Helambu Trek is a short and easy trekking expedition featuring unblemished Sherpa villages of the area, with many famous Buddhist monasteries, alpine forest, towering mountains and huge glaciers of the region. Helambualso called Sherpa land is situated at highland villages in Nepal located at about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. Helambu is well known for its artistic Monasteries, sweet apple, and delightful peoples of the region. After passing the challenging Lauribina la pass you feel the rich diversity, beautiful scenery and favorable climate of the Helambu region. This trek can be categorized as cultural trek other than the mountain and glacier expeditions as it reveals the unique and rich culture, traditions and lifestyle of the Tibetan like Sherpa people.

We start the Helambu Trek from Sundarijal. From Sundarijal the trail takes us through Helambu as we climb the ridge of Shivapuri offering extensive views of the central Himalayas. The trail now ascend towards Chisapani and to Patibhanjyang which lying on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge at (1,770m.). From Patibhanjyang trail takes us all the way through the forested ridge & then descends to Kutumasang at (2,470m.) situated on a steep worn path more often covered with fir & rhododendron forest with no permanent settlements. The trail descends steeply down a ravine passing by changing vegetation from large firs, to oaks & rhododendron towards Mangengoth (3150m) and finally reaches Tharepati. From here you cross a stream on suspension bridge to reach the Melamchi Gaon (2530m). Melamchi Gaon is a Sherpa village with a beautifully crafted a Buddhist monasteries. From Melamchigaon, the trail continues to descend to the Melamchi River crossing the suspension bridge; and climbing up the other side of the valley will take you towards Tarkeghyang – picturesque village at 2550m, situated on a ridge high above the river. Tarkeghyang is the largest village in Helambu and the famous destination for the most trekkers in this region. From Tarkeghyang we then head forward to Shermathang (2621m). Shermathang is another beautiful Sherpa village inhibited with many ancient monasteries. This village also offers the clear and magnificent view of The Jugal Himal range from the north face. From here our trail descends gradually through the meadows and cultivated fields towards our final destination Melamchi Baazar. On our trekking trip we visit several age old villages with their peoples who have preserved their own particular tradition and reveal their own story. Our Helambu trek ends at Melamchi bazzar. From here we trek back to Kathmandu.

Day 01:Kathmandu to  Sundarijal(1350m) to Chisapani(2215m)

Duration of time:7 hours

Today is the first day of our trek. After breakfast we take our private transport to Sundarijal .You will drive an hour to reach our trekking starting point.  We will take off from the small market of Sundarijal which means a beautiful waterfall in Nepali. We will climb stone steps for 3hours. You will go through a waterfall, Tamang village, and a water dam from which drinking water is supplied to the Kathmandu valley. Your trek today is inside of the Shivapuri national park. It means you will get a chance to explore more nature and birds. For your lunch, you stop at the beautiful Tamang village. You then walk into the forest trail for another 3 hours enjoying peaceful nature. When you reach Borlang Bhanjang, you will see white himalayas of Mt. Langtang and Mt. Manaslu range. At the end you have to descend down for an hour to Chisapani village.

Overnight at lodge in Chisapani

Day 02:Chisapani(2215m) to Kutumsang(2470m)

Duration of time:6 hours

You will wake up early for sunrise plus taking pictures of over eight thousand meters high Himalaya range. You will see Mt. Annapuna, Mt. Manaslu  and Mt. Langtang. You will have breakfast then you leave from Chisopani to Kutumsang. Firstly you will be descending an hour then through the Tamang village, you will head uphill for a few hours in the forest trail. You will stop for lunch in Golphu Bhanjyang then head up to Kutumsang. You will have a mixed trail to reach Kutumsang. You will find oak ,pine, rhododendron forests along the way.  When you reach Kutumsang, you will explore villages for a little time and have tea coffee. You can explore real Tamang culture in this village.

Overnight at lodge in Kutumsang 

Day 03:Kutumsang(2470m) to Thadepati(3690m)

Duration of time:6 hours

After breakfast, we will march towards Thadepati  for today’s destination. The trail is so quiet and peaceful for trekkers to enjoy nature. You must have to take enough water today since you have to walk a bit more. After a 4 hours trek, you will stop for Magengoth(3420m) for lunch and tea. You will now climb 1000m into the forest and you have enough time to take a rest in a lunch place. They will serve you Nepali and Tibetan style food. You will have another 3 hours to arrive at Thadepati. You are still in the jungle yet you will feel less oxygen in Thadepati.  Thadepati is at the top of the hill and you can have a great view of white Himalaya from your guest house. You are at the highest place on this trek. 

