Helambu Trek - 5 Days

Helambu Trek - 5 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Langtang Treks
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
Region Langtang Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration 5 Days
Max. Altitude 3,490m at Tharepati
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2-24
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
Trip Code DWTTK07
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hr walking
Transportation Kathmandu - Sundarijal & Malemchi - Kathmandu by Private transport.
Grade Easy

Helambu trek overview

Helambu Trek is a short, easy, and popular trek to the culturally and naturally rich Helambu valley. This trek allows you to get insight into the Buddhist culture as you enjoy the incredible landscapes and views of stunning tall mountains - including Gauri Shankar, Langtang, and Ganesh Himal.

Highlights

  • Rhododendron flowers, pine forests, green meadows
  • Stunning views of Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m), and Gaurishankar (7,145m)
  • Shivapuri National Park
  • Exploring the Buddhist culture - visiting ancient monasteries, shrines, and stupas
  • Tibetan, Tamang, Sherpa, and Hyolmo ethnic community
  • Very few chances of altitude sickness, as the highest point is at 3500m.

Benefits

  • Private transport to/from your hotel in Kathmandu to/from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical kit.
  • Free extra luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store during the trek 
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.

Helambu Trek Overview

Helambu Trek is a pleasant and easy trek - the highest trek point is just 3,500m. The Helambu Valley is home to the Hyolmo people - who have their own distinct culture. The Helambu region starts at Lauribina La Pass and extends to the Melamchi valley. 

During the trek, you will be visiting many Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries, shrines, and stupas while passing through a few Sherpa and Tamang Villages. The Helambu trekking trails are less crowded, yet nature continues to surprise you with its beauty. 

While trekking, we will be crossing many ridgelines as the path passes through dense forests with blooming rhododendron flowers at the right season. The landscapes are remarkable, and the green meadows provide a sense of peace and tranquility.

The trek starts with a drive to SundariJal from Kathmandu and then a hike through Shivapuri National Park to Chisapani, where we will spend our first night.

The next day, we will follow a ridgeline to reach Kutumsang, enjoying the views of the Langtang mountains. Before reaching Kutumsang, you will pass through Pathi Bhanjyang and Gul Bhanjyang. 

After spending a night at Kutumsang, we head to Tharepati through dense rhododendron and fir forests past Magen Goth. Tharepati is the highest point of the trek.

From Tharepati, we trek along the Melamchi Khola to reach Melamchi Village - inhabited by the Sherpas. The monasteries in this village give us an insight into the local culture of these villagers. We trek ahead, passing several Sherpa settlements to reach Tarke Ghyang. Helambu is actually a loose term used to refer to several Tamang-Sherpa villages. Tarke Ghyang is one of those villages.
 
From Tarke Ghyang, we head to Sarmanthang, passing dense forests, waterfalls, and small villages, while enjoying mind-blowing views of several mountains. After reaching Sarmanthang, we move ahead to Melamchi Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu, where the trek ends.

It is a short and easy trek that you would not want to miss.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive to Sundarijal (1,385m / 4,545ft), Trek to Chisapani (2,295m / 7,655ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 1 hr
    Trek Distance 13km / 8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,295m / 7,655ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    After early morning breakfast, we will drive for an hour to reach Sundrijal. Sundrijal lies at the foothills of the Kathmandu valley and is the starting point of our trek. From Sundarijal, we begin our journey to Chisapani, which will take about four to five hours. The trail further takes us to Shivapuri National Park. After trekking up a ridge around 1,895m and 600m above Sudarijal, you will reach Mulkhara - a Tamang settlement. 

    We will take a short break at the tea and snack shops in Mulkhara. Then we walk by the ridge and through a dense forest full of oaks and rhododendrons. During spring, the forest will be blooming with multi-colored rhododendrons. We trek through the forest, until we reach Chisapani.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek from Chisapani (2,295m / 7,655ft) to Khutumsang (2,470m / 8,250ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 17km / 10.5miles
    Highest Altitude 2,470m / 8,250ft
    Driving Hours 6-7 hrs

    We wake up before dawn to watch the magnificent sunrise from the Chisapani viewpoint. Watching the early sun rays hit the Himalayan range will be a sight to behold throughout your life. After breakfast, we head to Kutumsang, which takes about five to six hours. Trek passes by the side of several meadows and agricultural fields as you enjoy savoring the stunning views of the Langtang mountains. Then we descend from the ridge and reach Pathi Bhanjyang, a small and pleasant village. We further trek to Gul Bhanjyang, climbing up a hill to a pass. Another downhill from the pass takes you to Kutumsang - your destination for the night.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Khutumsang (2,470m / 8,250ft) to Tharepati (3,690m / 11635ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,690m / 11635ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    After breakfast, we head north to get beautiful views of the snowy peaks ahead. We climb above on a steep trail through fir and rhododendron forests in an area where there are no permanent settlements. The jungles are luscious, dense, and blooming with Nepal’s national flower - the rhododendron. The trek continues to Yurin Danda, letting you enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayas. Shortly, we arrive at a few lodges at Magen Goth, which lies next to a meadow and provides fabulous mountain views. Hiking further, we arrive at Tharepati.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Tharepati (3,690m / 11,635ft) to Tarke Ghyang (2,600m / 9,115ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,690m / 11,635ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    Today's trek will be an interesting one as you will get a chance to observe different cultures and lifestyles. This trek is about 5 hours. First, we will head towards the east, off the ridgeline, and descend downwards to reach the fascinating Melamchi Village. This village has several sacred Buddhist stupas, shrines, and monasteries visited by Guru Rinpoche. Sherpas inhabit this village, but these Sherpas are little different from those residing to the east in Solu Khumbu.

    Then we trek up to Tarke Ghyang, passing through a few Sherpa settlements and enjoying views of the Himalayan peaks. You will also visit an ancient monastery in Tarke Ghyang, one of the oldest and biggest monasteries in this region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu since most inhabitants belong to the Hyolmo caste. Helambu is actually a loose term used to refer to a collection of Tamang and Sherpa villages in this region.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from Tarke Ghyang (2,600m / 9,115ft) to Sermanthang (2,590m / 8,715ft) back to Kathmandu

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10.5 km/ 6.5 miles
    Highest Altitude 2,600 m/9,115 ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    A pleasant trek awaits you as we will not be gaining much altitude. The route from Tarke Ghyang will take you through dense forests, streams, and waterfalls, providing stunning sights. As you trek, you will be coming across many small villages between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, you will trek ahead to arrive at Sermanthang. It is a beautiful settlement with quite a few Buddhist monasteries. From Sermanthang, we will depart to Kathmandu on a bus that passes through Melamchi Bazaar. The scenic route follows the Melamchi River for a while, offering pleasant views of the natural scenery and farmland.

    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What is included?

  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal (trek start) and Sermanthang (trek end) back to Kathmandu by a private transport
  • Tea house/ lodge accommodation during the trek (Twin Sharing Rooms) Total: 4 nights
  • All standard meals (5 Lunches, 4 Dinners, and 5 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Government licensed, experienced trek leader (guide). An assistant trekking guide for groups of 12 or more. Porters to help trekkers luggage. 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9kg.
  • Guide and porters' costs, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment.
  • Langtang National Park entry permit fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & a cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

What is excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Visa fees on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport. The current rate is USD 50 for 30 days.
  • Excess luggage charges (limit is 9kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodations in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking (for any reason)
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boil bottled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs due to circumstances beyond our control like landslides, bad weather conditions, illness, change of government policy, political instability, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included?" will be counted as excludes

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

We recommend you to carry only the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. Porters will carry most of your luggage. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and per trekker luggage weight limit is 9kg. However, we expect you to bring with you a small backpack to keep your essentials. 
Though individual preferences might differ, here is a list to help you pack for the trek.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter glove
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best for the high-altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies 
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Helambu Trek Start

You will be arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport-TIA), Nepal, before 3 pm at least one day before the trek departure date. On the trek departure date, we will drive you to Sundarijal.

This package includes Kathmandu to Sundarijal and Sermanthang back to Kathmandu transport.

Free Airport Pick Up and Drop Off

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for guests who have booked the Helambu Trek package. Regardless of your flight, you will find our representative holding a pamphlet with your name at the airport reception at Tribhuvan International Airport. After welcoming you, they will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Accommodation Details During The Helambu Trek

Five-day Helambu trek includes four nights lodge to lodge stays at the best lodges in the trek regions. All rooms are on twin sharing basis. You will most probably require two nights of hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek, but this package does not cover these stays. 

Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets and tastes. You can even book several of these hotels online.

