Helambu Circuit Trek
Helambu Circuit Trek is one of the short, easy and quiet but quite scenic and exciting trek, not too far away from the busy capital, Kathmandu. The trek passes through the villages inhabited by the Sherpa and Tamang people and offers views of the most of the mountain ranges from the central region of the country. The trekking starts after just a couple of hours drive away from Kathmandu, with the terraced fields and mountains at distant horizon replacing the concrete buildings of the city. In addition, the views of the Lantang Range, Rolwaling Himal Range and Ganesh Himal Range in the sky and the terraced fields and the overlapping valleys below it, enchant the trekkers. Lantang Lirung (7227 meters), Dorje Lhakpa (6966 meters) and Gauri Shankar (6134 meters) are the famed mountains among many others visible on the trek. Helambu Circuit Trek does not have the starring power of the higher mountains from the other parts of the country but it offers a typical Nepali culture of the hilly region yet to be influenced by the West along with a true Nepali hospitality by two of the major ethnical groups of the country, the famous Sherpa and the Tamang. The difference in the customs and traditions of the Sherpas from the Helambu and the Sherpas from the Khumbu region is another exciting and interesting aspect of the Helambu Trek. Finally, Helambu Circuit Trek is ideal for those travellers who have less time as well who don’t wish to travel too far from Kathmandu Valley.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters) .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. trekking with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation .
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisopani (2300 meters) .
A short 40 minute drive to Sundarijal is followed by an hour steep climb to Mulkharka. After Mulkharka, the trail steadies and undulates to Chisopani. Chisopani offers distant and small but panoramas of long ranges of the Himalayas of Nepal. (4 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 04: Trek to Kutumsang (2479 meters) .
The trail now descents down to Pati Bhanjyang and then once again a long steep climb follows all the way to Gul Bhanjyang. Another descent is followed again by a climb, which later turns into an easy walk near Kutumsang. (7 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 05: Trek to Thadepati (3490 meters) .
From Kutumsang, a long steep climb continues for almost all the way to Thadepati. There are ouple of lodges in the forest at Mangen Goth and after that the climb continues and only ends at Thadepati. This place is located at a ridge and offers great panoramic views and route to Gosaikunda and Helambu Valley separates here. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2600 meters) .
Looking towards Helambu valley from Thadepati, the trek starts to descent down into the valley and reaches Melamchi Gaon. The descent again continues to go down to Melamchi Khola and turns into a long ascent to Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang is the biggest settlement on the Helambu Circuit Trek. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 07: Trek to Shermathang (2621 meters).
A relatively easy terrain follows, passing along with some small rivers flowing through forests and ends at Shermathang. (6 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 08: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 meters).
The trek continuously loses elevations and passes through terraced fields for most part of the day. After passing through several villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, the day and the trek ends at Melamchi Pul Bazaar. (5 hours) (Overnight at Teahouse. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included)
- Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu.
4 hours drive finally brings us back to Kathmandu and the afternoon can be spent by enjoying the luxuries of the city (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 10: Departure .
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.(Breakfast included)
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.
- Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
- Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
- 3 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
- All land transportations (a private car/bus).
- Accommodation and all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) while on trek in normal teahouses.
- Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
- A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
- National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
- Group First Aid Kit.
- Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Head torch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.
Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.