• Ideal for those who have a short time limit.
• Explore and observe the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Hyolmo people.
• Stunning views of the snowcapped mountains.
• Walk across terraced rice fields.
The Helambu trek is out of an ordinary trekking trail nearby Kathmandu valley. Home to the Hyolmo people, Helambu offers diverse landscapes and distinct cultural experiences as anywhere else in Nepal. Located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu valley, it extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal. The Helambu valley is scattered with several Tamang and Sherpa villages along the sides of the Melamchi river. The trekking route is less crowded and offers a wide range of culture and spectacular scenery through dense forests with blooming rhododendron, majestic waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas in the background that make this trek one of the most diverse treks nearby Kathmandu
The trek starts with a short drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu. From Sundarijal, it is a moderate uphill walk through the Shivapuri National Park to Chisopani. From Chisopani we continue past the villages of Kutumsang, Tharepati, Tarkeyghyang, Sermathang, and end our trek at Melamchi Bazar in the Helambu region.
Day 1. Drive to Sundarijal-Trek to Chisopani(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 fairly an uphill hike through the Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharka, the first village on this trail. From here the trail goes over the ridge through forests of oak and rhododendron and then descend to Chisapani where we will stay for the night. Overnight in Chisapani.
Day 2. Chisopani-Kutumsang(2470m/5-6hrs)
Today the trail is mostly uphill, with good views of several mountains like the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorjelakpa. The trail descends on a fairly level trail crossing meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang and then ascends for about an hour or two and then descend to Gulbhanjyang. From here it is another one or more hours to Kutumsang. Overnight in Kutumsang.
Day 3. Kutumsang-Tharepati(3640m/5-6hrs)
The trail continues north to Yurin Danda, it is an uphill climb along a steep trail through beautiful rhododendron forest and gradually descends to Magingoth. From here it is a gradual ascend to Tharepati, From Thadepati you will have some incredible mountain views and see both sides of Gosainkunda and Helambu. Overnight in Tharepati.
Day 4. Tharepati-Tarkheghyang(2743m/5-6hrs)
Today the trail descends through pine and rhododendron forest to Melamchi Gaon. This is a beautiful Sherpa village surrounded by forests where we likely stop for lunch and take a walk around the village, visiting the monastery. From here we descend and cross over the Melamchi Khola and climb up to Tarkeyghyang. Overnight in Tarkeyghyang.
Day 5. Tarkeghyang – Sermathang(2621/4-5hrs)
The trail today is less physically demanding, the trail is mostly over flat land through some forested areas, small villages, and terraced rice fields. After crossing several small streams and waterfalls we arrive at Sermathang. Overnight in Sermathang.
Day 6. Sermathang-Melamchi Bazaar (870m/3 hrs)-Drive to Kathmandu (4 hrs)
Today we will have a short downhill trek about three hours through meadows and cultivated fields to reach Melamchi Bazaar. We will have lunch at Melamchi Bazaar and after lunch drive to Kathmandu(3-4 hrs) and transfer to your hotel(within the city limit).
MealsAll meals along with some coffee/tea.
Trip AccommodationBasic village trekker"s lodge/tea house.
RouteKathmandu-Sundarijal-Chisopani-Kutumsang-Tharepati-Tarkeyghyang-Shermanthang-Melamchi Pul Bazaar-Kathmandu
Trip Type Trekking
Trip SeasonsAll the year round except during the monsoon season(June, July & August)
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
• All hotel transfers by private vehicle.
• Accommodation in local village lodge/tea house during the trek with three standard meals.
• Experienced English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two-member) during the trek.
• Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
• All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/NP fee)
• All Government taxes and service charges.
• Accommodation in Kathmandu.
• International airfare.
• 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 incurred due to changing the itinerary, like an early return from the trek.
• All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.
Accommodation in trekkers lodge/tea house during the trek.