- Duration 8 days
- Max Altitude 3,650m
- Group Size 2-10
- Best Season Mar-May,Sep-Nov
- Per Day Walk 05-06 hrs
- Accomodation Hotel / Teahouse
- Start/End KTM/KTM
- Difficulty Easy
- Trip Type Solo / Group /
- Location Langtang Region
Helambu Trek is one of the best, Lantang trekking packages. You will explore the beautiful Langtang region, and the people living there, will surely win your hearts. In just 8 days of time, you will rediscover your love for nature. Trekking through this beautiful region, you will fall for the beautiful nature, and even more, its beautiful people.
We will start our Helambu trek from Kathmandu and return back, completing the trek in 8 days. On the second day of our trek, we will drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and then trek to Chisapani. Along the way, we also get to visit Shivapuri watershed and Wildlife Reserve. On the 3rd day, we will continue our trek and reach Kutumsang, taking 7 hours of time. From Kutumsang, we will then trek to Thadepati. From Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang, we will reach Sermathang. We will then, from there, start the return journey, and trek to Melamchi Bazar. From Melamchi Bazar, it is just 2-3 hours drive back to the capital – Kathmandu.
By trekking through all these amazing and beautiful places, we will once again remember the place where we all came from. From watching the tall majestic mountain range, we will understand what it’s like to be strong and firm. We will learn the proper way, guests are meant to be treated. Traversing through beautiful forests, we will once again, fall in love with nature. And, in the end, we are left with beautiful memories and an amazing experience. We will have some part of us touched and an interesting story to tell.
Best Time to Trek
The best time to enjoy Helambu trek to the fullest, is during the spring season (March to June) and, also during the autumn season (September to December). Helambu trekking can be enjoyed all around the year, but we at Mountain Routes, advise you not to go trekking during the monsoon season (July to August).
Day 1 : Arriving at Kathmandu
Today, being the very first day of our Helambu trekking, you will be arriving at the capital city – Kathmandu. Upon landing, our representatives from Mountain Routes will greet and pick you up at the airport. They will then take you to your hotel and also explain the trekking routes and schedules. You can ask them any queries regarding your trek. After reaching your hotel, you can head out and explore the beautiful city of Kathmandu. You will also prepare for your trek to follow
Day 2 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, then trek to Chisapani (2300 m) Trip Duration: 1 hours + 4 hours
We will start the day, early today. We will take a bus ride to Sundarijal from Kathmandu, which will take us about 1 hour of time. Upon arriving at Sundarijal, we will visit the Shivapuri watershed and Wildlife Reserve. From there, we will start the trek to Chisapani. The trail follows the path into the settlement of Mulkharka, inhabited by the Tamang people. Traversing through Oak and Rhododendron forests, we will reach Chisapani, after hiking for 4 hours
Day 3 : Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446 m) Trip Duration: 7 hours
Day 3 of our Helambu trekking, consists of trekking from Chisapani to Kutumsang. It will take us about 7 hours to reach Kutumseng, so we will start early today. Today’s trail will traverse through meadows and fields. We will reach our first stop for today, Pati Bhanjyang, after some hours of trekking. Following the trail further, we will reach the village of Gul Bhanjyang. The trail will lead us to Kutumsang, following ups and downs. We are accompanied by the beautiful Langtang range, along the way. Upon reaching Kutumsang, we will check into our hotel and spend the night there
Day 4 : Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours
Today, on the 4th day of our Helambu trekking, we will hike from Kutumsang to Thadepati. It will take us about 6 hours of time to reach Thadepati, and we are accompanied by the beautiful mountain range. After starting on our trail, we will reach Magen Goth and Yurin Danda, from where we can enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas. After following the trail further, we will finally reach Tharepati. Overnight at Thadepati
Day 5 : Thadepati to Tarkeghyang (2560 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours
