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Helambu trek - 12 Days

A trekking in the Helambu Valley is a beautiful trekking north of Kathmandu. Helambu is a beautiful region with high altitude villages. The Helambu trek is feasible for anyone who likes to hike. The starting point of the Helambu trek can easily be reached due to the proximity of Kathmandu.

During spring you have the beautiful colored rhododendrons and you can enjoy Tibetan Buddhist elements. Furthermore you will visit the meditation caves in Melamchi and explore the oldest Buddhist monastery of Nepal, in Cherughyang. Along the way you will enjoy your beautiful panoramic views of the Jugal Himal Mountains, with peaks up to 7000 meters.

In this region mainly Tamang and Sherpa, also called Hyolmo, live. Did you know that the word Helambu is derived from ‘Hyolmo’? The Hyolmo population survives mainly through agriculture and cattle breeding.

Helambu is famous for its delicious sweet apples. In addition, the entire region is Buddhist and therefore very spiritual. This place of pilgrimage has beautiful artistic Buddhist monasteries!

You will spend the night in comfortable lodges, which have the same quality as in the Annapurna area. The owners make extra efforts in this region to make their tea houses sustainable!

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  • Enjoy the spring of the beautiful coloured rhododendrons (March/May)
  • Visit the medidation caves in Melamchi
  • Get to know Tibetan Buddhism in the small villages
  • Explore the oldest Buddhist monastery in Nepal in Cherugyang
  • Meet the local Tamang and the Hyolmo (Sherpa) population
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome to Nepal!

At the airport you will be welcomed by one of our employees. He or she carries a sign with our logo on it. This way you can easily find each other when you leave the airport.

After a warm welcome, a private chauffeur will take you by car to your accommodation in Patan. Our employee will accompany you and help you with the check-in at your hotel.

Depending on your arrival time in Kathmandu, you will have free time to go out. Discover the lively old part of Kathmandu like the streets of Asan.

During a short `meet & greet` with Maaike and/or Chuda you will get useful tips and you can also ask questions. You will also meet your guide for the next few days who will brief you on the trekking.

You will stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Excursion: the cultural highlights of Kathmandu

Today the guide will take you on an exploration in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with several beautiful world heritage sites.

On a green hill on the western side of Kathmandu lies the beautiful temple complex of Swayambunath. Under the watchful eye of a colony of monkeys you climb up. Afterwards you go down the back side and visit Amideva Buddha Park, with the 3 impressive gold gilded Buddha statues.

Afterwards you go to the Tibetan Buddhist heart of Kathmandu: Boudhanath. The gigantic white stupa attracts many pilgrims walking around it. You will have lunch with a view on the stupa (lunch not included).

Afterwards you descend to Pashupatinath. This is the sanctuary of the Hindus, situated along the Bagmati river. Besides following a ritual cremation, you can also find the Saddhu’s here. These coloured holy men live around the temple.

You stay in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Thangkure (ca. 4 hours) - Trek to Chipling (2150m) - ca. 2 to 3 hours

With your guide and porter you will leave today by private jeep to the starting point of your trekking in Thangkure.

From there you will start your fascinating trekking in the Helambu region.

You’ll hike along a well laid out path today, especially uphill. Some parts climb steeply. After 2 to 3 hours of walking you’ll reach your destination for today: Chipling.

Spend the night in a sustainable teahouse in Chipling.

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Day 4
Trek to Kutumsang (2450m) - ca. 5 to 6 hours

Over stone steps, climb and descend slowly today. You first pass the village of Ghul Bhanjang (2,180 m), where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and cultural elements.

You take it easy and after a delicious lunch, you climb further up to about 2600 metres. You will enjoy beautiful views of a few peaks over 6000 metres high. Afterwards you descend slowly to your destination for today, Kutumsang.

You will spend the night in a sustainable teahouse in Kutumsang.

Day 5
Trek to Mangengoth (3285m) - ca. 3 to 4 hours

Today we reach the entrance of Langtang National Park. The path goes north up the Yurin Danda mountain ridge and gives you a nice view of the mountain peaks and the surrounding landscape. The path is a steep, eroded road, mostly through pine and rhododendron forests where there are no permanent settlements.

Today you have a lot of gradients, that’s why you take it easy.

After lunch you walk to a viewpoint, where you have a view of the Jugal Himal mountain range, with peaks of more than 6000 meters high.

Night in a sustainable teahouse in Mangengoth.

Day 6
Trek to Thare Pati (3650m) - ca. 3 hours

Today the path will lead you to the highest point of your trek, Thare Pati.

You walk along a narrow path and cross a slope. The path gradually rises through beautiful forests, with beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees.

Weather permitting, today’s adventurous walk will reward you with stunning views of the north of the Jugal Himal Mountains.

From Thare Pati you have a breathtaking view of the snowy mountains, the Dorje Lakpa, the Gaurishankar, the Langshisa, the Jugal, the Numbur and many others.

Spend the night in a sustainable teahouse in Thare Pati.

Day 7
Trek to Melamchigaon (2550m) - ca. 3 hours

In the morning you get up early and climb to a viewpoint, where you can enjoy a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas. This hike takes about 2 hours.

