Helambu Trek

Trekking and Walking

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    9 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Tharepati (3690m) m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private and comfortable drive

  • Region/Type

    Langtang & Helambu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

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. 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 20 minutes drive to hotel

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Once you are out of the arrival terminal at the Tribhuwan International Airport, you will be greeted with a marigold garland or a silk scarf called Khadak by one of the representatives from the Himalayan Trekkers. Then, you will be escorted to the designated hotel in Thamel via a private vehicle. After the check-in procedures at your hotel, you may take a brief rest. In case of your early arrival, there will be a pre-discussion session regarding the trip at our office or the hotel lobby. If you arrive late, then the session will be done the next morning. 

In the evening, you are free to explore Thamel, a popular tourist hub bustling with loud music, foodies, roamers, and various activities that give you a glimpse of lifestyle here, and catch a peek of temple structure at Thaity, Shree: Gha, and many other corners.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Start the day with a warm and delightful breakfast at your hotel and prepare for the guided city sightseeing. You will explore some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites today such as Swoyambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Stupa.

Our first stop is Swayambhunath, one of the oldest temples of Nepal at the top of the hillock to the west of Thamel. It is popular among the foreigners as “Monkey Temple” because of the large number of monkeys here.  

The journey then speeds up as it approaches Patan, the city of festivals, feasts, art, and culture. The old Patan Durbar plaza, Krishna Mandir, Ganesh Mandir, and many more temples and attractions make the city a popular tourist destination. We examine the city's art, history, cultural significance, and architectural craftsmanship.

Boudhanath, located northeast of Kathmandu, is the next stop. The stupa here is one of Nepal's largest spherical stupas, and Buddhist and Hindu visitors flock here throughout the year. The vivid atmosphere in this area is created by the aesthetic monks, prayer hymns, rolling Mani Wheels, and effused incense sticks.
Pashupatinath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is another wonderful location to not miss when visiting Kathmandu. Non-Hindus are not permitted to enter the temple premises; however, photographs of the traditional cremation ceremony and temple can be taken from the opposite bank of the sacred Bagmati River. 
After the full day of exploring, you will be taken back to your hotel. Once there, recharge your batteries and arrange your gear or luggage for the next day's adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani

🕑 1 hr drive & 5 hrs walk

Max Altitude: 2,295 m

We will drive an hour to Sundrijal after an early morning brunch. It is the starting point of our walk and is located in the valley's foothills. We start our trek to Chisopani from Sundarijal, which would take roughly four to five hours. We will come across a small hydroelectric facility as we begin our walk. We continue on the trail to Shivapuri National Park. Soon after, after climbing over a ridge at 1895m and around 600m above Sundarijal, we arrive at the first settlement, Mulkhara. The Tamang people make up the majority of the population. Mulkhara has tea and snack stores, so we can take a quick rest there. Then we hike over the ridge and through dense woods of oaks and colorful rhododendrons (if it is springtime) before arriving in Chisapani.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 4: Trek to Khutumsang

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,470 m

After our morning breakfast, we set off towards Kutumsang, today’s destination. The hike begins with a gradual ascent through meadows and pastures along with the breathtaking vistas of the Langtang Mountains. Then, we reach Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang after a few hours walk. The trail ascends the hill from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass, from where we make a decent downhill and reach Khutumsang for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 5: Trek to Tharepati

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,690 m

We will be treated to stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks that lie ahead as we travel to the north of the Himalayas. We ascend higher on a steep trail that largely passes through fir and rhododendron forest with no permanent settlements. The walk continues to Yurin Danda, which offers spectacular Himalayan views. We soon arrive in Magen Goth, where a few lodges are located near a pleasant meadow with mountain views. We travel above the settlement to a mountaintop that offers a pristine view of enticing peaks and massif. Finally, the trail ascends through the dense forest on the ridge to Tharepati, our shelter for today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 6: Trek to Tarke Gyang

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,600 m

Soon after breakfast, we descend from the ridge via the dense forest, terraced fields, and a tiny settlement, crossing the stream and admiring the green vegetation, wildlife, and gorgeous monastery to Melamchi Village. From here, the trail descends through dense forest before crossing a suspension bridge to arrive in Helambu's largest village, Tarkegyang. The Sherpa lifestyle, culture, and two oldest monasteries are also popular in the village. We will visit the village's ancient monastery, which is one of the region's oldest and largest monasteries. Because the majority of the residents belong to the Hyolmo caste, the settlement is known as Helambu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 7: Trek to Sermathang

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,590 m

Today's hike is shorter and easier than previous hikes. We descend from Tarke Ghyang through the dense forest, taking in the tranquil greenery and the massive snow-capped mountain. After a few hours, we arrive in Shermathang, a Sherpa village with views of the Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Rolwaling ranges. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Trek Lodge

Day 8: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar & drive back to Kathmandu

🕑 3-4 hrs walk & 3-4 hrs drive

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

We descend from Shermanthang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar on the final day of our walk, passing through lush forest, terraced agriculture, and numerous tiny Sherpa communities. We have a pleasant stroll down the lovely valley to the Melamchi River today. We stop for a few minutes or eat lunch at Melamchi Pul bazaar before driving back to Kathmandu.

Once at your hotel in Kathmandu, you can rest for the remainder of the day or take a stroll around the markets to purchase some items as a memento of this trip. Also, you will be invited to the farewell dinner held for you at a restaurant where you can get the traditional Nepali food along with a fun cultural program.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 9: Final Departure

🕑 20 minutes drive to airport

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

The journey to Helambu closes here with lots of memory and enjoyment. 

You will be transported to the airport for your return journey home or to your next destination. We send you off the departure terminal and we hope to see you soon!

Meals: Breakfast

Helambu Trek Map

Includes

  • All airport transfers (pick-ups & drop-offs)
  • Category hotel/resort accommodation on twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu 
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek 
  • Required ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary 
  • All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek 
  • Professional guide, assistant guide & porter (if required) 
  • Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, & transportation 
  • Langtang National Park Entrance fee
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) 
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • All applicable government, Local taxes, and official Expenses

Excludes

  • International flight fare & departure taxes 
  • Nepal Visa Fees
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) before the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), internet, phone bills, laundry, shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot shower, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc.
  • Personal gear kit
  • Travel insurance 
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Any other additional costs or delays due to uncontrollable situations like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in cost inclusion

You will spend three nights in a category twin-sharing hotel/resort before and after the hike. Kathmandu offers a diverse selection of hotels to suit all budgets and interests. If you prefer your accommodation to be more luxurious, it will be managed at an extra cost. 

The 9-day Helambu walk includes five nights of lodge-to-lodge accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, where we use the finest available lodge. 

Meals 

During your stays in Kathmandu, you will be served breakfast every day. Lunches and dinners here are expected to be purchased on your own. We can recommend the best eateries that suits your taste and budget as Kathmandu houses hundreds and thousands of such places with cuisines from almost every part of the world. 

All standard meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks are included in the cost during the trekking period. The food is quite convenient but not as convenient as it is in towns. Almost everywhere on the menu, there is a mix of traditional local, Asian, and western cuisine, but as we get closer, the menu list will be limited.

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