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Helambu Trek

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    Moderate
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    Max Altitude
    4,336m
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Helambu Trek is one of the best trekking choices in close proximity to the capital, which allows you to unveil the beautiful landscapes and mountainous terrain flaunted by Nepal. This trek allows you to ascend up to 4336m at Gosainkunda, to experience the homely nature of Tamang community, and to get the best view of the mountain ranges in the Langtang region. Helambu Trek is packed with natural as well as spiritual elements to make it the most interesting and serene trekking experience for trekking enthusiasts.

The 15 days long Helambu Trek starts with your arrival at Kathmandu after which you head towards Sybrubensi. The trail ascends up to Kyangin Gompa via Lama Hotel and Langtang Valley. Kyanjin Gompa is one of the most ancient monasteries of Langtang region holding high importance among the locals. After exploring Kyangin, the trail descends to Sybrubensi from where you take the path that leads to Gosainkunda.

The tranquil lake of Gosainkunda is deemed sacred by Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrims and is the highest altitude reached during the Helambu Trek. Descending past the lakes in the Gosainkunda area, the trail leads you to Helambu, which is an area comprised of highland villages with the Hyolmo natives bearing their own tradition, culture, dialect, and lifestyle. The trail goes to Ghopte, Mangann Kharka, Gulphu Bhanjyang, and Chisapani to finally reach Kathmandu. The trek also enables you to view various mountains like the Langtang Range, Kyanjin Ri (4773m), Yala Peak (5500m), Gangchempo (6386m), Langshisha Ri (6427m), and Ganesh Himal (7422m) among others. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are best suited for seasons to opt for Helambu Trek.

Amble Himalaya is a travel company which renders its service in trekking, mountaineering expeditions, and adventure sports. Our team comprises of well trained and skilled professionals who assure that your experience in Nepal is an exemplary one. We strive our best to make our clients come back for more adventures in Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Trekking in the Himalayas: Nepal is home to some of the world's highest mountains, including Mount Everest. Trekking through the beautiful Himalayan landscape, interacting with local people, and enjoying breathtaking views of the mountains is a memorable experience.
  • Exploring Kathmandu: The capital city of Nepal is a vibrant, bustling city filled with historical sites, temples, and bustling markets. Exploring the city's UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Durbar Square can give you a glimpse of Nepal's rich cultural heritage.
  • Wildlife Watching: Nepal has a diverse range of wildlife, including Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceroses, and elephants. Visiting Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park can provide an opportunity to spot these animals in their natural habitats.
  • Rafting: Nepal is also known for its rivers, and rafting on one of its many rivers can be a thrilling experience. The Trishuli River, Bhotekoshi River, and Sun Koshi River are some of the popular rafting destinations in Nepal.
  • Paragliding: If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, paragliding in Pokhara can provide a unique perspective of the beautiful Annapurna mountain range and the Phewa Lake.
  • Volunteer Work: Nepal is a developing country, and volunteering in organizations that focus on education, healthcare, or environmental conservation can be a rewarding experience.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Sybrubensi [1460m]
Day 02: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Day 03: Trek to Langtang village [3500m]
Day 04: Trek to Kyangin [3800m]
Day 05: Rest day in Kyangin
Day 06: Trek to Lama Hotel [2470m]
Day 07: Trek to Syabru [2130m]
Day 08: Trek to Sing Gompa [3254m]
Day 09: Trek to Gosainkunda [4336m]
Day 10: Trek to Gopte [3359m]
Day 11: Trek to Mangann Kharka [3285m]
Day 12: Trek to Gulphu Bhanjyang [2125m]
Day 13: Trek to Chisapani [2194m]
Day 14: Chisapani to Kathmandu [1350m],

Helambu Trek Trip Itinerary

The 8-9 hours long drive north from Kathmandu passing by Kakani, Ranipauwa, Trishuli, and Dhunche will bring you to Sybrubensi. he journey is scenic, and you will pass through several small towns and villages along the way. The road winds up and down, and you will cross several rivers and streams. The road is bumpy and can be quite rough in some places, so be prepared for a long and uncomfortable ride.   As you get closer to Sybrubensi, you will notice the landscape becoming more mountainous and rugged. You will see several snow-capped peaks in the distance, and the air will become cooler and fresher. Once you reach Sybrubensi, you can check into a tea house or a guest house and rest for the night. Sybrubensi is a small town located at an altitude of 1460m, and it serves as the starting point for the Langtang trek. It is a beautiful place surrounded by lush green forests and mountains, and you can spend the evening exploring the town and enjoying the views.

