Helambu Valley Trek - 8 Days
Helambu Valley Trek also known as Helambu Circuit Trek is ideal short trekking near Kathmandu Valley. Helambu is an area of highland villages in Nepal. This is the home of the Hyolmo people. The Helambu Valley trek is popular because it is short, stays below 3690 meters, and is possible to do in all seasons. It is an easy trek that starts from Sundarijal at a driving distance of about 45 minutes from Thamel. Villages of Sherpa and Tamang community are the major attractions of this area. The language, culture, and attire of Helambu Sherpas are very different from any other region of Nepal and make trekking really fascinating and cultural.
Helambu Valley offers several Buddhist monasteries, rhododendron forests (flowers blooming in March/April), spectacular mountain views, picturesque Sherpa settlements, friendly people, and all the untouched culture of the region. This trek is more like a cultural trek than mountain and glacier expeditions. The people here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpas of Solu Khumbu is distant.
Melamchi Village (Gaon), Tarke Gyang and Sermathang Village are Sherpa villages. The dialects spoken are also different. The people here follow Buddhism, so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages, which have their own stories. There are two things you can do if you manage to spend an extra day in Tarkegyang, you can climb Ama Yangri Peak (3800 m) for amazing views or you can just relax in Tarkegyang to get to know the people and the place.
Helambu Valley has a good network of teahouses and homestays managed by the local people. Taste the food on the trek and be with the locals. The trek starts from Sundarijal, which is just 13 km from Kathmandu. Then you go to Chisapani where you spend the first night of the trek. Chisapani offers spectacular views of the mountains and landscape. Then you make a rough circle trek passing through Kutumsang, Tharapati, Tarkegyang, Sarmathang, and finally reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar from where you take a bus to Kathmandu.
Helambu Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal then trek to Chisapani (2140m)
Day 02: Chisapani trek to Kutumsang (2450m)
Day 03: Kutumsang trek to Tharepati (3690m)
Day 04: Tharepati trek to Melamchigaon (2530m)
Day 05: Melamchigaon trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Day 06: Tarke Gyang trek to Sermathang (2610m)
Day 07: Sermathang trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880m)
Day 08: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m)