Best Season : Feb to June and September to December
Helambu Circuit Trekking
Helambu circuit trekking is a beautifully peaceful and tranquil area for trekking and the trails are blissfully quiet when compared to the popular Annapurna and Everest region. The trek contains plenty of dramatic rises and plummeting descents all within the classic Himalayan foothills. In our seven or eight days trek, we will pass Mountain Viewpoints, alpine meadows, and ancient Buddhist villages. Accessing this trek is easy, taking a vehicle out to the region, with no possibility of delays due to flight cancellations.
The majestic green valley’s misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of snowy peaks show some of the magic of this trek. Helambu is an ideal short trek, with simple tea-houses along the route, the area remains preserved and relatively unspoiled by tourism. You will experience the Yolmo culture of high mountain villages, marvel at the vistas of lonely high mountains and watch in amazement as the farmers toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo. Helambu lies to the north of Kathmandu and offers the closest experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to the Everest region. The Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang which forms the focus of Helambu is a charming enclave of farmers and yak herders. The trip starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Helambu provides an instant Himalayan trek for those with limited time.
Helambu circuit trekking is an easy and pleasant trek conducted at an average altitude of 3,500m. The trek takes you through Thadepati to Tarke Gyang, here a number of trails open up, and we go along the south ridge through Sermathang, and down to the river at Melamchi. This is the site of a mega project to bring drinking water to Kathmandu via a tunnel system. The trek concludes with a drive down to Kathmandu via Melamchi Bazaar through the Panchkhal valley.
Hike on the blissfully quiet and tranquil Helambu trails, explore Sherpa culture, alpine meadows, and vistas of lonely high mountains
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.
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.
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.
Place:Sundarijal trek to Chisopani
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.
Place:Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang
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.
Place:Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati
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.
Place:Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon
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.
Place:Melamchi gaon to Tarkeghyang
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.
Place:Tarkeghyang trekking to Sermathang
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.
Place:Shermathang to Melamchi Bazaar
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.
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.
Once you confirmed the trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and a 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and non-stop flights from the Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and a mountain trek with stunning views of Langtang and Helambu Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in the good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April, May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and before and after your trip. In our program, we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis.
Yes, you can join the group, we guarantee a series of fixed group departure dates for Helambu circuit trekking. We can arrange a small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departure dates, because a private trip departs every day upon your request which is best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according to your selection of the starting date.
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.
Helambu circuit trekking is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 3600m walking through villages, rivers, green hills, and Himalayan trails, so you need to have right equipment with you. Click here to have more info
All Meals on a full board basis will be provided during the trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your trek Leader.
Yes, in most places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).
Definitely, one of our guides will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a placard of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.
We used Alpine Eco Trek for Helambu Circuit trekking. It can be confusing to pick one from among thousands of organizers in Nepal. We booked this trek with the AET team because of their professional responses to our emails and questions. Every time we had questions, they answered them very thoughtfully and clearly. Our journey started at Sundarijal. We had Durba as a guide and Rajan as a helper- both very experienced, patient and friendly. Durba knew the area well despite coming from a different area. The lodges are quite basic but superbly fantastic. The trek is scenic though. We had to walk uphill for several days but got rewarded with amazing views. For those having 2 weeks, the Helambu Circuit trekking is enjoyable. You can book through Alpine Eco Trek. They make great arrangements. Highly recommended.
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