Helambu Circuit Trek

Package Details
  • Total Duration: 14 days
  • Trek Duration: 09 days
  • Trek Grade: Moderate
  • Max Elevation: 3510m at Tharepati
  • Mode of Trek: Teahouse
  • Trek Start: Sundarijal
  • Trek Ends: Melamchipul

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

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.

Departure date spring-autum (every year)

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

Price

Standard accommodation in Cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis - -
Single supplement - -
Deluxe accommodation in Cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis - -
Single supplement - -

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m0 and transfer to Hotel
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Drive to Sundarijal (1460m) and trek to Chisapani (2165m)
Day 04 Trek to Kutumsang (2470m)
Day 05 Trek to Tharepati (3510m)
Day 06 Trek to Melamchigaon (2530m)
Day 07 Trek to Tarkegyang (2560m)
Day 08 Rest day in Tarkegyang
Day 09 Trek to Sermathang (2621m)
Day 10 Melamchipul (840m)
Day 11 Drive to Dhulikhel
Day 12 Drive to Kathmandu
Day 13 Free day in Kathmandu
Day 14 Final departure

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.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
  • The Company is not liable for an unconvinced or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in international flights being missed
  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.
If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC