Helambu Circuit Trek

Duration8 Days
Trip GradeEasy
Maximum Altitude3610 M
Group Size1-12
Best TimeThrough out the year

Helambu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Tamang and Sherpa cultural villages
  • Birds and vegetation of Shivapuri National Park
  • Stunning vistas of the snow-capped peaks of Langtang Range, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Gaurishankar
  • Fresh and organic apples of Helambu
  • Easiest and shortest trek from Kathmandu

 Helambu Circuit Trek Overview

Helambu Circuit Trek takes you to one of the most favorable places in Nepal trekking for apple production. ‘Apple of Helambu’ is a brand name in the Nepalese fruit market all over the nation. Comparatively easy trekking in Nepal rewards you with the wonders of nature and culture of the Langtang region. Helambu Circuit trekking is named as the major dwellers of this mountain valley are the Hyulmo people of Tibetan origin.

While doing this trek, you go along the trekking trail that passes through the lush forests of Shivapuri National Park. Lush forests of rhododendrons and pine trees of the national park are inhabited by diverse bird species. Therefore, you can enjoy a bird watching tour in Shivapuri National Park during this trip.

You go across the ethnic villages of Tamang communities popular for Shamanic culture and tradition. Sherpa villages of this region are something to observe for their socio-cultural practices. Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and mani walls decorated by prayer flags and wheels make your trekking more memorable.

Going across a couple of passes: Pati Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang, you can have the stunning vista of the Kathmandu through Helambu Circuit Trek. They are the vantage points of the snowcapped peaks of Gauri Shankar, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang region. You have the breathtaking view of Langtang Lirung (7245m), Ganesh Himal (7405m), Dorje Lhakpa (6990m) and other unnamed peaks as well.

Helambu Circuit Trek Itinerary

Helambu trek can start from Sundarijal, which is an hour’s drive from Kathmandu, or by driving by bus up to Melamchi. To reach Melamchi from here, it takes about 4 hours through the off and pitched road. Trekking to  Helambu Valley takes nearly 5 days when you can taste the typical food items served in the best hospitality.

If you plan the Sundarijal Helmabu Valley trek in spring, you can enjoy the enchanting forests covered with rhododendron flowers.  You can taste the organic apples of Helambu by visiting in the orchards. The sunrise view of the snow-capped peaks of the Langtang region from all the stopovers is beyond expression!

Nepal Trekking Routes has made Helambu Circuit Trek 9 9-day itinerary to help you experience the unspoiled nature and unaffected culture. You can extend this trek to Langtang Gosainkunda trek as it shares the trekking trails that.

The Helambu Circuit Trek is a popular trekking route in the Langtang region of Nepal. It is a relatively short trek that takes you through beautiful landscapes, traditional villages, and scenic mountain views.

Here is some basic information about the Helambu Circuit Trek:

Duration: The trek takes around 7-8 days to complete.

Difficulty: The trek is considered to be moderate in difficulty, with some steep climbs and descents.

Altitude: The highest point of the trek is Tharepati Pass, which is at an altitude of 3,650 meters (11,975 feet).

Starting point: The trek usually starts in Sundarijal, which is a short drive from Kathmandu.

Permits: You will need to obtain a TIMS card and a Langtang National Park permit to trek in this region.

Some of the highlights of the Helambu Circuit Trek include:

Beautiful rhododendron forests and scenic mountain views.

Traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages, where you can experience the local culture and way of life.

Stunning views of the Langtang Himalayan range, including Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Dorje Lakpa.

Crossing the Tharepati Pass, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains.

Overall, the Helambu Circuit Trek is a great option for trekkers who are short on time or who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas without undertaking a more strenuous trek.

Trip PlanExpand All

On your arrival day, the NTR staff welcomes you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Then, s/he relocates you at the hotel booked for accommodation around Thamel area. In your spare time, you can visit around the most significant touristic area of Thamel. You can also go around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Kathmandu Valley.

After having your breakfast, you begin the trip by driving in a private jeep for an hour up to Sundarijal, Kathmandu. Then, you walk along the stone staircase and enter into Shivapuri National Park, which is famous for bird watching tour in Nepal. On the way, you see the wonderful outlook of the Kathmandu Valley, some natural waterfalls and animal species like wild boar as well. A few Tamang villages having distinct housing style and Shamanic culture are the beauties to push your move ahead until Chisapani.

