- Total Duration:10 Days
- Best Time:March to May Sept to Nov
- Max Elevation:3,650 m
- Trip Grade:Easy
- Start Point:Kathmandu
- End Point:Kathmandu
- Group Size:2-12
- Transportation:Private Vehicle
- Meals:Full board included
Although Helambu is located only 72km far from the capital city of Kathmandu, it is still an unspoiled area. Locals living in the region are called Hyolmos. Helambu Trek allows an opportunity to meet with these Hyolmos and learn their culture and traditions. We would recommend you to participate in Helambu trekking especially if you wish to experience Himalayan lifestyle and yet you do not have enough time to trek to far Himalayas. This is in fact the shortest trekking in Langtang region.Helambu region covers the area from lands located to the north of Taramarang to Gosaikunda Lake. Helambu also covers the lower slope of Jugal Mountain.
Experiences in Helambu Trek involves close-up views of Langtang Mountain, DorjeLakpa Mountain and Ganesh Mountain. You will observe culture of Hyolmos, visit local monasteries and walk through bamboo and rhododendron forest. Enjoy warm greetings from the friendly and shy locals living in beautiful villages. Shivapuri National Park is the best birdwatching site around Kathmandu.
Helambu Trek itinerary at Alaya Holidays continues for 10days. Sundarijal is the starting point of our trek. Helambu trekking route progresses through ethnic villages of Gulbhanjyang, Kutumsang and Sermathang. End point for Helambu Trek is at MelamchiPul Bazaar. You will be walking through forest for most part of the trek. Teahouse trek is possible in Helambu. Although months from Feb- May and Aug- Dec are considered best, Helambu Trek is possible throughout the year because of its favorable weather.
- Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m/ 4600 ft), Trek Preparation
- Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
- Day 3Drive to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisapani (2300 m/ 7545 ft)
- Day 4Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446 m/ 8024 ft)
- Day 5Kutumsang to Tharepati (3650 m/ 11975 ft)
- Day 6Tharepati to Tarkegyang (2560 m/ 8398 ft)
- Day 7Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2610 m/ 8562 ft)
- Day 8Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi bazaar, Drive to Kathmandu
- Day 9Leisure day in Kathmandu
- Day 10Departure !!!
- Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m/ 4600 ft), Trek Preparation
After landing at the airstrip of Tribhuvan International Airport, you need to move towards a line to let officials perform custom formalities. Upon completion of visa and custom formalities, you will head towards exit of Arrival Hall. Our representative will be waiting for you. Please look for your name in the placard that will be holding by our representative. He will greet you and escort you to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served. After refreshment, you will receive briefing regarding your trek. Stay overnight in a hotel
- Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
This is the day in which you will closely observe the medieval city of Kathmandu by participating in an exciting sightseeing tour. Out of 10 UNESCO sites in Nepal, 7 lies in Kathmandu Valley while 4 of these sites exist in Kathmandu. On this day, you will visit Nepal’s largest Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath, holy temple Hindus Pashupatinath, 2500 years old Buddhist shrine of Swayambhunath and the ancient Royal Palace at Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will get time for trek preparation and shopping in the afternoon.
- Day 3
Drive to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisapani (2300 m/ 7545 ft)
You will be picked up from hotel and we will take an hour-long drive to Sundarijal which is the starting point of Helambu Trek. Climbing the stone staircases, we will arrive at water dam. This dam supplies water to Kathmandu. We will climb further and make it to the Entry point of Shivpuri National Park. After paying an Entry Fee, we will enter Shivpuri National Park which is great for birdwatching. We will walk through rhododendron and oak forest and arrive at small village of Mulkharka which is inhabited by Tamang ethnics. The trail lowers down from Mulkharka to Chisapani. We can get panoramic views of Langtang Mountain, Everest Mountain and other peaks and mountains. Stay overnight in Chisapani.
- Day 4
Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446 m/ 8024 ft)
After an early breakfast, we will traverse the rhododendron forest and descend to the pasture land. Moving further along the fields of barley and millet, we will reach PatiBhanjyang. We can get striking view of Langtang Mountain from most of the point. The trail continues to Gul Bhanjyang. We will climb thispass and move further to another small pass. The trail continues further toKutumsang where we will stay overnight.
- Day 5
Kutumsang to Tharepati (3650 m/ 11975 ft)
From Kutumsang, the trail escalates uphill through rhododendron and fir forest. We will reach YurinDanda hill. The top of hill allows panoramic views of Langtang, Ganesh and other mountains. Moving further, we will take couple of hours of trek to Tharepati. Stay overnight in Tharepati.
- Day 6
Tharepati to Tarkegyang (2560 m/ 8398 ft)
LeavingTharepati, we will follow the trail that heads east. We will lower down toMelamchi River. After spending some time in Melamchi River, we will walk past tiny Sherpa villages where we will visit a local monastery. We will finally reach Tarkegyang village where we will stay overnight.
- Day 7
Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2610 m/ 8562 ft)
Moving further through the wide valley, we will reach Ganyul. Located at 2520m altitude, this is a big Sherpa settlement where people practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism religion. Lowering down from Ganyul, we will arrive at the river bank from where we will choose the ascending path through forest to large gompa at Chumnik. We will visit the Gompa and head towards Sermathang village. Stay overnight in Sarmathang village
- Day 8
Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi bazaar, Drive to Kathmandu
Brief walk from Sermathang takes us to Tarkegyang where will visit prehistoric local monastery. Following a descending trail, we will reachMalemchiPul Bazaar. We will proceed through tiny villages ofNigale, Gyalsha and RaithaniGyangto Kakani. Kakani is the last Sherpa village that we encounter on Helambu Trek. We will cross Indrawati River and reach Melamchipul Bazaar. Helambu Trek ends at Melamchi Bazaar. We will drive back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
- Day 9
Leisure day in Kathmandu
This is the leisure day which you can spend as you like. If you are interested, we can arrange for One day tour around Kathmandu. This is also the perfect day to buy gift items to your near and dear ones. Nepali handicrafts are on huge demand in international market. Thamel is the best place for shopping Nepali handicrafts and curio goods. Stay overnight in a hotel.
- Day 10
Our representative will transfer you to Airport three hours prior to the scheduled flight. We hope you had a memorable time in Nepal and we wish to serve you again.
- Airport pickup and drop in a private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu as per itinerary under B/B plan
- Accommodation as per itinerary under B/B plan
- Three Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trek
- Accommodation on tea houses during trek as per itinerary
- One experienced and government licensed English or French
- guide and required number of other staffs
- Meals, Accommodation, Salary and Insurance of guide and porters
- Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
- Alaya Holidays duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
- All paper work and government and local taxes
- All necessary paper work(s) and permit(s)
- Farewell Cultural dinner by Alaya Holidays
- International flight to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal Visa Fee
- Excess baggage charges
- Personal Expenses
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Tips for guides and porters