Helambu Trek

Trip Duration

9 days

Helambu Trek Overview

Helambu is located 72 km northeast from Kathmandu and falls in Langtang region. The highest point you will be reaching in this trek is 3650m,(Tharepati Pass) with the route passing through temperate forest, green valleys, Rhododendron forest, Tamang and Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries. Let’s not forget about the stunning views of mountains including Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Rolwaling and Gaurishankar. Hyolmo ethnic and culture, Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, Shrines and stupas inhabited by Tamang and sherpa people, these all collectively comprises Helambu and contributes to the beauty of it. Helambu trek is one of the shortest trek yet very untouched, unexplored and un-spoilt. This trek is best for those who are under limited time but still wants to explore the beauty of Nepal.

Best season to visit

The best season to trek Helambu is spring (March- May) and autumn (September- November). In this seasons the temperature is very favorable, the views are very clear with crystal blue sky. You can see green forest, Rhododendrons and beautiful mountain views. This season doesn’t receive much rainfall and the trails are in best condition. It is still possible to trek in Monsoon season and winter season but due to heavy rainfall and snowfall you have to be more careful with the trails since they are muddy and slippery.

Other requirements

Travel insurance- you can always purchase your own travel insurance. It usually cost around 150$(15000 NRS) good for 30 days. It is important to mention or cover high altitudes since trekkers sometime really needs to be evacuated from helicopter. Travel Insurance depends on the details you have provided that’s why it’s important to notify them earlier about the altitudes you will be reaching.

Visas/ passports – foreigners other than Indians need to have valid visas and passports prior to visiting Nepal. The passport must hold minimum 6 months of visa validity from their date of arrival. They can have the Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport.

Packing List

Clothing and equipment

Trekking trousers Money/cash
Trekking shocks Torch lights
Trekking boots Medicines
Water proof pants Sunglasses
Water proof jackets Beanies and gloves
Warm shirts and t shirts Medicines
Thermal tops and bottoms Toiletries
Underwear Wash kit
Fleece jacket Safety kit
Down jacket Hand sanitizers
Trekking pole Water bottles and water purifier
Raincoats Trash bag and tissue papers
Sleeping bags(optional) Charger/adapters
Duffel bags Power banks
Backpack Camera

Dates of Trip

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
The average temperature in spring season in Helambu is 15-20 degree Celsius making it mildly warmer but not too hot. Average temperature in summer (June, July, and August) is around 10- 28 degree Celsius and can fall to 10-13 degree Celsius at night time. In autumn the day time temperature can be around 22 degree Celsius and at night it can be around 10 degree Celsius. The winter is undoubtedly the coldest season. The temperature in winter can range from -5 to -3 Degree Celsius.
Food and accommodation
Accommodation- even though not much fancy, accommodation is pretty good in this place. They provide a small room with two single beds, blankets, pillows and bedsheets. You can also get single room by paying extra money. You need to share toilets and bathroom with other trekkers as well. They also have common dining room where you can socialize. In the higher altitudes you may find the teahouses but the facilities are very basic and it is difficult to find single room. The teahouses might cost 4-5$ (400-500 NRS) per night. Foods- you can get enough options for food in this place. Traditional Dal Bhat and vegetables, pasta, eggs, noodles, bread, tea, coffee, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available in this trek. The price of food in lower altitudes are cheaper and cost you around 2-3$ but as you move towards higher altitudes the price of food may increase and cost you 5-8$. This is because, they do not have proper road transportation in higher altitudes and have to carry their food through porters, mules or helicopter.
Transportation
Bus-road transportation is the only way to reach Helambu. You can travel by bus, it is available from Kathmandu (Ratnapark) to Sundarijal and takes 1-2 $. From Sundarijal you can start your trek. You can also rent a jeep or van from Kathmandu to Sundarijal or Kathmandu to Melamchi gaon.
Permits/fee
TIMs-this permit includes the details of every trekker and is mandatory to have with you. This cost 1000 NRS (10$) per trekker if you are in a group. If you are a solo traveler it cost you 2000 NRS (20 $) Langtang National Park permit- trekking to Helambu also means entering Langtang national park so you need to have a permit for this. This permit cost you 3000 NRS (30$) excluding 13% VAT. Shivapuri Nagarjuna Park entrance fee- this cost you 5$ excluding 13% VAT to every foreigner besides SAARC counties. They only have to pay 3 $ excluding 13% VAT.
Safety/fitness
Trek to Helambu can be defined as an easy trek. The walking hours are 5- 6 hours per day which do not necessarily requires past experience of trekking. However it is always better to practice and prepare yourself for the journey. You can do light exercises, running and jogging before your trek starts. The maximum altitude here is 3600m, so the risk of altitude sickness is not so high but still have a low chance. You need to be hydrated throughout the journey and eat nutritional food.
Guides/porters
Helambu is quite an easy trek, if you are experienced trekker and can know well about the directions there is no definite reason to hire a guide. But if you are a beginner and want to know additional information about the places then you can hire a guide. They usually charge you 20-25$ per day. For porters if you are physically strong and can carry your own belonging then there is no need for porter however If you want to enjoy your trek without any extra burden then you can hire a porter. They usually charge you 15-20$ per day.
Communication and electronics
Being not so far from Capital city, Helambu have all the needed facilities. You can charge your electronics and phones in the lodges. Most of the area have hydroelectricity or solar panel. You can also have access to internet through mobile data or Wi-Fi. Mobile coverages are properly available in this region so you can talk to your friends and family. However, for all these facilities you need to pay extra to the owner. .

Booking Details

Price W/O Addons: US$ 410 /pax
  • A detailed certificate from Marvel Treks and Expedition (after accomplishment)
  • Trendy Sunhat and t-shirt as souvenirs on behalf of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
  • A complimentary raincoat to shed you during the rainy season.
  • A Complimentary Duffel Bag throughout the trek from our company. (returnable)
  • A warm complimentary Down Jacket during the entire trek on behalf of Marvel Treks. (returnable)
  • A complimentary sleeping bag for your icy trek. (returnable)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner throughout the trek.
  • The essential climbing gears like mountain axe, trekking sticks etc, for your need throughout the trek. (returnable)
  • Delightful complimentary Authentic Nepali cuisine as dinner to embark on your arrival and departure
  • Critical complimentary First Aid Service (in times of need)
  • An informative trekking map for you to cherish on behalf of our company
  • All the crucial services about airport transfer to and from the hotel via a private tourist vehicle ($40)
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems )($10)
  • National park entry fees / ACAP permits / Conservation entry fees. ( $30)
  • All essential local tax and Gov tax ($130 )
  • All the required office service charges. ($200)
  • Essential Medical supplies and first aid equipment will be provided.
  • Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for all the Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Extra nights in any city that’s not accommodated in the itinerary of Marvel Treks and Expedition.
  • Summit bonus (250 USD)
  • All the International flight checks and airfares.
  • Marvel Treks and Expedition won’t be responsible for alcoholic/ non-alcoholic liquors.
  • Additional porter fees along with tips of guides and porters.
  • Electronic gadgets like chargers, headphones.
  • Individual costs like a hot shower, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs.
  • Travel coverage and emergency evacuations.
  • Tips for our staff’s drivers.

Helambu Trek

$410.00 $410.00,

Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal
($15.00)
Drive from Melamchi to Kathmandu
($15.00)
Food in Mountain
($210.00)
Standard Hotel Service
($245.00)
Potter Service
($140.00)
Guide Service
($210.00)
2 days accommodation in Kathmandu
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
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