The Helambu Trek has many advantages. Since the trail-head at Sundarijal, is just 12 km north of Kathmandu, there is little time wasted in travel. This 7-day trek is less crowded than more popular routes, but in fact, provides a condensed version of longer treks, brimming with natural and cultural splendor. There are spectacular views of the Langtang, 7245, Ganesh Himal, 7405m, Dorje Lhakpa, 6990m and other mountains of the Langtang range. People of all ages who enjoy the outdoors can enjoy this trail as it is not too demanding.
The Helambu Trekking trail leads through two different national parks: Langtang and Shivapuri National Park.Staying in the cozy guesthouses of the of the ethnic Sherpa, Tamang and Lama villages, gives a taste of the local culture.The ancient monasteries give a glimpse into traditional Buddhist worship. The beautiful village of Helambu is surrounded by apple orchards. One Sherpa town is called ‘Tarkeghyang’, which means "100 horses". Long ago, the King of Kathmandu, Kantipur, called on a Buddhist Lama, to stop an epidemic. The Lama asked for 100 horses as a reward, and the King gave him the horses. When this Lama built a temple in 1727, he called it Tarkeghyang. The Tarkeghyang temple was rebuilt in 1969, designed in the Bhutanese style. The trek ends at Melamchi Bazzar, a lovely Sherpa village.
Best Seasons in Helambu
Trekking in the Helambu region is possible year round; however the ideal seasons to trek are in spring and autumn: from March to end of May, and from September to late November. In April and early May the rhododendron trees blossom and the landscape bursts into bloom. The views in the autumn, after the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust, are splendid. In the Helambu region the days are sunny and warm all year round and the temperatures at night remain above freezing. In winter it is a little colder, though still not freezing, but trekking in the summertime can be slippery when the monsoon rains soak the trails.
We have categorized Helambu Village trekking as a medium grade trek, suitable for passionate trekkers of all ages. For those who are less fit, we do recommend that you start a regular exercise regime a few weeks prior to the trek to ensure you have the stamina to walk at least 4-6 hours each day.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Kathmandu-Chisopani, 2215m
Day 3 : Trek to Kutumsang, 2446m, 6-7 hrs
Day 4 : Trek to Thare Pati, 3510m, 5-6 hrs
Day 5 : Trek to Tarke Ghyang, 2590m, 5-6 hrs
Day 6 : Trek to Sermathang, 2610m, 4-5 Hours
Day 7 : Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, 820m, 4-5 hrs and 2 hr Bus Ride to Kathmandu
Day 8 : Departure
|Start Date||End Date||Cost||Status||Booking|
|29 October, 2016||05 November, 2016||USD 500 per person||Available|
|05 November, 2016||12 November, 2016||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|11 November, 2016||18 November, 2016||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 November, 2016||25 November, 2016||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 November, 2016||02 December, 2016||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 March, 2017||17 March, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|15 March, 2017||22 March, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|27 March, 2017||03 April, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|01 April, 2017||08 April, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 April, 2017||12 April, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|10 April, 2017||17 April, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|15 April, 2017||22 April, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|20 April, 2017||27 April, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 April, 2017||02 May, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|04 May, 2017||11 May, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|13 May, 2017||20 May, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|24 May, 2017||31 May, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 September, 2017||14 September, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|14 September, 2017||21 September, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|27 September, 2017||04 October, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|02 October, 2017||09 October, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|07 October, 2017||14 October, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 October, 2017||19 October, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|18 October, 2017||25 October, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|29 October, 2017||05 November, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|05 November, 2017||12 November, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|11 November, 2017||18 November, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
|25 November, 2017||02 December, 2017||USD 500 per person||Available||Book Now|
Best Seasons for Helumbu Trekking
The best seasons for the Langtang Trek are fromSeptember to mid-Decemberand fromMarch to May. These months are known for sunny and warm weather and outstanding views. For those who dont mind the cold, trekking in December to February is also good and you will have the trails to yourself!
Helumbu Trek is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Meals on the Helumbu Trek
Three meals a day are included during your Langtang Valley Trek. The menu will be fairly simple, but freshly cooked and hygienic. You can enjoy typical Nepali, Tibetan and Sherpa food, as well as all types of international cuisine. Dinners and breakfasts will be provided in the teahouse/lodge where you spend the night. Lunches will be eaten in a teashop on the way to the destination of the day.
Drinking Water on Helumbu Trek
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About for Helumbu Trekking
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Travel Insurance for Helumbu Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 8 Days
Price : US $500 p/p
Trip Grade : Moderate
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 6 days (5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
I would like to higly recommend Annapurna Foothills Trekking for the great adventure they provided to me during the 3 weeks I spent with them! The trekking and climbing guides were excellent, always available and paying a special attention to any of my requests. I expect to come back again…Haidar Navi
My wife and I trekked the Manaslu Circuit with Ngima's Annapurna Foothills in late 2014. The trip, from start to finish, was nothing short of spectacular. Ngima and Tenzin were the warmest, most gracious hosts, and showed single-minded devotion to ensuring the trip's success, safety, and joyfulness.Merrick Kingston
My name is Clinton Behan For the past 15 years I have been running commercial expeditions to the Nepal himalaya from where I live in Perth W.Australia and over those years I have had many opportunities to work with companies out of Kathmandu to run my logistics and organise…Clinton Behan