Helambu Trek 09 nights - 10 days
 

The Helambu Circuit: It is a low altitude yet perhaps the most fascinating as well as convenient of short treks close to Kathmandu. It can be completed in seven days and the trail is well supplied with teahouses. Unlike other trekking areas no special permits are required for Helambu circuit, however, an entry fee should be paid at the check post at Shivapuri National Park. The Helambu area is predominantly populated by the Tamangs with Sherpas in the villages in higher altitudes such as Melamchi Gaon, Tarkeghayang and Shermathang.

There are various routes to make Helambu circuit but the circuit starting at Melamchi Pul and ending at Sundarijal is the most common. There are regular bus services to Melamchi Pul that takes about 3-4 hours. From Melamchi Pul the trail ascends up to Palchok Danda and passes though the villages of Palchok, Sharmanthang and Tarkeghayang. Beyond the Melamchi Khola is popular Sherpa village known as Melamchi Gaon. The trail now climbs up onto the highest elevation of the circuit, the Tharepati pass ( 3600m ). From here the more spectacular mountain views are possible. The trail now heads south through the villages of Kutumsang, Chipling and Pati Bhanjyang where the trail leading to Kathmandu should be taken. From these villages the trail passes through Chisapani and Sundarijal. From Sundarijal local transport is available that takes an hour to reach Kathmandu.

Grade: Moderate
Mode of operation: Tea house and camping
Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, early Jun, late Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

 

Day 01 Arrive in Kathamndu / pick up at airport / transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Morning sightseeing / afternoon free in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) about 30 minutes drive Trek to Pati Bhanjyang (1770m) 5 hours walk approx. Overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 04:Trek to Kutumsang (2470m)  5 hours walk approx. Overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 05: Trek to Tharepati (3490m)  4 hours walk approx. Overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 06: Trek to Tarke Ghyang (2600m) 5 hours walk approx. Overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 07: Trek to Shermanthan (2620m) 6 hours walk approx. Overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 08: Trek to Malemchi Pul (830m) 6 hours walk approx. Overnight at lodge/camp.
Day 09: Drive to Kathmandu.  About 2  hours drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Depart Kathmandu