About Helambu Trekking
The Helambu Trekking is one of the best options for genuine trekking close to theKathmandu Valley. The area is easily accessed from the northeastern edge of the valley and then the trails climb into the hills to the north from there. Helambu provides a culturally rich area to experience astonishing natural scenery and typical rural lifestyle. This serene area receives fewer tourists than the more popular trails, allowing visitors to get closer to both culture and nature. It also offers a genuine taste of trekking in the fertile hills of Nepal. This trek is ideal for people with extra days in Kathmandu and looking for something unique. With the convenience of access to the valley, you can be in the thick of the jungle and surrounded by villages and farmland in a relatively short time. Along the way, viewpoints offer breathtaking panoramas of the Himalaya.
The Helambu Trekking area is populated chiefly by people who call themselves Sherpa and people of the Tamang ethnicity. The residents in this area have cultural ties Tibet and their customs and traditions adhere to a Buddhist way of life in the tranquil hills. Along the trails are exquisite monasteries, mani prayer stones, and prayer flags and other icons of Buddhist faith.
Helambu lies at a relatively moderate elevation with no extreme passes to cross. Therefore, it is an all seasons trek. Trekkers often combine a journey to Helambu with the Langtang Valley Trek by way of the holy Gosainkunda Lake and the mountain pass Laurebina La. This is a highly recommended adventurous option that will be an unforgettable experience of mountains, culture and natural scenery.
If you have the interest to extend your travels deeper into the mountains and would like the thrills of a high pass, then please see our Langtang Valley and Helambu Trek by way of Gosainkunda. Overall, the Helambu Trek is more relaxed and relatively easier than other treks in Nepal. The altitude is lower and hiking will be unhurried with the deeper enjoyment of the ageless serenity and lifestyle of the hills.
Our Helambu Trekking begins from the edge of Kathmandu Valley. The route leaves the bustling city behind as we ascend through Shivapuri National Park through thick forests. We cross a ridge with spectacular views of the Himalaya to the ridge top village of Chisapani. Beyond Chisapani, the route visits scenic villages of Kutumsang, Tharepati, and Tarkegyang before dropping down to the rushing Melamchi River. We then meet the road and take a picturesque ride back to Kathmandu.
Please Note: Our Helambu Trek has set departure dates from Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a combination of this Helambu Trek with the Gosaindkunda, Langtang, and Tamang Heritage Trail Treks for people with the time and interest as well as other inviting options in the area.