next    area alone, as   there  been rare  instances  of attacks  north of MULKHARKHA AND Take  care of your  belongings_ but    you    know that any way. The  trail  continue up , first in open country and then in oak  forest., often in small  gully, and enters shivpuri   watershed and wild life  Research area,after passing an army station. The trails ascends to a pass  Burlang  Bhanjyang(8000ft2438m)   with houses and lodges and below it on the north side  in 2 hours This pass marks the  Shiv puri   ridges    Kathmandu  Valley,s  rim 

The trails descends through a pleasant oak forest, past some house and lodge on the left,CHISAPANI(7200ft2194m), meaning ‘’cold water’’, to a flat portion where another trail joins from the right and  a road crosses Ina clear weather there are good view of the Himalaya to the north and in  the  sporing rhododendrons blooms,The trails continues to descend through open  farm land to reach     PATI BHANJYANG (5800ft 1768m), sitting in a saddle 13/4 hours from the Burlung   Bhanjyang,There  are lodges and police check post here

From  here there is choice of two  routes.One continues   along the general ridge system heading north and eventually descend east to the Sherpa  village of  Melamchi Ghyanng,The other heads east, decends to the Melamchi Khola and proceeds up its east(left) bank towards Tarke Ghyang,situated oppositeMelamchighyang on the east side of  river.the  ridge route goes much higher(almost to12000ft3658m) than the  other route and  other may be snow on its upper portions in the lyte winter or early spring.There are no permanent villages  between Khutumsang and Melamchi Ghyang on this routebut if u  leave Khutumsang in the morning u should reach tharepati, where there are lodges.that afternoon.this is the  part of the route offers the  excellent views of tHHHhe mountains .If  it clouds over ,as often happens late in day.,consider  spending anight up high in a seasonal  lodge or hopping for views intharepati,then hope for  good views  of  the next  morning .

The circuit to the north along the ridge and the  return via   the east side of the Melamchi Khola Valley is describbed but if their weather is  bad it is wise to head up the east side of the Melamchi KHOLA and then condition have improved to return via the high route In this case we follow the direction in reverse