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Trip Overview of Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek is specially designed for travelers who are looking for fewer travel areas nearby Kathmandu. This is the beaten trail and short best Nepal trekking, And the trails are blissfully famous for its outstanding natural beauty because of its fascinating culture, and favorable climates.

The trails passing through dense forests and traditional Buddhist villages. With the mountain views which are genuinely inspiring. You will walk into the Tamang people village with dramatic ridges. Enjoy the lush forests of rhododendron, Conifers, and oak. This trail also goes through mountain cattle grazing on rich alpine pastures. Under the watchful eyes of their herders.

Helambu Circuit Trek has easy access from  Kathmandu and trek takes 6 days of time, so it is the best trip. For those trekkers who do not have a long holiday in Nepal trip. The trail to Helambu starts from Sundarijal and climbing with Shivapuriridge. You can see the great views of the central Himalayas from the region. This Helambu Circuit Trek is in the Langtang National Park we will walk some part of it till Tharepati. The Langtang National park has rare birds, wildlife, and different unique plants and flowers. During the trek, We will walk through the small villages Chisopani, Kutumsang, and also Melamchi.

Nearest trekking from Kathmandu

The Helambu trekking region is about  80 km from Kathmandu. it’s certain that Helambu Trek should not take more than a week of yours. The route can be best chosen as an extension to your trip to Nepal. If you only have a limited time in the country. Sometimes, the short trip is the best one as they do not result in much exhaustion. Thus, the trip is reasonably perfect for those who are restricted by time and health conditions. Or, the trip might not require a reason at all. The place is quite remote and is maintained by the native Hyolmo people. If you’re wondering what Hyolmo people are, they are known to be indigenous people of the Eastern Himalayan Region. By nature, they are neighborly – friendly and would love to see you visit their homeland. You might find them unfamiliar as they somehow look like Tibetans.

Trek start from Sundarijal a water resource of Kathmandu

We start our Helambu Trek with a drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal [1,390 m/4,560 ft.], and initiate the trek from the point. The course takes you through some of the earnest viewpoints that provide you striking sights of the surrounding places which are beautiful themselves. Chisopani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Melamchi Gaun, Nakota, and also  Tarke ghyang are some of them. Most of the time, you’ll arrive at places habituated by people and meadows scattered with local animals. There are greeneries everywhere in Nepal. And you won’t lack another form of natural beauties too. Beautifully shining high the Himalayas, rough rocky trails, isolated landscapes, and remote settlements are what people have always admired in the country.

In short, this beautiful short trek is an enduring course for your holiday. It includes the cultural taste of Tibetan influence, green vegetation, sights of local animals, Get the best close panoramic views of the Himalayas, homely hospitality everywhere. Furthermore, you can have some of the miracles of nature that you would nowhere else get to see. People’s reviews are what make us delighted in our motherland. If you wish to take a look at some of them, you may get into the testimonial section to read about everything that our previous visitors have said about us, the country, and their visit to their favorite places.

Visit the Sherpa Village Langtang Helambu trek

During the Helambu trek, the main attractions are also The Sherpa village such as Tarkeghyang. As it is a charming enclave of farmers and yak herders. They are different from the Sherpas of the Khumbu region and have a unique culture. We go along the south ridge through Sermathang. The Kathmandu drinking water project is going to get from this mega-project via a series of tunnels. We can also get the best experience of the Yolmo culture of high mountain villages. Excellent views of lonely high mountains, and watch enthralled as the farmers. As they toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo.

Helambu trek altitude

The Helambu circuit trek is a very pleasant and moderate trek as the altitude is not very high compared to other trekking in Nepal. The trekking begins from Sundarijal from an elevation of 135om and ends ate Melamchi Bazaar which is about 850m. During the trek we will go to the highest point of the trek till Tharepani 3650, So the general altitude for the trek ranges from 800m to 3600m height with the mixed climate of the country.


