Photos of the Helambu Trek, Nepal

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The Helambu Trek

The Helambu trek leads from the village of Sundarijal, 26 kilometres northeast from Kathmandu, through beautiful countryside and many communities to the Sherpa village of Tarke Ghyang. Along the way, there are many places to stay or stop for tea: the local people are friendly and hospitable and accommodating foreign trekkers is a source of income in addition to their farming life.

Path to Sundarijal
 
Mother and her child
 
Vijaya Shrestha and family
 
Kathmandu Valley from Sundarijal
 
Girl and boy
 
Porters carrying heavy loads
 
Man selling tea
 
Farm house near Mulkharka
 
View to Kathmandu valley
 
Farm house with family
 
Woman and little daughter
 
Elderly woman
 
Boy chewing sugar cane
 
Houses, Borlang Bhanyjang
 
View from Borlang Bhanyjang
 
View to Mount Everest
 
View near Pati Bhanyjang
 
View with carriers
 
View to Pati Bhanyjang
 
Path to Thakani
 
View over Thakani
 
Terraces near Thakani
 
Village of Thakani
 
Village of Bhatache
 
Group of musicians
 
Mother and her children, Talamarang
 
View, Talamarang
 
Talamarang Bazaar
 
Along the Melamchi Khola
 
Farmer at work
 
Boy with bundle of straw
 
House near Mahankal
 
Crossing a river
 
House along the track
 
Young woman fetching water
 
Young girl and boy
 

From Sundarijal the trail offers excellent views of the Kathmandu Valley and then climbs to Borlang Bhanyjang, a pass at the height of 2,348 metres above sea level. It continues to the villages of Thakani, Bhatache and Talamarang Bazaar, on the Melamchi-Helambu track.

Following the Melamchi Khola river, one passes the villages of Mahankal and Kiul, and from there the trail leads north to the Buddhist Sherpa villages, ending in Tarke Ghyang.