Helambu Trek- 9 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 3640 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu
  • Watch birds and wildlife in Langtang National Park
  • Enchanting forest of rhododendrons, oak, and maple
  • Moderate-altitude trek without extreme elevation
  • Closer intimacy with the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • See the real classic lifestyle of the Himalayan people and immerse yourself in their culture
  • Taste the local yak cheese and explore the alpine lands

The trek to the Helambu region is in the valley of "Yolmo" or "Hyolmo", positioned to the northeast of Kathmandu, approximately 75 km away, which possesses incredible local cultures, traditions, and religious practices of the Tamang and Sherpa ethnic groups, famous for their extraordinary and enduring lifestyles in the Himalayas that are distinctive from those in the Khumbu region. Therefore, the Helambu Trek is a popular and great trekking option for those who are looking for a relatively short trek near Kathmandu in the Langtang region of Nepal, which offers a beautiful mixture of natural charm and cultural engrossment without an extended time commitment.

The trek to this surreal Himalayan destination can be commenced from two initial points. The one you will take in our 9-day Helambu package is from Sundarijal, which takes you into the thrilling forests with a wide range of wildlife luring around at an elevation of 1,350 m. The Ganja La Pass is regarded as slightly more arduous than the trail from Sundarijal, which takes you to some of the most scenic Himalayan green valleys of the natives, like Chisapani, Sermanthang, Tharepati, etc., surrounded by a group of majestic mountains, including Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh, Gauri Shankar, Rolwaling, and more.

The highest elevation you will pass in the 9-day Helambu trek is no wonder; the Tharepati Pass at 3,650 m enhances the picturesque views of Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langsisa, and many other snow-capped mountains above the temperate woods of oak, rhododendron, and grassy meadows. Swimming in the freshwater of Melamchi Khola is yet another major highlight of your 9-day Helambu Trek, where you will conclude your journey by taking a return ride to Kathmandu after experiencing an out-of-the-world artistic blend of adventure and culture in the pristine Himalayassss.

Overall, the Helambu Trek is an excellent, short-duration, moderately difficult, yet underrated, less frequented trail in the Langtang region to explore the unbeaten natural and cultural jewels of Nepal. It would be an unforgettable voyage when well-planned in advance, ensuring the necessary permits, and keeping weather considerations in mind.

What are the highlights of the Helambu trek?

Treks in the Helambu region are a well-rounded, pleasant trekking excursion that showcases a unique combination of cultural and natural abundance in the Himalayan valleys and surroundings, which are yet to be exposed to trekkers as one of the most off-beaten-path activities.

During your trek, you will get to encounter the most authentic, unspoiled Tamang and Sherpa culture and the natural possessions in their original state without a single taint of the hustling, bustling city pollution. So, expect:

The Scenic Delight in the 9-day Helambu Trek

In each turn you take during the Helambu trek, you will get to discover something new in the ambiance, including the charming mountain valleys of the locals, gazing at mountain treats, lush meadows and farms, and riveting glacial rivers.

Throughout the trek, you’ll pass across several typical traditional villages, terraced fields, and verdant forests, providing a rich tapestry of landscapes towered by Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa to get the perfect shot for photography and nature enthusiasts.

The valley shelters some of the dense forest of pine, colorful rhododendrons, swiftly roaring streams from the snow-clad summits, and lower altitudes with primulas and daisies, while the high mountain pass hidden in mysterious mist plays hide and seek with it.

The cultural savor of the Helambu Trek

The Helambu region, as mentioned earlier, is dominated by people from Tamang and Sherpa backgrounds who have their way of regulating daily life and possess distinctive cultures, histories, and traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation without any exposure to hazardous urbanization.

While you are walking through the Helambu route, you will have access to a golden opportunity to interact with these friendly and smiling locals, witness their ceremonies, and get a deeper insight into their customs and beliefs.

Hand in hand, you will also get a chance for enlightenment by circumambulating around ancient artistic gompas and monasteries adorned with prayer flags and religious artifacts, creating a whole different level of spiritual vibration around you for an everlasting impression on your life.

Trek Helambu to embrace Buddhism and Spiritual Awakening in Ghyang Monastery

Many might not be familiar with Helambu as a religious paradise for Buddhists who have a strong faith and commitment to Buddhism. There are many meditation caves and Buddhist monasteries far away from the suffering of humans, perfect for concentration to know yourself in the vast universe.

