Duration: 9 Days
Price: USD 735
In the Langtang region, Helambu trekking is one of the popular and easy trails near Kathmandu. Helambu is named as the ethnic people living here are from the Hyolmo communities who are quite similar to the Sherpa communities. This short trekking is for those travelers who have limited vacation and want to explore the Buddhists (Hyolmo) culture, traditions, monasteries and the rural way of life in this region.
Plus you get magnificent views of several mountains like – Mount Langtang Lirung (7240 m), Dorje Lakpa (6991 m), Gauri Shanker (7134 m), Ganesh Himal (7405 m), Langshisa Ri (6427 m), Gangchenpo (6387 m), Yala peak (5520 m), Naya Kanga (5486 m), Annapurna range (above 6000 m) etc.
The trekking to Helambu region begins from scenic drive to Sundarijal (waterfall and river), which takes approximately 2 hours drive from Kathmandu. We then trek to Chisapani and enter the Shivapuri National Park where on the trail we come across the Mulkharka village (mostly inhabited by the Tamang communities) heading through beautiful dense oak, rhododendron forest. From Chisapani, we trek steadily descending through several fields and meadows - getting magnificent views of Langtang mountain ranges and then head to Kutumsang; where there are no permanent settlements.
Continuing our trekking, after crossing the Melamchi Khola (river), we trek up to the Tarkeghyang passing through several Sherpa villages where you get to explore the ancient and biggest monastery of this region. You get to experience the teachings of Buddhism. And from here our trekking trails will be comparatively easy as we will be passing several streams, forests and sideways. You get the mesmerizing cascading waterfalls and reach Sermathang. Our last point of this trek is Melamchi where we cross through some villages mostly inhabited by the Sherpas and little other ethnicities. Finally, we will drive to Kathmandu.
Being a tranquil trekking; one can do this trek with family members and even novice travelers can attempt this. One can embark this trekking fruitfully but the specific season where most travelers usually book this in spring and autumn. However, this trekking can be done throughout the year although there might be some snowfall in Tharepati in winter. So, if you want to experience the pleasure of the snowfall, you can attempt this trekking in winter.
We the Accent Himalaya have designed 9 days itinerary from the day of your arrival to exploring Kathmandu, your designated trek and then to your final departure. If you would like to change or customize the itinerary which fits your vacation, we are always open. So if you want to know further details about this Langtang Helambu Trek, have any inquiries, please feel free to contact or email us. We will reply your queries asap.
Below we list our detailed itinerary for Langtang Helambu Trek:
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal& trek to Chisapani (2300m/7544 ft): Drive 1 hour, Trek: 4 hours
Day 04: Trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m/8022ft): 7 hours
Day 05: Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati (3650m/11972ft): 6 hours
Day 06: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m/8397ft): 6 hours
Day 07: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
Day 08: Trek to MalemchiPuul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive
Day 09: Farewell Friend
Includes and Excludes
- Pickups and drops from airport(s) and hotel(s)
- A 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek on a twin-shared basis
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
- Transportation in a comfortable private vehicle
- English-speaking, well-trained and experienced guide
- Potter service charges during the trek
- All fees for sightseeing including entry fees for visiting temple(s), monument(s), trekking and national parks
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Accent Himalaya duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All necessary paperwork(s) and permit(s)
- All applicable taxes and service charges
Not Included in the Cost
- Nepalese visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation(s)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters
- The services which are not included in our ‘What's Included’ section
Accommodation for Helambu Trek
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide good food and comfortable accommodation. During your stay in Kathmandu, standard hotels (rated 2-3 star) will be provided (for 4 nights). However, if you are willing to pay more, we can arrange some luxurious room from 4-5 star hotels.
But once you set out for Langtang Helambu Trekking, normal lodges or Teahouse will be arranged where you get a normal bed and pillow. A few lodges have electric lights but others rely on candle lights or lanterns. Nevertheless, there will be a good provision of food. All the lodges are booked prior to your trekking but in some cases, they cannot be booked in advance. In such a case, you need to show willingness since it is an adventurous trekking and some facilities are limited to the high mountains.
Meals and Drinks on Langtang Helambu Trek
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included in our package. We will enjoy typical Nepalese cuisine, Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Continental, and so on during the trek. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same lodge where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. If you wish to drink bottled water, they are available in the shop and tea houses. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Season to Travel
The best Seasons for traveling in Nepal are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Trips can also be arranged during winter upon request. However, the cold environment might not be suitable for all. Because of scorching heat, and monsoon with melting snow, we don’t recommend you for trekking in the months of June, July, and August.
Luggage/Backpack on Helambu Trek
During your trek, your main luggage will be carried by our porters and you will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently. The clothes and gears that you don’t need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Normal weight limit at Nepal’s domestic airline is 15 kg including your hand carry and in case you exceed the limit, you need to pay the extra amount which is not included in our package.
Guide/Porter on Trek
Accent Himalaya provides you a very trained and experienced trekking guide who will handle all the logistics and other issues that may emerge during your trek. We have the best provision of very loyal and honest porters who will carry 20 kg from two tourists (10 kg each). If you are trekking in a bigger group (more than 10 people in a group), we will provide you an additional guide.
Group Size, Guide, and Crew Member
Accent Himalaya organizes Helambu Trekking from a minimum of a single person to maximum of 12 people in a group at once. However, larger groups trek can be arranged by splitting the groups. One guide is provided for up to 6 trekkers and 2 guides are provided up to 16 trekkers. One porter is provided for 2 trekkers. The guide will be in the same hotel or lodge where you are accommodated but porter might be placed somewhere else during your trip.
Personal Expenses on Trek
A personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters, meals during your stay at Kathmandu (a normal meal costs around $ 5-7 in Kathmandu) as well as the entrance fees during your city tour to different places in Kathmandu (approximately $ 25). Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to give tip and allocate 5-10 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Gears Available in Kathmandu
All the necessary gears required for the trek are available in Kathmandu at a reasonable price or even you can hire them. Hence, you don’t have to spend a large amount of money for your trip preparation in your home country.
A Typical Day on Trek
On a usual day, you are required to walk for 4-6 hours every day. After having breakfast, you will set out for the day’s walk for 3-4 hours until midday and stop for lunch. After lunch, you continue to your destination. The after lunch walk is comparatively shorter and can reach the destination within next couple of hours. On some particular days, you will get to reach your destination at lunchtime and after that, you can take rest and enjoy the remaining hours. After reaching your destination of the day, you can relax, stretch your body, take a shower, read some books, roam around or even play cards in a group.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your Langtang Helambu Trekking with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance - the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 9 days package for Helambu Trek which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it’s necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are on Helambu Trek (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ensure that you’ve insured yourself before doing the trip and please visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Langtang Helambu Trek along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment.