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Helambu Trek

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Includes / excludes
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Overview

Helambu Trek is a relatively short trek compared to the other trekking trails in Nepal. Helambu Trek, however, is equally popular among the trekkers as it is located nearby the capital city of Kathmandu. As the itinerary is quite short, Helambu Trek is suitable for those who do not have enough time for a longer trek. The trek lasts for just 8-9 days but it provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the traditional Sherpa village in Helambu and know about their culture that has stood for so many years. Helambu Trek encompasses the diverse range of river valleys, rhododendron forests, and the snow-clad mountain peaks. Helambu Trek is also known for its scenic and panoramic grandeur of the natural beauty and the unspoiled Sherpa culture still prevalent there.
Helambu Trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, a wonderful little town nearby Kathmandu. The trek formally starts from Sundarijal and during the course of the next week you will come across several Sherpa villages and monasteries and also the breathtaking views of the mountain peaks. Helambu Trek is quite easy trekking trail as the maximum altitude you cover during the trek is around 3500 meters. Other major attractions of the trek are the villages of Tharepati, Tarke Gyang, Sermathang and down to Melamchi. Melamchi has an ambitious drinking water project that aims to bring the drinking water from Melamchi to the capital city of Kathmandu, aiming to solve the drinking water woes of the Kathmandu denizens.

Itinerary outline


Day 01
: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2110m)

Day 03: Trek to Kutumsang (2440m)

Day 04: Trek to Tharepati (3650m)

Day 05: Trek to Melamchi Village (2560m)

Day 06: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)

Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2600m)

Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 10: Departure from TIA, Farewell!

(We encourage you to extend your views in case if you want to change the itinerary)

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and then be ushered to the Hotel. Our travel members will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon your arrival in the Capital. You will be staying at a hotel in Kathmandu the first day.

Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2110m) 4 hrs
After the morning breakfast, our trek to Helambu starts off with a short drive to Sundarijal. An hour’s drive from our hotel in Kathmandu to the northern part of the valley takes us to the scenic town of Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, 3-4 hours trekking takes us to the village of Chisapani. The trail follows the Shivpuri watershed and the protected wildlife area. We traverse through local Tamang settlement area before reaching Chisapani. Many hotels and guesthouses are present in Chisapani where we will be staying for the rest of the night.

Day 03: Trek to Kutumsang (2440m) 6hrs
After breakfast at Chisapani, we resumeout trek to Kutumsang which normally takes around six hours. The trail initially drops from Chisopani through several agricultural fields and meadows. On our way to Kutumsang we also cross the villages of Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. After almost six hours of hiking, we reach Kutumsang located at an altitude of 2470 meters. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Tharepati (3650m) 5hrs
We wake up in the morning and take breakfast at the guesthouse in Kutumsang before resuming our trek to Tharepati. It takes around five hours to reach Tharepati. On our way we come across several rhododendron and fir forests. Several mountain peaks are also visible on the way, provided clear weather. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tharepati.

Day 05: Trek to Melamchi Village (2560m) 5hrs
After taking breakfast at Tharepati on the fifth morning, we head towards the beautiful Melamchi village which takes around five hours. After crossing Tharepati, the trail gradually descends through beautiful forests embellished with rhododendron, fir and oak trees. Tharepati actually is the best place during the trek to view snow-clad mountains including Gaurishankar, Jugal, and others. Melamchi village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpas with their traditional culture still prevalent in the region.

Day 06: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m) 6hrs
After breakfast at Melamchi in the morning, it takes about six hours to reach Tarke Gyang. The early part of the trek descends continuously until we cross the stream popularly known as the Melamchi River. From Melamchi River, we climb up the trail to Tarke Gyang, a beautiful Sherpa village which boasts of several grand monasteries. Tarke Gyang is the major village of the Helambu region. Helambu has been named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living in the region originally belong to the Helmu caste. Overnight stay at Tarke Gyang.

Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2600m) 4hrs
On the seventh day, we further explore the Helambu region as we leave Tarke Gyang and head towards Sermathang. Sermathang is also equally beautiful village and offers some of the older Sherpa cultures and traditions. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Bazaar 5hrs
It takes near around five hours to reach Melamchi Bazaar from Sermathang. We take breakfast in the morning and start out trek downhill. We cross several fields, meadows before finally arriving at the Melamchi Bazaar. Upon our arrival at the Melamchi bazaar, we talk and interact with the local villagers and learn about their culture for the rest of the time. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu 3hrs
Vehicles are available from Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu Valley. A couple to three hours of drive from Melamchi Bazaar takes us back to Kathmandu. Upon our return to Kathmandu, we stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 10: Departure from TIA, “Farewell!"
On the 10th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.

Cost Includes / excludes

Cost includes:

  • Airport pick up/drop and city guided tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicles.
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
  • City guided tour in Kathmandu by expert tour guide.
  • Three nights hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan at 3 stars level.
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking for you.
  • Local fresh fruits.
  • Private room during the trek.
  • Trip Map.
  • Ground transportation by car from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and by bus from Jeep from Melamchi Bazzar to Kathmandu.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide.
  • Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Four season sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and walking stick, if necessary.
  • Appreciation letter and cap( hat) as a souvenir.
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • All government taxes and tourist service charges

Cost Excludes:

  • Entry fee while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.

Route Map:

Facts of the Trip

Duration: 10 Days

Seasons: Spring/Autumn

Starting Point: Kathmandu

End Point: Kathmandu

Departure: Upon request

Max. Altitude: 3650 m