HELAMBU TREKKING

  • DURATION10 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE1-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE3690

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • A short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal
  • Trek through Shivapuri National Park
  • Pass by remote villages and get to see the lifestyle of the locals
  • Less-crowded trail and fantastic views

Trip Overview

“Helambu Trekking is one of the gentle and short treks in the Himalayas. Known for its less-crowded trail, marvelous landscapes, and reach Tamang & Sherpa culture heritage.”

Helambu Trek explores the remote villages of the Helambu region. The trail traverses between 800 meters to 3,600 meters. Therefore, if you are concerned about altitude sickness, then it is the package for you. Moreover, our experienced and professional crew along the way will make sure you do not face altitude sickness, and in case you do, they will provide you the best care to get rid of it quickly.

During the Helambu Trek 10 Days, you get to see a combination of practices, traditions, and values. Along the way, you will come across many old monasteries and stupas. The trail goes through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo. Similarly, you will walk on peaceful green meadows enjoying stunning mountain views and peaceful sceneries.

The trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to the northeast to Sundarijal. From here, you walk towards Chisapani via Mulkhara. The trail then goes through Shivapuri National Park and leads you to Kutumsang. Further, ascend Tharepati Pass and continue trekking to Tarke Gyang. Pass by beautiful waterfalls and reach Sermathang. The trail then descends and crosses Melamchi Khola, and you will reach Melamchi Pul Bazar, where the trek ends.

Helambu Trekking is a lowkey adventurous trek, perfect for people of all ages. The trek offers an experience, unlike any other place. Relish the grandeur of the Himalayas during the Helambu Trek and escape in nature. Get in touch with us to know more about the Helambu Trekking package. We also offer a tailor-made Helambu Trek itinerary for those looking for a custom venture.

Major Attraction of Helambu Trekking

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu

The sightseeing tour in Kathmandu is guided by our professional tour guide. He/she will take you to ancient monuments, where you will explore temples, monasteries, courtyards, gardens, and palaces. During the tour, you will visit places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. All of these monuments will offer you a good understanding of Nepali art, architecture, and culture.

A short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal

Kathmandu to Sundarijal is a short drive that offers views of hills, snow-capped mountains, and the countryside. Sundarijal is located around 72 kilometers away from Kathmandu, which the starting point of the trek.

Trek through Shivapuri National Park

The trail from Chisapani goes through the Shivapuri National Park, and the park ranges from subtropical to a temperate climate. The trail goes through dense forests. You can see a diverse range of flora and fauna along the way.

Pass by remote villages and get to see the lifestyle of the locals

You will trek through remote villages like Chisapani, Kutumsang, Tharepati Pass, Tarke Gyang, Sermathang, and Melamchi Pul Bazar during the Helambu Trekking. All of these villages are resided by people from Sherpa and Tamang communities. As it is a guesthouse trek, you will spend nights in the local's houses, which will let you have a closer look into the daily lifestyle of the locals. Likewise, on the way, visit ancient monasteries and stupas.

Less-crowded trail and fantastic views

Helambu Trekking offers stunning views of snow-clustered mountains like Langtang Himal (7,234 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Mt. Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Mt. Gauri Sankar (7,134 m), and many others. Throughout the trail, you get accompanied by gorgeous landscape and serene surroundings.

Itinerary

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We will pick you up at the airport on your arrival day and transfer you to the designated hotel. You may or may not get enough time to visit a tourist site today. We highly suggest you have ample rest and sleep early to recover from the long flight.

  • Hotel
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Go on a guided sightseeing tour after having breakfast. Explore ancient palaces, temples, and monasteries. Visit museums and learn in-depth about Nepali culture. The tour will be guided by our professional tour guide, who will brief you about the monuments.

  • Hotel
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  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

Take an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, overlooking the foothills and countryside. From Sundarijal, the trek begins towards Chisapani. Passing by a small hydroelectric plant, you pass by Shivapuri National Park. Reach a settlement area called Mulkhara and ascend a ridge (1,895 m). Further, trek through the dense forests of rhododendron and oak to Chisapani.

  • Guest House
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  • 2215
  • Chisapani

Today, you will wake up early in the morning to witness a tempting sunrise from the viewpoint of Chisapani. If the weather is clear, you can see the Himalayan Mountains at a distance. Later, have breakfast and head towards Kutumsang. The trail descends to meadows and fields, offering views of the Langtang Mountains. Reach Pathi Bhanjyang and follow an uphill climb to Gul Bhanjyang. From here, you will drop down to Kutumsang.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2470
  • Kutumsang

Continue trekking north of Kutumsang, relishing spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains. Ascend along a steep trail through dense forests of rhododendron and fir. Passing by Yurin Danda, you head to Tharepati Pass.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 3690
  • Tharepati

It is going to be an interesting day, today. You will get to have a closer glimpse of the local's lifestyle. The trail from Tharepati heads east, off a ridgeline, and descends to beautiful Melamchi village. Visit ancient monasteries in the village and continue trekking upward to Tarke Gyang. The trail goes through remote Sherpa settlement areas. You can see stunning views of the Himalayan Mountains along the way. Tarkeghyang is resided by people of the Hyolmo community.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2600
  • Tarkeghyang

Today, the trail does not see a major difference in altitude. Walking through lush forests, passing by streams and waterfalls. The route goes through several remote villages. Pass by Parachin and Ganguly villages. Further, trek and reach Sermathang for the night stay.