The trail passes by the suspension bridge over Bhote Koshi River and you reach an area of settlements and school which is the old Sybrubensi. Then you follow the trail up to Bamboo where you take a lunch break. As you leave Bamboo and cross Langtang Khola, you can notice the vegetation beginning to get sparse. You ascend up to Upper Rimche and then proceed towards Lama Hotel. Overnight in Lama Hotel.

The trek begins as a gentle climb which gets steeper as the day continues. The path meanders through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. You can see glimpses of Langtang Lirung (7234m) from here on. You cross by the Langtang National Park checkpoint at Ghodatabela (2970m). The trek from Sybrubensi to Lama Hotel is approximately 6-7 hours long, covering a distance of around 12km. The trail follows the Langtang River, and you will pass through several small villages and dense forests. The trek starts with a gradual ascent through the forest, and you will cross several suspension bridges over the Langtang River. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. As you climb higher, you will notice a change in the vegetation, with rhododendron and bamboo forests giving way to pine trees. You may also spot some wildlife along the way, such as monkeys, birds, and even bears if you're lucky. After around 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach the village of Bamboo, where you can take a short break and refuel. You pass by numerous Mani walls, prayer wheels are driven by flowing water, patches of villages, scattered yaks grazing in the grassland to finally reach Langtang village for the night halt.

After breakfast, you will leave Langtang village and head towards Kyanjin Gompa. The trek today is rather easy, so you can leisurely walk, observing the mountains getting closer. The trek from Langtang Village to Kyangin is approximately 3-4 hours long, covering a distance of around 6km. The trail continues to follow the Langtang River, and you will pass through beautiful landscapes and mountain vistas. The trek starts with a gradual ascent through the valley, and you will pass through several small villages and yak pastures. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, and you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, and Dorje Lakpa. In three to four hours you reach Kyanjin Gompa where you get a breathtaking view of Gangchempo (6386m) and Langtang Lirung (7215). You can take a lazy stroll around the settlement, visiting the cheese factory, and Kyanjin monastery.

The rest day at Kyangin can be utilized in two ways; either by relaxing amidst nature or by taking an excursion trip from Kyanjin Gompa either to Kyangin Ri (4773m) or Tserko Ri (4984m). Ascending northward from Kyanjin Gompa for about 2-3 hours will reach you to Kyanjin Ri which is an excellent viewpoint for the vista of Langtang Lirung (7234m), Kinshung (6781m), Yansa Tsenji (6567m), Dorje Lhakpa (6966m), Gangchempo (6386m), and Langshisha Ri (6427m). You can also move ahead and climb Tserko Ri (4984m) which is about 5 hours away from Kyanjin Gompa.

You will walk the trail back to Lama Hotel, today. The descending route (with a few exceptions) passes by Sindum, Mundu, Langtang village, Thangshyap, Ghodatabela, and Gumanechok to finally Lama Hotel. The walk is approximately 6-7 hours long.

You walk uphill to Upper Rimche and then descend to Langtang Khola. An easy walk leads you to Bamboo where you stop for lunch and brief relaxation. Moving further ahead, you reach a junction of two trails, one leads to Sybrubensi and the other to Thulo Syabru. Take the latter path and walk further ahead until you reach the last part which requires the steep climb. You finally reach the destination of the night, Thulo Syabru.

The trail to Sing Gompa passes through monasteries, school, army posts, and forests of oak and rhododendron reaching ridge at Foprang Danda. The path then continues across the ridge from where Sing Gompa is an easy 100 m walk. Sing Gompa hosts several lodges and a small cheese factory. Overnight in Sing Gompa.