While having your breakfast, you have an amazing sunrise view of Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Everest region. Afterwards, you move downhill and uphill through some typical mixed ethnic villages till you reach Pati Bhanjyang. By walking steep trail that passes along the sparse villages situated close to the dense forests, you continue the trekking. The farmland occupied by the seasonal crops and vegetables welcome you to their proximity. Relishing the mesmerizing vistas of the lush valleys and the Himalayas, you reach Gul Bhanjyang for the night stay.


Today’s journey starts after having breakfast by walking along the rugged trail that goes past some Tamang community villages. When you reach a small pass called Kutumsang, you have the stunning view of Mt. Gaurishankar and Langtang Himalayan Range. Walking further through the lush forests of rhododendron and pine trees, you reach Magnigoth for the night stay.


After crossing a suspension bridge, you move across some Sherpa ethnic villages of Sindhupalchok district. You have to cross some small streams to reach Thadepati Pass that shows you stunning view of Naya Kanga (5,844m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6,966m) and other peaks of Langtang region. Next, the trail goes along the lush woodlands of pine and rhododendron downhill up to Bolgaun. By crossing a suspension bridge, you reach Melamchigaun, which is dwelt by the Hyulmo Tibetan communities. After reaching the village, you visit a local Tibetan Buddhist monastery decorated with colourful mani walls, prayer flags and statues of Guru Rinpoche.

The trail today runs uphill and downhill through a few Sherpa settlement areas after crossing a suspension bridge over the Melamchi Khola. After walking along the windy trail through the dense forests, you reach Tarkeghyang or Melamchi Bazaar. As the major settlers of this hilly town are the Hyulmo people, it is named Helambu. You take a short look of the oldest and largest monastery of this region, Gekye Gompa by enjoying the vista of Naya Kanga and Mt. Dorje Lakpa. Moving ahead through the forests, the trail leads you to Sarmathang, which is an important village popular for apple production. From the village, you can have the astounding vista of Ganesh Himal (7422m), Langtang Lirung (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), and Naya Kanga (5844m).


After witnessing the sunrise view of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Mountain Ranges, you descend towards Melamchi Pul Bazaar. The trail goes past the terraced farmland full of seasonal crops and vegetables for most of the time today. You also walk past some ethnic villages of mixed communities keeping their culture and tradition intact for ages.

This is the last day of Helambu Circuit trek itinerary for 9 days. So, the representative of the agency escorts you up to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Have a wonderful journey ahead!

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Cost Details
  • Airport pick-up and drop off service ,
  • Two Nights Deluxe hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Trekking Guide and Trekking porter (Two participant=1 porter =Maximum 25 kg of luggage )
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & accommodation during the trekking
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks if required,
  • Trekking permit for langtang National park,
  • TIMS(Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance, food and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit carried by our trekking guide
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation which will paid by your travel insurance
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Nepali family
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower,
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for Guide and porter (trekking staff)
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (with out itinerary)

Yes, you can! Unlike the trekking in the Himalayas, Helambu Circuit trek is easy and suitable for family trek. You can cover the low altitude trail with your children and senior citizens as well.

No, it is not! Helambu Circuit trek is not difficult as the trekking trail is well defined and goes along the low altitude place. Even trekking duration is hardly 5 hours per day. You can get good quality food and accommodation facilities at the stopovers as well.

Sure, sure! You can extend this trekking package to Langtang Gosainkunda trek as Helambu trekking trail is connected with this. Similarly, you can cut down the duration up to 1 night and two days, too.

Helambu Circuit trek lies to the eastern part from the Kathmandu Valley. If you travel by bus, you can reach Helambu, which is popular for apple production in about 4 hours. Trekking to Helambu Bazaar takes around 5 days via Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking trail.

Helambu Circuit trek is one of the closest trekking regions from the Kathmandu Valley. It takes nearly 4 hours from Kathmandu by driving along the off-road and pitched road. Walking through Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trekking trail, it takes approximately 5 days from Kathmandu.

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