Milarepa in Kharchung and the Guru Rinpoche meditation cave in Ripchung followed by Ghyang monastery hold different levels of spiritual significance that must be visited at least once to grasp life lessons from intellect monks. It might help you find relief and see the world from a positive perspective in case you are struggling with the purpose of your life.

Melamchi Gaon in the Helambu Trek

Otherwise, also referred to as Melamchi Pul Bazar, is a fascinating Sherpa village on the riverbed of the Melamchi River that is functioning as the popular main stopping place of the Helambu region for trekking.

The tranquility, social norms, and culture are what make the village at an altitude of 2,550 meters a perfect corner of Helambu to take a rest, soak up the local culture, and breathe in the natural aura of Langtang National Park.

Langtang National Park, the nature’s gift in the Helambu Trek

The Helambu trekking takes place in different parts of the Langtang National Park in the northwest of Kathmandu, covering an area of 1,710 square kilometers and mothering a variety of wildlife, including some rare mammals such as the red panda, the Himalayan tahr, and various species of birds.

The park is around 113 km from the Kathmandu Valley, which boasts a rich diversity of flora and fauna, dense rhododendron and bamboo forests, alpine meadows, and high-altitude wetlands.

The national park is also known for its glacial lakes, such as Gosaikunda and Surya Kunda, which add more refinement to the stunning mountain scenery that captivates the heart of every adventure seeker and nature lover as a true nature’s gift, calling you to explore and appreciate its pristine presence.

Trek Helambu for incredible cultural and natural immersion in a short amount of time

Our 9-day itinerary Helambu Trek is one of the most successful trekking destinations that can be rounded out relatively quickly compared to other popular trekking regions, making it the best option for any healthy individual to set out for.

Furthermore, the trailhead is an easy drive from Kathmandu, making it convenient for all those looking for a moderately challenging route that possesses all the serenity of the Himalayas for an intriguing and rewarding experience of traditional Nepalese culture and natural beauty without the strenuous demands of the higher Himalayan trek.

During the trek, you will get to see the rural cultural values of the Tamang and Sherpa people, interact with them, and experience their pleasant hospitality amidst the gigantic hills and mountains. Thus, the Helambu Trek is an ideal low-altitude Himalayan choice for trekkers of varying experience levels and preparation, offering a unique taste of the Himalayas in a relatively short timeframe.

The Helambu Trek Itinerary

The Helambu Trek typically takes around 9 days, more or less depending on your pace of hike and starting and ending points, whose itinerary can be adjusted based on your personal preference and time availability.

Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks is offering a complete 9-day itinerary for the Helambu trek that initially begins with a wondrous drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and traverses through the thick alpine forests of oak, maple, rhododendron, and pine.

Along the way, you will get to stop by some of the amazingly wooden and stone-crafted villages like Chisapani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, Tarke Gyang, and Shermanthang, which have shown incredible art in farming rice fields and other mountain crops.

This 9-day itinerary for the Helambu trek is the most recommended one in the Langtang region, including all the major highlights that let you adequately acclimatize as well and are customizable according to your time constraints and desires.

However, it is important to be well prepared for changing altitudes, pack appropriately, and give consideration to the weather and conditions of the trail before you begin the trek to create life-long cherishing moments in the tranquil Himalayas.

Helambu Trek Cost

The trekking cost to Helambu differs widely depending on the duration of your trek, the service you have chosen, and the time of year you plan to go. Nontnethess, we are presenting you with an exclusive 9-day Helambu trek in:

  • USD 825 for 1 pax

  • USD 765 for 2-3 pax

  • USD 725 for 4-6 pax

  • USD 685 for 7–10 pax

The larger the group, the more beneficial it is for you when you are with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, which grants you special discounts on group trek costs including food, accommodation, and all the necessary legal documentation charges.

Itinerary
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The Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal, and upon arrival, you will be picked up by a representative of Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks.

After refreshments in the evening, you will attend a briefing session where all your questions will be answered by our guide or tour leader, and you will stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel

An hour of driving from Kathmandu takes you to the beginning point of the Helambu trek, Sundarijal. From here, you will begin your trek through the softly breezing woods of Shivapuri Woods, wetlands, and wildlife reserve until Mullharka, the picturesque Tamang village.

