Located at the northern end of the Melamchi Khola valley, Helambu Trek is an ideal trek for exploring nature and enjoying mountain views. Exploring the lower skirts of the Langtang valley, the Helambu Trek, a mesmerizing Langtang trekking, is a splendid blend of cultural authenticity and natural prosperity. The Langtang Himalayas offer glorious panoramas adding to the ample supply of mountain delights on the trek. This is a short trek especially designed for those people who want to experience the joy of the trekking but have limited time spare.
The 9 day Langtang trekking starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. During your stay in the valley, you will be observing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. After sightseeing in Kathmandu, you drive to Sundarijal and start trekking to Chisapani. The trail takes you through open country, yak pastures, terraced farms, and dense rhododendron and oak forest. Reaching Kutumsang, you make a brief stop here before heading to Thadepati followed by Sermathang in the lower Langtang valley. During the trek, you will be accompanied by the magnificent views of Langtang (7227m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m) and other numerous other mountains of the Langtang range. Trekkers also get to see some ancient monasteries and observe the Hyolmo culture of the Tamang communities who have a close affinity to the Langtang region. The Langtang trekking finally heads to Melamchi Pul Bazaar and ends with a return drive to Kathmandu. The Helambu Circuit route is not too high or steep which makes it attainable for even those people with no prior trekking experience. The best time for this trek is in autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and spring (March to May). The winter season (December, January, and February) also provides clear views of the mountain but the temperature will be freezing cold especially during the nights which may not suitable for everyone.
Epic Adventure Treks has been continually involved in the practice of crafting trips all around Nepal such that they aid in having superior experience for the clients. We have highly-experienced staffs that are well-versed to Nepal and its travel destinations. For the entire trip including this Langtang trekking, you will be catered with the finest of services.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5122 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, you will be received by our staff who will drive you to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu valley is popular for boasting seven UNESCO world heritage sites and today you will be visiting a few of these to get a taste of culture and history of the ancient valley. You will start with an early morning visit to Swayambhunath after which you will visit Boudhanath stupa. You will then visit Pashupatinath temple and end the sightseeing tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square. Any last minute trek preparation can be done on this day. Overnight at hotel.
An early morning drive through the city takes you to Sundarijal, the starting point of this trek. Sundarijal lies in the northeast part of the valley and is the gateway to Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. You will trek through rhododendron and oak forest ascending on stone steps to reach Mulkharka. After a brief rest in Mulkharka, you will trek your way through the forest to reach Chisapani. An amazing vista of Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal ranges along with other snow-capped peaks awaits you in the small Tamang village of Chisapani. Overnight in Chisapani.
Wake up early to watch the amazing combination of a mesmerizing sunrise and equally breathtaking Himalayan panorama in Chisapani. Afterward, you will climb uphill and cross various small passes on your way to Kutumsang. Enjoying an alluring view of the Langtang Himal range, you make your way through the forest and terraced fields with a few stopovers at the small Tamang villages en route. Cross the Mani wall and enter the old-fashioned village of Kutumsang. Overnight in Kutumsang.
Leaving behind Kutumsang, the trail will take you through beautiful rhododendron forests. The trail is steep and there are hardly any settlements en route. As you trek along the forest and meadows, you will reach the army check post at Mangengoth from where you make a gradual climb uphill until reaching Thadepati, which connects you with the trail to the sacred Gosainkunda Lake. From Thadepati, you will have a gorgeous view of Langtang Himal range along with the peaks of Dorje Himal range. Overnight in Thadepati.
Today you will move from Thadepati to reach Tarkeghyang. First, you descend to a small tributary of Melamchi River, and then you ascend through the oak and rhododendron forest towards Melamchigaon. Then you will cross the Melamchi River and go through a winding trail to reach Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is an old village of the Hyolmo inhabitants. Gekye Gompa in Tarkeghyang is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the region. Overnight in Tarkeghyang.
Walking through the lush forests of Yangri Danda, you will cross several streams on your way to the Sherpa village of Sermathang. After an easy descent, you will reach Ghangyul, cross a Mani wall, and continue to walk on the relatively flat trail. On your way to Sermathang, you will pass small monasteries and beautiful clear streams flowing amid the quiet forests. In the evening, visit the monastery and explore the picturesque village. Overnight in Sermathang.
Today is the final day of our trek. We will descend to Melamchi Pul Bazaar on a forested trail with several monasteries en route. Crossing many streams flowing through the lush forests with varieties of trees, we reach the confluence of Melamchi River and Indrawati River and crossing the suspension bridge, we enter the small town of Melamchi. We will drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi, enjoying the serene green landscape. You will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Our office staff will drop you at the airport 3 hours prior to your flight.