Helambu Trek is specially designed off the beaten trail that highlights the calm and tranquil area for trekking, and the trails are blissfully famous for its outstanding natural beauty, fascinating culture, and favorable climates. The Helambu Trek landscape is classic Himalayan foothills, with plenty of dramatic rises and plummeting descents. On this grand Helambu trekking adventure, you can discover unchanged central Nepal: trails passing through dense forests and traditional Buddhist villages with the mountain views which are genuinely inspiring. You pass through dramatic ridges, villages inhabited by the Tamang people, lush forests of rhododendron, conifers, oak, and also this trail passes through mountain cattle grazing on rich alpine pastures under the watchful eyes of their herders.
Helambu Circuit Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week, so it is the best trip for those trekkers who do not have the long holiday in Nepal trip. The trail to Helambu climbs on to the Shivapuri ridge from where there are sweeping views of the central Himalayas. This Helambu Circuit Trek will bring us through the Langtang National Park, which inhabits a wealth of rare birds, wildlife, and unique plants and flowers. During the trek, we will pass through spectacular villages of Kutumsang, Chisopani, and Sermathang with their stunning panoramic views and the community of Melamchi Gaon and Tarkeghyang.
The Sherpa village of Tarkeghyang that forms the focus of Helambu, 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, down to the river at Melamchi, the site of a mega-project to bring drinking water to Kathmandu via a series of tunnels. You will experience the Yolmo culture of high mountain villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains, and watch enthralled as the farmers toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo.
This trail takes us through the National Park of Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, which inhabits a paradise of flora, including exotic orchids, and a myriad of wildlife and birds. You will trek to villages with 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 and distant horizons of snowy mountains, Helambu is the ideal for short trek.
Helambu region lies to the north of Kathmandu and offers the nearest experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to the Everest region. This itinerary is a comfortable and enjoyable trip for the trekkers who wish to experience adventure and closeness to the Himalayan trail without going at high altitude. Some of the main attractions of this region include: beautiful Gompas enshrining statues of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni, and Chenresig (Avalokitesvara).
Duration: 05 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
Day 01: - Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani (2300m/7544 ft): Walking Distance 4 hours
Drive for about an hour from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m), where there is a massive water project which supplies most of the drinking water to Kathmandu Valley. The unpaved road turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant and starts up concrete steps alongside the water pipe. Beyond Sundarijal, the trail climbs continuously through forests to a medieval-looking reservoir, dam, and waterworks. Crossing the barrier, the path leaves the water supply system and rises steeply to a road to the top of the Shivapuri ridge and wildlife reserve. The trail now continues up the hill through the forest to meet the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of Tamang people.
The trail continues with climbing on 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
Day 02: - Chisopani trekking to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m/7021ft), 7 hours
The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good, sometimes level crossing meadows and fields. There are excellent mountain views as you leave the full track and drop down into the valley on a muddy zigzagging path. The trail heads north out of Pathi Bhanjyang (1770m), the Brahman and Chhetri village, and a gentle ascent to a small white chorten at the Sherpa village of Thakuni Bhanjyang. Make a very steep incline on a switch back to Chipping and 200m climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge (2470m). You’ll have excellent views of the peaks as you drop down through the rhododendron forest on the far side of the pass. We will Continue along the forested ridge and descends to a large chorten overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.
Day 03: - Gul Bhanjyang trekking to Tharepati (3597m/11801ft): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The trail steadily rises through the prickly-leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley. The trek proceeds due north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of the peaks above Langtang 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. The trail descends to Magen Goth and 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. A steep path raises 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 Rise early for excellent close-up views of Gosaikunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight stay at the lodge.
Day 04: - The trek from Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) via Melamchi Gaon (2640m) takes about 6 hours.
The path passes pine and rhododendron forest rich with birdlife along with excellent views down into the Helambu valley. The elevation gives you a marvelous mountain view of the Jugal Himal and Numbur 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 Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, where Sherpa people with their distinctive culture mainly inhabit it. Leaving Melamchi Gaon, you trek along the descending path until you cross the stream named Melamchi. Now you travel gently up to Tarkeghyang, passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is named after the Helamu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belong to Helmu caste. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05: - The trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu takes two and half hours, and the drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes about 5 hours.
Today we take the short way to Timbu village about 2 and half hour 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.
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Tea house/Lodge during the trek.