The Helambu Circuit trek is specially designed off the beaten trail that absolutely highlights the calm and tranquil area for trekking and the trails are blissfully famous for its outstanding natural beauty, fascinating culture and favorable climates. The Helambu circuit trekking landscape is classic Himalayan foothills, with plenty of dramatic rises and plummeting descents. On this grand Helambu trekking adventure, discover unchanged central Nepal: trails pass through dense forests and traditional Buddhist villages and while the mountain views are genuinely inspiring. You pass through dramatic ridges, villages inhabited by the Tamang people, lush forests of rhododendron, conifers, oak, and also this trail passes through mountain cattle grazing on rich alpine pastures under the watchful eyes of their herders. Breathtaking mountains views emerge on yours ascent as the vegetation becomes sparser and the conditions more challenging.
Helambu Circuite Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week so it is best trip for those trekkers who do not have the longer holiday in Nepal trip. The trail to Helambu climbs on to the Shivapuri ridge from where there are sweeping views of the central Himalayas. This Helambu village Trek will bring us through the Langtang National Park which inhabits a wealth of rare birds, wildlife and unique plants and flowers. Helambu Circuite Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week so it is best trip for those trekkers who do not have the longer holiday in Nepal trip. During trek we will pass through spectacular villages of Kutumsang, Chisopani and Sermathang with their stunning panoramic views. We will pass through the villages of Melamchi Gaon and Tarkeghyang, Helambu Circuite Trek is easy to get from Kathmandu and trek takes a week so it is best trip for those trekkers who do not have the longer holiday in Nepal trip in which we will pass through, provide the cultural riches which will take us into the heart of Nepal. The Sherpa village of Tarkeghyang that forms the focus of Helambu is a charming enclave of farmers and yak herders. They are different from Sherpas of Khumbu region and have unique culture. We go along the south ridge through Sermathang, down to the river at Melamchi, the site of a mega project to bring drinking water to Kathmandu via a series of tunnels. You will experience the Yolmo culture of high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enthralled as the farmers toil in the fields using handmade tools and teams of water buffalo.
The Helambu Sherpa valley trekking trail takes us through the National Park of Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, which inhabits a paradise of flora, including exotic orchids, and a myriad of wildlife and birds. You will trek to villages with spectacular panoramic views including Ganesh Himal Massif, Langtang Himal, Rolwaling Range and distant views of peaks in the Everest region. With diverse range of brilliant green valley’s misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of snowy peaks, Helambu is the ideal short trek. Helambu region lies to the north of Kathmandu and offers the nearest experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to Everest region. This Helambu circuit- Sherpa valley expedition is an easy and enjoyable trip for the trekkers who wish to experience adventure and closeness to the Himalayan trail without going at high altitude. Some of the main attractions of this region include: exquisite gompas enshrining statues of Guru Rinpoche, Sakyamuni, and Chenresig (Avalokitesvara).
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisopani (2140m): Walking Distance 4 hours
Day 04:Chisopani trekking to Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m)
Day 05: Gul Bhanjyang trekking to Tharepati (3597m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
Day 06: Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours
Day 07: Melamchi to Tarkeghyang (2590m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
Day 08: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 09: Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar (828m) and drive to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 10: Farewell Departure
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. A visit to Patan City will enchant you with its famous fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3: Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisopani (2140m): Walking Distance 4 hours
Drive for about an hour from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) where there is a large water project which supplies most of the drinking water to Kathmandu Valley. The unpaved road turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant and starts up a concrete steps alongside the water pipe. Beyond Sundarijal the trail climbs continuously through forests to a medieval-looking reservoir, dam and waterworks. Crossing the dam, the trail leaves the water supply system and climbs steeply to a road to the top of the Shivapuri ridge and wildlife reserve. The trail now continues up hill through the forest to meet the Mulkharka Villages with the inhabitants of Tamang 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 can see the views of Annapurna to Everest
Day 4:Chisopani trekking to Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m)
The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good sometimes level crossing meadows and fields. There are good mountain views as you leave the wide track and drop down into the valley on a muddy zigzagging path. The trail heads north out of Pathi Bhanjyang (1770m), the Brahman and chhettri village and a gentle ascent to a small white chorten at the Sherpa village of Thakuni Bhanjyang. Make a very steep ascent on switch back to Chipling and 200m climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge (2470m). You’ll have good views of the peaks as you drop down through rhododendron forest on the far side of the pass. Continuing along the forested ridge, the trail descends to a large chorten overlooking the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.
