Helambu Trekking description:
Helambu Trekking situated on the north of Kathmandu valley presents an easy getaway. This area because of its low elevation and the Sherpa villages make it an interesting sightseeing. Starting with a short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal the trail to Helambu climbs on to the Shivapuri ridge from where there are sweeping views of the central Himalayas. This trek offers moderate types of tea house accommodation however they are improving themselves every year. Following a ridge-line the trek heads north to Thare Pati before turning east to Melemchi Gaon and Tarke Gyang the principle villages of this area. From here visit Shermathang before descending to the Melamchi River to end of trek with a drive Melamchi Bazaar back to Kathmandu. If you have short time, we will make another itinerary for you. Helambu trek offers you the one of the oldest Milerapa cave in Melamchi gaon
Helambu Trekking Highlights
Langtang National Park (culturally rich and diverse national park), Wildlife such as red panda monkeys by the trail, A scenic and beautiful valley that offers Organic foods Typical Sherpa village which is hidden by Guru Rimpoche, A rich of Sherpa Buddhism lifestyles. spectacular sunrise and sunset, monasteries, different community with majority of Sherpa people
Helambu Trekking trekking grade:
Helambu Trekking is suitable for any walker looking for easy trekking. It does not require any previous trekking experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Helambu Trekking trek covers
Chisapani village, Tharepati, Melamchi Ghyang, Tarke ghyang, Sermangthang, Melamchi Bazzar
Best season for Helambu Trek
February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and December.
Langtang Helambu trekking outline itineary
- Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel, B/B Plan
- Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB), B/B Plan
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Chisopani (2140m) 5hrs. , O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 04: Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) 5hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 05: Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) 6hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 06: Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) 5hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 07: Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m) 6hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 08: Tarke Gyan to Sermathang (2610m) 4hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 09: Sermathang to Kathmandu via Melamchi Pul Bazaar 6hrs, B/B Plan
- Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
Note of the above itinerary
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
short description mode of packages
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Helambu trekking detail itineary
Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel (1350m)
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Nepal Planet Bhaktapur. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites (BB)
In the morning after breakfast, we visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to hotel.
Kathmandu to Chisopani (2140m) 5 hours
Early in the morning after breakfast drive to the Sundarijal northern edge of the Kathmandu valley for about 1 hour by private transport and start to hike up to Mulkharka, the sprawling Tamang settlement. The trail continues on a gentle climb through the forests ridges before it drops down to Chisopani (cold water) (2300m). Situated on the ridge from where you can see countless snow peaks. The sunrise on the Himalaya, from Annapurna to Everest, is particularly outstanding from this point. Stay overnight at lodge. (B, L, D, A)
Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) 5 hours
The trail continues to drop down on a good, sometimes level and crosses meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang. This is a Brahman and Chhetri village on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge. From here the trail starts climbing up again on a series of steep switchbacks to Chipling (2170m) where we can stop for lunch. At the upper end of this village the trail makes another steep, 200 meter, climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge. From the ridge the trail descends through forest to a large chorten (round Buddhist monument) overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang, which is a delightful, classic hill village with a pleasant main street. (B, L, D, A)
Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m), 6 hours
From Gul Bhanjyang the first part of the trail climbs up a steep, eroded trail through rhododendron forest passing only a few shepherds’ huts to a pass at 2580 meter. The treks proceeds north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of Langtang and Gosainkunda Peaks. We will cross the pass at 3510 meter before we descent to Magen Goth where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, we pick up the ascending/descending trail again, passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams till we reach Tharepati. (B, L, D, A)
Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) 5 hours
From the northern end of the village the trail turns east and drops steeply into a ravine. Here the vegetation changes to large firs, then oaks and rhododendrons, as we rapidly loop altitude. After crossing the Chhyadi Khola on a suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final ascent to the prosperous Sherpa village of Malamchigaon at 2530m. We will arrive here early and the rest of today’s time can be spent strolling around the village. Melamchigaon is a large prosperous Sherpa village with extensive fields of barley, corn and potatoes. The Gompa (Tibetan Buddhist temple) here has a line of prayer flags at the front, brightly painted walls and statues of Guru Rimpoche and his consorts. It is local believe that Guru Rimpoche mediated in a cave above the village and wore robes made by dakinis (female angels). (B, L, D, A)
Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m) 6 hours
From the Melamchigaon Gompa, the trail descends through jungle to a bamboo teashop at 2360 meter, and then drops steeply through fields to the Malemchi River. After crossing the suspension bridge at 1890m the trail begins its long climb towards Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in the Helambu region. The stone houses here are building close together with narrow alleyways separating them. The gompa of this village has a large brass prayer wheel. (B, L, D, A)
Tarke Gyan to Sermathang (2610m) 4 hours
The trail leaves the village and makes a sweep around the wide valley to the pretty Sherpa village of Ganyul at 2520 meter. The people in this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan. From here the trail drops over a ridge but soon starts climbing up again through deep forests, crossing a number of streams to a crest at 2620 meter. We continue our way passing the large Gompa at Chumnik, before another gentle climb leads as to the village of Sermathang. In the afternoon we can visit the Gompa here. (B, L, D, A)
Sermathang to Kathmandu via Melamchi Pul Bazaar, 6 hours
From Sermathang the trail follows the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar, making a drop of 1730 meter. The trail passes chorten after chorten in the settlements of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang. From here we descent through chir pine forest to yet another chorten at Kakani, which is the last Sherpa village on the trek, and we now enter the lowlands inhabited by Brahmans and Chhetris. From Kakani the trail drops steeply to the attractive village of Dubhachaur in a saddle at 1610 meter. Continuing further down the ridge our trail will eventually bring us to a large suspension bridge which crosses the Indrawati River and brings us into Malemchi Pul Bazaar. Arriving here, we manage private of public transportation back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. (B, L, A)
Final departure day, 5 hours
Drop you in Kathmandu international airport onward your final destination. Trip ends and wishes your wonderful flight.
- Airports pick up and drop off by private vehicles.
- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodations in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur with breakfast.
- Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) each day during the trekking
- Guest House accommodation while on the trekking
- Guided sightseeing in kathmandu with private vehicles Car / Van / Jeep
- An experienced fluent English speaking licensed holder tour and trekking guide.
- Necessary required porters during the trekking (1 porter 2 guest basis.)
- Staff food, accommodation, clothing, salary and insurance.
- All necessary grounded transportation according to the itinerary
- Langtang National Park entry permits and TIMS special permit for trekking.
- A special gift Trekking Certificate from our company
- Nepal entry visa fees cost US$ 30 and international departure taxes.
- Lunch and dinner in during stay in Kathmandu.
- Your travel insurance ( It is mandatory in case of emergency)
- Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters.
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees and as well as TIPS for crew
- Services doesn't include in service inclusive column.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need Experience for Helambhu circuit Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For such kind of langtang - helambu trekking- yes, you need to have at least basic experience of walking 5- 6 hours a day in high altitude - somehow about 4000M above sea level.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Helambhu circuit Trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Helambhu circuit Trek?
All the guest houses/lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Helambhu circuit Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and if you are doing camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Helambhu circuit Trekking?
Normally in the trekking in nepal route there is all places hotel and shop as well in shop you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase .Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.
Is there any communication facilities on Helambhu circuit Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival. For more
Who will carry my luggage on Helambhu circuit Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Helambhu circuit Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Helambhu circuit Trekking?
we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.