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

Mountain Range


People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

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.

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     All accommodation includes full board


    • Day 1Arrival 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 2Kathmandu
      • 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 3Kathmandu - 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 5Kutumsang - 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 6Magen 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 7Melamchi 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 8Tarkeghyang - 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 9Shermathang - 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 10Melamchi Pul Bazaar - Kathmandu
      • Transfer from Melami Pul Bazzaar to Lamidanda
      • Transfer to Kathmandu
      • Overnight at hotel
      • Dribving time: 6 hours
    • Day 11Kathmandu
      • 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 12Departure 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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