Helambu Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

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US$ 815 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    2300 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Langtang & Helambu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

At the maximum elevation of just 3500 m, this short Helambu Chisapani Nagarkot Trek showcases the supreme highlights of the Himalayan Ranges and an insight into the diverse culture of the mountain people. Tarkey Ghyang is an eye-appealing spot in the journey - Sherpa Village consisting mostly of Yak Herders and farmers.

Located at a close distance from the capital, Helambu catches the eyes of travelers for many fascinating reasons. It is the Hyolmo Culture of the locals, the sight of the snow-capped Himalayan Peaks, majestic waterfalls, bamboo forests, and green rhododendron trees that make up for the majority of the trekking journey.

While you will be walking the trail, the scenery of the Himalayan Peaks and different monasteries combines together to deliver an enchanting experience.

A few hours of drive from the vibrant and colorful city of Kathmandu leads you to Sundari Jal from where you will begin the walk up to Chisapani. Besides being an exciting short trek in the Himalayas, the Helambu Trek also promises to reward you with the sights of some extremely amazing small villages like Talamarang, Timbu, Tarkhegyang.

You will be amazed to see how the locals in these villages are holding on to their roots by practicing the Sherpa Culture with pride. Other notable stops in the journey include Sermathang, Melamchi, Nagarkot, and Bhaktapur before finally traveling back to Kathmandu.

Trek Highlights

  • Trek through the dense forest and beautiful landscapes
  • Views of many snowcapped peaks
  • Exciting short trek in the Himalayas
  • Learn different cultures and lifestyles of Hyolmo Culture people and locals
  • Pass through majestic waterfalls, bamboo forests, and green rhododendrons forest

Trip Outline

Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal & Trek to ChisoPani 

Day 02: Trek from ChisoPani to Talamarang

Day 03: Trek from Talamarang to Timbu.

Day 04: Trek from Timbu to Tarkeghyang

Day 05: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang

Day 06: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazar

Day 07: Trek from Melamchi Pul Bazar to Nagarkot

Day 08: Trek from Nagarkot to Changunarayan and Kathmandu

(Note: You can extend your trip within Kathmandu or outside Kathmandu Valley).

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Drive to Sundarijal & Trek to Chisopani

🕑 1 Hours Drive & 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2300 M

We thrive to deliver you a life-changing trekking experience and as you will be done embracing the beautiful and authentic culture of Nepal in Kathmandu, the hour's drive to Sundarijal begin. As you set your foot in Sundarijal, you will be blown away by the thrilling beauty of the surroundings. The walk starts from here on the trail that runs along with a small hydroelectric plant and finally enters the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. 

Going further on the journey, you will witness the first rural settlement of Nepal, the Mulkharka Settlement mostly inhabited by Tamang people. The walk from here traverses through the beauty of the oak and rhododendron forests which finally leads you to Chisopani. The magnificence of the high Himalayan Peaks like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Shishapangma, Gaurishankar, and much more is a treat to witness.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 2: Trek to Talamarang

🕑 6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 960 M

The journey today begins with a downhill trek crossing through the authentic rural Nepal where you will get to see terraced farmlands, villages, local farmers, and farming animals till you reach your first stop at Pati Bhanjyang. After your shortstop at Pati Bhanjyang, you will take the ascending trail leading out towards Gosaikunda cutting through the terraced lands and villages, and finally reach Thakani.

Here, you will get the chance to witness a whole different culture and community as well as gorgeous views of ranges like Langtang Himal, Dorje Lapka, and some other surrounding peaks before you set and ready to take on the rough trail ahead to Talamarang. Talamarang is a mixed community to be precise as people of different cultures reside here. You can also see a motorable road that connects to Kathmandu via Timbu and Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 3: Trek to Timbu

🕑 5/6 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2330 M

Follow the motorable road out of Talamarang and start on the raw trail giving you deeper delves into the culture of the local villagers. You will also cross a couple of villages like Mahankal and Chanaute along your way to Timbu. Feel the cool breeze as you go past these villages over the flat path and take in all the beauty nature is offering. If you plan to take this trail in October, then you get to see the farmers harvesting rice in their merry behavior. 

