Helambu Trekking - 9 Days

Trek Route Summary

Easy to Moderate
Gentle to Moderate
Maximum elevation:
3690 m / 12106 ft
Destination :
Region :
Langtang Region
Activity :
Langtang Treks
Duration :
9 Days
Distance :
70 kilometers / 43.4 miles
Group Size :
Min 02 and Max 10 (For solo, we offer a private package)
Nature of Trek :
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season :
March, April, May, September, October and November
Activity Per Day :
About 5-6 hrs walking
Transportation :
Private Transportation (Airport-Kathmandu hotel, Kathmandu- Sundarijal, Melamchi Pul Bazaar- Kathmandu, Kathmandu hotel-airport)
Accommodation :
Hotel in Kathmandu, Lodge / Teahouse during the trek
Start / End Point :
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Required Permits:
Langtang National Park Entry Permit and Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card
Attractions :
Kathmandu (World Heritage Sites), Sundarijal, Chisapani, Kutumsang, Tharipati, Shermathang

Trip Highlight

  • Mesmerizing Himalayan views from Annapurna to Makalu
  • The first and last rays of the sun over glittering peaks
  • Diverse flora and fauna include rhododendron flowers, pine forests, green meadows, monkeys, species of deer, Himalayan Danphe, and other species of birds inside the national park and conservation area.
  • Monasteries, Chortens, Gompas, Mane walls, prayer flags, and several other religious shrines.
  • The cultural diversity of the Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo ethnic communities.
  • Lower elevated journey; no fear of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

Trip Overview

One of the nearest Himalayan trekking destinations from Kathmandu, Helambu Treks is the perfect combination of nature and culture.

Mesmerizing views of the Himalayan ranges and exploration of Himalayan lifestyles and cultures of the Helambu region create a wonderful trekking experience in the mountains.

A moderately challenging journey to Helambu starts from Sundarijal, 1 hour driving from Kathmandu, and is the entry point of Shivapuri National Park. An epic journey commences from this point, entering the national park.

We reach the Helambu Valley bypassing the paradise of different flora and fauna, including overseas orchids and several natural worlds and birds.

Although this trek is moderately complex, we must encounter steep terrains and stone steps inside the conservation area. Trekking further to Melamchi Bazaar, we conclude our trekking and drive back to Kathmandu before departing from Kathmandu.

 This short and easy trek is well-known for its remarkable 180 degrees of Himalayan scenery, including the Gauri Shanker, Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Dorje Lakpa, and the whole range from Annapurna to the west and Makalu in the east.

Throughout the journeys, Tamang and Sherpa settlements and people are very welcoming and hospitable and scattered on both sides of Melamchi Khola.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlight Overnight
Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival (1350m/4429ft) Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive to Sundarijal (1,385m/4,545ft), Trek to Chisopani (2,295 m/7,655 ft) Chisopani
Day 3 Trek from Chisopani (2,295m/7,655 ft) to Khutumsang (2,470 m/8,250 ft) Khutumsang
Day 4 Trek from Khutumsang (2,470 m/8,250 ft) to Tharepati (3,690 m/11635 ft) Tharepati
Day 5 Trek from Tharepati (3,690 m/11,635 ft) to Tarke Gyang (2,600 m/9,115 ft) Tarke Gyang
Day 6 Trek from Tarke Gyang (2,600 m/9,115 ft) to Sermanthang (2,590 m/8,715 ft) Sermanthang
Day 7 Trek from Sermanthang (2,590 m/8,715 ft) to Malemchi Bazar (850 m/2825 ft) Malemchi Bazar
Day 8 Drive from Malemchi Bazar (850 m/2825 ft) to Kathmandu (1350 m/4429 ft) Kathmandu
Day 9 Farewell

Detailed Itinerary

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You are welcome to the Himalayan country-Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will complete your formalities and pick up your luggage, looking for our representative with a Holy Mountain Treks with the Group leader's name display board at the arrival gate.

You will then be greeted by one of our airport representatives by the garland, and you will be shifted to the hotel.

Following the windy streets of Kathmandu, you will reach your hotel and check in. After some refreshment, you will visit Holy Mountain Trek's office.

You will meet your trip leader and do the final preparation for the trip. Then, in the evening, you can ramble around the streets of Thamel- the tourist hub.

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar one
Overnight at:Kathmandu

After having breakfast at your hotel, your trip leader picks you up to drive Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek. But, first, enter the Shivapuri National Park crossing a small hydroelectric plant.

Dive into the national park and pass species of flora and fauna, reaching the Tamang settlement- Mulkharka.

