HELAMBU TREKKING

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

Highlights

  • Scenic drive to Sundarijal and back to Kathmandu
  • Visit Kutumsang, Sermathang, Kakani and Melamchi Bazaar
  • Explore green hill scenery with Langtang mountain range
  • Visit UNESCO World cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu

Trip Overview

Helambu Trekking is another favorite venture for most trekkers who want to get lost from the ornamental world of materialistic pursuits & seek a hideaway in some of the most naturally beautiful wilderness on the planet. The Helambu hiking is easily accessible and a virtual gateway to paradise on earth.

Trekking in Helambu offers an opportunity to explore ancient villages, and you can encounter a wide range of animals that include musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, rhesus monkey, and the common langur. You also enjoy gasping scenic views of the mountains - Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, and the Annapurna Himalaya range. Further, you enjoy the cultural blends of Tibetan Sherpas & other communities. These communities live in peace & harmony with one another in this naturally peaceful zone of Helambu Valley.

Helambu trekking includes a trip to the remote and spectacular valley of the region. Helambu trekking is relatively low altitude hiking and considered to be one of the best areas for enjoying a short trek. Helambu is close to the ancient capital of Kathmandu. The Helambu trekking trail lies mostly at a low altitude below 3000m, & the highest point is Tharepati at (3480m).

The Helambu trek begins from Sundarijal, which is a one and half hour drive from Kathmandu. You trek up to a straight hill and descend around 45 minutes to Chisapani village. Chisapani is a beautiful and green village that is flushed with vegetation. You get panoramic mountain views of the whole Annapurna range, the Tibet Himalayas, & the wide Langtang range of mountains from Chisapani. You then continue trek to Kutumsang & then Tharepati. You then head on to Tarkegyang via Melamchi Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu.

It’s time for your family & loved ones. So, plan on a vacation to the Helambu valley. Because of the lovely naturalness of the mother nature of the Helambu that is so encompassing in this area elixir to bonding the love that is so essential for your family and loved ones.

Escape Nepal Holidays organizes departures for the Helambu Trek very frequently from Kathmandu. View our selected departure dates on our great website. If the set departure dates are not suitable, then you may choose any date that matches your choices. A private Helambu trek can be arranged at any time as per your requirements.

Itinerary

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You get the first glimpses of some of the highest mountains in the world right from the windows of your jet when you fly to Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your trek guide from the Escape Nepal Holidays meet you & brief you on all aspects related to your trip & your stay in Nepal in the evening.

  • Hotel
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  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel, you proceed for a sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley. The tour includes a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and Baudhanath Stupa.

All these ancient monuments you visit are UNESCO declared world heritage sites. The tour is accompanied by a professional English speaking tour guide.

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  • Kathmandu

After having breakfast at the hotel, you start trekking with a short drive to Sundarijal. The trekking goes up to Chisapani by gently ascending through the Shivapuri Watershed and National park (the Youngest National park in Nepal). The first settlement will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang inhabitants. The route then heads to the Ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisapani.

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  • Chisapani

You start the trek after having breakfast at the lodge. Today, the trail descends for some time and starts ascending. You cross lovely green meadows and fields. You then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes it a good camping spot, it's downhill to Kutumsang.

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  • Kutumsang

The trekking continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge. The Ridge offers views of the beautiful Himalayan peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest.

By the time you reach the top of the climb, you are in amongst rhododendrons and conifers. You cross a prayer flag bedecked pass and descend into a new landscape of meadows, streams, and dark woods. The trail then descends to Magen Goth and climbs to Tharepani.

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  • Tharepati

You start the trekking after having a hot breakfast at Tharepati. The first part is descending to a stream named Melamchi. Now, you trek 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 tribe that originated from Tibet.

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  • Tarkeghyang

Today, the trail is easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams as you hike forward to our next destination. In-between the trails, there is a beautiful village half way to Shermathang.

Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit several ancient monasteries & sip some butter tea with the lamas. You also see the Jugal Himal range from the north face of Shermathang village.

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  • Shermathang

The trail gradually descends to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields of veggies & pulses. You come across several old villages with their particular tradition on the way. Today’s walking is no rush & you simply move at your own relaxed pace as you enjoy the mountain views and interact with the local folks.

You learn a lot of interesting things from these simple living mountain folks who live all their lives on these mountains.

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  • Melamchi Pul Bazaar

You start the journey after having breakfast at about 8 AM, and you will reach Kathmandu after about 6 hours of pleasant Driving through the beautiful fertile countryside.

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  • Kathmandu

Escape Nepal takes pleasure in meeting you & serving you all of these weeks. You counted on us & we didn’t let you down.

We do hope the relationship developed between us will last for many years to come. Please do remember us as Nepal beckons again. We wish you a safe & lovely journey home. Sayonara!!! We hope to see you again.

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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.