Helambu Trek

Duration: 11 Days
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About Helambu Trek

The Helambu Trek, a short beautiful trek to the tranquil villages of the Hyolmo people nearby from the Kathmandu valley. Even though it is near to Kathmandu and linked with the popular trail Langtang, the Helambu region remains pristine. This is a good trek for people who want to explore the typical Buddhist cultures and tradition of the highland peoples in a short period of time.

The trek around the Helambu region provides a great opportunity to learn and experience the rural and traditional lifestyle of the Hyolmo people who are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. During the trek, we pass through the beautiful villages of the Hyolmo people, artistic Buddhist stupas and monasteries, prayer flags, mani walls, terraced fields and alluring rhododendron forests along the peaceful trail. The amazing views of the mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh, Manaslu, Dorje Lakpa, Shisapangma, Jugal, and many others can be seen during the trek. And you will have the chance to encounter different types of wild animals as the Helambu region consists of a wide range of wildlife. The trek usually starts from Sundarijal, a small dam and hydroelectric power station in the north-east corner of Kathmandu and ends at Melamchi Bazar.

Highlights

  • One of the short, beautiful, and easy treks situated suitable for everyone near the Kathmandu Valley
  • Splendid view of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar, and others
  • Explore the rich Tibetan influenced culture and tradition of the Hyolmo people 
  • Trek through the several Buddhist ancient monasteries and typical villages
  • Rich wildlife and vegetation including endangered animals like Red Panda

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

You will land on the Tribhuvan International Airport and welcomed by one of our representatives. He will guide you to your hotel. In the evening, you will meet with a tour guide in the hotel lobby. He will brief you about the day 2 program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest of Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, you will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and he/she will brief you about the trekking program

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After an hour's drive to Sundarijal from our hotel, we will start our trek to Chisopani. With gradual ascent, we will enter the Shivapuri National Park and continue to ascend to Mulkharka where we will have lunch. Then we will continue to ascend till Borlang Bhanjyang and from there, we will descend to Chisopani through the forested trail. We can enjoy the beautiful views of Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chisopani
  • 2300 M
  • 6 hours

After breakfast, we will head to Kutumsang starting with a decent till Pati Bhanjyang walking through meadows and fields. From here, we will walk on a rugged vehicle road till Thankune Bhanjyang and then ascend to Jogini Dada (Our lunch camp) via Chipling village. Then we will descend to Golphu Bhanjyang, then continue towards a tea shop on the top of the hill and descend slowly to Kutumsang. The trail from Golphu Bhanjyang to Kutumsang mostly passes through the forest.  

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Kutumsang
  • 2470 M
  • 7 hours

Our trek to Kutumsang will mostly include of ascent. After checking our permits, we will start ascending through the fir and rhododendron forest up to Mangengoth where we will have lunch. There are no settlements in between except few small teahouses. Then we will walk through the dense forest of Bamboo, Pine, and Rhododendron with mild ascents in between finally leading us to Thadepati Bhanjyang. It is the highest point of our trek and the mountain sceneries from here is amazing.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • 3690 M
  • 3690 M
  • 5 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek to Melamchi Gaon leaving the Gosainkunda Trail and following the trail on the right-side. We will descend through the forest all the way to a small river near Melamchi Gaon. Then by crossing the bridge, we will arrive at Melamchi Gaon which will be our lunch camp as well. It is one of the biggest villages in the Helambu region. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Melamchi Gaon
  • 2530 M
  • 3-4 hours

Leaving Melamchi Gaon behind, we will trek all the way down to Melamchi Khola passing by several small villages on the way. After crossing the bridge over Melamchi Khola, we will start walking uphill till Tarke Ghyang village with beautiful mountain sceneries. It is also one of the biggest villages in this region. Later in the evening, we will visit a monastery and explore the village. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tarke Gyang
  • 2740 M
  • 4 hours

After breakfast, we will walk through the forest mostly on a straight trail till Sermanthang via Ghangyul. We will pass by monasteries, chortens, and huge Buddhist stupas as well. Then we will descend slowly to Kakani with a wide view of the valley and spectacular mountain views. Today, we will have to walk on a vehicle road in some places. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Kakani
  • 1996 M
  • 5:30 hours

Passing by several villages and terraced fields, we will descend to Melamchi Pul. We will walk on a vehicle road in some places. From there, we will take a scenic drive to Kathmandu. Later in the evening, you will join a farewell dinner organized by the company. 3 hours trek and 4 hours drive.


  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 6-7 hours

After having breakfast, one of the members of our team will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • B,&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 night’s accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis (Single supplement room will be provided on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations with twin sharing basis during the trek.
  • All the staff’s salary, meals, accommodation & insurance.
  • English speaking guide (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork needed for the trek.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Hotel-Sundarijal and Melamchi Bazar-Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing and Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).