The routes are still not as crowded as other trekking routes of this region such as Langtang valley trek, Gosaikunda Lake trek, etc. Some attractions on the way are waterfalls, forests with various species of flora and fauna, bamboo trees, terrace farming, etc.
You also get a spectacular view of Different mountain ranges such as Lantang, Ganesh Himal, and many more. Along the way, you will visit some stupas, monasteries, Hindu temples, mani walls, etc.
There are numerous starting points for this trek i.e. Nagarkot, Kakani, Sankhu. However, the most common point is Sundarijal that is not that far from Kathmandu.
You will begin your journey from Sundarijal and reach Thadepati the highest point of this trek. Then head towards Timbu and drive back to Kathmandu. You will be walking in a lower altitude in this trek.
Highlights of this Helambu Trek
Rhododendron on the trail
- No chances of Altitude sickness
- View mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, and many more
- Visit Monasteries, stupas
- Buddhist culture and tradition
- Lifestyle in the Himalayan
- Enter Shivapuri National Park
Best time to trek in Helambu
Different seasons have their own benefits and disadvantages. It’s up to you to decide which time is favorable for you. Usually, many trekkers consider Autumn and Spring as the best time to trek in Helambu.
But there are also trekkers who prefer Winter and Monsoon as it is less crowded. Winter and Monsoon seasons are a bit thrilling so you should be prepared while you go trekking this time of the year.
Autumn ( September - November)
Autumn falls between the month from September to November. The monsoon rain has just washed away the pollution that covers the beauty of nature. Many tourists find the weather conditions favorable.
The temperature is just right to go on a trek. It is warm and sunny with the temperature between 18 - 22 degrees. You get to see the clear view of the mountain ranges. However, the nights can be cold as the temperature drops to 10 degrees.
During these months one of the famous festivals Dashain and Tihar also fall. So you get to experience it as well.
But as this is the peak season for trekking, finding suitable hotels can be hard. Also, the routes are crowded and you can find yourself, companion, all along the way.
Spring ( March-May)
Spring falls between the month from March to May. Spring is when nature comes back to life. Spring brings the lost greeny of the hills with it.
It brings new chapters of life with it. As you walk in the lush forests you can see the flowers blooming, birds chirping, etc. If you are lucky you might also get the chance to see wild animals too.
The weather is great with clear skies in the day and starry skies in the night. The temperature ranges between 15- 20 degrees in the day and drops up to 5 degrees during the night.
Winter ( December - February)
Winter falls between the month from December to February. These are the coldest months of the year. The houses are covered in blankets of snow.
The temperature is warm making the day walkable but during the night time it drops up to -6 degrees. There are also chances of snowfall which can be an obstacle on the routes.
However, the Mountain peaks covered in snow is a mesmerizing sight that is worth all the troubles.
Monsoon ( June - August)
Monsoon falls between the month of June to August. Trekking this time of year is quite thrilling compared to other seasons. The routes are slippery and muddy which can make your walk challenging.
But the rain washed environment gives you a fresh feel. During this season many species of flora and fauna are also found.
The temperature ranges between 10 - 15 degrees during these months. It can get chilly during heavy rainfalls.
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Written below is the detail description of Helambu trek 5 days:
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal then trek to Chisapani
On your first day, you drive towards Sundarijal then trek to Chisapani. The distance between Kathmandu and Sundarijal is about 15 km. The drive will be about 1-2 hours.
Sundarijal is located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. As you drive through the busy roads you leave the city entering unpaved roads. From out your window, you can see small settlements of villages and large fields.
As you continue your drive through these paths you reach Sundarijal. Sundarijal is at an elevation of 1463 m.
From here onwards, your journey begins you head towards Chisapani. The distance between Chisapani and Sundarijal is about 6.3 km. You will be walking for 4-5 hours to reach there.
You start your trek by climbing up in the trails and entering the Shivapuri National Park. Along the paths, you will see waterfalls and small streams.
As you keep walking upwards you will reach the first settlement of this trek Mulkharka. This village is inhabited by the Tamang community.
From this village, you walk through forests of oaks and rhododendron till you reach Chisapani.
Chisapani is at an elevation of 2300 m. the weather can be a bit chilly here but the view of the mountain range is magnificent from up here.
You stay in one of the lodges.
Day 2: Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang
On your second day, you will wake up early to view the sunrise. One of the attractions of Chisapani is the view of sunrise and sunset.
After spending some time taking snaps in the hills you head down until you reach Pati Bhanjang then Gul Bhanjang. From here you start ascending till you reach an elevation at 2620 m. Then you drop down the trails till you arrive at Kutumsang.
Kutumsang is at an elevation of 2446 m. You will have walked 5-6 hours today.
So after a long day, you will stay your night in one of the lodges.
