The Helambu trek is a perfect short trek nearby Kathmandu Valley. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively un- spoilt. Besides the hyolmo culture of high mountain people, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The great Himalayan scenery at the border with Tibet and monasteries make a trek to the region an enthralling experience. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans. 
The Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour's drive from Kathmandu. After about an hour's walk, we enter Shivapuri National Park. Continuing along the Chisopani, Kutumsang, Thadepati and Sermathang, the trek ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. 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. 
The Helambu trek  is the totally peaceful and calm area for trekking and the trails are blissfully quite than popular Annapurna and Everest areas.. The landscape is classic Himalayan foothills, with plenty of dramatic rises and plummeting descents. in a week trek, you will pass mountain view point, alpine meadows, Buddhist villages.The access for the trekking is easy with the taking of bus/Car of land cruiser and no need to worry for the flight cancellation
With diverse range of brilliant green valleys misty rhododendron forests and distant horizons of snowy peaks. Helambu is the ideal short trek there are simple teahouses along this route. Yet the area remains relatively unspoilt by tourism. You will experience the yolmo culture of high mountains villages, marvel at vistas of lonely high mountains and watch enthralled as the farmers toil in the fields using hand made tools and teams of water buffalo. Helambu lies to the north of Kathmandu and offers the nearest experience of Sherpa culture without having to go to Everest region. The Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang that forms the focus of Helambu is a charming enclave of farmers and yak herders. The trip starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Helambu provides an instant Himalayan trek for those with limited time.
This trek is an easy and enjoyable trip conducted at the average altitude of 3500m. The trek takes you through Thadepati to Tarke Gyang, where a choice of trails opens up. However we go along the south ridge through Sermathang, down to the river at Melamchi, the site of a mega project to bring drinking water to Kathmandu via a series of tunnels, finally the trek concludes with a drive down to Kathmandu via Melamchi Bazaar through Panchkhal

Damai Singgi Tamang,
Trekking Guide,NEPAL