Day 5: Gul Bhanjyang trekking to Tharepati (3597m): Walking Distance 6-7 hours
The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The trail steadily climbs through prickly leaved oak forest with excellent views of the mountains and the Helambu valley. The trek proceeds due north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of the peaks above Langtang and of the Gosaikunda peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are only few shepherds' huts. The trail descends to Magen Goth and continues to climb, steeply at first, and then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams. A steep path raises above the village to a fluttering white prayer flag on a mind swept hilltop, offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalaya. We arrived at Tharepati Rise early for excellent close up views of Gosaikunda and surrounding high mountains. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 6: Tharepati trekking to Melamchi (2560m): Walking Distance 4-5 hours
Heading east from Tharepati, the trail drops rapidly down the ridge. The path passes pine and rhododendron forest rich with bird life along with good views down into the Helambu valley. The ridge gives you a marvelous mountain view of the Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Crossing the village and enter a forested area descending to Melamchi River followed to the Melamchi Gaon. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, which is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their unique culture and spectacular Buddhist monasteries.
Day 7: Melamchi to Tarkeghyang (2590m): Walking Distance 5-6 hours
From the Gompa in Melamchi Gaon, the trail drops rapidly into the forest, passing a series of large chortens, a reminder of the strong Buddhist influence in the village. The trek descends steeply to the valley floor, where you can have a well earned dip in the crystal- clear stream named as Melamchi. After crossing the bridge the trail climbs steeply up to the sprawling valley of Nakote (1980m). Then the trail goes gently up to beautiful Sherpa village Tarkeghyang (ghyang means monastery) passing through Sherpa old settlements and biggest monasteries. Narrow cobbled lanes and tightly packed houses here resemble the high altitude villages of Mustang and Dolpo which are worth viewing. Tarkeghyang boasts an 18th century Gompa with huge brass prayer wheel.
Day 8: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests. The trail leads us cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helambu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region. Sermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of Jugal Himal range. In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Rolwaling, Even Mt. Everest also in a distance.
Day 9: Sermathang Trekking to Melamchi Bazaar (828m) and drive to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours drive
Today The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages. With the spectacular Mountain View, you will get to interact with local and friendly people. From here take a drive of around 3-4 hrs to the Kathmandu valley. Enjoy the panoramic views all the way, enjoying the cool air and forested road. Drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle; join Nepali cultural dinner in the evening overnight in Kathmandu hotel.
Day 10: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
Langtang Lirung is the highest peak of the Langtang Himal range. Langtang Lirung lies near the Trisuli Gandaki, and north of the Langtang Khola.
If you do Langtang ganja la pass trek, the height would be 5200m. For the short treks like Helambu trek or Langtang valley trek, it would be just 3500m.
The starting point of Langtang region can be driving the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr to Dhunche or Syabrubesi. Another way can be through Sundarijal or Melamchi Bazaar, around 3-4 hrs from the Kathmandu valley.
Mainly we have 2 seasons for Helambu Circuit, the autumn (September, October & November) and spring (March, April & May)season are good when weather is pleasant, The monsoon rains have cleared the sky of dust and the views are often spectacular, clear sky, flowers are in blooming, good trail condition. The winter Dec, Jan and Feb is recommended for this trek as it goes maximum height of 3597m, some time we may expect the foggy weather, The summer (June, July, August is rainy season so visibility can be less and rain will be issue, considering Summer June is ok as in general rain will nearly from last week of June. The benefit to do the trek in off season is there are not many tourists, very easy to find the best rooms in the lodge.
