Helambu Trek

Helambu Trek 7 Days / 6 Nights

Trip Code: HAT19

Trip Type:
Nepal Easy Treks

Maximum Altitude:

7 days

Trip Starts:

Trip Ends:

Local lodges, camping option available

Best Time For Travel:
March to May and September to November

Trip Over View

This is a relatively low altitude trek and one of the most convenient and least crowded of the short treks close to Kathmandu. For a wide spectrum of Nepali people and views of the Himalayas, the Helambu trek is unrivalled. The trek passes through beautiful forests and very interesting villages en route. As the journey progresses you visit the homes of Brahmin, Tamang and Sherpa.

This region combines scenic grandeur, with a pleasant climate and a long history of Buddhism - including the culture and ancient tradition of the Tamang and the Sherpas. In the Helambu region, the Sherpas are quite distinct from the Sherpas of Solukhumbu (Everest region) both in language and customs.

The people in Helambu were purposely exploited and considered a lower caste because of a Nepali king who was afraid they could cause a rebellion as they live all around the city regions. As a result, they still live in a traditional civilization. The ranges of mountains that rise above the region match the diversity of the people. From the lower altitudes we have excellent views of the mountains including Langtang, the Annapurnas, Manaslu and even Everest on a clear day. This is a pleasant and exciting journey, a time to relax and become immersed in the beauty of beautiful Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu - Chisapani.

Day 02: Chisapani - Kutumsang.

Day 03: Kutumsang - Tharepati.

Day 04: Tharepati - Melamchi Gaun.

Day 05: Melamchi Gaun - Gangjwal.

Day 06: Gangjwal - Kakani.

Day 07: Kakani - Melamchi - Kathmandu.

Day 01: Kathmandu - Chisapani
Drive about 1 hour by taxi from Kathmandu to Sundarijal at the northern edge of the Kathmandu valley where we start our hike up to Mulkharka the sprawling Tamang settlement. The trail continues to gently climb through the forests ridges than it drops down to Chisapani is situated on a ridge at 2300m from where we can see countless snow peaks. We stay overnight here.

Day 02: Chisapani - Kutumsang
The trail continues to drop down to Pati Bhanjyang followed by a climb up to Chipling (2170m.) where we can stop for lunch. From here to Kutumsang the trail traverses through a delightful, classic hill village with a nice street and shops. Along the way there are good mountains views. We stay overnight at Kutumsang.

Day 03: Kutumsang - Tharepati
From Kutumsang the first part of the trail climbs a steep, eroded trail through a rhododendron forest. There are no settlements but a few shepherd’s huts along the way. While we walk along the ridge we can see views of Langtang and Gosaikunda Peaks. The trail now descends to Magen Goth where we will stop for lunch. The trail continues up and down passing through forests to reaches Tharepati (3490m). The whole day trek takes about five and a half hours. We stay overnight here.

Day 04: Tharepati - Melamchi Goun
Today we trek about 3 hours down a steep descent through the oak and rhododendron forests. After we cross a stream on a suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village of Malamchi Gaun at 2530m. We will arrive here early and rest of the day we can stroll around the village. Melamchi Gaun is very nice village; It has prettygompa with a line of prayer flags at the front and brightly painted walls and statues.

Day 05: Melamchi Gaun - Gangjwal
From Melamchigaun, the trail continues to descend to the Melamchi Khola. After crossing its suspension bridge at 1890m the trail begins the ascent towards Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in Helambu region. We will have a lunch here then we will walk on a flat trail to the attractive village of Gangjwal (2500m). Total about 5 hours.

Day 06: Gangjwal - Kakani
The trek today is quite easy. It continues at around the same altitude along the side of the ridge, crossing a number of streams in the heart of Helambu region. As we reach the edge of the large village of Sermathang (2620m), there are several old gompas and the Langtang National Park Office. We have lunch at Sermathang. Out of Sermathang the trail follows the ridge line passing several chortens and then drops to the tiny, pretty village of Kakani situated on the ridge. This is a wonderful place for splendid mountains views and where we will stop for the night.

Day 07: Kakani - Melamchi - Kathmandu
From Kakani the trail passes through several picturesque small villages and then drops to Melamchi Pul Bazaar where we can have lunch. Malamchi Bazaar has a collection of shops and teahouses and abundant lodges. After lunch we can drive to Kathmandu by vehicle (about 4 hours) on the Kodari road.

  • Includes

    • Trekking permits.
    • Guesthouse accommodation.
    • Transportation to trail head and return transportation from finish point.
    • 3 meals a day.
    • English speaking licensed Trekking Guide.
    • One porter for each two trekkers.
    • On camping option, all camping gears, kitchen utensils, food supplies, pack animals, Sherpas are included.


    • Transportation to and return from Pokhara.
    • Drinks, tip and other expenses of personal nature.
    • Extra expenses caused due to nature and unforeseen events.
    • Travel Insurance.
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