By then, the trail ascends a bit before lowering down to the rhododendron forest to reach the place to call the end-of-day trek, Chisapani, at an elevation of 2,140 m.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,215 m

On the third day of the trek from Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang, you will take a small tea break in Pati Bhanjyang (1,860 m) lying in between.

The trail from here clambers through Chipling (2,170 m) and Thodang Betine (2,260 m), all with exclusive views of the majestic mountains, terraced fields, and chortens, to finally make it to Gul Bhanjyang to stay overnight.

  • AccommodationLocal Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,140 m

Today, the trekking path follows a path through Kutumsang (2,450 m), delivering awe-inspiring sights of the Langtang Lirung and other ranges while crossing through the thickets of rhododendron and fir to Panghu.

Then, the trail descends to Magen Goth (3,420 m) and lastly to Tharepati to spend the night.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,640 m

The route of this day contains a steep descent up to Melamchi Khola with refreshing and inviting fresh water and carries to the Trake Gyang meadows at an altitude of 2,490 m, exactly on the opposite side of the valley.

Then you will continue the trek to make it to the striking village of Trake Gyang (2,590 m) with an 18th-century ancient Gompa embellished with a giant prayer wheel and brass to take shelter for the night.

 

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,590 m

On the 6th day, you will head to Sermanthang after a warming breakfast through the tiny yet appealing Sherpa village of Gangyul (2,520 m) and proceed further by the dense forest and a ravine to arrive at Chumik.

From Chumik, the trek stretches further up the hill to the larger Sherpa Village of Sermanthang to take the rest for the overnight, famous among travelers for unstained views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling, Gosakinda, and Everest.

  • AccommodationTea House in Sermanthang
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,610 m

On this day, you will get to explore several remote villages as you head down through Nigale, Gyalsha, and Raithani Gyang (2,290 m) all through pine forests, leading to the extra-special village of Dubha Chaur.

From here on, the trail descends to Melamchi Pul Bazar to stay overnight in the tea house.

  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,610 m

Early in the morning, you will be driven back to Kathmandu in about 2 hours, which marks the end of the Helambu trek, while grasping all the scenery from the bus and heading back to your hotel to take a rest.

In the evening, have a celebratory dinner in the typical Nepali restaurants and share your tales.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast-Farewell dinner

It is your last day in Kathmandu, Nepal when you will be assisted by our representative in the last-moment preparation and drive to the airport to return to your loved ones in your hometown.

Have a safe flight, and we hope to see you again. Farewell!

  • MealsBreakfast

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What's Included
Includes
  • 6 nights and 7 days of food and accommodation during the trek (local lodge)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to the trekking departure point, and back to Kathmandu after the trek
  • English-speaking local expert guide, porters(porter carry a maximum of 20 k.g and one porter between two people)
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Langtang National Park entry fee
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at a bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escort
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment & clothing for porter & staff
  • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter, etc.)
  • Insurance for all staff & porters.
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50 (Details in Visa Page)
  • International flights & all domestic airfare
  • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Hot shower, electronic charging fees, alcoholic drinks, and candies at guest houses during the trek
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of the itinerary
  • Personal gear & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
Dates and Prices
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Start DateStarts: MondayJul 01, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 09, 2024PricePriceUS$765StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 08, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 16, 2024PricePriceUS$765StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 15, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 23, 2024PricePriceUS$765StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayJul 30, 2024PricePriceUS$765StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayAug 06, 2024PricePriceUS$765StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

How difficult is the Helambu trek?

The trekking trail in the Helambu involves a few steep ascents and descents that might not reach the extremely high altitude that reaches just around 3,650 meters (m) only at the Laurbina Pass, making it a good option for trekkers concerned about altitude sickness.

Therefore, trekking in the Helambu is considered a fairly difficult excursion suitable for a wide range of trekkers, including those with some trekking experience and a personal level of fitness. Yet, it is still crucial to be adequately prepared.

How do you physically prepare yourself for the Helambu trek?

Any sort of trekking in Nepal involves a combination of logistical planning and obtaining necessary permits and gear, where physical preparation plays a vital role in determining the difficulty level of the trek.

