Helambu Trekking explores one of the best kept secrets of Nepal, an un-spoilt trekking region on the shadow of Langtang Peak bordering the Tibet with diverse culture, scenery and unique lifestyle. A trekking destination close to Kathmandu, this trek trail wanders through culturally rich villages dominated by Tamang, Sherpa and other communities, encounters ups and downs of trail yet maintaining a low elevation, hosts varieties of wildlife including migratory birds, rare Red Panda, deer, monkeys, Tahr and Pika, and is watched over by the humongous mountains dominated by Langtang Lirung (7245m). Join Helambu Trekking for the natural diversity in Shivapuri National Park, picturesque monasteries, quaint and dense forest adorned by oak, rhododendron and lokta trees, cultural diversities of Hindus and Buddhists and quaint yet truly beautiful landscapes. In the region with extensive network of trails, you shall be truly mesmerized.

A short trekking nearby Kathmandu valley, Helambu trekking trail is about 72 km northeast of Kathmandu. We begin our short trekking experience in this valley of rich natural, cultural and geographical heritages from Sundarijal, a settlement at an hour drive from Kathmandu. Ascending along the stone stairs and through the dense forest of oak, rhododendron and pine, watersheds, we reach to the ridge of Burlang Bhnajyang for magnificent views of the mountain ranges. Through the scenic grandeur we traverse through villages of Chisapani, a village on the cross-section of ridge and famous for breathtaking sunrise and sunset over the Himalayan vistas, and then head on through Tamang villages of Pati Bhanjyang, Gul Bhanjyang, Tharepati before reaching on to Melamchi Gaun. Crossing the Melamchi River we ascent to the villages of Tarke Ghyang after a long climb and then to other village of Sermathang through smaller settlements. Dropping down the trail to Melamchi Pul through valley ridge, past number of waterfalls and streams, we then reach Kakani before driving back to Kathmandu for ending the adventure. Intermittently, we shall witness marvelous views of snowcapped peaks such as Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, Gosaikunda, Numbur Peak besides the dominating Langtang Lirung Peak, rural settlements, traditional lifestyle and culture of Tamang community, and grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild premolars.

An easily accessible trekking, Helambu Trekking can be completed without previous trekking experience and technical know-how on trekking. Embark on this trek with your friends and family if you are short on time and without much trekking experiences. Join Trekking Planner Nepal for experienced professionals, quality service and carefully planned itinerary that shall provide you a pleasant experience. Explore the unique and unspoiled culture, natural heritages and warm hospitality of the locals, hike between pine forest, serpentine rivers, and lush scenery in Helambu Trekking.

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“Ready-Made itinerary presented in website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss about your tour plan.”

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Today on arrival at the international airport, you will be picked up by our airport representative and transfer to the hotel. After refreshment in the hotel, your tour guide will come to pick you at the hotel and take you to the half day sightseeing tours to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later on this evening we will take you to the cultural restaurant for dinner. Stay overnight at the hotel

Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu

Today you have full day guided sightseeing tours to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, probably to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath; combination Hinduism and Buddhism known as monkey temple as there are many holy monkey living in the north-west part of the temple. Pashupatinath a sacred Hindu temple situated on the bank of the Bagmati River. Then drive to Buddhanath stupa one of the biggest and oldest stupa in the world. Later in the afternoon there will be a pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide in hotel. Our office representative will brief you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any question of upcoming trip with guide. And sty over night in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani (2215m) 4-5 hrs walk

Today after breakfast at the hotel days start with about 1 hrs drive to Sundarijal from where trekking going to begin. The trail start ascending steeply through dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron along with a large water pipe, that supplies water to Kathmandu, until the ridge of Burlang Bhanjyang(2442m) from where you will have magnificent views of Annapurna in the west to Ganesh Himal and Numbur in the East. Then, you descend again through oak and rhododendron forest, cultivated fields and meadows to Chisapani. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day 04: Trek to Khutumsang via Gul Bhanjyang (2470 m) 5-6 hrs walk

Chisapani is such a nice place from where you able to Dorgelakpa and Langtang Himalayan range. After breakfast trek descent about one and half hour, you reach a large Tamang village-Pati bhanjyang from where you again climb to cross a pass of 2470m and then descend to Gul Bhanjyang, another Tamang Village. From here the trail again hikes to a pass of 2620m before descends to Khtumsang. You will have splendid views, stretching from the Annapurna’s and Manaslu in the west to Numbur in the East. Stay overnight at the t ea house.

Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3490m) 6-7 hrs walk

From Khutumsang, the trail ascend through forest with superb views across to Numbur, Jugal Himal and many other snowcapped peaks, before you arrive a ridge form where a short descent brings you to Mangan Kharka at 3285m. Now, the trail gradually gains altitude through pine and rhododendron forest with good views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur. Finally reach at the Tharepati. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day 06: Trek to Melamche Gaun (2530m) 4-5 hrs walk

From Tharepati the trail descends all the way to Melamche Gaun through the dip pine and rhododendron forest with viewing natural water fall. This is such a nice village in this area which is situated on the lap of High Mountain. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day 07: Trek to Tarke Ghyang (2740 m) 4- 5 hrs walk

From Melamchigaon, the trail continues descends to the Melamche Khola. Once across the suspension bridge, the trail begins climbing up the other side of the valley towards Tarkeghyang. It is a long climb to this picturesque village at 2600m., situated on a shelf high above the river. Tarkeghyang is not that largest but still nice village in Helambu valley and the destination for the most trekkers in this region. It is a good place to take a rest. Stay overnight at the tea house

Day 08: Trek to Sermathang (2590 m) 4-5 hrs walk

From Tarkeghyang, the trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin & pretty village of Gangjwal at around 2500m. The trail drops down from the edge of the ridge but then continues at around the same altitude along the side of the ridge crossing a number of streams & waterfalls and & landslide. Finally, reach Sermathang. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day 09: Shermathang to Melamche pul (870m) 5-6 hrs walk

Today the trail is big drop to Melamche Pul. After breakfast easy walk approx. for 3 hrs and arrive Kakani from where we will see Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, Panch Pokhari and Gosainkunda peaks. Continues walk descending to Melamche crossing Indrawati Bridge through the village for approx. 3 hrs. Stay overnight at the tea house.

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu (1350m) 3-4 hrs drive

So after wonderful time in the mountain, today you will drive back to Kathmandu crossing through several towns. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final departure

After wonderful time in Helambu trek today you will transfer by our office representative to the international airport for your next destination or you can join another adventure with us.

“Trekking Planner will try to keep day-to-day schedule as per the detailed itinerary but there might be some flexibility due to other factors beyond our control. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, difficulty with transportation and politics can lead to enforced changes. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary. In the case, trip leader will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.”

We wish you have a wonderful time with us!

Trip Cost:

US $850.00 per person

Single Supplement US $180.00

Cost Includes:

  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with all necessary entrance fee and privet vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Melamchepul to Kathmandu by local bus (if you want both way private vehicle also aviable on aditional cost)
  • Langtang National Park and Shivapuri National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
  • 01 guide, English speaking, licensed insured, registered, salary, food and accommodation paid
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment paid
  • twin/double shearing accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
  • Safe drinking water and first add kid box

Cost Excludes:

  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner  in Kathmandu
  • Meals during the traveling time
  • Personal  travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more night accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  •  The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column 
  1. Trekking Bag pack.
  2. Trekking day bag.( Small handbag)
  3. Trekking shoes.
  4. Sports shoes or sandal.
  5. Trekking stick.
  6. Sun Hat, cap
  7. Warm woolen cap.
  8. Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket.
  9. Pullover or warm sweeter.
  10. Raincoat.
  11. 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
  12. Hand gloves.
  13. 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  14. 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.
  15. 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  16. Eye glass
  17. Water bottle.
  18. Sleeping bag.
  19. Flash or Torch light.
  20. Camera and batteries.
  21. Sun cream.

Can you provide me more information about the teahouses on this trek?
According to the location the tea houses vary on their quality and style on this trek. Basically they have communal room downstairs with one or two bed bedroom above them. You have to use share toilet but nowadays in low levels attached toilet is found and some have hot shower facilities but some will have stand pipes. Tea houses use a type of burning stove in main communal area and other rooms are unheated. Tea houses do not have money exchange facilities. Trekking Planner recommend you to exchange cash in Kathmandu.
At the lower altitudes there are electricity facilities whereas as we go higher tea houses become more basic. As cooler temperature drain battery life, ensure your batteries last a little longer by putting it inside pocket of your coat or under your pillow.

