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Helambu Trekking

Trip Facts

Duration

Duration 5 Days

Difficulty

Difficulty Easy

The trek starts with a drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu. You can visit the Boudhanath Stupa on your way to Sundarijal if you wish. Once you arrive at Sundarijal, you start the trek with the rocky route from Shivapuri National Park. Enjoying the watershed area, you leave the national park and head to Chisapani via the lush rhododendron forest.

From Chisapani, you continue the trek into the Helambu valley as you walk past the meadows of Gul Bhanjyang and Kutumsang. You then head to Tharepati and proceed towards the Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang. The Tarke Ghyang Monastery also lies here and is one of the oldest of its kind of this region. The trek ends as you head to Thimbu, from where you head back to Kathmandu.

This 5-day short trek is the perfect gateway for you if you wish to find tranquility from the everyday hustle and bustle. It is also the best option for trekking if you want to travel with your family—the best time to do this trek during spring (March-May) or autumn (September-December).

About Us

Nepal Alternative Treks and Expedition strives to provide you with the best quality of services to make sure that you have a memorable time in Nepal. You have the option to make your trip flexible by adding places you want to visit or extending the length of your desired trip. Our friendly staff and guides will guarantee your safety and make the trip more enjoyable.

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Trip highlights

  • Discover the beauty of the Helambu Valley within five days.
  • Enjoy the unexploited nature of the Langtang region.
  • Enjoy the Panoramic view of mountains like Langtang Ri, Langshisha, and Ganesh Himal, including others.
  • Traverse through the lush forests of Langtang National Park as you explore the unique biodiversity.

Day-to-day-Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Sundarijal - Trek to Chisapani

Day 1 Facts

Trekking Time Average

1350m Drive to Sundarijal( Av.01 hours)
12km hill hike (Av.04 hours)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Sundarijal

Altitude

(2,300 m /7590ft.

After an early breakfast, you head east of Kathmandu valley and drive towards Sundarijal. En route, you come across Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can do a quick tour of the place if you want. Once you arrive at Sundarijal, you go straight uphill via a rocky route. The route goes through the Shivapuri National Park. Enjoying the watershed of Bagmati River, you arrive at Mulkharka. From here, the route goes down to a gorge, and you arrive at Chisapani after crossing the rhododendron and oak forest. Overnight in Chisapani.

Day 2

Trek to Kutumsang

Day 2 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Hill hike
(Av.06 hours)

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Kutumsang

Altitude

(2,446 m)

After an early breakfast, you head to the trail that’ll lead you to Kutumsang. The route today goes through various ridges. Walking through the forest, you arrive at Pati Bhanjyang. From here onwards, the route goes through green meadows till Gul Bhanjyang. The route then goes through another ridge and a pass. Then, you arrive at the lush meadows of Kutumsang. Overnight in Kutumsang.

Day 3

Trek to Tharepati

Day 3 Facts

Trekking Time Average

14km Hilll hike
(Av.06 hours )

Accommodation

luxuxry Lodge in Tharepati

Altitude

(3490m. /11517ft.)

After cleaning up and having breakfast, you resume the trek. The route goes through Yurin Danda Ridge, and you get to see spectacular views of the Langtang and the neighboring mountains. The route ascends into the rhododendron and pine forest. The route again descends as you approach Magengoth, which is the first settlement you see in the route. From here, the route again ascends through the forest, and you reach Tharepati. Overnight in Tharepati.  

Day 4

Trek to Tarke Ghyang

Day 4 Facts

Trekking Time Average

16km Uphill hike
(Av.06 hours )

Accommodation

Luxury Lodge in Tarkegyang

Altitude

(2620m. /8646ft.)

After breakfast, the route goes steeply downhill through the rhododendron and pine forest. En route, you get to see snow-clad mountains like Jugal Himal and Numbur. Enjoying the scenic Helambu Valley, you arrive at Melamchi Gyang, one of the Sherpa villages of the region. From here, you follow the Melamchi stream, and the route then ascends past various small settlements. You finally arrive at Tarke Ghyang, which is home to the Sherpa community and one of the oldest monasteries of the region. Overnight in Tarkegyang.

Day 5

Trek to Thimbu - Drive to Kathmandu

Day 5 Facts

Trekking Time Average

03 hours hill hike
160km Drive to Kathmandu(Av.07 hours)

Accommodation

Luxury Hotel in Kathmandu

Altitude

(1800m./5940ft.)
(1295m./4273ft.)

Today is the last day of the trek. After a wonderful breakfast, you take the route that descends through the rhododendron forest. Enjoying the charming views of the valley and mountains, you arrive at Thimbu. You have lunch here and rest for a while. Then, you board the overland vehicle that will take you back to Kathmandu.

What do you get in the Trip?

