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Helambu Trek - 5 Days

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Trip Highlights:

Duration: 05 Days

Type of Trek: Tea House (Lodge) / Camping

Max Altitude: 3870 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

This is a good trek for people who don't have much time in Nepal. It is a 6-day long trek which starts in Kathmandu itself, but can be completed in as little as 5–6 days. The normal trail head starts off at Sundarijal and goes past Chisopani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Malemchigaun and Hyolmo, Tarke Gyang. After which you have the option of two roads one is the footpath via Shermathang or the bus route via Kiul Takpa Kharka. Kashye. Both the ways ultimately meet at Melamchi where you can take a bus back to Kathmandu. Another variation is the reverse of this trek. The maximum height reached during the trek is about 3650m.

The trek takes place in the Sherpa Helambu region, around 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. A roundabout circuit is used, most often starting at Sundarijal, although other starting positions include Nagarkot, Kakani or Sankhu. Pati Bhanjyang, Chipling, Kutumsang and Tharepati are amongst the first villages to be passed, followed by Malemchigaun and Tarke Gyang. Two possible routes are available from Tarke Gyang, one to complete the trek and another that leads to the Arniko Highway, the main thoroughfare out of Kathmandu leading to Tibet. To complete the trek one would proceed to Taramarang following on to Pati Bhanjyang. From Pati Bhanjyang the trek returns to the starting point of Sundarijal, a route that takes around seven days.

Our company organizes this trek for all the people who are looking to have a short but incredible experience in Nepal. This is the best package one can have if he/she is looking for a short extravaganza.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal

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

Day 03: The trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati Pass (3650 m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 04: The trek from Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) via Melamchi Gaon (2640m) takes about five and half hours.

Day 05: The trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu takes two and half hours and drive from Timbu to Kathmandu.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal

The drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.) takes about one hour and then walk uphill to Chisopani. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail passes through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through the forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m.). Chisopani is cold for its weather. It has magnificent views from Annapurna to Everest. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: The 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 the meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, its downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: The trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati Pass (3650 m.) takes about five and half hours.

The trek continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of the peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trail then descends gradually to Magen Goth. There are few lodges and Goths (Domestic Animal Shed). 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 take a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: The trek from Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) via Melamchi Gaon (2640m) takes about five and half hours.

From Tharepati the trail steeply descends through the pine and rhododendron forest 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, where it is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. Leaving Melamchi Gaon, you trek along the descending path until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you 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 belong to Helmu caste. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: The trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu takes two and half hours and drive from Timbu to Kathmandu.

The trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu takes two and half hours and the drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes about 5 hours.

The Trip includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permits for Langtang & Shivapuri National Park
  • 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
  • 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.

Clients Reviews

Great time and saw the most beautiful views


Our Trek was fantastic and everything we had hoped it would be our guide, Ramesh was knowledgeable and lager to answer any of our questions. Our porter Bokta (SP?) was very enthusiastic and appositive contribution to the overall trip. Both azure and I would return to Nepal & do another trek with Nepal Environ…

Thank you four everything and we wish everyone involved the best.

Thank you Ramesh + Boktah! we had a great time and saw the most beautiful views. Ramesh was so knowledgeable + kind. It was great ! NY

Julic starr & Azure Nowara (USA)

First trek in Nepal


This is our first trek in Nepal. We only have one week here so we booked just a small trek (4days). We were met by Santosh, the cook + 4 porters which were organised by NEPAL ENVIRONMENTAL. Over the 4 day period Santosh and his team did everything possible to make our trek as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We have made good friends over the last 4 days and hope to return to Nepal in the near future where our first part of call will be NEPAL ENVIRONMENTAL.

Ann & Derek Hardy
33, Jarvis Crescent,
Oldbury, Warley,
West Midlands
B69 4QH England

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