Helambu Village Trek
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Helambu Trek “A  Gentle trek through Sherpa Villages of Helambu”

Helambu Village Trek also known in short as Helambu Trek is a six day moderate trek in the Helambu Region North of Kathmandu Valley, in the Sherpa Villages of Helambu. With altitude varying between 1370m to 3490m, Helambu Village Trek starts with a short drive to Sundarijal from where the trekking trail leads up to Shivpuri Ridge and heads north to the Sherpa villages of Pati Bhanjyan, Chipling, Khutumsang and Tharepati. From here the trail turns eastward towards the biggest village of the area, Melamchi and Shermathang.

Helambu Trek is a good trek for people visiting Nepal with limited time in hand. This is a relatively unknown trek  that makes a perfect trekking destination for someone looking to do an easy and short trekking holiday close to the Kathmandu Valley.

Helambu Village Trek
View from the Village of Magin Goth Helambu – Photo@AjayKumarShrestha

Starting and Ending Point of the Trek

Traditional trek head of the Helambu Trek is Sundarijal in the north-east corner of Kathmandu Valley, where the trail goes past the small villages of Chisopani, Hyolmo, Kutumsang, Magin Goth, Tharepati, Malemchigaun, Nakote Hyolmo and Tarke Gyang.

Helambu Village Trek ends with a gentle descend to Melamchi river to Melamchi Village with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Type of Trek 

Helambu Trek is a tea house trek with accommodation and meals provided at the lodges operated by local village  people, where you get to trek at your own pace with only your day pack only.

Helambu 

Helambu is a himalayan region 80Km North of Kathmandu the capital of Nepal, and is the home of the Hyolmo People. Helambu Region starts from the Lauribina La Pass and extends down till the Melamchi valley. Famous for Apples and Buddhist Monasteries and Buddhist Art & Culture, Helambu is Buddhist Pilgrimage Site and so is the Helambu Trek.

Helambu Village Trek
Therapati Village on the Helambu Trek ; Photo@Ajaykumarshrestha

Best Time to do this trek

March to May and October to November are the best time to trek through the Helambu Villages. But after having said that it can also be done even during the winter months as the trek route are accessible through out the year.

TRIP FACTS :

  • Style of Trek:   Lodge/Tea House Trek.
  • Duration:   6Nights & 7Days.
  • Number of Days on Trek:   7Days.
  • Trek Grade:   Easy to Moderate.
  • Minimum No. of Participants:   2 Persons.
  • Starting Point:   Kathmandu.
  • Ending Point:   Kathmandu.
  • Trek availability:   Join a group trek (dates shown below)
  • Customized private Treks can also be arranged for a minimum of two persons on request on a date of your choice.
HELAMBU VILLAGE TREK  GROUP DEPARTURE  DATES – 2023 (Ex Kathmandu)
22-28 Jan,2023 22-28 Oct,2023
22-28 Feb,2023 22-28 Nov,2023
22-28 March,2023 22-28 Dec,2023
GROUP DEPARTURE TREK DATES-2024 (Ex Kathmandu)
22-28 Jan,2024 22-28 Oct,2024
22-28 Feb,2024 22-28 Nov,2024
22-28 March,2024 22-28 Dec,2024

Helambu Village Trek Itinerary

Day 1:   Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1460 m/15 Km). Trek to Chisapani(2195 m/5 Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Greet the day with an adventure and set off for an exciting journey to the entrance of Shivapuri and Langtang National Park, just beyond the city of Kathmandu(15 Km). Embark on a fascinating trek through the forest and farm fields, until you reach the high ridge of Chisapani at an altitude of 2,195 meters. Here, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna-Manaslu-Ganesh Himal, Lang tang Himal and the Jugal Himal range, as well as a captivating glimpse of the Kathmandu Valley. At Chisapani, you will have a front row seat to the beauty of a sunrise and sunset, framed by the majestic mountain range. Chisapani is especially beautiful during sunrise and sunset, when the mountains are illuminated by the golden light of the sun.

Day 2:   Trek Chisapani to Kutumsang(2141 m/6 Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

The morning sun paints a picturesque landscape as it rises over an array of peaks. As the sun rises high in the sky, it’s time to set off on an adventure to Kutumsang. But what lies ahead is an even more beautiful journey. From the morning’s vantage point, you can see a downhill walk towards the Pati-Bhanjyang village. As you ascend towards Thodung Danda Hill, and then onwards to Gulphu-Bhanjyang, you’ll find yourself in the quaint village of Kutumsang, where you can take an overnight stop. From here, your adventure will take you into the stunning Helambu territory.

