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.
The maximum altitude reached during the Helambu Trek is 3650m.
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.
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.
Helambu Trek is not difficult at all. It is one of the easiest treks in Nepal (if not the easiest trek in Nepal).
The Helambu Trek Route is as follows :
Sundarijal – Chisopani – Khutumsang – Tharepati – Tarke Ghyang – Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazar (846m) and drive back to Kathmandu
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.
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.
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private vehicle (30 min drives) and trek to Chisapani (2194 m) Walking 3 hours, overnight at guest house.
Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsangu (2471 m) Walking 7 hours, overnight at guest house.
Trek from Kutumsangu to Tharepati (3600 m.) Walking 6 hours, overnight at guest house.
Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon (2550 m) Walking 4 hours, overnight at guest house.
Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Sermathang (2693 m) Walking 5 hours, overnight at guest house.
Trek from Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazaar (846 m) Walking 5 hours, overnight at guest house.
Drive from Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu by local bus.
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Patan, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square). Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
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.