Do a guides or porter carry oxygen tanks on the trek?
No, as there is enough time to acclimatize while trekking it felt there is no need for them. If someone feels the affects of altitude then there are facilities along the trek at various point and it’s easy to get.

How many guides and porters will be there in our group?
A group will have a group leader or a guide who will lead you on the trek. Porters will be there to carry your baggage packs and all the camping gear. One porter will carry two trekker’s baggage. A number of supporting staff will depend upon your group size.

At one time how many liter of water I have to carry in the trek?
Mostly 3-4 liters is sufficient. You will be able to refill bottles at lunch time. When you are in high altitude you have to drink more water to get rid of altitude diseases.

Is it necessary to carry Trekking poles?
Yes, Trekking Poles make you easy to walk in the rough ways. Trekking poles makes your body and leg to move more safely. So, we suggest you to use it.

Is bottled water available everywhere in the trek?
Mainly tea houses on the way have stores which sell bottled water and other supplies that may be needed for you on the trek. There are no any plastic recyclable facilities in Nepal, we encourage you to bring chlorine tablets and use filter water in the teahouses.

Should I have to bring iodine tablets for purifying the water?
You have to bring iodine tablet with you.  Chlorine tablets are widely available. The most effective and commonly used version of chlorine is chlorine dioxide, which is tasteless and odorless. Tablets can be bought cheaply and usually 1 tablet is sufficient to purify 1 liter of water. Neutralizing tablets can also be bought to get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine or iodine. This will need to be done for water obtained using hand pumps or streams in the trek.

What are the effects of going so high?
Altitude produces physical changes in the body. Higher you go, more pronounced those changes. If after gaining a lot of elevation in a hurry, you experience dizziness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration, you are probably suffering from altitude sickness. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognize Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers show any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. To minimize effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatization.

What if I get ill while on the trek?
It depends on the nature of your illness. If you suddenly feel dizzy or weak, you have to sit or lie down. If you still feel sick, keep a warm and quiet until you can get medical help. You will carry down if no progress we advise travelers to take a personal kit too.
In serious cases, you need helicopter rescue. Our guide will suggest you to use it if it’s very serious. So, helicopter rescue insurance is necessary for every trekker before you come to trek in this trek.

Would you recommend taking a Down Jacket?
The weather is changeable in the Himalaya so you can expect to experience four seasons in one day. Make sure you have plenty of warm layers which you can shed or add as required. While even in winter it can be as warm as 19C during the day, the higher the altitude, the colder the temperature and when high up the temperature drops significantly at night to around -10C in October/November, and to around -20C from December to February.

Is alcohol permitted on trek?

Alcohol is consumed in Nepal. You can buy it in tea houses in the trek. Local alcohol is also available. However we suggest you not to drink alcohol at high altitude.

Difficulties rating of Helambu Trek

A trekker should be fit to do this trekking. Maximum altitude of the trek is 3490m, so you should be careful about altitude risk. To get rid of it please walks slowly and has more water and avoids alcoholic drinks. You must take care of your health.

Safe drinking water on Helambu Trek
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles in lower places but as we go higher cannot find it. In that case we suggest you to drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in tea houses and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water. Due to no provision of plastic bottles better to use boiled rather than mineral water, helpful for protection of environment.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, phone etc. Tea houses or lodges may charge small fee per hours for charging facilities. Better to buy adaptors before the trip since plugs are limited. In Nepal 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.

Garbage Disposal
Use a dustbins and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbage’s in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.

Spending Money per Day
It mainly depends upon spending habits, normally you should allocate US$ 9-12 per meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara. On trekking, US$ 10-14 a day is good enough to buy drinks and chocolates.

Travel Insurance for Helambu Trek
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the Himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Helambu Trek:
All the guest houses offer hot showers, which can be in bathroom or can be a bucket of hot water. Please note that at high altitude there may not be enough hot water for all the trekkers. Limit the use of hot water unless the water is solar heated or firewood for the ecological reason. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities but you must carry a bar of soap. If the water froze then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water.
Toilets are mainly Asian squat style. Basically toilets are outside your room and vary in how clean they are. You should not through toilet paper in the toilet hole rather you should use rubbish bin that is kept inside the toilet.

Tea Houses
On this trekking route local people have built tea houses lodge with food and beverage facilities. A simple room usually has two narrow beds. While staying in the tea houses you will see the charming local people with their good hospitality services.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

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  • Bookings must be done 48 hrs. in advance
  • Free Cancellation
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