Helambu- located approximately 72 kilometers from Kathmandu in the northeast, is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations in the country. The Helambu Short Trek rewards you with a perfect picture of ravishing beauty encompassed in a moderate climatic ambiance. The word “Helambu” is derived from the name of a caste “Helmu”, who resided in the Tarkeghyang village at the time. Today, they are known as Sherpas. The Tamang and Sherpa settlements of the Helambu region present a marvelous chance to enlighten us about their culture and way of life. A view of the magnificent Himalayas, trudging through the wonderful verdancy of the rhododendron forests and wooded acreages of pine and birch, the Helambu Trek is a marvelous adventure.
The trek starts with a drive to Sundarijal (1350m) from Kathmandu and then trekking to Chisapani. You will also be excursing through the Shivapuri National Park which is a home to many numbers of wild lives and plant species. Passing through the settlements at Mulkharka, you can have close encounters with the Tamang people residing there and visit many monasteries that adorn the terrain. On the trails of the Helambu Trek, you would be traversing through the passes of Pathi Bhanjyung and Gil Bhanjyang.
Magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges greet the eye at Yurin Danda. The Sherpa-inhabited Tarkhaghyang village is a dainty little settlement where you can enjoy alpine vegetations of oak and junipers complimented beguilingly by the blossoms of the rhododendron trees. Walking to Melamchi Gaon, you would be subjected to a beautiful natural quintessence of the woods and emerald flora.
Escape Himalaya provides an excellent rendering of services to its customers and we make sure that our customers are getting the optimal context on their trekking journeys. The Helambu Trek package is designed carefully, keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, and at the same time, the package also incorporates all of the beautiful natural and cultural quintessence of the Helambu Region in a relatively short amount of time. Come join us in this ravishing adventure where you can experience aesthetically pleasing magnificence of the mountains, alluring natural winsomeness and have a closer look at the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the people in the Helambu Trek Package. We also have alternatives for trekking in the Langtang Region with our Langtang Valley Trek that allows you trekking in the beautiful valley of the region. The Langtang Gosainkunda Trek combines the destinations of three settings into a single context. The Tamang Heritage Trail lets you excurse through the settlements of the local people and observe their traditions and cultures up close. You can also opt for a customized itinerary as well if you wish to do so.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- Seasonal fruits during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Duffel bag for the trekking
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Escape Himalaya trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Lang tang National Park Permits fee
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Drinks (hot and cold), snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
As you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives from Escape Himalaya. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will proceed to check-in. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax and get to know that lay of the land at the hotel. Overnight Stay at the hotel.
Day 02 Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2300m/7545ft), Duration: 4 hours
On this day, we will drive to Sundarijal (1350m) from Kathmandu and trek to Chisapani taking around 4 hours of time. We will pass a small hydroelectric plant on the way. The path then moves all the way through the Shivapuri National Park, founded in 2002. We will also pass by the settlement named Mulkharka which is typically inhabited by the Tamang groups. After that, we will walk along through wooded areas of rhododendron and oaks trees to reach Chisapani, set at the height of 2300m. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03 Chisapani to Kutumsang (2446m/8022ft), Duration: 5 hours
We will continue our walk descending from Chisapani and reach a plane path that traverses the fields. We will also walk down through Pathi Bhanjyang until we get to the Gul Bhanjyang Pass. The path then ascends along the edges from Gul Bhanjyang to one more pass lying at the altitude of 2620m. We will then move downhill to Kutumsang located at 2446m.Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 Kutumsang to Tharipati (3650m/11972ft), Duration: 5 hours
We will ascend from Kutumsang to reach Tharipati lying at 3650m on this day, which takes around 5 hours. We will walk on a vertical path mostly passing all the way through rhododendron and fir forests. At this point, we will see no permanent settlements. We will also continue walking to Yurin Danda which bestows wonderful views of the Himalaya ranges. To conclude for this day, we will reach Tharipati. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 Tharipati to Tarkeghyang (2743m/8997ft), Duration: 5 hours
From Tharepati, we will walk on a path that steeply descends all the way through the pine and rhododendron woods. We will also discover the grand views downhill into the Helambu valley. Also, traverse across to Numbur and Jugal Himals in the Solukhumbu to reach Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon is a village surrounded by stunning wooded acreages. It is largely occupied by Sherpa people. Here you can also explore around to learn about Sherpa culture. We will also walk down to go across the Melamchi River. From here, we will ascend gradually to Tarkeghyang, passing all the way through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang, located 2743m high, is a striking Sherpa village holding the largest and oldest monastery. Tarkeghyang is popular as Helambu itself, as the origin of the word is derived from the caste –Helmu. Most of the Sherpa inhabitants living here are formerly from Helmu caste. Overnight at lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m/8596ft), Duration: 4 hours
We will have a relatively easier walk today. We will trek ahead from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang following forests, waterfalls and streams. The path moves around the broad valley and concludes between Gangyul and Parachin. Gangyul is a Sherpa settlement from where we will walk to Shermathang. Here, we can visit a Buddhist monastery located at the top point of the village and explore around to know about the culture. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 Shermathang- Melamchi Pul Bazaar –Kathmandu, Duration: 3-4 hrs hike and 2 hrs drive
We will have a short walk that takes us to the Melamchi Pul Bazaar. On the way, we will also pass by several Sherpa villages. As we reach the Melamchi Pul Bazaar after walking for approximately 4 hours, we will drive to Kathmandu which takes around 2 hours. Over night at hotel in Kathmandu, Breakfast included.
Day 08 Farewell
Today marks the end-day for the trekking trip. You will be escorted by one of our Escape Himalaya representative to the airport from where you will depart.