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Helambu Trekking


Helambu Trek is one of the famous trekking in the Langtang region. Helambu trek is a unique blend of natural sightseeing and trekking adventure in the fabulous Helambu area situated in the northern part of Kathmandu. It is a short adventure trekking in the remarkable trail of the Himalayan region. Helambu is naturally embodied with unique diversity and vivid landscape. The entire trekking trail bestows with the spectacular mountain views and traditional villages. The Sherpa and Tamang are local inhabitants of this region. Exploring the local Buddhist culture and tradition is yet another attraction of this trek. During the Helambu trek you can see many monasteries, traditional lifestyle of Buddhist people and other natural glamor of the region. Helambu trek is ideal trek for all type of trekkers as the trail is easy and it doesn’t require any past trekking experience. The trek also offers great views of glaciers and other natural attractions of the region. The views of Himalayas like Everest range, Langtang Lirung, Dorge Lakpa, Annapurna massif along with other Himalayas make the trekking expedition more vibrant and lively. Sign up today and grab the opportunity to set your feet in one of the most desired trekking trail of the Langtang region.

Breakfree Adventures 11 days Helambu trek commences with a short drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal from where we start our trekking expedition. We will trek to Chisapani on the same day and it will take us approximately four and half hours to reach Chisapani from Sundarijal. Next day we will trek to Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang via Chipling and Thodang Betine. The trail then descend down through the forest, crosses the Chhyadi Khola Bridge and reaches the large Sherpa village of Melamchigaon. From Melamchigaon the trail descends steeply and reached Tarke Gyang. We then descend down to Sermathang and Melamchipul Bazar and conclude our trekking expedition. From Melamchipul bazar we drive back to Kathmandu. Breakfree Adventures’ professionally designed itinerary and trek plan ensure high level of safety and security during your expedition. Our trained guides and trekking experts guide you to the best of their ability right from the starting till the end of your trip.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy scenic drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu
  • Step inside and experience the lifestyle and traditions of people living in the Langtang region
  • Discover unique Buddhist culture and tradition
  • Explore varieties and floras and faunas
  • Visit Langtang National Park
  • Explore some of the beautiful glaciers of the region
  • Explore Helambu region and traditional villages
  • Witness eye popping views of beautiful peaks of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Gang Chhenpo (6388m), Dorge Lakpa (6966m), Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu etc.
  • Explore different monasteries and religious sites

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Drive to Sundarijal (1460m) and Trek to Chisapani (2165m) [1 hour drive/4 hours trek]

Day 04 : Chisapani to Gulbhanjyang (2140m) [5-6 hours]

Day 05 : Gulbhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) [5-6 hours]

Day 06 : Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) [4-5 hours]

Day 07 : Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m) [5-6 hours]

Day 08 : Tarke Gyang to Shermathang (2610m) [4-5 hours]

Day 09 : Shermathang to Melamchipul Bazar (880m) [5-6 hours]

Day 10 : Melamchipul Bazar to Kathmandu [3-4 hours drive]

Day 11 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport transfers by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Transportations from Kathmandu – Sundarijal and Melamchi pul Bazar - Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government licensed guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • First aid medical kit
  • langtang and Shivapuri National Park Permits fee
  • TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & service charge
  • Breakfree Adventures T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate

What is Not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
  • Nepal entry visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to a pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

We will organize a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu city tour also lets you understand the urban lifestyle of people of Nepal.  Later we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the Hotel.

Day 03 : Drive to Sundarijal (1460m) and Trek to Chisapani (2165m) [1 hour drive/4 hours trek]

We will catch a vehicle that will drive us to Sundarijal (trek start point). We will then begin our trekking expedition following the large water pipe coming down from the Sundarijal reservoir. We will then enter the Shivapuri national park and later reach the village of Mulkharka. We will continue to walk passing through Tamang village until we reach Chisapani. As we reach Chisapani, we can see the magical views of Himalayas like Langtang Liring, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Mt. Everest. Later in the evening we can have a wonderful sunset view behind the Himalayas. Overnight, we stay in a guest house.

Day 04 : Chisapani to Gulbhanjyang (2140m) [5-6 hours]

We will be trekking to the Tamang village of Gulbhanjyang today. We descend down from Chisapani to Pati Bhanjyang and ascend to Chipling (2170m). The trail then proceed towards Thodang Bentine (2260m) offering the superb view of the Himalayas. The final descent will land us in Tamang village of Gulbhanjyang. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 05 : Gulbhanjyang to Tharepati (3640m) [5-6 hours]

The trail from Gulbhanjyang ascends to reach Khutumsang (2450m) and proceeds further through the oak and rhododendron forest to Panghu and then to Magen Goth (3420m). Trekking further we will reach Tharepati. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse in Tharepati.

