Helambu Trekking is rated as an easier trek because the elevations are lower, ranging between 800 m and 3600 m, which includes less climbing and warmer temperatures. One Advantage to this trek is there are fewer trekkers here than on the Annapurna Trek and some parts of the Everest Treks, but there is still a wide range of cultures and spectacular scenery during Helambu Trekking.
The Helambu region is a relatively low altitude trek and one of the most convenient of the short trek close to Kathmandu but crowds less. Helambu trek is a short and easy trek of Nepal and easily accessible from Kathmandu. For a spectrum of Nepali people and the Himalayas, the Helambu trek is unrivalled. The trek passes through some beautiful forests and very interesting villages on route Helambu trek offers superb mountain views, picturesque Sherpa settlements, and after all unspoiled culture. This trek is more like cultural trek than mountain and glacier expeditions. Sherpas who live in Helambu are different than those living in the Khumbu region. Since the region has the majority of Buddhist religion trekkers will find numbers of Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarkeghyang is another Sherpa village along the way, which bears its own story. The people in Helambu where carefully exploited to a lower cast because of a Nepali king who was afraid they could give rebellion as they live all around the city regions. To this result, they still live in backward civilization. The ranges of mountains that rise above us match the diversity of the people we meet. From low altitudes, we have excellent views of mountains that include Langtang, the Annapurnas, Manaslu and even Everest on a clear day. This is a pleasant and exciting journey, a time to relax and become immersed in the beauty of the Himalayas.
Our trek starts from Kathmandu after driving by bus/car to Sundarijal, which is just 13 km from Kathmandu. We then continue to ascend to Chisopani where we spend the first night just outside the valley. Chisopani offers the great view of mountain and landscape. Then we make almost a circle going through Khtumsang, Tharapati, Tarkeghyang, Sarmathang and finally to Melamchi pul where we take the bus to Kathmandu.
Drive to Sundarijal one hour, and start the hike to through beautiful waterfalls in Sivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve, continue to Chisopani where you can see the mountain views and the beautiful sunrise on the Himalaya.
Day 2: Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang (2,180 m).
This route includes Pati Bhanjyang an inhabitation of Brahmans and Chhetries. The path follows a steeply ascend up to Chipling at (2,170 m) During climbing a staircase you can see many interesting Buddhist Money stones. After a 200 m climb, you pass at Gul Bhanjyang, which consists of Tamang village at the height of 2,285 m.
Day 3: Gul Bhanjyang to Tharapati (3,400 m).
Pass two ridges. From these points, Yuri Danda and Penghu Danda (3,285 m) everyone can see the beautiful mountain range.
Day 4: Tharapati to Tarkeghyang.
It is a most interesting village for trekkers because it’s the largest village in this area.
Day 5: Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2,260 m).
On this trail, we can enjoy in springtime the Rhododendron forests. Butalso Mani walls, chortens, Sherpa village.
Day 6: Shermathang to Talamarang (940 m).
This valley is very fertile in crops and vegetables such as paddy, wheat, potatoes etc. Brahmans, Chhettries and Newars occupy the lower land. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will visit Mahankal (1,130 m).
Day 7: Talamarang to Melamchitse Bazaar (830 m).
Crossing Talamarang River you reach Rati Bhanjyang. A number of streams, waterfalls and landslides will blow your mind. Finally, you come to the large town called Sermathang at (2,620 m), where the Langtang National park office will ask the trekkers for park entrance permit. If you follow the opposite route, the Shermathang offers a number of places to stay for tourists, more than at Melamitse Bazaar.
Day 8: Melamitse Bazaar to Kathmandu.
Melamitse Bazaar to Kathmandu. Drive back to Kathmandu.
Trip Cost Includes:-
- Your arrival and departure from Airport –hotel -airport
- All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek.
- Teahouse Accommodations during the trek.
- Equipment like a sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own.
- All ground transportation by bus or Jeep as per you need.
- Well, English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
- A Guide, food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipment, e.t.c. All paid.
- Porter if you need. -Monastery fees.
- Emergency helicopter rescues service. ( pay by your travel insurance company.)
- Insurance of Guide and porter.
- Inform to your Embassy about you’re travelling in Nepal if needed.
- Trekking Permit. (National Park fee) -TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
- First aid service.
- Himalayan Scenery Treks will provide you last night mouthwatering dinner with typical Nepalese cultural shows
Trip Cost Excludes:-
- All kind’s of Drink like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, Fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
- Sweet things like chocolate and others
- Tips for the guide and porter.
- Your personal expenses.
Trip duration: 08 days
Trek duration: 07 days
Walking hours: Approx 5-6 hrs/day
Activities: Tour, Trekking
Grade: Easy *
Type: Tea House
Max. Altitude: 3,537m
Season: Sep-Dec, Feb-Jun
Group size: 1 +
Why we love this travel
- One of the shortest trek with a range of mountains views within a reasonable time-frame from a relatively low altitude
- Helambu trek makes a circle through the Sherpa Helambu that is northeast of Kathmandu
- Explore the area which is populated by the friendly and helpful Sherpa people
- Experience the cultural heritage of Sherpa village
Is this trek right for you?
- This is a 7 days strenuous trekking with an altitude 3490m
- It consists of 0 to 18 Celsius so ensure you understood the weather, altitude sickness.
- Moderate physical fitness is required for your health and safety