Helambu Valley Trek

About 80km far from Kathmandu, Helambu is a region of highland villages in Nepal. Because of its near proximity to Kathmandu and exquisite beauty, it is quite popular among the trekkers who are for a short period of time. Right after you leave Kathmandu valley, you will find the vast differences in Landscapes, people, and culture. Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La pass and descends to the Melamchi valley.


Helambu trek starts from the Sundraijal and meanders through Chisapani, Kutumsang, Tharepati, Tarkeghyang, Sermathang, and Melamchi. Another very prominent highlight of this trek is people; Helambu is home to Tamangs, Newars, and Sherpas. It is a melting pot of cultures of these ethnic groups. The World-renowned for hospitality and Climbing skills, Sherpas of this region refer themselves by Halo named after Helambu Valley.

You can also get spectacular panoramic views of mountains including Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and distant views of peaks in the Everest region. Waterfalls and snowcapped great Himalayans at the border of Tibet and monasteries make the Helambu trek more interesting. In simple words, Helambu trek is a complete package of culture, beauty, and adventure that too can be done in a brief period of time.
Trip Code: HVT41
Starts: Sundarijal
Finishes: Melamchi
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-Jun,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 3600m/ 11811ft
Trip Views: 1007
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury
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Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 7
Car
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 6 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • The Helambu region begins at the Lauribina La Pass and descends to the Melamchi valley.
  • Helambu is a Buddhist Pilgrimage Site famous for its sweet apples and artistic Buddhist monasteries.
  • Offers an opportunity to explore ancient villages, a wide range of animals such as red pandas, pika, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, ghoral, serow, rhesus monkey and common langur.
  • Views of the mountains-Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak, Naya Kanga, Annapurna Himalaya Range and enjoy with the cultural blend of Tibetan Sherpa.
  • Off the beaten trek that takes you to the highest point of 3600m and introduces to the unique culture of mountain people of Helambu region.

Why this Trip

  • Helambu is a comprehensive package of culture, natural beauty and people of different race providing you with one of the most enthralling trekking experience near Kathmandu without having to waste days just to reach the starting point. So if you’re short on time and still want to get a fulfilling experience of trekking in Nepal this trek is just the ideal program for you.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    As you arrived in Tribhuvan international airport our representative will be standing for you. Then from airport you will be transferred to the hotel, later in the evening over the dinner we will discuss the itinerary and permits

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast today we visit the Kathmandu city to see the main attractions of the valley. We will visit Bouddhanath Stupa, Syambhunath Stupa, and the three durbar squares of Nepal (Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square and Patan durbar square). After finishing the city tour we take a rest at the hotel and at evening we will do required shopping for the trekking.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • City tour
    • Private Vehicle for sightseeing
    • Entrance fee for the sightseeing
    • Food and wine tour (optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO SUNDARIJAL, TREK TO CHISAPANI
    Today we leave Kathmandu after breakfast using private vehicle we drive towards the Sundarijal. It takes 1 hour to reach the Sundarijal from Kathmandu. Without wasting time we begin our trek from Sundarijal to Chisapani. In Sundarijal there is a hydro power which provides water to the Kathmandu city by crossing this hydropower we move forwards to Chisapani it takes 4 hours to reach there. Then we continue our trek through the forest to reach the Mulkharka villages with the habitants of Tamang people.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Sundarijal
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO KUTUMSANG
    After the breakfast, we leave the Chisapani and move towards the Kutumsang. To reach there we have to go through the fir and rhododendron forest. By passing through the Pathi Bhajyang, Gul Bhanjyang and later climbing through another pass we reach the Kutumsang. To reach there at least it takes 5 to 6 hours.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO THAREPATI
    We resume our trek today and trek to Tarkeghyang, on the way trail climbs above the Kutumsang on the steep track, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests and also by watching few shepherds’ huts we head towards Tharepati. Offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalayan we arrived at Tharepati. Tharepati is that places from where we can watch the close views of Gosiakunda and surrounding high mountains. About 6 hour trek we reach Tharepati. Trails to Gosaikunda branches off from the Tharepati.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TARKEGHYANG
    From Tharepati we take another route from Gosaikunda’s one crossing the Melamchi River. We walk to the Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang is also known as Helambu. Sherpa people in this region call themselves Hyolmo and there are many biggest monasteries. By looking all this after 5 to 6 hours we reach at the Tarkeghyang. Overnight at Tarkeghyang.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO SERMATHANG
    Today after the breakfast we move towards Sermathang. To go the Sermathang we cross the beautiful and the flat forests that makes trekking much easier. Sermathang is also the Sherpa village with many ancient monasteries. By passing through the Ganyul village and walking for about 3 to 4 hours we reach Sermathang.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO MELAMCHI PUL BAZAR
    Today is the last of our trekking, after the breakfast, we trek down to the Melamchi Pul bazar. With amazing views and the interacting with friendly and helpful Sherpa We reach Melamchi Pul Bazar after a decent walk of 4 hours. Overnight at Melamchi Pul bazar.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    From Melamchi Pul Bazar it takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the Kathmandu. After taking breakfast in Melamchi Pul bazar we drive to Kathmandu and reach the hotel by the lunch time. After the lunch time, you will have free time to spend the day as you like or Swotah will arrange you Spa and trekkers’ massage appointment to relax the body.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private Transportation to Kathmandu
    • Spa and Trekkers' Massage
  • placeDAY 10 : DEPARTURE
    Today we will arrange the shopping arrangements before you leave the country. After the lunch program, you will be transferred to the airport by our representative.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Lunch Program
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle.
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast.
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees.
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need).
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek.
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek.
    • Welcome and farewell dinner at Kathmandu.
    • Map of Helambu Trek.
    • Sim card service(zero balance).
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
    • Free mountain biking ride around Kathmandu (Optional).
    • Photos and videos of the trip(if requested).
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested).
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s);
    • Emergency evacuation cost;


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety in remote mountainous lands.
  • 6. For what purpose this trek is Popular ?
    Helambu trek is popular among the domestic and international tourists for its beautiful mountains.This trekking route lies to near proximity from the bustling city of Kathmandu but offers scenic views of mountains, exquisite lakes and vivid vegetation and animals.
  • 7. Is Travelling in Helambu Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boats as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. As this trek is not so hard to finish, it is mostly done. You won’t be having any difficulty while doing this trek.
  • 8. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 9. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Helambu trek is popular trekking region for culture and natural beauty. Hence, this region provides few western meals like Pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Sundarijal on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or jeep.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking ?
    February to June and October to December are the best time to do this trek. This trek can also be done in winter season.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 16. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach to the destination on advance and book the rooms for you.
  • 17. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 18. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 19. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Helambu trek, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 20. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 21. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 22. How many hours do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 5-7 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because the number of hours of walk really depend on client’s speed. So it's really relative.
  • 23. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of $200 or 15% of total trip cost is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made less than 100 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip, if before two months, 25% of the total trip cost will need to be paid and if booked between 30-60 days, 50% of the total trip cost needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 30 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer or Western Union Money transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that nonrefundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 24. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 25. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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