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Helambu Circuit Trek

Helambu Circuit Trek is about exploring the rural life of Nepal blended with nature and wildlife. Helambu Circuit trekking; a short trek on the north of Kathmandu valley, is low altitude trek with some panoramic Himalayan views. It's a trek that goes through isolated small villages of Sherpa people in this remote region. Unlike other popular tea houses treks, Helambu Trek is an untouched trekking route where you are likely to meet only few trekkers during the trek. Helambu Trek is an easier trek which explores the villages of this region. The views found from Tharepati on this trek are stunning. The Helambu region is suitable for trekkers looking for natural routes in lower altitudes with typical trekking experiences in the local villages. Helambu Trekking provides chances to encounter with traditional Hyalmo people living in the north of Kathmandu. Magnificent views, evergreen forests, Himalayan streams, typical local houses, culturally rich villages and smiling people are some of the major elements of trekking in Helambu region. Helambu region is one of the culturally reach trekking areas of Nepal. Helambu Circuit Trek is suitable for a trekker looking for a week long beautiful trek in lower altitude. Even though Helambu region is very close to capital city of Nepal; Kathmandu it's untouched, beautiful and heart touching for every trekkers visiting this region. The great Himalayan peaks staying as a border between the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and the roof of the world; Tibet is enchanting. It is for sure that every trekker walking in this region returns with pleasant and unforgettable lifetime experience. Helambu Trekking is takes you via thick Himalayan green forests throughout the trek. Come and join with us, it's time to enjoy being with Tibetan influenced Hyalmo people in Helambu Circuit Trekking.

Total Duration : 08 Days

Difficulty : Leisurely

Highest Altitude : 3,600M / 11,811FT

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city

Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city

Transportation : Public / Private Vehicles

Best Months : January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December

Group Size : 01 to 14 People

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (1310M or 4,297FT)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani (2,194M / 1 Hour Drive + 4 Hours Trek)

Here we come to our first day of Helambu Circuit Trekking. Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will prepare a private vehicle for your transportation to Sundarijal; the trekking starting point. The drive takes about an hour from Kathmandu. Sundarijal is a small town that supplies water to almost whole Kathmandu valley. This is also the place where the first hydro-power was built in Nepal. Once we realize the difference between city and rural area of Nepal. We will cross small stream and then start climbing uphill towards Chisapani village. As soon as we cross small stream here we will enter Shivapuri National Park. Climbing awhile will take us to Mulkharka village inhabited by Tamang people. We will continue climbing further up via rhododendron and pine forests with amazing views of Kathmandu valley in the horizon. Finally, we will reach a small pass and descend little down to reach our first accommodation of the trek; Chisapani. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 03: Trek to Kutumsang (2,471M / 7 Hours Trek)

Helambu Trekking involves numerous ups and downs throughout the route. This day involves continuous ups, downs and flat walks as well. We will start our trek descending steep trail through beautiful paddies. Continuing our trail further-head we will reach Pati Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang; two small villages of Tamang, Gurung and Sherpa people. We will also have some distant views of Langtang Himalayas along the way. The trail climbs up until we reach a small pass then descends down before we reach Kutumsang. It's beautiful day of Helambu Circuit Trek that gives of plenty of natural views and memorable experiences. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 04: Trek to Tharepati, a hilltop with spectacular views (3,600 M / 6 Hours Trek)

Tharepati is one of the major stops of our Helambu Trekking. It is a small village situated on the top of the hill with beautiful views of snowy Himalayan peaks. The trail from Kutumsang to Tharepati is mostly uphill. It takes us via beautiful Rhododendron forests that looks magnificent in March / April. We will also have some beautiful views of Himalayas in the horizon along the route. We will pass Kyola Bhanjyang [Pass] on the way before reaching Mangin Goth for lunch. Continuing further up from lunch stop will take us to Tharepati, a stunning hilltop. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

Day 05: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,550M / 6 Hours)

