Just a hop away from Kathmandu is the incredible Helambu Trek offering you an ideal getaway from the busy city life. Home to Sherpa and Tamang, the ethnic communities of Nepal, Helambu offers you landscapes and cultural experiences every bit as spectacular as anywhere else in Nepal. Noted for its scenic grandeur and cultural richness, Helambu is closest to Kathmandu, comprising the rugged north–south valleys and ridges that lie just beyond the northeast rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Located about 72 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, it extends from north of Taramarang to the tree limit of the Gosainkunda Lake and lower slopes of Jugal Himal and has several highland Tamang and Sherpa villages, scattered on both sides of the Melamchi Khola.
Helambu, also known as Helmu, was once considered a hidden, sacred domain, and its misty ridges and fertile valleys till date remain comparatively isolated. The trek starts from a short drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu, making a half-loop through the Helambu region to the northeast of Kathmandu. After about an hour’s walk, you enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. The trek contours through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of picturesque Buddhist monasteries.
The company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of the most diverse treks essential and accessible from Kathmandu. The great Himalayan scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region an engrossing experience. As you traverse through the highland villages, you can still experience the intact, unique Hyolmo culture of the mountain people inhabiting this region.
Temperate forests, snowy peaks and enthralling cultural experience is what awaits you in Helmabu. If you wish to trek through some of the spectacular trail that is less frequented by people, Helambu is your ideal trek.