Helambu Trek - 7 Days

Helambu

Not far away from Kathmandu city, the Helambu region is filled with cultural, historical and natural beauty one can experience to its fullest by being there. We stroll through the beautiful Shivapuri National Park which reflects the mid-hill ecosystem of Nepal. Apart from the obvious vast natural beauty, this trek is a perfect way to locate and observe the ethnic diversity of Nepal. Throughout the trek, we will come across the settlements of Tamang, Chhetris, Brahmin and Sherpa people. The majority of people living in this area are Buddhists and Hindus who proudly respect and co-exist. As we gain altitude, beautiful snow-capped peaks of Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, and many more are in close view.

Helambu is an easy trek that does not need any advanced technical skill or experience. In a short period, this trek takes you through the mid-hills of Nepal and helps you discover the cultural, traditional, and environmental diversity.

Overview

Starting Trek point: Sundadrijal

Ending Trek point: Melamchi Pul Bazaar

Highest altitude to gain: Thadepati (3650 m)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Seasons to avoid trekking here: None

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1400m)
Your arrival will be awaited by our representatives at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). You will be transferred to the hotel rooms in the city along with your luggage. There is no specific activity designated for this day. You will meet the rest of the trekking team and representatives and you will have all the freedom to prepare yourself for the next day.

Overnight in Kathmandu
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 2
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (4-5 hours)

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1400m), Sundarijal (1350 m), Chisapani (2300 m)
We have our breakfasts and drive towards Sundarijal early in the morning and from Sundarijal to Chisapani we trek. The trail is not that difficult as we walk through the Shivapuri National Park. This national park was initiated to protect the habitat of birds, butterflies, and wildlife in general of the hilly region of Nepal.
It will take us about 3 to 4 hours to reach Chisapani. We will have to start by acclimating for about 2 and a half hours and then we walk downhill for about an hour to reach the beautiful village of Chisapani tucked under the hills of Nepal.

Overnight in Chisapani
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 3
Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang (6-7 hrs)

Altitude information: Chisapani (2300 m), Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m), Kutumsang (2446 m)
Today our goal will be to ascend at least 150m. The diversity of ethnic groups of mid-hill Nepal can be observed in today’s hike as we walk through the Chettri, Brahmin, Tamang, and Sherpa settlements. We will also see the snow capped peaks of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa. We walk through the beautiful rhododendron forests to reach Kutumsang village where we will spend our night.

Overnight in Kutumsang
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 4
Trek from Kutumsang to to Thadepati (5-6 hrs)

Altitude information: Kutumsang (2100 m), Thadepati (3650 m)
We hike to the highest point of this trek today. The route is similar to what we walked in yesterday as we will pierce through the forest of fir and rhododendron. We acclimate towards Yuri Danda which might be exhausting but the view from atop is worth it as the Langtang range looks absolutely stunning. We then head towards Magen Goth before reaching our resting destination for today at Thadepati.

Overnight in Thadepati
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 5
Trek from Thadepati to Tarkeghyang (5-6 hrs)

Altitude information: Thadepati (3650 m), Melamchi (2530 m), Tarkeghyang (2500 m)
We explore the hills of Nepal and specifically the Sherpa community. We walk through a beautiful Sherpa village of Melamchi where the cultural and traditional lifestyle of typical Nepali settlement is vast and evident. The trail from Melamchi to Tarkeghyang is full of exciting sights as we walk over the bridge to cross Melamchi River, ascend to Nakote valley, and arrive in the authentic village of Helambu region.
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Overnight in Tarkeghyang
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 6
Drive from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (3-4 hrs)

Altitude information: Tarkeghyang (2500 m), Sermathang (2610 m)
We can explore the Tarkeghyang village early morning. The village is full of Buddhist monuments, small monasteries, and beautiful architecture. After sightseeing and having our breakfast we will head towards Sermathang. We walk through the village of Parachin and Gangul where we take a short water break before heading towards the beautiful village of Sermanthang. The view from Jugal Himal, and Ganesh Himal from this viewpoint is mind-blowing.

Overnight in Sermathang
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 7
Drive from Sermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu (7-8 hrs)

Altitude information: Sermathang (2610m), Kathmandu (1400 m)
Today will be the last day of trekking. The route is very easy as we descend for most of the walk, it will take us about 4 hours to reach Melamchi Bazaar. We will wave goodbyes to the open fields, rhododendron forests, and the monasteries of the Helambu region as we walk along the beautiful Indrawati River. Once we reach Melamchi we will drive to Kathmandu which will take about 3 to 4 hours. This concludes our trek to the amazing Helambu region.

How difficult is this trek?

This is one of the easiest treks in Nepal. There are little to no risks while trekking to this region and there are no days where you are forced to make any massive gain of altitude.

What is the accommodation like?

Spend the nights in tea houses/ lodges throughout the trek. The tea houses are equipped with all the basic services.

What kind of fitness is required to complete this trek?

People of all ages and fitness levels can complete this trek comfortably. Preparing physically through cardio workouts, lower body workouts, and core strengthening exercises are recommended. No special training or physical fitness is required but if you can maintain a certain level of fitness before starting this trek it will be a bonus point.

Is Altitude sickness a worry?

There are no lethal cases of altitude sickness recorded while trekking to this part of Nepal. The temperatures at higher altitude gets lower but with multiple layers of clothing and proper diet there will be no serious consequences.

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Helambu Trek

Trip Facts

  • Thadepati (3650 m)
  • Drive Kathmandu to Chesapani and Melamchi to Kathmandu