Overnight at lodge in Thadepati 

Day 04:Thadepati(3690m) to Tarke Ghyang(2600m)

Duration of time:7 hours

You will have breakfast with breathtaking Himalaya views. Today you will descend for the first  few hours. You can enjoy nice forests and sweet birds chirp along the way. Sometimes you can also find snow in winter. You will hear. If you are lucky enough, we may find some wild animals in the area. When you finish your descent, you will cross the suspension bridge then your trail starts to go upwards for two hours then you will find such a beautiful Melamchi Gaun, Sherpa village. It is good to explore Sherpa culture in this village. You stop for lunch in this place. As you finish a good hot lunch, you again have to climb for another two hours to Tarke Ghyang. This village is famous for its monasteries. Ghyang  means Monastery in  Sherpa language. You will see more Buddhist culture followed in this place.

Overnight at lodge in Tarke Ghyang 

Day 05:Tarke Ghyang(2600m) to Sermathang(2590m)

Duration of time:4 hours

After having breakfast, you will set up from this place to Sermathhang. Today you are going to explore more  local people’s lifestyles along the way. You will find how strongly people believe in Buddhism. You will find some Mani walls, Chortens and so much prayflag on the way. Today you will find this trail more enjoyable. Today you have a mixed trail and you will be in Sermathang for lunch. You can explore Sherpa house and decoration in your guest house or go for tea in local house. You will see kitchens decorated by copper pot and you will taste homemade slider and local Sherpa tea in this village. Some of the young Sherpa people there speak a little bit of English so you can chat about the village and ritual.

Overnight at lodge in Sermathang 

Day 06:Sermathang(2590m) to Melamchi(900m)

Duration of time:7 hours

Today you are going to trek mostly downhill to Melamchi. You will stop by a few places for a cup of tea and lunch break. You will find more cultivated land. Most people are dependent on farms here. You will pass through thick villages and meet cultural peoples living in this area. You find Hindus mostly.  You can take plenty of pictures of Nepalese lifestyle and learn about them if you are interested. You will be walking for seven hours today. You will stop for lunch in Kakani.  After leaving Kakani, you descend another 3 hours to Melamchi Bazaar.  

Overnight at lodge in Melamchi

Day 07:Drive from Melamchi(900m) to Kathmandu(1400m)

Duration of time:4 hours

Today you will finish the trek. So after breakfast you are going to drive with private transport to Kathmandu for four hours. You will be in Kathmandu at lunch time. You stop for a cup of tea and will be getting some breaks along the way. You will have a good chance to see the mountain from Dhulikhel. You will be in Kathmandu an hour from Dhulikhel.

The Trip cost will vary depending on the Group Size, Duration of days and Services required. Please contact us via our website with your details to obtain a Quote.

Cost Include

  • Airport Pickup after Arrival in Kathmandu on Request
  • All Land Transportation as per Itinerary
  • 3 Meals per Day During the Trek (B L D) Including Tea or Coffee
  • Domestic Flights (Kathmandu – Lukla – Kathmandu)
  • An Experienced, English-Speaking and Government-Licensed Trek Leader and Assistant Trek Leader (6 Trekkers: 1 Assistant Guide)
  • Porter Service (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter)
  • All the Staff Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Domestic Airfare, Food and Accommodation
  • Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag (To be returned after the Completion of the Trip)
  • All the Required Paperwork, Documents
  • Trekking Permits (National Park Permit and TIMS)
  • All the Local and Governmental Taxes
  • Medical Kit (Carried by Trek Leader)

Cost Exclude

  • International Flight and Visa Fees
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra Night Accommodation in Kathmandu ( In case you arrive early or departure late and early return from mountain due to any reason) than the Scheduled Itinerary
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any Type of Personal Expenses such as Alcoholic Beverages, Phone Bills, Internet Bills, Laundry and Hot Shower
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance
  • Trip Cancellation Cost
  • Accident or Health Issues
  • Loss Theft or Damage of Personal Properties(We advice you to take out Personal Travel Insurance)
  • Tips and Gratuities

Trip Facts

Duration07 Days

Best MonthOct, Nov, March, April

Group Size1-15 persons

Max. Elevation3,640 m

GradeEasy – Moderate

Trek StyleTea House/Camping

Walk Per Day5-7 hours

MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and all meals(B L D) during the trek

AccommodationSimple lodge to 5 star hotels in cities but in trekking only simple lodge available

TransportCar, Jeep Van, Land Cruiser, Bus

Departure FromKathmandu

Arrival InKathmandu