Helambu, the closest region to the North of Kathmandu, is renowned for its sweet apples and artistic Buddhist monasteries. Encircling the Melamchi River Valley, Helambu is incredibly tranquil. It is also one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites. More often than not, trekking north of Kathmandu is kind of astoundingly accessible, yet not intensely frequented. What's even more surprising is that, despite being almost at a stone's throw from Kathmandu, this region is still fresh and pristinely. Helambu might not offer the majestic mountain panorama like its neighboring regions of Langtang and Gosaikunda, but it definitely gives you the opportunity to take a closer look at the village life patterns and can be a great destination for winter or cultural trek. The other good thing about trekking in this region is that, it is logistically very viable and the altitudinal hassle is not a daunting concern. The Himalayan foothills constitute the major landscape of this region and you could well be teased by the dramatic ascents and meticulous descents at times.
The Helambu Trek commences with an hour’s drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu, followed by a short enticing walk to Chisopani on the same day. On the way, we can get a glimpse of the Shivapuri National Park. In the days ahead, we continue towards Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang, passing by the thick mountain forests, some beautiful rice terraces and an array of splendid monasteries. Our trek eventually winds up at the Melamchi Pul Bazar, a prosperous looking town in the Helambu region. This trek isn’t actually about rocketing altitudes, but yes, this does not mean that you will have to forgo the scenic retreats. An easy hike to the Amayangri Hill at a meager, 3080m can get you seriously indulged in the tempting beauty of the surrounding peaks- Lang tang Lirung (7246 m) and Ganesh Himal (7604m). If you are not the kind who usually puts up with the legion of trekkers and daunting elevations of the Everest and Annapurna regions, the Helambu Trek is definitely going to be a perfect pick for you.