Helambu Trek is one of the short and beautiful treks in Nepal. It is a great option for novice trekkers or even first time trekkers as it is comparatively easier than other treks like the Muktinath or Gosaikunda Trek. In Helambu region and on the way to Helambu you will be seeing people from Sherpa and Tamang culture who will be welcoming you with a warm smile on their homestays and teahouses. This trek is parentally connected with the Langtang Gosaikunda regions trek as well. So, you’ll also get some idea about the Gosaikunda trek if you think of going there as well later.
The trek is mainly about the blissfully famous natural beauty and the Tamang and Sherpa cultural heritages and the climate. The landscapes of the panoramic Himalayas, up down foothills with plenty of dramatic rises and plummeting descents will take your breath away. You will be passing through dense forests, waterfalls and farms. Along with that there are going to be mountains everywhere.
Besides the natural sceneries the shrines, monasteries and stupas of Buddhist people including the shrines visited or made for Guru Rinpoche are a treat as well. You can get to know about the Buddhist culture and know their ways of life and their stories. While doing so you will get an experience of what Buddhist lifestyle is really like. It is a comparatively easier and short trek so you are less likely to feel much tired on this trek. Even if you feel tired, the views and the experience you get there will make you forget about everything else.
Your journey begins with your arrival in the bustling capital city of Nepal,
Kathmandu. A representative from our team will arrive for your pickup at TIA
who will assist you together with your luggage and transportation to your hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you'll check your hotel and luxuriate in the afternoon and evening at your leisure. You may simply want to rest after your long flight, but the lively tourist markets and restaurants of the Thamel are an enticing draw for many visitors.
Before heading to the Himalayas you must be familiar with quite a few things. Guidance and research for the trek are mandatory for everyone. You will be dealing with a strange experience but finally, with some groundwork, you can deal with it. You should be cautious with your bag pack. Carrying needless equipment will make your journey difficult. We will grasp up on some final shopping if there is free time. You will get the opportunity to explore Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Swayambhunath Stupa. They have been scheduled in the UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites display the full range of historic and artistic achievements. Kathmandu Valley is world-famous for such beauty. Overnight stay will be at this city.
In a few hours drive from Kathmandy you shall reach to Sundarijal from where your trekking will start. There is a small dam and a hydroelectric station there from where your journey will start with you ascending through the foress of Sundarijal along the Mulkharka hiking route. Through the Army check post you will reach at Borlang Bhanjyang where you can see forest of Oak and Rhododendron. Ascending up through the beautiful forests you will reach Chisopani in about 5 hours or more.
You might not want to wake up early but waking up early to watch the sunrise as the sun rays kiss the snow-capped mountains will be worth it. After having our breakfast we will start moving further up. On moving up from Chisopani we will start seeing mountains and Himalayas along the trail. We will be moving from Pati Bhanjyang ascending upwards to Chipling and then to Thodang Betini along the forested edge to reach Kutumsang. We can spend our night there at a tent or find a teahouse.
Post breakfast we will start heading towards the north of the Himalayas and this route will have plenty of beautiful views of snowy peaks approaching ahead. We will continue ascending through the steep trail with fir and rhododendron trees. There aren’t any permanent settlements in the area and the forests are luscious and dense there with rhododendron blooming everywhere. We continue our trek until we reach Yurin Danda and then to Magen Goth where we would find lodges to spend the night.
Today’s trek will be comparatively a short one as we will be walking for about 5 hours to reach Melamchi Gaon. We will head towards the east, off the ridgeline and keep descending. Descending through the dense forests watching the mountains play hide and seek with us we will reach the fascinating Melamchi Gaon. It is a village with Sherpa people who are different than people from the Sherpa’s of Solukhumbu in the east. There are interesting Buddhist stupas, shrines and monasteries which have also been visited by Guru Rinpoche. We will spend the night there at Melamchi Gaon visiting the stupas and monasteries.
We will have our breakfast and lunch then, start our todays trek. After descending the previous day again this day we will have to climb upwards to go to Tarkegyang. We will be passing through the same Sherpa people and the stupa and monasteries on the way where the mountains will start appearing again. We will also get to the village’s ancient monastery which is one of the biggest and oldest monasteries in the region. Tarkegyang is popularly known as Helambu which is our destination. The place is called Helambu because of the Hyolmo caste of people that live there.
