Helambu: Home of the Hyolmo people

10, Sep 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Buddhist sites, flora and fauna and trekking options make it a tourist heaven


Enjoy the diverse and unique flora and fauna of the region

Situated in the upper belt of Sindhupalchok district, Helambu is a highland town that is 80 kilometers away from Kathmandu. It is the home of the Hyolmo people an ethnic tribe of Nepal.


The region begins at the Lauribina La pass and descends to the Melamchi valley. It is well known as a pilgrimage site for Buddhist and also popular for apples that are grown here. Helambu offers visitors a lot of interesting things to do including beautiful hikes and treks in areas that are yet to be discovered by mass tourism.


Helambu is surrounded by nature and is blessed with endangered and wild flora and fauna. The magnificent Himalayan views from Chisopani and Tharepati, dense and thriving forest of Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park are some of the major natural wonders of the place.


The mountains like Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Ama Yangri encircling the place makes it an exciting place to visit with huge potential for tourism.




Trek into the outer line and buffer zone of Langtang National Park.

Spectacular views of mountains like Ama Yangri, Chisopani, Kutumsang, Tharepati.

Guru Rinpoche's cave.

Experience and enjoy the local culture of ethnic groups like the Tamangs and Sherpas.

Explore the Helambu region which is the home of the Yolmos.

Dwell around Buddhist pilgrimage sites and monasteries.


Enjoy the diverse and unique flora and fauna of the region.

Explore nearby villages like Melamchigaon, Nakote and Trake Gyang.

Explore nearby places like Sundarijal, Melamchi, Patibhanjyang, Taramarang.

Getting there

Although Helambu is not very near to Kathmandu, the place has no access to any airfield. The only way to travel there is via the Araniko Highway.


Buses, private jeep, vans are available from the city. For trekkers there are three major trekking routes to Helambu. The first via Melamchi Bazar-Timbu, the second via Sundarijal-Kutumsang and the third via Dhunche-Gosaikunda.



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