Helambu Trek – 7 days


The Helambu trek is a perfect short trek nearby Kathmandu Valley. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively un-spoilt. Besides the Hyolmo culture of high mountain people, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu.

The specialty of this trekking route is the rich cultural heritage and hospitality of the Sherpa people who inhabit in the Helambu region. Himalayan ranges like Mt Langtang, Gaurishanker and so many other small snow covered peaks are just situated north of Helambu. Inhabitants of mostly Sherpa community, temperate forests, brilliant displays of rhododendron and primal blooms, flora & fauna, colorful dancing festivals such as Tibetan New Year are some of the highlights of this region. This is one of the effortless trekking that is possible to trek throughout the year.

This trekking begins from Sundarijal from an elevation of 1350 meters and ends in Melamchi pull Bazaar (850 meters) which goes up to a maximum altitude of 3597 meters at Tharepati village. The amazing countryside is full of Buddhist monasteries, pilgrimage and delicious apples. The apples, gorgeous Helambu girls and its monasteries have enhanced Helambu a trekkers’ paradise. There are plenty of teahouse accommodations along the route. The trail leading to Chisopani starts with the tangible steps alongside the pipeline that brings drinking water to Kathmandu. The trail leaves the pipeline near the dam and reaches Mulkharka, which is 600 meters above Sundarijal. The trail climbs further to Chisopani, (2300 meters) from Mulkharka which offers amazing Himalayan views across the valley. Gradually the trail runs down to Paati Bhanjyang (1770 meters). Again from Chip ling (2170 meters) the trail climbs up to a pass at an altitude of 2470 meters before descending to Thodang Betini (2250 meters) forested ridge, the trail descends to a Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang, a hill village at an altitude of 2140 meters.

This is ideal for those people who don’t have much time in Nepal or would like to make it before commencing adventurous or alpine type of trekking such as 3 Cols, Upper Dolpo etc. It is a 7-10 days trek which starts in Kathmandu itself, but can be concluded as short as 5–6 days. The regular trailhead starts off at Sundarijal and goes via Chisopani, Yolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Melamchi gaun and Tarkeghyang. Walking through the mind blowing villages such as Gul bhanjyang (2620M) and descending a little to reach Kutumsang village at an altitude of 2470 meters where you will have to show your National park Permits at a Government Check Post.

The most important benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise and air pollution. Many trekkers come down from Gosainkunda Pass or across the Ganja-La pass from Kyanjin Gompa and Panch Pokhari area to take advantage of short overland journey to get back to Kathmandu via Helambu Route.

Outlined Itinerary
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) and start trek to Chisopani (2140m).
Day 02: Trek Chisopani to Gul bhanjyang (2140 m):
Day 03: Trek Gul bhanjyang to Tharepati (3597m):
Day 04: Trek Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon (2640m):
Day 05: Trek Melamchi Gaon to Tarkeghyang (2560m):
Day 06: Trek Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2621m):
Day 07: Trek Sermathang to Melamchi bazaar (850m) and drive to Kathmandu:

Day 01: Kathmandu Drive To Sundarijal (1350m) Trekking To Chisopani (2140m)
After an hour’s drive, we reach to Sundarijal (1350m), starting point of our trekking. From Sundarijal, we start our trek to Chisopani (2300m). Our trek begins along a small hydroelectric plant. The trail then ascends up besides the water pipes which supplies Kathmandu drinking water, the trail will go through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement we come across is Mulkharka mostly inhabited by the Tamang people. The trail continues with climbing on the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the Borlang Bhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m), The mountain views are excellent from here, we can see the views of Annapurna to Everest, overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Chisopani Trekking To Gul Bhanjyang (2140 M)
Today, the trail runs out of the villages and continues level among pine plantation before arrive Paati Bhanjyang a lovely small village. From here the trail goes through small chortens, fields and forest mostly up and down hill before arriving Gul Bhanjyang (2140m), overnight in lodge.

Day 03: Gulbhanjyang Trekking To Tharepati (3597m)
Today the trail steadily climbs up above Kutumsang through prickly leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley. Our trail passes through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. Following a ridge line, the trail continues via lightly populated forest to Magen Goth from where we can view the stunning peak of Langtang and Gosainkunda. Above Magin Goth, the trail climbs steeply through dense pine forest passing several chortens and ruined huts to reach Tharepati. From Tharepati we have excellent close up views of Gosainkunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Tharepati Trekking To Melamchi Gaon (2640m)
A short, steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forest rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as you approach Melamchi Gaon. Overnight in lodge

Day 05: Melamchi Gaon Trekking To Tarkeghyang (2560m)
Today we head for Tarkeghyang. During an early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola., where we can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear river before completing the short and mild ascent up the other side of the valley. Then we trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Enjoy the Himalayan peaks offer appear before you glistening in the sunshine. Discover the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste. Tarkeghyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel. Overnight in lodge

Day 06: Tarkegyang Trekking To Sermathang (2621m)
A flat pleasant walk through the beautiful forest takes us to Sermathang since we do not gain altitude that much today. This is an entering Sherpa village and they will be happy to introduce themselves that they are different from the Sherpa of Khumbu (Everest region). The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Para chin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul.  From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang. Discover the village. There is also a Buddhist monastery at the highest point of the village.

Day 07: Shermathang Trekking To Melamchi Bazaar (828m) And Drive To Kathmandu
Today is our final day of trek. The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pull Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. The village is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa, but there are also people of other ethnicities.  On the way, we come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, we will get to interact with local and friendly people. Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.

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The word Helambu derives from the Tibetan word “Yolmo” or “Hyolmo”. This is one of the frequently visited highland villages in Nepal. Helambu is located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. It extends from north of Taramarang to tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal.

The great Himalayan scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region an enthralling experience. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalese, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans.

The Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. After about an hour’s walk, we enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Tharepati and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pull Bazaar in the Helambu region. The trek passes through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries.

Is trekking for everyone?
Definitely, everyone can go for this trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. We offer treks to various destinations in Nepal Himalayas.

Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.

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Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Mini 2 – Max – 12 pax
  • Best Season:Sept – Dec, March – May
  • Trip Code:NT-N222
  • Duration:7 Days Treking
  • Maximum Altitude:3600m
  • Region:Langtang
  • Start:Kathmandu
  • End:Kathmandu
  • Trekking Type:Tea House/Camping
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