Helambu Trekking - 10 Days

Helambu Trekking

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

Helambhu 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.

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu where the representatives from Great Adventure Treks will meet you outside the airport terminal. You will head out to your hotel with them. They will assist you in checking in. You will also meet your guide there who will give you all the information about the hotel as well as the Helambu trek. If you have other related information about the trek, you can get information about that with your guide.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

After having a breakfast at your hotel in the morning, you will head out for a half day sightseeing tour of the capital city of Nepal- Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a modern city that still proudly boasts of the heritage of its ancient culture. You can see the influence of this in the architecture of this city, where you can find modern buildings as well as temples of the medieval age.

On this sightseeing tour, we will take you to the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Squares and the Patan Durbar Squares.

Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal trek to Chisapani (2,200m) (4 hrs)

A few hours drive at the eastern suburb of the Kathmandu Valley passes through the famed Boudhanath Stupa. The area in and around this Buddhist monastery is also known as Little Tibet. Boudhanath is renowned for its enormous Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa with the ever-present all seeing mystical eyes of Lord Buddha. From Boudhanath, the drive diverts to a dirt road for an hour towards Sundarijal. Sundarijal literally translates as “beautiful water”. It is a lovely spot with cool patch of forest and fresh streams. Sundarijal is a great picnic spot for most of the residents of Kathmandu valley.

The trek from Sundarijal leads uphill most of the way. It passes through rural farm fields, cool forests and villages just before you reach Chisapani. Chisapani (2200 meters) is your overnight stop. It is a scenic viewpoint with 4-6 teahouses. There is also an Army Camp nearby. Chisapani offers fantastic view of Jugal Himal range in the northeast and Ganesh Himal-Manaslu and Annapurna range in the west. Apart from the snow peaks, you will also enjoy a lovely view of the surrounding landscapes and valleys down below.

Day 04: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang (2,140m) (5 hrs)

The trek from Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang(2140 meters) is 5 hours long. The trek initially leads to a small village bazaar of Pati Bhanjyang after hiking downhill. From here, you will trek through farm villages that offer you a beautiful view of the surrounding landscapes. The path then climbs up most of the way. You will also walk a few downhills and gradual winding tracks till you reach the village of Gul Bhanjyang. Your overnight camp is a little further from the village.

Day 05: Trek to Kutumsang (2,470m) (5 hrs)

The trail from Gul Bhanjyang winds up as the scenery gets better. You will also experience cool air as you gain some altitude before you reach one of the main villages of Helambu at Kutumsang (2,470m). You will reach Kutumsang after 5 hours of good walking through several farm villages and forest areas. Mostly, Tamang and Yolmos people inhabit the farm village of Kutumsang.

Day 06: Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2,530m) via Tharepati (3,505m) (6 hrs)

From Kutumsang, the journey continues uphill for another two hours till you reach Maghengoth. Maghengoth is a lovely spot with a large grassy field. There is also an Army Barrack nearby. There are two trails from here. One of them leads you straight to Melamchi Gaon. However, you will take the scenic route to Tharepati. It will take you 3 hours from Kutumsang to reach Melamchi Gaon.

Tharepati (3,505m) is the highest point of this trip. It is worth the climb for the striking views of a range of snow-capped peaks from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu to Annapurna in the far west and the Jugal mountain range to the northeast. After trekking downhill from Tharepati through the beautiful forest of oaks and rhododendron, you will reach Melamchi Gaon. You will have your overnight stay in Melamchi Gaon (2530 meters). The total duration of today’s trek is 6 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,560m) (3 hrs)

The walk from Melamchi Gaon is gradual for an hour and a half. The last hour of today’s trek is an uphill climb to Tarke Gyang(2560 meters). Tarke Gyang is the main village of Helambu region. It is the place is also renowned for its famed green apples and the wood carving on furniture and in other household products. This is a village with is home to many closely places houses. It will remind you of high mountain villages in western Nepal. Tarke Gyang is also home to the oldest monastery of the Helambu region. You will also go for a short, energetic hike around the top of the nearby hills. These hills are great spots for viewing the snow-capped peaks and landscapes.

Day 08: Trek to Sermathang (2,621m) (3 – 4 hrs)

You will have a lovely morning’s breakfast. After that, you will head towards Sermathang (2621 meters). This is another important village in the Helambu area. As you trek through a gradual winding path, you will witness some fantastic landscape.

All along the way to Sermathang (2621 meters), you will be mesmerized by the beauty of the landscape that surrounds it. After trekking for 4-5 hours, you will reach Sermanthang. The trail along the way encircles Parachin and a Sherpa village of Gangyul giving sumptuous views of these places. The locals of Sermanthang are adherents to Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism. This strand of Buddhism is the one that is practised as the national religion of Bhutan.

Day 09: Trek to Melamchi Pul (840m) (5 – 6 hrs)

Today is the last day of the trek. As you will descend more than 1700 meters in altitude, today’s trek is almost all the way downhill to Melamchi Pul Bazar. You will pass through villages like Kakani and Thimbu today. You will also notice that you will head to the subtropical region as you encounter some rice paddy fields. A trek of 5-6 hours will take you to Melamchi Pul (840 meters), which is a busy market-place.

In Melamchi, you will take a private transport to Kathmandu valley. The road between Melamchi and Kathmandu resembles an off-road for a few hours. Then, it enjoins the main Tibet-Nepal Arniko Highway. The next stop along the way is an old Newari town called Dhulikhel. It lies beyond the eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley. An hour’s drive from Dhulikhel brings you to Kathmandu as you get past other towns like Banepa and Bhaktapur.

Day 10: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

We will transfer you to the international airport for your flight back home. Our representatives from Great Adventure Treks will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. Make sure that you have your confirmed air ticket with you along with other necessary travel documents. We could also arrange another tour for you in Nepal if you want to.

  • Pick up and Drop to Hotel.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
  • Drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu by car.
  • All Accommodation during the trek (Teahouse).
  • Trekking Area permits and fees.
  • Trekking Map, Camping Equipment.
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during the trek,)
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • All government tax
  • Emergency Rescue Help (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Pul by car.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • All program as per Itinerary
  • Airport departure.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Kathmandu monuments fees.
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Any special accommodation.

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Price From USD $ 570/person
Total $ 570 USD

Trip Facts

  • Sermathang 2,621m
  • October - December and March - May
  • Gentle
  • Available

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