Helambu Trek

7 Days

Helambu trek is the best destination to explore natural resources on the stunning landscape of Helambu region, Nepal. It is a moderately difficult trek in the north of Kathmandu which extends to 3500m above sea level. Helambu valley trek exposes Buddhist culture, Tamang and Gurung community, local food, and amazing view of Gauri Shankar, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal on the horizon. You will cover a part of the Langtang valley trek in Khutumsang and Tharapati from where we can reach Gosaikunda and Langtang valley as well.

Overview

Helambu is the best trekking destination in the North of Kathmandu. Starting the trek from Sundarijal Helambu trek continues to Chisapani, Khutumsang, Tharepati, Tarke Ghyang and Sermanthang. Excluding arrival days Helambu valley trek is 5 days trekking near Kathmandu.

Helambu valley

Helambu is located in 80km North of Kathmandu which begins from Lauribina la pass and continues down to Melamchi valley. Hyolmo people (Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung) lives in this highland valley which is popular trekking destination for all aged people. Helambu is famous for its sweet potato production, Buddhist monasteries, Sherpa and Tamang communities, diversity, terrace farming, diverse landscape and Mountain View in the Horizon.

What to expect in the Helambu trek?

Helambu trek targets Helambu valley with a maximum elevation of 3490m at Tharepati. You will walk on easy to moderately difficult path through forest, rocky landscape and landslide zones. The rhododendron forest, mountains, uphills and downhills, stone paved stairs and off-beaten trial makes your each day adventurous.

You will explore Buddhist monasteries, ethnic villages, Tamang, Gurung and Sherpa culture during the trek. Helambu trekking route begins from Shivapuri National park and reaches Langtang national park with exploring its serene beauty. Completely peaceful path with natural music of air, flowing river, creeping of birds become source of your recreation.

Helambu trek itinerary includes 7 days on which first day is your arrival day and last day is for departure.

On the second day of your trek you will drive from Thamel to Sundarijal. The Helambu trekking route begins from Sundarijal. The Shivapuri national park welcomes you with its pleasant beauty and sources of water for Kathmandu valley. You will reach Chisapani walking through the forest and grassland of Shivapuri Nagarjun National park.

On the third day you will trek from Chisapani to Khutumsang village which gives pleasant view of Langtang Mountains. Following uphills and downhills on forest path you will reach Tharepati (3690m), the highest elevation of Helambu valley on fourth day of your trek. On the fifth day of your trek you will pass Melamchi village, Buddhist stupas, Tarke Ghyang and Helambu village. On the sixth day you will reach Sermanthang passing different Sherpa villages and Melamchi bazzar and return back to Kathmandu.

You can customize the Helambu trek and continue towards the Langtang valley trek from Tharepati. We can trek from Tharepati to Gosaikunda and reach Langtang valley.

The Helambu trek brief itinerary is shown in table below:

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu and shift in Hotel
Day 2 1 hour Drive to Sundarujal (1385m)  and 4,5 hour trek to Chisapani (2295m)
Day 3 6-7 hour trek to Khutumsang (2470m) from Chisapani
Day 4 6-7 hours trek to Tharepati (3690m) from Khutumsang
Day 5 6-7 hours trek to Tarke Ghyang (2600m) Tharepati
Day 6 5 hours trek to Sermanthang from Tarke Ghyang and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 7 Departure from Kathmandu

If you want a short trek near Kathmandu and explore mountains, forests and rivers, villages, and diverse landscapes in a single trek then the Helambu trek is the best option. Any age group from 16 to 70 can do this trek with less risk of altitude sickness. It is the perfect trek for beginner to experienced trekkers who wants to explore the natural beauty of Nepal Himalaya.

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Helambu trek Highlights

  • Shivapuri national park, Langtang National park
  • Rhododendron and pine forest, medows, rivers
  • Wonderful view of Gaurishankar Himal (7145m), Langtang Lirung (7345m) and Ganesh Himal (7406m)
  • Helambu valley and Hyolmo people
  • Ethnic community of Sherpa and Tamang people
  • Low chance of altitude sickness at highest point 3500m of helambu trek

Itinerary

After your arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will welcome you and take you to the hotel in a private car. In the evening you will meet your guide and get a briefing on your trek. You will have a welcome dinner in a cultural restaurant.

