Duration: 9 days
Cost: USD 650
Best Months: September to December and February to May
Helambu lies in the western part of Sindhupalchowk and is perfect for short trek near to the Kathmandu Valley. It is a great place for the trekking to those who have limited time in Nepal. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, it is relatively untouched by the modern ways of life. The most people in this region are the Sherpa, Tamang and Yolmos who will provide warm hospitality to all the trekkers.
Helambu trek is around the Kathmandu Valley so it begins with an hour ride to Sundarijal. From there your hike will start through the Shivapuri National Park, where you can see many birds and some wildlife. The trekking trail passes through Kutumsang then to Thade Pati where you will walk through the oak nuts and rhododendron forests. Endangered Red Panda, Musk deer and some monkeys will accompany you during the trek. Along the way you can see spectacular views of Gauri Shanker, Number, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Nayakhang and Gosain Kunda Pass.
Furthermore the trek takes you into the first Sherpa Village known as Melamchi Gaon, then to Sermathang to Melamchi. This trek is perfect for those who don't like to travel far from the center of Nepal.
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Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival, Airport Pick up and drop at the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
After the breakfast, representatives from our office will visit you at your hotel. Then, along with our tour guide, you will proceed for sightseeing in the valley. You will visit Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath. Return around 5 pm so that you can prepare your trekking gear for the trek that will start from the next day.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2165 m)
Drive Time: 1 Hour
Walking time: 5 Hours
Today our trek starts after we reach Sundarijal by taxi or by private car. The trail stretches through the rich forest of the Shivapuri National park where you can hear sounds of birds everywhere. After reaching Deurali, the trail descends through the forest until you reach Chisapani. Overnight at Chisapani.
Day 04: Chisapani to Kutumsang (2470 m)
Walking Time: 6 Hours
Today you will wake up early in the morning to the serene sunrise view. After the breakfast we will descend for an hour until we reach Pati Bhanjyang. Then you need to follow the road for some minutes and then steeply uphill to Tipling and continue for 2 more hours to reach Thotungdanda. From the ridge you will see nice mountains and hilly region. After that you will ascend again for 2 more hours through the forest until you reach Kutumsang. Overnight at Kutumsang.
Day 05: Kutumsang to Thade Pati (3690 m)
Walking Time: 5 Hours
After breakfast, our trail ascends through the oak nuts and Rhododendron thick forests. After 3 hours and 30 minutes steep uphill climb you will reach to Mangengoth where you will have your lunch. The rest of the trail is a gradual uphill passing through the Rhododendron, Pine, Juniper, Oaknut and Thorny plants all the way to Thade Pati. You can see incredible views as well as panoramic views of various mountains and passes like Gauri Shanker, Numbur, Jugal Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Nayakhang and Gosain Kunda Pass.
Day 06: Thade Pati to Tarkeghyang (2600 m)
Walking Time: 7 Hours
Today you will wake up early in the morning to see the incredible sight of the sunrise as well as panoramic mountain views. This is the highest point of our whole trip. The trail goes steeply downhill through the forest where you can find various planets like Pine, Rhododendron, Juniper and Oak nut all the way to Melamchi Gaon, which is known as the first Sherpa village. After a cup of tea, we ascend continuously through the forest ridge all the way to the Chocpu River side. You can stay here overnight or if you want, you can continue uphill to the Tarkeghyang for 2 more hours.
Day 07: Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2590 m)
Walking Time: 4 Hours
Today you will continue to follow the trekking path through the thick forest all the way to Gyangyul where you will have your lunch. After that you will follow along the side of the hill through huge thick forest where you can get a chance to see wild life’s including different kinds of birds. After reaching Sermathang, you can see Gosain kunda Hilly region as well as other mountains if the weather is good.
Day 08: Sermathang to Melamchi (870 m) and then to Kathmandu
Walking Time: 5 Hours
Drive Time: 4 Hours
After breakfast you will continue your journey with a descent until you reach Melamchi. From here, you will find a local bus to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 09: End of the trip, our representatives will drop you at the airport for the final goodbye.