Helambu Trekking Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival 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 2 One hour drive to Sundarijal by private car/van and trek to Chisapani (2,194 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 3 Chisapani to Kutumsang (2,446 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 4 Kutumsang to Tharepati (3,597 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 5 Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2,600 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 6 Tarkeghayang to Sarmathang (2,621 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 7 Sarmathang 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 8 Drive 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 9 Transfer 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.