Helambu Circuit trekking

Helambu circuit trekking is a naturally and culturally rich journey that provides awesome views of the Himalayan panoramas and unique Sherpa cultures. Helambu circuit trekking is easy and altitude free trek that does not require any special permits except a small payment for national park. This is a worry free trek that does not involve any flight. Helambu circuit trekking is also peaceful and tranquil destination for trekking and the trails are tremendously quite than other popular regions like Everest and Annapurna. The landscape is classic Himalayan foothills, with plenty of dramatic ascends and plummeting descents. Helambu circuit trekking will passes through Mountain View points, alpine meadows and Tamang and Sherpa villages. The access for the trekking is easy with the taking of Bus/Car or land cruiser drive from Kathmandu.

Helambu Circuit trekking

Walking through lush green valley’s misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of Himalayan peaks are great features in this trek. Helambu circuit trekking is the ideal trek that provides simple teahouses and lodges along the trails. Yet the area remains relatively unspoiled by tourism. We will experience the unique culture of high mountain villages, stunning views of snow peaks, and watch enthralled as the farmers work in the fields using handmade tools and groups of water buffalo.

Helambu circuit trekking lies to the north of Kathmandu and provide an opportunity to experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to Everest region. The Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang that which forms the focus of Helambu is a fascinating enclave of farmers and yak headers.  Helambu circuit trekking starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, this trek is suitable for those with limited time.

Helambu circuit trekking is easy and scenic trek that goes up to the average altitude of 3600 meters. The trek takes us via Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang, where a choice of trails opens up. However we follow along the south ridge via Sermathang, down to the river at Melamchi, the site of a Mega project to supply drinking water to Kathmandu through a series of tunnels, finally our trek ends with a drive down to Kathmandu via Melamchi Bazaar through Dhulikhel bazaar.

Attraction of the Langtang Region

Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.

In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.

Seasonal Attractions
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures

Flora & Fauna
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.

The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.

In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.

Helambu Circuit trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal (1350m), trek to Chisopani (2140m), one hour drive, 4 hours walkking.
Day 04: Trek from Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 05: Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3600m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon (2640m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Melamchi gaon to Tarkeghyang (2560m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 08: Trek from Tarkeghyang trekking to Sermathang (2621m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Bazaar), drive to Kathmandu, 2 hrs walk, 5 hours drive.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 11: Final Departure.

Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Helambu Circuit trekking - itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders will greets you and transfer to hotel. Rest of the time will be free for refreshment. In the evening join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide in the lobby and start a guided tour including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. In the evening, we organize a small meeting to introduce your trekking crew and settle the outstanding balances. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal (1350m), trek to Chisopani (2140m), one hour drive, 4 hours walkking.
After breakfast, an hour scenic drive from Kathmandu takes us to trek start point Sundarijal, from here, the trail climb up besides the water pipes which supplies Kathmandu drinking water, the trail will enter through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The trail continues uphill through the forest to meet the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of Tamanag people. The trail continues with climbing on the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the Borlang Bhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m), The mountain views are excellent from here, we can see the views of Annapurna to Everest, overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m), 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The trails runs out of the villages and continues level among pine plantation before arrive Pati Bhanjyang a lovely small village. From here the trail goes through small chortens, fields and forest mostly up and down hill before arriving Gul Bhanjyang (2140m), overnight at a lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3600m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Today’s trail steady climbs through prickly leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley. Following a ridge line, the trail continues via lightly populated forest to Magen Goth from where the view of Langtang and Gosaikund peak is stunning, Above Magen Goth the trails climbs steeply through dense pine forest passing several chortens and ruined huts. When we arrived at Tharepati, rise early for excellent close up views of Gosainkunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon (2640m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
We take a short and steep descent through mixed fir and rhododendron forest rich with bird life. Crashing waterfalls sound from the rocky gullies below as we approach Melamchi Gaon. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Melamchi gaon to Tarkeghyang (2560m), 5 to 6 hours walking.  
The trail descends steeply to the valley floor, where we can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear river before completing the short and mild ascent up the other side of the valley. Tarkeghyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tarkeghyang trekking to Sermathang (2621m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
A flat pleasant walk through the beautiful forest takes us to Shermathang This is an entering Sherpa village and they will be happy to introduce themselves that they are different from the Sherpa of Khumbu(Everest region) In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosainkunda and Rolwaling even Everest too in a distance. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Bazaar), drive to Kathmandu, 2 hrs walk, 5 hours drive.
Today the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, we will get to interact with local and friendly people. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu.
Breakfast will be at hotel, this is your free day in Kathmandu, and you would be doing some final shopping and in the evening join the farewell dinner, enjoy your meal and drink at a typical Nepali restaurant with your trekking crew. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your onward flight. Wish you have a safe and sound flight and hope to see you again in the future.

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Helambu Circuit trekking Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu

Destination: Helambu Region

Trip Duration: 11 days

Max. Altitude: 3600 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.12

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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