The Helambu Trek, 70 km to the northeast of the Kathmandu Valley is a popular short trek into the Middle Hills that separate the city from the high Himalaya. It is an excellent destination in which to explore beautiful old oak and rhododendron forests and varied farmlands while crossing the ridges formed by rushing rivers from the snowbound uplands. It also offers ample opportunity to sample the Tamang and Sherpa Buddhist cultures and to interact with each of these warm and friendly people.
From high points on this Helambu Circuit trek, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of the mountains of the Langtang Valley and the High Himalaya to the north and east. Included are the beautiful climbing peaks of Langtang Lirung (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and the Jugal Himal along the Tibetan border.
This is a comparatively easy trek with elevations ranging between 800m and 3600m, offering less climbing and warmer temperatures than elsewhere. Sturdy boots, warm waterproof clothing, a good sleeping bag, day pack camera sunscreen and hat are essential items. It is also less crowded and quieter in comparison to the most popular Langtang trails while still offering a rich cultural experience amid beautiful scenery.
Our Helambu trekking package includes transport, local porters, meals, tea house accommodation, drinking water and showers. Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November) are the best months to trek, but we offer the trek in this Langtang Region in all four seasons.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft). MMT staff will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Sundarijal – Chisapani (2160m/7130ft) 1 hr drive, 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 04: Chisapani – Kutumsang (2450m /8080ft) 6-7 hrs
- Day 05: Kutumsang – Tharepati (3650m /12,045ft) 5-6 hrs
- Day 06: Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2590m/8550ft) 6-7 hrs
- Day 07: Tarkeghyang – Sermathang (2620m/8645ft) 4-5 hrs
- Day 08: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazaar (870m/2855ft) – Kathmandu (1300m/4264 ft), 5-6 hrs trek, 5 hr drive
- Day 09: Final Departure
Helambu Trekking Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our Mountain Mart Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 03: Kathmandu – Sundarijal – Chisapani (2 160m/7 130ft), 1 hr drive, 5-6 hrs trek
After breakfast, drive 15km north-eastwards to Sundarijal: the entrance to the Shivapuri National Park which encompasses Kathmandu’s main water catchment area. The trail into the park begins on a concrete road following the pipeline, passes a military check point and then gradually rises to the large Tamang village of Mulkharka. It continues through pine, oak and rhododendron forests to the Borlang Bhanjyang (2 460m/8 110ft) – with distant mountain views. The trail then descends slightly to the village of Chisapani on the northern border of the park. Overnight at Chisapani at Lodge
Day 04: Chisapani – Kutumsang (2 450m /8 080ft), 6-7 hrs
Today’s trail into the Helambu district is the toughest on the trek: descending to rivers and climbing to ridge-top villages in a dramatic display of the way the Nepali use their land to its best advantage. Terraced fields are interspersed with old forest and surround villages such as the Brahmin and Chhetri village of Pati Bhanjyang; the Sherpa villages of Thankune Bhanjyang and Chipling; and the Tamang village of Thotong. The final section of the trail involves a 1½ hr pull up to a ridge at 2580m/8 500ft with good views. It then passes cliffs and descends for a ¾ hr stroll to the village of Kutumsang. Overnight at Kutumsang at Lodge.
Day 05: Kutumsang – Tharepati (3 650m /12 045ft), 5-6 hrs
The trail rises 1200m to the trek’s highest point today. At first it climbs towards the ridgeline of the Yurin Danda through isolated farms between stands of fir and rhododendron. Views of the Langtang range, Gosaikunda peak and Jugal Himal to the north gradually come into view. The eroded trail continues to rise to the Mera Danda before dropping to the small village of Mangin Goth. Then on for the last long haul up the rocky Thare Danda ridge to Tharepati: and the incredible panoramic view of the Langtang Ranges to the north. Overnight in Tharepati at Lodge
Day 06: Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2 590m/8 550ft), 6-7 hrs
From a viewpoint just above the village, the rising sun will highlight the most dramatic peaks of the snow capped ranges: these include Dorje Lakpa, Langshisha Ri, the Tserko group and the Langtang Lirung (7 227m/23 712ft). Shisha Pangma (8 046m/26 400ft) in Tibet.
The Helambu trail now turns eastwards and descends rapidly through old pine forest down a ravine and then along the spine of a ridge before dropping steeply to the large Sherpa village of Melamchigaon. This is a prosperous agricultural region and the town has in interesting gompa.
The trail then descends to cross the Melamchi Khola followed by a 600m climb up the eastern side of the valley. It passes through the Buddhist villages of Nakote, Dozum, and Chiri to Tarke Ghyang (monastery). This is a village with tightly clustered houses: reminiscent of high mountain villages in western Nepal. Their monastery is the oldest in Helambu. Overnightint Tarkeghyang at Lodge .
Day 07: Tarkeghyang – Sermathang (2 620m/8 645ft), 4-5 hrs
Today’s forested trail heads southwest on gentle slopes, crossing small streams and rising to villages and pastures. From Setighyang a high trail heads north to cross the difficult Ganja La beyond which it joins the Langtang trail. We continue to the village of Ghangyul and on to attractive Sermathang which boasts three large gompas and spectacular views of the Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar to the east. Overnight in Sermathang at Lodge
Day 08: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazaar (870m/2 855ft) – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 264 ft), 5-6 hrs trek, 5 hr drive
Beyond Sermathang is a view point with a fantastical gold-painted image of Guru Rinpoche on the side of the hillock. The level trail continues for ¾ hr before dropping through pine forest to Kakani and on down through meadows and fertile fields, past several villages, whose children delight in interacting with trekkers. At Melamchi Pul it crosses the Melamchi Khola just above its confluence with the larger Indrawati Nadi. From here, jeep will return to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast.
Day 09: Final departure
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination.
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.