Helambu is situated in the northern part of the country; about 75km from Kathmandu and the area is inhabited by Sherpas. The languages, culture, and dress of Helambu’s Sherpa community are different from those of Solokhumbu’s Sherpa. On the way to any Langtang trek, you can also do Helambu trek either from Gosaikunda or from the Ganja La pass(5106m). The route from Ganja La pass is quite difficult in winter because of the height and usually snow-covered trail.
Sundarijal(1350m) is the best place to start the Helambu trek. With a short drive, you can get to Sundarijal from Kathmandu by private car or van. Helambu trekking offers a scenic loop through villages of varied ethnic makeup with good high-mountain views. In the way of Helambu, there is a surprising amount of old-growth trees. Magnificent old rhododendrons grace the trail between Tharepati and Malemchi gaon. It has a splendid variety of wildflowers, views of snow-covered peaks, and varieties of birds to make your journey remarkable.
The best time for trekking in the Helambu area is from October to May. In the trekking trail there is the chance of altitude problems for which you should be prepared for and possible snow at Tharepati during the winter. This area has an abundant no. of good lodges and is uncrowded.
Landing in Kathmandu is quite an experience. The views of the Mountain ranges from the window seat of the airplane are totally amazing. In your trekking to Ghorepani – Poonhill you’ll see such views but from a close quarter.
Following your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, You’ll be welcomed to Nepal by a representative of Hiking Himalayas at TIA’s arrival terminal. We’ll transfer you to the hotel in a private car.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Today is the starting day of our trek. We’ll drive towards Sundarijal(1350m) from the hotel after breakfast. This will be a short drive in the hustling and bustling city of Kathmandu which will take about 45 minutes. We’ll start trekking from Sundarijal, and from here, we’ll enter Shivapuri National Park. Within a few minutes from our entrance point, we’ll reach a dam. We’ll trek through the village of Mulkharka(1788m) and trek through the dense forest until we reach Chisapani(2183m), today’s resting spot.
Overnight Stay in Chisapani.
Today, we’ll trek for around 6 hours. We’ll trek through lots of uphill and downhill till we reach Khutumsang. The trail goes downhill towards Pati Bhanjyang(1828m) from Chisapani. Today, we’ll get a sight of Mt.Langtang(7234m), Ganesh Himal(7422m). Now, we’ll trek uphill and finally descend toward Gul Bhanjyang(2140m) – a Tamang settlement. We’ll trek for another 2 hours and reach our resting point i.e. Khutumsang(2470m).
Overnight Stay in Khutumsang.
Today’s trek from Khutumsang to Tharepati takes about 5 hours. We’ll trek through rhododendron forests with High Himalayan views from the trail. We’ll pass the village of Magen Goth enjoying the stunning views of Gosaikunda peak, Mt.Langtang. We’ll rest in Tharepati(3500m) until tomorrow.
Overnight Stay in Tharepati.
Today we’ll head towards Tarke Ghyang, leaving Tharepati behind. Trekking downhill for a while we’ll reach a height of 2980 meters. From here, we’ll continue walking from the left trail, cross a suspension bridge and reach Melamchi gaun(2530m)- a sherpa village. Here, in Melamchi gaun you’ll get to see Mani walls and Buddhist prayer flags. We’ll cross the Melamchi Khola bridge(1890m) after descending from the village. From here, we’ll trek uphill toward Tarke Ghyang(2590m).
Overnight Stay in Tarke Ghyang.
From Tarke Ghyang, the trail leads us through the beautiful oak forest, streams, and a waterfall to Shermathang. Shermathang(2620m) is a rich-in-culture Sherpa village which is also an apple-growing area with a beautiful view of Jugal Himal(6095m).
Overnight Stay in Sermanthang.
Today will be the last trek of our trip. The trail is filled with excitement as we’ll trek through terraced cultivated fields and grasslands with a good view of the mountains. We’ll cross some suspension bridges over Melamchi Khola before reaching the Melamchi Bazaar(840m).
Leaving footprints in the trails and preserving the memories of the Langtang Region, we’ll drive towards Kathmandu. You’ll enjoy the curvy roads of Nepal’s hills and its greenery along the way. We’ll drop you off at the hotel and today day is over.
Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, their two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural, and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath – the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Bhaktapur Durbar Square – the 15th-century palace of 55 windows, and Swoyambhunath. At the event, you will be briefed about your trip.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as a game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour, or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
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Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.
All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Hence, please suggest us your preferences so that we can prepare the program accordingly and quote the price for the same. You are kindly requested to always feel free to contact us for any information that you require. Your queries are always welcomed and we will be privileged to furnish you with the required information.
The following date can be changed according to your preference. We are available all time of the year to make your Dream Trip turn into Reality.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for the Helambu trek. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat
Light and expedition-weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
With more than 20+ years of experience in the tourism industry, our agency is registered under the Ministry of Tourism. It is also a license holder of NMA, NTB, and NRB. We also provide you with local guides, who are used to the surroundings, so you won't face any difficulties in the trek.
This trek is considered easy. You'll have to walk in not very challenging terrain and up to 5 hours per day to complete this trek. You won't have a hard time completing this trek if you're physically fit.
Yes, you'll get internet facilities everywhere on this trek. But, you may have to pay extra charges to use it. And the internet may not be that fast.
Helambu is famous for its Sherpa Culture and tradition, beautiful monasteries , sweet apples and surreal mountain views. Trekking in this trail, you'll make unforgettable memories.
The best season for this trek are Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, and November). In these season, the sky is clear and the days are sunny too.
Yes, you'll find loaches in monsoon season and the time of rainfall. So, you're suggested to carry a repellant spray.
Yes, you'll need a trekking permit for your Helambu Trek. You'll also need to pay an entry fee in the entrance of Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park. All the trekking permit are managed by our Agency.
Yes, we always welcome our client's preferences and tastes. You can make your own day plan, feel free to email us.