Helambu Circuit Trekking

Hike on the blissfully quiet and tranquil Helambu trails, explore Sherpa culture, alpine meadows, and vistas of lonely high mountains

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11 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3600 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Helambu circuit 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 View points, 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.

Taking us through the majestic green valley's misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of snowy peaks shows some of the magic of this trek. Helambu is an ideal short trek, with simple teahouses along the route, the area remains preserved and relatively unspoiled by tourism. You will experience the Yolmo culture of high mountains 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 that 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 the average altitude of 3,500m. The trek takes you through Thadepati to Tarke Gyang, here a number of trails open up, we go along the south ridge through Sermathang, 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.

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 write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to 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 9: 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.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Necessary transportation from Kathmandu return trips
  • Helambu Region trekking permits
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Helambu circuit trekking:

How can I book Helambu circuit trekking  ?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Helambu circuit trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and 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 good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come Helambu circuit trekking?
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.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu?
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 bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Helambu circuit trekking  . We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
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.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
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 equipments with you. Click here to have more info

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during 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.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, one of our guides will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Helambu circuit trekking

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Trip Map

Map for Langtang trekking

Langtang Region Trekking Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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