"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 nearby Kathmandu valley. It generally takes 5 days trek. It is located about 72 km from Kathmandu valley. It extends from north of Taramarang to the upper slope of a famous Gosaikunda Lake and downward slope of Jugal Himal. The Helambu trek is at the altitude of 800m to 3600m offering little less climbing as well as the warmer temperature. Helambu trek begins from Sundarijal about an hour drive from Kathmandu. Nepal Pioneer Trek has been conducting trekking in this area for many years.
The Helambu trek offers pine forest, panoramic Himalayan views, beautiful mountain streams, hard and rugged rocks with 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 comparatively easier because of less covered area, low attitude, less crowded. This trek is free from any noise in comparison to other trekking.
During the trek, you can observe the unique culture of high mountain people as well as the beauty of nature with rhododendrons and bamboo forests. The graceful waterfalls and snow-capped mountains make the trek one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. Mountain scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region an enthralling experience. The people living in highlands of Helambu region are Nepali and are from Tibetan origin and almost look like Tibetan.
The best season for the Helambu trek is autumn and spring. Winter is also good for trekking in this region. Besides easy trekking, it offers a wide range of mountainous people’s culture and spectacular scenery. We will get the opportunity to interact with Tamang and Sherpa peoples at 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 pine forest, 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.
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu.
Arrival day in Kathmandu. Upon on your arrival to the Kathmandu International Airport, one of our Sherpa Expedition and trekking staff who is the airport representative will warmly welcome you with beautiful garland then transfer to the hotel. Our manager will meet you at your hotel, then talk about the trip and take you to a very nice restaurant for welcome dinner then drop you to the hotel for overnight.
Day 02: Trek Preparation.
Today, our manager will come to meet you at the hotel at 10.00 AM. He will brief about the trip in detail, introduce with the guide and provide you with all the documents. You will be free in the afternoon and manage your time for trek preparation. Our guide will meet you at your hotel at six O’ clock in the evening then take you for well come dinner. After having dinner, drop you to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 03: Trek from Sundarijal to Chisapani.
Today is your first-day trek to Chisapani. Our trekking guide will come to meet you at your hotel, then drop you to the Sundarijal by car. It takes about an hour. You should start your walk on foot from Sundarijal to Chisapani. It takes about four to five-hour walk. You should enter in the Shivapuri Wild Life Protected Area. The trail mostly tough climb about three to four hours, then drop down an hour to reach to Chisapani. You can see the sunset the view in the evening and enjoy the beautiful mountain view as well then stay overnight at the hotel.
Day 04: Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang.
Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang. It takes about five to six-hour walk. The trail mostly ascends. Today you can see the mountain view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Dorjelakpa. The trail, in the beginning, drops down to Pati Bhyanjyang then climb up about two hours after that drop down to Gulbhanjyang. Gulbhyang is a nice village, mostly Tamang people are living there. The trail after Gul Bhanjyang climbs up about one and a half hour to get to the top, then fifteen minutes drop down to reach Kutumsang and stay overnight there.
Day 05: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati.
Kutumsang to Tharepati. It takes about four to five hours walk today. The trail mostly climbs and reach at 3800m. Thadepati is a very nice viewpoint. You can see both side views of Gosainkund and Helambu. While you walk, you could see many Rhododendron trees. The national flower of Nepal. You can enjoy the mountain views as well in the evening and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Trek from Thadepati to Tarkeghyang.
Tharepati to Tarkeghyang. It takes about five to six hours walk today. You should start your walk after breakfast. You should drop down to the Melamchigaun. This place is very nice. Sherpa people are inhabitant there. You may stop for lunch, then look around the village, visit Monastery, then start your trek again. At first, you should drop down all the way to Melamchi Khola, cross the bridge, then climb up all the way to Tarkeghyang and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Trek from Tarkeghyang to Kakani.
Tarkeghyang to Kakani. The trail very nice and gentle today until to the Sermathang. You should walk sometimes through the forest. It is nice and cool, then you will arrive at Sermathang. You may stop for lunch, then start your walk again to Kakani. Tarkeghyang to Kakani mostly down walk, then reach Kakani and stay overnight there.
Day 08: Trek from Kakani to Melamchi then drive back to Kathmandu.
Kakani to Kathmandu via Melamchi. Today is a very short day for walking. It takes about two hours walk to reach Melamchi then take a bus to Kathmandu. Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu takes four hours. After your arrival in Kathmandu drop to the hotel. Our manager will come to meet you and take you for a farewell dinner, then drop you to the hotel and stay overnight there.
Day 09: International departure homeward bound.
Departure for home. Our driver with Sherpa Expedition and trekking staff will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for the final departure. Wish you have a nice and safe journey back home.
- 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
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
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)
1. Trekking equipment
The Following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek as the backpack for the hiking in Nepal and the gear play a vital role for the successful trip and we suggest you to have all the necessary gear for the trip and not to have unnecessary equipment/things that you will not be using for the trip and list of the gear you need for the trek are:
- Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
2. Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches like DMX.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Imodium or Peptone besom, Flexon capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox 125 or 250mg or 400mg tablets for altitude sickness.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.(Sherpa expedition and Trekking company's team also provide first aid kits)
3. Miscellaneous but Important
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip care (Balm) At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
- Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
- Pocket knife.
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kits and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
Note Regarding Itineraries:
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan and their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa Expedition & Trekking Pvt. Ltd. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is safe and successful. Your safety is paramount.