Helambu Trek


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Helambu Trekking

Helambu Trip Summary

    1. Hiking Helambu Duration: 8 Days
    2. Helambu Trek difficulty: Easy hikes
    3. Maximum Height: 3,510 m/11,512 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours
    5. Helambu Trek Group Size: 2 – 10 People
    6. Best Time to Explore: March, April, May, October, November and December
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House Basis
    8. Meals on Trek: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Mode of Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

The Helambu Trek is very famous to explore Red Panda an endangered animal of Nepal located north of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Kathmandu to Helambu distance is only 42.3-kilometers and you can see the details on the Helambu trek map.

Helambu is a region of highland villages in Nepal, about 80 km from Kathmandu. A short Helambu trek itinerary is carefully prepared by a local expert guide who visited Helambu several times already. To reach there, you can take a Kathmandu to Helambu bus. Scenic and short Helambu trek 5 days, an ideal for people traveling with less time. Kathmandu to Talmarang – Timbu or return with Helambu express bus ride takes about 7 hours usually.

Trek to Helambu passes through some of the interesting tiny villages and you might see some of the wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bears, Monkeys, Himalayan wild goats, and particularly birds and wildflowers.

However, the other attractions like Buddhist culture and their lifestyles are still alive. Likewise, Tarke Ghyang is a gateway to visit Ama Yangri peak hiking trail in Helambu. The Ama Yangri is considered to be a divinity creator that has turned into the protector of the Helambu valley. Fabulous hiking at Ama Yangri is a hill station where we can see the majestic mountains in a single line without trek difficulty. An interested hiker can trek roughly 4 hours to reach Ama Yangri peak base camp and return to Tarke Ghyang lodge.

Magic Helambu is a lush region to the North of Kathmandu inhabited by Sherpas and Tamang people. While on a Helambu hiking, you can also reach the Helambu bazaar, which you can find easily on the Helambu map. Visit Helambu is easy and possible to do at any time throughout the year.

How much does for Helambu Trek Package Cost/Price?

The cost of the Helambu trek package with a Gokyo Trek Agency (a local agency in Kathmandu Nepal) ranges between US$ 475 to US$ 640. Certainly, the cultural Helambu Trek cost totally depends upon the group size you are traveling with. For example, if you could bring 10+ travelers (except you) to your trip, you are treated as a group leader. So you can hike for free of cost.

However, we often arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. A private tour gives you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for 8 days trek. If you are 2 people and want to hike with us, it costs US$ 495 for 8 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and the prices according to your wishes also. Here is the price list for Helambu treks.

Price Per Person for 8 days hikes in the Helambu teritory.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 640
2 PersonUS$ 495
3 PersonUS$ 540
4 to 6 personUS$ 485
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 480
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 475

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on cost given on a tab button.


Helambu Trek itinerary details

Book your hiking trips with Gokyo Treks agency and get special seasonal deals. Pack your gears for a Helambu trekking route as listed below. Visit Helambu is a classical and cultural trek in Nepal. Many travelers speak about Helambu hike is equally popular as a Helambu circuit trek. Ethnic Helambu trekking itinerary is compared to most walks in Helambu valley leading up to the Tharepati hill – Tharepati high pass. The particular hiking route design for world explorers who wish to walk peacefully and slowly.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will brief you about your trip.

2 Day Kathmandu tour – World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, 6 hours.

In the morning after breakfast, we start our day trip visiting world heritage sites located in Kathmandu city. The sightseeing spot covers mainly Boudhanath Stupa and a Pashupatinath temple. Pashupati temple is a Hindu holy temple where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later on, we visit Kathmandu Durbar Square to see its ancient monuments and Kumari Temple. Kumari is a living goddess temple dedicate to Taleju Bhawani. If time permits, we can make a plan to visit Swayambhunath in the afternoon.

