Helambu Trekking Itinerary

Guided trek through the foothills of the Nepalese Himalaya

For prices and more details about this tour please visit the Helambu Trek details page

Day 1 – Harness your senses in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, enchanting and exotic, it is a city immersed with ancient temples and tradition! Fused with colourful markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants, Kathmandu with its exhilarating allure is a city you won’t forget! You’ll have the afternoon free to explore the streets and markets. In the evening we’ll have dinner at a local restaurant. You will be met at the airport by your expedition leader.

Day 2 – Monkey around the ancient temples of Kathmandu

Explore three awe-inspiring temples and discover why the entire Kathmandu Valley is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site! Along the banks of the Bagmati River is Pashupitinath. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the most important site for Hindus in Nepal. Cremations and acts of devotion can regularly be seen at this atmospheric place of worship. Located in a tranquil part of the city is the peaceful and majestic Bodhnath Stupa, where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to show their respect and faith. Climb the steps to Swayambutinath, high on a hilltop overlooking the city. Used by both Hindus and Buddhists, the temple is regarded for its many holy (and very cheeky) monkeys!

DAY 3 –  Climb through subtropical jungle to a panorama of the world’s highest mountains

Today, we make an hour’s drive to Sundarijal (1,350m), the starting point of our trek. On arrival we will walk along the ridge through a forest of oaks and a splendid array of rhododendrons to Chisopani. Leaving the hustle and cacophony of Kathmandu behind, we now find ourselves in a different world entirely, seeing another side of Nepal. Here, you’ll experience your first taste of the tranquility, remoteness and splendour of the mountains. The trail offers an exciting view of the central Himalaya range including Everest, Gaurishanker, Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Simply Breathtaking.

DAY 4 –  Traverse lush terraced hillsides experiencing traditional Tamang culture

After taking our morning breakfast, we continue our journey to Kutumsang. Our trek starts with a descent, crossing postcard-perfect meadows and fields. Enjoy the magnificent views of the Langtang mountains. We have a beautiful walk along a high ridge which offers spectacular panoramic views of both sides of the valley before continuing our descent on a trail taking us to Pati Bhanjyang, a local village.

Our trail then climbs towards our lunch stop. We will continue to climb after lunch until we reach Gul Bhajyng where we pass a small forest before visiting a typical trail-side mountain Chorten and a Buddhist Stupa. Another small climb before we arrive at our final resting point for the day: Katumsang, a small cloud-shrouded village inhabited by the Tamang. The people here are Tibetan Buddhist and the tranquil nature of the surrounding mountains and plush green fields ensure a wonderfully peaceful sleep.

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DAY 5 – Hike through forest and alpine pastures to spend the evening on a high Himalayan ridge

Today we really get to feel the remoteness and isolation of the mountains as we climb above Kutumsang on a steep trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalaya. Finally, we arrive at Tharepati for our overnight stay. If the day hadn’t been scenic enough for you, our rest stop provides  the perfect platform for beautiful views of several high mountains like Gaurishanker, Baudha Himil, Ganjela and Dorjelakpa. If it’s mountains you came for: this is the right place.

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DAY 6 – Discover the Himalayan homeland of the Sherpa

Today we head for Tarkeghyang. During the early parts of the trek, the trail descends until we cross the Melamchi Khola a beautifully picturesque river. We then trek up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. En Route we often experience the gliterring forms of majestic Himalayan peaks pushing through the clouds and sunshine in front of us, a breathtaking, awe inspiring sight. Discover the village of Tarkeghyang and visit one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu (our trek’s namesake), since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste.

DAY 7 – Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the forests, streams and waterfalls

Today is a comparatively easy walk as we do not gain that much altitude. We pass forests, streams, and waterfalls before the trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we arrive at Sermathang where there is enough time for us discover the village and take in our breathtaking surroundings, all amongst the backdrop of impressive mountain ranges. It is well worth taking a final little stroll to the highest point of the village where you can see a Buddhist monastery.

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DAY 8 – Descend through agricultural villages surrounded by green terraced hills

Today we continue to descend to the bottom of the lush valley and begin to see the culture of the people changing with the landscape. The land here is richer and there is a large Hindu population. When we reach the bottom of the valley, we cross a bridge just before the Milamchipul Bazaar where we stop and have lunch. This is sadly the end of our trek and we have chance to sit and reflect as we take our private transport back to Kathmandu. The journey takes approximately 3 – 3.5 hrs to arrive in Kathmandu. We’ll have a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.

Day 9 – Depart Kathmandu

Unfortunately it’s the end of this adventure. Lost Earth Adventures group services end after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!

flight around everest
Here for an extra day or have an afternoon flight?

Treat yourself to… A Flight Amongst Giants.

As the clouds part and the sun breaks through the early morning sky, ascend towards the Himalaya in an exhilarating mountain flight. Fly east towards the highest mountain in the world – iconic Mount Everest (8,848m) and on the way take in breathtaking views of the Himalaya including Kangchengjunga (8,586m), Shisha Pangma (8,013m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Nuptse (7,864m) and Lhotse (8,516m). Quite simply – spectacular!

*Scenic Mt. Everest mountain flight is not included in tour price and must be paid for on location.

Or Explore Patan – Known as the City of Beauty, Patan is a city standing still in time, immersed in rich cultural history, bustling with the energy of today. A place best explored by foot, we’ll walk the cobbled streets with over 600 stupas whilst discovering ancient pagoda temples. See why local people still call it by its original name, Lalitpur – the City of Beauty.

Trekking Times and Altitudes

These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time.

Drive to Sundarijal (1 hour) & trek to Chisapani (2,300m)
4 hours
Chisopani to Kutumsang (2,446m) 7 Hours
Kutumsang to Thadepati (3,650m) 6 Hours
Thadepati to Tarkeghyang (2,560m) 6 Hours
Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2,610m) 4 Hours
Sermathang to Malemchi Bazaar (3 hours) Drive to Kathmandu 3 Hours

For prices and more details about this tour please visit the Helambu Trek details page

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