Trekking to Helambu Circuit is considered moderate trekking, people have no previous trekking or mountaineering experience can do the trekking easily, only you need to trek 6 hours in the rocky trail, easy trek means we don’t go more heights and there is no altitude issue but working style is same mostly up and down hills and minimum 5 to 6 hours of walking. We can tailor made the trip itinerary depends on people fitness level.
We always recommend to have a guide for any trekking in Nepal Himalaya, there were few trekkers already missed and lost in the some trekking trail, the mountain trail is easily losable and most of the places have no sign for trail junction so people have difficulty which direction to go. A great guide will make your overall experience more memorable and enjoyable.
Obtaining Nepalese visa at arrival is easier expecting some time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue.
Don’t forget to carry two passport size photographs and to bring cash as ATM is not available at the site.
Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to ask visa for 30 day.
Download Nepalese visa application form and fill it advance to avoid some que.
Helambu Circuit Trek is considered moderate grade trekking and suitable for everybody. People who have general physical fitness can do the trekking, If have previous hiking and camping experience is more easy to do the trek, you can train yourself for this trek. As needed to walk 5/6 hours every day so if you can train yourself by jogging, running, yoga will be much more easier for you.
The main things in the trek is one should able to walk 5-6 hours every day in rough rocky trail, so every day short walk up to 1 hour,1,2 month before the trek is best suggestion, jogging, yoga will be also advisable.
There is never problem trekking with solo women or join in the group, we have operated trek for many single female traversal our guide and porters are honest, trust worthy, reliable and carefully chosen for your trips, you will not face any problem trekking with your guide, you will meet many like minded travelers during the trail.
You can use the chlorine tablets and used the same water as locals do. bottled water also available throughout the trek but the prices are expensive, you can get a boiled or hot water also in the guest house, wise is get the water purification tablets and use the normal water.
Yes, you can charge batteries along the trek (US$2-3 per hour) most of the guest houses have electricity facilities. You may want to consider bringing a solar charger which is now widely available.
You can buy the Ncell Sim very easily (you need passport photo and passport copy). It worked at most places during the trekking.
We saw older people on the trail more easily they finish the trek, this trek is suitable for 2 years to 80 years old people, for baby we provide the extra porter to carry and have already organize a trek for many families with their small children’s. People who have passion for mountain can do this trek.
Good comfortable trekking shoes is the most important for the trek, for shorter trek tennis shoes or snickers is ok while longer treks requites the good boots have good ankle support, plenty of tow room for long descents, a bit like timberland, they are a bit heavier, but most importantly you want to get those that wrap the angle, this prevents you from twisting your ankles on uneven grounds. Good lightweight trekking boots or light all leather boots are perfect. Proper fit is a must for boots and must be lightly worn before use it for trekking.
It depends on nature of sickness. Normally if you get sick you will descend to lower altitude with help of support staff. But if the case is critical we will arrange emergency helicopter evacuation service. Our guide will take immediate action according to the situation. Altitude sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal!
These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. We are often asked the above questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or just want to have a chat about the trek.
The service for the trek was fantastic, emails were replied to promttly + Puru was extremely flixzible to our time/cost constraints.
Our guide Purna was wonderful + went way beyond our expectations to ensure we were completely comfortable throughout the whole trek. He was consistently concerned with my welfare( issues to blisters, knees) + changed the pace+ breaks to suit this.
Purna was extremely insightful about trekking+ different regions and was happy to assit with any question we had.
I look forward to recommending ( Above the Himalaya Trekking) to my friends+ fellow travelers
Duration: 10 Days
Max. Altitude: Tharepati (3597m)
Trek Grade: Moderate
Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek
Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Bus
Activity: City tour, Trekking
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.