Day 3: Trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati
On your third day, you will be trekking from Kutumsang to Tharepati. The walking duration between Kutumsang and Tharepati is about 5-6 hours.
Today you will start your trek by heading up towards the north till you reach Danda ridge. The splendid view of mount Langtang, Ganesh Himal, etc are astound you.
From there you keep on ascending the steep trails that take you through the lush green forest. The forest is filled with colorful shades of rhododendron, oak trees, bamboo trees, etc.
Then you walk downhill till you arrive at Magen Goth. This place has few lodges to offer and sheds for keeping domestic animals. Then you again start ascending through the enchanting forest viewing the different species of flora and fauna.
At the end of this trail, you reach Tharepati which is the highest point of your trek. It is at an elevation of 3650 m. From here you get the magnificent view of different mountain peaks such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Jugal, etc.
You will be staying overnight in one of the lodges.
Day 4: Trek from Tharepati to Tarkeghyang
On your fourth day, you will be descending down to Tarkeghyan. The walking duration between Tharepati to Tarkeghyang is about 4-5 hours.
Today you will begin your trek by making a steep walk downhill till you reach the Melamchi Khola. On your way here you will walk past Melamchi Gaon which is a beautiful village.
Then you will cross a wooden bridge above the Melamchi Khola and start climbing up in these trails. The trails are steep all the way to Tarkeghyang. This day you will have passed many small settlements of people.
Tarkeghyang is at an elevation of 2560 m. Tarkeghyang is also known as Helambu. The village is home to the Hyolmo community. They have been living here for centuries. You can visit the monasteries, stupas and see the prayer flags, mani walls, etc.
You will be spending your night here in one of the tea-houses.
Day 5: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Timbu then drive back to Kathmandu
The fifth day is the last day of your trek, you will walk downhill the trails to Timbu and drive back from there. The walking duration between TarkeGhyang to Timbu is about 4-5 hours.
You will walk through forests of magnolia, rhododendron, pines trees viewing the mesmerizing landscapes below. Then you reach Timbu at an elevation of 1580 m.
From here you drive back to Kathmandu viewing the beautiful hills and mountains. It is about a 4-5 hours drive from Timbu.
Hope this short trek was enjoyable for you.
Acclimatization day hike
This trek is easy and done at lower altitudes so there is no need for Acclimatization. It is done when you trek in higher altitudes to help your body adjust according to the climatic condition of that place. Done mainly to prevent altitude sickness.
Altitude sickness is common for trekkers while traveling in higher elevation. It can be dangerous if not treated at the right time. So while climbing do not forget to keep your body hydrated and take rests between the trek.
However, you should not be worried about altitude sickness in the trek. The highest point to reach in this trek is 3650 m. But some can suffer from it so if you see symptoms such as headache, nausea, shortness of breath inform your guide immediately.
Physical condition and Experience
Helambu trek 5 days is graded as one of the easy treks. There are low risks of Altitude sickness making the trek uncomplicated. However, the journey up in the hills can’t be predicted. Anything can happen at any moment so it is better if you have created travel insurance.
These treks are usually done by beginners to be able to stay at higher altitudes. These routes might be easier for the professional but noobs consider this trek moderate.
So you can prepare yourself in advance by doing physical exercises such as swimming, cycling, etc. You don’t need to do these exercises for a long time as two weeks prior to the trek should be enough.
If your body and mind are fit you can enjoy more from this trek.
Network on trek
You can find internet services on the lodges that you will be staying at. But some extra charge might be applicable. While staying in the lodge you can contact your friends and family from there. However, as you travel at a higher altitude you will be using a phone for communication.
Also, we will be contacting your group leader once everyday to know if you are safe or not. If you are having difficulties you can consult your leader.
If you are carrying sim cards as well then depending on their network you might get signals in some places.
Electricity on this trek
You don’t have to worry about not being able to recharge your gadgets. You will have an electricity facility in every lodge you stay with extra charges applicable.
As you climb in high elevation you will find most of the lodges using solar panels and hydroelectricity.
Water on this trek
Water is an important essential while going on a trek. You have to keep your body hydrated to prevent Altitude sickness.
You can buy packed water bottles from local shops or lodges. If you are carrying a water bottle along then you can refill it with hot water. But they might charge you for the refill.
If you have doubts about whether the water is drinkable or not, then you should not worry about it. Because they will provide you with water purification pills to make the water drinkable.
Checklist for equipment
Main bag for trekking gear
It is always said to pack light while traveling, you should carry limited clothes and accessories. Here are some basic things that you can bring along in this trek.
- Cap or hats
- Uv protected sunscreen
- Body lotion
- Hand sanitizer
- Hiking shoes
- T-shirt (lightweight wool)
- Down jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Mirror (small)
- Toilet roll
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag
- Nail cutter
- Hand watch
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