The Helambu region lies in the Langtang area of Nepal and is inhabited by Sherpa and Tamang populations. Its location is near Kathmandu and offers a scenic and rewarding trekking trail to embark upon. Brightly colored prayer flags and lesser crowded trails makes the Helambu trek a must-go-to destination. This trek consists of passage through pine and rhododendron forests along with the views of the snowcapped pristine peaks. Proper lodging facilities are available and this trek proves to be an adventurous and thrilling experience of a lifetime.
Through the Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve, this trek passes through the residential areas of warm welcoming inhabitants. Also available are the magnificent views of the exquisite peaks like the Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal, Langshisha, Numbur etc. This trek thus, can be considered to be an opportunity to explore the cultural and religious variety of Nepal and to intermingle with the warm ethnic inhabitants living in the region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing Around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathamandu- Sundarijal- Chisapani (1300m-2300m)
Day 04: Chisopani- Kutumsang (2300m- 2446m)
Day 05: Kutumsang- Tharepati (2446m-3650m)
Day 06: Tharepati- Tarkeghyang (3650m-2560m)
Day 07: Tarkeghyang- Sermathang (2560m-2610m)
Day 08: Sermathang- Melamchi Pul Bazaar- Kathmandu
Day 09: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
The arrival into the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) of Kathmandu will be followed by a drop off at the hotel to stay in. Trekkers can use the opportunity to rest or to stroll the streets of the area you will be staying in. The exquisite Nepali cuisine can be tried as well.
Sightseeing Around Kathmandu
Kathmandu is home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu Durbar square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath etc. are the major attractions of this beautiful, historic city. These areas can be visited to spend the time and the preparation of the trek can be carried out on this day too.
Kathamandu- Sundarijal- Chisapani (1300m-2300m)
The day begins with a 1 hour drive to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek. We embark on a trek to Chisapnai after this point. We follow the path through a small hydroelectric plant and enter into the Shivapuri National Park Area. Firstly, we reach the settlement of Mulkharka which is inhabited mostly by Tamang people. Through oak and rhododendron forests, we finally reach Chisopani. 1 hour drive. 4 hours trek.
Chisopani- Kutumsang (2300m- 2446m)
This day marks a journey to Kutumsang. Upon crossing meadows and fields we also get to view the pristine views of the Langtang Mountain and the peaks that surround it. The path brings us to Pathi Bhanjyang and then the Gul Bhyanjyang. The trail now climbs up to another pass and then a downhill trek before finally arriving to Kutumsang. 7 hours trek.
Kutumsang- Tharepati (2446m-3650m)
Today’s trail passes through a steep path across fir and rhododendron forests through area with sparse settlements. No permanent settlements are present along the way, thus giving the feel of embarking on a adventure. Through magnificent views of the Langtang Lirung and other Tibetan peaks, the trail passes into Yurin Dada. This is followed by a path upto Tharepati where the night will be spent. 6 hours trek.
Tharepati- Tarkeghyang (3650m-2560m)
The trail for the day first descends down to the Melamchi Khola. Upon crossing the Melamchi Khola, we trek upwards towards the Tarkheghyan. We pass though through several Sherpa settlements and enjoy the exquisite views of the magnificent Himalayan peaks that adorn the region before reaching there. The Tarkheghyang village can be explored and the age old, one of the biggest monasteries present there can be visited. This village is also known as the Helambu village owing to the majority of people of the Helmu caste that live here. 6 hours trek.
Tarkeghyang- Sermathang (2560m-2610m)
This day will not be the day to gain much altitude and the walk thus will be a comparatively easier one. The trail will pass through several forests, waterfalls and streams. The trail sweeps around the Helambu valley and reaches the point between the Gangyul village and the Parachin village. From this point, we finally arrive to Sermathand, which has a Buddhist monastery at the highest point which can be visited. 3-4 hours trek.
Sermathang- Melamchi Pul Bazaar- Kathmandu
This is the final day of the actual trek. The trail starts with a descend down to the Melamchi Pul Bazaar. This Sherpa inhabited village can be explored before catching a bus or another rise upto Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the remaining day can be used to rest or visiting several areas that can be visited in this capital of the beautiful country Nepal. 3-4 hours trek. 2 hours drive.
This day will mark the end of the journey, always to be remembered. Souvenirs can be collected before departing back home with a promise to always come back for more in this incredible country.