Helambu is a region of highland villages in the northern part of the country; about 75 km from Kathmandu and the area is inhabited by Sherpas. The languages, culture and the dress of Helambu Sherpas are different from those of Sherpas in Solukhumbu. The region is also famous for its sweet apples and artistic Buddhist monasteries.
This is a good trek for those who don’t have much time in Nepal. It is an 8-day long trek which starts form Sundarijal, just 15 km to the north from the centre of Kathmandu, but can be completed as little as 5-6 days. On the way to Helambu, there is a surprising amount of old-grown forests. Magnificent old rhododendrons grace the trail between Tharepati and Melamchi Gaon. It has a splendid variety of wild flowers, snow covered peaks, and varieties of birds to make your journey remarkable.
Grade : Moderate Easy
Average walking per day : 5 hrs
Maximum altitude : 3,640 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Oct-Nov
Type of trek : Teahouse/Camping
Starting Point : Sundarijal
Ending Point : Melamchi Bazaar
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu
Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.
After that, get ready for the sightseeing tour that will start at around 09:30 AM. A private vehicle and professional tour guide is provided to guide you through the Kathmandu Valley including Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A full-day sightseeing takes no more than 8 hrs to complete including the lunch time and rest of the time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu
Drive to Sundarijal (1,410 m) & trek to Chisapani (2,134 m)
After breakfast, drive for an hour to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek. Then after, walk on the trail that goes uphill through forest to reach Mul Kharka Village, a scattered Tamang village with lodges and view of Kathmandu Valley. The trail continues up to Borlang Bhanjyang (2,440 m), and then it descends through a pleasant oak forest to Chisapani. Overnight at lodge, Chisapani
Trek to Gul Bhanjyang (2,140 m)
After breakfast, trek down till Pati Bhanjyang. Hereafter, ascend all the way to Chipling by crossing meadows and fields. There are good mountain views along this stretch of trail. Continuing along the forested ridge, the trail descends to a large Chorten overlooking the Tamang Village of Gulbhanjyang. Overnight at lodge, Gul Bhanjyang
Trek to Tharepati (3,640 m)
After breakfast, climb the ridge from Gulbhanjang to another pass at 2,580 m. It climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron without permanent settlement. The trail makes some ups and downs passing through forest, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams, it finally reaches Tharepati. Overnight at lodge, Tharepati
Trek to Melamchi Gaon (2,590 m)
After breakfast, walking downhill in a forest, the vegetation changes to scrub bamboo as the route joins a rocky cattle trail towards a stream and traverses a Chorten and a pasture to the first village since Tharepati. After crossing the suspension bridge in Chhyadi Khola, climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa Village of Melamchi Gaon. It is a large village with extensive fields of barley, corn and potatoes. Overnight at lodge, Melamchi Gaon
Trek to Tarkegyang (2,590m)
After breakfast, trek down to cross Melamchi Khola. Then, climb all the way to the opposite ridge of Tarkegyang, which is exactly at the same altitude. This village is slightly larger and more commercial and its inhabitants are famous for selling Thankas. Overnight at lodge, Tarkegyang
Trek to Sermathang (2,610 m)
After breakfast, leave Tarke Gyang and head off to a pretty Sherpa Village, Gangyul (2,520 m). The trail drops a little bit and climbs through deep forests, crossing a number of streams, before reaching Chumik. Making a gentle climb further, reach to the large village of Sermathang. Overnight at lodge, Sermathang
Trek to Melamchi Bazaar (880 m)
After breakfast, trek down all the way to Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own unique traditions. Overnight at lodge, Melamchi Bazaar
Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu
After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.