Helambu Circuit Trekking

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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.

Through 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 teahouses 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 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.


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

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m):

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. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

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. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

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.  

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Sundarijal trek to Chisopani
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m.,2,140m

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.  

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chisopani to Gul Bhanjyang
  • Maximum Altitude:2,140m

Today‚Äôs 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. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati
  • Maximum Altitude:3,600m

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. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tharepati to Melamchi Gaon
  • Maximum Altitude:2,640m

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. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Melamchi gaon to Tarkeghyang
  • Maximum Altitude:2,560m

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. 

  • Accommodation:lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tarkeghyang trekking to Sermathang
  • Maximum Altitude:2,621m

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. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • 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. 

  • Accommodation:hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place: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. 


    • 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 staff.
    • Staff food, clothing, salary, and 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 farewell dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
    • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes.
    • 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.


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    Useful Information

    Helambu circuit trekking is a teahouse based trek, each and every stop provides the good mountain lodges and basic tea houses. We are organizing Helambu circuit trekking as a small group/private trekking, please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do a trip then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size and requirements.  


    How can I book Helambu circuit trekking?

    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.

    How can I enter Nepal?

    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.

    Can I do Helambu circuit trekking?

    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.

    When should I come to 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 a bed and breakfast basis.

    Can I join with group?

    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.

    Do I need to join with group?

    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.

    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 equipment with you. Click here to have more info

    What kind of meals I can have during the trip?

    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.

    Do I have a 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 you regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduce your trek Leader.

    Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?

    Yes, in most 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 placard of the company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included. 

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