The Helambu Valley Trek is a pleasant short trek nearby the Kathmandu valley. It is an easy trek comparing to other trekking routes. The altitude ranges from 800m to 3600m at the highest point. Although, close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains unspoiled and untouched by modernity. Besides, the trekking trail passes through verdant forests past several villages, with the spectacular view of mountain ranges.
The Helambu valley is a mixture of several Tamang and Sherpa villages along the sides of the Melamchi river. We get the opportunity to interact with the local people, learn more about their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Moreover, the trekking route is less crowded, and offers a wide range of cultures.
Helambu valley trek begins with a drive to Sundarijal. Sundarijal is the starting point of our trek. From Sundarijal, we hike through the Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharka, and descend through forests to Chisapani. Chisapani is one of the best viewpoints on this route. From Chisapani, the trail follows a ridgeline towards Kutumsang adn then ascends to Tharepati (3567m). Tharepati is the highest point of this trek. Hence, we get great views of mountains from Tharepati.
Next, we make a gradual descend to Tarkeyghyang. From Tarkeyghyang, it is a gradual hike past terraced rice fields and small settlements to Sermathang. From Sermathang, we descend to Melamchi Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu. This trek is the best option for those who would love to taste both nature and culture in a short span of time.
- 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.
- Also, Explore the Buddhist culture and ancient monasteries along the way.
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 the Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath 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 to Sundarijal. We begin our trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani (2300m), which 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 towards 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 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)
Today we descend to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. The hike goes through terraced rice fields and several small settlement and arrive at Melamchi Bazaar for lunch. After lunch we shall board on to a vehicle and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight In Kathmandu
Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
- 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.
- 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