Trekking and Walking

Helambu Trek

Nepal

Helambu Trek

Durtation: 9 Days

Price: US 749 All Inclusive

Helambu Trek is one of the most stunning and popular short trekking excursions in Nepal in the Langtang region. This easy and pleasant path, located just north of Kathmandu Valley, will take you from the banks of the Bhote Koshi River via the Langtang Valley to the stunning villages of Helambu showcasing the unique Hyolmo ethnic and their abundant culture. 

This 9 days journey to this expansive region is the simple access to the high Himalayas in a reasonable amount of time without exposing oneself to high altitude. This is a pleasant walk through temperate forests, green valleys, rhododendron forests, Tamang and Sherpa communities, and Buddhist monasteries on a less-traveled trekking route. Despite its proximity to the capital, the region's natural beauty and simplicity are so untouched that they can be found in its most natural state. 

Aside from the Hyolmo lifestyle of high mountain people, the walk is one of the most diverse around Kathmandu, with verdant rhododendron and bamboo forests, stunning waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas. On this Himalayan journey, you will witness soaring mountain views including Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Rolwaling, and Gauri Shankar.

This trek's highest point is Tharepati Pass at 3,690 m, which offers spectacular vistas of Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langsisa Ri, and other snow-capped mountains, as well as a warmer environment, lush meadows, evocative woods, torrential rivers, and friendly people. 

Pine forests, slow-moving rivers, and fast mountain streams, steep rock and snow-capped summits, grassy downs, and meadows covered with daisies and wild primroses may all be found in the valley. You come across the snow bridges spanning the raging cascades in the valley’s upper reaches along with mist-shrouded mountain passes, and little lakes with icebergs coating them, and crystal-clear waters. 

For those looking for less congested paths and to learn more about Tamang and Sherpa culture and history, Helambu Valley is not to be missed out on. The outstanding natural beauty, fascinating cultural history, Buddhist temples and architecture, villages, monasteries, and mountain cattle grazing on rich alpine pastures under the watchful eyes of their herders make a trek through mountain ridges and surrounding landscape villages truly inspiring. A trek to the Helambu region is an enthralling experience, with beautiful Himalayan scenery and monasteries on the border with Tibet.

Helambu Trek Highlights 

  • Explore Kathmandu's stunning architecture and religious monuments
  • At Kyangjin Ri, you may get up close and personal with the peaks and glaciers
  • Discover Gosaikunda, a magnificent high alpine lake
  • Relish the presence of different colored rhododendrons, tall pine trees, and grassy meadows
  • Splendid vistas of Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m), and Gaurishankar (7,145m)
  • Visiting old monasteries, shrines, and stupas to learn about Buddhist culture
  • Paying a visit to Tibetan, Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo ethnic groups and get insights into their lifestyle 

Trek Difficulty

The journey is a mild one, requiring only 6-7 hours of walking each day on average; hence, trekkers with ordinary physical fitness and no prior experience can complete it.

Best Time for Helambu Trekking

Autumn (September, October, and November) and Spring (March, April, May) are considered to be the finest seasons for Helambu Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm during these times, with a clear view of the Himalayas and mildly chilly nights. 

In the spring, the trail will be covered with full blossom of red, pink, & white rhododendrons. The weather is cool, the sky is crystal clear, and you can see the mountains in all their glory. 

Autumn is a great time to go hiking because of the moderate temperatures, light winds, and low rainfall. The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, giving you a spectacular view of the mountains, and the temperature is ideal for an afternoon hike. The lowlands are lush and the environment is clean. These seasons also coincide with Nepal's most important festivals, such as Dashain and Tihar.

Summer (June – August) is the warmest month of the year, making for the best trekking conditions compared to the other months. However, because the monsoon combines with summer the trekking routes may be wet and slick which might make it quite difficult. But, various flora blooms throughout this season, transforming the valleys into a lush green landscape unlike any other. 

Treks in the Langtang region are just as popular in the winter (December - February) as they are in the spring and autumn. Despite the cold, the skies are frequently clear and the mountain views are spectacular. Also, because of the snowy caps and the possibility of snow on the ground, the trails are the least crowded at this time. 

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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