Helambu Trekking

Duration: 10 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 3690m

Highlights

  • Short, moderate trek with offbeat sections
  • Scenic drive from/to Kathmandu
  • Captivating natural beauty, pleasant climate, and fascinating cultural heritage of the locals
  • Trek through dense forests of rhododendron, conifers & oak, traditional Buddhist villages, and cattle grazing area
  • Marvelous landscape enchanted with waterfalls, streams, green hills, meadows, snow-capped mountains, etc
  • Get to witness the tradition, culture, and lifestyle of the Hyolmo and Sherpa communities
  • Spectacular views of snow-capped mountains of Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langsisa, etc

Helambu Trekking Overview

Trek in the beautiful Helambu region. It is one of the least visited trekking routes in the Himalayas with a fantastic mountain panorama, rich cultural heritage of Sherpa & Hyolmo, and abundant flora/fauna. Helambu trekking is a perfect short trek for a quick venture in the Himalayas.

Helambu trekking route is for those who are seeking solitary along with an off-the-beaten trekking experience. Helambu trek takes us to the undisturbed and tranquil region of Nepal, which is known for its irresistible natural beauty, pleasant climate, and captivating culture. During Helambu Trek, you will go through dense forests of rhododendron, conifers & oak, traditional Buddhist villages, and cattle grazing areas, along with enjoying incredible views of snow-capped mountains.

On Helambu Trek, you will get to see the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of the Sherpas & Hyolmos. The Sherpas residing in this area have quite distinct practices and values from the ones living in the Everest region. Likewise, Hyolmos are the natives of the Helambu region and an indigenous group. They are followers of Tibetan Buddhism, intermixed with animism and paganism. Nevertheless, the locals are very friendly and welcoming.

As the trail is on the moderate side with a little mix of offbeat walking, Helambu trekking is ideal for almost everyone and especially for those, who have limited time on their hands, yet want to taste the tempting natural beauty of Nepal. Helambu trek will take you through the Shivapuri region where you get to witness numerous species of flora and fauna. The trekking route is a paradise for bird lovers.

The lush green hills, gorgeous rhododendron forests, fine villages, and distant views of the Himalayan mountains have made Helambu Trekking an ideal short trek for travel lovers. Our Helambu Trek itinerary is specifically designed to offer you a lifetime experience in Nepal.

Major attractions of Helambu Trekking in Nepal

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

Before we begin the trek, you'll go on a guided sightseeing tour of monuments in Kathmandu. The tour involves exploring temples, monasteries, palaces, courtyards, museums, and local markets. You'll be assisted by our friendly English-speaking guide.

The Kathmandu tour is the best way to learn about Nepali art, architecture, culture, and the history of the Nepalese people. Some of the places you visit during the tour are Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

A short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal

The Helambu trek begins at Sundarial. From Kathmandu, it's a short drive to Sundarijal, located 32 km away from the city. It is the starting point of the trek and a small tourist hub.

Less-crowded trail and fantastic views

The Helambu trekking route is less visited by travelers, which makes the trekking route less crowded. If you are looking for a peaceful trek in the Himalayas, which is also easy, then there couldn't be a better package than this. Likewise, the jaw-dropping landscapes and mountain views of Langtang Himal (7,234 m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Gauri Sankar (7,134 m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), and many others.

Trek through Shivapuri National Park

From Chisapani, the trail ascends through the Shivapuri National Park. The climate ranges from subtropical to temperate. The trail winds through dense forests, allowing you to come across a range of flora and fauna. The national park permit fee is included in our package cost, so you do not have to pay extra.

Pass by remote villages and get to see the lifestyle of the locals

The Helambu trek passes by many picturesque villages worth taking photos of. Some of the major villages are Chisapani, Kutumsang, Tharepati, Tarke Gyang, Sermathang, and Melamchi Pul Bazar. Walking through these villages lets you witness the daily lifestyle of the residents.

You'll get to learn a lot about the people of the Sherpa and Hyolmo communities. Moreover, as it is a guesthouse trek, you can expect very close interactions in the villages. Visits to old masters and stupas will also give you a better understanding of their culture.

Itinerary

Find the detailed itinerary of the Helambu Valley Trek for 10 Days. The 10-Day Helambu Trek itinerary includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu.

The 10-day Helambu Valley trek program is designed perfectly by covering all the major attractions that the Helambu trail has to offer. This is our proposal and we at Outfitter Himalaya are always happy to offer you a customized program as per your requirement or without the hotel accommodation in Kathmandu for pre and post trek and you want to book only the trekking part.

