Trekking and Walking

Helambu Trek

Nepal

Helambu Trek

Durtation: 9 Days

Price: US 749 All Inclusive

Helambu Trek is a picture-perfect short trek, just about 9 days of trek itinerary, located not too far from Kathmandu in the Langtang Region of Nepal. The area has some untouched and un-spoilt nature ridges and fertile valleys that are still almost virgin with few footfalls of outsiders. 

Trekking in Helambu becomes more exciting and diverse once you come close to the views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks including Langtang Lirung (7245 m), Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa (6966 m), Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala Peak (5500 m), Naya Kanga (5846 m), ranges of Annapurna, and many other snow-capped peaks of the Langtang Region.

The Helambu trekking route passes through the green rhododendron, Lokta, and bamboo forests, gurgling and gushing waterfalls that add additional beauty while you trek to the Helambu area.

The route is not too high or steep and is quite comfortable for first-timers. The hiking trails also pass through high and low mountains terraced fields and villages having colorful and meaningful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. 

The highest altitude that you gain on this trek is 3650 m. Hence, acclimatization is not that much of a problem.

The best season for admiring this trek is Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and Spring (March to May). During these periods, the weather is sunny and warm having a clear view of the Himalayas with slight cold nights. In winter, the weather would be very cold, almost freezing temperatures (Dec, Jan, and Feb), but is considered to be good for trekking in this region.

The predominant of Hyalmo Buddhism is widely spread in the Helambhu and quite noticeable as you pass by beautiful and serene-looking monasteries. 

Helambu Trek Highlights

  • Easy access about 80 km from Kathmandu
  • Popular for its scenic magnificence and pleasant climate
  • Hyalmo culture and hospitality of Tamangs and Sherpa
  • It is one of the least trekking destinations with the unique culture of Sherpas
  • Stunning view of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Yala peak, Naya Kanga, etc.
  • Walkthrough Oak, Loakta, Larch, and Rhododendron forests
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Trekkers and transferred to the designated hotel. We will be discussing the trek in detail and free time of your own. 

Dinner

3 Star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

We will start our guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual landmarks (world heritage sites) including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and Buddhists shrine (Boudhanath temple) which is one of the largest Stupa in south Asia. 

In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members where we will discuss our trek. We stay overnight at the hotel.

Note: If the clients have limited time, we will start our trek from this day by skipping the day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

Breakfast

3 Star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani

1 hr drive & 5 hrs walk

2,300 m

Today, we drive for an hour and reach Sundarijal (1350m), our starting point for this trek. From Sundarijal, we are going to walk to Chisopani (2300 m). We begin our trek along with a small hydroelectric plant. The trail then enters into the Shivapuri National Park. The first human settlement we come across in this region is Mulkharka, which is predominantly inhabited by the people of the Tamang community. Then we walk along the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 4

Trek to Kutumsang

6-7 hrs

2,446 m

After having our breakfast, we head for Kutumsang. Our trek for the day starts with medium-high and low meadows and fields. En route you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang Mountains. Accordingly, we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs the ridge to another pass. Another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 5

Trek to Tharepati

6-7 hrs

3,690 m

We start our climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail, mostly passing through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent human settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 6

Trek to Tarke Gyang

5-6 hrs

2,560 m

Today, we start walking in the direction of Tarkeghyang. During the early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Gaon and head towards the Melamchi Khola. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through the Sherpa settlements. 

Enjoy the Himalayan snow-capped peaks glistening in the sunshine that appear often. You can also explore the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helambu caste.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 7

Trek to Sermathang

3-4 hrs

2,610 m

Since we will not be attaining too much altitude today, it's going to be a comparatively easy walk today. We will pass through the lush green forests, fast-moving streams, and the gushing and bubbling waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. 

From Gangyul, we continue to trek until we reach Sermathang. You can explore the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village. Sermathang is renowned for the Hyalmo culture and hospitality as they take a guest as a god, “Atithi Devo Bhava”.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek Lodge

Day 8

Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar & drive back to Kathmandu

3-4 hrs walk & 3-4 hrs drive

1,350 m

On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpas, but there are also people of other communities too. From the Bazaar, we catch a bus or take a private drive to Katmandu. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

3 Star Hotel in Ktm

Day 9

Final Departure

30 mins

1,400 m

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal. Our representative you drop you to the airport at your scheduled time.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable taxes and official expenses 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing