Helambu trek is very famous to explore Red Panda an endangered animal of Nepal located north from Kathmandu city, the capital of Nepal. This is under an easy trek section, not very demanding route and best for people who are traveling within a week.
Furthermore, hike to Helambu is a lush region to the North of Kathmandu inhabited by Sherpas and Tamang people although the Sherpas of this region differ in their practices from their cousins in the Everest region.
Cultural Helambu trekking passes through some beautiful and interesting tiny villages and you might see some of the wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, Monkeys, Himalayan wild goat and particularly birds and wildflowers along the routes.
Not only this but also you can see the best view of Langtang range including Dorje Lakpa, Naya kanga, and enjoy with the cultural blend of Tibetan Sherpa hospitality. Exploring Helambu trekking can be done at any time throughout the year.
Why people choose Helambu trek?
An easy Helambu village trek or Helambu trek combines with the great scenery of Tallest Langtang and Ganesh Himal family, beautiful landscapes and Tibetan Buddhism Cultural and Natural heritages starting from 2600 m low elevation to 5500 meters with relatively short distances at a more relaxed pace. Langtang trail offers comfortable accommodation with delicious cuisines run by the local inhabitants where you can touch the local hospitality.
Not only this but also you can experience in Helambu trek as off The Beaten Path trail, Low-risk factors, financially cheaper, unspoiled culture and natural biodiversity, beautiful mountain scenery, Buddhist Monasteries…etc. Helambu village trekking begins from Sundarijal and it includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide, and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Cultural Helambu trek highlights
Chisapani hill station, abundant flora, and fauna explore Hinduism & Buddhism culture, Panoramic views of snow-covered mountains including Dorje Lhakpa, Walk through the Helambu valley. Mountains rise soaring toward the sky.
Miraculous Helambu trek difficulty – trek grades
Short Helambu trek-hiking is suitable for any walker looking for something less than challenges which does not require you to have any previous trekking experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On the trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Best season / time to visit Helambu trek
January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.
Best of Helambu trek itinerary outline
01 Day:Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel.
02 Day: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites
03 Day: Thamel to Chisapani (2215m/7,265 feet), 5 hours walking
04 Day:Kutumasang trek (2470 m/8,101 feet), 6 hours
05 Day:Tharepati trekking (3510 m/11,513 feet) hill station, 6 hours
06 Day:Tarkeghyang trekking (2600 m/8,528 feet), 8 hours
07 Day:Trek down hill to Talamarang (960 m/3,148 feet), 7 hours
08 Day:Drive back to Kathmandu, 5 hours
09 Day:Leisure day in Kathmandu
10 Day:Final departure
Helambu trek detail itinerary
Our trek to Helambu circuit is a classical trek itinerary compared to most walks in this region leading up to the Thadepati hill station. The particular route is designing for World explorer in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you brief information about Helambu trekking.
Day 02: Glorious town Kathmandu city tour, roughly 7 hours.
We start our day trip on world heritage sites inside of Kathmandu city with our professional tourist guide Ammar Guni. Today’s sightseeing trip we especially include Boudhanath Stupa (also known as the oldest stupa of Nepal), Pashupatinath temple (holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati), Later we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square (recognized as a Hanuman dhoka Durbar square) and Syambhunath Stupa (known as monkey temple).
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chisapani (2,215m / 7,265 feet), 5 hours walking
Chisapani area trekking or tour conducts from Sundarijal Bazaar, where you see a small dam and a hydroelectricity station in the northeast corner of the Kathmandu valley. The walk leads to a climb through subtropical and oak forest and on to Mulkharka, a scattered Tamang village. The trail again ascends through the oak forest to a pass called Burling Bhanjyang. After reaching the ridge, the trek continues to descend to Chisopani where we stay overnight. Chisapani offers fabulous panoramic views of the Jugal mountain range including Langtang, Ganesh in the far east and Manaslu, Annapurna towards far west. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek from Chisapani to Kutumasang (2,470 m/8,101 feet), 6 hours
Trek to kutumasang continues a lot of ups and downs but good level crosses meadows and fields. Patibhanjyang is on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge at 1770m. This is a Brahmin and Chhetri village with a few shops and hotels. The trail heads north out of the Patibhanjyang along the forested ridge and then descends to a large Chorten, the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. This is a delightful, classic hill village. Again, the trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The trail then descends to Kutumasang at 2470m for the overnight stay.
Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3,510 m/11,512 feet) hill station, 6 hours
The trail climbs above Kutumasang on a steep through rough hill walking, mostly through rhododendron and fir forests where there are no permanent settlements. The trail goes further descends to Magen Goth (3150m) and ascends up than finally, we reach at Tharepati for an overnight stay. Therepati hill station offers the scenic Himalayan view of almost whole Langtang range.
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,600 m/ 8528 feet), 8 hours
We continue east descending steeply down a ravine. The vegetation changes to large firs, then to oaks and rhododendron. Crossing a stream on a suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village Melachigaon (2530m).
From Melamchigaon, the trail continues to descend to the Melamchi river. Once across the suspension bridge, the trail begins climbing up the other side of the valley towards Tarkeghyang. It is a long climb to this picturesque village at 2600m. Tarkeghyang is the largest settlements of Helambu. It is a good place to rest and stay overnight.
Day 07: Trek downhill to Talamarang (960 m/ 3,148 feet), 7 hours
Leaving Tarkeghyang, the trail sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty village of Gangjwal 2500 meter. From the edge of the ridge but then continues at the same altitude along the side of the ridge crossing a number of streams, waterfalls, and landslides. Finally, it reaches Talamarang where we stay overnight.
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu, 5 hours
Early morning we take a local bus (private vehicle cost an extra) back to Kathmandu city. You can do some last-minute shopping of souvenirs for your family and relatives.
Day 09: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Helambu trek cost?
About Helambu trek or Helambu trekking price will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Helambu Trek Cost Include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicle car / van / jeep / bus.
- 2 night’s twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu within breakfast plan.
- Guided sightseeing by Tour Guide in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
- Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner) each day during the trekking
- Lodge accommodation while you are on trekking days
- Shivapuri National Park entrance permits and their fees
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits and fees
- Kathmandu to Sundarijal & Talmarang to Kathmandu trip by bus transfer.
- All grounded transportation as per itinerary.
- Professional English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
- Experienced porters (2 guest : 1 porter basis) because each porter carry maximum 25 kilogram.
- Salary, food, accommodation and their travel insurances for all Nepali crew.
- A First Aid medical kit bag.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Helambu Trekking Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Helambu trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flight’s details then you should do a request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Helambu valley trek?
Answer: Actually for Helambu trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect to express Helambu trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a comfortable bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: All the guesthouses along the routes in Helambu trekking have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as 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 the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Helambu trekking?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on short Helambu trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are all places hotels and shops where 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 campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your adapters! An extra battery will be recommended.
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Helambu trekking?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on Helambu trek?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. If you wish to have a private porter, you might also get it on paying an extra cost.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a 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 roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Helambu trekking notes:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Helambu trekking special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in the quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others.