Helambu trek is a short, beautiful trek which is ideal for families and travelers who want to spend their short time exploring the nature at its best without wasting too much strenuous. The trek takes place in the Sherpa Helambu region, around 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu
Helambu trek has grown in popularity in recent years in Nepal because of the trek’s low altitude and generally optimum temperature. Now it is one of the best short trek options in Nepal. Along the trail or after getting there it’s full of tranquil nature and diverse landscape and beautiful scenery.
The trek begins an hour from Kathmandu in the town of Sundarijal. From there, you trek up into the local hills past forests of rhododendrons, beautiful waterfalls and glorious, snow-capped peaks.
Considering the low altitude of the trek, the views along the route are spectacular. The largest peaks on offer include Langtang at 23,734 feet (7,234m) and Ganesh at 24,429 feet (7,445m). This might get cultural trek since you are hiking many villages spotting the lifestyles of upper Himalayans lifestyles.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal
The drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.) takes about 1 hour and then walk uphill to Chisopani. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail passes through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first locality you will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through the forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m.). Chisopani is cold for its weather. It has marvelous views from Annapurna to Everest. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 02: The trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m) takes about 7hours
The trail continues to drop from Chisopani on a good, sometimes level trail that crosses the meadow and fields. You will then descend through Pathi Bhanjyang till Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow makes a good camping spot, its downhill to Kutumsang at 2470m, in a saddle atop the ridge. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 03: The trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati Pass (3650 m.) takes about five and half hours.
The trek continues north up the Yurin Danda ridge and affords views of the peaks. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest where there are no permanent settlements. The trail then descends gradually to Magen Goth. There are few lodges and Goths (Domestic Animal Shed). The trail gradually ascends through the enchanting forest enriched with beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees. Tharepati, in fact, is a great view point from where you can take a glimpse of the breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04:The trek from Tharepati to Tarkeghyang (2743m.) via Melamchi Gaon (2640m) takes about five and half hours.
From Tharepati the trail steeply descends through the pine and rhododendron forest with great views down into the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu. Melamchi Gaon is surrounded by beautiful forests, where it is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture. Leaving Melamchi Gaon, you trek along the descending path until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belong to Helmu caste. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 05:The trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu takes two and half hours and drive from Timbu to Kathmandu.
The trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu takes two and half hours and the drive from Timbu to Kathmandu takes about 5 hours.