|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