The Helambu Circuit trek is a wonderful short trek that is very close to Kathmandu which is ideal for those who have limited time to trek or do not have the desire to trek long distances. This trek involves a loop around the Helambu region and gives you a chance to experience the unique local culture. Glacier fed rivers and mountainous valleys are another attraction of this trek. This trip involves moderate hiking and reaches a height of 3500m. Melemchi Gaon and Tarke Gyang are the principle Sherpa villages of this area.
|Activity||Trekking in Nepal|
|Max Altitude||3500 m|
|Ends At||Melamchi Pul Bazaar.|
|No. of Days||9|
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Kathmandu arrival/ transfer to hotel/ our represent will be at the airport to receive you on your arrival. Just look for Eco Trek's banner.
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.) which takes about one hour and then walk uphill to Chisapani (2215m.).
The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will enter through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisapani. Chisapani is a wonderful place to view. It has magnificent views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling, Mt. Dochelapcha, Gaurishankar, Sesapangma and a host of other peaks. Stay overnight in a lodge or camp.
Trek from Chisapani to Talamarang 959m. It takes about five hours.
The early part of trek is downhill all the way to Pati Bhanjyang. On the way, you pass villages, terraces and find the local folks toiling in fields with hand made tools and water-buffalo. Pati Bhanjyang surrounded by beautiful green hills is a small village with few houses and zinc roofs. Now, you trek over an ascending trail passing through terraces, villages and you go off the trail at Pati Bhanjyang leading to Gosaikunda to get to your destination Thakani. This is also beautiful village and views of Langtang Himal, Dorje Lakpa and others from here are magnificent. For the next few hours you trek over ridges and this is quite pleasant trail with views of green hills and spectacular mountain views. Finally, you trek over a steep descending trail to reach Talamarang inhabited by a mixed community of different ethnic backgrounds. At this point you come across a new motor able road which leads to Kathmandu via Timbu and Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Stay overnight in a lodge or camp.
Trek from Talamarang to Timbu it takes about five hours.
Timbu is a typical Tamang and Sherpa village where there is a local primary school. To reach Timbu, you walk over a motor able road in the beginning and then you trek over a classic trail passing through numerous villages such as Chanaute, Mahankal and others. This day’s trek is pleasant and easier moving over a flat leveled path. The trail is more pleasant during October when people are engaged in rice plant harvesting. Stay overnight in a lodge or camp.
Trek from Timbu to Tarkeghyang which takes about four hours.
You trek over ascent trail all the way to Tarkeghyang through a small hydropower project, human settlement, terraces and forest. To add to your joy, Tarkeghyang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit several ancient monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu, is named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belong to the Helmu caste. Stay overnight in a lodge or camp
Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) it takes about five hours. This day the trail is quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. There is situated a beautiful village on the half way to Shermathang. To add to your joy, Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit several ancient monasteries. Here, you can see Jugal Himal range from the north face of Shermathang village. Stay overnight in a lodge or camp.
Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.). The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking this day is quite pleasant with mountain views and interacting with the local and friendly folks will be very interesting. Stay overnight in a lodge or camp.
Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes about four and half hours. You travel through a gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then your route culminates onto a pitched road up to Kathmandu.
Departure/ drive to airport (or you can stay as longer as your time permits).