Helambu Trek – 11 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/LR-01
Duration : 11 days

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Lauribina La Pass
  • The magnificent views of various Mountain such as; Langtang Lirung, Gaurishanker, Langshisa Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Gangchenpo, Yala Peak, Naya Kanga, and Annapurna Himalaya range.
  • Cultural villages
  • Rhododendron forests
  • Sundarijal
  • Pashupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square

Trip Information

If you are eager to explore the natural beauty and well-preserved culture in undisturbed and unexplored areas, Helambu is the best destinations where you have to go for a trek! Helambu, the highland village is around 80 km far from the capital city of Nepal, that lies in the Langtang region. The beautiful place, Helambu is famous for artistic ancient Buddhist monasteries and its Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is one of the short treks near the Kathmandu Valley, even though Helambu has been able to maintain its cultural uniqueness intact. The major attraction of Helambu is the cheerful nature of people with their unique culture, tradition, and way of life. Providing you enjoyment during your trek, as you pass the beautiful forests fused with various types of trees and the pleasing sound of chirping birds. You will also get chances to encounter with a wide range of wildlife like red pandas, Himalayan black bear, Himalayas Tahr, pika, musk deer, ghoral, serow, rhesus monkey and common langur.
 
During the trek to Helambu, splendid views of various mountains such as; Langtang Lirung, Gaurishanker, Langshisa Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Gangchenpo, Yala Peak, Naya Kanga, and the Annapurna Himalaya range make this short trek one of the best treks in Nepal. Beginning this pleasing trek from the Lauribina La Pass by following the Melamchi valley will surely take us to the home place of the Hyolmo people, where you can enjoy interacting with the cultural blend of Tibetan Sherpa.
If you are bounded by time a short trek is what you should aim for, in Nepal the Langtang Helembu trek will surley not disappoint you with its remote and unexplored valleys and high-altitude mountains! Furthermore, the Mountain lake called Gosaikunda, a holy lake adds to the view. This trek is a relatively easy trek due to its low altitude (3000m) and The Thorong La Pass (3600m), the high points.
 
Helambu trek begins from Kathmandu, around 2 hours’ drive downtown to Sundarijal or Syabru Bensi (7 to 8 hours’ drive), it depends upon your choices. Trekking through the larch and rhododendron flower forests and birds and exploring glacier and reach a nearby summit for splendid mountain views is really awesome. Exploring the holy lake, Gosaikunda and enter into Helambu and encounter with the cultural blend of diverse ethnic people is awe-inspiring. After exploring Helambu, and their unique culture, we will return back to Kathmandu and heads towards our final destination.
 
Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 03: Kathmandu to Chisopani (2140m)
Day 04: Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) 
Day 05: Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m)
Day 06: Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m)
Day 07: Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Day 08: Tarke Gyan to Sermathang (2610m)
Day 09: Sermathang to Kathmandu via Melamchi Pul Bazaar
Day 10: Kathmandu Rest day
Day 11: Final Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

  • Welcome you and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel check out
  • Take a rest and relax
  • Welcome dinner in the evening
  • Stay overnight in the hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Half day world heritage cultural tour.
  • A brief explanation of the further trek. (Afternoon trek briefing and trek gear distribution.)
  • Putting all the essential things in the bag.
  • Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Chisopani (2140m)

  • Early morning breakfast.
  • Drive from Kathmandu to the Sundarijal northern edge of the Kathmandu valley for about 1 hour.
  • Begins trek towards Mulkharka, the sprawling Tamang settlement.
  • Continues gentle climb through the forests ridges before it drops down to Chisopani (cold water) (2300m).
  • Enjoy viewing countless snow peaks, Annapurna to Everest and impressive sunrise on the Himalayas.  
  • Stay overnight Chisapani.

Day 4: Chisapani to Gul Bhanjyang (2140m) 

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek drop down through the meadows and fields to Pati Bhanjyang.
  • Encounter with the people of Brahman and Chhetri settle there.
  • Begins to climb up through the following series of steep switchbacks to Chipling (2170m).
  • The upper end of this village, the trail makes another steep, 200 meters, climb on a stone staircase to the top of the Jhogin Danda ridge.
  • Descends through the beautiful forest to a large chorten (round Buddhist monument) and reach to the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang.
  • Enjoy delightful, classic hill village with a pleasant main street (5-6 hrs).
  • Overnight at Bhanjang.

Day 5: Gul Bhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the Gul Bhanjyang and climbs up a steep, eroded trail through rhododendron forest passing only a few shepherd’s huts to a pass at 2580 meter.
  • Treks follow the Yurin Danda ridge and enjoy the beautiful views of Langtang and Gosaikund Peaks.
  • Cross the pass at 3510 meters and descent down to Magen Goth and have a lunch.
  • Trek ascending/descending trail again, passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and reach Tharepati (3640m).

Day 6: Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the northern end of the village and turns east and drops steeply into a ravine.
  • Trek continue through the vegetation changes to large firs, then oaks and rhododendrons.
  • Cross the beautiful suspensions bridge over the Chhyadi Khola.
  • After short ascent trek leads you to the Sherpa village of Malamchigaon at 2530m.
  • Stroll around the village and explore the unique culture of the Sherpa people.
  • You can also visit extensive fields of barley, corn, and potatoes.
  • Explore the gompa (Tibetan Buddhist temple) and line of prayer flags at the front, brightly painted walls and statues of Guru Rimpoche and his consorts.
  • You can meditate in the Guru Rimpoche mediated cave.
  • Overnight at Melamchi gaon.

Day 7: Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek continues through leaving the Melamchigaon gompa
  • Trek descends through the beautiful forest of a bamboo, pine rhododendron.
  • Drops steeply through fields to the Malemchi Khola river.
  • Cross the beautiful suspension bridge at 1890m and continue trail climb towards Tarke Gyang, the largest village in the Helambu region.
  • Witness the stone house build close together with narrow alleyways separating them.
  • Enjoy exploring the gompa of this village that has a large brass prayer wheel.
  • Overnight at Tarke Gyang.

Day 8: Tarke Gyan to Sermathang (2610m)

  • Morning breakfast.
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  • Continue trek through the village and leave Sherpa village of Ganyul.
  • Explore the culture of the people in this village who practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism.
  •  Drops over a ridge and climb up again through deep forests, crossing a number of streams to a crest at 2620 meter.
  • Further trek crosses the large gompa at Chumnik, before reaching the village of Sermathang.
  • Explore the beautiful gompa and stay overnight at Sermathang.

Day 9: Sermathang to Kathmandu via Melamchi Pul Bazaar

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Trek continues from Sermathang by followings the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar, making a drop of 1730 meter.
  • Pass chorten and various settlements such as; Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang and many more.
  • Descent through chir and pine forest and reach to at Kakani, the last Sherpa village on the trek.
  • Encounter with the Brahmans and Chhetris inhabited in the lowlands.
  • Drops down steeply to the attractive village of Dubhachaur in a saddle at 1610 meter.
  • Continuing trek down the ridge and cross a large suspension bridge over Indrawati river.
  • Explore the Malemchi Pul Bazaar.
  • From Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Kathmandu Rest day

  • Morning breakfast
  • Today you can do rest the whole day.
  • If you want to visit then we will manage you to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu.
  • Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Swambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square.
  • Celebrate the successful completion of the trek and enjoy farewell dinner.
  •  Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final Departure

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Airport transfer 3 hours before departure

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