3 Day Kathmandu to Chisapani hiking (2,215m/7,265 feet), 5 hours walking

Chisapani area trekking or tour conducts from Sundarijal Bazaar, where there’s a small dam and a hydroelectricity station in the northeast corner of the Kathmandu valley. The walk leads to a climb through the wet, subtropical forest to an oak forest and on to Mulkharka, a scattered Tamang village.

The trail again ascends through the oak forest to a pass called Borlung Bhanjyang and walks downhill to get to Chisopani village. Chisapani offers a fabulous Jugal mountain range including Langtang, Ganesh in the far east, and Manaslu, Annapurna towards the far west.

4 Day Chisapani to Kutumsang hikes (2,470m/8,101 feet), 6 hours.

Trek to kutumsang trail continues to drop from Chisapani on a good, sometimes level trail that crosses meadows and fields. Pati bhanjyang is on a saddle at the bottom of the ridge at 1,770m. A Brahmin and Chhetri settlements with a few shops and hotels.

Trail heads north out of the Patibhanjyang along the forested ridge and descends to a large Chorten, the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang. Besides that, the trail climbs the ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2,620m. From the pass, one can look back over Gul Bhanjyang at the bottom. The trail descends to Kutumasang at 2,470 meters for the overnight stay.

5 Day Tharepati trek (3,510m/11,512 feet) hill station, 6 hours

The trail climbs above Kutumasang on a steep, eroded trail, mostly through fir and rhododendron forests. As we hike into nature, there are not any permanent settlements. Furthermore, we ascend to Magen Goth (3,150 m) and finally reach Tharepati hilltop. Therepati hill station offers an excellent mountain vista that includes Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh Himal…etc. Apple gardens landscapes in Helambu hiking trail is another impressive part of the journey. The appealing rush and experience the hiking path incorporates navigating along the characteristic plushness of the trek area basically make this outing a value endeavoring Helambu journey Nepal.

6 DayTarkeghyang trekking (2,600m/8,528 feet), 8 hours

We continue east descending steeply down a ravine. The vegetation changes from large firs, to oaks and rhododendron. Crossing a stream on a suspension bridge, the trail makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village Melachigaon (2,530m).

From Melamchigaon, the trail continues to descend to the Melamchi river. Once across the suspension bridge, the trail begins climbing up the other side of the valley towards Tarkeghyang. It is a long rise to this picturesque village at 2,600m, situated on a shelf high above the river. Tarkeghyang is the largest village in Helambu, popular as the trekker’s paradise and the destination for most trekkers in this region. It is a good place to rest and meditate in an old monastery. Ama Yangri is a hill station where we can eye-catching mountains view in a row.

7 DayTrek downhill to Talmarang (960m/3,148 feet), 7 hours

From Tarkeghyang, the Helambu trek route makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty village of Gangjwal at around 2,500m. The trail drops down the hill from the edge of the ridge but continues at the same altitude along the side of the ridge crossing a number of streams, waterfalls, and landslides. Finally, it reaches Talmarang.

8 DayDrive back to Kathmandu, 5 hours bus ride.

Early morning we take a local bus (private vehicle cost an extra) back to Kathmandu city. You can do some last minute shopping in Thamel for buying souvenirs for your family and relatives. In the evening, join a typical Nepali dinner with Gokyo Treks agency.

9 DayFinal departure day

Drop you in the Kathmandu International Airport for your return flight. We wish you for your wonderful journey back to home.

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How much does Helambu Trek cost?

Short hikes near Kathmandu to Helambu Trek cost US$ 495 per person. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3 to 5-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu with breakfast. And room with an attached bathroom while trekking on possible places en route. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Soft adventure Helambu hiking packages includes:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private vehicle (car/van/jeep/bus).
  • 2 night’s twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • Guided sightseeing by Tour Guide in Kathmandu valley with private vehicle.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner) each day during the trek
  • Guest house accommodation while you are on trekking days
  • Shivapuri National Park entrance permits and their fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits and fees
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal & Talmarang to Kathmandu trip by bus transfer.
  • All grounded transportation as per above itinerary.
  • English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Experienced porters (2 guest : 1 porter basis) because each porter carry maximum 25 kilogram.
  • Salary, food, accommodation and their travel insurances for all Nepali crew.
  • A First Aid medical kit bag.
  • Updated Helambu trek map 1 piece for each guest.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.