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We welcome you at the airport on your arrival day. After a quick meet & greet, the team will escort you to the hotel. The remaining day is free.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

The tour guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. The sightseeing tour is a full-day program. You look around Kathmandu and visit some historical sites like Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar square.

In the late afternoon, we meet in our office and introduce you to your trek guide. After a short briefing about the trek, we go on with final packing and doing last-minute shopping.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After having breakfast, you will begin a scenic drive towards Sundarijal in a private tourist bus/van. Sundarijal is a huge water project, which supplies the maximum number of drinking water inside Kathmandu Valley. From Sundarijal, you will begin ascending through dense forests to a dam.

Further, you will cross the dam, and leaving the water supply system behind, ascend steeply to a road that leads to the Shivapuri ridge and wildlife reserve. The trail will take us to Mulkharka village, and further, you will ascend through oak & rhododendron forest and Borlang Bhanjyang. You then descend and finally reach Chisapani, where you will stop for the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2115

Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast, and begin trekking along meadows and terraced fields. The views of the Langtang range are excellent on the way. The trail further descends and reaches Pathi Bhanjyang. It's a beautiful small village. From here, we trek to Gul Bhanjyang and ascend a hill. The trail from the hill descends to Kutumsang.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2470

From Kutumsang, we head north, enjoying superb mountain views, and ascend a steep trail that goes through lush rhododendron & fir forest. The trail continues to Yurin Danda. Further, we trek and reach Magen Goth past a few lodges. The trail continues to Tharepati, where we'll be stopping for the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3690

The trail today lets you see the culture and lifestyle of the locals closely. Leaving Tharepati, we head east, off the ridgeline & descend to Melamchi village. We can see many stupas, shrines, and monasteries in Melamchi village. The trail then ascends to Tarke Ghyang, passing by remote Sherpa villages. We can see spectacular mountain views on the way. Tarke Gyang is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the Helambu region.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2600

We walk through dense forests, past streams & waterfalls. The trail offers a beautiful landscape. We reach Parachin village and walk past many small settlement areas before reaching Gangyul. From here, the route leads to Sermanthang village. We visit a few monasteries in this village.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2590

After having breakfast, you will descend to the Melamchi Pul Bazaar. On the way, you will go through several fine meadows, cultivated fields, and picturesque villages. During your trek, you will also get to interact with locals and see their lifestyles.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude870

You will wake up early and have breakfast. After that, begin driving towards Kathmandu along a bumpy road from Melamchi Pul Bazar to Lamidanda. From Lamidanda, drive on the well-made road to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will head to your hotel and freshen up. Later, you can stroll on the vibrant street of Thamel and end the day with a delicious farewell dinner.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

The Helambu trek has ended. We drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time. Our airport team will assist you in checking out of the hotel and escort you to the airport terminal.

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Map & Altitude Graph

Helambu Trekking map

Inclusions

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation by local bus
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in included section

Essential Info

Helambu trekking difficulty

The Helambu trek is perfect for anyone with normal health. You also don't need to have prior trekking experience to go on this trek. The trail has a blend of gentle hiking and trekking through forested paths. Some sections steeply ascend and descend. On average, 6 hours of walking is needed every day, so you have to be fit enough to walk.

The Helambu region is not bustling and developed in terms of tourist infrastructure. So, you get a very raw trekking experience and get to see an authentic mountain lifestyle. It also means bare minimum facilities, which can make the venture harder than it is for some trekkers. Endurance is crucial to relishing trekking in the Helambu region.

Helambu trek preparation

You do not have to do advanced training to join the Helambu trek. Build walking habits and your core strength. You have to work on your stamina. Short hiking, cycling, swimming, running, etc are good workouts to increase stamina. We recommend trekking in old/used pairs of boots rather than brand-new ones. You'll have a much more comfortable walk in old trekking boots.

Be a part of this adventure journey with us, and we will make sure you are returning home with lots of memories to cherish. You can book Helambu trekking 2022/2023 anytime with us as the bookings are open. We also tailor design Helambu itinerary, so feel free to share your requirements.

If you are seeking more challenges, then combine Helambu Trekking with Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lake. This specific package is very famous among experienced trekkers. Likewise, here are some other beginner-friendly short treks; Mardi Himal Trek, Khopra Danda Trek, Tamang Heritage trail, etc.

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