Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek

Short and moderate trek that allows unique experience

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 15
  • Duration:9 Days
  • Max Altitude:[3,650m/11,976ft]
  • Accommodation:Teahouse/Lodge
  • Activity:Trekking in Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
Package difficulty Moderate  

Trip Overview


  • Perfect short and easy trek near Kathmandu
  • Region untouched by modernity
  • Mountains, Monasteries, Waterfalls and Forests
  • Trekking in least crowded area

Trip Overview

Located 72 km northeast of Kathmandu, Helambu is the nearest trekking region from the capital city that stretches from north of Taramarang to Gosaikunda Lake and lower incline of Jugal Mountain. Helambu is the short and easy trek that allows unique experience of witnessing ancient culture of Hyolmo tribes that is influenced by culture from Himalayan region. The region is un-spoilt as Helambu lies in less frequented area.

Helambu Trekking Route continues through the forest of rhododendron and bamboos that provides shelter to many rare species of wild birds and mammals like Red Pandas, Musk Deer and Rhesus Monkeys. Trekking in Helambu valley is full of mountain views including Langtang Lirung Mountain, Ganesh Mountain, Yala Peak, Annapurna Mountain Range and many other peaks and mountains. There are glaciated rivers, lush green meadows and high passes.

Despite being near from capital, Helambu Valley trek is least crowded that progresses through remote villages of Sherpa and Tamang ethnics where locals still follow culture and traditions in its original form. Helambu is one of the very few regions that are untouched by modernity.

Trek to Helambu initiates from Sundarijal and progresses through route at low altitude with maximum altitude at Thadepati (3650m). Autumn (September to December) and Spring (March to May) are best season for Helambu trekking. Weather is clear during this period with spectacular mountain views.

Trip Profile

– Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking
– Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks
– Satellite phone for emergency purpose
– Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff
– Medical trained staff with English language proficiency
– All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek
– Reasonable price with no hidden cost
– High staff to client ratio on all trips
– Higher success ratio

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,455ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,455ft]

    After an early breakfast, we set out on a guided tour to the primary historical spots in Kathmandu. We will tour symbolic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that include: Boudhanath, and the temples of Pashupatinath. As we stroll along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome us with warm hospitality. At Boudhanath, one of the biggest stupas in Asia, we get deep insights into Buddhism. This may invoke your spiritual senses. There will be a brief orientation followed by trek preparation during late afternoon at the hotel lobby.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani [2,300m/7,546ft]

    Sundarijal is located to the northern edge of Kathmandu. We will take about an hour of ride from Central Kathmandu to reach Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we will follow the stone steps upward to reach Mulkharka which is the scenic Tamang village. We will walk along dam that supplies water to Kathmandu and enter Shivpuri National Park. We will follow the descending trail to Chisapani (cold water) (2300m).

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Kutumsang [2,446m/8,025ft]

    We will leave Chisapani and walk along forest area to Kutumsang. It is going to be a long trek of seven hours. We will follow the descending trail through meadows and fields by enjoying the spectacular views of Langtang Mountains. We will move through Pati Bhanjyang to Gul Bhanjyang and then proceed to another pass. Lowering down from the pass, we will reach Kutumsang where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Thadepati [3,650m/11,976ft]

    After early breakfast, we will leave Kutumsang and follow the ascending trail on a steep path lined with fir and rhododendron forest. We cannot find any permanent settlements in this trail. Walking through forest, we will reach Yurin Danda that allows panoramic views of several surrounding mountains. Continuing further, we will arrive at Thadepati where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Tarkegyhang [2,560m/8,399ft]

    About 6hrs of trek will take us to Tarkeghyang from Thadepati. We will leave Thadepati and head east. Lowering down from Melamchi River, we will pass through few Sherpa settlements. We will visit ancient local monastery. The region was named Helambu after its Hyolmo inhabitants. We will stay overnight in Tarkeghyang.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07 - Trek to Sermathang [2,610m/8,563ft]

    Leaving Tarkeghyang, we will move through wide valley to Sherpa village of Ganyul (2520m). Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism is the chief religion that is dominant in this region. We will follow the descending trail before climbing up to the forested ridge. We will stop by the large gompa at Chumnik before climbing uphill to Sermathang village where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Melamchi bazar and drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,455ft]

    Our final day of trek includes descending trail to Malemchi Pul Bazaar. We will walk through the scenic trail decorated with chortens and after passing through the small villages of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang, we will lower down to Kakani. This is the final Sherpa village on Helambu trek. We will lower down from Kakani and reach Dubhachaur located at 1610m. We will arrive at large suspension bridge and crossing Indrawati river over bridge, our trek concludes at Malemchi Pul Bazaar, from where we will take a drive back to hotel.

    • Meal: (B, L)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 09 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: None

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Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
  • All required permits for trek (TIMS Card and National Park Fee)
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodges on trek
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Trek Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff


Miki Iwamura

I went on a solo trek to Helambu with Highland Expeditions. Unfortunately, I became ill during the trek and could not continue the ascend, but they made last minute arrangements so that I was still able to enjoy the trek at a lower altitude. From start to finish they took good care to make sure everything went smoothly and that I enjoyed my stay in Nepal. Their service is above and beyond. Thank you Passang and team!

Norman Chan

I first heard about the company from my aunt and went on a trek with them. The trip was very well planned and I enjoyed it greatly. For my future trips I will definitely go with Highland Expeditions again and will recommend them to my friends back home.

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