We will not be gaining much altitude today so it might be a pleasant day. We will pass through dense forests, waterfalls and streams on the way with stunning scenaries. On the way are some small villages between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. There are beautiful settlements with a few Buddhist monasteries ahead in Sermanthang. We will be able to get close to the Buddhist culture and learn about it there. The mountain views from Sermanthang are great as well. We will continue exploring Buddhist culture there and call it a day at Sermanthang.
Waking up early in the morning during these treks will always be a treat for you as we can cherish the sunrise mountain views. We will have our breakfast and continue on our trekking. This is our last day on foot so it’s going to be exciting and pleasant. We will make an amiable hike down the beautiful valley to the Melamchi river. We will pass through a large shrine to Guru Rinpoche and keep descending through the villages and terraced fields. Over the Melamchi river is MelamchiPul or we can say that we reached Melamchi bajar where we will call it a day and arrange transport to go back to Kathmandu the next day.
Today is the day we will be departing from the mountainous region to the hills in our journey from Melamchipul to Kathmandu of 64 kilometers. It will probably take us about 5 hours to reach there. On the way the route follows the Melamchi river and natural sceneries including farmlands. Shortly we will reach the ancient city; Kathmandu where you will be taken to your hotel. You can choose to go out to see the nightlife and some monuments that you might have missed on your first day as well. Going to the city around Thamel or around Patan would be a good choice.
The last morning on your trip to Nepal where you’ll be enjoying a pleasant breakfast while reflecting on all of the memories you have collected on your Helambu Trek over the past 11 days. Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. We hope you’ll return to Nepal in the near future to see everything else that it has to offer!
Today’s breakfast is included.
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1. Domestic Flight
Kathmandu to Pokhara and return flight are often affected by weather conditions and congestion which may cause delays, sometimes even for several days. We request you to ensure that you have planned for spare days to account for moderate delays, but can't guarantee against longer delays which can even affect your international flight.
2. A typical Trekking hours per day
A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, instead of any Western time schedule. You’ll be walking 5-6 hrs each day on an average.
3. Health Issues
We recommend you to consult the doctor to discuss the health issues associated with your trek. We also suggest you to bring your own personal first aid kit to supplement the comprehensive. Although, the first aid kit is carried by the Trek Leader.
4. Altitude Sickness
Many treks in Nepal can take you quite rapidly to high altitudes, so you must give your body the time to acclimatize. If you ascend faster than your body can adapt then you will likely start to develop symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Headache is the most common symptom, while nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness and sleep disturbances are some others.
The best way to adapt to higher altitude is to ascend slowly and gradually. The common method is that you should take 2-3 days to reach 3000m. If traveling to above this height remember to have extra acclimatization days.
5. Safety and security
You can have Travel Insurance while trekking which is the safest measure. However, there are some measures following which you can implement to ensure safety:
We recommend you to have an appropriate insurance policy which covers travel in such isolated and mountainous areas, and also includes helicopter rescue from a trusted agency. We recommend you to do a good research and find a reputable insurance agent or insurance specialist.
7. Recommended Equipment
While coming to trek, the weather and the time is one of the most important factors. Although you can trek in any time of the year to trek to Helambu but it is best to come during spring and the autumn to get the best view of the crystal clear sky from dusk till dawn. During the winters and monsoon, the trek will be a bit challenging but some people are excited by such challenges. If you are someone who likes challenges then coming during winters or monsoon is good but if you want a more comfortable and pleasant experience then better come during spring and autumn.
We will run our booked trips under normal situations. There is an opportunity to go for the trip even if other hikers cancel at the end moment. We will not cancel the entire trip even if there is a fewer number of people. Please note that we cannot carry on the trip if there is a political riot, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemic or catastrophes, etc.
You will be provided continental food which you can choose from the menu. Every vegetable served in the tea houses is nearby shaped. Such type of foods is organic and good for your health. If you love non-veg, you need to make sure whether the meat is fresh or not.
Usually, your guide advises you to go to the toilet in the tea houses before leaving to prevent the need to go during the trail. However, you may come across a few houses along the trail that will let you use their toilet. But in case of an emergency you will have to go in the wild if there are no houses nearby.
You can find various ways to access the web. If you have purchased a SIM card, you will be able to use data to access the internet. However, the network connection for both communication and internet access might not be consistently good. As you progress higher, the connection may get weak. You will be able to get Wi-Fi service from the tea houses, but please expect to be charged for this.
Trekking needs few days of walking that is continuous. You may find it difficult and boring at some times. Sometimes, you also need to fight with the high altitude. Trekking is not exhausting if you are reasonably fit. We design our trek to make your journey comfortable.