Helambu circuit trek is one of the shortest treks near Kathmandu which can be done in 10 day only. It is one of the best treks around the Langtang Region. During your trek you can witness the beautiful Gosainkunda Lake from the distance as well as you will also get to witness Mount Everest, Jugal Himal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna ranges. One of the oldest monasteries of the Helambu area as well as home to different flora and fauna is one of the main highlights of Helambu Circuit Trek.
Mostly our Helambu circuit trekking area is covered by the Sherpas but different from that of the Khumbu Region. Helambu Circuit Trek is also ideal for those trekkers who are willing to trek in one of the less crowded treks with lots of beautiful landscapes and natural scenarios. Due to the moderate difficulty level of the trek, it has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. There is no age limit for the Helambu Circuit Trek and any beginners with a normal fitness level can complete the trek without any difficulty. Starting from Sundarijal the trek ends at Melamchi Pul Bazaar with a side visit of the Ama Yangri peak.Helambu Circuit Trek is one of the newly established trekking regions of Nepal. Because of that, there are no proper hotels to stay overnight. Meanwhile, there are various teahouses and lodges where you can spend overnight without camping. It is also one of the least explored trekking trails near Kathmandu Valley and certain trek permits are required before going on the Helambu Circuit Trek. It is one of the low trekking regions and there is a low chance of High Altitude Sickness while trekking in this region of Nepal.
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- Trekking to one of the least crowded areas of Nepal.
- Witnessing the vintage monasteries of Helambu.
- Walking through beautiful and peaceful rhododendron and oak forest.
- Beautiful landscape and Natural scenarios view during the trek
- Amazing views Mt. Everest, Jugal, Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna Ranges.
- Interact with the locals and learn Sherpa culture and tradition which is different from that of the Khumbu region.
March, April, May, and September, October, December are the best times for Helambu Circuit Trek. During these months of the year, the sky is clear and with the minimum chance of rainfall amazing views of the mountain ranges and landscape can be seen throughout the trek. During the clear weather, you can witness the jaw-dropping views of Mt. Everest, Jugal, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna ranges during the trek. Meanwhile, during the Spring season of the year, you can witness the blooming rhododendron in most parts of the trekking route. During monsoon, the trails may be difficult to walk and it is difficult to view the mountain ranges as well as holy Gosainkunda Lake.
Summary of Helambu Circuit Trek
Helambu Circuit Trek starts after sightseeing some of the UNESCO World heritage sites inside the Kathmandu Valley. During this day you will also get time for shopping for the trek. The trek starts after an hour of drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Chisapani lies at an altitude of 2,215 meters above sea level and is one the most popular overnight stay places near Kathmandu Valley.
Gul Bhanjyang lies at an altitude of 2,140 meters above sea level and you will pass through Pati Bhanjyang, Thakuni Bhanjyang, Chibling and Jhogin Danda before reaching this village. During your walk towards Thare Pati, you can have fascinating views of the mountain ranges of the Helambu region. You will pass through the beautiful rhododendron forest before reaching Thare Pati.
One of the most significant and vintage monasteries dwells at Tarke Ghyang that lies at an elevation of 2,560 meters above sea level. Tarke Ghyang got its name from the Tarke Ghyang Monastery and along with this monastery Chiri Monastery is also one of the important monasteries of Tarke Ghyang. The walk to Ama Yangri is the most challenging part of the whole trek but you will get the reward upon reaching the peak. Jaw-dropping views of Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, Makalu along with other mountain ranges can be seen from the peak.
You will pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest before reaching Shermathang village situated at an altitude of 2,621 meters above sea level. One of the important monasteries dwells at Shermathang Village also and it is also one of the most developed villages of the Helambu Circuit. During the last day of the trek, you will walk to Melamchi Pul Bazar before getting a ride to Kathmandu.