Although trekking in the Helambu region is moderately strenuous, a proper physical preparedness month before embarkment can ease the journey a lot. Here is what you can do for the much-needed physical fitness to trek Helambu:

  • Make sure to exercise regularly, which includes cardiovascular workouts such as hiking, jogging, and cycling, to increase your stamina and endurance.
  • Start to incorporate leg muscles to strengthen training for delightful hiking in some uneven terrain, uphill ascents, and descents.
  • Consider going on day hikes or short-duration treks in your home country to get accustomed to a trekking backpack, etc.

What to pack for trekking in Helambu?

The specific packing list varies depending on the season, while light packing is key to an enjoyable trekking acquaintance, so adjust accordingly. This requires careful consideration of the weather, terrain, and your specific personal needs.

However, here are some of the most essential trekking gear, regardless of when and where you are trekking:

Clothes

  • Moisture-absorbing base layers of tops and bottoms
  • Insulating mid-layers of fleece or down jackets
  • The waterproof and windproof outer layer of the jacket and pants
  • Lightweight, long-sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • Quickly drying T-shirts or trekking shirts
  • A warm hat or beanie to protect you from the cold
  • A sun hat or cap with a brim to shade yourself from UV rays
  • Neck gaiter or buff
  • Lightweight gloves for lower elevations and warm gloves for higher elevations
  • Extra pairs of underwear

Footwear

  • Well-fitting, ankle-supporting, lightweight trekking boots
  • Comfortable, multiple pairs of woolen socks

Gear and equipment

  • Backpack of 40–60 liters with a rain cover
  • Trekking poles to maintain stability on steep uphills and descents
  • Sleeping bag as per the season and temperature rating
  • Headlamps with spare batteries
  • UV-protected sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Water-purifying tablets or filters
  • Personal toiletries such as toothbrushes, paste, biodegradable soap, etc.
  • First aid kits must include bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, blister treatment, and any personal medications.

Which is the best time to trek Helambu?

By this far, you must have an idea of how much the trekking season affects your experience and mode of packing due to unpredictable weather conditions, but often the trek is undertaken in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

The weather at these times generally favors every kind of adventurous activity in the hills and Himalayas, along with the Helambu trek, with a slight possibility of occasional showers of rain and cold temperatures, mostly at the higher elevations.

Trekking in winter and summer is still possible, which might require extra awareness of the weather and packing.

Condition of Food and Accommodation found in the Helambu trek

During your 9-day Helmabu trek, you will be accommodated in basic yet nice and comfortable mountain lodges that serve filling and nutritious organic and, at some points, international cuisines as well.

This all gives a home away from home vibe with a common twin sharing room with mattresses, blankets, and pillows with hot showers at some extra cents. The menu might get slightly limited, consisting of Asian and Western dishes.

Make sure to consume more liquid foods like soup Thukpa, teas, and Dal Bhat, which are found to be more advantageous to trek in high-altitude lands to remain hydrated and warm.

Permits to trek Helambu

Permits are the essential documents required to trek any trekking region in Nepal that you will have to show at several checkpoints along the way, including Helambu in the Langtang region.

For this trek, you have to obtain a TIMs card and a permit to enter Langtang National Park. The Tims cards for foreigners are USD 20, which are usually green in color, but if you are from one of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), then you will be granted a pink card at the cost of USD 6.

A blue TIMs card, which costs USD 10, is used for organized group adventures.

On the other hand, the general fee to visit Langtang National Park is NPR 3,000, excluding 13 percent VAT, which comes to NPR 200 for nationals from SAARC nations.

Client Reviews
  • Helambu Trek

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    The highest quality professionalism and acts of genuine care, hospitality, and generosity from the Director Rana both before and after the tour. I was lucky to have Rudra as my guide on the trek who's only interest was that I was having a good time. I highly recommend booking with Adventure Himalayan Travels & Treks. I also suggest getting very fit before hiking the Helambu trek. My highlight was engaging with the locals in the remote villages

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    RichardAustralia,Jun 05, 2024
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  • Helambu Trek - 11 Days

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    “This was one of the best trek in my life. I was amazed by the beauty and lives in hills. Helambu  where a  sow of animals lure and a plethora of rhododendrons bloom.  we have seen 180-degree views of snow-clad mountains, including Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Lang Sisa, Chorkari Ri.  Best place to go if want to trek close to Kathmandu. I would love to go the team again!!”

    jijong
    jijongHong Kong,Mar 11, 2018

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