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Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

The most easily accessible of all trekking regions in the upper valley of MelamchiKhola is Helambu. The positive thing of this trip as compared to many other trips is it is close to Kathmandu and less than 3000m.most of the time, so creates few altitude problems. The trail passes through pleasant forest, occasional mountain views and interesting Sherpa and Tamang village. It gives opportunity for people to identify sudden and dramatic contrast between high and low regions.Helambu trek offers the unparalleled beauty of the foothills of the Himalayas.

Highlight of the Helambu trek

The trek blends the Tamang and Sherpa culture, as at the beginning it passes through the Tamang villages and later to the Sherpa villages.

Viewpoints to see the whole Kathmandu valley, a village called Mulkharka is the place from where one can see the Kathmandu valley.

Popular Mountain view point Chisapani from where one can get the spectacular view of Langtang range and part of Everest Range.

Relatively cheap and easy as the trekking area is nearby Kathmandu,

Excellent opportunity to observe the village lifestyles, as the trek passes through different village.

Walk inside the pristine forest of Shivapuri-Nagarjun national park.

The trek passes through the popular Langtang national park, which give glimpse of that national park too.

Water supply reservoir from where they distribute water to thirsty Kathmandu.

Off the beaten route which generates a unique experience of doing trekking in Nepal as the area are not so crowded and less visitors.

An introductory city tour is included to discover the famous and representative world heritage sites in Kathmandu.

The trek can be done throughout the year.

The best time to do the Helambu Trek

The best time to do the Helambu trek is from March to May and from September to February. June, July and August might rain in the area but the area looks greener as well.

Price of the Helambu Trek

The all-inclusive starting price is as low as $700 per person on twin sharing basis. The price also includes a full day city introductory tour in Kathmandu. If somebody wants to exclude the tour we can still knock down the price. Please check our include exclude section for more details.

It might be worth comparing Mardi Himal trek and Annapurna Panorama Trek with this trek as this are the best alternative to Helambu Trek but none of these treks are very similar.

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Helambu Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet and greet by our representative/ guide and transfer to your allocated hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu. Introductory trip to Kathmandu including sightseeing of one of the old palace complex, popular by the name Patan Durbar square, a Buddhist temple popular by the name monkey temple among the foreigners but is called Swoyambhunath and a Hindu temple Pashupatinath, a popular cremation ground for many hindus of Kathmandu. All these places are listed by UNESCO as world heritages. Afternoon time free for doing trek preparation.

Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2165m.), 5-6 hours of walking after a short drive. About an hour drive to Sundarijal, the trek starting point, cross through the entrance to ShivapuriNagarjun national park and reach a pool of water which is a decantation basin for water supply to Kathmandu. Trail ascends to Mulkharka and pass through a forest to reach the culmination point calls Deurali and descend down to Chisapani for overnight stay.

Day 04: Trek from Cisapani to Kutumasang (2470m.), 6-7 hours of walking. The trek at the beginning descend down to PatiBhanjyang, where the locals sometime organize a chhyang party, the party of rice beer then ascends to GulBhanjyang. After GulBhanjyang gentle walk up to Kutumsang for overnight stay.

Day 05: Trek from Kutumasang to Thadepati (3690m.), 6-7 hours of walking. The trail passes through pine and rhododendron forest reach KyulaBhanjyang and continue going up to Thadepati from where spectacular view of the mountain are expected. The highest elevation of the whole trip is this place.

Day 06: Trek from Thadepati to Melamchigaun (2530m.), takes 3-4 hours of walking. Relatively a shorter day and pass through rhododendron and oak forest. By lunch time reach Melamchigaun, is Helambu’s finest Sherpa village, a collection of neat houses fronted by prayer flags and surrounded by orchards and fields. The Sherpas of Helambu considered distant cousins of Sherpas from Khumbu.Roam around the village in the afternoon.

Day 07: Trek from Melamchigaun to Shermathang (2590m.), normally 6-7 hours of walking. From Melamchigaun the trail drops down to cross Melamchikhola and climb up again to reach Tarkeghyang. A larger and less secluded village than Melamchigaun, and houses a large restored monastery dates back to 18th century. Continue to Shermathang, which is another Sherpa village.

Day 08: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Bazar (870m.), 6-7 hours of walking. In general a great descend for the whole day, pass through NigaleBhanjyang and beautiful village of Kakani. Continue up to Melamchi Bazar for overnight stay.

Day 09: Drive from Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu (1300m.), 3-4 hours drive on a local bus. After breakfast take a local bus to Kathmandu normally by lunch time.

Day 10: Departure from Kathmandu. On a proper timing, transfer to the airport or continue next trip for another destination.


Price Includes:

  • All transfer as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • A Full day city introductory tour with professional tour guide and entrance tickets
  • Full board meal during the trek
  • Comfortable & clean accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the trek on twin sharing basis
  • Local English-speaking trekking guide
  • All the necessary permits
  • National park tickets for Langtang national park ans Shivapuri Nagarjun national park
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fees. Most of the countries obtain the visa in the airport. Visa fees are $30 for 15 days, $50 for one month.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except mentioned in itinerary
  • Bar and beverage bill during the trek
  • Hot shower and battery recharge during the trek
  • Insurance for evacuation and medical facilities
  • Expense of personal nature like phone calls, laundry, extra porter
  • Tips for guides, drivers and porters (you can see the tipping guideline in our tipping page)
  • Trekking equipment like trekking poles, water bottles etc.

The Nepal visa is issued for many countries. You can hire or buy gears for trekking in relatively cheaper price in Kathmandu than your home country but the quality will not be the same.