Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 3650m
Highlights
  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
  • Spectacular moderate walk via Lush rhododendron and diverse vegetations
  • Rhythmic and crystal clear Langtang River
  • Core wilderness into the Langtang Langtang National Park
  • Mesmerizing high pastures and meadows
  • Langtang National Park and its diverse species of flora and faunas
  • Holystone inscriptions, manis, prayer flags, and monasteries
  • Organic cheese factories
  • Giant glaciers and mountain peaks include Langtang, Lirung, and other alluring mountain summits
  • Friendly Tamang people and their rich culture

Helambu trek is a well-known short and less crowded trekking in Nepal located in the Langtang region. The trail encompasses Langtang National, incredible Traditional settlements of Tamang people at Helambu, mighty glaciers, and majestic mountain views including Langtang, Lirung, and Rolwaling range. Besides, exploring exotic wilderness among lush woods and natural waterfalls will be an amazing experience on this trip. Since Helambu Trek is closer to Kathmandu valley; we do get better accommodation and food relatively.

Begin your Helambu trek from the beautiful town Sundarijal. Now, you begin to experience a beautiful walk via Shivapuri National Park. The cool shady trail via lush forest will be fabulous hiking on the ridge of Kathmandu valley. Passing through traditional settlements, terraced fields, and lush rhododendron and sharing your experiences with local people will be more fascinating during Helambu Trek. Passing the traditional villages like Chispani, Kutumsang, and Tahdepati, we, finally arrive at Helambu.

Helambu, 72 km northeast of Kathmandu offers you spectacular cultural heritage and majestic mountain panorama including Langtang, Lirun, and Rolwaling Himalayan range. We explore beautiful Helambu village, meet Tamang people and enjoy local food items. Besides this, the trek offers a wide range of cultures from the Tamang and Sherpa and Spectacular landscapes which offer us holistic insight into Nepal’s rural lifestyle. Now, we take a short drive to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar to end our Helambu Trek.

Helambu is an easy trek in the Langtang region therefore trekkers do not require prior hiking/ trekking experiences and skills. Basic walking or hiking skills will be sufficient for this trek. We use very ordinary local lodge accommodation for this trek. The foods we enjoy during the trekking will be organic local food items.

The best time of the year for the Helambu trek is Autumn( Sep-Nov). There is no threat of heavy rain and snowfall during Autumn in Nepal. The mountain panorama is incredible and the entire atmosphere is blissful. Also, the temperature is pleasant during Autumn.

Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel

Our representative will be waiting at the airport to receive you. They will greet you upon your arrival and board you to the hotel. We will arrange a shot orientation with your guide. We fix rest of the affairs here. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu. 

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

Take a short drive Sundarijal from the Hotel you stay. This is maximum of 45 minutes drive. Buy Shivapuri National Park entrance and begin a walk in Shivapuri National Park. Pass military check point and arrive at Mulkharak village. Continue your walk via lush forest and traditional settlement, finally, you will get to Chispani. 

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chisopani
  • 2160m

From Chisopani also we can see beautiful mountain scenery of the Langtang Mountains. After breakfast, the trek continues with a decent crossing the grassland and fields. Enjoying the magnificent view of the mountain we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gol Bhanjyang. From Gol Bhanjyang the path climbs to the long and narrow upper edge to another pass take us to Kutumsang- Overnight-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Kutumsang
  • 2446m

The morning after traditional breakfast we continue trek to Yurin Dada. Enjoying the view of Rhododendron Forest and Evergreen Tall Trees as well as beautiful mountain scenery after 6 hrs treks finally we reach Thadepati-Overnight-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Thadepati
  • 3650m

The Trekking Path decent to Melamchi Khola. After crossing the Melamchi river we trek up to the Tarke Ghyang Passing through the Sherpa Settlement. The village is mostly known as Helumbu as most of the inhabitant belongs to the Helmu caste of Sherpa-Overnight-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tarke Ghyang
  • 2560m

Today the trek path is easy to walk. After morning breakfast we continue trek to the Sherpa village of Gangyul. It takes 3 to 4hrs from Tarke Ghynag to arrive at the Sarmathang- Overnight-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Sarmathang
  • 2610m

The final day of the trek we walk down to the Melamchi Bazaar. It will be a 4hrs trekking duration. And from Melamchi Bazaar we catch the bus and drive back to Kathmandu- Overnight in Hotel-

  • BF / Lunch / Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu

Morning After Breakfast we drop you to the Airport for your next destination.

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu

What to Expect

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • City Tour In Kathmandu
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • City Tour entrance fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Useful Info

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek.

A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek. Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 

Footwear

  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1

Clothing

  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1

Medicinal

  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.

Optional

  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

Altitude sickness:

The more you ascend to the higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above mentioned symptoms, inform our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Travel insurance:

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standards policies cover you for trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website is correct):
We recommend companies such as Insure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.

Tea house trekking:

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at a guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuff when trekking:

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general, 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 people's rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water:

We don’t recommend you to drink tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chlorine tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.

How old does a trekker have to be to go trekking:

  • All trekkers under 18 must be accompanied by a friend/family member who is over 18 years of age.
  • Moderate to strenuous treks: minimum age is 14
  • Easy treks: minimum age is 12-11

What is your cancellation policy:

  • If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance with the following schedule:
  • 75% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 15 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 50% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
  • 0% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 3 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
  • Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing your trip.

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