The Helambu Trekking is one of the best options for genuine trekking close to the Kathmandu 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.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02One hour drive to Sundarijal by private car/van and trek to Chisapani (2194 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 03Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 04Kutumsang to Tharepati (3597 mt.). Walking 6:30 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2600 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Tarkeghayang to Sarmathang (2621 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Sarmathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Drive back to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 5 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
Day 2One hour drive to Sundarijal by private car/van and trek to Chisapani (2194 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.We start out on a vehicle for about an hour to Sundarijal, a town located at the North-Eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. From Sundarijal, our trailhead for this trip, we traverse through Shivapuri National Park. The village that arrives in less than an hour is Mulkharka. We leave this village behind and walk the next three hours or so to Chisapani, where we stop for the night. Chisapani, our first stopover outside Kathmandu, comes with a spectacular view of the gigantic elevations to the North: Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, DorjeLakpa, and Mt Gaurishanker.
Day 3Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.The place we have our lunch today is GulfuBhanjyang. We head to this direction after breakfast. Presenting a sharp descent for the walk downhill, the path arrives at Party Bhanjyang in roughly sixty by the minutes. The trail, from here on, shows some signs of mercy and become lenient on the legs as we arrive in Firfiré. The beauty of the landscape around with the addition of that refreshing air simply does not allow most to walk on. We take a break of around half an hour. Once we start the walk after this break, we walk mostly through land that sees cultivation and arrives in GulfuBhanjyang right in time for lunch. Dal-Bhat is a filling option for many. Dal-Bhat does not just come with the Dal (a thick lentil soup) and Bhat (rice); it comes with at least vegetables and pickles and one can ask for some more helpings for no extra charge. After all, ‘Dal-Bhat-Power, 24-Hour’ is how the common saying goes. Lunch over and we move on. Filled with ups and downs, the trail walks us through a landscape that now sees more plants, adding that extra green texture to our atmosphere. We finally arrive in Kutumsang. Many find the accommodation in this village with a Chaitya, a Buddhist shrine, relatively to their comfort zone. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 4Kutumsang to Tharepati (3597 mt.). Walking 6:30 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, we start out on a route with trees on either side to Magen Goth, where we stop for lunch in about three hours most people’s watch. The route is a mix. The flats certainly are comfortable, but the uphills are burdensome and therefore taxes. Magen Goth is basically a barn with pastures and lands the locals use for growing their crops. On a trail that does not differ much from the one just traveled, we trudge on after lunch. We finally arrive in Thadepatti. The view on offer is, once again, worth soaking in. The cameras don’t seem to find rest in this land of the Himalayas. This is where we stop for the night. Sunrise is one more treat the place has on offer, given the morning is clear. The gradual illumination starting from the tops of Mt Gaurishanker and DorjeLakpa leaves everyone with a memory to hold on to for life.
Day 5Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2600 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today, we start out on a downhill that lasts for approximately a couple of hours by the clock all the way to Melumchi Village. The gentle walk through the land also happens to pass through a forest filled with oaks and rhododendrons for this part of the trek. Melumchi is a village that sees Sherpa dominance. The monastery sufficiently highlights their faith. With the Marshyangdi River flowing majestically pretty close, the village on the slope of a massive hill awaits all traversing on this trip with lunch on their menus. Lunch over and move on. A riverside restaurant fifteen minutes down the trail looks alluring. We leave the thought behind for now and cross the river. The uphill on the platter that goes up a land that sees human attempts of cultivation is a mix, gruesome for about an hour and a half and gentle for almost one. Trakéghyang, a village that boasts a monastery centuries old, is also a place where people seem very welcoming. This is where we stop for the night.
Day 6Tarkeghayang to Sarmathang (2621 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our stopover for lunch today is Kakani I. We, therefore, head off in this direction. With a forest on one side and cultivation on the other, we walk this part on the leveled ground. The sight of some stupas and a monastery suggests the arrival of Kakani. We stop for lunch here. Lunch over and we move on. Into the trek and a forest starts appearing soon. With this new companion, we walk for about two and a half hours to Shermthang on a path that most legs would consider comfortable. The village happens to be a big one and is yet another location that presents the views of the surrounding Himalayas and the hilly landscape below wonderfully: the meandering Indrawati River below and the magnificence of Mt Gaurishanker and DorjeLakpa in front. This is where we choose to stop for the night.
Day 7Sarmathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today’s walk is also to our comfort zone. Walking on this mostly a comfortable downhill, we stop for lunch in Kakani II. Lunch over and we move on. About an hour and a half, from here on, and we cross the Melumchi Bridge and enter Melamchi Pul Bazaar. We find our place for accommodation for this night here.
Day 8Drive back to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 5 hours. Overnight at hotel.Our return to Kathmandu is on a local deluxe bus, a ride that should last for around five hours. With breakfast and lunch on the way, we traverse on narrow roads that meander from a hill to another. Arrival in Kathmandu and it’s certainly time for rest.
Day 9Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.
Departure Note : Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen the 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share the room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods have to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Helambu Trek is a moderate trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Helambu Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy a good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Helambu Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to a landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.