  • Guest House
  • B, L, D
  • 2590
  • Shermathang

After having breakfast, descend the beautiful valley to the Melamchi River. The trail passes by a large shrine and drops down through villages. Walk past terraced fields and reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

  • Guest House
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  • Melamchi Pul Bazaar

Today, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, head to the hotel. You will have the whole day to explore and do shopping. We will be having a farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Hotel
  • B, L, D
  • 1345
  • Kathmandu

It is time to say goodbye and fly back to the home country. We will say our last goodbyes to you, and our airport representative drops you at the Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time.

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What's Included

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) on trek
  • Accommodations in lodges on trek
  • A guide & porters (1 porter for each 2 trekkers and a porter carry about 20-22 KG from 2 of you).
  • Paper works, National park entry permits, & TIMS permit
  • Ground transportation by local bus
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets and duffel bag – if Necessary (return after the trek)

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (lunch & dinner in Kathmandu)
  • Your personal expenses, drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu on second day.
  • Tips for the guide and porters
  • Anything not mentioned in included section

Check Available Dates

  • We have set a date to depart the Helambu Trekking. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If the preferred date is not listed, then contact us for the further process to book the trek on your date as the Helambu Trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 14 people only so, if you are more than 14 people, then please contact us for the group price and process to book the trek.
  • The private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Start DateEnd DateAvailabilityPrice 
Start Date08 Sep, 2021End Date17 Sep, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$550
Start Date16 Sep, 2021End Date25 Sep, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$550
Start Date24 Sep, 2021End Date03 Oct, 2021AvailabilityAvailablePriceUS$550

FAQs

Yes, you are required to have some permits to do the Helambu Trekking. These are the Shivapuri National Park Entry permit, Langtang National park entry permit, and TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the trek.

A moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking between 3 to 6 hours to do the Helambu Trekking. You will reach an altitude of 3690m above sea level on this trek. Good health with good stamina and a strong desire for trekking is required.

No, The International flights to and from Nepal are not included in our price and itinerary of Helambu Trekking. You need to book international flights yourself as there are plenty of airlines that make the flights to Nepal.

No, you do not have to carry your main luggage on the Helamby Trekking yourself. We provide a porter to carry your main luggage on the trekking, and you carry a day bag pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.

Yes, we arrange free airport transfer services once you book the Helambu Trekking. The airport transfer services are provided if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates.

Important Note on Arrival: There can be many people around you to support you to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle when you exit from the airport on your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, and they ask for money as a tip at the end (these people do not belong to us).

So, be careful of them, and we advise you not let them to carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you take your bag/luggage yourself until you put it on our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

We provide a 3-star hotel for three nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the six nights on the Helambu Trekking.

The rooms are basic, just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge/guest house on trekking, and please note some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

The hotel we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight: 3 nights
  • Hotel on Trek routes: Simple Mountain lodge: 6 nights

Note:

  • Accommodation will mostly be on double/twin share, or a single room is available in Kathmandu also.
  • The hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available as there are luxury 4-5 star hotels also available. Let us know if you want to upgrade the hotels in Kathmandu.

We provide a total of 23 meals (9 breakfast, 7 lunch, and 7dinners) on the Helambu Trekking, and these meals are provided in hotels and lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals trek and drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well, and the drinks are not included in the cost. So you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

We also advise bringing water purification pills/medicine while coming for a trek in Nepal since you have normal water for free so, you can use these medicine and drink, or you can buy bottled/boiled water to drink.

Yes, you have to tip for Helambu Trekking staff. However, the tip for all services provided on the Helambu Trekking is always a matter of personal discretion. However, please be aware that the tip is considered as a part of remuneration, and they may approach you for payment, and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

The US $5.00 for the tour guide and US$ 3.00 for the driver on day two, and a total of US $60.00 from each member of the group for the trekking part to divide to guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling) and our trek guide will give you a clearer idea when the trek comes to end.

Yes, you surely need to have some extra amount for your expenses, which is not covered in our package Helambu Trekking. The personal expenses on the trek depend largely on your habit of spending money etc. Most of the meals are included in the price of our Helambu Trekking cost. So, you only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places), etc.

And, if you do not drink alcohol and shopping, then about the US $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these extra expenses.

Yes, travel insurance is required when you go on the Helambu Trekking as, In case of a serious sickness or injury on the trekking, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. However, you will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy when you buy the policy.

Yes, the Helambu Trekking is suitable for children, and this is a family-friendly trek in Nepal. If you are planning to take your children on a Helambu Trekking, we suggest you do private trekking. Private trekking offers much flexibility as different people on group trek may have a different walking pace. And, you can trek at your own pace on private trekking.

Yes, there are some tours such as there is Everest mountain flight every morning from Kathmandu airport which you can do in the early morning of day 3 before the day tour in Kathmandu starts at 9:00 am and you do not need any extra days to add this tour.

Furthermore, if you have some extra days at the end of the Helambu Trekking then we suggest you add Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour, Lumbini Tour, or if you want to travel to another neighboring country of Nepal Tibet or Bhutan.

Equipment is very important to have a comfortable and successful Helambu Trekking in Nepal. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and pack only the things that you need and not anything that you no need for the trek.

To help you to pack your gear for the Helambu, we have given a list that you should not miss while you are packing.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if you do not have one).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear, which will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things, such as a camera, water, and things that you need for the day.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the trek, and this can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara and get a return after the trekking.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies), these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.