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Helambu Circuit Trekking

Duration: 16 days

Trip Cost: $ Per Person


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Helambu,about 75 km north of kathmandu ,is an area inhabited by Sherpas. You can include Helambu in a langtang trek ,either via Gosaikund.There are two versions of the Helambu trek.The popular loop trek starts from the edge of the Kathmandu valley at sandarijal ,climbs over the shivapuri ridge and drops to Talamarang .It then climbs to Tarke Gyang and back down ridge through Sermathang to the road Malemchi pul bazaar.The longer route via Tharepati, is some times snowbound in winter, but is still a good short trek are easy to organize because transport from Kathamndu to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek ,is readily available and inexpensive. It takes eight days to trek from Kathamndu to Helambu and back and the language,culture and dress of the Helambu sherps are very different from those of the Solu Khumbu Sherpas.

Short Itinerary


Detail Itinerary


DAY 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu. Welcome and Assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel Check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.

After an early breakfast at the hotel we make our departure from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi our trekking point, which is of 7 hours drive. On the way from Kathmandu we get to observe views of the Himalayan, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. Overnight stay at the local lodge at Syabru Besi. TO SYAB

We start out trek from northwest of Syabru Besi to a suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi. Turning right at the eastern end of the bridge we walk into a small settlement of Syabru Besi and visit to a Gompa, then follow the stone-paved street to a bridge over the Langtang Khola, trail on the south side of the river, forests- make a steep climb over a rocky ridge, then to a junction from where the trail climbs over and reaches at Rimche and from here descend to Chantang, widely known as Lama Hotel. Overnight stay at the local lodge at Chantang.

To begin our trek for the day we start climbing through a forest of hemlocks, oaks and rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola, then move to Gumanchok, 15 minutes from here we will be at Ghunama and climb to Ghora Tabela at an elevation of 2970m. From this point we proceed to Chamki through Thaugshyap, then descend into a valley to cross a stream passing several water- driven mills to the large settlement of Langtang. Overnight stay at Langtang Village.

We wind up the trail through the village and climb onto a ridge then steadily climb passing through the small village of Mundu to Sindum. One more hour of walking will reach us to the pastures of Yamphu. Crossing the Laja Khola and weaving through some rocks we climb towards the Kyangjin Gompa. There are lodges in enough number at this place. We spend rest of our day relaxing and exploring the surroundings.

To spend the whole day in Kyangjin and make it a pleasant one we can walk up the moraine north of Kyangjin Gompa to catch the glimpses of the magnificient views of Langtang Lirung, Yansa Tsenji and Kinshung as well as the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier.

Following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village we continue retracing the route from Kyangjin to Ghora Tabela. Overnight stay at Ghora Tabela.

From Ghora Tabela we keep on retracing our steps to some part of Syabru Besi, and then move left up a path through the forest to encounter a view of Syabru and the area of terraces of millet. We make a night stay at Syabru or Thulo Syabru.

Syabru the trail takes a steep climb to Dursagang and then through the forests of hemlock and oak passing an old chorten to the top of the ridge at Foprang Danda and then to Chadan Bari which is at an elevation of 3330m, this place's main attraction is Sing Gompa. This place is commonly known as Sing Gompa than Chadan Bari. Overnight stay at Sing Gompa.From

Climbing steeply from Sing Gompa at several points the trail crossing behind the ridges moves in deep forests to Chalang Pati , walk from here will enter us to the protected areas of Gosaikunda. The other point where we trek on the way to Gosainkunda is Laurebina Yak. We continue to ascend to the ridge and then climb to Saraswati Kund and Bhairav Kund continue climbing gently and then drop about 20m to reach to the lake Gosaikunda. Overnight stay at Gosainkunda.

Leaving Gosaikunda the trail moves to Gopte, passing three more small lakes, we reach to Laurebina La, then to Phedi, from where the route drops to a stream and crosses the head of the valley, descending to Dupi Chaur, with all these ups and downs we make a final ascent to Tharepati, a windy ridge, which stands high at an elevation of 3640m. Overnight stay at the local lodge at Tharepati.

Day   12 Tharepati to Malemchigaon 2530m.
The trail turn est from northern end of the settlement and steeply down to a ravine.The vegetation changes to large firs,then to oaks and rhododendrons, as you rapidly lose all the altitude you gained previous two days.Descend to a stream amd traverse to a Chorten and a pasture. After gentle descend through the forest of huge, gnarled rhododendrons, the trail makes  a steep,rough descend to the upper reaches of the Chhyadi khola,we can see the sign that points to a short side trip to the stone throne of Guru Rimpoche. The main trail crosses the Chhyadi khola on a suspension bridge. then we can makes a short final climb to reach the prosperous Sherpa village of Malemchigaon 2530m.

Day 13 Malemchigaon to Tarke Gyang 2590m.
From the malemchigaon gompa, the trail descends through the jungle to a bamboo tea shop.then drips steeply  through fields to the pleasantly situated River Side Lodge, then cross the suspension bridge across the malemchi Kola.After cross the river the trail immediately begins a long climb to Tarke Gyang 2590m.Tarke Gyang is the largest village in Helambu and the destination for most trekkers in this region.

Day 14 Tarke Gyang to Sermathang  2610m.
The trail leaves from village near the big guesthouse and follows the electricity suply line around the hillside to parachin.The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley village of Gangyul.After this village the trail drops from the edge of the ridge but soon starts climbing through deep forests and a short descends leads to  a chorten and trail junction.we can see potato fields and large gompa in Chumik and another gentle climb leads to the big village Sermathang 2610m.

Day 15 Sermathang to Malemchi Pul Bazaar 880m. 
From Sermathang the trail follows the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar.Along the west side of the ridge  passing Chorten after Chorten in the settlement of Nigale and Gyalsha.after that descend through chir pine forest to  new chorten in Kakani and Kakani is the last Sherpa village on the trek from Kakani the trail drops steeply past a small village of Dubhachaur and the trail descend even more steeply   to Malemchi khola  a large suspension bridge takes your over the Indrawati in to Malemchi Pul Bazaar.

Day 16 Malemchi Pul Bazzar to Kathmandu.
After break fast we can use the local bus to kathmandu  6 to 7 hrs.


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