Route map

The route map of the Helambu trek goes from Kathmandu Sndarijal. the first night we sleep at  Chisapani. , Kutumsang, Tharepati-Timbu, and back to Melamchi if you have a longer time you can use the route map of Tarkeghyang, shermathang also.  the trail is heading vias Tamang and Sherpa villages with their beautiful Buddhist monasteries. The views of the mountains are amazing, We can see the  Langtang Lirung, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal peak, Rolwaling, and Gauri Shankar on this route map. Enjoy the best views on snow-crowned mountains. If we are also trekking in the winter, can have a chance to see the Losar celebration which is a part of traditional mountain  Nepali life.

Helambu trek 4 days

Helambu trek 4 days is possible only with fit trekkers and who have very limited time, you need trek 7/8 hours if you wanted to finish in 4 days especially in day 02,03 and day 4 are top. The good thing for you is, you can take a jeep drive to shorten the trek and it makes is to shorten the trip now. The Helambu circuit trek is ranging in between 800m. and 3690m till Tharepati, which indicates less climbing and warmer temperatures. The main advancer of this route is there are fewer trekkers compare to Annapurna base camp or Everest base camp.

The itinerary for the 4 days trek looks like below

Day 01: An hour drive to Sundarijal (1460 m) and trek to Chisapani  (2165m – 4-5 hr walk). from here in day 02
Trek to Kutumsang (2470 m 7-8 hr hike) lunch stop at Chipling (2170 m).
Day 03: Trek to Tharepati (3690 m) – Melamchi Village (2530m). 7 hours walk.
Day 04: Trek to Timbu via Tarkegyang. Drive to Kathmandu by private Jeep.

The above information suggestion is just as a guide. We can drive till Chisopani also by jeep and we can tailor-made all our trips as per your time, interest, and group size.

Helambu Circuit trek goes via Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve

Helambu trek trail follows the National park of Shivapuri. because of is inhabits a paradise of flora. Including exotic orchids, and a myriad of wildlife and birds. You will encounter spectacular panoramic views, including Ganesh Himal Massif, Langtang Himal, Rolwaling Range, and distant views of peaks in the Everest region. With the diverse range of bright green valley’s dark rhododendron forests. In a distant horizon of snowy mountains makes Helambu is the ideal for a short trek.

Helambu trek region lies to the north of Kathmandu. We can also get the  Sherpa culture without having to go to the Everest region. This itinerary is a comfortable and enjoyable trip for the trekkers. Experience the best adventure trip of the Himalayas with outgoing very high altitude as the treks go maximum height of 3500m. As a result, the main attractions of this region include beautiful Gompas. Enshrining statues of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni, and Chenresig (Avalokitesvara).

Helambu Trek - Trip Info

Duration: 06 Days

Max. Altitude: Tharepati (3597m/11801ft)

Trek Grade: Moderate

Best Travel Time: February – June, September – November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay, and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.

Accommodation:  Teahouse during the trek.

Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Bus


Detailed Itinerary of Helambu Trek

We pick up you at your hotel to start the trek. Private car drive to Sundarijal which takes about 1 hour. It is at the height of 1350m. You can see the massive water project. It is the main source of Kathmandu city waters. after some climbing, we will meet the small hydroelectric plant and starts up concrete steps alongside the water pipe. From here we trek steeply to a road to the top of the Shivapuri ridge and wildlife reserve. We are climbing continues to the hilltop with the forest to meet the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of the Tamang people.

Today we are mostly walking in  the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the Borlang Bhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m), The mountain views are excellent from here can see the sights of Annapurna to Everest

After breakfast at Chisopani, we start another day trekking. The first part of the trail is a downhill hill with crossing the meadows and a nice terrace and also the cultivated fields. You will enjoy the excellent mountain views of the Langtang ranges. Today the path is mostly zigzagging as we leave the main trail. While we are trekking till  Pathi Bhanjyang (1770m), the Brahman and Chhetri village, and a gentle ascent to a small white Chorten at the Sherpa village of Thakuni Bhanjyang. We climb the steep uphills until Chipping before arriving at the Jhogin Danda ridge (2470m). You’ll have magnificent views of the peaks as you drop down through the rhododendron forest on the far side of the pass. After lunch, we will continue trekking with forested ridge and descends to a large Chorten overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang, Stay overnight at Gulbhanjyangor we can still be trekking to Kutumsang.