Day 3:   Trek Kutumsang to Melamchi Gaon (2560 m/5 Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

From here, you will be surrounded by lush forests of rhododendron, pine, and oak trees. The morning climb takes you to Yurin Danda Ridge, a cool, lovely spot at 3510 meters high. Take a short descent into the forest to reach an open area with a climb to Tadepatti for lunch. Enjoy the majestic views of the Langtang and Jugal mountains. After a refreshing stop, venture up to the ridge top for a spectacular view of the peaks from the Jugal Himal range, including Ganesh and Manaslu. Descend to Melamche-Gaon, a heavily wooded area of tall rhododendron and pine trees, to the base of a hill with a nice grassy field. Then, walk past the farm fields to Malamche-Gaon village for an overnight stay, surrounded by the Hyalmo people and some Sherpa and Tamang tribes.

 Day 4:   Trek Melamchi Gaon to Tarke Gyang (2570 m/4 Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

Have you ever wanted to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Himalayas? Then a morning walk from Malamche to Tarke Gyang, the one major village in Helambu might be the perfect adventure for you. Along the way cross the Melamchi River over a suspension bridge, climb for an hour to Nakote village for lunch, and end the day in Tarke-Gyang for an overnight stop. Come with us on this incredible journey and discover the beauty of the Himalayas!

Day 5:   A Day in Tarke Gyang.

Spend an unforgettable day exploring the ancient heritage of Tarke-Gyang, a small but vibrant village in the Himalayas. Witness the unique Buddhist culture and color, marvel at the intricate wood carvings, and savor the delicious green apples grown in the local orchards. Experience the hospitality of the Hyalmo people, and visit the ancient Ama Yangri monastery on top of the village. Get ready for an unforgettable journey of discovery and adventure!

Day 6:   Trek Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2693 m/4 Hrs). Overnight Lodge.

As the sun rises over the picturesque village of Tarke Ghyang, an idyllic morning walk awaits us. Our destination for the day will take us through a forested area and past many Chorten, or Buddhist prayer monuments. We will then reach Gangyul, a small but charming village nestled in the rolling hills. From there, our pleasant winding path will take us to Shermathang, where we will stay overnight. Shermathang is a picturesque village of the local Hyalmo people of Helambu, giving us the opportunity to visit an old and fascinating monastery. Today’s journey will be an enjoyable one, filled with beautiful scenery and fascinating cultural experiences.

Day 7:   Trek Sermathang to Melamchi. Drive to Kathmandu.  End of Helambu Village Trek.

The road from the beautiful village of Sermathang winds its way downwards to the warm and inviting Melamche Bazaar and the nearby town. The journey continues, passing through many villages and up to Dhulikhel town, before eventually making its way to the outskirts of Bhaktapur city and finally back to Kathmandu. Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, exploring the unique culture and scenic views of the Helambu area, before returning to the comfort of your hotel.

  • Helambu Village Trek Cost : US$620/Person
  • Cost for Indians : Please request quote in Indian Rupee

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Trek Guide; Porter to carry luggage;
  • Local lodge basic Accommodation (Twin Share Rooms where available);
  • Fixed Meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner);
  • Trek Permit & Park fees;
  • Contribution to Guide Transport;
  • Guide/Porter Insurance Cost;

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Nepal visa fees;
  • Hotel in Kathmandu;
  • Sleeping bags (can be hired in Kathmandu);
  • Personal clothing/equipment;
  • Meals in Kathmandu; Tips;
  • Client insurance of any kind;
  • Cost of Evacuation (if any);
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks; Snacks/desserts;
  • Tea/Coffee – other than at breakfast;
  • Expenses of personal nature.

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NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport
  • in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
  • 2 passport photos will be required.
  •  Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
  • Indian Nationals do not need Nepal Visa to Travel Inside Nepal

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Note:   The above given Helambu Trek Itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

  • COSTS : US$620/Person
  • Indian Nationals Please Inquire within for quotes in Indian Rupees

COST INCLUDES:

  • Trek guide; porter to carry luggage;
  • Basic Accommodation in Local lodge on Twin Share Rooms where available;
  • Fixed Three Meals a Day (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner);
  • Trek Permit & Park Fees;
  • Contribution to Guide Transport;
  • Guide/Porter Insurance Cost;

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Nepal visa fees;
  • Sleeping bags (can be hired in Kathmandu);
  • Personal Clothing/Equipment;
  • Meals in Kathmandu;
  • Hotel Stays in Kathmandu;
  • Tips;
  • Client insurance of any kind;
  • Cost of evacuation (if any);
  • Bottled/alcoholic drinks; Snacks/desserts;
  • Tea/Coffee – other than at breakfast;
  • Domestic airport taxes (Nrs. 200 per person);
  • Expenses of personal nature.

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NEPAL TOURIST VISA

  • Nepal visa is readily available on arrival at the International Airport
  • in Kathmandu and all other entry points to Nepal.
  • 2 passport photos will be required.
  •  Single Entry visa: US$ 30 per visa (valid for 60 days).
  • Multiple Entry visa: US$ 80 per visa (valid for 150 days).
  • Nepal Visas are also available in all Nepalese Embassies and Consulates.
  • Indian Nationals do not need Nepal Visa to Travel Inside Nepal

(All relevant Terms & Conditions apply).

 

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