Trek around Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu valley is not just an age-old city but an amalgamation of history, art, culture, food, monuments, nature and a lot more. Trekking in the periphery of Kathmandu is surely a surprise for those people who have only got to feel the beauty inside the city.
No doubt, there is a lot you can explore inside the city like Pashupati Temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square along with many more. However, the nearest town/ cities to Kathmandu like Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel, and Nagarkot and its periphery regions is easily accessible and can be reached within a short duration of time. These are some perfect getaway destinations where you can enjoy the freshness of nature that will ultimately relax your mind, body and soul. Also, experience the cultural and ethnic values of the small settlements as you hike in the trail zone.
Shivapuri forest, Sundarijal, Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha are some well known hiking destinations around Kathmandu Valley. The view you get to witness during the hike is spectacular. Trekking in Kathmandu is suitable for people of all age groups. It is short easy, accessible and age-friendly.
Duration : 4 Days
Type : Easy
Start & End Point: Kathmandu - Kathmandu
Warning : Careful during the hike
Best Period : Sep - Oct
The trek from Kathmandu to Chisapani is a rejuvenating 5-hour walk in the lap of hills. After breakfast, you drive 1 hour north of Kathmandu to reach Sundarijal which is the starting point of the hike. As you gradually hike up, you’ll cross the pine and oak forest, the area falls under the terrain of Shivapuri national park which is the nearest buffer zone from Kathmandu. It is a good place for bird watching and spotting wild animal. After crossing the jungle, you’ll stop for lunch and walk for 2 hours more till you reach Chisapani Village. Do an overnight stay at Chisapani.
After, breakfast you will head towards Nagarkot (2175m). Nagarkot is a beautiful getaway for anyone who want to spend time amidst the green hills. Well known for the view of Himalayan ranges, the place attracts a lots of tourists during the months of October-December and March-April. The eight ranges visible are Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Everest and Numbur.
The journey from Chisapani to Nagarkot includes crossing small villages on the way, walking through the hills with a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley. After walking for 3 hours, halt for the lunch and get back to walking uphill through the rural setting. Enjoy your walk and in no time you will reach Nagarkot. Accommodation will be managed in one of the hotels.
Today, you’ll hike towards Dhulikhel (1550m) which is nearly 6 hours away from Nagarkot. You’ll reach Nagarkot Tower after crossing an open jungle from where you can get a good view of the nearby hills and surrounding provided the weather is clear. From the tower, hike towards Nala village which is approximately 3 hours down the trail. From Nala, Dhulikhel, the traditional Newari town, another good destination to unfold the panoramic view of various peaks is just 1.5 hours away. Devour the cultural diversity, lush vegetation, view of mighty mountain ranges and a good break from skycrapers and congested environment while you experience this countryside walk from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel.
After breakfast, trek towards Namobuddha and visit the very old Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery which is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal and considered one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world. It is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha offered his fresh to the starving tigress and her cubs, the illustration of which can be found in the walls of the monastery. The bright and colorful Buddhist prayers flags accompanied by Buddhist chant played around the corner of the place will help you relax your mind and put you at peace. After you walk around Namobuddha, drive back to Kathmandu which is a 2 hour drive from the place