Helambu Trekking - 09 Days

Helambu Trek is one of the best short and easy treks in the Langtang region of Nepal. It is a great trek for those who don’t have much time in Nepal. A 9 days Helambu trek starts from Sundarijal, north-east corner of Kathmandu Valley.

Despite being near to Kathmandu, the region remains unspoiled and untouched by modernization. It still holds its unique culture and lifestyle.

This beautiful short Helambu trek offers a magnificent view of the Himalayas. Along with amazing waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna, and vibrant Tibetan Buddhists culture.

During the trekking journey, the trail passes through dominant Sherpa and Tamang communities. The people’s culture, language and lifestyle has a direct influence of Tibetans.

For novice trekkers, Helambu trekking can be a good option to start with. Because this moderate trek doesn’t need previous trekking experience, knowledge, and skill.

Although this trek is doable all year round, autumn and spring are best seasons for this trek. The weather conditions are favorable- neither hot nor cold and the rainfall is rare. The sky will be clear and allows you to get the best mountain vistas.

Highlights

  • One of the closest trekking routes from Kathmandu city
  • Experience a diverse landscape and culture within a short time
  • Visit UNESCO Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Observe rich flora and fauna of Shivapuri and Langtang National Park
  • Jaw-dropping views of Langtang peaks, Gosaikunda peaks, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling and other surrounding peaks
  • Trekking through beautiful cultural villages like Chispani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang
  • Visit Cheese factory and oldest Buddhist Monastery in Kyanjin Gompa
  • Witness unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle of Hyolmo people

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu1,338 m-
Day 02Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley and Preparation for the trek1,338 m-
Day 03Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani2,300 m1 hr drive
Day 04Trek to Kutumsang2,446 m7 hrs
Day 05Trek to Thadepati3,650 m6 hrs
Day 06Trek to Tarkeghyang2,560 m6 hrs
Day 07Trek to Sermathang2,610 m3-4 hr
Day 08Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, Drive to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening1,338 m2 hrs drive, 3-4 hrs trek
Day 09Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure1,338 m-

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1338 m, Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will greet you and transfer to the hotel.

After some refreshment, you’ll meet the guide and have a brief orientation about the trek in our office.

Later, you can visit the streets like Thamel or Durbar Marg. In the evening, you’ll join a welcome dinner with our team members and other trekkers. You’ll spend a night at a standard tourist hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, your sightseeing trip of Kathmandu Valley will start.

The major sightseeing attractions include UNESCO Heritage sites. Like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square.

After sightseeing tour, you’ll return to the hotel and prepare for the next day trip. If there is anything you need to get, you can do last-minute shopping of trekking equipment in Thamel.

You’ll spend an overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani

Travel Duration: 1 hr drive

Trek Duration: 4 hrs

Max Elevation: 2,300 m, Chispani

Today after early morning breakfast, you’ll drive to Sundarijal, starting point of the trek. From Sundarijal, you’ll trek to Chisapani (2,300 m). The beautiful Chispani village offers a magnificent view of snow-capped Himalayas. The trail takes you through Shivapuri National Park.

First, you’ll come across Mulkharka village inhabited by Tamang people. For the two to three hours, there is mostly upstair climb and then you’ll descend for an hour to reach Chispani.

Further, passing via rhododendron and oak forests en route you’ll enjoy the sunset view and mountain view as well. Overnight stay at the teahouse of Chispani village.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang

Trek Duration: 7 hours

Max Elevation: 2,446 m, Kutumsang

Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast in Chispani village, you’ll start the trek to Kutumsang. Today’s walk consists mostly of uphill ascends. Enroute you’ll enjoy the mesmerizing view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorje Lakpa.

After few descends, you’ll reach Pathi Bhanjyang a Brahmin and Chettri village. Again a small ascend, the trail leads to Thakuni Bhanjyang, a small Sherpa settlement.

Further, you’ll make a steep ascent to Chipling and climb a stone staircase and reach Jhogin Danda. After passing through the rhododendron forests you’ll reach Gul Bhanjyang. It is a village with Tamang settlement at an elevation of 2,140 m.

Finally, after a few hour’s downhill treks, you’ll reach Kutumsang for an overnight stay.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Thadepati

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 3,650 m, Thadepati

Today, you’ll start a trek with steep climb via fir and rhododendron forests. Finally, the trail moves to the north to Yuri Danda which offers the best view of Langtang and Gosaikunda peaks.

You’ll cross the pass at 3,510 m and descend to Magen Goth. Again walking via forest trail, you’ll cross beautiful meadows and streams to reach Thadepati village. You’ll spend a night at the teahouse of Thadepati.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (Helambu)

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,560 m, Tarkeghyang

Today, the trail turns east and descend via a small Sherpa village, Melamchi (2,530 m). From Melamchi, you’ll enter into a main area of Helambu region. In this village, you’ll get a chance to witness a unique culture and lifestyle of Sherpa people. You can also visit Gompa and again trail descends via forests.

After a few hours of walk, you’ll cross the Melamchi Khola over the bridge and ascend to Nakote valley. Finally, walking through the old settlement and monasteries, you’ll reach Tarkeghyang, main village of Helambu region.

Tarkeghyang is a small Sherpa village with narrow streets and packed houses. In this village, you’ll witness 18th century Gompa which gives a rustic look like Mustang or Dolpo villages. This village is popular for delicious green apples and beautiful wood-craft.

You’ll spend a night at the teahouse of Tarkeghyang.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 2,610 m, Sermathang

Today’s trial is quite easy through plain land and there is less altitude gains. You’ll walk via beautiful forests trail and come across small streams on the way.

Further along, you’ll pass via the village of Parachin and Gangul, before reaching Sermathang. It is another beautiful Sherpa village in this region. Upon arrival, you can explore the ancient Buddhist monasteries.

In addition, you can also enjoy the extraordinary views of Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, and Mt. Everest. You’ll spend a night at the teahouse of Sermathang village.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar and Drive Back to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Travel Duration: 3-4 hours

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Max Elevation: 1,338 m

Today is the last day of the trek, where you make your way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. You’ll gradually descend through the meadows and rice terrace fields. And cross many Gompas, Mani walls, Chorten, and small settlements of people.

You’ll proceed further through several bridges to reach the junction of Indrawati and Melamchi River. Finally, after about four hours of walk, you’ll reach Melamchi Bazaar.

To continue further, you’ll take a bus to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar. On reaching Kathmandu, we’ll transfer to your hotel.

You will have time to freshen up and relax. While in the evening, you will join the farewell dinner to recollect all the trek experiences.

You’ll spend a night at a standard tourist hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 9
Day 09: Transfer to the International Airport for Final Flight Departure

Today is the last day of your trip to Nepal with Osho Vision. A final goodbye and our representative will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.

If you want to extend your trip, share with us. We, Osho Vision, offer various trekking and tour packages. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

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Trip Facts

  • Langtang Region
  • 3,650 meters, Thadepati
  • 9 Days
  • 6 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Moderate
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Kathmandu
  • Sundarijal and Melamchi Pul Bazar

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