Helambu is 75 km from Kathmandu to the north and is inhabited by Sherpas. The languages, culture and the dress of Helambu Sherpa are different from those of Solokhumbu Sherpa.
The best trek starting point for Helambu is Sundarijal (1350m), 45 minutes drive from Kathmandu. Helambu trekking offers a scenic loop through villages of varied ethnic makeup with good high mountain views. On the way of Helambu there is a surprising amount of old- growth forest. Magnificent old rhododendrons grace the trail between Tharepati and Malemchaigaon. It has a splendid variety of wild flowers, snow covered peaks, and varieties of birds to make your journey remarkable. The best time for trekking in the Helambu area is from October to May. In this area good lodges are abundant and uncrowned. On the way back from Langtang trek you can also trek to Helambu via Gosaikunda.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet assist and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
AM – Half day sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
PM – Half day sightseeing tour Kathmandu city and Soyambhunath.
Day 03: From Kathmandu drive to Sundarijal and ascend through a light forest to reach Mulkharka (1800m) from where you will have a view of the entire Kathmandu valley. Climbing further you will get to Borlang Bhanjyang (2440m). The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisopani (2140m). This is the best place to have the view of long range of Himalayas and sunrise over them. Overnight guesthouse.
Day 04: The trail continues dropping from Chisopani to Pati Bhanjyang (1860m), a Brahmin and Chhetri village. Then the trail forwards making a steep ascent to Chipling (2170m), it then proceeds observing the good mountain views to Thodang Betine (2260m) and finally descend to the Tamang village of Gul Bhanjyang (2140 m). Overnight tented camp.
Day 05: The trail climbs to reache Khutumsang (2450m) and proceeds further having the views of the peaks above Langtang and the Gasainkunda. Through a fir and rhododendron forest the trek forwards to Panghu and descends to Magen Goth (3420m) and finally reaches Tharepati (3640 m). Overnight tented camp.
Day 06: The trail switchbacks steeply down, then descends through a forest of huge gnarled rhododendrons and makes a steep further descent to Chhyadi Khola. Crossing Chhyadi Khola bridge, after a short climb you will reach a large Sherpa village of Malemchigaon (2530 m). Overnight tented camp.
Day 07: From the Malemchaigaon the trail descends and drops steeply crossing Malemchi Khola and climbs passing a school. Further climbs steeply, brings you to the first meadow of Tarkegyang (2490m). Then climbing gently you will get to the picturesque village of Tarkegyang. Overnight tented camp.
Day 08: After leaving Tarkegyang, you reach a pretty Sherpa village, Gangyul (2520m). The trail then drops a little bit and then climbs through deep forests, crossing a number of streams, before reaching Chumik. Making a gentle climb you arrive at the big village of Shermathang (2610m). Overnight tented camp.
Day 09: After a gentle drop, the trail reaches in the settlements of Nigale and Gyalsha and further to Raithani Gyang (2290m). Descending further you get to the large fascinating village of Dubha Chaur and finally reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880 m). Overnight tented camp.
Day 10: From Malemchipul Bazaar drive to Kathmandu 4 hours. Overnight hotel.
Day 11: Transfer to airport for departure flight.