You arrive in Kathmandu, where there is no shortage of amusement given that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ex-favoured haunt of hippies. The nightlife is great.
On day two you have more time to explore in Kathmandu as your tour is readied.
You are driven to Sundarijal, which takes around an hour. Helambu is sufficiently close to Kathmandu that you could afford to make the journey by taxi. If you take a bus, it is said that old ladies will refuse your offer of a seat, but happily sit in your lap without asking. Buses can be over 20 years old and often have seats designed for smaller Nepalese people. Once at Sundarijal your trek begins. The trail traverses the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Nearby is a large reservoir that supplies water to virtually the entire Kathmandu valley. Your next stop is Mulkharka, a Tamang village where you may avail yourself of a tea shop. The next settlement you encounter is Kulkharka. The route goes down a ridge, entering forests of oak and rhododendron. Eventually, you come upon Chisapani, where there are illustrious views of the Annapurna, Tibetan and Langtang ranges, not to mention Everest, if the weather is good.
You continues downhill from Chisapani on a well trodden trail that crosses meadows and fields. Overlooked by mountains that are inspirational, the trail ascends to a pass before descending to Kutumsang where you stay for the night.
You now trek north to Yurin Danda ridge, where there is a fine view of the peaks. The eroded trail looks down upon Kutumsang. The trees along the path will be mainly fir and rhododendron. There are no permanent settlements. Now the trail descends gently through sparse forest to Magen Goth, where tea houses are few. Your direction now reverses and you ascend amidst an enchanting forest. The solitude is striking. On the hilltop is a chorten, a structure containing Buddhist relics, where there are impressive views of Jugal Himal and Rowaling Himal. You arrive at Tharepati, 12,400 feet up, the highest you will go. Here there is a stunning view of snow-tipped mountains including Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Jugal, Langshisa and Numbur. Tea houses are plentiful, pleasant and uncrowded.
Out of Tharepati, the trail descends rappidly through rhododendron and pine forest where there are magnificent views of the Helambu valley below and the mountains of Jugal Himal and Numbur. You then arrive at Melamchi Gaon, which is surrounded by beautiful forests. This village is mostly filled with Sherpas. From Melamchi Gaon, you descend to a stream which you then cross. Now you trek upwards to Tarkeghyang, the largest village you will come across, with smaller Sherpa settlements on the way. The stone houses here are impressive. There is also one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Nepal.
Beginning with a steep walk down a ravine, you spend around four hours walking to Timbu, whereupon you board a vehicle to return to Kathmandu.