Helambu Trek

Overview

  • Duration7 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy 
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • ActivityTours and Hiking
  • Group Size8 People Maximum
  • Max Altitude3,600m

About Helambu Trek

HelambuTrek covers a wide range of green valleys, hazy rhododendron forests, and distant horizons of snowy peaks and a vivid contrast between Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The Helambu trek is the ideal short trek, and this Helambu region is still relatively less touristic.

During the trek, you will experience the Yolmo culture of high high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enthralled as the farmers working in the fields using handmade tools.

The Helambu trek, known for its scenic greatness and pleasant climate, lies in the north of the Kathmandu Valley. You can stay in highland monastery villages and small settlements in the perfect forest during this trek.

The most accessible of all trekking regions, Helambu offers a low elevation, a pleasant walk. The villages of Tamang and Yolmo, people with strong family and cultural ties, meet friendly and hospitable.

The Helambu trek is an easy and enjoyable journey that takes place at an average altitude of 3,600m. The trek will take you to Tarkegyang through Tharepati, where a selection of trails opens. And we hike along the south ridge to Sermathang. Helambu offers an instant trek to those with limited time.

But if your time permits and willing to do long trekking (about 2 weeks) then you can combine this trek with the Langtang Gosaikunda trek.

Highlights

  • The Tharepati at 3,650 meters is the highest point of this trek.
  • Relatively short and easy to hike to the nearby Kathmandu capital.
  • Amazing views of the snow-capped Himalayas Langtang Lirung, DorjeLakpa, the Tibetan Shisapangma and many other nearby mountains.

Itinerary

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

    You will arrive at Kathmandu where we will pick you up from the Airport and drop you to your hotel. Meanwhile, you can take your time to stroll around to visit the temples and monuments.

    There are plenty of places that you will find fascinating if you wander around.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:No
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
    • Time:Rest day
  2. Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal takes about an hour and trek from Sundarijal the trail will join through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve.

    The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka with the inhabitants of Tamang. The route leads down the ridge through the oak and rhododendron forest to Chisopani. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,300m
    • Time:4 hours
  3. After breakfast, we head for a trek to Kutumsang. Our trek today begins with a decent crossing meadows and fields. Enjoy the wonderful view of the Langtang Mountains. So, we reach at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail goes up the ridge to another pass. Another downhill trek from the pass will take us to Kutumsang.Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,440m
    • Time:5 - 6 hours
  4. We walk above Kutumsang along a steep path mainly throughrhododendron and fir forests, where there are no permanent villages. The trek continues to YurinDanda with a magnificent view of the Himalayas. We're finally reach at Tharepati.Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:3,650m
    • Time:5 hours
  5. Today trek starts with some descend to Melamchigaon, the trail gently climbs up to Tarkegyang. First part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi river. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through Yolmo settlements. Enjoy the Himalayan Mountains ofter appear before you glistening in the sunshine.

    DiscoverTarkeghyangand its monastery, one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since the most of the inhabitants belong to the Yolmo caste. Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2.740m
    • Time:5 – 6 hours
  6. Todaymostly flat, easy to walk through a wide valley, passing through forests and streams.Sermathang is a lovely village with great views, valley and Buddhist monastery.Overnight at lodge.

    • Accommodation:Lodge
    • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Maximum Altitude:2,610m
    • Time:3 – 4 hours
  7. The descent by bus takes about 6 hours and passes the huge Shiva Monument in the Kathmandu Valley. You'll have the chance to eat lunch along the way, and with the stunning Mountain views, we will get to interact with local and friendly people.

    In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture show.

    • Accommodation:Optional
    • Meals:Breakfast
    • Maximum Altitude:1,400m
  8. Time to say goodbye to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a city walksor souvenir shopping.

    You can either stay back in Kathmandu today and enjoy a free day or leave for your respective countries.

    Our representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the Airport for your return flight home.

    What's Included

    Included

    • Airport transfers pick-up and drop-off.
    • Langtang National park entry permit.
    • Kathmandu to Sundarijalby local bus. (upgrade to private Jeep – USD 65 total, one way).
    • Sermathang to Kathamndu by local bus.(upgrade to private Jeep – USD 160 total, one way).
    • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • All accommodations during the trek.
    • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
    • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staffs.
    • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers).
    • Magical Summits duffel bag.
    • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
    • Trek map.
    • Farewell dinner including a cultural show.

    Not Included

    • International airfare and Nepal entry visa.
    • Tips for guide and porter (tipping is expected).
    • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Included' section.

    Useful Info

    Accommodation

    Accommodations are provided on the twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveler, a single supplement will be served. Accommodations during the trek in the Himalayas, you will be staying at basic mountain lodges where you'll have a nice and clean room with the warm blankets, pillows, and comfortable matrices (matrices may not be very thick size but they’re comfortable).

    Meals

    During the trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking, there will also be farewell dinner.

    Best Time to Visit

    The best time to visit Himalayas is between September to December and March to May, when the skies are a clear blue and the views spectacular. The weather remains dry until about May, with temperatures varying between regions.

    Nepal is good for trekking throughout the year. Autumn and spring seasons are the most famous trekking seasons in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It has beautiful, cool, blue skies, clear weather conditions and amazing views of the white mountains and the countryside.

    During the spring season, this time of year offers a breathtaking view of the Rhododendron flowers and lush forests.

    FAQs

    1. When is the best time to trek Helambu?

    Autumn and spring are the best time to trek Helambu. With proper preparations and gears this region, the Helambu trek is doable all year round.

    Yes, you have to get a permit to trek in the Helambu area, unless you are Nepalicitizen.

    Helambutrek is a short and easy to moderate trek that does not require any technical skills or previous hiking experience. You can complete the entire trek in 5 to 9 days.

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