Helambu Trek

A Trekking Adventure into the Ancient Land of the Sherpa

A Short 9 day trek, From £1095-£1595

A bespoke trip run at your convenience and possible to extend

Trekking Tour Helambu
The Helambu Trek is very popular amongst those looking to get off the beaten path and combine breathtaking scenery, culture and tradition all on the same amazing trail. After immersing ourselves in the hustle, bustle, vibrancy and action of Kathmandu, we will head to the land of the Sherpas and Tamangs, visiting some very remote mountain communities scattered on both sides of the Malemchi Khola. Along our route we meet the villages of Shermathand, Tarkeghyand, Milamchigaum and Kutumsang and gain an insight to the traditional life and culture of the residents. Coupled with breathtaking panoramic mountain views, this trek really gives you the sense of being away from it all, enjoying the serenity of the Himalaya.

The duration of the trek and altitude reached makes for an ideal way to truly get an authentic Himalayan experience, without the intensity of other treks available. The Helambu Trek offers the option to get in touch with the ‘real Nepal’, authentic agricultural villages surrounded by green terraced hills, the awe inspiring landscapes will no doubt grab your hearts. A land of intrigue and mystique, of yaks and yetis, and of the greatest mountain range in the world, the mighty Himalaya, Nepal is a country that will inspire and enchant! There is another side to Nepal though aside from the sheer beauty of the landscape: the people and this trek really offers you the chance to meet them and experience their beautiful, warm and hospitable nature discovering for yourself the meaning of NEPAL: Never Ending Peace and Love.

The start of the Helambu Trek is only a 1 hour drive from Kathmandu so it’s a great trek to get you straight into the mountains.

For a full list of what is included download the Helambu Trek Dossier

Welcome to Nepal, let the adventure begin!

Highlights

Helambu

  • Experience the ‘real Nepal’ and her hospitable charm
  • Fresh mountain air, vast landscapes
  • Experience traditional Tamang and Sherpa culture
  • The UNESCO Kathmandu Valley and Temples
  • Fly amongst giants in a spectacular Mt. Everest scenic flight
  • An authentic insight to Himalayan life
  • Head straight to the hills – trail head is only a 1 hour drive from Kathmandu
  • A fully supported and well-organised expedition
  • Part of The Great Himalaya Trail

Want more adventure? Combine this trip with one of our other Nepal treks or tours

Dates and Prices

Land Only Price

This trip is run as a private tour for you and your group.

Number of People Price per Person Book Now
Price for 1 person
(privately guided)

£1595 BOOK NOW
Price for 2 people
(privately guided)

£1295 BOOK NOW
Price for 3
or more people
(privately guided)

£1195 BOOK NOW
Price for 4
or more people
(privately guided)

£1095 BOOK NOW

We accept foreign payments, please visit our international payments page.

Allow £550-700 for return flights from London or Manchester. To book flights, click here.

There are no other hidden costs. This is the full amount of your holiday.

You will find our private tour prices are surprisingly reasonable. We can provide private tours for individuals to groups of one hundred or more. Please contact us with your details to receive a price within 24 hours.

For a full list of what is included download the Helambu Trek Dossier

Book Now

Booking your place is easy! To get the ball rolling, all we need from you is an initial £200 deposit per person to reserve your spot, then you’re on your way. The final balance isn’t due until 60 days before the holiday takes place. To pay the deposit and inform us of your chosen date click BOOK NOW or ring us on 01904 500094 to pay over the phone and reserve your trip to Nepal!

Monthly payment plans can be set up on request. If you book less than 60 days before the start of the trip then the full amount is due immediately.

Dates

This trek can be enjoyed any time of the year, please contact us to arrange a date.
If you are a previous client of Lost Earth Adventures you will receive a loyalty discount of 5%.

1% of the price listed will be donated to our charity ‘Share the Load Foundation’. For more information about this charity, and what your money will be used for, click here.

Will there be any surcharges or price changes?

