Helambu Circuit Trek - 8 Days

Know before you go
  • 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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Sundarijal

 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. 

Chisapani

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

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. 

WHAT MAKES NEPAL NIRVANA TRAILS UNIQUE?

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.

Itinerary

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 complimentary
  • Standard 2-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Standard three meals and a cup of tea or coffee
  • Fresh fruit each day seasonal available
  • Accommodations during the treks twin sharing basis
  • Experienced first aid trained English-speaking government Licensed trekking guide and his salary, food, equipment, and insurance
  • All applicable national parks, TIMS permits
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu bus service
  • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
  • Nepal Nirvana Trails Duffel Bag, T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary
  • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant
  • Official expenses
  • All local and government taxes and vat.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • Porter (OPTIONAL)If you need $130 one porter between 2 trekkers is recommended
  • Private jeep It costs extra, One JEEP could share between 6 people maximum
  • During trekking time, personal expenses like snacks, beer, coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
  • Lunch and dinner Kathmandu and extra day or upgrade hotel
  • Tips for treks guide, porter, and driver (it is expected)

Useful Info

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 [email protected] or WhatsApp at +977 9841380469

Best Time 

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

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

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.

FAQs

  • 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.

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