9 Days Helambu Valley Trek Highlights
- Stunning view of Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m) and Gaurishankar (7,145m)
- Exploring the Shivapuri National Park & Langtang region
- Exploring the Buddhist culture by visiting their ancient monasteries, shrines and stupas
- Visiting the Tibetan, Tamang, Sherpa and Hyolmo ethnic community
- Encounter exotic flora and fauna
About the 9 Days Helambu Valley Trek
The Helambu trekking trail is less crowded and nature surprises with its beauty. The trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour's drive from Kathmandu. After about an hour's walk, we entered Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. While trekking, we will be crossing by ridgelines and through dense forests that give us the amazing scenery of the blooming rhododendron flowers and bamboo forests. The Helambu valley comprises the Hyolmo ethnic and culture. We will be visiting many Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, shrines and stupas. Inhabited by the Sherpas and Tamangs, we will get to know their lifestyle which is pretty interesting.
Brief Itinerary: 9 Days Helambu Valley Trek
Itinerary: 9 Days Helambu Valley Trek
Day 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu
You will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Day 2 - Explore kathmandu
- After Breakfast we will drive with our private vehicle towards our three sightseeing points in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath).
- We visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the bank of the holy River Bagmati. Here, we visit Hindu holy men (Sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats.
- After Pashupatinath, we visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa.
- We take a lunch break in front of the Stupa. After a lunch break, we will visit another point, Swayambhunath.
Day 3 - Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapan
After an early morning breakfast, we will go on an hour’s drive to Sundrijal. From Sundarijal, we begin our trek to Chisapani that will take about four to five hours. The trail heads up to the concrete steps beside the pipeline which supply drinking water for the valley. The trail further takes us to Shivapuri National Park. Soon after, we arrive at the first settlement which is called Mulkhara mostly inhabited by the Tamang people. Then we walked along the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani.
Day 4 - Chisapani to Kutumsang
Waking up early in the morning to watch the sunrise from the viewpoint of Chisapani. After taking our breakfast, we head for a journey to Kutumsang which takes about five to six hours. Our today's trek starts with a decent trek by the meadows and fields enjoying the magnificent views of the Langtang Mountains.Further walking we arrive at Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. From here the trail climbs up to 2620m and then again descends along the rocky route to Khutumsang (2470m).
Day 5 - Kutumsang to Tharepati
After having breakfast we head towards Tharepati. The trail reaches the highest point of this trek, Tharepati Pass which is 3650m. The trek continues to Yurin Danda with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Shortly we arrive at a few lodges at Magen Goth near a pleasing meadow with mountain views. Finally, we arrived at Tharepati.
Day 6 - Tharepati to Tarke Gyang
The trek today will be interesting as we will be seeing a different culture and lifestyle. This trek is about 5 hours. In the beginning of the trek, we will head towards the east, off the ridgeline and descending downwards as we will reach the fascinating Melamchi village. Then we trek up to Tarke Gyang passing through Sherpa settlements enjoying the Himalayan peaks. Tarke Gyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helmu caste.
Day 7 - Tarke Gyang to Sermanthang
The trek today will be pleasant and comparatively easy as we will not be gaining much altitude. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul the trails gently descend through a beautiful forest to Sermathang (2620m), which is another lovely sherpa village. It is the center of an important apple-growing area from where a fantastic view of the Himalayas is seen.
Day 8 - Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazaar
After breakfast we leave Sermanthang and our trails descends to Melamchi Pul Bazar through meadows and terraced fields. We will pass by several small villages before reach Melamchi Pul Bazar.
Day 9 - Drive to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar
Today will be the last day of our trekking. We will take local transportation and drive back to kathmandu. The scenic route follows first along the Melamchi River offering pleasant views of the natural scenery and farmland. The drive back to Kathmandu will take about four to five hours. Shortly, we will reach the capital city; Kathmandu. Trekkers will be escorted to their respective hotels.
Note: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature is an asset!
Airport pickup and drop off services
All accommodation during the trek (in lodges and guesthouses)
Both way transportation from Kathmandu - Sundarijal and Melamchi - Kathmandu
Langtang National Park Entry Permit Fee
Shivapuri National Park Entry Fee
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
A highly experienced, English-speaking trekking guide (8 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage. (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit")
Coverage of Guides and Porters, Their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, flight and other necessary equipment
Use of a sleeping bag, down jacket and a duffel bag (in case you don't have them). They have to be returned after the trek.
