Helambu Circuit Trek - 8 Days

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  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Trip Start and End Sundarijal - Melamchi Bazaar
  • Best Season All Season
  • Trip Area Helambu Area
  • Maximum Altitude 3690m.|12106ft.


  • Scintillating and amusing views of mountains and landscape of Langtang region. 
  • Interaction with the historic tribes of Helambu and their culture known as Yolmo.
  • Mystic and a mixed variety of natural beauty of Northeastern Nepal.
  • Historic Buddhist pilgrimages and the ever-glorious painting of Thanka.
  • The famous monasteries caves where Guru Rimpoche and Buddhist Saint Miraeppa meditated.
  • Wide range of flora and fauna.
  • Experience of the diverse population and natural resources.

Nepal Nirvana Trails offers an 8-day Helambu Circuit trek that offers a mystic and aesthetic landscape experience for you. Helambu circuit trek is one of the nearest trekking distances from the Kathmandu valley, with its starting point Sundarijal just being at the touching distance of 18 kilometers from the heart of the city, Thamel. It is one of the easiest trekking routes to get and takes just over a week to complete the fascinating journey. It is a mesmerizing trekking trail for beginners and tourists who do not have long holidays. If you are one of them, then Helambu Circuit Trek is waiting for you, and Nepal Nirvana Trails is ready to help you on this trip through mystic lands and exotic landscapes. Whenever you trek on this route, you will find the incredible experiences of wilderness and will be able to find out Himalayan experience in mere 8-days. 

When venturing into this trekking route, you will cross through the Langtang National Park and will get the chance to encounter many rare florae and fauna like Red Panda, an endangered animal. Red Panda can be seen mainly near the Thadepati area which is also the best location to see the panoramic view of Mt. Everest.

Helambu trek starts from the village of Sundarijal, just 18 kilometers from Kathmandu city. Sundarijal presents a peaceful environment from the chaotic environment of the city. This small village is well-known among domestic tourists for recreational tourism.

This trek will reach the highest point of 3690 meters from sea level, you do not need to be worried about altitude sickness, but you have to mentally prepare for the unforeseen conditions which may occur during the journey. 

This trek is the prime option for tourists who want to get close to the ancient culture of the Sherpas and Lamas. Along with that, tourists will get to interact with the painters of Thanka, the glorious art, and the paintings of ancient Nepal. 

This trek will not only be fruitful from the recreational point of view but is for the tourists to understand more about ancient Nepal and the Buddhist culture and traditions.


 This is the starting point of the trek, yet a beautiful village just 18 kilometers away from the chaotic Kathmandu city that provides the luxury of a peaceful and green environment just outside Kathmandu Valley. 


With the gorgeous combination of rural life, incredible Himalayan views, and the feel of natural resources on the lap of mother nature, Chisapani is an immensely significant prospect in domestic tourism as many Nepalese people hike to this place to escape the chaotic life of Kathmandu.

Yolmo Culture

Yolmo predominantly practices beliefs and culture and speaks the language, followed by the people residing in northern Nuwakot, Sindhupalchowk districts, Helambu, and Melamchi valleys. There are currently 11000+ native speakers of this language, and they follow their unique traditions. The number of people following the divine path of yolmo is slowly degrading, but the inhabitants are saving their culture for their future selves. These people have a cultural affinity with the inhabitants of the border areas of Tibet. The Kyerong and Rangsyar areas are the main residences of the Yolmo people. 


Thangka is a Buddhist painting on cotton and silk that represents the religious belief of Buddhists. Thangka is a sacred painting for Buddhists, made in small clothes with further silk cover on the front, put in Buddhist religious pilgrimages and festivals. Thangkas hold unique significance in the Helambu area as most natives of the region are Buddhists.  

Scenic mountain views

Helambu Circuit Trek offers the majestic beauty of mountains in the Langtang range, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh, Ama Yangri, Jugal Himal, and even the stunning view of the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest. 


Any tourist plan includes unseen risks unforeseen. Nepal Nirvana trails have experienced and well-trained personnel to help you throughout the trip. They will carry out all the responsibilities from start to end of the journey that you may need. You will be experiencing the beauty of traveling to tribal Nepal in a new and innovative way. 

You will be taking the trip with a team of veteran professionals who have excelled in exploring with tourists to the Helambu region, so you will get as much information about the place as you want. Our more than two-decade veterans in the Himalayas makes us a reliable and trustworthy tour partner. 

We invite all the visitors to visit the magical place of Helambu Trek Region, and booking is open throughout the year. You can choose your preferred time of the year to trek to Helambu. 

You can also check more information about other similar tour and trekking packages like Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Gosaikunda Trek and directly contact us for inquiries or bookings.


Day to Day Details

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You will arrive at Tribhuvan Airport Kathmandu, where our airport representative will receive and transfer you to the hotel. You will meet the trekking leader and group at 6:00 pm in our office.

  • Normal Hotel
  • 1400m.|4592ft.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Sundarijal. The guide will get the permits to enter the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. From Sundarijal, our trek begins. We will walk through the lush forest enriched with various flora and fauna to reach Chisapani.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2300m.|7544ft.