You will have your breakfast and we will drive to Sundarijal in a private car. It will take 1 hour to reach Sundarjal from Thamel. The Helambu trekking route begins uphill in Shivapuri. We will pass Mulkharka a Tamang settlement in the center of Shivapuri national park and continue towards Chisapani. After walking for around 6 to 7 hours in the Shivapuri landscape through forest and meadows we will reach Chisapani.

We will wake up early in the morning and reach the Chisapani viewpoint for a sunrise view. After enjoying the sunrise view we will return to the tea house and have breakfast then start the trek. We will walk through meadows, terraced farmland, Pathi Bhanjyang, and Gul Bhanjyang and reach Kutumsang.

After having breakfast in Khutumsang we will head towards Tharepati in the north direction. The snow-covered peaks shine on the horizon after walking on the steep trail in a rhododendron forest. We will reach Yurin Danda and enjoy the stunning view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Gaurishankar Himal. After walking for around 6 to 7 hours we will reach Tharepati, passing Magen goth in the meadows.

After having breakfast in Tharepati we will trek towards Melamchi village in the east. We will pass different monasteries, stupas, and shrines reflecting Buddhism by Sherpas, Tamang, and Gurung communities. It takes around six hours to reach Tarke Ghyang, the oldest monastery in Helambu region.

We will start our trek after having breakfast at Tarke Ghyang. Today’s trek will extends to Melmchi bazzar which takes around 5 hours. We will pass the dense forest, streams, waterfalls, small Hyolmo villages between Parachin and Gangyul. Walking further for 1 hour we will reach Sermanthang and have our Lunch. Catching bus from Sermanthang we will drive back to Kathmandu passing Melamchi bazzar and Melamchi River.
In the evening we will have farewell dinner with company members.

The next day after arriving from Kathmandu you can fly back to your country or continue to other trekking destinations depending on your holidays. Our company member will take you to the airport depending on your departure time.

Cost Includes

  • Private Arrival & Departure transfers,
  • sightseeing in Kathmandu. { Bhaktapur Durbar square, Swambunath( Monkey Temple ), Buddhanath}
  • 2 Night Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • 3 Meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) During the trek
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek,
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek,( Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit,
  • Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map.
  • TIMS Card & Trek Permit,
  • Well-experienced guide with all his allowance and expenses,
  • Well experience potter with his all allowance 2:1
  • Trekking map
  • Sleeping bag for the trek.(Back after trekking to the company)

Cost doesn't Include:

  • Your travel insurance of any kind,
  • International Airfare and Airport Tax,
  • Lunch and Dinner at Kathmandu except mentioned on Itinerary,
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities,
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Items of personal expenses such as beverages, extra tea, and coffee on the way while trekking, battery charging at tea houses,
Is restricted area permit required for Helambu trek?

No, restricted area permit is not required for the Helambu trek because Helambu does not lie in restricted area.

What is the best time for Helambu trek?

The best time for the Helambu trek is spring (mid-March, April, May, mid-June) and autumn (mid-September, October, mid-November). The weather remains pleasant and the temperature remains moderate during autumn and spring.

Is trekking experience required for Helambu trek?

Helambu trek is an easy trek and the highest elevation is only 3600m. So, beginners can also do Helambu trek. if you have trekking experience that’s good but it is not necessary to have trekking experience for this trek.

What kind of physical fitness is required for Helambu trek?

You should be mentally and physically fit for the Helambu trek. Since you should trek for around 5-6 hours each day and there is no rest day for acclimatization, the best physical fitness is required.

What type of food is available in Helambu trekking route?

We can get Nepalese, Tibetan, continental, and Indian food varieties on the Helambu trekking route. Most commonly we can get Nepali thali for Lunch and dinner. The company will provide you with three meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
In breakfast potato, bread tea or coffee, boiled egg or omelet, jam or honey is available. For dinner and lunch, you can get chowmein, pizza, fried rice, nepali thali (rice, lentils, curry pickle and pappad). Menu will be provided but sometime we maynot get all the food as in menu.

How far is Helambu from Kathmandu?

Helambu is 80 kilometer far from Kathmandu.

How hard is the Helambu trekking route?

Helambu trekking route is a moderate trekking route where you will get easy to difficult cliffs, forest paths, and rocky passes. You can easily complete the trek if you are physically fit and trained in walking uphill and downhill.