What's Included

  • Tribhuwan International Airport transfer ( Airport – Hotel – Airport)  in Kathmandu .
  • Lodge (Twin share basis ) accommodation during the trekking.
  • All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ) during trek.
  • One experienced, well trained, fluent English speaking, friendly, specialized in Helambu region and government authorized trekking guide including required porters (one porter for two persons ).
  • Guide/porter’s food, accommodation, salary, insurance, transportation and equipments.
  • Overland transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Langtang National Park fee and Shivapuri National Park fee
  • A trekking map, duffle bag, water purification, Oxygen saturation check up everyday, company t-shirt, first aid medical and trekking completion certificate etc.
  • Assistance for emergency rescue evacuation.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • Public Liability Insurance.

What's Not Included

  • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
  • All kind of hard and soft table drinks as tea/coffee, mineral water, coke, fanta, alcoholic drinks, hot shower, laundry, phone bill, bar bill, hot water etc.
  • Personal Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.( Highly suggested ).

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Currently, we do not have any scheduled group trips, but you are welcome to embark on the journey on a date that suits you best.

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The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

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Traveler Reviews

We did 5 days trek and one day rafting with Alternative Népal. It was really nice and our guide Sandesh Sherpa was funny, friendly and he taked care of us. This agence organise a lot of differents activities. I will come back. Thank you for everythigs

5.0

Kim R

Malaysia

Our second trek, with the same agency. On request we did get a new guide and unfortunately our porter from the first trek had to turn back home for private reasons, hence also our porter was new. This time, we did not need a long bus drive to start our trip. After 1 hours by private car we were dropped off near Sundarijal at the border of the Shivpuri Nagarjun National Park. From here the trek started towards Chisapani. The first part this trek follows the pipeline that supplies Kathmandu from water. I had a little concern that this first day would not be so nice for trekking, as just following a pipeline for a couple of hours did not sound as an attractive idea to me, but this was wrong. After all, the pipeline was not that unattractive and after a while it was gone (I can’t exactly remember

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5.0

Hilde S

Moerbeke, Belgium

Additional Trip Information

Best time for a visit

The best time to do Helambu Trekking is during the spring and autumn season. It is the best season to do this trek because during this time the climate and weather are moderate and you can trek with clear visibility of the surroundings. Similarly, the temperature is also stable. It’s neither cold nor hot during this time. In addition, if you travel this trek at this time of the month then you can fully enjoy yourself and see the beauty of the place. Likewise, you will also not forget the experience here for your entire life.

The difficulty of this trek

Helambu trekking is for five days. So, any new trekkers can also trek here. However, having some experience is always helpful. Similarly, the other difficulty that you are going to face if you travel here during the busy seasons is that you will not be able to find suitable accommodation for yourself. So, if you do this trek during the busy seasons then the thing that you can do is you should pre-book the lodges. Similarly, if you decide to do this trek during the summer seasons then the heat can affect your enjoyment during the tour. In addition to all this, also make sure that you avoid the rainy seasons.

Travel insurance

Your travel insurance is very important if you want to trek here. Similarly, we don’t provide you with personal insurance. So, you make sure that your insurance company has covered all your trekking-related facilities. Likewise, make sure that your insurance is not expired. In addition to all that make sure your insurance policy has covered all your medical and hospital bills in case anything bad happens to you during the trek.

Meals and Accommodation

On our trekking journey, we provide you with the best meals and lodges we possibly can. Similarly, we provide meals three times a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the accommodation we provide are lodging facilities that are also top class. We take full care of our consumer’s needs and essentials. We also provide facilities according to our consumer’s desires and comfort. Similarly, we also provide you with Nepali and Western foods. Likewise, we also provide you with comfortable beds where you can rest properly.

Required Permits

Langtang National Park Fee : NPR. 3000 for foreigners and NPR 1500 for SAARC.

Note: Child below 10 years are free

Fitness and Experience Requirements

This is a short trek compared to other long treks. This trek is only for five days. So, even a new trekker can trek here with the advice of an experienced trekker. Compared to other treks it is a relatively short and easy trek. However, if you have some health issues then you cannot do this trek. Your heart and lungs should be perfectly fine if you want to enjoy and complete this trek. Similarly, you should not have any blood-related diseases. However, you should not be that experienced for the trek. But, you should have a little knowledge about the trek. You should not go there blindly.

Climate and weather

The climate and weather of Nepal are different from place to place. Similarly, it’s normally hot during the summer and cold during the winter.  But, you will find a moderate climate here throughout the year. Likewise, just avoid rainy seasons for the trek. However, you will find a suitable climate for the trek during the spring and autumn seasons. If you decide to do trekking here during this time of the year then you will be able to travel with clear visibility and you can enjoy your time here. However, it is open throughout the year.

Safety and security

The safety and security of our consumers are the utmost priority for us. During your visit with us, you don’t have to worry about anything. We will fully take care of you and your belongings. Similarly, the places you visit during the trek are fully secured and trustworthy. However, we also double-check the route before departure so you don’t worry. Likewise, the lodges that you are going to stay in are also very secure and there you can also trust the owners to keep your essentials safe.

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. A comprehensive list of gear for all activities is listed on our dedicated page of Trekking Gear List

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