Getting lunch there, continue the trek towards Chisopani- a place of cold water via the densely forested lands of rhododendron, pine, and oaks. In the spring months, you can see the entire hills filled with rhododendron and other multiple-colored wildflowers.

After an hour’s walk, we reach Chisopani- a place with magnificent Himalayan sceneries for an overnight stay.

Walking Hours:4-5
Altitude:2,295 m/7,655 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Chisopani

Waking early for the mesmerizing sunrise from Chisopani is a perfect treat as the views from here are magnificent. The yellowish first rays of the sun over glittering peaks look astounding.

After breakfast, your trek shall begin passing lustrous meadows and fields, enjoying panoramic views of the Langtang ranges.

Walking downward to a saddle in the ridge, you will reach a small and pleasant village of Pathi Bhanjyang.

Climbing over landscapes and a ridge to another cross, you will reach Gul Bhanjyang. After viewing the Himalayan sceneries and lustrous terrain, we hike downward, reaching Kutumsang, our day destination, and spend overnight in one of the cozy teahouses.

Walking Hours:6-7
Altitude:2,470 m/8,250 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Khutumsang

Recently after the first meal of the day, begin your journey following a ridgeline passing a couple of local settlements, waterfalls, meadows; you reach Magen Goth- a vantage point for mesmerizing Langtang and Gosaikund peaks.

After getting lunch here, continue trek ascending via forested lands, steep trails. Finally, following the footsteps of the guide passing the rough trails, you reach Tharepati- our day destination and the highest point of our trek and spend overnight.

Walking Hours:6-7
Altitude:3,690 m/11635 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Tharepati

Another exciting day is ahead.  You will get a plethora of chances of seeing diverse cultures and the way of living of the different ethnic groups. Then, starting the trek, you will head towards the east, off the ridgeline, descending downhill, reaching mesmerizing Melamchi village inhabited by Sherpa people.

This village consists of numerous Buddhist Stupas, Chortens, and monasteries, including one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in the region, prayer flags, prayer wheels, and long Mane walls.

You will trek up to Tarkeghyang, exploring them all, passing via these settlements, and witnessing the Himalayan peaks. One of the villages here is more popularly known as Helambu since most inhabitants belong to the Hyolmo caste.

Walking Hours:5-6
Altitude:2,600 m/9,115 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Tarke Gyang

A more accessible trail to pass today in comparison to the earlier ones. The journey commences walking, passing the flatlands, beautiful woodlands, small but gorgeous waterfalls, and smooth terrains on the way. Finally, walking approximately four hours, we shall reach the small settlement of Shermathang.

In the village, you can interact with the local Sherpas exploring their cultures, traditions, and way of living. Religious shrines as antique monasteries, small chortens, and stupas add the beauty of this village.

Walking Hours:5-6
Altitude:2,590 m/8,715 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Sermanthang

With the mesmerizing Himalayan sceneries, you will get the first meal of the day and head for Melamchi Bazaar- the ending point of our trek. The journey shall be exciting and pleasant. A nice downward hike leads you to the beautiful valley of Melamchi.

You can see an enormous shrine dedicated to Guru Rinpoche and explore it on the way down. Then, passing some villages, terraced fields, amazing landscapes, terraced lands, cultivated areas, you will reach Melamchi Bazaar and spend overnight there.

Walking Hours:5
Altitude:2,590 m/8,715 ft
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at: Malemchi Bazar

Departing these hills, streams, torrential rivers, and lustrous vegetation, you will be driving back to Kathmandu. On the way, from the windows of your vehicle, you can see amazing natural sceneries and farmlands with seasonal crops or vegetables.

Driving around 4-5 hours, you will arrive at the ancient city of Kathmandu. Trekkers shall be escorted to their respective hotels, and they may freshen up and choose to explore the city during the night as Thamel would be a great option.

Altitude:1350 m/4429 ft
Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar one
Overnight at:Kathmandu

You will be transferred to the Tribhuvan International Airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight. If you have plenty of time, you can visit the local market around Thamel and purchase some Nepali products, garment staff, and other gifts for your beloved ones.

Holy Mountain Treks, thank you for this fantastic journey to Helambu. I hope you have a pleasant trip to your onward destination.



Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Twin sharing accommodation in the best available teahouse/lodge during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable, and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Ground transportations from Kathmandu – Sundarijal– Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (bus/jeep)
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Holy Mountain Treks T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS, trekking permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal visa Information)
  • International airfares
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu and also because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal pieces of equipment and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

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