After the morning walk you will have breakfast at the lodge. Today’s hike is a steep descent: you descend more than 1000 meters today. You walk through a fairytale forest with mossy trees and cross a suspension bridge to Melamchigaon.

Don’t miss a visit to the Buddhist Meditation Cave, which gives you a beautiful insight into the influence of Tibetan Buddhism in this region. You can also visit the school here.

Spend the night in a sustainable teahouse in Melamchigaon.

Day 8
Trek to Tarke Ghyang (2560m) - ca. 5 hours

You will first descend to the suspension bridge above the Melamchi River today. Here you will see many elements of Buddhist culture, which is strongly rooted in this region. You will see stupas, chörtens and watermills with prayer cylinders. The latter find their origin in the Bon religion. You will also get acquainted with the local Sherpa (Hyolmo) culture and village life.

We reach the lodge in Tarke Ghyang after a last climb. From the village you will enjoy a view of the sacred mountain Ama Yangri. The village Tarke Ghyang was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake in 2015. The monastery was also severely damaged. Yet we can take a look inside and turn the large prayer wheel clockwise.

Spend the night in a sustainable teahouse in Tarke Ghyang.

Day 9
Trek to Sermathang - ca. 3,5 to 4 hours

Today is your last day of trekking in this fascinating region.

You’ll pass the village of Ghangyul where you’ll receive a warm welcome and enjoy a delicious tea. This village is an organic village: all fruit and vegetables are grown there organically.

The newly built Tashi Choling monastery is located just before your destination in Sermathang. Sermathang is one of the important cultural and religious centres in the Helambu region.

Stay in a sustainable teahouse in Sermathang.

Day 10
Drive to Namobuddha per private jeep ( ca. 6 hours) and free time

Today you drive back to the Kathmandu Valley by private jeep.

You will stay one night in Namobuddha, a beautiful and quiet village. Stretch your legs and walk to the famous Namobuddha stupa in the village. It’s only small, but it’s extremely important for Tibetan Buddhists as it commemorates Siddhartha Gautam’s act of offering his body to a hungry tigress and contributing to his enlightenment.

A short walk above the stupa is the newly built Tibetan Buddhist monastery on the hilltop. The monastery is beautifully situated, surrounded by nature. Here you can meet monks, talk to them and be present at their prayer rituals.

You will spend the night in an eco-resort in Namobuddha (small cottage).

Day 11
Excursion: visit to Bhaktapur and Patan

You will first drive to Bhaktapur today, where the English speaking cultural guide will be waiting for you.

She will first take you through the cosy streets of Nepal’s best preserved medieval city: Bhaktapur.

After lunch (not included) you drive on to Patan, where you will spend the night.

While you visit the Place Royale of Patan, the guide will tell you all about the three royal cities that built against each other to have the most beautiful temples. The Golden Temple in Patan is a gem! There are also stonecutters and metalsmiths at work in Patan.

You will spend the night in an authentic Newari hotel in Patan.

Day 12
Departure day

The end of your journey is unfortunately in sight. It depends on your flight time whether you still have time to score some souvenirs or discover some nice places.

At least 3 hours before the departure of your flight, you will be picked up at the reception of your accommodation. Your driver will take you to the airport.

We hope you’ll take some great memories home with you!

What's included?

  • Personal welcome at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. A staff member will accompany you to help you with your check-in.
  • Meet & greet with Chuda and/or Maaike.
  • Briefing with the guide who will go on a trekking with you.
  • 2 nights in a standard hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast
  • Dagexcursion with English speaking guide and private transport in Kathmandu
  • Transport by private transport to the starting point of the trekking
  • 7 nights in sustainable teahouses along the trails, with 7x breakfast, 7x lunch, 7x dinner (excl. drinks)
  • English speaking guide during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and overnight stays)
  • Porter for your main luggage during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and overnight stays) - 1 porter per 2 persons - max. 18 kg
  • All necessary documents for the trekking
  • Transport from the end point of the trekking to Namobuddha
  • 1 night in eco-resort in Namobuddha (small cottage), with breakfast
  • Dage excursion with English speaking guide and private transport in Bhaktapur and Patan
  • 1 night in standard hotel in Patan, with breakfast
  • Airport transfer for the departure flight

What's not included?

  • Visa fee of approx. 30 USD per person for 15 days: this is available upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or in advance through the Nepalese Consulate or the Nepalese Embassy
  • Payments both during the excursions and when visiting a monastery during the trekking.
  • International flight tickets Nepal: We deliberately do not include this in our price. It is easier and cheaper to book this yourself.
  • Tips for drivers, guide, porter etc: In Nepal it is customary to give a tip. For this trip it is about € 60 per person.
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Helambu trek

Trip Facts

  • Mid September - December; mid February - May
  • 7
  • Patibhanyang / Sermathang
  • Tharepati (3650m)
  • Easy, 3 - 5 hours per day
  • Sustainable tea houses during trek / standard hotels in Kathmandu / eco-lodge in Namobuddha
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