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Helambu Trekking

  • Max Altitude 3,690 M (11,635ft)
  • Group Size Max 10
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu

If you are looking for a less touristy and peaceful village trek, the 5-day Helambu trek from Kathmandu is a perfect choice. You may have heard of the Everest trek or the Annapurna trek, but this trek is often overlooked because it is not as popular. The Helambu Trek is a fantastic trek with magnificent mountain views, typical villages, culture, and nature.

The trek starts from Sundarijal, which is a short drive from Kathmandu. The trail passes through Shivapuri National Park, offering stunning views of the Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Rolwaling, Mt. Gaurishanker, and many other peaks from a low altitude. The Helambu trekking routes are perfect for nature lovers because of the green valleys, temperate forests, and rhododendron forests (which are in bloom during spring). You will also get to experience the warm hospitality of the Tamang and Sherpa people.

This magical and cultural Helambu trek used to be popular with trekkers who planned to go to Gosaikunda Lake. In the past, there were a lot of American, German, and French hikers in Helambu, but very few Asian hikers. The trek was popular because it can be extended for several days, or you can simply enjoy the magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains from an elevation of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet). The warmer climate makes this trek a great option for those who don't or can't hike at high altitudes.

Hilights on the Helambu Trek.

Stunning mountain views: The Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa are just a few of the world's most gorgeous mountains that can be seen from the Helambu Trek.

Spectacular forests: The Helambu Trek through some of Nepal's most stunning rhododendron, pine, and bamboo forests.

Traditional settlements: The Helambu Trek brings you through traditional settlements where you may get a taste of Tamang and Sherpa culture and enjoy their hospitality.

The Helambu Trek travels through the Shivapuri National Park, which is home to a variety of animals, including deer, monkeys, and birds. Book this trip if you enjoy photographing birds.

The Helambu trip in Nepal provides beautiful mountain views, lush forests, and traditional towns in a less-touristy area. It is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a more authentic trekking experience away from crowds.

Physical Difficulty:

The Helambu trek is classified as intermediate. There are some steep sections, but the trail is generally well-kept and easy to follow.

The best time to trek:

The Helambu trip is best visited in the spring (March–May) or autumn (September–November). During these seasons, the weather is pleasant and the scenery is breathtaking.

Accommodation and Food:

There are teahouses along the Helambu Trek route where we stay overnight. The teahouses are simple, yet they provide nice beds and hot food. It is included in your trip package. You will find warm blankets around; however, it is preferable to bring your own sleeping bags. 
Food: Your trip package includes food for three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), so bring some snacks with you.

Travel Insurance:

The Helambu trek is easy to moderate in difficulty, with a low risk of high-altitude sickness. However, travel insurance is required because this mountain excursion is not intended for casual visitors, and there is a risk of unplanned or unexpected incidents such as injury, illness, flood, landslide, severe climate changes, and so on. Medical and emergency repatriation must be covered under the policy, including helicopter rescue and evacuation costs.

Be the next one to explore this beautiful trek! We highly recommend it for those who are looking for a less touristy and moderate trek.


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    The 5-day Helambu Trek itinerary begins with a one-hour drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, where the hike starts. The journey passes through lovely rice fields, impressive Buddhist temples, and dense mountain forests. You will be inspired by the simplicity of the people who live here and their culture and traditions. This is one of the closest Himalayan hikes to Kathmandu, and it can be completed in just five days. The snow-capped peaks of Gang Chhenpo, Jugal Himal, Nayagang Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Lirung are just a few of the highlights of the Helambu trek.

    After breakfast, we'll drive to Sundarijal, the starting point of our hike. The trail leads through Shivapuri National Park to Mulkhara, a Tamang village. We'll take a break at Mulkhara, then continue through a rhododendron forest to Chisapani.

    • Max. Altitude: 2,295 M (7,655ft)
    • You will visit: Chisapani
    • Walking Hour: 5

    We wake up before dawn to watch the sunrise from the Chisapani viewpoint. After breakfast, we trek to Kutumsang, passing meadows, fields, and stunning Langtang mountain views. We descend to Pathi Bhanjyang, then climb to Gul Bhanjyang and Kutumsang for the night.

    • Max. Altitude: 2,470 M (8,250 ft)
    • You will visit: Khutumsang
    • Walking Hour: 7

    After breakfast, we head north to Yurin Danda on a steep trail through rhododendron forests. The views of the Himalayas are magnificent. We stop at Magen Goth for stunning mountain views, then continue to Tharepati.

    • Max. Altitude: 3,690 M (11,635ft)
    • You will visit: Tharepati
    • Walking Hour: 7

    Today's trek takes us to Melamchi Village, a fascinating Sherpa village with several sacred Buddhist stupas, shrines, and monasteries. We then trek up to Tarke Ghyang, passing through a few Sherpa settlements and enjoying views of the Himalayan peaks. We also visit an ancient monastery in Tarke Ghyang, one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in this region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu since most inhabitants belong to the Hyolmo caste. Helambu is actually a loose term used to refer to a collection of Tamang and Sherpa villages in this region.

    • Max. Altitude: 2,600 M (9,115ft)
    • You will visit: Tarke Ghyang
    • Walking Hour: 6

    A pleasant trek through dense forests, streams, and waterfalls awaits you as you travel from Tarke Ghyang to Sermanthang. You will pass through small villages like Parachin and Gangyul, and arrive at the beautiful settlement of Sermanthang, home to several Buddhist monasteries. You will then depart to Kathmandu on a jeep that passes through Melamchi Bazaar, following the Melamchi River for a while. Your Helambu trip ends in Kathmandu this evening.

    • Max. Altitude: 1350 M
    • You will visit: Kathmandu
    • Walking Hour: 5
    Cost Details
    • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
    • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
    • Government-registered local expert guide,
    • Porters to carry trekking bags.
    • National Park Fees and Government Taxes.
    • Equipment and clothing for porters and staff.
    • Insurance for all staff and porters.
    • Private Transportation as per itinerary
    • First Aid Kit for Helambu Trekking
    • Helambu Trekking Map.
    • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters
    • Nepal visa: Multiple Entrée 30 Days, USD 40
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu
    • Personal gear and clothing (available on hire)
    • Tips for guide and porters
    • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc.

    Dates & Prices

    The cost of the Helambu Trek is per person and does not include single accommodations during the trip. The group departure dates are listed below. Please remember that these are only a few examples and that there may be other departure dates available. The easiest method to learn about specific departure dates is to contact us.

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    Trip DateMay 24, 2024 -May 23, 2024
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    Festivals and Events in Nepal

    We are suggesting some of the biggest and most interesting festivals of Nepal, which are celebrated in the capital city of Kathmandu and in various parts of Nepal. You can plan a Nepal vacation or the Helambu Trek accordingly so you can experience more Nepalese cultures and participate in the festive events.

    Dashian Festival "Inside Nepal"

    The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honors the triumph of good over evil. Equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists participate in the holiday. Dashain is a time for gathering with family and friends to rejoice. It's a joyful, peaceful, and joyful time.  Dates of the Festival: October 10, 2024–October 15, 2024

    Indra Jatra Festival, Kathmandu

    Indra and his mother, Dagini, are honored during the eight-day joyful festival of the Newari community in the Kathmandu Valley in order to obtain their blessing for the upcoming harvest. The chariots of the living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attractions of the festival, as will the Lakhey and many cultural mask dances around Kathmandu Durbar Square. Lord Indra is a particularly revered deity in Hindu societies where a good harvest is crucial since he has an avatar as the god of rain.

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