The Helambu Trek is one of the nearest trekking route from Kathmandu, There are two options to start this trek either from Sundarijal which is on the northeast side of Kathmandu, approximately 18 Km. away or from Melamchi which is 80 Km.. Helambu trek is an easy trek ranging from 800 m. to 3650 m. .
Helambu is a region of highland villages in Nepal, Because of the “hyolmo” or “Yolmopa” have been the native residents of the Helambu valleys, this region is named after them. The ancestory root can be traced down to the bordering countries of Nepal and beyond such as Darjeeling, Sikkim, Bhutan and even in Tibet. There are vast similarity with the language and cultural norms of the region with Tibet. Government of Nepal has officially listed the “Hyolmo” as the 59th indigenous group.
As majority of the population in the region follow Buddhism, we come across many artistic monasteries. The Helambu region starts from Lauribina La pass and descends to the Melamchi valley. Beside cultural, social and religious aspect of the region Helambu is also famous for its sweet apples and its hospitality. Above all Helambu region is one the pilgrimage site for Buddhism followers.
Calm trekking trail full of natural beauties, during our trek we will cross ridge lines and walk through dense forests, among few species of Panda which government has enlisted as endangered one, we can spot red panda around the forests of bamboos. March & April are the best season to enjoy the fully bloomed rhododendron, national flower of Nepal.
The trekking trail in Helambu is serene and offers breathtaking natural beauty. You will cross ridge lines and pass through dense forests, where you may have the chance to spot the endangered red panda among the bamboo forests. The months of March and April are particularly stunning, as the rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower, blooms in full splendor.
Overall, the Helambu Trek provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality of the region, while enjoying a relatively moderate trekking experience.