Helambu Circuit is one of the shortest trekking trails near Kathmandu. You will witness the amazing mountain ranges as well as the holy Gosainkunda Lake during your trek. The sherpa and Tamang settlement with different cultures and traditions than that of Khumbu and Rolwaling regions are also the main highlights of this trek. You will also get a chance to witness various monasteries carrying a lot of history within them. Starting from Kathmandu the highest point of this trek is Aama Yangri. It lies at an elevation of 3,771 meters above sea level. Despite its low altitude, you can still witness the 8000 meters peaks such as Mt. Everest, Annapurna Ranges and Manaslu ranges. The locals of the Helambu area are called Hyalmo.
With less crowded hiking trails, Aama Yangri is one of the hidden gems of the Helambu region. With an altitude of 3,771 meters above sea level, it offers an amazing view of the 8000 meters peaks. Mt. Everest, Langtang, Annapurna and Makalu are the main mountain ranges that can be seen from the top of the hill. Besides a mountain viewpoint, Aama Yangri is a religious site for the local Tamang and sherpas communities of the Helambu area. The meaning Ama Yangri means the mother who protects or saviors the entire Helambu region. With its long history, the locals of the Helambu region still visit Aama Yangri on the full moon of Chaitra. Not only from the Helambu but also the Hyalmos living in other parts of Nepal as well as foreign also visit this holy place on this auspicious occasion.
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Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you on the details of your trek program.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
At 10:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek.
Drive to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisapani
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, our office representative along with your trekking guide and the potter will pick you from the hotel. After a short about 1 and a half-hour of drive, you will reach Sundarijal and start your trek. You will pass through Mulkharka and multiple tea houses before reaching the mountain pass at an altitude of 2,466 meters above sea level. After the mountain pass, you will decent downwards to reach Chisapani.
Trek to Gul Bhanjyang
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek towards Gul Bhanjyang. After a few hours of walk, you will reach Pati Bhanjyang situated at an altitude of 1768 meters above sea level. During your walk, you can observe the amazing views of the mountains. After that, you will pass through Thakuni Bhanjyang, Chibling and Jhogin Danda Ridge. You will pass through the rhododendron forest before reaching Gul Bhanjyang.
Trek to Thadepati
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek. During the first few hours of the trek, you will start ascending to the top of the hill from where you can have an amazing view of the mountain ranges of Helambu valley. Passing through the streams and steep hills you will reach Yurin Danda. Continue walking through rhododendron forest you will reach Tharepati. Upon reaching Thadepati you can witness the beautiful marvelous mountain ranges.
Trek to Tarke Ghyang
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek. At the first few hours of the trek, you will start descending downwards until you reach a river. After that, you will climb upward towards sherpa village Nakota. After Nakota you will start descending and finally starts climbing before reaching Tarke Ghyang. You will witness one of the oldest monasteries of the Helambu area before reaching Trake Ghyang. At Tarke Ghyang also you will see a monastery from which the place got its name.
Hike to Aama Yangri, Back to Tarke Ghyang
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start climbing towards Aama Yangri. It will take about 4 to 5 hours to reach Aama Yangri from Tarke Ghyang. During your walk, you will leave your bags at the hotel and start walking. From the top of Aama Yangri, you can have an awesome view of the mountain ranges including Mount Everest along with Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna ranges during clear weather. Hike down to Tarke Ghyang for the overnight stay
Trek to Shermathang
At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your trek towards Shermathang. It will take about 5 hours to reach Shermathang from Tarke Ghyang. You will pass through a forest before reaching Shermathang. Upon reaching Shermathang you can visit one of the oldest monasteries around the area and interact with the locals or just visit the awesome sherpa village.
Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, Drive to Kathmandu
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will start your descend towards Melamchi Pul Bazaar. You will pass through different small settlement areas and monasteries before reaching Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Upon reaching Melamchi situated at an altitude of 828 meters above sea level you will drive to Kathmandu. At Kathmandu, you will be transferred to a hotel and you will have free time. In the evening we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will have free time until your flight. Our office representative will drop you to the airport 3 hours before your departure time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is this trek?
This is a moderate level of the trek. One must walk uphill during the trek. A physically fit and mentally calm person can complete the trek easily.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Private transfer (Kathmandu/Sundarijal/Melamchi/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the trek itinerary.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
- All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English-speaking licensed trek guide.
- Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
- Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveler’s insurance company.
- Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.