Beginning our day with breakfast at Chisapani, we will prepare ourselves to walk for 6 to 7 hours for a few days. We will follow the trail of Helambu Trek, passing through Pati Bhanjyan, Thankune Bhanjyang, and Golphu Bhanjyang to reach Kutumsang.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2445m.|8020ft.

Kutumsang has the National park office, where we will get the Langtang National Park permit checked and start our trek to Thadepati. Walking past the several mani stones, Kyuola Bhanjyang, Mangengoth, and Dobate, we will get to Thadepati Bhanjyang. During our trekking, this is the best route where you have the chance to see the rare animal, Red Panda, and with the clear weather, panoramic view of Mt. Everest and other Himalayan Ranges.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3690m.|12103ft.

Thadepati Bhanjyang is the highest point (3690m) you will reach in Helambu Circuit Trek. We descend to Tarke Gyang today. After breakfast, we will walk to Melamchigaon, the sherpa village. Melamchigaon has the largest monastery in the area, which you can explore. From Melamchigaon, we trek down to Tarke Gyang to stay overnight.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2600m.|8529ft.

We will visit the monastery in Tarke Gyang and then start our trekking. We will be at two roadways while descending from where we will trek towards Sermanthang, passing through several mani walls and villages. Sermanthang is famous for its apple and apricot-producing area.

  • Guest House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2590m.|8496ft.

Today we will descend to Melamchi Bazaar to catch the bus to Kathmandu. As you leave Sermanthang, we will pass through the villages and settlements of Nigale Bhanjyang, Kakani Bhanjyang, Kakani, Pokhari Bhanjyang, and Tallathok. From Melamchi, we will catch the local bus to Kathmandu, which will take about 5 hours.

  • Normal Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4592ft.

You can do other activities during your stay in Nepal or head towards other destinations. We will drop you at the airport.

  • Breakfast

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Route Map

Helambu Circuit Trek - 8 Days map

What's Included

  • Airport transfer at arrival and departure 
  • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) and tea or coffee with meals 
  • Seasonal Fresh fruit each day if and when available
  • Accommodations during the treks
  • English-speaking government-licensed trekking guide and his salary, food, equipment, and insurance
  • All applicable permits
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal Private Taxi/Car
  • Sermanthang/Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu bus service
  • Sleeping bag if needed (It’s refundable)
  • Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purification tablet
  • Official expenses
  • All local and government taxes and VAT.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel and health Insurance which covers emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • Porter Costs: USD 130 one porter between 2 trekkers is recommended
  • Private jeep from Sermanthang/Melamchi Pul Bazaar Costs USD 150 
  • Personal expenses like snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water, WI-FI, battery charging, hot shower, etc.
  • Food in Kathmandu and an extra day or upgrade hotel
  • Tips for treks guide (it is appreciated)

Upcoming Departures

Start DateSaturdayJuly 20, 2024End DateSaturdayJuly 27, 2024PriceAvailableUS $399
Start DateTuesdayJuly 23, 2024End DateTuesdayJuly 30, 2024PriceAvailableUS $399
Start DateFridayJuly 26, 2024End DateFridayAugust 02, 2024PriceAvailableUS $399
Start DateMondayJuly 29, 2024End DateMondayAugust 05, 2024PriceAvailableUS $399

Useful Info

Helambu Circuit Trek Difficulty

The fun-filled week-long trek to the Helambu circuit trek region is full of fun, recreation, enjoyment, knowledge, and the opportunity to interact with the unique tribes of Yolmo. The trek will begin from the northern edge of Kathmandu, Sundarijal. There will be many ascents and descends, and the road is bumpy, so make sure you will have proper shoes to wear for the trek. 

Altitude Sickness 

Acclimation is an essential factor for trekking above 3500m from sea level. For your comfort, we have designed a trekking schedule that ascends very slowly to adapt you to the weather conditions. However, it is still possible for the worse that is why our trekking guide will always be with you in case of any emergency. 

Visiting different monasteries

The trek will pass through many societies of different cultures and traditions. You will pass through many preserved Buddhist heritages, monasteries, Mani walls, chortens, and prayer flags that reflect the Tibetan Buddhist culture, followed by the Helambu and Yolmo people. You will have an opportunity to visit the monasteries run by the local people in the places like Sermathang, Ghangyul, Melamchigaon, and Tarkeghyang. You can explore these monasteries and gather valuable information about the insight of Buddhism.

Helambu Circuit Trek Permits

Helambu trek takes you to the Langtang region, where you will enter Langtang National Park. To enter Langtang National Park, you need a permit card available at Nepal Tourism Board and the entry point in Dhunche, Rasuwa. To enter Sundarijal, you need Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park Permit.

You don't have to worry about the permits, our team will get them for your convenience.

