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Helambu Trek - A Short Adventure

Helambu Trek - A Short Adventure

Trip Facts:

Destination
Nepal
Group Size
02-10
Region
Langtang
Trip Duration
9 days
Activities
Hiking / Trekking
Culture
Tamang
Meals
B/B in Kathmandu & full board (B/L/D) during trekking
Accommodation
Hotel/ Lodge
Max Elevation
3,690 M (Thadepati Bhanjyang
Best Month
March - May and September to December
Trip Grade
Moderate
Trek Starts / Ends
Kathmandu
Transportation
Private Vehicle

Overview

The Helambu Circuit Trek, also known as the Helambu Valley Trek, is a perfect short trek located just 75 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu Valley. This 9-day trek is designed for those seeking less-traveled trails close to Kathmandu. Renowned for its natural beauty, fascinating culture, and pleasant climate, this trek offers a serene escape into the heart of Nepal’s landscapes and ethnic diversity.

The journey takes you through stunning mountains, forests, and traditional villages. Along the way, you may encounter diverse wildlife, including snow leopards, red pandas, and Himalayan Thar. The trek is moderate and suitable for anyone in decent physical condition. The Helambu region is home to the Helmo, Sherpa, and Tamang communities, offering a rich cultural experience. You'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Jugal Himal ranges, and even glimpses of Mount Everest. The route is dotted with beautiful monasteries, Mani walls, and mesmerizing vistas of snow-capped peaks.

Starting with a scenic drive from Kathmandu, the trek begins at Sundarijal and moves through the Shivapuri National Park to Chisapani, then to the charming village of Kutumsang. As you traverse this route, you’ll pass through picturesque villages like Pati Bhanjyang, Thakune Bhanjyang, and Chipling. The trek continues to Melamchigaon, offering spectacular mountain views, before reaching the serene village of Sermathang. Highlights include the Tarke Ghyang Monastery, a significant spiritual site. The trek concludes at Melamchi Pul Bazaar, followed by a return drive to Kathmandu. We are excited to offer this meticulously planned trek for 2024 and 2025, with customizable options to fit your schedule and budget. For more details and booking information, please contact us.

  • Perfect short and easy trek near Kathmandu
  • Region untouched by modernity with serene natural beauty
  • Mountains, monasteries, waterfalls, and forests
  • Trekking in a least crowded area through Shivapuri National Park
  • Visit historic monasteries in Helambu to understand Tibetan Buddhism
  • Pleasant hike through beautiful oak and rhododendron woodlands
  • Picturesque villages like Kutumsang, Tharepati, Tarke Gyang, and Sermathang
  • Stunning views of Annapurna Ranges, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Jugal, Manaslu, and Mount Everest
  • Experience Tamang and Sherpa cultures by interacting with locals
  • Opportunity to spot exotic wildlife like snow leopards, white monkeys, red pandas, Himalayan Thar, and musk deer

Helambu Trek - A Short Adventure Itinerary

Details Outline

Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Himalayan Dream Team will greet you and guide you to your hotel. Once you reach the hotel, you can check in, freshen up, and take some time to relax. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Dream Team. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Your Helambu Circuit Trek begins today! After breakfast, you'll drive to Sundarijal, a picturesque area with oak and rhododendron woodlands and stunning waterfalls. The trek starts with a steep climb from Sundarijal, leading you to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. The trail then ascends narrow stairs to Mulkharka and continues through rural farm fields, cool forests, and the charming village of Borlang Bhanjyang, finally reaching Chisapani. From Chisapani, enjoy breathtaking views of the Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker, Rolwaling, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang Himalayas.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2165 m
Walking Hours
4/5 hrs

Early morning in Chisapani offers panoramic vistas of the Langtang Himal range. The trek descends through picturesque meadows and farmlands, passing the quaint village of Pati Bhanjyang and the Sherpa settlement of Thankune Bhanjyang. You'll continue through terraced farms and woodlands, passing through the Tamang villages of Thotung and Golphu Bhanjyang. After a climb to a ridge and a final descent, you'll reach Kutumsang, known for its traditional homes and mist-covered slopes, with stunning views of Dorje Lhakpa.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2470 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Today's trek involves an ascent to Thadepati Bhanjyang, the highest point of your Helambu Circuit Trek. You'll first reach the ridgeline of Yurin Danda, offering views of the Langtang range, Gosaikunda peak, and Jugal Himal. Continuing through Mera Danda and descending to the small village of Mangengoth, you'll then hike beyond the Thare Danda ridge to Tharepati, known for its panoramic views of the Langtang Ranges. After a brief climb, you'll descend through an ancient pine forest and follow the ridge spine, finally reaching the large Sherpa village of Melamchi Gaon.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2530 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Begin your descent from Melamchi Gaon to Melamchi Khola, passing through Buddhist settlements like Nakote, Dozum, and Chiri, ultimately reaching Tarkeghyang. Named after its monastery, the oldest in Helambu, Tarkeghyang offers a glimpse into traditional Nepali village life. The trek continues southwest through forests and small streams, passing Setighyang and Ghangyul, and after 4-5 hours, you arrive at the picturesque village of Sermathang. Here, you can visit three sizable gompas and enjoy stunning views of Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2590 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

After a leisurely breakfast in Sermathang, descend through rice fields and green meadows. The route takes you through charming communities like Kakani and Thimbu, with the vegetation changing as you enter a subtropical area. You’ll cross bridges and pass chortens and mani walls before reaching Melamchi Pul Bazaar, a Sherpa settlement. This area, with its numerous guesthouses, is often a stop for trekkers on the Helambu Circuit Trek. From Melamchi Pul Bazaar, you'll connect with your transportation for the drive back to Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
870 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Enjoy a scenic five-hour drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Pul Bazaar, passing through beautiful hills and terraced farmland. The journey starts on a dirt road before connecting to the Tibet-Nepal Arniko Highway. You'll pass through the Newar settlement of Dhulikhel and towns like Banepa and Bhaktapur before reaching Kathmandu. After checking into your hotel and freshening up, explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and enjoy the local nightlife

Food
Breakfast-Lunch
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
4/5 hrs

After breakfast, explore Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa. These iconic landmarks offer deep insights into Nepal's rich cultural and religious heritage. Spend the rest of the day shopping and enjoying the sights and sounds of Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

As your Helambu Circuit Trek concludes, our representative will ensure a smooth transfer to the international airport. Reflect on the cherished memories and experiences gained during your trek. We hope to welcome you back for more adventures with the Himalayan Dream Team. Safe travels and best wishes!

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer to and from the international airport by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with private transport and entrance fees
  • Three meals a day during trekking in Langtang and Helambu (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Government licensed trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • Langtang conservation fee and trekking permit (TIMS)

Cost Excludes

  • Lunche(s) and dinner(s) in Kathmandu
  • International flight ticket
  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • Nepal visa fee (USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days) and 4 passport-sized pictures
  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • Anything not mentioned in the "Includes" section

Helambu Trek - A Short Adventure Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the Helambu Circuit Trek?

The Helambu Circuit Trek, also known as the Helambu Valley Trek, is a 9-day trek located 75 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu Valley. It offers a serene escape into the heart of Nepal’s landscapes and ethnic diversity.

The trek typically takes 9 days, including arrival and departure days in Kathmandu.

Yes, the Helambu Circuit Trek is considered moderate and is suitable for anyone in decent physical condition, including beginners.

The best times for the Helambu Circuit Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

Trekkers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Jugal Himal ranges, and even glimpses of Mount Everest.
 

You may encounter diverse wildlife such as snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan Thar, white monkeys, and musk deer.
 

The trek offers a rich cultural experience with visits to traditional villages inhabited by the Helmo, Sherpa, and Tamang communities. You'll also see historic monasteries and Mani walls.

Highlights include the Tarke Ghyang Monastery, stunning mountain views, serene villages like Sermathang, and the scenic drive from Kathmandu.

The trek begins at Sundarijal after a scenic drive from Kathmandu.

Essentials include trekking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, a first-aid kit, water purification tablets, and snacks. A detailed packing list will be provided upon booking.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the trekking route, providing basic but comfortable accommodation and meals.

You can contact us directly through our website or email to book the Helambu Circuit Trek. We offer customizable options to fit your schedule and budget.

Yes, trekkers need a Shivapuri National Park entry permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which can be arranged through our service.

Regular cardiovascular exercises like hiking, running, and swimming are recommended to build stamina and strength for the trek.

The trek reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 3,650 meters at Tharepati, providing stunning panoramic views.

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