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.