The Timbu Village is a reflection of the authentic mountain culture and this Sherpa Village is certainly a thing to look out for in the journey. The abundance of the Sherpa and Tamang people going ahead with their daily chores is a sight you get to witness and cherish.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 4: Trek to Tarkeghyang

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2560 M

Tarkeghyang is among the prettiest of the Sherpa villages, dotted with beautiful ancient monasteries and supreme green sights of nature. Moreover, Tarkeghyang is originally known as Helambu and the name is originated from the Hemlu Caste. 

Besides the culture of the village, the trail you walk on today is equally enthralling. Witness the terraced lands and forests as you walk on the ascending journey bypassing many small settlements.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 5: Trek to Shermathang

🕑 5 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 2610 M

The fifth day marks the easiest day of the whole journey as most part of the walk is on flatlands. Enjoy the brilliance of the surroundings, beautiful forests, small streams, vast green lands, all account for the raw beauty of nature.

After relaxing and refreshing 5-hours of walk, as you reach the Shermathang Village, the surreal setting of the village will amaze you as a whole. As you look up to the northern face, the sights of the Jugal Himal range will tempt. At the highest point of the village, you get to see a Buddhist Monastery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House

Day 6: Drive to Nagarkot from Melamchi Pul Bazar

🕑 2 Hours Walk & 4 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 2200 M

Another Pleasant 2 Hours walk in the morning is to Melamchi Pul Bazar where your Car will be waiting to pick up you and transfer you to Nagarkot Though the majority of the village is dominated by the Sherpa Culture, you will see a lot of people of other ethnicities. The walk and drive both are blessed with the splendor of the mountain views while the descending trail passes through the meadows and cultivated fields. Undoubtedly, a fine experience.

Now, we planned this destination to present you with some exclusive sights of this country. Nagarkot is a fascinating place to witness some ecstatic views of the mountains. Sights of Annapurna, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, and many other ranges make this an outstanding place to watch the sunrise. 

Arrive at Nagarkot after around 4 hours drive to Nagarkot, Where you will have a chance to see the Sunset View. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Nagarkot

Day 7: Hike to ChanguNarayan & Drive to Kathmandu

🕑 3 Hours Hike & 1:5 Hours Drive

Max Altitude: 1350 M

The first part of the trek to Changunarayan takes around three and half hours and it is another 90 minutes of a drive back to the capital, Kathmandu. Experience the thrill of walking along a ridge with views of the Changunarayan Temple, Sankhu Village, and Bhaktapur Village. This temple has a lot of rich history associated with it and is beautifully decorated with sculptures and carvings. Rediscover your soul from within in this oldest temple of the valley before finally boarding the vehicle back to Kathmandu.

Note: You can extend your trip within Kathmandu or outside Kathmandu Valley.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Includes

  • Private Transfer to Sundarijal from Kathmandu
  • Private Transfer to Kathmandu from Melamchi Pul/Nagarkot
  • Experience English Speaking Guide
  • National Park Fees and TIMS Fees
  • Local Entry Fees / Heritage Fees
  • Twin/Double Sharing Best available Guest House Accommodations as per Itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast at Guest House
  • Meals - Lunch & Dinner As per Itinerary on trip
  • Bottled Water
  • First Aid Kit/Hiking Poles ( refundable)
  • Tea/Coffee, Snacks, and Lunch
  • Applicable government taxes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excludes

  • International Airfares to/from Kathmandu
  • Meals - Lunch and Dinner in Cities
  • Nepal Visa Fees( Can be Obtained Upon Arrival)
  • Personal expenses such as Drinks, Shopping, etc
  • Personal Clothing and Hiking Gears
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Tipping and Gratitude
  • Any Other Services which is not mentioned 

A wide range of accommodation facilities from 5-star hotels to homestays is available in Nagarkot. In our package, we offer standard accommodations with all the modern facilities. However, we can alter it as per the traveler’s interest and budget. 

