Helambu trek

Short trek in Nepal
  • Duration9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 3690 meters/ 12106 feet
  • Starts Sundarijal
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Best Season March to May and September to November
Group Discount Prices
  
1 paxUS$695
2 - 6 paxUS$595
7 - 10 paxUS$545
11 - 15 paxUS$495
16 - 20 paxUS$445
Helambu trek Highlights
  • Proximity to Kathmandu: The trek begins just a few hours away from Kathmandu, making it easily accessible for those with limited time or who prefer shorter treks.
  • landscapes: The Helambu region is known for its picturesque landscapes, including terraced fields, dense forests, and snow-capped peaks. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Jugal Himal.
  • Unique cultural experience: The trek takes you through several traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages, where you can experience the local culture and way of life. You can visit monasteries, interact with friendly locals, and learn about their customs and traditions.
  • Charming villages: The trek passes through scenic villages like Thimbu, Tarkeghyang, and Sermathang, each with its distinct charm. These villages are known for their traditional architecture, stone houses, and intricate wood carvings.
  • Rhododendron forests: The trekking route takes you through dense forests of rhododendron, Nepal's national flower. During the spring season (March-April), the forests come alive with vibrant colors as the rhododendrons bloom.
  • Local cuisine: Along the way, you can enjoy delicious local food, including traditional Sherpa and Tamang dishes. Try some yak cheese, momos (dumplings), and thukpa (noodle soup) to savor the flavors of the region.
  • Tea houses and lodges: The trekking route is dotted with tea houses and lodges, providing comfortable accommodations for trekkers. These establishments offer a cozy atmosphere and a chance to meet fellow trekkers from around the world.
  • Panoramic viewpoints: The trek includes several viewpoints that offer panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Which provides breathtaking views of the Langtang and Jugal Himal ranges.
  • Peaceful and less crowded: Compared to some of the more popular trekking regions in Nepal, the Helambu Trek is relatively less crowded, allowing you to enjoy the tranquility and serenity of the mountains at your own pace.

These are just a few of the highlights of the Helambu Trek. It's a rewarding experience that combines natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of adventure, making it a great choice for trekkers looking for a shorter trek in Nepal.

Helambu Trek Overview

The Helambu Trek in Nepal is an accessible adventure that takes place in the scenic Langtang region. It's situated approximately 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu and is nestled within the Langtang National Park, a protected area renowned for its stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife.

The trek is an ideal combination of captivating landscapes, charming traditional villages, and a relatively shorter duration compared to other treks in the region. Helambu is a popular choice for those seeking a picturesque and immersive trekking experience near the capital city.

The trail gradually ascends through lush forests, terraced fields, and picturesque villages. Along the way, trekkers are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains.

The region is predominantly inhabited by Sherpa and Tamang communities, known for their warm hospitality and unique cultural traditions. Trekking through traditional villages allows trekkers to immerse themselves in the local way of life.

Accommodation along the trekking route is provided by teahouses and lodges, offering basic facilities and warm hospitality. These establishments serve local Nepali cuisine, providing a taste of authentic flavors amidst the mountains.

Best Time To Do Helambu Trek

The best time to undertake the Helambu Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons when the weather conditions are stable, and the skies are clear. However, the Helambu trek is doable in winter and summer as well. Winter season still you will find clear weather but it will be very cold and in summer will be rainy almost every day.

The one who has a short time in Nepal and still wants to explore mountain life and rich culture, the Helambu trek is for you. 

Moreover, you can also consider our most popular trek in Nepal like Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, etc.

Useful Information
  • Location: The Helambu region is situated in the Langtang National Park, north of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
  • Duration: The Helambu Trek is typically a moderate trek that can be completed in 5-7 days, depending on your pace.
  • Permits: To trek in the Helambu region, you will need two permits: the Langtang National Park Entry Permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or at the park entrance.
  • Best time to visit: The best time for the Helambu Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures.
  • Trekking difficulty: The Helambu Trek is considered a moderate trek, suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The highest point on the trek is Tsergo Ri at 4,985 meters (16,355 feet). Adequate physical fitness and acclimatization are essential for a successful trek.
  • Accommodation: Along the Helambu Trek, there are tea houses and lodges that provide basic accommodation and meals. However, it is advisable to carry a sleeping bag and trekking gear for added comfort.
  • Highlights: The Helambu Trek offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, charming villages, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests. You will also get to experience the rich Sherpa and Tamang cultures, visit monasteries, and interact with friendly locals.
  • Altitude sickness: As you ascend to higher altitudes during the trek, there is a risk of altitude sickness. It is important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the chances of altitude-related illnesses.

