Helambu Trekking is also one of the popular trekking alike Ganjala Pass Trek of the Langtang region. Trekking to Helambu is one of the pristine trekking of the Langtang region bordering Tibet with the people having varied culture and traditions. The Helambu region is located northeast of Kathmandu and south of the Tibetan border. Helambu Trek is an easy and short trek good for those people who want to trek limited and view the scenic mountain ranges of Langtang Region.
Highlights of Helambu Trek
Trekking to Helambu offers you the majestic beauty of the mountains such as Langtang Lirung(7245 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6966 meters), Gauri Shanker, Ganesh Himal, LangShisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak (5500 meters), Naya Kanga (5846 m), Annapurna Himalaya ranges and other snowcapped peaks. You will also be visiting the Yolmo villages somewhat similar to the ethnic Sherpa villages/groups including several monasteries, yak herders, & cheese factory - which make this trek exciting.
Trekking to Helambu begins from a drive to Sundarijal at Kathmandu and from there, we start walking to Chisopani (2300 meters) crossing the hydroelectric plant. After 4-5 hours of trek, we enter the ShivaPuri National Park which has diverse species of birds - around 117, different wild species and abundant rare orchids. On the trail - we will be visiting the first village - Mulkharka – mostly inhabited by the Tamang communities.
As from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446 meters), our trail passes through fir & rhododendron forests with no human settlements. Trekking for about 6-7 hours, we next reach Yurin Danda from where we get the picturesque views of the Himalayas. We then descend downwards until we cross the Melamchi Khola (river) trekking up to TarkeGhyang. This area of TarkeGhyang is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa and Hyolmo communities and from here, we start getting the glimpses of the mountains. Also, you also can visit one of the ancient biggest monastery of this region.
Finally, we will be descending down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar which has a mix ethnic communities but the majority of the Sherpas. From this Melamchi Pul (bridge), we take a private vehicle to retrace back to Kathmandu.
Trekking to Helambu can be best relished in autumn (mid-Sept to mid-Dec) and spring (March to May). The climate will be sunny and warm with great spectacular views of the peaks but the nights may be bit colder. Winter season is freezing cold for this trek so we suggest in spring or fall unless you are well adapted.
GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) allows you to adjust the itinerary according to vacation schedule and is not only limited to the fixed departure. For more information about this Helambu Trek of the Langtang Region, please feel free to email or contact us.