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Helambu Trekking

Trip Description

Helambu Trekking is one of the nearest and most common trekking routes located just 75 kilometers north of Kathmandu. The Sherpa villages of Helambu due north of Kathmandu valley presents an easy getaway. Helambu is low elevation and the Sherpa villages make it interesting. Starting with a short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal the trail to Helambu climbs on to the Shivapuri ridge from where there are sweeping views of the central Himalayas. Following a ridge-line, the trek heads north to Thare Pati before turning east to Melamchi Gaon and Tarke Gyang the principle villages of this area. From here we visit Shermathang before descending to the Melamchi river to end our trek with a drive Melamchi Bazaar back to Kathmandu.


Helambu trek starts off at Sundarijal all the way to Tarke Gyang. From there you can walk via Sermathang or take a ride via Kiul Takpa Kharka. Some people also do the trek in reverse starting from Tarke Gyang.

The trek is perfect for someone who enjoys the time with nature and has a thing for the Buddhist artwork and monasteries. The trek is rich with the scenery of green forest, waterfalls, snow cap mountains and beautiful landscapes. Helambu trek extends from the Taramarang in the north to the tree limit of beautiful Gosainkunda Lake and lower plains of Jugal Himal. The route goes through breath-taking glaciers of Langtang Valley and an incredible variety of flora and fauna along the way. The villages in the route are surrounded by Buddhist Monasteries. The small cottage restaurants and amiable people along in the village add more ambiance and feel to the trek.

Facts About Helambu Trekking

  • The highest altitude is 3600m and the lowest is 3000m

What Is Helambu Trek’s Altitude?

The maximum altitude reached during the Helambu Trek is 3650m.

Where Is Helambu?

Helambu lies 75km northeast of the capital (Kathmandu). Helambu lies inside the Shivapuri National park. The geographical coordinates for Helambu are 28.0515° N, 85.5303° E.

How Long Does The Trip Last For?

Helambu Trek lasts for 6 days (8-10 days if you consider arriving and departure as the trek days). The trek is the closest to Kathmandu and six days is more than enough for this trek.

How Difficult Is Helambu Trek?

Helambu Trek is not difficult at all. It is one of the easiest treks in Nepal (if not the easiest trek in Nepal).

Helambu Trekking Route

The Helambu Trek Route is as follows :

Sundarijal – Chisopani – Khutumsang – Tharepati – Tarke Ghyang – Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazar (846m) and drive back to Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions About Helambu Trek

Should I Join A Guided Trek/Group?

This is an easy trekking route and you can trek alone if you feel like it. But if you go with a local or a guide, you will be sure not to miss any scenery along the way.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival
  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Sundarijal
  • Day 03: Chisapani to Kutumsangu
  • Day 04: Kutumsangu to Tharepati
  • Day 05: Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon
  • Day 06: Melamchi Gaon to Sermathang
  • Day 07: Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazaar
  • Day 08: Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu
  • Day 09: Sightseeing tour
  • Day 10: Departure

What's Included ?

  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private car/van
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three times food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)-Kathmandu City Tours as per the above program, includes all entry fees, tour guides, car/van.
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trekking.
  • One well experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, and insurance.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Surface Transfer to the destination from Kathmandu.
  • Bus ticket listed in trip Schedule.
  • Langtang National park permit.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • Office Service charge.

What is not included ?

  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu
  • Nepal Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 60 days from date of issue)
  • You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipment including sleeping bags.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation, etc
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver.

Helambu Trekking Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival

Your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA)and you will be meet our airport representative then transfer to the hotel. We will discuss the trekking plan and last-minute arrangements.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Sundarijal

Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private vehicle (30 min drives) and trek to Chisapani (2194 m) Walking 3 hours, overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Chisapani to Kutumsangu

Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsangu (2471 m) Walking 7 hours, overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Kutumsangu to Tharepati

Trek from Kutumsangu to Tharepati (3600 m.) Walking 6 hours, overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon

Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon (2550 m) Walking 4 hours, overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Melamchi Gaon to Sermathang

Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Sermathang (2693 m) Walking 5 hours, overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazaar

Trek from Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazaar (846 m) Walking 5 hours, overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu

Drive from Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu by local bus.

Day 09: Sightseeing tour

Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Patan, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square). Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Departure

Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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Trip At Glance

Destination Nepal
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 2+

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