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Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

Trekking in the Helambu region




The Helambu Trek is a short and easy trek nearby the Kathmandu valley. The trek goes through temperate forests, green valleys, and past Tamang and Sherpa villages. Although nearby the Kathmandu valley, it remains unspoiled and untouched by modernity. Helambu Trek offers diverse landscapes with distinct cultural experiences. The trekking route is less crowded and offers a wide range of cultures and scenery.

This Helambu Trek begins with a drive to Sundarijal. Sundarijal is the starting point of this trek. Several treks like the Chisapani Nagarkot trek, Sundarijal Gosainkunda Trek, Sundarijal Namobuddha Trek, etc. starts from Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, it is a moderate uphill hike through the Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharka. From Mulkharka we descend to Chisapani. Chisapani is one of the best viewpoints of this trek. From Chisapani, we follow the ridgeline, the trail ascends to Pati Bhanjyang and then descends to Kutumsang.

From Kutumsang, the trail continues uphill towards Tharepati. Tharepati at 3567 m is the highest point of this trek. Tharepati provides panoramic views of Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishanker, Jugal Himal, and Langtang Lirung. From Tharepati, we further descend to Tarkeyghyang past Melamchi Gaun. Next, we hike past rice fields and small settlements to Sermathang. From Sermathang, we descend to Melamchi Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Drive to Sundarijal-Trek to Chisapani(2075m/5-6hrs).

Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and drive about an hour to Sundarijal. From here, it is a moderate uphill hike through the Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharka, the first village on this trail. The trail follows the ridge through forests of oak, and rhododendron and then descends to Chisapani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 2. Chisapani-Kutumsang(2470m/5-6hrs)

Today the trail is mostly uphill, with good views of several mountains like the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorje Lakpa. The trail descends onto a flat trail crossing meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang and then ascends for about an hour or two and descends to Gulbhanjyang. From here, it is another one or more hours to Kutumsang. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 3. Kutumsang-Tharepati(3640m/5-6hrs)

The trail continues north to Yurin Danda. It is an uphill climb along a steep path through a beautiful rhododendron forest and gradually descends to Magingoth. From here, it is a gradual ascent to Tharepati. From Tharepati, we can have some incredible mountain views and see both sides of Gosainkunda and Helambu. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Tharepati-Tarkheghyang(2743m/5-6hrs)

Today it is a downhill walk through pine and rhododendron forests to Melamchigaon. Melamchigaun is a beautiful Sherpa village surrounded by forest. Lunch at Melamchigaun, after lunch, descend to the river valley below and cross over the Melamchi Khola, and climb to Tarkeyghyang. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Tarkeghyang – Sermathang(2621/4-5hrs)

The trail today is less challenging. It is mostly over flat land through some forested areas, small villages, and terraced fields. After crossing several small streams and waterfalls, we arrive at Sermathang. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. Sermathang-Melamchi Bazaar (870m/3 hrs)-Drive to Kathmandu (3-4 hrs)

Today we hike downhill for about three hours through meadows and cultivated fields to reach Melamchi Bazaar. We will have lunch at Melamchi Bazaar. After lunch, drive to Kathmandu(3-4 hrs) and transfer to your hotel(within the city limit).

  • Group Size1-8

  • MealsAll meals

  • Trip AccommodationBest available lodges/tea house

  • RouteSundarijal-Chisapani-Kutumsang-Tharepati-Takeyghyang-Shermathang-Melamchi Bazaar

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsAll the year-round, best during spring and autumn.

  • Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, October, November, December

  • Good MonthsMay, September

  • Not RecommendJune, July, August

Prices & Dates

This is an extension tour in the Kathmandu Valley, suitable for those who are short of days.
This trek can be done privately or with family and friends.

The cost is based on group size:

  • 8 members: US$365 per person.
  • 6 members: US$390 per person.
  • 4 members: US$420 per person.
  • 2 members: US$480 per person.
  • Single traveler: US$700


  • All hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in local village lodge/tea house during the trek with three standard meals.
  • English-speaking local guide along with a porter (one porter for every two-member) during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/NP fee)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Any other meals not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, internet, etc.
  • Any extra cost forced upon you by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section.

Trip Guide/Leader

  • Min Singh

    Min Singh

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola