Helambu Trek -11 Days

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PRICE PER PERSON

  • 1 PAX US$575
  • 2 PAX US$530
  • 3 PAX US$493
  • 4 PAX US$485
  • 5-10 PAX US$477
  • 11-20 PAX US$462
Price Per Person US$ 462 All included Services

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tourist with a small-time limit can try this trail.
  • The trail follows a beautiful pine forest and green meadows.
  • Explore and follow the path of Shivapuri National Park.
  • Famous for sweet apples.
  • Stunning views of Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m), and Gaurishankar (7,145m).
  • Exploring the Buddhist culture – visiting ancient monasteries, shrines, and stupas.
  • Experience the culture of ethnic communities of the Tibetan, Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo people.
  • Moderate trek level reaches a maximum altitude of 3500m.
  • Very few chances of altitude sickness, as highest point is Tharepati at 3650m above sea level.

Explore the Himalayan Serenity Helambu Trek in Nepal

Helambu is a beautiful trekking destination nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, at an elevation ranging from around 1,500 meters to 4,000 meters (4,900 to 13,100 feet) above sea level. It is part of the Langtang region and falls within the boundaries of the Langtang National Park. The region is easily accessible from Kathmandu, with a drive of approximately 4-5 hours to reach the starting point of the trek. The most important benifit of this trek is that the area is less crowded & free from noise in comparison to the Annapurna trek and some parts of the Everest treks.

Besides this, the trek offers a wide range of cultures and spectacular scenery.  This region is distinguished by its rolling hills, terraced farms, dense forests, and snow-capped summits. Helambu is also believed to be the place where Padmasambhava, the founder of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet who is often venerated as a second Buddha by Buddhists in Tibet and surrounding countries, stayed during his ascetic practice.

The Helambu Trek is an excellent, quick trek that is located northeast of Kathmandu Valley. The area offers stunning natural beauty, with panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, including peaks like Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, and Gaurishankar. The trek passes through Langtang National Park, renowned for its diverse flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as the endangered red panda, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, and various bird species.

The region is particularly famous for its vibrant rhododendron forests, which burst into a riot of colors during the spring season. The sight of blooming rhododendrons against the backdrop of the Himalayas is truly magical. The trek is a decent alternative for people new to trekking or searching for a shorter and less challenging trek than the Annapurna or Everest treks. The main villages in the region, such as Sermathang, Melamchi Gaon, and Tarkeghyang, have tea houses, guesthouses, and basic amenities for trekkers. However, facilities may vary, and it’s advisable to be prepared for rustic conditions and limited services.

The Helambu region is rich in Buddhist heritage, and you’ll come across several ancient monasteries and gumbas along the route. These monasteries provide a peaceful ambiance and are a glimpse into the religious and spiritual traditions of the local communities. Helambu is predominantly inhabited by the Hyolmo people, who have preserved their unique Tibetan Buddhist culture. The locals are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. Interacting with the locals, observing their traditional practices, and participating in local festivals can provide valuable insights into their way of life.

Staying in homestays along the trekking route to immerse yourself in the local culture. This will give you an opportunity to interact closely with the locals, learn about their traditions, and enjoy warm hospitality. If you have more time and energy, you can extend your trek to Kyangin Gompa, situated at the heart of the Langtang region. This will take you deeper into the Himalayas and reward you with awe-inspiring mountain views and glacial landscapes.

The best season to undertake the Helambu Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and excellent visibility. Spring showcases blooming rhododendron forests, while autumn offers stunning mountain views. The Helambu Trek is considered a moderate-level trek suitable for trekkers with average physical fitness. The trail involves a mix of ascents and descents, allowing you to challenge yourself without the extreme altitude of other treks. The Helambu Trek promises an unforgettable journey through stunning landscapes, cultural immersion, and a chance to create lasting memories in the heart of the Langtang region.

Cultural Experience:

Interacting with the local Tamang and Sherpa communities is a highlight of the Helambu Trek. You’ll have the chance to learn about their traditions, witness their daily lives, and experience their warm hospitality. Visiting monasteries and participating in religious ceremonies adds to the cultural immersion. The trek takes you through traditional mountain villages, where you’ll see beautifully crafted houses, intricately carved wooden windows, and vibrant prayer flags. These villages provide an authentic glimpse into the local way of life and offer a chance to experience the simplicity and warmth of rural Nepalese communities.

Along the trek, you’ll have the opportunity to taste authentic Nepalese and Sherpa cuisine. Dal Bhat (rice with lentil soup), momo (dumplings), tsampa (roasted barley flour), and yak cheese are some of the local delicacies you can enjoy during your trek. Sharing a meal with the locals and trying their traditional dishes is a memorable experience.

Flora and Fauna:

The diverse range of flora and fauna in the region adds to the trekking experience. Walking through rhododendron forests, spotting colorful birds, and if you’re lucky, catching a glimpse of wildlife like red pandas or Himalayan langurs can be exciting. The Helambu region is known for its beautiful rhododendron forests. During the spring season (March to April), these forests burst into bloom, showcasing a riot of colors with various species of rhododendrons. The vibrant hues of red, pink, and white add to the scenic beauty of the trek.