Day 06 : Tharepati to Melamchigaon (2530m) [4-5 hours]

We start our expedition descending through the dense forest towards Chhyadi Khola. We cross the bridge over Chhyadi Khola and ascend further to reach the large Sherpa village of Melamchigaon. Overnight, we stay at Melamchigaon.

Day 07 : Melamchigaon to Tarke Gyang (2590m) [5-6 hours]

We begin our expedition from Melamchigaon and descend through the forest towards Melamchi Khola River. We cross the suspension bridge and ascend towards Tarke Gyang. Tarke Gyang is the largest village in the Helambu region. We will explore the village and observe the local culture and tradition of local people living in the region. The monastery in the village has a large brass prayer wheel and monks perform various rituals during many occasions. Overnight, we stay at Tarke Gyang.

Day 08 : Tarke Gyang to Shermathang (2610m) [4-5 hours]

We will trek to reach Shermathang today. The trail leads us to the Sherpa village of Gangyul and then drops through the deep forest crossing many streams before reaching a large Gompa in Chumil. We then climb gently to the village of Shermathang. Overnight, we camp at Shermathang.

Day 09 : Shermathang to Melamchipul Bazar (880m) [5-6 hours]

We will be terminating our trekking expedition upon reaching Melamchipul Bazar today. From Shermathang we will pass through the settlement of Nigale and Gyalsha and then descend to Raithani Gyang (2290m). We will then walk through the forest and reach the village of Dubhachaur (1610m). Trekking further we will Melamchipul Bazar. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse in Melamchipul Bazar.

Day 10 : Melamchipul Bazar to Kathmandu [3-4 hours drive]

We will drive back to Kathmandu today. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu you may choose to take rest at the hotel or hang around the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. We will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant later in the evening with the team of Breakfree Adventures. Overnight, we stay at the hotel.

Day 11 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the Helambu Trek.  We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Helambu Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3-4 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Helambu Trek, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Helambu Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 11 days Helambu Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 11 days Helambu Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Helambu Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should any body in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Helambu trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Helambu Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but  days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

What do we mean by trekking?
Trekking is an enjoyable and accessible adventure. In an area like the Annapurna Region this activity will blow your mind. It generally involves days on foot and multi-day walks through parks and wilderness areas. The Annapurna region mainly consists of teahouse treks. The terrain can often be steep, and we will likely encounter cold weather and possibly snow at higher altitudes above 3 700m.
Is trekking an activity for me?
If you love spending time in the outdoors and going to magnificent places offering spectacular views, then trekking is most certainly for you. It fills the gap between luxury travel and tented tours at a price that makes sense to most people.
Do I need prior trekking experience before setting out here?
No previous trekking experience is needed but it will certainly help. Anyone with decent fitness and good stamina should be able to cope with the trekking days and higher elevations. Hiking experience anywhere in the world is recommended for maximum enjoyment, but certainly not needed.
What permits are required for my trek?
This will depend on your specific trek but all regions have some form of permit system. Some trekking areas require a special permit for the trekking activity and other areas may only require permits to enter conservation areas or national parks. Often it is a combination of both.  Nearly all trekking areas require a Trekking Information Management System TIMS card.  As part of your package we obtain all permits on your behalf.
What is the average walking time per day?
On average you will walk about 5 to 8 hours daily. Distances vary and will depend on trail conditions, weather conditions and the fitness of the group.
What is meant by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to the type of accommodation that is so unique to these mountain treks. Lodging and meals are mostly at teahouses operated by local people and on a full-board basis.
Where do we get our drinking water from?
Bottled water is available in many places on the more established trekking routes but this will be for your own account. Most villages have a clean and reliable water source and we will utilise locally purified water mostly. The teahouses can supply you with boiled water at a small fee. You are encouraged to carry your own purification tablets or drops for your own peace of mind.
How much can a porter carry?
This will often depend on the trekking route and maximum altitude gain. On average for trekking in the Annapurna Region every porter carries between 15 and 30kg. A camping porter carries up to 40kg. For our packages we normally assign one porter for every two travellers. What this means to you is that on the trek you will be allowed 15kg luggage. This is strictly enforced to ensure the wellbeing of our porter crew. 
Should I tip my guides and porters?
Yes please do! This is not mandatory but widely accepted as for anywhere else in the world. Tipping is customary and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks.  

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 11 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: March-May, Mid Sept-Nov

Max Altitude: Tarke Gyang (2,590m)

Daily walking: 5-6 hours

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type: Lodge/Tea House Trekking

Starts/Ends: Chisapani/Melamchipul Bazar

Group Size:: 1-16 Pax


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