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.
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).
Trip AccommodationBest available lodges/tea house
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.
- 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.
Min Bahadur Singh was born in 1977 in Bajura district, far western development region of Nepal and later on he moved to Pokhara, permanent resident of Kristi-3 Kaski, Pokhara. He is Trek and City Tour Guide in Pokhara city, Nepal, a city of natural beauty and on the lap of the Himalayas. He has completed his intermediate education level and various training related to the travel and tourism industry. He started his career in the hospitality industry since 1992. He’s worked in the tourism sector for 24 years and has 12 years of guiding experience involving in different travel and trekking agencies in Nepal. Min has joined to this company since 2014, and he does city tour guide in Pokhara and Annapurna region Trekking as well.On top of that, he is also bird watching specialised in the mountain region of Nepal. Min speaks English very well and has been the beloved guide for English speaking tourist. He loves to travel, meet new people and share his ideas and experiences to other people.
Hem Raj Bastola is a permanent inhabitant of Pokhara-25. He has been working as a tour and trekking guide since 2010. Formerly he has worked as a guest service agent at the hotel Pokara Grande. He started his career as a Cave guide, ticket sales man at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara. So must of his working experience is related to tourism and hospitality industry. Beside his guiding profession, he enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poets have been published in different forums and medias. When get free time loves to work in the field as well.