"The Helambu region is a beautiful sport. It is famous for the trekkers who would like to enjoy its scenery and favorable climate."
Helambu Trek is a short and easy trek which is about 72 km away from Kathmandu valley. It generally takes 5 days trek. It covers a wider area from north of Taramarang to the upper slope of a famous Gosaikunda Lake and downward slope of Jugal Himal. This less crowded trek is at the altitude of 800m to 3600m offering little less climbing as well as the warmer temperature which begins from Sundarijal about an hour drive from Kathmandu.
The Helambu trek rewards you with extensive Himalayan views, beautiful mountain streams, snow-capped peaks, grassy land, and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals. There are snow bridges, spinning angry torrents, small lakes with iceberg’s floating on them and crystalline brightness formed by water in the upper part of the valley. This trek is free from any noise and comparatively easier because of less covered area, low attitude, less crowded.
During the trek, you can perceive the unique culture of high mountain people as well as the beauty of nature with rhododendrons and bamboo forests. The snow-capped mountains and graceful waterfalls make the trek one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The glorious mountain scenery at the border of Tibet and monasteries add an enthralling experience to the trek. The people living in highlands of Helambu region are Nepali and are from Tibetan origin and almost look like Tibetan.
Autumn and Spring are considered as the suitable seasons for the Helambu trek, however, winter is also good for trekking in this region. Besides easy trekking, it offers you a wide range of mountainous people’s culture and spectacular scenery. We will get the opportunity to interact with Tamang and Sherpa peoples in the upper section during the Helambu trekking. Helambu trek is safe and recommended. Sherpa Expedition and trekking are glad to operate this trek for you to make it your life experience.
Highlights of Helambu Trek
- The Helambu trek offers panoramic Himalayan views.
- Stunning mountain streams, hard and rugged rocks with snow-capped peaks.
- Grassy land and meadows strewed with daisies and wild animals.
- There are snow bridges, spinning angry torrents, small lakes.
- Explore Tibetan Culture and Tamang villages.
- Explore Lang tang, National Park.
- Two nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
- All Ground transportation.
- Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days, including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
- English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and a necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary, accommodation, and meals.
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show. (Ethnic music and dance)
- All the necessary official documents, TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit, etc. Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
- First Aid kit.
- Trekking Route map.
- Insurance of Guide and Porters.
- All required local and government tax.
- Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
- Meal except for Breakfast in Kathmandu.
- All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea/coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
- Personal clothing and gears.
- Tips to guide and porters.
- Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing, etc. Which are not under our control.
- Monument entrance fees.
- Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
- Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
- A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes
- A pair of half gloves
- A warmer hat that covers the ears
- Neck warmer
- Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
- Headlamp and an extra set of batteries
- A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
- Warmer shell gloves and liner
- long sleeve t-shirts
- Thermal Tops
- wool Jackets or pullover
- Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
- Water and windproof shell jacket
- Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
- windproof and waterproof trousers
- warmer trouser
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Extra casual sport pants
- A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
- Pair of sandals
- 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
- Socks liner
- Light shoes and sneaker
First Aid Kits and Medicines
- Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
- Blister treatment
- Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
- Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
- Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
- Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
- Water purifying pills
Miscellaneous, but must useable
- 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
- Water bottle & filter
- Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
- Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)
- Comfortable trekking poles
- Best energy dry foods (up to you)
- Power Bank and music players
- Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)
Good to Know
You will be accommodated in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. During the trek, teahouses are readily available; all accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. You may find good quality teahouses at the lower altitude but at the higher elevation, you may get to stay in teahouses where accommodations are settled just with a bed, mattresses and a pillow.
Meals and drinks during the trek
Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas full board services (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) is provided during the trek. Variety of meals are available especially noodles, soups, and rice dishes; on some routes, there will be a limited choice and on some routes teahouses only provide local Nepali dish, Dhal Bhat (lentil and rice).
Helambu trek is an easy and moderate trek that takes you away from your hometown to have some good quality time. It is the perfect destination for trekkers who love to walk steadily 4-5 hours a day. We have met people from different walks of life, even first-time travelers can easily pass the trek, and all you need to do is a regular exercise to accomplish this trek. Past experience of any hiking or trekking activities is always a plus.
Best time to travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to December) are usually known as the best season to do a Helambu Trek. You are much more likely to see clear views throughout the year however we do not suggest you travel in monsoon season.