The Meals

You will need enough nutrients to trek at high elevations. We will provide you with enough tasty, hygienic, and nutrient-rich food. However, you will not get all the choices that big cities have. The further you travel from the cities, the fewer meal choices you will have.

We will provide you with 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners during the trek.

Here are the meal options.

Breakfast - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, fruits, Vegetables, Hot Drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, Steaks, etc 

The menu consists of traditional local, Asian, and western cuisine. We highly recommend you to take fresh vegetables and plenty of liquids -green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must).

Though you can get plenty of non-veg items in the trek regions, we advise you to refrain from them for meat hygiene concerns. It is also a great idea to avoid dairy items, alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot chocolates. 

This package does not include alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks in lodges/cafes except standard meals(breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits).

Best Time To Helumbu Trek

The weather is the main factor to consider when deciding to trek to Helambu. People trek to Helambu throughout the year, but the treks are easier during certain seasons. 

During the spring and autumn, the skies are crystal clear from dusk till dawn, there is no rain, and there are no thick sun-blocking clouds. The magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular views.

The winter and summer treks are a bit challenging. Summer in Nepal coincides with the monsoon, making the trails wet and slippery. However, the rain-washed landscapes and swelling waterfalls look gorgeous during this time.

During winter, the skies are clear, temperatures are low, and you will have to face snowfalls at high altitudes. However, please note that weather also depends on elevation with higher elevations being cooler than lower ones. 

In brief, below are the detailed information about the weather condition at high elevations of the trek.

March to May (Spring)

During spring (March-May), mountain lovers and travel enthusiasts come to Helambu in droves due to the fabulous weather. In this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is quite low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in Helambu is between 15 to 20°C. Lower trek regions are even warmer, making it pleasant for all visitors.

Trekking season begins after March. By April, the trek routes up to 3,000m are ornated with blossoms of red, pink, and white rhododendrons. The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. The temperatures are comfortable, the skies are clear, and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.

June to August (Summer)

If you are coming to trek Helambu between July and August, you will be trekking in the summer. Summer temperatures are high, so temperatures should not be a problem, but the monsoon in Nepal coincides with the summer making the trekking trails wet and slippery.

Monsoon begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10 to 28°C. It gets relatively cooler at night - with temperatures ranging from 10 to 13°C. Mornings are often clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing at night. Though the rain may cause some problems, plants bloom during this season, and the valleys look green, providing totally different views compared to other seasons.

September to November (Autumn)

Autumn, like spring, is a season that brings travelers around the world to trek in the Helambu region. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make autumn a wonderful trek season. The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, and you get a superb view of mountains. Moreover, you can enjoy spectacular starry skies. 

The monsoons will be over by early September, and the temperatures range from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures at high altitudes can reach up to 22°C. The nights are colder, with temperatures going down to 10°C. Greens that grew during the monsoon fade to golden/amber, providing a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, and grains are ripening in the enclave. The environment is clean, and the lowlands are lush. Two of the biggest festivals of Nepal - Dashain, and Tihar - also fall during these seasons. 

December to February (Winter)

Winter treks in the Helambu region are also popular. The places along the Helambu trek can be cold during the winter, but that excites a different breed of trekkers. The temperatures at high elevations of Helambu treks can be as low as -3 °C.

The coldest time is from December through early February. After late February, the temperatures gradually rise. Despite being cold, the skies are usually clear, and mountain views are at their best. It might snow covering the trails. The trails are uncrowded. It may not be the best season to trek for beginners, but experienced trekkers will have no problem.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and can change very quickly.

Acclimatization

This trek does not require acclimatizing, as it is an easy, short, and pleasant trek. The chance of getting altitude sickness is extremely rare. Nevertheless, our trekking leaders/guides have completed extensive first aid training and are well-experienced. We urge you to inform your group leader/guide if you feel any signs of altitude sickness. Drinking about 4 liters of water a day, and walking at your own pace, helps avoid altitude sickness.

Please note that if someone in your group gets altitude sickness, your group leader has the authority to decide whether to trek forward or descend immediately. 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The Helambu trek is easy and rewarding. The hiking will be from 3-7 hours a day depending on the destination, taking regular breaks to admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long treks, steep ascents, descents, and steep forward trails that can get rocky and pass through several forests. So, the fitter you are, the more comfortable and enjoyable your journey will be.

If you have prior experience or enjoy trekking, this will help you, but no experience is necessary. We do not recommend this trek for those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease.