You set out to Gosainkunda Lake which is the main highlight of the trek. After crossing the bridge, the climb begins towards Cholang Pati (3380m) through the dense forests. Your walk will be accompanied by the view of peaks like Hiunchuli (6441m), Manaslu (8156m), and Langtang Lirung (7234m). After an hour-long walk, the two lakes Surya Kunda and Saraswati Kunda will be visible. As you walk further ahead and cross the spur, you reach Bhairav Kunda. Walk up to the ridge, and then descend 20m to reach the pristine Gosainkunda Lake. This lake is usually crowded on the full moon of August when pilgrims from all over the country come here to take the dip in the holy water which is said to wash away the sins. Overnight in Gosainkunda.

The trail moves on to the northern side of Gosainkunda Lake and climbs through the rugged terrain of Laurebina La Pass at 4610m. There is a ridge across the valley with the steep trail across its face. The trail then descends through the forest, moving in and out of ravines across the head of the valley. A giant cliff is seen at a distance called Thare Danda beyond which is Gopte (3359m). Overnight in Gopte.

You start off descending along the ridge through forests of rhododendron and juniper, passing by a stream before finally climbing to Tharepati, a small area with several herders’ hut. The trail then goes down through pine and rhododendron forest giving impeccable views of the entire Helambu valley, Jugal Himal Range, and Numbur Himal (6959m).

The trek today follows a rather easy route. A short climb to cross the ridge and then you follow an easy trail through forest and amazing views of various snowcapped mountains. After you reach Kutumsang, you climb a pass before descending to the Gurung-Tamang settlement of Gulphu Bhanjyang. You can see the majestic peaks like Annapurna (8091m), Manaslu (8156m), and Numbur Himal (6959m).

You move towards Chisapani after breakfast. It is an easy climb to cross a pass before descending to Pati Bhanjyang which is a large Tamang village. It takes about 2 hours more to reach Chisapani from here. A temple that lies in its periphery gives the amazing panorama of mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal (7422m), Manaslu (8156m), and Langtang Lirung (7234m). Overnight in Chisapani.

You wake up early to watch the sunrise glistening in shades of red and golden as the sunrays fall upon the mountains. You will trek through Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m) which is close to Shivapuri Hill, from where you descend to Sundarijal via Mulkharka. The van awaits you at Sundarijal bus park to drop you back at the hotel. The entire evening is for you to relax and let go of the trek strain from our body.

Helambu Trek Trip Included

  • TIMS and Langtang National Park permits
  • Trekking guide and porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Tea house or guest house accommodation during the trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for the trekking staff

Helambu Trek Trip Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks, bottled water, and snacks during the trek
  • Tips for the guide and porter (recommended)
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. natural disasters, flight delays, etc.)

Helambu Trek FAQ's

Helambu trek does not require previous trekking experience and is suitable for people of all age groups who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your trek. People with pre-existing medical conditions must seek advice from their doctors before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort, but you will be acclimatized throughout the trek.

For airport pick up and drop off, and Kathmandu visit we use private vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc., depending on the size of the group.

ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu. During the trek itself, you need to have some cash with you as ATM services are not available in the remote villages, and payment is only acceptable in cash.

You should carry Nepalese Rupees on the trek as teahouses will never accept foreign currencies. You’ll be only spending for hot showers, charging batteries, additional drinks and snacks, and the purchase of curios. Please note that it is illegal to purchase antiques in Nepal.

Sure. You can stay as long as you want. We feel a holiday should not be concluded until you feel content. As per your request, we can add some days to your trip with additional costs to cover guides, hotel, transportation, and other expenses.

The Helambu Trek is considered to be a moderate trek, with some uphill and downhill sections, and a maximum altitude of around 3600m. It is suitable for most people with a moderate level of fitness and trekking experience.

Yes, you need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) permit and a Langtang National Park permit to do the Helambu Trek. We, amble himlaya will arrange it for you.

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