Trekking in Nepal

Helambu Circuit Trek

Helambu Circuit Trek
  • Total Duration

    14 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    09 days
  • Max Elevation

    3510m at Tharepati
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Sundarijal
  • Trek Ends

    Melamchipul

“Amidst rich mid-hills culture in the shade of Jugal himalayan range”

Overview

This trek makes a wonderful circuit of the Helambu region. The normal starting point for this trek is Sundarijal because of its proximity to Kathmandu. The Helambu region is less frequented by trekkers than other regions like that of Everest or Annapurna.

Helambu, one of the most beautiful regions in the foothills of the Himalayas, is just a few days away from the Kathmandu Valley rim, situated directly northeast of Kathmandu in the central Himalayan region.

This trek takes you through the Langtang region and joins at Helambu. The Langtang area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest national park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq km of mountainous terrain south of the Nepal-Tibet (China) border.

The area offers you the chance to immerse yourself in a broad range of cultures. The three main ethnic peoples living in the area are the Tamangs, Bhotias and, Yolmus. The Yolmo people of the Helambu region are often referred to as "Sherpas". However, neither their languages and customs nor their clan structure resemble that of the Solukhumbu Sherpas of Everest. They are thought to be more akin to Langtang Bhotias, and may also have originated from the Kyirong area of Tibet, just over the border.

Their religion and monasteries show their rich Buddhist culture. At lower elevations along the edges of the park, other mid hill tribes and castes reside including Brahmins, Chhetries, Newars and some Gurungs.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

19 January to 01 February
16 February to 01 March
15 March to 28 March
12 April to 25 April
20 September to 03 October
11 October to 24 October
08 November to 21 November
16 December to 29 December

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in hotel
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal (1460m) 01 Hr and trek to Chisapani (2165m) 04 Hrs
Drive to Sundarijal which is 13 km. from Kathmandu. Sundarijal is situated at the elevation of 1460m from where the trek starts. Beyond Sundarijal, the trail climbs continuously through forest to a medieval looking reservoir, the dam and waterworks. The trail leaves the water supply system and climbs steeply to a road to 1550m. Then cross the road and continue climb to the top of the Shivapuri ridge, the first village on the trail with the sprawling Tamang settlement of Milkshake at 1895m. There are few small tea shops where you can sit for a cup of tea and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Beyond Mulkharka, the trail continues to climb steadily. After passing through an army camp, the trail enters the Shivapuri National Park. Most of the Shivapuri ridge is dense forest of pine and oak. Climb continues down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisapani at 2165m. Overnight at teahouse
Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2470m) 06 Hrs
The trail continues to drop from Chisapani to Pati-Bhanjyang, the path leads to the level trail that crosses meadows & fields. Pati-Bhanjyang is on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge at 1770m. This is a Brahmin & Chhetri village with a few shops & hotels. The trail heads north out of the Pati-Bhanjyang along the forested ridge & them descends to a large Chorten, the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. This is a delightful, classic hill village. Again, the trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2,620m. From the pass one can look back over Gul Bhanjyang at the bottom. The trail then descends to Kutumasang at 2,470m for the overnight halt. Overnight at teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3510m) 05 Hrs
The trail climbs above Kutumasang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir & rhododendron forests where there are no permanent settlements. Then, the trail descends to Magen Goth (3150m). It finally reaches Tharepati for the overnight stay. Tharepati at 3,510m is the highest point of this trek and it’s worth the climb for the grand views of the snow capped peaks, ranging from Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu to Annapurna in the far west and the Jugal mountain range to the north east. The trail from here also branches off, for another one and half day walk to the popular pilgrimage holy sacred place of Gosainkund towards west. Overnight at teahouse
Day 06: Trek to Melamchigaon (2530m) 04 Hrs
Our trek continues downhill from Tharepati towards Melamchigaon for another 3-4 hours through beautiful forest of oaks and rhododendron till Melamchigaon is reached for the overnight. The route passes from the northern end of the settlement & descends steeply down a ravine. The vegetation changes to large firs, then to oaks & rhododendron. Crossing a stream on a suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village Melamchigaon. This village is famed for its wood carving; you can see the intricate carving on the windows of their houses. Overnight at teahouse
Day 07: Trek to Tarkegyang (2600m) 05 Hrs
The walk from Melamchigaon is gradual for an hour and half with the last hour climb to Tarkegyang. Tarkegyang, is the main village of Helambu region, the place is also renowned for its famed green apples and the wood carving on furniture and for other household products. We will have ample time visiting this lovely village, where its windows and furniture have nice traditional carving. The homes of the inhabitants are amazingly clean with polished wooden floors and the utensils speck and span. Overnight at teahouse
Day 08: Rest day in Tarkegyang
A well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing, today local visit around the village and its Monastery, and energetic short hike around on top of the nearby hills for more great view of the snow capped peaks. Overnight at teahouse
Day 09: Trek to Sermathang (2590m) 05 Hrs
After a lovely morning we head towards another important village of the area to Sermathang, the walk leads on the gradual winding path offering excellent views of the surrounding landscapes all the way to our overnight stop at Sermathang after a good four hours walks. Overnight at teahouse
Day 10: Trek to Melamchipul (2530m) 06 Hrs
The last day of the trek is more or less downhill all the way to Melamchipul Bazaar, road head for the drive to Kathmandu. The trek passes through mid hills villages of Kakani and Thimbu before heading towards the subtropical region back to the rice paddy fields. On arriving at Melamchipul Pul which is a busy bazaar, where people from the rural villages from the hills come here for the marketing and to catch a bus to Kathmandu city. Here we will have our last camp of this wonderful trek away from the main busy bazaar of Melamchigaon
Day 11: Drive to Dhulikhel 02 Hrs
The drive from here is on a dirt road for few hours until the road join the main Tibet-Nepal Araniko Highway. From here a pleasant scenic hour drive brings us to the mountain resorts at Dhulikhel for the overnight. Dhulikhel an old Newar town situated beyond the eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley on route Tibet and to Jiri the classic gateway to Everest. As Dhulikhel offers panoramic view of the central and eastern Himalayan ranges, it is one of the most popular tourist spot with comfortable lodge and resorts. Overnight at Lodge
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
A short scenic drive of an hour brings you back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. Please let our staff or tour officer know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for our extension trip white water rafting-Jungle Safari, paragliding or Bungy Jump. Overnight at Hotel
Day 14: Final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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