On day 5 of our Helambu trek, we will trek from Thadepati to Tarkeghyang, which will take us about 6 hours of time. Following the descending trail, we will soon reach Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon also has old and artistic Gompas. Following the trail further, we will cross Melamchi Khola by a bridge. From there, the trail is ascending. We will slowly make the long climb, on the other side of the valley. Finally, after trekking for 6 hours, we will reach Tarkeghyang. Overnight at Tarkeghyang
Day 6 : Trek to Sermathang (2610 m) Trip Duration: 3-4 hours
Today, on 6th day of our Helambu trek, we will trek from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang. This will take us about 3-4 hours to complete. We will also pass through many other villages, along the way. Crossing some forested area, we will finally reach Sermanthang. Sermanthang is a small village, culturally and naturally rich, and also the center of apple-growing area. Sermathang, also provides us with amazing view of the Himalayas. Overnight at Sermathang
Day 7 : Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazar and drive to Kathmandu Trip Duration: 3-4 hours + 2-3 hours
On the 7th day of Helambu trekking, we will trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazar, then drive from there to Kathmandu. The trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazar is descending and will take us about 3-4 hours to reach there. Melamchi Bazar is mostly inhabited by Sherpas, but other ethnic groups also live there. From there, we will take a bus ride back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will go back to our hotel and freshen up a little. We will then go out to explore Kathmandu city and maybe, also do some shopping. At night, we will enjoy the beautiful night life of Thamel. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the day.
Day 8 : Departure
Today, is the last day of our Helambu trek and also your last day in Nepal. You will travel, back to your country, with all the beautiful memories and an amazing story to tell. We will share goodbyes and bade each other farewell. Boarding the plane, you will once again remember, what a wonderful stay you’ve had in Nepal, in the last 7 days
Helambu Trek: Frequently Asked Questions
How do we reach helambu?
Travelling to helambu is actually quite simple. We will take bus from kathmandu to sundarijal and from sundarijal we will trek to chisapani. The bus ride to sundarijal will take around 2 hours from kathmandu and it will take around 4 tours to reach chisapani. Chisapani is inside the beautiful Shivapuri Nagarjuna national park.
What’s the condition of the trail IS it difficult?
Helambu trek comes under moderate level of trekking. Any level of trekker can complete this trek. However one needs to be in good physical condition as you need to hike for long hours in the steep terrain. You don’t need any mountaineering or technical skills for this trek as the trails are simple and not confusing. This trek can be done with kids and family also Our Guides will assist you throughout the treks.
Do I need trainings before the trek?
Well, you need to be physically fit for the trek. Training before the trek is always beneficial however you don’t need strenuous or specific training for this trek. Just some mild exercises like jogging and running will help you. You should focus on increasing your stamina, endurance, and strength. Before committing to the trek you should be mentally and physically fit. For a month focus on
- Increasing endurance and stamina
- Start Running 5 to 10 km and slightly increase the pace and distance
- Hike as much as you can especially in hills
- Join a gym swimming or climbing gym
- Walking to your job and taking stairs
- Make your gut your best friend focus on what you eat cut out Fast foods, and start eating healthy
- Limit the alcohol intake
How long should I walk per day?
It actually depends on the day of the trek and itinerary. In average we will not be walking for more 7 hours. Some days we will be walking for 4 to 5 hours and some days for 7 hours. Be prepared for long walks
Which is the best time to do the trek?
Helambu trek can be done at any time of the year. One can enjoy the trek fully during the spring season (March to June) and also during the autumn season ( September to December). We do not recommend to travel Helambu circuit in monsoon season as the trails will be slippery and full of leeches.
How long is the total trek?
Our standard itinerary is of 8 days however it can be changed as per your request.
What about the permits?
You will need TIMS permit, Shivapuri and HelambuNational Park fees. all the permits and logistics will be arranged by our company. We will send you all the cost of the permits Via Mail.
What the maximum altitude of helambu trek?
The max altitude on this whole trek would be 3,650m in thadepani. We need to be little cautious while trekking in high altitudes.
What are the top attractions of helambu trek?
