Helambu Circuit Trek, 12 days

Discover the local Sherpa culture in unspoiled villages in Nepal. An impressive 12-day circuit with a certified guide from the GuideSource team.




Trip Duration

12 days

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People per Guide


Trip Level


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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.

Price includes

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


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • 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: Kathmandu

    • 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: Kathmandu

    • 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


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required
Meeting point
Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport

Hotel and tea houses


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