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Trip Grade
Moderate, 3510 m
Hotel/Tea House
B/L/D during trek
Private Vehicle

Explore the Beauty of Helambu Trek: A Short and Easy Trek in Nepal - 9 Days

Trip Highlights

  1. Passing through lush forests, paddy fields, and different Buddhist monasteries.
  2. Witnessing stunning views of the snow-capped mountains like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Gauri Shankar.
  3. Immersing in the local culture of Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo communities and experiencing their simplicity and tradition.
  4. Trekking through Shivapuri National park, a rich habitat for flora and fauna.
  5. Observing the beautiful community of Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo ethnic groups.
  6. Tasting the sweet delicious apples, which Helambu is renowned for.
  7. Exploring the unique Hyolmo culture and lifestyle.
  8. Relishing the full-fledged accommodation and food facilities during the trek.

Explore the Beauty of Helambu Trek: A Short and Easy Trek in Nepal Overview

Helambu trek is an excellent trekking option for those who are looking for a short and easy trekking experience in Nepal. This trek is designed to showcase the unique culture and stunning natural beauty of the Helambu region, located just north of Kathmandu. The trek starts from Sundarijal, which is only an hour's drive from Kathmandu and passes through dense mountain forests, picturesque paddy fields, and various Buddhist monasteries.

One of the main highlights of the Helambu trek is the opportunity to witness the traditional Hyolmo culture. The name Helambu comes from the indigenous people of the area, called the Hyolmo. The Hyolmo people have their distinct traditions, culture, and lifestyle, which are different from other ethnic groups in Nepal. Trekking through this region provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in this unique culture and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.

The Helambu trek is a nine-day journey that will take you through a scenic route passing by the villages of Chisopani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Mangegoth, Tharepati, Melamchigaun Nakote, and Tarkegyang. Once you reach Tarkegyang, you will have two options to continue the trek: either follow the walking trail to Sermathang or take a drive to Kiultapkakharka. Regardless of which route you choose, both will lead you to Melamchi, where you will ride back to Kathmandu, completing an unforgettable adventure.

As you trek, the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains such as Gauri Shankar, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal will leave you amazed. The lush green forests of rhododendron and pine, green meadows, and Shivapuri National Park will also leave you spellbound. Along the way, you will witness several waterfalls, rivers, and a beautiful community of Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo ethnic groups.

This trek is one of the closest Himalayan treks to Kathmandu and is suitable for anyone who wants to experience the natural beauty of Nepal without having to endure long and strenuous hikes. The Helambu trek is an ideal trekking option for those who are short on time but still want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas.

In summary, the Helambu trek is a fantastic opportunity to explore the unique culture and natural beauty of the Helambu region. This trek is perfect for those who are looking for a short and easy trekking experience in Nepal. With stunning views of snow-capped mountains, lush green forests, and picturesque villages, the Helambu trek will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
Day 02: Full-day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Drive to Melamchi Bazaar and trek to Kakani
Day 04: Kakani to Gangjawal
Day 05: Gangjawal to Melamchi Gaon
Day 06: Melamchi Gaon to Mangengoth
Day 07: Mangengoth to Chisapani
Day 08: Chisapani to Sundarijal and drive to Kathmandu
Day 09: Fly back to your country or extension of your trip

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from the trekking agency will welcome and transfer you to the hotel. You can rest for the day or explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on your own.

Day 2: Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisopani
You will start your trek early in the morning after breakfast. A drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu takes about an hour. The trek begins from Sundarijal and passes through lush forests of rhododendron and oak, waterfalls, and streams. You will cross a dam and reach the entrance of the Shivapuri National Park. The trail further ascends to reach Chisopani. You can witness the panoramic view of the mountains from here.

Day 3: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang
The trail passes through beautiful farmlands, forests, and a small village of Pati Bhanjyang. You will also witness some beautiful waterfalls and cross streams on the way. Kutumsang is a small village with a beautiful mountain backdrop.

Day 4: Trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati
Today, you will trek through the dense forest of rhododendron and pass by several small villages. You will cross the highest point of the trek, which is Tharepati Pass, at an altitude of 3,650 meters. From here, you can get a breathtaking view of the mountains like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Gauri Shankar.

