Helambu Trek – 5 Days

Helambu Trek – 5 Days

  • Transportation
    Private/Tourist Vehicles
  • Group Size
  • Destination
  • Altitude
    3,500 m
  • Duration
    5 Days
  • Activities
    Trekking in Nepal
  • Meals
    B, L, D
  • Difficulty
  • Accomodation
    Lodge/ Tea House during the trek


Helambu Trek is the perfect choice for those who are bound by time. It is a 5-day trek at a lower elevation of 3,500 m near Kathmandu valley. You get to discover astonishing Himalayan panoramas without the extreme altitude.

The Helambu Trek takes you through lush forests of rhododendrons, serene meadows, streams, and more while crossing ridgelines with Langtang Himal views. As the trek advances, you come across centuries-old Buddhist monasteries with colorful prayer flags.

It’s a great opportunity to interact with ethnic groups like Hyolmo, Tamang, and Sherpa. While doing so, discover the unique local traditions and lifestyles. This trek is not just about being lost in nature but immersing in cultural aspects as well.

The journey to Helambu begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Sudarijal. Here onwards, the trek begins entering the lush Shivapuri National Park. The trekking trail leads you through numerous villages like Kutumsang, Tharepati, Melamchi, Tarkeghyang, and so on. The region has its own traditional heritage though being near to the capital.

If you are looking to have an amazing trek near Kathmandu for a short period of time, the Helambu Trek can be the ideal choice. Along with that, the trek is easy in terms of difficulty without higher elevation gain.

Helambu Trek Highlights

  • Low altitude trek with a maximum elevation of 3,500m (11,500 ft)
  • Scenic trails through dense rhododendron forests
  • Crossing over ridgelines with panoramic Langtang Himalaya views
  • Trekking through pristine meadows and along rushing streams
  • Visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries and stupas
  • Experiencing the culture of ethnic Hyolmo, Tamang, and Sherpa people
  • Exploring their traditional villages and way of life
  • Entering the lush Shivapuri National Park near Kathmandu
  • Passing through settlements like Kutumsang, Tharepati, Melamchi, Tarkeghyang
  • A short yet unforgettable Himalayan adventure
  • Ideal trek for beginners and cultural enthusiasts alike


DAY 011

Drive to Sundarijal and then Trek to Chisapani

DAY 02

Trek from Chisapani to Khutumsang

DAY 03

Trek from Khutumsang to Tharepati

DAY 04

Trek from Tharepati to Tarke Ghyang

DAY 05

Trek from Tarke Ghyang to Sermanthang and Drive Back to Kathmandu


What's included?

  • Langtang National Park  and Shivapuri National Park Fees
  • An experienced, English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage during the trek
  • All accommodation on twin-sharing basis in lodges/teahouses
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek period
  • Ground transportation by private vehicle (Kathmandu – trek start/end points)
  • First aid medical kit
  • Staff insurance, wages, and other expenses
  • TIMS permit (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges

What’s excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Surplus luggage charges for domestic airport
  • Additional costs by out of management control due to the landscape, weather conditions, illness, change of government policies, strikes, physical conditions, etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, wifi, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guide and staff

Useful Info

Best Time for Helambu Trek

Picking the right season can make or break your Helambu Trek experience. The weather plays a huge role in how enjoyable the trek will be. While it’s possible to hike this route year-round, some seasons are definitely better than others.

The prime trekking periods are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). During these months, the skies are usually crystal clear from dawn to dusk without a cloud in sight. With amazing visibility, you’ll be treated to stunning mountain vistas including the majestic Langtang Himalayas. Picture-perfect days with mild temperatures make for ideal trekking conditions.

Summer (June-August) can be challenging as this is the monsoon season in Nepal. The trails get muddy and slippery from the heavy rainfall. However, the lush green landscapes and gushing waterfalls after the rains are extraordinarily beautiful. If you don’t mind trekking in wet conditions, this is a lively time to visit.

Winter (December-February) is the coldest season, with potential snowfall at higher elevations. While the skies are clear, the chilly temperatures add an extra test of endurance. You’ll need proper winter gear to stay warm, especially at night. However, the snowy scenery is stunning if you’re prepared for it.

No matter when you go, expect the weather to vary quite a bit based on elevation gains and losses. Higher up it will be cooler than down in the valleys. Choose your trekking dates wisely based on your preferences and preparedness for different climate conditions.

Helambu Trek Difficulty

The Helambu Trek is considered an easy and rewarding hiking adventure suitable for most ability levels. With a maximum elevation of just 3,500 meters, the trail avoids extreme altitudes that can cause serious altitude sickness. 

Trekking days involve 3-7 hours of moderate walking through forests and villages with some uphill and downhill sections but no major climbing challenges. The paths are generally well-maintained but can be rocky in parts. 

While prior hiking experience helps, it’s not mandatory as the terrain is manageable for active beginners too. However, those with heart or respiratory issues should consult a doctor before attempting this trek due to the continuous nature of the hike.

Permit Information

Permit Required Fee
Langtang National Park entry permit Yes 1. USD $30 per person for foreigners 

2. USD $15 per person for SAARC nationals

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card Yes 1. NPR 2,000 (USD 16 approx.) for foreigners

2. NPR 600 (USD 5 approx.) for SAARC nationals

Trekking Permit for Restricted Areas No

Note: Children under 10 do not require a permit. 

Food and Accommodation on Helambu Trek

The Helambu Trek package includes 4 nights of accommodation in the best available lodges along the trek route on a twin-sharing basis. You’ll need to arrange your own hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek. 

During the trek itself, you’ll be served hearty, nutritious meals to fuel your hiking days. Expect a mix of Nepali, Tibetan, and Western dishes like dal bhat, momos, noodle soups, sandwiches, and pancakes. 

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided, with ample vegetarian, non-veg, and dessert options. While choices may be limited the higher you go, the food will be freshly cooked and hygienic to keep your energy levels up on the trail.

Packing List

Category Items
  • Hiking shirts (synthetic, quick-dry) 
  • Hiking pants/convertible pants
  • Thermal base layers 
  • Fleece/insulated jacket 
  • Waterproof jacket and pants 
  • Warm hat, gloves, and scarf 
  • Hiking socks (synthetic or wool) 
  • Sleepwear
  • Sturdy hiking boots (broken-in) 
  • Sandals/comfortable shoes for camps
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun hat/cap 
  • Headlamp/flashlight 
  • Trekking poles 
  • Gaiters (for snow/mud)
  • 40-50L backpack with rain cover 
  • Day pack (20-25L)
  • Sleeping bag (rated for low temperatures) 
  • Sleeping pad/insulation mat
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes 
  • Sunscreen, lip balm 
  • Personal medications 
  • Towel, soap, shampoo 
  • Sanitary products
  • Passport, permits, insurance documents 
  • Copies of important documents 
  • Cash and cards
  • Water bottle/hydration system 
  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, etc.) 
  • Basic first-aid kit 
  • Camera, batteries 
  • Book, journal, pen 
  • Plastic bags for waste 
  • Trekking map

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