What kind of accommodation is found in Helambu?

You will get normal tea houses with clean rooms in Helambu. The attached rooms are not available. The toilets will be outside of your room.

Can I customize Helambu trek?

Yes, you can customize the Helambu trek by diverting the trek towards Langtang valley from Tharepati and visiting Gosaikunda as well. The trekking days will extend in customizing the trek.

How long is Helambu trek?

The Helambu trek is 5 days long excluding arrival and departure days. If we include arrival and departure days, the Helambu trek itinerary requires a minimum of seven days.

In which district is Helambu?

Helambu is a rural municipality located in Sindupalchowk district, Bagmati province of central Nepal.

What is Helambu famous for?

Helambu is famous for its sweet apples and Buddhist monasteries in its different locations.

How to reach Helambu from Kathmandu?

Starting the Helambu trek from Sundarijal Kathmandu, take 1st night’s rest in Chisapani. Reach Khutumsang on the 2nd day, Tharepati in the 3rd day, Tarkeghyang in 4th day and Semanthang in 5th day and drive back to Kathmandu on the same 5th day of your trek.
You will walk through forest, villages, monasteries, uphill and downhills throughout the trek.

Is the Helambu trek possible in winter and summer?

No, it is not possible to do Helambu trek in winter and summer. In the summer season, heavy rainfall occurs in Nepal and there is a high chance of landslides in the Sindupalchok district. Similarly leech, slippery path, and rain cover make trekking difficult in summer (June, July, and august).
Snow fall and severe cold temperature makes trekking difficult in winter.

Helambu trek is a short trek near Kathmandu and starts from Sundarijal after an hour’s drive from Thamel. You will spend complete five days at the trekking site and return back to Kathmandu from Melamchi bazaar in car. The Helambu trek itinerary includes six nights and seven days on which day 1 and day 7 are for arrival and departure respectively. You will spend four nights in trekking zones and two nights in Kathmandu.

Best time for a trek in Helambu

Best time for Helambu trek is spring and the autumn seasons. The months of March, April and May to mid-June of spring season is best for scenic beauty. You can have wonderful view of rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal in spring season. The pleasant weather, moderate temperature and clear vision of mountains and Himalaya is amazing.

From mid-September, October, November and mid – December during autumn season also the weather remain pleasant and you can have best view of mountain and Himalayas.

Accommodation in the Helambu valley trek

You will get normal tea houses providing good food and clean rooms in resting places of Helambu valley trek. Attached room is not available and toilets remain outside your room. Warm blankets are available but we prefer you to bring sleeping bag.

Food and drinking water

We will provide three meal i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek. Breakfast contain bread, Tibetan bread, chapatti, curry, potato, tea or coffee, egg items. Dinner and breakfast includes noodles, chowmein, macroni, nepali thali (rice, lentils, pickles, curry and papad). You can get mineral water for drinking. Also you can request hot water in tea house. You should pay extra charge for hot water.

Charging gadgets

Charging facility is available in teahouse but you should charge in dining hall. Charging will not be available in room. You should bring your power bank so that you can charge your gadget in necessity.

Network and internet

You can get network throughout the trek leaving some exceptional places. You can get Wi-Fi access in some tea house and can use mobile data through the trek.

Visa

Visit visa is required for trekking in Nepal. You can get visit visa in airport or directly from your nearby Nepal embassy. 15 days visa is enough for Helambu trek.

General Clothing

  • Warm jacket – down jacket,
  • Water and windproof jacket (alternatively bring a poncho or umbrella)
  • Long sleeved synthetic fleece (windproof material, if possible)
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Hat, a pair of gloves and a scarf.
  • Comfortable hiking trousers. (loose fitting)
  • Shorts and trousers, or a skirt.
  • 2 pairs of warm wool-blend socks.
  • 2 pairs of running socks or liner socks.
  • Proper hiking boots.
  • Running shoes and flip-flops.
  • 2-3 T-shirts.
  • Water bottle.

Insurance

During times of emergencies like sickness or a natural calamity, you might have to immediately depart in a helicopter. The cost of such departation is covered by health insurance that needs to be purchased before you start the trek.

Trekking option

  • Solo trekking with a private guide and porter.
  • Trekking with the only Guide.
  • Trekking with Guide cum porter.
  • Trekking with Group along with guide & Porter.

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