A first aid kit and basic supplies appropriate for the group size. In a worst case scenario, arrangements of an emergency helicopter evacuation service (to be paid for by your travel insurance). Note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
International flights to and from Kathmandu; Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes; any excess baggage charges
Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation that covers all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (eg additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours)
Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes etc.
Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy - please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters etc
Personal clothing and gear
All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory
Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
Costs incurred due to unforeseen events (eg caused by natural disasters, adverse road conditions / flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc)
Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
Tips for the guide, and porter (if you have added a porter to help you carry your backpack)
All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as Excludes
Best Season/Time for 9 Days Helambu Valley Trek
There are mainly 4 different trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Helambu valley are Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November).
Spring Season (March, April, May)
Spring is the second-best season to go trekking in the Helambu region. You will love the long and warm days during this season. The daytime temperature in the Helambu region falls in the range of 10°C-20°C (50°F-68°F). In the moderate temperatures, you will have easy trekking to the Helambu valley.
The trail becomes exceptionally beautiful in this season. The forest becomes lush along with rhododendron blossoms. You will also get to see many wildflowers along the way. At higher altitudes, the trek becomes less exhausting because of the warm sun and the soft mountain breezes.
Summer Season (June, July, August)
Summer or monsoon season is not considered for trekking in the Helambu region. Along with the heat, the monsoon also starts in the Summer season. The daytime temperature may remain 30°C (86°F) on sunny days in the lower regions. But as you ascend higher, the temperature starts dropping around 10.2°C (50.36°F) in July.
The rainfall may make the trails slippery with leeches, bugs, and earthworms. But on the lighter side, you will get to enjoy the rainwashed surrounding with green everywhere. Summer in the Helambu region is such a blissful time for nature lovers.
Autumn Season (September, October, November)
Autumn is the best time to trek in Helambu. The weather is warm and remains stable. If you trek in this season, you get to walk underneath the stunning blue skies, breathe fresh air and see clear mountain views.
You may feel cold in the morning and the night but during the day the temperature ranges from 10°C-15°C (50°F-59°F). Also, the precipitation is low during this time so you will be able to get the sharpest views of beautiful valleys and the Himalayas.
Winter Season (December, January, February)
Winter season in the Helambu region is the coldest and trekkers can experience snow during their trek. In this region the daytime temperature ranges from 6°C-9°C (42.8°F-48.2°F). But the nights are much colder with temperatures dropping to minus degrees. In winter you get to explore the snow-blanketed Helambu valley under the deep blue skies. But, as this is a mountain region you may notice periods of snowfalls, harsh winds and uncomfortable weather conditions.
Since this is less preferred season for trekking in this region you will find the trail less crowded with few trekkers. So, Helambu trek in winter is the better option for those who want to explore nature and click pictures in solitude.
Packing list / Equipment checklist
List of Equipment for 9 Days Helambu Valley Trek
It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The following belongings are suggested that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing, we have listed some useful clothing during the trek. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg (one porter will carry two people's luggage, 9 kg for each).
- Headband or Beanie
- Neck Gaiter or Balaclava
- Hat for Sun Protection
- Inner Gloves
- Outer insulated gloves
- Base Layer
- Insulated Jacket
- Outer Layer
- Trekking Shirts/T-Shirt
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard Shell Jacket and Rain Gear
- Base Layer
- Trekking trousers and shorts
- Rain and Windproof Trousers
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking shoes/sandals
- Hiking/Thermal Socks
- Gaiters (not necessary)
- Sleeping bag
Bags and Backpacks
- Duffle bag
Miscellaneous & Accessories
- Trekking Poles
- Head Torch
- Sunscreen/Lip balm/Wipes/Hand Sanitizer/Toiletries
- Reusable Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
- Small Locks
- Trekking Towel
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Camera/Video Camera/Extra Batteries/ Extra Chargers
- Notebook/Journal and Pen (optional)
- Playing Cards/Book/Kindle (optional)
- Water Purification Tablets
- General Medications
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Blister Plasters
- Durable wallet for travel documents, money & passport
- Favourite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Teahouse accommodation is the classic form of trekking accommodation in Helambu trail. Along the way to Langtang valley, most of the tea houses are built and managed by local villagers. These tea houses are specially designed to provide the basic facilities for trekkers to take rest.
Basically, you’ll find twin-basis type of accommodation on the Helambu trail. Most single rooms have twin beds with some basic furniture like a small table or a chair. Almost all tea houses provide blankets as it will be freezing at night.
Mainly on the lower elevation, most lodges offer western-style toilet. As you move higher on the trail you’ll find squat toilet facilities. Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water.
Documents & Permits
If you are planning for a trip to Helambu valley trek, there are different kinds of costs and permits that are involved.
TIMS card was necessary for trekkers in the Helambu region. TIMS Card is still valid for trekkers in other regions of Nepal. TIMS is issued by the Tourism Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). There are 2 kinds of TIMS cards that are issued- one for an Independent trekker and one for an organized trekker.
TIMS Card for Independent Trekker
- Color- Green
- Cost- Rs 2000 Per Person
- Photos – 2
- Collected by- Self
TIMS Card for Organized Trekker
- Color- Blue
- Cost- Rs 1000 Per Person
- Photos – 1
- Collected by – Local Trekking Agency
Langtang National Park Entry Permit
During our trek we pass through Langtang National park and to trek in this region, you need to get a special permit- the Langtang National Park Permit.
- Langtang National Park permit for Other National: $15 excluding VAT
- Langtang National Park permit for SAARC Nationals: $15 excluding VAT
But the children under the age of 10, if they are trekking in this region, do not need to pay any charges for the permits.
Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fee
There is a small permit fee if you pass through Shivapuri National Park, you need to pay $5 excluding VAT.
Helambu trek is an easy level trekking and doesn't require previous trekking experience. This makes this trek route suitable for the beginners as well. The maximum altitude on the Helambu trek is 3650 meters at Tharepati Pass. This isn’t a very high altitude. Also, you won’t be staying for long at that altitude. So, the risk of altitude sickness is extremely low. It is very important that you have a comfortable and proper pair of boots; or else you will end up with painful blisters on your feet. However, if you exercise for an hour or so for a few weeks prior to coming to this trek, you will feel that this trek a lot easier
What is the highest altitude of Helambu Valley trek?
Helambu Valley Trek doesn't go higher than 3,490m (Tharepati Pass)
How many hours a day do we walk?
On average, you have to walk around 6-8 hours per day. Some days can vary from 4-5 hours a day to just 2-3 hours.
What happens if I get sick or get hurt while trekking?
Basically our guide will take care of this. If it is not too bad we will go down by walking, however in the event of an emergency there usually is access to a telephone line for an evacuation via helicopter.
Will I get the facilities of battery charging & hot shower?
You can bring your charger and charge your batteries during trekking. There is also a facility for hot water, but you may have to pay an extra $1-$2. However, you can find a hot water facility for free at a lower altitude.
I have never gone trekking yet. Is Helambu trek for me?
Yes, of course, you can do it. Trekking in this region is considered to be moderate. It doesn’t involve technical climbing but it’s good to have some hiking experience.
What is the accommodation like?
The Helambu Valley Trek is a teahouse trek, which means there are guesthouses in almost every village. However, rest assured that we will try our best to provide you with the best option that meets all of your needs. All teahouse rooms are basic and come with shared bathrooms.
How much luggage can I take during my trek in Helambu trek?
The weight limit for your luggage is 9 kg per trekker, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage, Two people will be assigned with one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. Only carry what is essential.
Can I extend my trek?
Yes, you can. But for this, you have to update us before the trek so that we could manage the itinerary as per your requirement.
How can I use toilets during the trek?
On the trail, you will find the Toilets in the small villages where there are restaurants and tea houses. Most toilets in this region are squat toilets. And in other options prepare to hide yourself behind big rocks and do your business.
Do I Need Insurance?
100% Yes! Injury and altitude sickness and any other calamities may occur during the trek, so it is best to get travel insurance before you go. Better safe than sorry!
What is the average size of the group?
Groups can vary between 6 to 16 travellers, who typically are a mix of individuals, couples or friends travelling together who have a shared interest in outdoor adventure and nature.
Where can I exchange my money?
There are a number of registered money exchanges in the streets of Thamel and it's common to find near your Hotel in Kathmandu.
Are there any ATM’s on the Trekking route?
There will be no ATM on our trekking route. Kathmandu and Pokhara are the only places where you will find an ATM.
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