Trekking group/single

We organize group and private treks. If you have your own group, you are eligible for discounts proportionate to your group size. However, you will not get discounts for groups we assemble. The price for group and private treks is the same. Each group will have a guide and a porter for every two trekkers. We add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. We can handle all group sizes. 

A typical day on trek

Every day you will be rewarded with a unique trekking experience - visiting new places, enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, our experienced, friendly, and government-licensed Sherpa will accompany you. They will also be sharing information about the places you will be visiting. Porters will carry most of your luggage, but we also expect you to bring a small backpack with your essential documents and valuables.

The day starts with an early morning cup of tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we set off on that day's walk from around 7 to 8 AM, depending on the distance to cover and the nature of the walk. 

After trekking for three to four hours, you will have lunch around midday on the route to the next destination. We continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter, lasting about two to three hours. 

Once you reach our overnight lodge/tea house/hotel, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Then you are free time to explore nearby places until it gets dark. 

We will serve you dinner from around 6 to 7 PM. Before going to bed, you can engage in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day with your group members. Your expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can read a book, enjoy onboard games like monopoly or cards, or watch mountaineering documentaries. Some foreigners also indulge in learning the Nepalese language from our crew before heading to bed.

Communication on trek

During the Helambu Trek, you can use the internet at the lodges, but you will have to bear an extra charge. You can contact your family and friends from these lodges. Once we reach high altitudes, we will be using our phones for communication.

We'll communicate to all our valuable clients through our leader at least once a day to ensure everyone is comfortable, safe, and feel right. You are always free to contact the Kathmandu DWT office for any help during the trek. You can buy a sim in Kathmandu for communication, but the signals may not be strong enough.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the trek in lodges/lodges, but you will have to pay a small service charge.

Electricity and water during the trek

Throughout the lodges at trek regions, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost. Similarly, you can either buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or carry a water bottle and fill it with boiled water, which you can buy at lodges/tea houses/hotels. We can also provide you with water purification pills to make water drinkable.

You shouldn't drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions because water at these places might not be drinkable.

Travel insurance

This trip grade is ranked moderate with a low risk of potential high altitude sickness. However, this mountain journey is not for casual visits, and the trek comes with chances of unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide, sudden climate changes, etc.

Travel insurance is compulsory for Helambu Trek. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest trek altitudes.

We request our trekking guests to email their detailed insurance information after booking the trek. In emergencies, we will use the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation and transfer for emergency medical help. 

Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking (4,000m).

Before you buy travel insurance, make sure to call the insurance company and recheck if they have helicopter rescue and evacuation up to 4,000m. Do not just believe what insurance companies state on their web content.

Extra personal expenses during the trek

Helambu Trek package covers all the major expenses during the trek. However, it does not cover all expenses. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves. Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) that you can easily book online yourself.

Moreover, all our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money to cover the visa processing, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks for the trek, alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (major currencies), which you can easily exchange for Rupees in Kathmandu. The trek regions only accept Nepali currency.

Passport and visa

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Citizens from most countries will receive an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for an on-arrival visa, you need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and visa application fees. The current cost is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. Children under 10 receive a free visa.

Citizens of China and the SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Pakistan) countries will receive a free visa. 

There are certain countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan) whose citizens may not receive an on-arrival visa. So if you are a citizen from any of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy for a visa. 

The Nepal government can change visa rules without notice. For the latest information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all-over Thamel. Some hotels also exchange small amounts of cash. Legal money exchanges display their ongoing rates publicly.

Please note that only Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite traveler's cheque's security advantage, we recommend cash exchange to avoid hassles like lengthy processes and high commissions at banks and financial institutions. 

You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is Rs. 35,000 for a 500 Rupees processing fee using a foreign card. If you use the money exchange facilities at banks and financial institutions, they impose a service fee charge of about four percent or more.

Most established banks in Asia do not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. So, please bring clean and new bills.

How much luggage can I bring to the Helambu trek?

The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9-kg. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and they will only carry a maximum of 18-kg of combined luggage. You will also be bringing a small backpack to keep your valuables and important documents. We advise you to bring only the essential things to the trek as mentioned in the equipment list. You can store excess luggage at the Discovery World Trekking for free throughout your trek duration.

We will recheck your luggage during the trip briefing before your journey starts to ensure you have all the essentials.

Helambu Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees client safety, security, and satisfaction. Your safety is our utmost concern. There are several ways we pursue to keep you safe throughout the trek. 