Helambu trekking package excludes:

  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the hikes.
  • Traveler personal trekking equipment .
  • Personal nature expenses, any types of drinks and bar bills.
  • Travel Insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize private Helambu Trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?.

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details and request us. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Do I need the experience to do Helambu Trekking?.

Answer: Miraculous Helambu Trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight day pack. For this trekking, if you have about a little experience would be better.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Helambu Trekking?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in Helambu Trek?.

Answer: All trekker’s guest houses attach restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups, fresh vegetables. The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will serve on the way to the next place where tourists go.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Helambu Trek solo?.

Answer: Visit Helambu is a guest house base trekking trail, so all guest houses along the routes have 24 hours running hot showers. Guest can take a shower paying an extra cost if applicable.

Question: How do I get drinking water on express Helambu Treks?.

Answer: Most of all places you can find tea shops and hotels to buy drinking water in plastic bottles. But, we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these plastics in the Himalayas. Instead, we advise you to buy Aqua tablets to purify the normal water. And the normal water is available at the guesthouses and hiking trails.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: During the Helambu circuit lodge trek there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters.

Question: Are there any communication facilities on Helambu Trekking group?.

Answer: You can get telephone services as well as internet services. So buy a local SIM card to call or a data pack.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Helambu Trekking?.

Answer: No! You need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings. And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on short Helambu trekking?.

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porter carries 25 kilos of backpacks. It means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. If you wish to have a private porter, you might also get it at extra cost.

Question: Is it possible to rent a guide? how to hire a local trek guide?.

Answer: Yes of course. If you are not happy to go with the complete full board package trip, still you can hire our expert guide to make your holiday tour safer. However, visit a guide and porter hire or email us for your detail travel inquiry.

Question: What distance do I walk daily?

Answer: The distance you walk each day can vary due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. Roughly, you can walk around 5 hours every day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: Walking poles are recommended but not compulsory to take along with.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.

Helambu Trek review

Best scenery, great guides and professional company

100% 5 star based on – 220 Based on TripAdvisor Reviews

Together with my husband we enjoyed trekking with Gokyo Treks and Expedition in Helambu trek of langtang region. Found agency on the internet and decided to trust them based on good recommendations. Everything was organised as agreed from trekking permits to accommodation in Kathmandu and airport taxi…etc.

The guide knows well all about trekking routes and all clean lodges. So, I can recommend you highly about Gokyo Treks and Expeditions. Trip of the lifetime !!
Thank you very much, Ammar and our Sherpa guide for the amazing experience! – Ramona Schneider, Freiburg, Germany.

Helambu trek highlights

  • Discover some of the tallest Mountains and snow covered peaks from Tharepati top hill.
  • Walk with cultivated fields, colorful Rhododendron, conifers and oak forest.
  • Best view of Himalayan scenery including Tarkeghyang Buddhist village.
  • Experience the Sherpa Buddhism and their life styles.

Helambu Trek notes

Hikes Helambu information stated above is just a sample guideline that we provide to our guests. However, the Helambu trek itinerary is possible to modify according to guest requests to accommodate their specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary in the spot.

It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Helambu Trek special?

Opportunities for cultural hiking routes are scattered all over the world. Trekkers just need to know the right one where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern.

We are a team of professional, skilled guides, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Besides that, we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

From US$ 521

5% Off US$ 495See Group Discount
No. of peoplePrice Per Person
1 USD 640
2 USD 495
3 USD 540
4 - 6 USD 485
7 - 9 USD 480
10 + USD 475
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