Helambu Trek

Duration: 8 Days
Price: US $515
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • ActivityTeahouse Trekking
  • TransportationNA
  • AccomodationLodge to lodge
  • Min Person2
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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 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 Nepalis, 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, Thadepati and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar 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. Other similar treks that you might be interested in include: Langtang Valley Trek. Tamang Heritage Trail Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, Ganjala Pass Trek. Helambu trek itinerary will be 5 to 7 days as per your time frame and the trip cost will be according to group size and mode of tour organized by Wilderness Excursion. 

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2215m)
  • Day 02: Trek to Kutumsang (2470m)
  • Day 03: Trek to Tharepati (3650m).
  • Day 04: Trek to Tarke Gyang
  • Day 05: Explore sacred lands around Melamchi Gyang
  • Day 06: Trek to Sermathang (2605m)
  • Day 07: Drive to Namo Buddha
  • Day 08: Bhaktapur and Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2215m) About 40 minutes early morning drive after Breakfast to Sundarijal. We start hiking via a village and along huge drinking water supply pipe for Kathmanduites. Sundarijal (a beautiful waterfall) is the main source of drinking water for Kathmandu Valley and there is a small hydropower station. We reach the army check point after 30 min of hike and need to show your permits and pay for national park fees. And the trail continues to the water dam. We have our lunch at some guest house. We hike up through beautiful Tamang village and you can see the views of Kathmandu valley. We reach to the nature again and might see some wild animals and birds. We continue to the top at 2430 meters, a small pass and then go down to Chisapani village. Overnight in lodge.
  • Day 02 :Trek to Kutumsang (2470m) Wilderness Excursion team head for our journey to Kutumsang after taking our morning breakfast today. Our today's trek starts with a decent crossing meadows and fields. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang Mountains. Thus we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs the ridge to another pass. Another downhill trek from the pass takes us to Kutumsang. Overnight in Lodge.
  • Day 03 :Trek to Tharepati (3650m). We climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay.
  • Day 04 :Trek to Tarke Gyang Today we head for Tarke Gyang. During early part of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola. Then we trek up to Tarke Gyang 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.
  • Day 05 :Explore sacred lands around Melamchi Gyang Today we make an excursion to Ama Yangri Peak or explore around Tarke Gyang, the Yolmo Community itself claims their population to be in excess of 150,000. The word ‘Yolmo’ is mentioned in many religious manuscripts of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered as a holy region which in Tibetan or Yolmo is called "Bhe-yul Yolmo" or Hidden Valley. Many great Buddhist masters practiced in Yolmo, including the Tibetan yogi Milarepa , Guru Rinpoche and Yolmopa Terton Ngagchang Sakya Zangpo. Yolmo is famous for innumerable holy and sacred sites. Among the famous caves there are Tag-phug Sen-ge Jong (The Tiger Cave Lion Fortress) just below the village of Tar-kye Gyang, where Milarepa sang his "Song of a Yogi´s Joys", Yang-dag Tsoe-ki Drag-phug (Completely Pure Supreme Cave) which is locally known as "Drub-phug" (Cave of Accomplishment) at an altitude of 14,000 feet, where Guru Rinpoche stayed. Nearby there is a small cave called "Khandro Sang-phug" (The Dakini´s Secret Cave) where his consort Shakya Denma (Shakya Devi) stayed. Another cave of Guru Rinpoche is found in Pema-thang (Tibetan: Zema-Thang= Sandy Flats) a small hidden valley within Yolmo. There is another cave of Guru Rinpoche in Yolmo, re-discovered by Jyadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche in 1984, which is called Yanglashel (not to be confused with a renowned cave of the same name in Pharping, Nepal). Near the village of Milimchhim is yet another cave in which Padmasambhava stayed named "Nyida Rang-zung" (Naturally Appearing Sun and Moon). So on, just below Tarke Gyang Chiri Monastery, said to be the primitive old and historic Buddhist Monastery in all over Yolmo region is the Dzo-dril or Chudi Monastery or Chiri Chuklakhang found by Yolmo Terton Ngagchhang Shakya Zangpo It is situated just at the basement of Holy Mountain in the north of monastery called Ama Jyomo Yangri.
  • Day 06 :Trek to Sermathang (2605m) Since, we do not gain altitude that much today, it's going to be comparatively easy walk today. We forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin 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 :Drive to Namo Buddha After breakfast, today we drive to Namo Buddha, the place is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world. It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. Stay overnight in Namo Buddha.
  • Day 08 :Bhaktapur and Kathmandu We drive to ancient town of Bhaktapur from Namo Buddha, Bhaktapur literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa. It is an ancient Newar city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone. Historically more isolated than the other two kingdoms, Kathmandu and Patan, Bhaktapur has a distinctly different form of Nepal Bhasa language. Bhaktapur has the best preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal, and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks. The city is famous for special type of curd called "Ju Ju(king) dhau(curd). It is experienced by the curd makers that the taste of curd prepared in this location cannot be found elsewhere all over Nepal. After exploring Bhaktapur we drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Cost Includes

  • Government registered and English speaking and local friendly guide.
  • 1 Assistant guide to handle porters and to take care group members as per group size.
  • 1 Sharing porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack. (weight limit 25kg)
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifier pills.
  • All ground transportations during the in Nepal.
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek and group medical kit
  • Langtang National Park entrance permit and TIMS Card.
  • Local tax and vat, office insurance charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (we can arrange on your request).
  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, laundry and toiletries.
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls
  • Nepal visa fee, international flight ticket, and entrance fees of Bhaktapur (USD15/person).
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency but arrange on request.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.

Clients Review

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews
  • Debbie D
    United Kingdom

    Helambu Family Trek


    I live in Nepal with my family and have been trekking many times here. This was our first trek with Wilderness Excursions. I found them very efficient and their prices reasonable. The quality of guide and porters was excellent - experienced, good with our children and very attentive. A few details of the trek changed during the course of our planning and it was never a problem for Wilderness Excursion to adapt things. I would definitely recommend others to use this company

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