Climate:

The Helambu Trek is best done during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is generally clear with mild temperatures and stable conditions. Spring offers beautiful rhododendron blooms, while autumn provides clear mountain views. However, it’s important to note that weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable, so it’s always advisable to be prepared for changes.

Difficulty Level:

The Helambu Trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners as well as experienced trekkers. The trail involves a combination of uphill and downhill sections, with some steep ascents and descents. The maximum elevation reached during the trek is around 3,600 meters (11,811 feet). While it does not involve high-altitude climbing, a reasonable level of fitness and some prior hiking experience is recommended.

Duration:

The typical duration of the Helambu Trek is 8-11 days, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trek. The trek starts and ends in Sundarijal, which is approximately an hour’s drive from Kathmandu. The trekking route passes through scenic landscapes, traditional villages, and beautiful forests, offering a glimpse into the local culture and traditions of the Helambu region.

Accommodation:

We ensure comfortable accommodation for trekkers along the Helambu trail. We carefully select lodges and tea houses that offer clean rooms and basic amenities, providing you with a cozy and relaxing place to rest after a day of trekking. We strive to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for our clients.

Meals:

We, touch the himalayas take great care in providing nourishing meals for trekkers throughout the Helambu trek. Our experienced cooks prepare a variety of delicious dishes, catering to different dietary preferences and requirements. We prioritize quality and hygiene to ensure that you are well-fed and energized during your trek.

Guide:

Touch the himalayas provide experienced and knowledgeable guides who are familiar with the Helambu region. Our guides are trained to ensure your safety and enhance your trekking experience. They offer valuable insights about the trail, local culture, and natural surroundings. They are there to assist you, answer your questions, and address any concerns that may arise during the trek.

Permits:

Trekking in the Helambu region requires obtaining specific permits. As part of our services, we handle the permit process on behalf of our clients. We will assist you in obtaining the necessary permits, such as the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and any local permits required, ensuring that you are in compliance with all regulations.

At Touch the Himalayas, we work together as a team to provide exceptional facilities and services for your Helambu trek. We are dedicated to ensuring that your trekking experience is memorable, safe, and enjoyable.

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Itinerary

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DAY
01

Arrive Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel

Max. Altitude: 1,400m/4,593ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
DAY
02
Max. Altitude: 1,400m/4,593 ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 stars hotel
DAY
03
Max. Altitude: 2200 m/ 7,217 ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
DAY
04
Max. Altitude: 2,446 m/8,020 ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/Lodge
DAY
05
Max. Altitude: 3,690m/12,103ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
DAY
05
Max. Altitude: 2,530 m/8,270 ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest house/ Lodge
Day
07
Max. Altitude: 2,740 m/ 8,989 ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guesthouese/Lodge
Day
08
Max. Altitude: 2,590 m/ 8,497 ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/ Lodge
Day
9
Max. Altitude: 870 m/2,854 ft Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Accommodation: Guest House/ Lodge
Day
10
Max. Altitude: 1,400m/ 4,593ft. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel
Day
11
Max. Altitude: 1,400m/ 4,593ft. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: 2/3 Star Hotel

Itinerary Note:

This itinerary is just the guide line, it can be changed (longer or shorter) as per our client's wishes, fitness, ground reality and weather condition. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us By Clicking :- ASK QUESTION or COSTOMIZE YOUR TRIP.

Route Map

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What's Included / Excluded

Cost Incluldes

  • Airport pick up and drops off by Car, jeep, Hiace, or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in a tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis) by Car, jeep, Hiace, or Bus. Depends on the number of trekkers and staffs.
  • Internal transport : Kathmandu to Sundarijal to the trekking start point and  from Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu aftert the trek by
  • All necessary trekking and restricted area permit & fees. (TIMs Card, Langtang National park Permit and Shivapuri national park permits)
  • Three meals a day during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All accommodations during the trek in local teahouses.
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid-trained  trekking guide and assistant guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Necessary porters (Each two trekkers one porter)
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and accommodation.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by your trekking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charges and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

Fixed Departure

September-23
October-23
November-23
December-23
March-24
April-24
May-24
September-24
October-24
November-24

Can't find trip as your Schedule Date?

  • Above mentioned departure dates “AVILABLE”‘ means these dates are currently open for bookings for the particular Trek. If the mentioned dates are not suitable with your preferred date, you can make your own private trip by clicking the box billow in the bottom.
  • A date “GUARANTEED” means that we give guarantees that the costumers will be able to start theirs trek on the specified date, regardless of whether the seats are fully booked or not.
  • “LIMITED”‘ Status refers to a type of seats booking for the trek, that has been certain seats available to book
  • In the status, “CLOSED” means that the Trekkers seats are fully booked and there are no more seats available for new booking. Trekkers may be put on a waitlist for a chance to get a seat if there are cancellations unless your are requested to plan your own private trip by clicking the box billow in the bottom.

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