Nepal boasts eight of the world’s tallest mountains and the world’s oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu Valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna. As for its people – From the Tharus that share their land with the splendid Asian tuskers in the plains to the brave Yak herders of Dolpo, they are as amazing as the land itself. Here in its tropical jungles the Royal Bengal Tiger prowls, higher up the legend of the Yeti lives on. Although modernization has set in, the quintessence of ancient Nepal remains amongst its people.

For those of you seeking a short trek in Nepal, the Helambu region situated close to the capital city, is an ideal choice. The trek passes through thick mountain forests with great Himalayan views and toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries.

Skeleton Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by our representative outside the customs and immigration area for transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel [-/-/-]

Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal & trek to Chisapani (656m/2152 ft.)

Driving duration: approx. 1 hour
Walking duration: approx. 5 hours

The walk from Sundarijal meaning ‘beautiful water’, to Chisapani is best and renowned among hikers. A place famous for its scenic beauty with magnificent waterfalls, cataracts and rock formations, Sundarijal is as beautiful as its name and also the main source area of drinking water for Kathmandu valley.

A couple of hours uphill walking through Shivapuri National Park and Mul Kharka, leads through a forest and then to Chisapani. Chisapani is a mixed settlement of Brahmins, Gurungs, and Sherpas. The viewpoint in Chisapani offers spectacular panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan range. Chisapani presents a closer view of Jugal, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang region. Following dense forests, villages, terraces and again oak rhododendron forests from Sundarijal, this hike offers the beauty of Nepalese villages with terrace full of seasonal crops like mustard and wheat.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [-/-/-]

Day 3: Trek to Khutumsang (2470m/8103 ft.)

Walking duration: approx. 6 hours

From Chisapani the trail continues to drop crossing meadows and fields down to Pati Bhanjyang, a small fine village. After reaching Pati Bhanjyang, the trail goes up and down to the village called Gul Bhanjyang. From here the trails descends along the rocky route to Khutumsang.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 4: Trek to Tharepati (3490m/11,450 ft.)

Walking duration: approx. 6 hours

Following a ridge line the trail continues via a lightly populated forest to Magen Goth from where views of Langtang and Gosainkunda peak are stunning. The trails to Gosainkunda branches off north – west from here. Tharepati offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains such as Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar, Langshisa, Jugal, Numbur and many others. At 3940m, Tharepati is also the highest we will go on this trek.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 5: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2620m/ 8595 ft.)

Walking duration: approx. 6 hours

Turning east, the trail rapidly descends down a ravine through a small village of Melamchi gaun. Melamchi gaun is surrounded by beautiful forests, where it is mainly inhabited by Sherpa people with their distinctive culture.

The trail again descends leaving the village and crossing Melamchi Khola by a bridge at 1890m and making the long climb up the other side of the valley to Tarkeghyang, which is the largest village in Helambu. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belong to Helmu caste.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 6: Trek to Sermathang (2620m/ 8595 ft.)

Walking duration: approx. 5 hours

It is a comparatively easy walk today as the trail gently descends through beautiful forests, streams and waterfalls. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. From Gangyul, we arrive at the village of Sermathang. A Buddhist monastery stands at the highest point of the village.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/-/-]

Day 7: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m) and drive back to Kathmandu

Walking duration: approx. 7 hours
Driving duration: approx. 3 hours

On our final day of the trek, we walk down from Sermathang to Kakani. From Kakani the trail drops to a small village of Dubochaur. From here the trail continues to descend even more steeply right down the ridge to the junction of the Indrawoti River, & the Melamchi Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Melamchi Khola, you will reach Melamchi Bazaar, making a drop of 1790m.

From the Bazaar, we board our vehicle and drive back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [B-/-/]

Day 8: Rest Day in Kathmandu

Spend the day at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [B-/-/]

Day 9: Final Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Trip Ends

[B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner]

Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 9 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals BB Basis in Kathmandu & Pokhara / Full Board basis during trek (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season September – April
Activity Trek
Grade Easy
Includes •    3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on bed & breakfast basis
•    5 nights/6 days’ tea house/ lodge based trek at the best available simple tea house/Lodge trek with 1 porter and 1 sirdar / sherpa throughout the trek on bed and breakfast basis
•    Shivapuri National Park Fee and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card
•    Necessary transfer of Kathmandu- Sundarijal and Melamchi pul Bazaar-Kathmandu by private vehicle escorted with English speaking local guide
Excludes •    Nepalese Visa fee
•    International air fare and airport taxes
•    Any meals which are not included on the above cost inclusion
•    Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills
•    Insurance and rescue of any form
•    Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
•    Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
•    Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers
•    Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations, loss of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization
•    Any other cost that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion