Kathmandu Rim Short Trek/ Hike

 A great  country walk for those wants to escape the daily busy city life on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley lip hills not too far from the motor able road but yet still far from the maddening crowd this trip begins with a short drive on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley at Sundarijal a wonderful enchanting spot with cool shade of rhododendron, pines, oaks forest and the watershed that provides drinking waters to Kathmandu city and an headquarter of Nepal Scouts, this area onwards is protected by Shivapuri Conservation where a small fee is charged at the entrance on route Chisopani leads with a all types of the beginners and family who wants to escape the busy life of Kathmandu for few days in the tranquility of the serene forest, visiting rural life as it was for centuries.

 

This  peaceful short trek starts with a short drive to Sundarijal a countryside village on the north west of Kathmandu valley rim, the walk from here follows the ridge that outlines Kathmandu Valley with superb view of the surrounding landscapes and snow capped range from Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh to Langtang, the trek continues towards the south east of the Valley ridge at Dhulikhel via the famed mountain view spots of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel where can view the sunrise and sunset over the panoramic Himalayan snowcapped  range from Annapurna to Everest. Our pleasant walk on the gradual winding path leads downhill overlooking grand Himalayan chain of mountains all the way to Dhulikhel another hill resorts where one can have panorama of high hills and mountains, this is one of the best mountain resorts around the valley rim for the panoramic view of the Jugal mountain region. This old Newar town lies beyond the eastern rim of the Valley with comfortable lodging for extended trips.

 

Nagarkot Hill

 

Among all the places for mountain viewing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Langtang (7,246m). Many people go up to Nagarkot in the afternoon, stay in a hotel in Nagarkot, and then get up at dawn to see the Himalaya Mountains during the sunrise.

 

Among all the places for mountain viewing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views go from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. On a clear day you can see Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). You can also see Manaslu (8,463m), Ganesh Himal (7,111m), and Langtang (7,246m). Many people go up to Nagarkot in the afternoon, stay in a hotel in Nagarkot, and then get up at dawn to see the Himalaya Mountains during the sunrise.

 

Nagarkot is 32 kilometres east of Kathmandu, on the northeast edge of the Valley at an elevation of 2,175m. It is best to view the mountains in the early morning because it is more likely to be clear. There is a viewing tower next to the Club Himalaya Resort, where you get good views that has a coffee shop where you can sit inside. Many of the hotels also have good views.

 

There is a lookout tower south of the village where you can get a 360º view of the scenery. It is an easy one hour walk from the main hotel area. To get there you have to pass an army checkpoint, and they will only let you past in the morning. You can go to Nagarkot in the afternoon and stay overnight and view the mountain at sun rise.

 

You can usually get a good view of the mountains between October and March. During the monsoon from June to September it is unlikely to get a view of the mountains. Nagarkot can be much colder than in Kathmandu, especially in the winter. There are some pleasant walks in the area. There are several good walk to or from Nagarkot. Many people take a bus or taxi up to Nagarkot and then walk down. Some good walks are down to Sankhu, Sundarijal, Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, or to Banepa.

 

You have to pass through Bhaktapur to get to Nagarkot, so you could go to Bhaktapur in the early afternoon and go to Nagarkot for the sunset or to stay over-night. Most people stay here for just one night. The main area of town is just a group of hotels.

 

Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon “The city of Devotees”

 

 

 

Bhaktapur is the third largest city in the Kathmandu valley. The city was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom from the 12th to the 15th century. Four square miles of land situated at an altitude of 1,401 meter from sea-level is a home to Traditional art and architecture, pottery and weaving industries, rich local customs and culture, and the every-day life of Bhaktapur people. All that and more will have you visit this untouched ancient city more than once! Nepal’s Malla dynasty’s achievements in arts and crafts are reflected throughout the Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur is also known by woodcarving artists, for it’s cap known as Bhadgaon Topi, and for it’s curd known by Nepalese as the ‘Bhaktapur ko Dahe’ (meaning Curd made in Bhaktapur). Tourists visiting the city also take the time to relax and observe other interesting happenings in the city such as children’s playing outside their home and in temple yards, busy and color-full open markets, women’s making clay-pots, weaving, and sun-drying crops and vegetable products. Bhaktapur is located at 14 km east of Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

Hiking through the villages and experiencing rural life around Kathmandu.
Spectacular waterfalls and starting point of the holy Bagmati river.
Sunsets and Sunrise from Nagarkot.
Scenes of the mighty Himalayas all along the trip.
Namobuddha monastery.
Ancient palace square of Bhatktapur. Monuments,Arts and Architectures of this UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.
 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Trek to Chisopani ( 2,340m)  05 hrs. Over Night in Chisapani

 Day 02: Trek to Nagarkot – 06 hrs. Overnight In Nagarkot

Day 03: Trek to Dhulikhel (approx. 1,550m) – 06 hrs.

Day 04: Visit Namobuddha and drive to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur.

Day 01: Trek to Chisopani ( 2,340m)  05 hrs. 
After breakfast, a short drive to Sundarijal. from here the valley rim trek starts , the trail climbs steeply past Tamang villages and on through rhododendron forest to Chisopani. Excellent views over the whole Himalayan range from Manaslu, Ganesh Himal to Everest.Midhill mountains and valley of Helambu in a clear day.Overnight in Chisapani.

 Day 02: Trek to Nagarkot – 06 hrs. 
Today we hike about 6-7 hours. Walk between the village and forest of Shivapuri, continue our journey to Nagarkot 2775m above the sea- level. This spot provides an excellent view of the sunset, sunrise and Mount Everest can be seen on a clear day including other 12 peaks. Overnight stay in a Nagarkot.

Day 03: Trek to Dhulikhel (approx. 1,550m) – 06 hrs
We will awake early to watch the spectacular dawn.This is undoubtly the major highlight of the trip.The first rays of the sun firing the peaks a lightest red slowly lights up the Himalayas from Everest range in the far East with Langtang and Ganesh Himal to the West. After breakfast walk down to Dhulikhel for overnight stay.

Day 04: Visit Namobuddha and drive to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur.
Hiking comes to an end after we visit the Namobuddha monastery. This is one of the most iconic place to witness Lamas ' buddhist priests'  enchanting the prayers and doing their buddhist rituals. The well will drive back to Kathmandu. On the way,we stop by the ancient palace square of Bhaktapur.Do some sightseeings around this UNESCO listed world heritage site and continue our drive to Kathmandu.







All Private land transportation as per the itinerary


One English speaking Guide


National Park Fee


Twin Shearing Hotel accommodation In Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel on BB Plan

Lunch, Dinner and Drinks during the trek


Local Tax / Entrance fee


Tipping for Crew Team


Porter if need

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Grade: Classic / Easy
Trip Duration: 4
Max. Altitude 2340
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