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Helambu Trek (08 Days)

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Trip Highlights

Duration: 08 Days

Type of Trek: Tea House (Lodge) / Camping

Max Altitude: 3600 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

Helambu, situated just north of Kathmandu, is one of the most accessible trekking regions in Nepal. The word Helambu derives from the term Hyolmo, used to denote the local settlers. Hyolmo community is also called the Sherpas of Helambu.

Helambu region is replete with terraced slopes, green valleys and dense forests of oak, rhododendrons and pines with the back drop of the majestic Himalayan mountains. It is famous for its sweet apples. The trail offers splendid views of Langtang ranges.

Helambu is home of the Hyolmo, who are popular for their hospitality. While on trek you will be able to enjoy typical culture and lifestyle of Nepali people. It would be fascinating to watch the farmers toil in the fields still using their hand-made tools and water buffaloes. The area has numerous Buddhist monasteries such that it is regarded as a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Helambu is primarily a low altitude and short trek near Kathmandu Valley. The maximum altitude gained during the trek is about 3650m.  Since the Helambu region begins at Sundarijal and ascends to Tharepati and descend to Melamchi valley, there are many trekking variations you can choose from. For instance, you can also continue trekking to Gosainkunda or Langtang valley. Along with Sundarijal, Nagarkot, Kakani, Melamchi Pul Bazaar or Sankhu are some of the other well-known starting points for this trek.

Those looking for extended days of adventure can trek to Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda before heading towards Helambu. Another option is to trek Langtang Valley and head further towards Helambu via Ganja La Pass.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition offers varied itineraries in this region so as to suit your time, interests and budget.  

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.) takes about one hour and then begin an uphill walk to Chisopani.

Day 02: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours.

Day 03: Trek from Kutumsang to Magen Goth (3514m.) takes about three hours.

Day 04: Trek from Magen Goth to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3650m.) takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) takes about four hours.

Day 07: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) takes approximately five hours.

Day 08: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu takes about four and half hours.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.) takes about one hour and then begin an uphill walk to Chisopani.

The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will enter through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you come across is Mulkharka with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m.), which has magnificent views from Annapurna to Everest. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.) takes about seven hours.

The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good, sometimes level trail that crosses meadows and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail then climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow here makes a good camping spot and is downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Kutumsang to Magen Goth (3514m.) takes about three hours.

The trek continues north to the Yurin Danda ridge which affords good views of the peaks that surround you. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are no permanent settlements before descending to Magen Goth. There are a few lodges and Goths (Domestic Animal Sheds). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Magen Goth to Melamchi Gaon (2640m) via Tharepati Pass (3650m.) takes about six hours.

The trail gradually ascends through the enchanting forest enriched with beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees. Tharepati, in fact is a great view point from where you can get a glimpse of the breathtaking snow capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others. From Tharepati the trail gradually descends through the pine and rhododendron forests with great views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) takes about six hours.

The early part of the trek descends until you cross the Melamchi stream. You then trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belonged to the Helmu caste. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) takes about four hours.

This day the trail is quite easier across flat land with beautiful forests on the way. There is a beautiful village about half way to Shermathang. Shermathang is another charming Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and can see the Jugal Himal. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) takes approximately five hours.

The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages. This day you will be greeted by pleasant views of mountains and will get to interact with local and friendly people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu takes about four and half hours.

You travel on a gravel and bumpy path to Lamidanda and then follow the pitched road to Kathmandu.

The Trip includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permits for Langtang & Shivapuri National Park
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for the guide and porter
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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Clients Reviews

Helambu Trek for 8 days

(5/5)

Dear Nava & Krishna,
Thank you for organizing our trek to Langtang Valley. It flowed perfectly. We loved the beautiful region but it was all enhanced by Krishna’s friendliness and knowledge. What a lovely caring man. Not to mention STRONG!!!! He helped us with our 3 kids and they all loved him.
Can’t thank you enough. We wish Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition all the success it deserves. A very honest, reliable company.

Rachel, Warren,Ruby
Jez and Louie Mclennan
Australia
05/06/2010

The Helambu trekking was a wonderful experience

(5/5)

The Helambu trekking was a wonderful experience. Everything we wanted was there. See the country side, meet people in the village and share some great moment.
But the most wonderful of all was our guide “HARI KRISHNA”. He made everything perfect for us, he is a big man with great heart and he knows many things of his own country.

Thank for everything and we will come back again for many reason!

Martin
Canada
18/03/2010

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