Trekking gear

CLOTHING

  • Raincoat, poncho, or combination jacket/trousers
  • One down jacket/Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Two pairs of hiking pants (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One pair of shorts
  • Three/Four T-shirts (depending on the duration of the trek)
  • One MIT wear/fleece jacket
  • One pair of base layers (merino wools or similar thermal ware)
  • Three to four pairs of hiking socks
  • A pair of waterproof/windproof gloves
  • Undergarments

FOOTWEAR

  • Trekking boots (water resistance, ankle supportive)
  • Flip-flops for leisure time around camp or one pair of sneakers

OTHER EQUIPMENT

  • Sunglass, sunscreen, lip balm, sun hat, woolen/fleece hat/beanie, neck gaiter, first aid kit, Swiss army knife(optional), luggage cover, headlamp, trekking poles, water purification tablets or steripen, extra batteries, adapter, power bank, water bottles/camel bag/Thermos, washing powder/multi-purpose soap, shampoo, a small towel, antiseptic hand wash, toiletries, female hygiene products, wet wipes, mosquito spray (optional), whistle, earplugs, reading books, playing cards/chess
  • Sleeping bag rated -5 degrees Celsius comfort depending on trekking route and season
  • Backpack (60 liters)
  • Daypack (25 to 30 liter)

Note: - It has been made common for everyone just for the basic idea. So, you might need more or less according to your duration of trek, trekking route and the season you are trekking. If you get any confusion, please feel free to contact us.

Itinerary
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. An introduction to your trekking program then the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the sights, sounds, and culture of Kathmandu.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Free day for final trekking preparation and spend your day as you prefer. 

  • Max. Altitude:2215m/7267ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we drive an hour towards Sundarijal from where we embark on real hiking. 30 minutes hiking from Sundarijal we encounter Shivapuri National Park where we buy a National Park entrance permit then continue ahead. As we climb gradually we arrive at the name of a village called Mulkharka where we might have a lunch break or some snacks. Then the trail leads through stone paved stairs and an amazing jungle to Chisapani which is known for its stunning viewpoint of sunrise with striking views of Gaurisankar, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and many more.

  • Max. Altitude:2470m/8104ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

We will start our trek from Chisapani by descending through the local town and terrace. Along the way, we will pass by Pati Bhanjyang and Thankune Bhanjyang before reaching Chipling. We can have lunch in Chipling before continuing our journey to Kutumsang via Gol Bhanjyang. Our overnight stay will be in the charming town of Kutumsang.

  • Max. Altitude:3690m/12106ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The trail from Kutumsang begins with climbing through a beautiful and lush forest. Along the way, we'll pass through Magengoth, a lovely town where we'll stop for lunch. After that, we'll continue on to Tharepati, where we'll spend the night. This is definitely one of the most beautiful and scenic places on our trek, with stunning views of Langtang, Dorje lakpa, Kharane peak, Gauri Shankar and many other mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:2600m/8530ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

We embark on our hike from Therepati with a 360° view of the mountain and descending through lush forest. After a couple of hours, we will get to a big cultural town Melamchi Gaun. We might have a lunch break there and continue to Tarke Gyang. Before Tarke Gyang, there is some ascending for the last part. When we get Tarke Gyang there is many buddhist monuments like Mani walls, Stupas, Monastry etc.

  • Max. Altitude:2590m/8497ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Today's hike should be relatively easy since we'll be trekking between two towns, Tarke Gyang and Sermathang, that are at a similar elevation. The trail won't be as steep as it has been on other days, so we can take our time and enjoy the scenery. We'll pass through some forested areas and local towns, where we might even spot some wildlife like monkeys, bears, and birds. When we reach Sermathang, we'll see a big ancient monastery situated atop a hill. There will also be plenty of Buddhist activities to observe and enjoy.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch

The hike from Sermathang descends slowly through many local towns and forest. after 2-3 hours hiking we will get Melamchi Pul Bazar. where we will have a lunch and drive back to Kathmandu by local bus.

    Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another program.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included 
    • All necessary trekking permits, TIMS cards, etc.
    • All accommodation during trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
    • Complimentary duffel bag, agency T-shirt, trekking map, sleeping bag
    • Government registered and first-aid trained professional local guide who speaks English
    • First-aid kit
    • Road transport to Sundarijal by private car
    • Road transport from Melamchi Pul Bazar to Kathmandu.
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation etc.
    • Rescue arrangements if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
    • Certificate of achievement
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, wifi, etc
    • Tips to staff
    Dates & Availability
    Start:SaturdayJun 15, 2024
    End:SundayJun 23, 2024
    PriceUS$695
    StatusGuaranteed

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