Well known for its short trekking trails in the Northern hills of Nepal, Helambu lies in the foothills of the Langtang range. The glory of nature blessed in the beautiful landscapes cannot be unseen while trekking in this region. Adding more charm to the trek, the friendly locals welcome you to their hometown. The magnificent view of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang and Dorje Lakpaact as a backdrop to this beautiful area and down on the lower grounds have waterfalls, green rhododendron, pine, oak and bamboo forest and pristine little settlements, lifestyle, culture, and tradition of Tamang, Sherpa, Brahmin and Chhetri people. Within 10 days you can experience the northern region of Nepal, live like a local and witness the beautiful scenario surrounding you along the way.
The trek starts from the Shivapuri National park from where we hike up till Chisapani at 2215m. Chisapani is also a popular destination among many hikers who like to do a day trip to the Shivapuri National Park. From here we walk further up to the valleys of Kutumsang, Thadepani, Melamchigaun and Sermathang. Please visit our “Langtang Region Trek “for other packages we offer in the Langtang Valley. We can also customize your trip according to your time schedule and your preference.
*Since Helambu lies in the Langtang region, this area was also affected vastly by the 2015 Nepal earthquake. The locals are slowly rebuilding the area. But the remains and the aftermath of the earthquake can still be seen today. The Langtang region needs your support now more than any other time.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
- One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
- Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at “Bhojan Bhumi”, one of the best Nepalese restaurant with ethnic music and dance
- Accommodation during trek (lodge/tea house)
- Trekking permits and Tims permits
- Melamchi- Kathmandu transport by public bus.
- All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
- Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
- A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
- Insurance of Guide and Porter
- All required local tax and Gov tax
- Down jackets and sleeping bags
- Company Tshirt and certificate
- Route Map
- Nepal arrival visa
- Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
- Monument entrance fees
- Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
- Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
- Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation
Welcome to Nepal! Your team representative will be at the airport to pick you up. From the airport we will drive to your hotel where you can check in and freshen up. Later in the evening we will also visit the head office to meet up with your correspondent and discuss on the trip. If you have any questions, now is the perfect time to ask your team representative or your correspondent. After the meetup, we will be invited for dinner. Along with dinner we will also be introduced to the local tradition through dance and entertainment. This is a good way for you to be familiar with the culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Meals included: Dinner
Highlights: Nepali food, Cultural music and Ethnic dance
On the second day, after breakfast we will be picked up by our private vehicle for a tour around the capital city. Kathmandu is famous for its temples and stupas. Some major attractions are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its alluring beauty, architecture and history. Among these sites we will visit Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Temple, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square (palace/ museum). Overnight at Kathmandu.
Meals included: Breakfast
Highlights: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath and Boudhanath. You can also choose an alternative to Patan Durbar Square.
On the 3rd day of your package, we will officially start out trek. Early morning after breakfast, we will set out on an hour long drive to the North East of Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Sundarijal lierally translates to “beautiful/ pure water” and is the major water supply chain for the valley. Following the Sundarijal water treatment plant, we walk up the narrow path amidst the little tea houses. Walking up the stone steps we come across a forest, we walk in the trail of the Shivapuri National Park. At the entrance, we will walk towards Mulkharka crossing the dam of Sundarijal. Walking along the rhododendron and oak forest, we can finally get to see the mountain vistas. Finally reaching Chisapani, we settle down on our guest house. We can also walk around and explore the area later in the evening. Overnight at Chisapani.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights:A walk through rhododendron and Oak forest in the Shivapuri National Park, uphill in Sundarijal along the dam, Sundarijal river and waterfalls, magnificent view of snow capped peaks like Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar, arrival in the beautiful village of Chisapani.
On the 4th day of our trek, we will reach Kutumsang.From Chisapani, we walk up towards the checkpoint at Pati Bhanjyang. From Pati Bhanjyang, crossing the camping area we walk towards Chipling amidst the pine, rhododendron and oak forest. Crossing Chipling, we walk further to Gulbhangyanj. A Tamang village also resides in this area. Further up we reach Kutumsang. Overnight at Kutumsang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Tamang settlement, stony path accompanied by various monasteries, beautiful campsites, fields and meadows, and the splendid views of Langtang mountains.
After breakfast we will start our hike hike up to the trail of Tharepani from Kutumsang. We will walk uphill through the forest amidst the pine, rhododendron and oak trees. Reaching Kyuola Bhanjyang we will witness a beautiful waterfall en route. The waterfall is about 25m long and beautifies the place immensely. From here, we further hike up to Thadepati crossing Mangengoth and few other local settlements. We will cross the Thadepati Pass at the highest altitude achieved during this trek. Here, the junction sperates two important trails to Gosainkunda, via Helambu and Melamchi. Overnight at Thadepati.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights:Walk through the forest with the breathtaking view of various peaks of Langtang region, Thadepati Pass, the highest altitude covered in this trek, reaching Tharepati.
Our destination for today is Melamchi Gaon. From the Gosainkunda/ Helambu trail we take Melamchi route and walk towards Melamchi village. We walk through the pine and rhododendron forest, cross suspension bridges and finally reach the Melamchi village. The area has been home to the local Sherpa people living in the area surrounded by beautiful forests. We can also psend the rest of the day exploring the monasteries and the village in the area. Overnight at Melamchi Village.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Rhododendron forest, view of Jugal Himal and Nambur and beautiful Helambu village down the trail, Melamchi Gaun; a locality of the Sherpa people and their lifestyle.
On the fifth day of the trek our destination will be Sermathang. From Melamchi village, we will walk downhill until the Melamchi River. After crossing the river, we will walk amidst the beautiful forest trail on a comparatively easy path until reaching Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village located on the Helambu Trekking Trail. After exploring the settlement a bit, we descend down the trail until we reach Setighyang, where the trail to Kangja La, Naya Kanga Trek meets the secondary road. Following this road up and down hill we first ascend to Ghangyul and then descend toward Sermathang, a typical Sherpa village. Overnight at Sermathang.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights: Blooming rhododendron forest, Sherpa villages like Tarkeghyang featuring one of the oldest and the biggest monasteries of the region and Sermathang – a pristine village offering a lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people, and trekking trail accompanied by Mani walls, Chortens and other equally important Gompas.
On the last day of the trek our destination will be Melamchi Pul (Melamchi Bridge) from where we will catch a bus back to Kathmandu tomorrow. The trail descends through large cultivated fields, Gompas, temples, Mani walls, Chorten and other small settlement of people until we reach the bridge across the Indrawati River. On crossing the bridge, we walk further to cross another bridge a little away from the junction of the Indrawati River and Melamchi River, before we finally reach Melamchi Bazaar. Overnight at Melamchi Bazaar.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights, Mani walls, Manes, Monasteries, old villages and their particular tradition, trail along the meadows and cultivated fields.
From Melamchi Pul, we will catch a bus to Kathmandu. After breakfast, we will get on a bus that will take us to Kathmandu. The bus ride will be 4-5 hours long. Upon reaching Kathmandu we will check in to our hotel. We can either choose to wander around the streets of Kathmandu to experience the local life or we can also choose to rest in our hotel. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner for you where we can discuss about the trek and also take your feedback. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Highlights:Scenic bus ride from Melamchi to Kathmandu, farewell dinner
On the last day in Kathmandu, you can go for some souvenir shopping in the city. As per your flight scheduel we will drop you off at the airport. Namaste and have a safe flight!
The Langtang region is ready and safe to trek for trekkers around the world. The 2015 earthquake left the area devastated and a lot of commercial and attractions were demolished. But the area is recovering and this is the perfect time to plan your trek in the Langtang area.
The Helambu Trek in the Langtang region is a moderate trek for anyone having average fitness routine in their life. Nevertheless, we would recommend you to prepare mentally and physically before coming to Nepal. Seeking advice, permission and medication from your doctor prior to the trek is also recommended.
Please get a travel insurance that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). The travel insurance should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost.
We believe in providing the best value for your money. The accommodation and breakfast is covered in your trip cost in Kathmandu. During the trek, your entire meal and accommodation expenses is covered. In addition, we also host a Welcome and Farewell dinner for you. You can get most of the snacks and meals in the touristic areas of Kathmandu. For the trek, it is recommended to buy snacks and munchies in the city itself as it gets costlier or the choice narrows down up in the trekking areas.
Why trek with us?
Desire Adventures offer you the best trip at a reasonable price. We value our customers’ safety and satisfaction as the topmost priority. Regarding the trip itself, we believe in showcasing our culture, tradition and historical places of Nepal. Your trip itineraries can be customized in order to meet your needs and interests. We also partner with local people and leaders to help you get the maximum out of the trip. We are highly dedicated and offer years of experience to plan an outstanding adventure trip for you. Despite all these facilities, our best packages are offered at a very competitive rate.
Best seasons to plan this trek:
Autumn (October and November) is the best season to plan this trek in Nepal. This season allows you to experience the best weather, clear skies, bearable temperature and the biggest crowd of all seasons.
Spring (March and April) is the second best season to plan this trek in Nepal. This season also allows you to experience good weather, clear skies, acceptable temperature and fewer crowds.
Leaving Tips for your guide:
As any other service sector oriented company, we provide opportunities to the local porters and guides to have a sustainable living by earning through service. Leaving a tip shoes gratitude and satisfaction from the service provided by him. Leaving a tip for the service providers like guides, porters, drivers and waiters is appreciated although it is not mandatory.
Our legal documents:
Registered under the government of Nepal, Desire Adventures is a fully licensed and certified company. Therefore, this company holds complete authority to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. In addition to this, we are also a very active member of the following organizations.