Today the first part of The trail from Gul Bhanjyang needs to climbs the pass at 2620m. The trail goes through the prickly-leaved oak forest with excellent views of the Langtang mountains and the Helambu valley. Along the away today you will be rewarded by the best view of   Langtang  range and the Gosaikunda peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are only a few shepherds’ huts.  We will descend to Magen Goth and again continues to climb, steeply at first, and then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows, and crossing streams. Most parts of the route are today steep above the village to a fluttering white prayer flag on a mind swept hilltop, offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalaya. We arrived at Tharepati which gives you an excellent close-up view of Gosaikunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight stay at the local lodge.

Today we take a rest day after long hours of trekking till Tharepati. this is the best view point place and you can enjoy the spectacular mountain vistas.

The trail from Tharepati passes with pine and rhododendron forest. It is rich with birdlife and at the same time, you will also get excellent views. We will be trekking down into the Helambu valley. The elevation gives you a marvelous mountain view of the Jugal Himal and Nummer in the Solu Khumbu. 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 Nummur in the Solu Khumbu. The village here is surrounding by beautiful forests, where Sherpa people with their distinctive culture mainly inhabit it. from here we are following the descending path until you cross the stream named Melamchi. Today you will see one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries at Tarkeghyang. It is also is known as Helambu, which is named after the Helamu caste. The Sherpa people living here are different than the Mount Everest region Sherpa.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Today we take the short way to Timbu village about 2 and a half hours walking. From here, take a drive of around 5 hrs drive to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the fresh air and forested road. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle to finish your trekking.

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Cost Includes

  • Trekking guide who certified and licensed from Government and got training on high altitude sickness, first aid.
  • Local trekking porter for the trek, 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis.
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, clothing.
  • Local Tea house also called guest house/ lodges twin sharing during your journey.
  • Your daily meal   (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). you can choose your meals from the menu, there are different types of food available.
  • Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS  Card for the Langtang Trekking.
  • Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve Permit fee
  • Group medical supplies (Guide will carry basic medicines).
  • Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre-meeting at our office)
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal transport by private car/van
  • Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu transport by local bus, ( you can come by private jeep by adding extra cost)
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
  • Above the Himalaya Gifts and Trekking certificate after finish your trek.
  • All our official  paper works, Service charge, and all Government Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Any services in Kathmandu.
  • International Airfare.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water.
  • Your personal expenses during the trek. sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance should include both rescue and medical assistance.
  • Personal trekking equipment, you can rent or buy in Kathmandu.
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the Price Includes section.
Fixed Departure Date & Cost
YearStart DateTrip DurationCost/PersonGroup SizeJoin Group
2021 04 jan 06 days US$ 580 2-16 PaxJoin Group
2021 11 jan 06 days US$ 580 2-16 PaxJoin Group
2021 22 Jan 06 days US$ 580 2-16 PaxJoin Group
2021 28 Jan 06 days US$ 580 2-16 PaxJoin Group
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    06 days

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  • Trip Group Size

    Group Size

  • Accomodation in Trip

    Tea house/Lodge during the trek.

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    Maximum Altitude
    Tharepati (3597m/11801ft)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is helambu located?

The Helambu trek is located nearby Kathmandu about 75 km the north from Kathmandu valley. The region is the home for Hyolmo people and trek goes from Sundariji to Melamchipul in a relatively low altitude.

Helambu trek 3 days is it possible?

You can trek to Helambu valley in 3 days only to the upper part of Melamchi gaon like Shermathang and Tarkeghyang which are the main village of these regions. Now we can drive till Timbu and further by private jeep and make the trek shorter, if you wanted to cover the full Helambu circuit trek in 3 days we can drive till Kutumsang by jeep and trek till Tharepani and drive back to Kathmandu from Timbu after the trek down from Tharepati.

How difficuly is Helambu trek?

Helambu Trek is a beautiful short trek in Langtang National Park close to Kathmandu and its difficulty level is from easy to moderate. We trek from 800m to 3650m height in the nice trail.

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