Helambu Trekking Overview
Looking for a beginner's trek? Seeking to immerse yourself into the local culture of Nepal while in the beautiful Himalayas? There is a little known trek into the Langtang Region that will give you a taste of trekking that is relatively easy to do. It's called the Helambu Trek.
It's a little known trail, but we at GA Travels know this trail as well as many others that are off the beaten path. The trail head is about one hour from Kathmandu. There are not a lot of high elevations on this trek. In the winter, this is an ideal trek because the days feature pleasant temperatures while the nights do go down to around the freezing mark. There are tea houses along the way where you will spend the night.?
The views of the High Himalayas are limited on this trek as you are in a valley. However, don't let this deter you from the Helambu Trek. The opportunity to experience the local culture and villages will be a great bonus for making the trip.
The staff at GA Travels can put together this trek for you. We know not only the most popular spots in Nepal, but also the road less traveled where you can experience the real Nepal.
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Sundarijal to Chisopani (elev. 2300 m): It's an hour drive from Kathmandu to the starting point of Sundarijal. The trek takes you to the village of Chisapani, known for its cold, spring water as well as magnificent views of the mountains north of Kathmandu.
DAY 2 – Chisopani to Khutumsang (elev. 2,470 m) It's a day of "Nepali Level" trekking (up and down, but basically level). The trail climbs to 2,620 m before descending down to the village of Khutumsang.
DAY 3 –Khutumsang to Tharepati (elev. 3940 m) – Today is the high point of the trek. It's an uphill trek, but not all that difficult, with final destination being Tharepati. The trail follows the ridgeline with great views of the mountains of the Langtang and Gosaikund Ranges.
DAY 4 – Tharepati to Tarke Gyang (elev. 2620 m) – The trip continues now eastward as you trek in Langtang National Park. Along the way, pass through the Sherpa village of Malemchigaon. Tarke Gyang is the final destination and the largest village in Helambu.
DAY 5 –Tarke Gynang to Sermathang (elev. 2620 m): It is a gentle descent through a beautiful forest with great views of the mountains. This is an apple growing region, and you will see a number of apple orchards before coming to the village of Sermathang.
DAY 6 – Sermathang (elev. 2620 m): While some people may choose to conclude their trip to Helambu today, most choose to spend a second night in this village in order to experience its incredible local culture. It's a relaxing day as you experience this mountain village.
DAY 7 – Sermathang to Malemchi Pul Bazar (elev. 846 m) – It's all downhill today as you make your way to the village of Malemchi Pul Bazar where you can get transportation back to Kathmandu. There are a number of tea houses in Malemchi Pul Bazar. Bus ride to Kathmandu is around 4 – 5 hours