We will enjoy mouth watering breakfast in the highest point of our Helambu Circuit Trekking; Tharepati before descending down to Melamchigaon. We will walk through dense green forest of Himalayas. Melamchigaon is the the most pleasant village of whole region at an altitude of 2,550M. This village represents the major settlements of Hyalmo people influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions. This is undoubtedly a beautiful village. Here we will also visit one of the oldest and biggest monasteries of the whole region. This monastery suffered with a serious theft around 2010 A.D. We will descend further down towards Melamchi river and start ascending uphill towards Tarkeghyang via another small village called Nakotegaon. As we go higher the views of the villages also goes faraway leaving memories in your head. Finally, we will reach another village called Tarkeghyang on the top of hill. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 06: Trek to Sermathang (2,693M / 4 Hours)

The trail starts with flat walk from Sermathang. Today, we will have comparatively easy day passes through soft green forests. We will be walking via beautiful forests, waterfalls, paddies and chanting streams then we will reach Ghyangyul; our probably lunch stop. Ghyangyul is a smiling Sherpa village with few lunch places for trekkers. Continuing further from Ghyangyul will take us to Sermathang village. We will have some time to explore around the village including an old and beautiful Buddhist monastery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, drive back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel (4 Hours Trek + 2 Hours Drive)

We will enjoy our last meal in the remote village of Sermathang and then start descending down towards Kakani village. Kakani is another small village situated on top of a hill at an elevation of 1,500 meters with few lodges for trekkers. We will continue descending further where we will reach another village called Dubachaur. The trail is mostly downhill walk takes us via paddy fields most of the time. We will be walking near Indrawati river and cross the river near Melamchi Pul Bazzar; inhabbited by various ethnic groups. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is a small town that has frequent buses to Kathmandu. This town is also popular for delicious local fishes from the river. We will enjoy our lunch here and catch our transportation that will take us to Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch, Complimentary Farewell Dinner)

Day 08: Departure from Kathmandu

Here we come to the end of our memorable a week long trip. We will conclude our Helambu Circuit Trekking in Kathmandu and proceed to airport for outbound flight back from Nepal. If we have time before our flight back we will explore local markets of Kathmandu on our own if not we will proceed to airport straightaway. We are sure that it's not our last time in Nepal, see you again Himalayas! (Breakfast)

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.

Services Includes / Excluded

Services Included:
  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Sundarijal - Melamchi Pul - Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Langtang and Shivapuri National Park Entry Permit
  • Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]
Services Excluded:
  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Chart

Experience Required

Helambu Circuit Trek is easy to moderate trekking route following gorgeous villages in the north of Kathmandu. This trekking is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced. Helambu Trekking will surely give you pleasant experiences of trekking in Nepal. Without giving much pain to your body, it is confirmed that this trekking will leave some beautiful memories in your holiday. This trekking involves some steep climbing and some steep downhill walks so if you have any sort of knee problems please bring knee support along with you. This trekking can be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in Nepal. If you have regular practice of walking in the mountains or hilly regions then Helambu Circuit Trekking is going to be a lot easier for you.

Meals on Trek

Basic meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. They are basic meals served only to countdown your hunger. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Helambu Circuit Trekking includes numerous lodges for your stay. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Please do not expect high standard rooms during the trek as they don't exist on Helambu Trekking. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex ). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges.

Best Season

Helambu Circuit Trek is a low altitude trekking route in the north of Kathmandu valley. This trekking can be done throughout the year however January to May and October to December is better. During these months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are inspiring and the weather is breath taking. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. The trails are full of leeches which can be very inconvenient for many trekkers. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. March to April is the months of blossoming season of rhododendron and many other flowers which looks very beautiful on the trail. From October to December you will see more greens in the forest.

Highlights of the Trip

Helambu Circuit Trekking is one of the short and beautiful treks suitable for beginners to moderate trekkers. This region offers some fantastic views of Himalayas from some spots like Tharepati. More than that green forests, villages in the cliffs, distant views of horizon and smiling Sherpa people are always around you. Helambu Trekking takes you via some of the interesting villages and will give you chances to experience how people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas.

Equipment and Packing List

Helambu Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Thick, warm wool hiking socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Light and expedition weight thermal tops - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket - Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade * - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag * - Basic First Aid Kit - Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal & Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble - Swimming customs (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!