Once your deposit has been paid there is a guaranteed no price change. There are no hidden charges or extras, the price we quote you when you book is the price you and your group will be paying.

Optional Extras

Extend your trip in Nepal

Check the departure dates of our other Nepal tours here. Get a 5% discount off of the lower priced tour when you book two trips for yourself!

The Mountains from Helambu

Single Traveller?

We don’t charge a single supplement fee if you’re a solo traveller. Our prices are based on staying in twin share rooms with a member of the same sex or your travelling partner. If you wish to stay in your own room there will be a £230 charge for this trip. If you have booked this trip just for yourself you do not have to pay this charge. This fee is for individuals in a group that want private rooms. The £230 must be paid with the final balance.
If you want to arrive early or depart later then we can arrange accommodation and transport for you. Please contact us with any requests.

Upgrades

If you would like to treat yourself before or after your grand adventure, we are more than happy to arrange alternative accommodation. We also appreciate how lovely a little bit of lavish comfort can be when you are away from home and can recommend the following hotels for a touch of 5-star luxury in Kathmandu.

Itinerary and Route

All of our itineraries are meticulously researched and well planned. They are designed to give you the most amounts of fun and excitement, whilst also giving you ample time to relax. Lost Earth Adventures takes the hassle out of organising your trip, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your adventure!

Helambu trekking map
View a detailed map of the Helambu Trek

  • Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 2: UNESCO Kathmandu Valley 3 temples tour
  • Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal (1 hour) & trek to Chisapani (2,300m)
  • Day 4: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2,446m)
  • Day 5: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati (3,650m)
  • Day 6: Trek from Thadepati to Tarkeghyang (2,560m)
  • Day 7: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2,610m)
  • Day 8: Trek from Sermathang to Malemchi Bazaar (3 hours) Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 9: Depart Kathmandu

See a more detailed itinerary for this trek.
 
If you have a late flight why not…
Explore the ancient city of Patan or experience a breathtaking Everest mountain flight!
 

Photos

Click on the arrows below to take a photographic adventure through the mountains of Helambu
 

Trip Grading

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This trip is considered to be moderate. We trek into a fairly remote part of Nepal, it is off the beaten path and so the lodges can be simple. There are a variety of steep ascents and descents, and we sometimes trek for up to 6-7 hours per day. As with most things a certain degree of fitness will make this trip more enjoyable. The trek doesn't go to high altitude and therefore is a warmer and easier alternative to bigger Himalayan treks.
This is the closest proper trek to Kathmandu so it is great if you don't want to spend much time in a car or you're short on time. The start is only 1 hour from Kathmandu. We can walk this trek a lot slower than the suggested itinerary so you could take a few more days if you'd like to walk less in a day. There are plenty of places to stay en-route and doing this trek with only 2-3 hours walking a day could be viable. To extend or shorten this trek just contact us for more details.

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Altitude Advice

What’s Included

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 6 nights teahouse accommodation during trek
  • Included meals: All meals while trekking, breakfasts in Kathmandu, welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. The food available in the tea houses is brilliant, there is a large selection of western, Chinese and Nepalese food available for you to choose from. We do not want you to be restricted in your menu choices and want you to enjoy the vast menus and locally grown produce of the tea houses. We will let you choose whatever meal you want from the menus at meal times.
  • Afternoon tea and biscuits while trekking
  • Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day
  • All transportation for duration of tour (unless otherwise specified)
  • Entrance fees and trekking permits
  • 1 fully qualified, first aid trained Trekking Guide
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Guided tour of the 3 temples of Kathmandu
  • Map of your trekking route
  • T-shirt
  • Porters and support staff to carry luggage
  • Sufficient means of communication. Satellite phones can be rented on request for £10 per day.
  • Guides will check in with our office to get regular bespoke weather updates and confirm locations
  • Financial protection: we are an ABTA and ATOL bonded and insured, UK based tour operator
  • Pre-departure support and advice by email, phone and face to face meetings in York if you would like. After booking with us we will send you a highly informative and comprehensive trip information pack
  • Remote medical support from specialist doctors
  • Small groups. No more than 12 people on a set departure trip
  • We don’t force a fast or slow pace. Our teams are supported with plenty of staff so you can walk at your own pace. We let you walk at the pace that is right for you.
  • Our guides and porters are paid fairly, properly equipped and fully insured for rescue and medical emergencies
  • Trekking kit bag
  • If you’d like to meet some of our team and experience our services beforehand you can join us on one of our UK adventures.

