The Helambu Valley Trek is a perfect short trekking nearby Kathmandu Valley. Helambu is a region of highland villages in Nepal. It is the home of the Hyolmo people. Helambu Valley Trek is popular because it is short, stays below 3690 meters and is feasible in all weather. It is an easy trek which is starts from Sundarijal just about 45 minutes driving distance from Thamel. Sherpas and Tamang community villages are major attractions of this area. The language, culture and dress of the Helambu Sherpas are very different from any other region of Nepal and really a fascinating and cultural trekking. Helambu offer many Buddhist Monasteries visit, Rhododendron forest (blooming flower in March/April), superb mountain views, picturesque Sherpa settlements, friendly people and after all unspoiled culture of the area. This trek is more like cultural trek than mountain and glacier expeditions. People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant.
Melamchi Gaon, Tarke Gyang and Sermathang villages are sherpas town/villages. The dialects spoken are also different. People here follow the Buddhist religion so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages, which bears its own story. If you manage one extra day in Tarkegyang you can do two things, you can climb Ama Yangri Peak (3800m) for the amazing views or you can relax at Tarkegyang to know the people and place.
Our trek starts from Sundarijal, which is just 13km from Kathmandu. We then continue ascend to Chisapani where we spend first night just outside valley. Chisapani offer great view of mountain and landscape. Then we make almost a circle going through Kutumsang, Tharapati, Tarkegyang, sarmathang and finally to Melamchi pul where we take bus to Kathmandu. Helambu valley there is good network of teahouses and home stay managed by local people. Taste the food and stay with locals.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal then trek to Chisapani (2140m)
Day 04: Chisapani trek to Kutumsang (2450m)
Day 05: Kutumsang trek to Tharepati (3690m)
Day 06: Tharepati trek to Melamchigaon (2530m)
Day 07: Melamchigaon trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Day 08: Tarke Gyang trek to Sermathang (2610m)
Day 09: Sermathang trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880m)
Day 10: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 11: Rest and Buffer Day in Kathmandu
Day 12: Depart Kathmandu or extend your trip