- Duration: 8 days
- Total distance (km): 46 km
- Total change in altitude: ↗4013 m ↘3083 m
- Highest point along the route: Thare Pati at 3650 m
- Difficulty level: easy to moderate
Highlights: Rhododendrons (in bloom March-May), Tibetan Buddhism, meditation caves (Melamchi), oldest Buddhist cloister in Nepal Cherughyang near Tarkeghyang. Due to its proximity to Kathmandu, the Helambu trek can be reached quickly without flying.
Day 1: (Kathmandu -) Patibhanyang – Chipling (3.9 km, 3:00 h*)
You will take the bus for around 3.5 hours to Patibhanyang and begin the delightful hike following some refreshments. The first day allows you to acclimate; thus, the route is relatively short at just around 4km, although it includes some considerable ascending. Your efforts will be rewarded in Chipling with a wonderful view over terraced mountain slopes.
Day 2: Chipling – Kutumsang (9.4 km, 5:10 h*)
You will begin the day with an ascent, but continue leisurely to the next valley through Golfu. Next, you will ascend to nearly 2600 m. During the day, you will repeatedly have the chance to marvel at the snowcapped Himalayas.
Day 3: Kutumsang – Mangengoth (6.1 km, 2:50 h*)
Today you will enter the Langtang National Park. After steadily ascending through beautiful forests, you will reach the mountain hut in Mangengoth.
Day 4: Mangengoth – Thare Pati (5.2 km, 2:50 h*)
This is a relatively short day that leads to the highest point of the trek: Thare Pati at 3600 m with an unbelievably beautiful view of the many mountain chains in the Northeast.
Day 5: Thare Pati – Melamchigaon (4.4 km, 2:50 h*)
You will steeply descend over 1,000 meters in altitude from the highest point along the trek (3650 m) and enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding mountain ranges all the way to Langtang.
Day 6: Melamchigaon – Tarke Ghyang (6.2 km, 4:10 h*)
You will steeply ascend and descend until you reach Tarke Ghyang, where you will cross the Melamchi Khola river over a long suspension bridge.
Day 7: Tarke Ghyang – Sermathang (10.5 km, 3:15 h*)
The trek ends with an almost entirely flat route from Tarke Gyhang (2600 m) to Sermathang (2590 m) that pass many stupas, prayer flags, and Tibetan characters.
Day 8: Sermathang – Kathmandu (6h)
The descent by bus will take about 6 hours and pass the large Shiva Monument in the Kathmandu Valley. You will have the chance to eat lunch along the way, and you can take a break at a wide variety of attractions.
Thanks to the comfort standards, it is not necessary to bring a tent, sleeping bag, or sleeping mat. Local food and hospitality will be waiting for you every evening at the lodgings.
h* – All hike durations refer only to the time spent hiking (without breaks) and are based on the hiking time calculations from the German Alpine Club (DAV).