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Items of a personal nature (drinks, snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Nepalese visa (available to buy on arrival at Kathmandu airport for £20)
  • International flights
  • Scenic Everest mountain flight
  • Tips to porters/local guide
  • Airport transfers taken outside of the itinerary’s arrival and departure dates

For a full list of what is included download the Helambu Trek Dossier

Travelling to Nepal

You will need a passport with 6-month’s validity and you will need to obtain a Nepalese visa. The easiest way to get the visa is to buy it on entry to Nepal with either dollars or any major currency but not Nepali Rupees. Currently the cost for a single-entry visa valid for 15/30/90 days costs US$25/40/100. You can buy a visa in advance from the Neplese embassy in your home country if they have a location there. It is more expensive than buying it on arrival in Kathmandu and it doesn’t always save you time when you arrive as it is random which queue is longer. You also have to risk sending your passport off and they may take it for several weeks. You will need to buy travel insurance for your trip which you can find out about here. You also need to visit your GP or travel health professional at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations you need.

For more information about travelling safely and obtaining passports you can see more at the FCO know before you go Travel Aware Campaign.

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Groups: Private Treks and Group Tours

Charities, Schools, Military, Private Groups and Tailor Made Trips for Individuals

All our tours can be run privately for you and your group, from solo travellers to groups of over 50. We specialise in organising bespoke tours for groups of friends, charity challenges, school groups, mountaineering clubs, families, and countless others.

Please contact us with your details to receive a price within 24 hours.

Charities

We love working with charity challengers! We have our own charity (Share the Load Foundation) and are inspired by your determination to fundraise for worthy causes. That’s why we will do everything we can to help you achieve your goals during a charity challenge. We provide support from start to finish, including fundraising tips, training plans and the very best in-country support.

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Schools

We believe that the best way for students to develop into global citizens ready to go and conquer the world is to get them out into it as soon as possible. We meticulously plan our itineraries to increase students’ independence and self-belief and develop a sense of social responsibility. UK safety standards and documentation for all activities and a 24 hour UK based operations centre ensure students’ safety and well-being on their Asian Lost Earth Adventure.

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Military Groups

We are an Approved Military Contractor and provide many courses, expeditions and adventure training for groups of serving personnel and Cadets.

Tailor-made trips

We understand honeymooners need a bit of champagne sparkle, some celebrations warrant the inclusion of heli-trekking and spa treatments, and that the very active relax with white-water rafting after summiting 6,000m peaks. Decades of research and our extensive in-country network mean anything is possible. Get in touch and we’ll start preparing your perfect adventure.

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Information for group leaders & group discounts

Depending on your trip and number of participants, we can offer groups of 10 or more a complimentary place or a discount for all adventurers. Schools trips can benefit from free places for teachers, whilst we can discount rates for charity challenges. Contact us with your details and requirements and we will get a quote to you within one working day.

We also appreciate the effort it takes to coordinate a group of people so in exchange for your efforts, we will give group organisers of 10+ people a £150 Cotswold gift voucher; perfect for kitting yourself out ahead of your big adventure!

All group members receive a complimentary kit bag, t-shirt and a voucher code for 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor.

For Your Information

Health and safety and financial protection

At Lost Earth Adventures, health and safety is our top priority. All our trips are run to UK and international safety standards, and are proud to surpass these standards in many areas. We are an ABTA and ATOL bonded tour operator, ensuring your financial protection.

Full details of our policies and protections are available here.

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