Trip Overview

Helambu Valley Trek

The Helambu Valley Trek is a pleasant short trek nearby the Kathmandu valley. Comparatively, it is an easy trek due to its lower elevations. The altitude ranges between 800m to 3600m at the highest point. Although being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains yet, unspoiled and untouched by modernity. The trekking trail passes through verdant forests of rhododendron, conifers, oak, and past several villages. These villages are mostly inhabited by the Hyolmo people. 

The Helambu valley is scattered of several Tamang and Sherpa villages along the sides of the Melamchi river. Where we, get the opportunity to interact with the local people. And also, learn more about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Meanwhile, the trekking route is less crowded and offers a wide range of cultures, with spectacular views of Mt. ranges. 

Helambu valley trek begins with a short drive to Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we hike through the Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharka and then descend to Chisapani. Chispani is one of the best viewpoints on this route. Next, the trail follows a ridgeline past several villages, towards Kutumsang. Then, the trail ascends to Tharepati (3567m). Tharepati is the highest point of this trek, hence we have great views of mountains like Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Lirung.

After that, we make a gradual descend to Tarkeyghyang.  From Tarkeyghyang, it is a gradual walk past terraced rice fields and small settlements to Sermathang. From Sermathang, we descend to Melamchi pul bazaar and drive to Kathmandu. This Helambu Valley Trek, therefore,  is the best option for those who would love to taste both the natural and cultural combination of Nepal in a short span of time.

Helambu valley

Trip Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley
  • Short and easy trek nearby Kathmandu valley.
  • Hike through thick forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine.
  • Observe the rich flora and fauna of Shivapuri National Park.
  • Experience the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Hyolmo people.
  • Enjoy 360° panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Gaurishankar.
  • Explore the Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries, shrines, and stupas along the way.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-254
  • TRIP NAME: Helambu Valley Trek
  • DURATION: 9 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 3650m(Tharepati)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Sundarijal-Chisopani-Kutumsang-Tharepati-Tarkeyghyang-Sermathang-Melamchi Pul Bazaar-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program.  Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    After breakfast, start our sightseeing tour covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, which may include Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa.  Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath meaning "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple,  owing to a large number of monkey population residing in this area. In the afternoon we will have a short briefing and discussion regarding the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal(1hr) - trek to Chisopani(2194m/4hrs)

    Drive for about an hour to the trailhead at Sundarijal. Begin our trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani (2300m), it takes about 4 hours. We begin our trek along with a small hydroelectric plant. The trail then enters the Shivapuri National Park.  The first settlement we come across is Mulkharka mostly inhabited by the Tamang people. Then we walk along the ridge through forests of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani. Overnight in Chisopani.

  • Day 4: Chisopani to Kutumsang (2470m/7hrs)

    After breakfast, continue our hike towards Kutumsang. Today's trek starts with a decent trail crossing meadows and fields with magnificent views of the Langtang mountains and arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and then to Gul Bhanjyang.  From Gul Bhanjyang, the trail climbs the ridge to a  pass. And from here it is a downhill trek until Kutumsang where we overnight. Overnight in Kutumsang.

  • Day 5: Kutumsang to Tharepati(3640m/6hrs)

    Today the trail climbs up above Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. From here we continue to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas and finally, arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay. Overnight in Tharepati.

  • Day 6: Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2743m/6hrs)

    Today we head for Tarkeghyang. In the beginning, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola. Then it is an uphill walk up to Tarkeghyang across several Sherpa settlements. Explore the village and its monastery which is one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region. Since most of the inhabitants belong to the Hyolmo tribe thus the village is more popularly known as Helambu. Overnight in Tarkeghyang.

  • Day 7: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2,620m/4hrs)

    Today it will be a comparatively easier day compared to other days. The trail goes along forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul.  From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang. Explore around the village and the monastery above the village. Overnight in Sermathang. 

  • Day 8: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar(4hrs): Drive to Kathmandu(3 hrs)

    On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. From Melamchi Pul Bazaar our vehicle will pick you up and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight In Kathmandu

     

  • Day 9: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • One experienced English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two member) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/NP fee)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance (covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.