Helambu Circuit Trek

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    8 Days
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Helambu Circuit Trekking is a cultural trek to north of Kathmandu. It is a short and easy  trek anyone can do. Helambu  was long time before considered a hidden and  inaccessible fertile valley. But now it is easily accessible by road up to trekking starting point. Despite the road connectivity most of the parts of Helambu are comparatively isolated and accessible by walking trails. Only few tourists visit Helambu valley. People of Helambu  call themselves Sherpa, although their  language, culture, tradition and the costumes of are not similar to those of Sherpa community  of the  Everest region. In Helambu  valley we find many Tamang ethnic groups of people, while the lower parts of the  valley are farmed by Hindu ethnic groups of people. While trekking one can explore rural life of Nepal, a great variety of wild flowers, snow-clad Himalayan  peaks, apple  orchards, Himalayan streams  and artistic Buddhist monasteries. Langtang Himal is often visible, but the views aren’t as close-up as in other trekking regions of Everest, Annapurna and Langtang. However, the views observed from Tharepati on this trek are stunning.  Helambu  valley  is also popular as a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

The highest point of the trek that one will reach will be only 3490m in our proposed itinerary, so acclimatization is hardly a problem. We have proposed Sundarijal as our trekking starting point but there are other alternative trailheads one can choose  through  Sankhu, Kakani and Nagarkot. To access the hills faster, one can  take the Arniko Highway to Melamchi Bazaar  via Banepa or Dhulikhel, and begin the trek  towards both Thimbu and Sermathang.

Helambu Circuit Trek is highly recommended for those looking for a week long short cultural trek in Nepal. Come and join us to immerse yourself in  the beauty of this trek.



This is one of the easiest treks that start from the north corner of Kathmandu. The attraction of the area is more in its socio-cultural and natural diversities. It is short, relatively easy trek (ideal for families) and most enjoyable walking relatively mid elevation in the southern buffer of the Langtang National Park. It can be organized all year-round but October – November and March – April would be the best time to visit this area. Helambu, is itself a study center of Tibetan Buddhism. Yalmo and Tamang peoples maintain their rich cultural heritage, celebrations, lively dances and hospitality with own tradition.

  • Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. This day is simply an arrival day and there will no organized activities. So, you will have some free time to relax or walk around for local sights. A pre-departure meeting will be held early evening and you will be introduced with your trekking guide. Overnight at
    hotel in Kathmandu

  • Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue drive to Patan
    Durbar Square to observe ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch. Then, you will visit the Patan museum. Overnight in hotel

  • Drive for about an hour from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m) where there is a large water project which supplies most of the drinking water to Kathmandu Valley. The unpaved road from Boudhanath turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant and starts up a concrete steps alongside the water pipe.

    Beyond Sundarijal the trail climbs continuously through forests (still following the water pipe) to a medieval-looking reservoir, dam and waterworks. Crossing the dam, the trail leaves the water supply system and climbs steeply to a road at 1550m and climbs to the top of the Shivapuri ridge. The first village of the trail is Mulkharka. The trail now entered the Shivapuri Watershed & Wildlife Reserve. Portions of the trail are almost level, but much of the climb is steep. After passing through the army camp where your Shivapuri entrance permit is checked.Shivapuri ridge forest is dense forest of pine, oak and rhododendron trees. The trail heads down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisapani at 2300m. The trail continues to drop from Chisapani on a good level and crosses meadows and fields. The final descent to Kutumsang is on a trail that has eroded into a slippery slide.

  • The trail heads north out of Kutumsang and follows a long stretch of level at the foot of a hill. We make a very steep ascent to Chipling at 2170m. From here the trail makes another steep, 200m climb on a stone staircase to the top of the JhoginDanda ridge at 2470m. One can witness good mountain views along thisstretch of trail. From the ridge the trail descends through forests to ThodangBetini village at 2250m. Continuing along the forested ridge, the trail descends to a large chorten overlooking the Tamang village of GulBhanjyang at 2140m. The trail climbs the ridge from GulBhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. Its downhill walk ends at Tharepati. We stay overnight in this village.

  • The trek proceeds north up the YurinDanda ridge which affords views of the peaks above Langtang and of the Gosainkund peaks. The trail climbs above Tharepati a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests where there are only few shepherds’ huts. The trail descends to Magen Goth at
    3150m. From here it continues to climb, steeply at first, then more gradually, the trail makes some ups and downs passing through forests, across flower-strewn meadows and crossing streams. Then the trail makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village of Malemchigaon at 2530m. Malemchigaon is a beautiful village dotted with monasteries, a line of prayer flags at the front and
    brightly painted walls and statues

  • From Malemchigaon, the trail continues to descend to the MalemchiKhola, which we cross on a sturdy suspension bridge at 1890m.. After crossing the river, the trail immediately begins the ascent towards TarkeGyang. It is a long climb to this picturesque village on a self high above the river at 2600m. ThakeGyang `is the largest village in Helambu. The stone houses with narrow alleyways are found here.