Nepal Tourism board (NTB)
Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)
Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation
Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry
Passport and Visa Information:
It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:
Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)
Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)
Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)
Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)
Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)
Tourist Visa Fees:
Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost
Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency
(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 00977-1 4433934/4429660/4438862/4438868. )
The company provides a duffel bag, a company t-shirt and a route map as a souvenir. Although we provide guides and porters, we suggest you to pack as lightly as possible. Your extra luggage can be left in a hotel in Kathmandu (free storage available). We recommend you to carry a lightweight cotton or plastic bag to keep your trekking gears separate. Here is a checklist for your travel in Helambu:
Checklist for all seasons:
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, voucher, 3 passport sized photo (2 for visa application and 1 for trekking permit)
- Hand Sanitizers
- Reading/writing materials
- Travel games, like chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Waterproof bags to protect electronic or paperwork
- Binoculars, camera
- First-aid kit (containing lip balm, Aspirin/paracetamol, Band Aids/plasters, bandage for sprains, iodine or water purifier, Moleskin for blisters, antiseptic for cuts, anti-bacterial throat lozenges, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for diarrhea, re-hydration powder, Norfloxacin or Ciprofloxin, antibiotic for Girdia, Diamox and any extra prescription drugs you are currently taking)
- Protein bars, chocolates, dried fruits, candies and snack foods
- Money- cash
- Hair brush
- Hair ties
- Money bag
- Swiss army knife
- Sleeping bag
- Light weight Towel
- Toiletries (quick drying towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, face and body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, small mirror
- Day pack (with waist straps)
- Alarm clock and torch/flashlight/headlamp
- Insect repellent
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- Small padlock
- Stuff sack for dirty clothes/shoes
- Drybags in several sizes
- Duffle Bag (will be provided by the company)
- Trekking poles (optional)
- Thermos (optional for hot beverages)
- Small wash towel
- Refillable water bottle
- Bandana or broad brimmed sunhat, sunglasses, scarf
- Bag liners
- Sewing kit
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket & trousers (preferably breathable fabric)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Running shoes or sandals
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Underwear and Shorts
- T Shirts 2 or 3
- Long sleeved shirt
- Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
- Lightweight long trousers (no jeans)
With growing tourism in Nepal, the growth of travel and expedition companies have mounted to its peak. The companies seek the best leaders and guides to compete in the market while giving the best service to the clients. Although there are a numbers of companies promising you the best trip of your life, many neglect giving the knowledge on safety measurements and sustainable tourism to their team. From luxury travels to pocket friendly trips, our team guides deliver you the best of Nepal keeping your schedule, preference and welfare in mind.
Extensive insights on history and culture of the country:
Nepal has abundance of cultural and natural beauty. The charming architecture and rich history of the temples and Stupas are listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our guides are well learned and experienced to give you insights on the country's hidden history and natural beauty. From world renowned sites to less traveled local areas, we make sure to provide you information on the benevolent locals, culture and lands that stretch out from the mighty Himalayas to the Terai Plains.
Round the clock service:
Our guides provide you exceptional service 24*7 throughout the trek. Weather it requires giving information, helping with communication or any other skills, our team makes sure you get the facilities regardless of timing. We have well trained English speaking guides working in the fields and value your timing and schedule and try to work as compatible as they can. In addition both our office staff and our field staff have exceptional knowledge on the products we offer. With any queries, you can email/ call/ message us as we try to respond as soon as possible. With extensive field study, our office staff constantly communicates with our trekking guides, tour guides and climbing Sherpa’s to update the information in the trekking region.
Licensed with minimum 5 years of experience:
Trekking has been commercialized in the last few years since Nepal was recognized as the most efficient country to trek. With growing commercialization comes competitive market. Nevertheless, our climbing Sherpas and team representatives along with the guides are required to have minimum of 5 years of experience with a certified license.
Importance to Sustainable Tourism:
We value the importance of sustainable economy and development. Thus, we hire local porters, guides and climbers to train them and give them a platform to work for themselves and their family. All our team members belong to local native groups and have been trained for trekking in the Himalayas and other regions of Nepal.
No exceptions with quality and equipments:
Our teams of guides are well trained with proper English speaking and communication skills via education and experience. We are also equipped with first-aid kits and trekking apparatus like oximeters, maps, first-aid kits and mobile phone for emergency. Perhaps what separates us from others is the relationship our company has with the climbing Sherpa’s and trekking guides.
5:1 Client Guide Ratio
We maintain a 5:1 client guide ratio i.e. with every 5 clients we provide 1 guide. A team leader/guide with be appointed for a team of 5 trekkers in the group. Nevertheless, an assistant leader will also be provided with every addition of 5 pax. You will have 1 porter for 2 trekkers who will be carrying 25-30 kilograms of weight. We wish for your travels to be worthy and adventurous with no difficulties or hurdles.
Why Desire Adventures?
- Exceptional Product Knowledge
- Fair Price and Service Quality Guaranteed
- Guaranteed Departure on each booking
- Ultra-personalized itinerary and Unmatched Flexibility:
- We Maintain 1:5 Guides:clients Ratio