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November 15, 2019

Mesmerizing Helambu trek

Helambu Photo Nima Lama1
Helambu – Photo: Nima Lama

Most of us may have listened about the word ‘Helambu’ through the local song “Helambu ko Bazar ma maya basyo kanxi ko muhar ma”, but we have never searched or tried to know about Helambu. So, today I am going to take you to the sweet sojourn with the mesmeric Helambu trekking.

The Helambu is a very popular trekking area of Nepal. It is even considered one of the best short trek from the Kathmandu valley. Located around mild altitude, Helambu trek offers one of the best eye-catching views of the beautiful mountains, luscious green valleys, swift-flowing rivers, and heart-warming peoples with the beautiful culture, traditions, and lifestyles.

Top of the Helambu hill- Photo-Samde Sherpaa
Top of the Helambu hill- Photo-Samde Sherpaa

Although situated not far from Kathmandu, it is one of the least visited areas where natural and cultural beauties are still intact. This, off the beaten track is easy compared to other neighboring trekking trails of the Langtang region, but no way is it easier for a normal person.

Although not elevated at high altitude, it is physically demanding, so trekkers must be in good physical condition. But of course, the experience it provides is truly spellbinding.

Helambu trek trail
Helambu trek trail: File Photo

Inhabited by the Sherpas, they locate the Helambu region in the upper part of the Melamchi Khola valley. Hyolmo culture of high mountain people, company of the Rhododendron filled forests throughout the journey, bamboo forest, majestic waterfalls on the way, picturesque views of snow-capped mountains make the Helambu trek one of a kind and a must -visit place in a lifetime.

HelHelambu.Photo-Sanjib Gurung
Helambu stream.Photo-Sanjib Gurung

You can also revel in the beauty of various Buddhists monasteries, get to the cultures and the traditions of the local peoples, enjoy the local delicacies, and watch the enthralling beauty of sunrise and the sunset during trekking along with the beautiful views of the terraced rice fields.

Helambu-Photo-Samdee Sherpa
Helambu trail-Photo-Samdee Sherpa

The Helambu trek begins from Sundarijal, Kathmandu and ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region via Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Sermathang. It can be completed in five to eight days depending on your itinerary. Accommodation can be found in lodges and village guesthouses.

Helambu. Photo-Samde Sherpa
Helambu. Photo-Samde Sherpaa

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