We carry all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides are extensive first aid trained. If a trekker falls sick, the trek lead has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately. In an emergency, we will deploy a helicopter to bring you back to safety (funded by insurance). Moreover, we will trek together as a group which ensures further safety.

Responsible travel

We are committed to environmental sustainability and protecting our fragile ecosystems. Though tourism has helped in wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, healthcare, and education in trek regions, it also comes with risks of adverse environmental impacts. So, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that meet the expectations of the trekkers without harming the local ecosystem. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the trek, Nepal-government licensed and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All our guides are well trained and have years of experience trekking in remote high Himalayas.

Porters will carry your luggage. Two trekkers will share a porter, and we do not allow porters to carry more than 18-kg of luggage. So luggage weight limit for a trekker is 9-kg. However, if you want, we can arrange one porter for you. We add an assistant guide for groups with 12 or more trekkers.

Our crew members are the local people from the high Himalayas, so they can comfortably stay at high altitudes without being affected. All our staff members are valuable to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, drinks, and lodging throughout the trek. All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. 

We try hard to keep our staff happy as we believe that only a happy person can keep others happy. Our guides have

  • completed intensive wilderness first aid training
  • rock climbing experience
  • Nepal government authorized trekking guide certificate
  • fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • undertaken conservation and biodiversity training

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as a way to thank for good service. Tipping does not form part of wages for guides and porters. We advise you to tip at the end of the trek as a group. The amount you tip is an entirely personal preference and should reflect your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and service appreciation. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government-authorized, registered, and bonded trekking and touring operator in Nepal. We have been providing our service for over a decade.

We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

So, you can book Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence.

We require a 10 percent of trek cost as an advance to confirm the booking. You can pay online through our website, by bank transfer, or using western union. You can pay the rest of the costs after arriving in Nepal in cash, by bank transfer, or using a credit card. Furthermore, we will email you payment details, including the available mode of payment.

Within a week of booking your trek, we request you to send us your other necessary documentation such as passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance, but for those unable, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision- last-minute booking. In the case of a last-minute booking, you will have to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the departure date. However, note that though we try to operate treks at any time, in case of last-minute treks, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather, unavailability of lodging, etc. 

Contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us at [email protected]

Trip extension

After completing Helambu Trek, if you have extra days in Nepal, we can arrange several activities such as Kathmandu valley tours, sightseeing, Nagarkot trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek, and much more!

Feedback

After the trek, we will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After the dinner, we will present you with the Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to give us your trek feedback. 

USEFUL INFO

This trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, but we can accommodate it to meet your specific requests and schedule. Please review your designated departure date, and if it does not suit you, let us know. We can organize the trek at a time that suits you.

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline. In rare cases, we may need to modify the itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather, inaccessibility, unavailability of lodging and campsites, and unforeseen governmental decrees. You cannot hold us responsible for delays or the consequences of delays.

In the event of an itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the lead guide will ultimately decide on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the group as a whole. 

Join Upcoming Trips

Book this trip with us. Here are the upcoming dates. Feel free to share this trip with your friends and family. For custom trips or general inquiries contact us.

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7 Days28 May, 2022 - 03 Jun, 2022 $950 $400 save $550 Booking Open Enquire Now
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Benefits of Helambu Trek with Discovery World Trekking

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Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax US$ 550
2 Paxes US$ 450
3 Paxes US$ 430
4 - 6 Paxes US$ 415
7 - 12 Paxes US$ 400
13 - 18 Paxes US$ 385
19 - 24 Paxes US$ 375

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Kate Stodart
5 - Excellent
08/13/2014

I had a wonderful hike/walk where i met amazing travellers. saw the stunning Himalayas and surprised myself by pushing through any previous doubt. A great trip I will be back very soon !

Nagarkot Trekking

Kate Stodart
5 - Excellent
08/13/2014

I had a wonderful hike/walk where i met amazing travellers. saw the stunning Himalayas and surprised myself by pushing through any previous doubt. A great trip I will be back very soon !

Helumbu trek

Gary
5 - Excellent
10/05/2018

Great experience with Paul and our guide Dole and the team from Discovery. In particular, when we wanted to reduce the walking and increase the cultural elements of our trek mid way, their response was great. We ended up with a great mix of walking and other experiences which suited our group really well. Great guide and porters, would not hesitate to recommend.

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