Shivapuri National Park Permit for SAARC nationals: NPR 600

Shivapuri National Park Permit for other nationals: NPR 1000

TIMS Card cost for trekkers: NPR 1000

Langtang National Park Permit for SAARC nationals: NPR 1500

Langtang National Park Permit for other nationals: NPR 3000

Nepal Nirvana Trails can accommodate a group of travelers to the region if you want to travel in a group. The school, college, and research groups can get a special discount. For that, you can directly contact us via email at info@nepalnirvanatrails.com or WhatsApp at +977 9841380469

Best Time for the Helambu Circuit Trek

The Helambu Trek region is open to trek at any month of the year. The most suitable time for trekking to Helambu is September to December and March to May, and the average day temperature during this season will be 10-20 degrees celsius, which will be the most suitable temperature to trek on. During this season, the weather supports the best views of tall mountains and erotic landscapes. 

Accommodation during Helambu Circuit Trek

The tea houses, homestays, and a few lodges are available at different places during the trek. You will be provided with moderate services and food with a diverse range of options to choose from. All the tea houses are run by the locals providing all the basic facilities like hot/cold water and clean beds, healthy foods, clean bathrooms, etc. 

Last-minute booking for Helambu Circuit Trek

Nepal Nirvana Trails provides last-minute booking as well as pre-booking in case you decide on Helambu Circuit Trek. You can book a last-minute trip to Helambu Circuit Trek up to 12 hours before the scheduled time to get your tour arranged according to your requirement. For the booking guarantee, we require you to pay 100% of the package cost.


  • The weather of Helambu varies from season to season, in autumn and spring the weather is the most suitable to visit. The average temperature during daytime in this season is 10-20 degrees celsius and offers a clear view of mountains and landscapes.

  • You will be offered local foods like rice, wheat bread, and millet bread. The apple and apricot are the famous fruits of the Helambu region. You will get offered a wide variety of foods in the tea houses which include the items mostly liked by the tourists.

  • We suggest you have travel insurance. In any case of casualties, travel insurance will help you in recovering the funding. In these cases of any serious injuries or health issues, helicopters are used to rescue and they can be expensive at times. So, having travel insurance will be beneficial to anyone who is going for multi-day traveling purposes.

  • The luxury services like consuming beverages, and using amenities like wifi won't be included in the package so it will be better to take additional cash in the case when you need to spend it.

  • Helambu trek region is considered one of the easiest trekking trails in Nepal without having many difficult stiffs to climb. It won't be as risky as others since you will take a stiff up to 3690m only. There would be a very little issue of altitude sickness.

  • Helambu Circuit Trek has densely populated areas so there is enough basic infrastructure development. You won't have to face the issue of communication as you can use mobile networks and the internet without any problem.

Client Reviews

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    ClareUnited KingdomApril 23, 2024

    Two Treks, Two Guides, both with One Great Company!

    It's quite daunting arranging your own trek in Nepal, with over 3000 companies to choose from! I chose Nepal Nirvana Trails because of their link with Lost Earth Adventures in the UK. It is a family business and KP, the owner, was brilliant from start to finish. He always kept in touch at every point of the trek, checking that everything was going well and according to plan. He is very open, friendly, helpful and flexible, all of which ensure a good experience.
    It was my first time in Nepal and I did two treks, as well as spending some time on my own. The Helambu circuit took me through beautiful landscapes and traditional villages. The route was fairly quiet and involved several steep ascents and descents through national parks. My guide, Shukram, was excellent, always helpful and spoke English very well. All the accommodation was spotlessly clean and exceeded my expectations. The food was also tasty and plentiful. Secondly I did the Dampush trek which was easy but interesting, visiting beautiful Nepali villages with spectacular early morning mountain views. It was very peaceful and relaxing. My guide, Dipak, was very helpful and friendly with excellent knowledge of the area and rural life. He also speaks very good English.
    Nepal Nirvana is a great company and make every effort to do the best for each individual need; I always felt safe and will definitely choose Nepal Nirvana Trails for a future trip to Nepal

    Dear Clare, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing an incredible review of your experience of the Helambu and Dhampus Trek with the Nirvana Trails team! We are pleased to guide you with services meeting your expectations and hear about your experience with our guide, Dipak and Sukram. Hopefully, we can assist you again for your next adventure in Nepal.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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    BiancaAustraliaMarch 12, 2024

    Helambu Valley - A Hidden Gem!

    Completed the Helambu Circuit, my second trek with Nepal Nirvana Trails and was very fortunate to have Deepak leading the way again.
    Trekking through the Helambu region in Nepal was an unforgettable adventure that exceeded all expectations. From the moment we set foot on the trail, we were greeted by breathtaking landscapes, diverse terrain, and the warm hospitality of the local people.
    Each day brought a new and exciting challenge, keeping us engaged and in awe of the natural beauty surrounding us.
    Thank you Deepak and KP for this experience, the memories and your warm hospitality. I can't wait to come back for my next adventure!

    Dear Bianca, Namaste!
    We are glad to have you again for exploring the corners of Nepal. Thank you for sharing an incredible review of your experience of the Helambu Circuit Trek with the Nirvana Trails team. We are always pleased to guide you with better services. We are glad your experience was wonderful with our guide, Dipak. Good luck with your future endeavors.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
    WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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