Day 5: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchigaun
The trek today takes you through dense forests of oak and rhododendron, which is a habitat of several wildlife species like musk deer and Himalayan thar. You will reach Melamchigaun after descending a steep trail. It is a beautiful village with a distinct Hyolmo culture.

Day 6: Trek from Melamchigaun to Tarkegyang
The trail today takes you through a beautiful forest, crossing several streams and small waterfalls. You will also pass through a small settlement of Nakote, which is mostly inhabited by Sherpa people. The trail further descends to reach Tarkegyang, a beautiful village with several monasteries and traditional houses.

Day 7: Explore Tarkegyang
You can explore the village of Tarkegyang today, and learn about the local Hyolmo culture and lifestyle. You can visit the Gompa and interact with the monks. You can also visit the nearby villages and witness the daily life of the local people.

Day 8: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang or Kiultapkakharka and drive to Melamchi Bazar
Today, you will trek to Sermathang, which is a small village with several monasteries and apple orchards. Alternatively, you can drive to Kiultapkakharka and trek to Melamchi Bazar. From Melamchi Bazar, you will take a drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 9: Departure from Kathmandu
Your trek comes to an end today. A representative from the trekking agency will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

What's included?

  • Airport transfer services to and from the airport on your arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation in 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Permit for Shivapuri National park
  • All necessary road transportation in a private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Trekking Map
  • Pre-briefing about the trek a day before trekking
  • Delicious and hygienic organic welfare dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu by the company
  • Full Board (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) service during the trek
  • Accommodation in local teahouses/lodges during trekking
  • Company’s experienced licensed holder guide and porters as per your group size
  • Essential and basic medical first aid kit box (which is carried by your team)
  • Foods, accommodations, and local tax for guides & porters

What's not included?

  • Your travel insurance (Travel insurance is compulsory to take an adventure trip and it must be covered both medical & emergency evacuation with the worth of USD100, 000.00 minimum) and personal medical insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Any kind of drinks (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc) and bar bills (alcoholic beverages)
  • Hot shower, WIFI, any electronic battery charges, or any kind of personal expenses during the trekking
  • Tips and gratitude to your guides, porters, drivers, or any staff
  • Any extra accommodation or meals will not be included in Kathmandu in case of extra stay than the scheduled itinerary

Essential Information

FAQ for Helambu trek

What is the accommodation for the Helambu trek?

You will be staying in tea houses or lodges during the trek on room sharing basis (twin-sharing). Every room has a twin bed with basic facilities. You can also get a single room on your demand but it might cost you a bit more. Most tea houses or lodges provide a hot shower with an extra charge for using the hot shower.

What food is available during this Helambu trek?

You will get almost every food during this trek but it also depends upon the place where you are staying. Normally, all the lodges provide basic Nepalese foods apart from that some hotels and lodges also provide western food.

What is the best season for this Helambu trek?

Mostly spring and autumn are considered the best seasons for trekking. During these seasons, the weather is favorable and due to clear sky, you will get the perfect view of the mountains and surroundings.

Which mountains are seen during this helambu 9 days trek?

The mountains that are seen during this are Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Gaurishankar, Jugal Himal, Gang Chhenpo, and many more.

I saw long pipelines in Sundarijal. Does that water really come to Kathmandu?

Indeed. The water goes to different water stations in Kathmandu and then it is supplied to houses through pipelines.

Clients Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 3 Review

The 9 days Helambu trek

The 9 days Helambu trek was a short and fantastic trek. Everything was perfectly organized and our team was very supportive and informative. The whole trek was about exploring beautiful places and getting new and unique information along with the stunning view of mountains, forests, waterfalls, and beautiful villages. Thank you for this memorable trek. Read More ...

Helambu trek in Nepal

The Helambu trek in Nepal was an amazing experience for us. The trail through the mountain forest was so reviving and the view of mountains, waterfall, rivers, local people, and their culture, and tradition was totally a new experience for us. This whole trek was perfect. We got a lot of information about the places and people. We enjoyed it a lot. Much obliged to the team members. Read More ...

The trek to Helambu

The trek to Helambu was one of the best treks and a well-organized one as well. We get a lot of information from this trek about the Hyolmo community, daily lifestyle, traditions, and many more. Apart from that, the view of mountains, green forests, and the waterfall was mesmerizing. Thanks, everyone for the support. Special Thanks to Nepal Everest Holidays & the entire team for making our trek memorable. Read More ...
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