In Helambu and Chisapani, lodges/guesthouse with basic facilities such as a hot shower and attached bathroom is available. The accommodation here is neat and clean but we really cannot expect more modern facilities like in Nagarkot and Kathmandu. 

Accommodation for Kathmandu is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis and we can include accommodation in the package on prior notice given by the travelers. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu.

Meals During the Trip

In Helambu and Chisapani Nepali, Continental, Indian, Tibetan, and Hyalmo cuisine is available. Likewise, in Kathmandu and Nagarkot, a wide range of varieties of cuisine like Nepali, Indian, Continental, Tibetan, and other Western meals are available. Breakfast is included in the package but lunch, dinner, and beverages are not included because of the wide varieties of cuisine and restaurants/bars and pubs. However, we can also include lunch and dinner in the package at an additional cost. 

We allow our clients to order from the menu as per their choice in the Ala-kat system. 

 

GearList

Clothing/Equipment/Gear for Helambu Chisapani & Nagarkot Trek

Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by beautiful hill stations around its perimeter. So it is of no surprise that outside Kathmandu is really popular for multiple-day hikes. Chisapani is the highest hill located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level. To help you pack efficiently, we have prepared a gear list for Helambu Chisapani Nagarkot Trek based on seasons. Nepal has four primary seasons:-

Winter: Winter in Nepal falls in January and February. It starts getting cooler after Christmas. The temperature is usually 0-4°C in the morning, 10-12°C at noon, and -1 to 0°C at night. So if you are planning to hike here any time after Christmas to the end of February then we suggest you wear long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies or sweater/fleece, windproof and preferably waterproof jackets because Phulchowki has temporary snowfall during winter. Similarly, we suggest wearing beanies/hats, gloves, trousers, sports shoes/hiking hoots, and thermals if you prefer an extra layer of warmth. Carrying a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking poles would be ideal.  

Spring: March to May are spring in Nepal. The temperature in these months during the morning ranges from 10-12°C, 22-24°C at noon, and 14-16°C at night. Since the weather is pleasant during spring, apart from the basic essentials mentioned below, all you need is some casual shirts, shorts or trousers, a couple of long sleeves, sports shoes/hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, and an overall/light jacket because it might get a bit chilly at the top. 

Summer/Monsoon: June, July, August, and September are summer months in Nepal. But we have a summer monsoon that occurs from Mid-June to Mid-September. The temperature of Kathmandu ranges from 18-20 °C in the morning, 28-32°C at noon, and 16-18°C at night. We do not suggest you hike while raining but apart that that, Summer Hiking in Phulchowki is ideal too.  So, besides the regular items mentioned below, casual cotton wears, sunglasses, a sun hat/cap, an umbrella, or a raincoat are some essentials for the summer. Because this hike takes place in a lush forest, there might be some leeches if it rains the previous night. These leeches aren’t harmful but might cause nuisance so the trick is to carry salt and if leeches try and stick to your body then you could sprinkle salt.  

Autumn/Fall: October, November, and December are autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for the Phulchowki hike due to the delightful weather and visibility of beautiful vistas seen along the way and from the hilltop. The temperature of Phulchowki during fall ranges from 8-10 °C in the morning, 22-25°C at noon, and 5-7°C at night. December is comparatively cooler than the other two months. While hiking around Kathmandu during fall, you would be good to go with fleece/sweater or hoodies, hat/beanie, shawl/scarf, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, or overalls, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking boots or sports shoes. 

 

Reviews

Linda Hickey

United Kingdom

Nepal is safe....and beautiful!!

Traveled to Nepal for 10 days in December. We did 7days of trekking to Helambu, Chisopani and Nagarkot and the rest in Kathmandu and Thamel area. We had an amazing time with the friendliest and warmest of guides. Huge thanks to Raj for all his hard work accommodating every request we had...... and to BK our trekking guide for keeping us on the right track!!!.......and to Madhav, our cultural guide who was very insightful and a great company. All of them made our trip unforgettable and went above and beyond for us in every way possible. We can't wait to go back to beautiful Nepal and couldn't recommend them enough to anyone considering visiting Nepal for what ever the reason.

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