The Helambu Trek is a famous short trek with easy trails that lies 70km in the northeast of the Kathmandu Valley. On your trek to Helambu, you will experience a vast range of climate, lush green vegetation of temperate forests, stunningly terraced rice fields, mountainous region and also offers you the gorgeous views of the snow-capped mountains of the Langtang region. Helambu trek is a perfect way to get introduced to Nepal's cultural and natural beauty. We will get to witness majestic mountains of Langtang on various points during the trek. The Himalaya range from the north to the east of this valley. You will also see the mesmerizing view of the grandiose Langtang Lirung (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and Jugal Himal, the Annapurna as well as the Manaslu range.
Even though Helambu is very close to Kathmandu valley, the trekking trails are still not well-known. So the trails are still pristine, and the age-old culture of the region is still unharmed. The Helambu Trek typically starts from Sundarijal or Melamchi Bridge. We will get to explore a wide range of Nepali culture and traditions along the way. Tamang and Yolmos (often referred to as Sherpa) are the major ethnic groups you will encounter in the villages of Helambu. Many people in this area are believed to have the origin in the Kyirong region of Tibet. So, you can see the Tibetan influenced lifestyle and culture in these regions. This trek will also take us closer to the Tibetan border as we attain the highest altitude of 3650 meters at Tharepati. The trek beginning from Sundarijal passes through various villages like Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. Helambu Trek is an excellent opportunity to travel around mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, forests, meadows all at once. If you are lucky, you might also witness the rare species of Panda- Red Panda. We will also be passing through many rhododendron and pine forests of this region, which are even more beautiful during the time of spring.
Best time for Helambu Trek
Most of the trekkers prefer to Trek Helambu region during the time of spring (March-May) and autumn (September to November). The main reason that thousands of trekker complete Helambu Trek during these seasons are mild amount of sunshine, the low chance for rainfall and the unobstructed view of the majestic Himalayas. Even in the winter season, you will not experience much cold in these regions due to its low altitude atmosphere. However, summer and monsoons are not nice as there is more chance for rainfall, which might increase the risk of landslide and various natural disasters.
Helambu Trek Difficulty
Helambu Trek can be comfortably completed, even with a modest amount of trekking experience or physical training. The highest point for Helambu trek is the point of 3505 meters, so there is very little chance of altitude sickness. However, it is preferable to get involved in cardio exercise prior few weeks of the trek. Cardio exercises help to circulate oxygen easily, which can be of great help while trekking in higher altitudes.
Sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
Trekking in unexplored trails to Helambu
Fragrant rhododendron forest along the way
Gorgeous views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri range
Picturesque village overlooking domineering mountains
Witness a wide range of flora and fauna at the Langtang National Park
Experience rich Sherpa and Tamang cultures and lifestyles
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tour including all entry fees, tour guides, and private vehicle
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medicine kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Upon arriving at Kathmandu, you will meet our airport representative, who will transfer you to your respective hotel in Thamel. On your way to the hotel, our airport representative will provide you with brief details about your further activities. There is no plan today. So, you will meet your trekking crew, who will give you additional information on your activities. After that, you can simply relax at your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a welcome dinner for you to enjoy.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and trekking preparation
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is among the most notable historical city. This city is a broad World Heritage Site. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square standing at Basantapur. You will also visit Kumari Temple, Hanuman Dhoka Museum, the statue of Kaal Bhairab (the god of destruction), Taleju Vawani. Likewise, you will pay a visit to one of the most significant Hindu Temple– Pashupatinath, the monkey temple- Swoyambunath and largest stupa – Boudhanath. After finishing the tour of Kathmandu, we will make our way to Bhaktapur, which was the royal capital of former Nepal. This city is identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here, you will tour Bhaktapur Durbar Square, traditional houses, and Newari museums. Then, we will go to Nagarkot hill, which is one of the best destinations to view the whole Kathmandu Valley. Finally, we will visit Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. In the evening, we will prepare all the gears necessary and we will give you detail information about the trip.
Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2200m)
From Kathmandu, we will drive for about an hour to reach Sundarijal. Situated at the height of 1350 meters, Sundarijal is the starting point of our trek. Sundarijal translates as "beautiful water." It is a gorgeous spot with dense forests and fresh streams all around. Sundarijal is famous not only among tourists but also among locals. It is the closest place to Kathmandu valley and one of the most beautiful regions in the whole of Nepal. We will also see the hydroelectric plant at Sundarijal and then enter Shivapuri National Park. Mostly, the trek from Sundarijal climbs uphill. Before reaching Chisapani, we will pass through many rural farm fields, dense forests, and villages. The first settlement on our way is Mulkharka- a Tamang settlement. After the walk for approximately four hours from Sundarijal, we will arrive at Chisapani. Chisapani is a beautiful viewpoint with few lodges. Chisapani offers a magnificent view of the Jugal Himal range in the northeast and Ganesh Himal-Manaslu and Annapurna range in the west. Apart from the snowy peaks, we will also get to enjoy an exquisite sight of the nearby sceneries and valleys below.
Trek to Kutumsang (2470m) via Gul Bhanjyang (2140m)
After breakfast, we will start our trek to Kutumsang, which is the final destination for the day. The trek to Kutumsang will take approximately seven hours from Chisapani. Initially, the trek moves through a small village market of Pati Bhanjyang after descending. From here, we will trek through farm villages from where we will get an astonishing view of the nearby landscapes. Then, the path mostly ascends uphill. There are very few paths to descend, and we will walk steadily until we reach the village of Gul Bhanjyang, where we will stop for lunch. Gul Bhanjyang is one of the famous regions of the trail as you get the most beautiful scenery of the area from here. From Gul Bhanjyang, we will ascend till we reach another primary village of Helambu- Kutumsang. On our way to Kutumsang, we will pass through several forests and farm villages. Kutumsang is one of the major settlements of Tamang and Yolmo people of the Helambu region. We will be spending the night at this beautiful village.
Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2530m) via Tharepati (3505m)
From the village of Kutumsang, the trip keeps ascending uphill for a couple of hours before arriving at Maghengoth. Maghengoth is a beautiful place with lush green fields. The trail separates from Maghengoth. One route takes you straight to Melamchi Gaon. However, we will be taking the beautiful course around Tharepati. Tharepati is the highest point of this trip at an altitude of 3505 meters. This roundabout route is made worth the climb with the astonishing views of a variety of shiny white mountains like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu to Annapurna in the far west, and the Jugal mountain range to the northeast. After descending from Thaepati, we move through gorgeous forests of oaks and rhododendrons to reach Melamchi Gaon, where we will spend the night.
Trek to Tarke Gyang (2560m
From Melamchi Gaon, we will walk slowly for about an hour and a half. Today, we will be walking for about five hours to reach our destination for the day- Tarke Gyang. Tarke Gyang is the village famed for its green apples and the wood carving on furniture and in other household products. The village is almost the same as the high mountain villages in the western region of Nepal. Also, Tarke Gyang homes one of the oldest monasteries of the Helambu region. We will also go for a short hike around the top of the surrounding hills from where we can get bewitching views of the snow-capped peaks.
Trek to Sermathang (2621m)
After having a delicious breakfast, we will head towards Sermathang. Semathang village is one of the significant villages in the Helambu area. As you gradually walk through the trail, you will notice some of the most beautiful landscapes of the region. The surrounding landscape on the way to Sermathang no less than heaven. The path along the way encloses Parachin and a Sherpa village of Gangyul, offering luxurious views of these areas. The natives of Sermanthang are believers of Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism. Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism is the type of Buddhism practiced as the national religion of Bhutan. We will reach Sermanthang within approximately five hours and spend the night there.
Trek to Melamchi Pul and drive to Kathmandu
Today is the final day of the trek. We will be descending more than 1700 meters of altitude. Mostly, we will be going downhill to reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Today, we will pass through beautiful villages like Kakani and Thimbu. We will also head towards the subtropical region where we can see goldish rice paddy fields. We will reach Melamchi Pul at an altitude of 840 meters, with a walk of about five to six hours. Melamchi Pul is a bustling market-place where you can shop around when we take a short break. From Melamchi, we will take a private vehicle to Kathmandu Valley. The road between Melamchi and Kathmandu has mostly graveled roads with many stomps. However, the trail gets smooth after joining Tibet-Nepal Araniko Highway. The next stop will be at Dhulikhel, a famous Newari Town with its own natural and cultural beauty. About an hour of drive from Dhulikhel will take us to Kathmandu, passing through towns like Banepa and Bhaktapur.
This is the day you will depart from Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport approximately three hours of your scheduled flight.