Helambu trek fills you with the magnificent views of mountains, Diverse culture, and rich biodiversity. Helambu region is the home of Hyolmo tribes. And also the name Helambu was derived from their local language. The people Helambu are kind and hospitable their lifestyle is influenced by Buddhism. If you ever wondered the mystery of life and want to connect more with nature Then this trek is specially designed for you. You will have a glimpse of Buddhism and its teachings which will definitely guide you throughout your life. You will also get the deeper meanings of life and nature. The mysterious nature will heal help you to heal your hidden pains and connect you with your true nature. The songs of the birds chirping will give you complete silence and free your mind. Helambu region is filled with Buddhist arts and architecture. Some of the top attractions of this region are:
- Gumbas and monasteries:
- Mani walls
- Festivals and poojas
- Culture and people
- Breathtaking views of holy mountains like : Langtang, Annapurna, Manaslu and if you are lucky and the weather is clear we might see the mighty Mt Everest also
- If you are a bird lover then this region is filled with variety of species of birds like :Hoopoe, Cuckoos, Barbets, Owls, Nightjars, Red billed, Parakeets and so on
- And animals like : Deer, Tiger, Red panda , wild sheep, Rhesus monkey and many more
Our guides will explain you the importance and meaning of the Arts and culture. So don’t hesitate to clear your confusions. They will love to answer your queries.
Whats the accommodation like?
Helambu trek can be done as Tea house\lodge trek or camping trek. It depends on your choice. Tea house treks are not so challenging compared to camping treks. Tea houses are small hotels which offer the basic facility of food and bed. But don’t let your hopes down cause the Tea houses also offer you the Hot shower, warm and comfy beds attached bathrooms and even Wi/fi. You will be spending your nights in warm blankets enjoying the songs of the nature sipping the coffee with the view of pristine mountains.
How are the meals are they hygienic?
The tea house offers well-cooked clean and hygienic meal. The food will be prepared by the experienced cooks and will be carefully monitored by our guides so that it reaches the quality. Our Key concern is clients health and safety You can get the food as per your order from local meal Dal Bhat to European and Chinese meal like noodles, pasta, MOMO, macaroni, pizza, sausages, Tibetan bread, omelette, sandwich, chapati, and many more. You can always bring your favourite snack like Choco bars chocolate and mix flavours of juice.
What about water?
Although the water doesn’t have any harmful chemicals or infections we do not recommend you to drink the direct water from the sources. The water should be properly treated before drinking You can either bring your own purification Tablets or Filtration system or life straw. You need to drink at least 2 to 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. If you want to add some flavours Rehydration flavour sachets are available in local stores.
What might be the problems that we might face on the trek?
There is a quotation that Are you even living your life if you are not facing any problems. Problems are what makes us strong If you have the habit to never step out of your comfort zone then every day on the trek can be a problem but if you are ready to take a challenge and step forward then every problem could be an opportunity to grow. Our guides will always be with you throughout the trek making sure will have the maximum comfort and avoid unnecessary problems.
Is the area safe who will be Responsible for my safety?
Helambu area is the most travelled area by the trekkers as it is near to Kathmandu valley and the trails are not confusing. The people are kind and hospitable there hasn’t been a single case of robbery and theft. In fact, the region is guarded by the Nepal army who has been dedicating their life for the service and conservation of the forest. Our company have a good relationship with the local people and community and before taking any trips we contact with the locals about the present situation and condition of the trails. Before conducting any trips we carefully analyze the Risk factors do a risk assessment. Our company and allocated guides will responsible for your safety Our guides are professionals, licensed and trained. They have necessary skills on navigation safety and first Aid they will look after you throughout the trek.
How much does our backpack weight?
You will not be carrying much weights just your daypack with water and some rain jackets it will not weight more than 2 3 kilos unless you don’t plan on hiring a porter. Our company will arrange the porter for helping you and making the trip easy. Our porter will carry up to 25 to 30 kg depending on the journey. We do not recommend bring extra weights as it will hamper the trip unless you plan to hire two porters.