The Helambu Trek is a popular, short, and easy trek that lies 70 km to the northeast of the Kathmandu Valley. Helambu Trek takes you through a varied range of climate, green vegetation of temperate forests to the terraced rice fields and to the alpine region, and gives you wonderful views of snow-capped mountains. Helambu Trek is an idle introduction of Nepal’s cultural and natural beauty.
During several points of the Helambu trek, you will get wonderful views of the mountains of the Langtang Valley. You will also be mesmerized by the High Himalaya to the north and east of this valley. You will get to see various peaks like Langtang Lirung (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and Jugal Himal, the Annapurna as well as the Manaslu range.
Although Helambu is quite close to Kathmandu valley, it is still one of the trekking trails that is an off-the-beaten-path trail. So, the trails are quite fresh and the ancient culture of the region is still intact.
The Helambu Trek by Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions starts from Sundarijal or Melamchi Pul. The various places you will go to offers a range of cultural exploration. The main two ethnic tribes living in the villages you will trek to are the Tamangs and Yolmos. The Yolmo people of the Helambu region are often referred to as “Sherpas”. Many people believe that their origins lie in the Kyirong area of Tibet. So, you can see the influences of the Tibetan cultures during your trek.
After trekking through various villages like Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. The trek takes you inside the various rhododendron and pine forests of this region. These forests become delightful, especially in the springtime.
Best Time for Helambu Trek
The most popular seasons for the Helambu Trek are the seasons of spring, autumn, and winter.
Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Mild amount of sunshine, low precipitation, and crisp views of the mountains make thousands of trekkers complete the Helambu Trek in these two seasons.
Winter (December, January, and February) is one of the best time to complete this trek. Winter season gives you the best views of the mountains. The places you will go during the Helambu trek lies in low altitude regions. So, you won’t experience a lot of cold in the winter season. the
Summer coincides with the monsoon season in Nepal. So there might be some amount of rainfall during the summer in this trek. But with appropriate gear, you can complete the Poon Hill summer trek
Helambu Trek Difficulty
You can complete the Helambu Trek even with a modest amount of trekking experience.
Helambu trek takes you to the highest altitude of 3505 meters. You will spend half an hour or so in this spot before descending to an altitude of 2530 meters for your overnight stay. So, the chances of altitude sickness are extremely low to nil.
You won’t need a lot of preparation for this trek. However, if you exercise for an hour or so for a few weeks prior to coming to this trek, you will feel that this trek a lot easier.
Main Attractions of the Helambu Trek
- Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
- Trek to an off-the-beaten-track trail
- Dense rhododendron and forests along the way
- Wonderful views of mountains of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri range.
- Picturesque villages which overlook some towering mountains.
Helambu Trek Map
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal by Car with 4 hrs walks to Chisopani (2,200m)
Day 03: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2140m (4 – 5 Hrs)
Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2,470m) (5 hrs) walk.
Day 05: Trek to Melamchigaon (2,530m) via Tharepati (5 – 6 hours)
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeygang (2,560m) (2 – 3 hrs)
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,621m) (3 – 4 hrs)
Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul 830m. and 4 hrs drive to Kathmandu.
Day 09: Depart Kathmandu for International departure.