Beginning right on the doorstep of Kathmandu, its amazing how quickly this trek takes you away from the noise and smoke of the city into a world altogether different. The trail snakes up and over…
The route back down does not disappoint either as friendly locals greet us on the trail down to the turquoise waters of the Melamchi river with its numerous tributaries tumbling off the surrounding hillsides.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1 : Drive to Sundarijal, walk to Chisapani. 5 hours. 755m ascent.
Day 2 : Chisapani to Khutumsang. 7 hours. 255m ascent.
Day 3 : Khutumsang to Tharepati. 7 hours. 1040m ascent.
Day 4 : Tharepati to Melamchigaun. 3 hours. 980m descent.
Day 5 : Melamchigaun to Tarke Gyang. 3 hours. 610m descent, 670m ascent.
Day 6 : Tarke Gyang to Sermathang. 4 hours. 140m ascent, 120m ascent.
Day 7 : Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar. 7 hours. 1730m descent.
Day 8 : Return to Kathmandu. 3 hours drive.
The Helambu trek can be done in a 5 day shortened version, by trekking directly from Tharepati to Tarke Gyang on day 4, and then taking a different route down the valley to the village of Thimbu from where we meet the road. It can also be extended by combining it with the Gosainkund/Langtang trek, for a trip of anywhere between 10 to 20 days.
Suggested Backpack :
- Day bag or small rucksack for personal belongings (i.e. waterproofs, camera, water bottle, valuables, sunscreen etc)
- Walking boots
- Warm down or fibre jacket
Comprehensive list will be provided while book the trip.
Most of the items can buy or rent in kathmandu.
Mininimum Group Size:
- Airport transfers, pick and drop by private vehicle with guide.
- All meals on trek at local restaurant / Tea houses
- Local transportation to from Kathmandu.
- Experienced English-speaking guide
- Comprehensive group medical kit
- Accommodation during the trekking in local guest house.
- Conservation Area permits and trekking fees, TIMS fees.
- Porters 2:1 ration for carrying your gear and support and porter’s insurance
- Water treatment solution for drinking water (optional)
- Lunch and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Bottled water, soft drinks and alcohol
- Guide and porter tips
- International flights and airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Personal items such as laundry, phone calls, toiletries etc.