Trek to Helambu Valley: Nearest Trekking Destination from Kathmandu

trek to helambu

“Helambu Trekking: amidst traditional villages, its rich culture and the snow capped mountain views, traditional villages, warm people, picturesque landscapes, Jugal and Langtang Himalayan range, less frequented area, alpine forest, rich Buddhist culture in absolute tranquility”

Trek to Helambu with BUNA is one of the most beautiful regions in the foot hills of the Himalaya, which is just a few days away from the Kathmandu Valley rim situated directly north east of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan Region. This area happens to be within and always been referred as the Langtang region as most of the trek to Langtang and adventurous traverse joins at Helambu, Langtang area was declared a National Park in 1976 and remains the second largest Park in Nepal, covering 1710 sq.km mountainous terrain south of Nepal-Tibet (China) border.

Helambu Circuit Trekking with BUNA with its boundaries are some 45 villages, with the main objective of the park is to preserve the regions by allowing the local to follow the traditional land use practices which are compatible with resource protection.Trek to Helambu begin from Sundarijal or Melamchi Pul, the area offers a range of cultures with the main three ethnic peoples living in are the Tamangs, Bhotias and Yolmus. The Yolmo people of the Helambu region are not often referred to as “Sherpas”, however, neither their languages, customs, nor does clan structure resemble the Solu-Khumbu Sherpas of Everest. They are thought to be more akin to Langtang Bhotias, and may also have originated from the Kyirong area of Tibet, just over the border.

Their religion and monasteries show their rich Buddhist culture. At lower elevations along the edges of the park, other mid hill tribes and castes reside including Brahmins, Chhetries, Newars and some Gurung.

Trip Profile:

Mode of trekking:  On Lodge basis.
Trek Grade:  Moderate
Highest point:  3,595 m at Tharepati.
Trekking duration:  09-10 days.
Total Trip:  13-14 days.            

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu.1,300m.

Day 02: Half day guided tour in Kathmandu.

Day 03: A short drive to Sundarijal 1,460m 5 hrs and trek to Chisopani 2,195 m.

Day 04: Trek to Gul Bhanjyang 2,140m. 5-6 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Kutumsang 2,445. 4-5 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Tharepati 3,595m 3-4 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Melamchigaon. 3-4 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Tarkegyang 2,560 m 3-4 hours.

Day 09: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.

Day 10: Trek to Sermathang. 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.

Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu 4-5 hrs journeys.

Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

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