9 days
Trip Level
Group Size
Year round

The Helambu circuit trek is a beautiful and accessible journey that offers stunning views of the mountains. This region is famous for its spiritual significance, traditional Mani walls, and peaceful monasteries. Located in Nepal, Helambu is one of the most accessible trekking routes, yet it still maintains its authentic charm.

The trek starts in Sundarijal and takes you through Tamang villages, where you can experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the locals. The highlight of the trek is Tharepati Peak, the highest point on the trail, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks. You can then go down to the hidden village of Melamchi Ghyang, where the Buddhist master Padma Sambhawa meditated in the eighth century.

A walk through the oak and pine forests will lead you to Shermathang, a lovely village with incredible views of the surrounding hills. Along the way, you’ll see ancient monasteries of great religious significance, a must-visit for anyone interested in Buddhism. A visit to the small hill station of Gang Hyul is also recommended, as it provides a fantastic landscape view. After traversing through the stunning rice tracts along the hillside ridge, you’ll finally reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar, where the trek ends.

This trek is less crowded than other popular trekking routes, making it an excellent choice for families with children. The temperate climate of Helambu creates a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it a nature lover’s paradise. You’ll be amazed by the stunning scenery, charming villages, and the simplicity of the people, making it a journey you’ll never forget.

Helambu Trek: Quick facts

Easy, short, and suitable for families and children
Explore green hill scenery with Rhododendron.

Majestic mountain view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling Himalayan range
Wide range of biological diversity, beautiful landscapes, and pristine culture.

Brief itinerary

Days Destination Altitude in Meter Distance
1. Arrival Day 1350
2. Kathmandu to Chisapani via Sundarijal drive 2300 5h00
3. Chisapani – Kutumsang 2446 7h00
4. Kutumsang – Thadepadi 3650 5h00
5. Tadepati – Tarkeghyang 2560 7h30
6. Tarkegyang – Sermathang 2610 5h00
7. Sermathang – Kathmandu drive 6h00

If you prefer a short version of the itinerary of the Helambu trek, then you may do it within three 3-day trek. So, please consult us for a detailed itinerary and cost.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted and welcomed by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with the Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing & Trek preparation

The leisure day is the opportunity to visit heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. And preparation for trekking.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Sundarijal – Chisapani (2300 m) 1h00 Drive, 4h00 walk.

We will start trekking from Sundarijal, an hour’s drive from Kathmandu, then trek to Chisopani, traversing through small settlements and the dense forest of Shivapuri National Park to Chisapani.

Day 4: Chisopani – Kutumsang (2446 m) 7h00 walk.

Today is the second trek day leading a trail descending to Pati Bhanjyang, passing through the cultivated fields with a glimpse of Langtang Himal and an easy walk along the road to Thakune Bhanjyang. Then, steep climbs to the tea shop easily descend to Gul Bhanjyang; the trail climbs up to Kutumsang.

Day 5: Kutumsang – Thadepati (3650m/11972ft): 6h00 walk.

The trail climbs up to the top ridge of the village with steep climbing to Mangingoth. Then, the trail gradually ascends to Tharepati on the ridge of hills through the dense pine and rhododendron forest.

Day 6: Tharpati – Tarkeghyang (2560 m) 7h00 walk.

With panoramic mountain scenery from the Rowaling to Langtang range and majestic sunrise on Earth, we start the trek with steep descends until we cross the Melamchi River. Then, the trek leads gradually climbs up to Tarkeghyang. The biggest and oldest monastery in Tarkeghyang is popular in the Helambu region.

Day 7: Tarkeghyang – Sermathang (2,610 m) 4h00 walk.

It is easy and relatively flat, and not much ascends to Sermathang, passing through the rhododendron forests, villages, cultivated lands, and monasteries along the trail to Sermathang. Discover the village and its monasteries.

Day 8: Sermathang – Kathmandu 6h00 drive.

Hyalmo people mostly inhabit the village. This is our final day of the trek, and getting the bus in Sermathang is possible if the road is not destroyed in the summer rain. Otherwise, descend to Melamchipul Bazaar, then catch a bus to Kathmandu.

Day 9: Final departure

You will transfer to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight to your home country.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
All airport/hotel transfers by private car.
Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
Accommodation during trek. (Lodges/Guest Houses/Tea houses).
Meals during the trek.
All ground transportation as per itinerary (Local buses/Private buses)
An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers:1 porter Max. 20 Kg.)
All necessary documentation and permits (National park permit, TIMS).
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (Advice to bring small denomination USD in cash).
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu(except breakfast)
Extra night hotel in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
Personal Expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water)
Travel Insurance
Entries monuments and museums.
Guide and porter gratuity

Prices quoted and payable only in (US$ dollars). All prices published on our website set as low as possible. The Prices may vary at any time due to currency fluctuation, fuel prices, and unforeseen economic circumstances. But, we guarantee our prices which already signed up for your tour. Please consult us for a custom quote.

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