trip duration TRIP DURATION
12 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP
Not specified


Take a different kind of trek to the heart of the Sherpa, Tamang and Yolmo cultures, in the impressive context of the mountains north of Kathmandu. This tour covers an itinerary through unspoiled sites. This 12-day program is an unforgettable trip to traditional Nepal!

To begin this tour, we will meet you at the Kathmandu International Airport. On the second day, you will discover the impressive landmarks of the city of Kathmandu. And on the third day, we will drive to Sundarijal (1,350 m) to begin our trekking adventure.

One of the most impressive stops in our itinerary will be Melamchi Gaon (2,640 m), a village mainly inhabited by Sherpa people, with their own very distinctive culture. Another Sherpa village we will visit is Tarkeghyang (2,743 m).

All along the views and natural landscapes are unmatched. This includes sights of Mounts Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and others, as well as of the Helambu valley and its beautiful forests.

Most of the villages we will visit have tea houses to receive visitors, which is where we will stay along our way.

We will also discover impressive Buddhist monasteries along the way, like the one in Tarkeghyang, which is the oldest and larger one in this area. Also, Tarkeghyan – which is also referred to as Helambu – got its name from the ancient Helmu caste, which is the caste to which the Sherpa people living here belonged to originally.

Have a look at a detailed day by day itinerary below.

The difficulty level for this program is Moderate.

On this program, you will join one of the certified and experienced guide of the GuideSource team. We have been guiding groups up in these mountains for more than 35 years, and we are proud to say that we have had zero serious or fatal accidents.

Join one of our groups soon! We would love to have you come along one of our itineraries.

Interested in this Helambu Circuit Trek, 12 days? Request your booking! If you are interested in other programs of similar extension in this area, have a look at the 9-day trek around Namobuddha, and the 12-day Langtang Valley Trek in Nepal.


Day 1

Arrival day in Kathmandu

  • Meeting at the Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1,300 m)
  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Briefing on the itinerary for the next days
  • Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 2


  • Tour around Kathmandu, including World Heritage Sites like the Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhu Nath and the Bouddha Nath Buddhists shrine
  • Optional: last minute shopping for the next days
  • Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 3

Kathmandu - Sundarijal

  • Transfer to Sundarijal (duration: 1 hour drive)
  • Trek towards Chisopani (2,300 m) – Duration: around 4 hours
  • Trek to the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve
  • Trek across the Mulkharka settelment, house of the Tamang habitants
  • Arrival in Chisopani (2,300 m)
  • Overnight at Chisopani
Day 4

Chisopani - Kutumsang

  • Trek across meadows and fields from Chisopani towards to Gul Bhanjyang, via Pathi Bhanjyang
  • Trek from Gul Bhanjyang to another mountain pass (2,620 m)
  • Descent to Kutumsang (2,446 m)
  • Overnight at Kutumsang
  • Trekking time: 7 hours
Day 5

Kutumsang - Magen Goth

  • Trek towards north up to the Yurin Danda ridge – views of nearby peaks
  • Climb up above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail
  • Descent to Magen Goth (3,541 m), where there are a few lodges and “Goths”, sheds for domestic animals
  • Overnight at Magen Goth 
  • Trekking time: 3 hours
Day 6

Magen Goth - Tharepati Pass - Melamchi Gaon

  • Gradual ascent through a forest with beautiful rhododendron, oak and other trees
  • Arrival in Tharepati, a great viewpoint – views of snow caped mountains like Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and others
  • Gradual descent through the pine and rhododendron forest – views of the Helambu valley and across to Jugal Himal and Numbur in the Solu Khumbu
  • Arrival in Melamchi Gaon (2,640 m), mainly inhabited by the Sherpa people with their distinctive culture
  • Possible visit to some Buddhist monasteries
  • Overnight at Melamchu
  • Trekking time: 6 hours
Day 7

Melamchi Gaon - Tarkeghyang

  • Early descent towards the Melamchi stream
  • Gentle trek towards Tarkeghyang (2,743 m) passing, a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and largest monasteries 
  • Overnight at Tarkeghyang 
  • Trekking time: 6 hours
Day 8

Tarkeghyang - Shermathang

  • Trek across flat land with beautiful forests on the way
  • Arrival in a Sherpa village halfway to the next stop
  • Arrival in Shermathang (2,621 m), a beautiful Sherpa village with ancient monasteries – views of the Jugal Himal range
  • Overnight at Shermathang
  • Trekking time: 4 hours
Day 9

Shermathang - Melamchi Pul Bazaar

  • Gradual descent to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m), through meadows, cultivated fields and traditional villages
  • Pleasent walk and interaction with the locals
  • Overnight at Melamchi Bazaar
  • Trekking time: 5 hours
Day 10

Melamchi Pul Bazaar - Kathmandu

  • Transfer from Melami Pul Bazzaar to Lamidanda
  • Transfer to Kathmandu
  • Overnight at hotel
  • Dribving time: 6 hours
Day 11


  • Day at your leisure. Options:
    • go on a new trekking program
    • explore the Thamel for last day of shopping
    • Farewell dinner
    • Overnight at hotel
Day 12

Departure from Kathmandu

  • Transfer to the International Airport
  • End of program

Price per person

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Porters
  • Mountain guide's expenses
All accommodation includes full board

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport


Hotel and tea houses