  • Passing through the Sherpa village of Kakani, The trail passes through the guesthouses and mani wall then drops off the west side of the ridge in a rhododendron forest, along a broad, well-travelled path. We see several chortens, mani walls and kanis. On the way. Finally, the trail enters the hot, rice-growing country of Malemchi and Indrawati valleys, and leaves the highland ethnic groups for the Brahman, Chhetri and Newar people who inhabit the lower regions. The trail is now in semi-tropical banana-andmonkey country at an elevation below that of Kathmandu.

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What is included

  • 3 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis
  • 4 Nights Tea House/Lodge on twin sharing basis
  • Drive to Trek Start Point: Hotel- Sundarijal
  • Drive from Trek End Point: Timbu – Kathmandu
  • Langtang National Park Fee
  • TIMS (Trekker Information Management System Card)
  • English speaking certified trekking guide and reliable porter
  • Clients are allowed to carry only 15 kg of personal luggage on the trek
  • One duffle bag for each member (complimentary)

What is Excluded

  • International airfare
  • International Airport Pickup (if you have not booked this facility in advance)
  • Nepal Entry Visa
  • Single supplement in the hotel in Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tipping is expected for field staff
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early arrival, late departure (early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel / Medical/ Trip cancellation insurance and emergency rescue/ evacuation costs
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry
  • If the main highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara or trekking route is blocked by a landslide or any natural calamity during the trip, in such a situation the extra cost for food and accommodation has to be borne by the clients.
  • Rescue: All our clients must have travel insurance that covers urgent emergency medical/ evacuation from mountain locations to Kathmandu.
  • Any other services not specified in the ‘Cost includes

Helambu Circuit Trek 2024/2025 Cost and Departure Dates

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Nitty Gritty

  • Trekking Region: Langtan, Nepal
  • Trip Duration: 08 Days
  • Total Trekking days: 04 Days
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3Nights
  • Trips Starts / Ends: Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Hotel – Sundarijal / Timbu – Kathmandu (Jeep/Car)
  • High Seasons: (Autumn)Oct – Nov- Dec & (Spring) Mar – Apr – May
  • Low Seasons: (Winter) Dec-Jan-Feb & (Monsoon) Jun-Jul-Aug
  • Accommodation on Trek: Tea House/Lodge (Basic & Clean)
  • Type of Trip: Private & Fixed Departure
  • Service available: Standard
  • Trek grade: Moderate to Challenging
  • No. of Pax: From 2 & above
  • Maximum elevation: 3490 m/11450 ft
  • Walking hours: 6 – 7 hrs a day max.
  • Porter Guidlines: Each porter carries only 30 Kgs. as per IPPG guidelines

General Information

  • Trip Notes tell you about the itinerary details and supplementary information of the relevant trip of Trek Himalayan. We have prepared specific trip notes adhering to fixed travel dates. Please check which travel dates suit you. If you find any trip notes missing or only partially received while sending to you by email, please bear with us. They will be there anytime soon.


  • Nepal is a land of ancient history, colorful cultures and multi- religions found nowhere else on the planet! There are many festivals and cultural events celebrated throughout the year in the various regions by different Nepalese ethnic groups who follow their own way of religious practice, lifestyle, language, culture, and tradition keeping peace and harmony in society.
  • Trekking can be organized for few days to few weeks long, depending on trekkers interest, strength and time frame. Walking could be twelve kilometers or just four kilometers a day and spend the night in the countryside lodge or camp.
  • Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. At least, you need to spend two or three nights in Kathmandu before and after your trekking trip. We can arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your pre-booking.
  • This trek is suitable for any trekker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. You need to be moderately fit and normally healthy. It is good if you do some exercise before you come to Nepal for trekking.
  • It is not necessary; you have to join with group. Please follow our group departure date because we organize private trip departures everyday upon client’s request and requirements. You can move at your own pace and set your own schedule by not being in group.
  • In Kathmandu, we provide clean and basic standard hotel with breakfast. During the trek we provide Tea Houses which are more like hotels, with hot showers, local/western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). In our trekking trip we make overnight stay at tea-houses. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives. We will also provide you full board camps in few places where you will be served freshly prepared Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (western & local) along with neat & tidy Two Men Sleeping Tented Camp.
  • You have to choose from the menu and pay by yourself. Freshly cooked food is served in tea house (lodge). Generally, western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places.
  • Yes, our guide will brief regarding the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduction of your trek guide and porters before the trip departure
  • This trip can be extended and there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions. The extensions trip cost based on your request after the trip below our advised. Optional Programs: Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Meditation & Spa/Yoga, Bungee Jump
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