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  • Duration9 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate

Helambu Trekking is the nearest trek from Kathmandu. It is an exciting and short foothill journey, located in the lower part of the Langtang region. The trek to Helambu offers wonderful Himalayan views of Langtang and some of the Everest Himalayan scenery. It is also known as the virtual trail because, being located near Kathmandu, the Helambu region has not adopted a modern lifestyle, and the virtual culture and traditions are the features of the journey. Mainly, mixed communities, along with Tamang and Sherpa communities, populate this area.

Highlights of Helambu Trekking

  • Immerse yourself in nature: hike through unspoiled forests, discover hidden waterfalls, and enjoy breathtaking Himalayan views of the Langtang and Everest ranges.
  • Explore ancient cultures: visit traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages, encounter the unique Hyolmo culture, and experience genuine local hospitality.
  • Witness cultural treasures: Discover Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and mani walls, gaining insights into local spiritual practices.
  • Challenge yourself: Conquer the moderate climb to Thadepati, enjoying stunning green hills, terraced rice fields, and lush forests along the way.
  • Unwind and connect: Experience the warmth of local people, witness magical sunrises and sunsets over the Himalayas, and create unforgettable memories.
  • Perfect for short adventures: Enjoy a 6-day trek suitable for all fitness levels, with optional 9-day itineraries including Kathmandu sightseeing.

The unspoiled and undisturbed Helambu trek begins from Sundarijal, after a short drive north from Kathmandu. As the trek enters Shivapuri National Park, it heads through a forest of bamboo, rhododendron, and other trees. The waterfalls and Himalayan views are wonderful. It crosses several beautiful ethnic villages of Tamang and Sherpa, like Chisapani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, Tarkeghyang, and Shermathang. The local people follow a similar Tibetan culture and traditions known as Hyolmo culture. You can explore Buddhist monasteries, chhortens, and mani walls. It is a steep climb to Thade Pati before reaching Tarkeghyang. The green hills, terraced rice fields, rugged trekking trails, and lush forests always attract trekkers. The hospitality of the local people makes the trip incredible and memorable. The sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayan range can be seen during the trekking. The trekking continually leads to the Melamchi Pul Bazaar and drives to Kathmandu.

Helambu Trekking is suitable for short-term trekkers, but the views and attractions are fabulous. On the 9-day trip, the travelers can have a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, a 6-day trek in the Helambu region, and departure to their next destination. Rugged Trails Nepal offers experienced trekking guides and the required arrangements for your memorable trek in Nepal. Helambu trekking fulfills your desire for the trek to the unspoiled region.


Lifestyle and Culture Trek

Love the culture and typical lifestyle of mountain people, I was so amazed by the unchanged lifestyle because this is my first trekking experience in Asia. Will come to Nepal with you guys, highly recommend for slow trekkers and those who love fewer visitors around.  

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  • Day: 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu.

    Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.

    If you arrive late at night then your dinner will be on the next day.

    • Hotel
    • NA
    • Dinner
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 2
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu.

    After breakfast proceeds our short guided sightseeing tour at the Swayambhunath Temple. After Swayambhunath temple, we will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites Patan Durbar Square, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world.

    After sightseeing drives back to the hotel and briefing of our rest of trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gear or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel.

    • Hotel
    • 2-3 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast
    • 1350 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 3
    Drive to Sundarijal - Trek to Chisapani.
    • Lodge
    • 5 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2300 M
    • Chisopani
  • Day: 4
    Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang.
    • Lodge
    • 7 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2446 M
    • Kutumsang
  • Day: 5
    Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati.
    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 3650 M
    • Thadepati
  • Day: 6
    Thadepati trek to Tarkeghyang.
    • Lodge
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2560 M
    • Tarkeghyang
  • Day: 7
    Tarkeghyang trek to Sermanthang.
    • Lodge
    • 3-4 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 2610 M
    • Sermanthang
  • Day: 8
    Sermanthang trek to Melamchi Bazaar - Drive to Kathmandu.
    • Hotel
    • 5-6 Hour Walk
    • Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner
    • 1300 M
    • Kathmandu
  • Day: 9
    Final departure.

    Transferred to the international airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they can continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact rugged trails Nepal team.

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    • Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
  • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
  • The government registered English-speaking local expert guides and porters.
  • Shivapuri and Helambu National Park fees, TIMS Card.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Guided tour in the city with an expert tour guide.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in the city
  • Equipment and clothing for porters and staff.
  • Insurance for all staff and porters.
  • Private or local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • First Aid Kit
  • Helambu Trekking Map for Each Member
  • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters

What’s Excluded

  • Nepal visa: Multiple Entrée (30 days): USD 40
  • Lunch and dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Personal gear and clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses, table drinks, snacks while walking
  • Personal insurance and medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Service other than those mentioned above
  • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslides, strikes, political unrest, etc.
  • International airfare and airport taxes.
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, and mineral water
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing in the city.