Overview for Trek around Kathmandu Valley
- Trip Code: CT-10051
- Package: Trek around Kathmandu Valley
- Duration: 3 Day(s)
- Max Alt.: 2157m. / 7134ft.
- Trip Level:
BeginnerRequires no prior experience and fits for people with basic physical ability
- Group Size: Min 1 - Max 12
- Start At: Kathmandu
- Ends At: Kathmandu
Hotel | Guest House
- Best Season: All Round The Year
- Spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges and Kathmandu valley from Chisapani and Nagarkot
- Walking through the verdant forest with the sound of birds and wild animals alongside
- Amazing scenic views of the Himalayan ranges from hill station of Nagarkot
- Visit one of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, the Changu Narayan Temple
Kathmandu Valley is one of the best city to travel and also, one of the top 5 travel destinations in the world according to Lonely Planet in 2019. There are tons of things to do in Kathmandu from experiencing its unique culture and traditions, visiting the heritage sites around Kathmandu, and to walking around the famous streets and marketplace. However, if you're an outgoing person and trekking in Nepal is something you really look forward to yet you don't have enough time to enjoy the great Himalayan trekking routes of Nepal then this might be a perfect substitute for you. This trekking route in Nepal lets travelers pass through the Shivapuri National Park then then towards the Nagarkot and Changu Narayan witnessing beautiful landscapes, traditional villages, and some wild flora and fauna along the way.
Our trek in Kathmandu starts from a place called Sundarijal after about 2 hours of drive from Kathmandu. Sundarijal is a beautiful place with waterfall and an old dam from where hydro-electricity is produced. Then we make our way towards the Shivapuri National Park after getting the permit at the checkpoint. The trail is beautiful filled with verdant forests, streams, and the ecosystem of different flora and fauna. Several mountain ranges of Nepal can also be seen during this trail. Some of the popular ones are Mt. Manaslu (8167m), Lantang ri (7,000), Gauri Shanker (6580m), and also some ranges of the Everest zone. The main destinations during this trekking are Chisapani (2,100m), Nagarkot (2,175m), and the Changu Narayan Temple which is also one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal.
Trip Itinerary of Trek around Kathmandu Valley
Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani
Altitude: 2,100m/ 6,888ft
Driving Time: 1 hour
Duration: 4-5 hours
After having your breakfast, we will meet at the place you're staying at and have a brief session regarding the trek. You'll be introduced with your travel guide and then we'll drive towards Sundarijal. Upon arrival at Sundarijal, our trekking starts and we'll be heading towards Chisapani which will be our last destination for the day.
Chisapani to Nagarkot
Altitude: 2,175m/ 7,134ft
Duration: 7 hours
This day we head towards the hill station of Nagarkot after having our breakfast at Chisapani. The trail is long however it is not very difficult. The view of the Himalayan ranges and limitless hills beneath us take all the strains away from our legs. The trek is really beautiful and we'll call it a day after we arrive at Nagarkot.
Nagarkot to Changu Narayan Temple to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,350m / 4,428ft
Duration: 6 hours
We'll be up early in the morning before the dawn for we will be watching amazing sunrise view form Nagarkot hilltop. The sun rises from behind the Himalayan ranges which is an amazing sight to behold. Then we'll have our breakfast and get ready for our trek towards Changu Narayan Temple. This temple has a historic and sacred significance especially among Hindus as its root dates back to 4th century. It is also considered as the living museum of carvings from the Licchavi period as it holds the genuine works of art which is preserved still today. After visiting this historical world heritage site of Nepal, we drive back towards Kathmandu. We'll be dropping you off at your hotel and our trip has come to an end.
- Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (02 Nights).
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. His food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
- Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
- Personal care & attention.
- Local and government taxes.
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
- Travel and Rescue Insurance
- Tipping to crew.
- Personal mountaineering gears
- Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
- Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
- Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Trek around Kathmandu Valley is rated as a beginner level trek. It requires no prior trekking and mountaineering experiences. The trip is ideal for family, kids and even elderly who are interested in traveling. It is however necessary that you attend our brief training session which explains about your duties and responsibilities while in Nepal.
Yes, it is completely safe to trek around the Kathmandu Valley. However it is highly recommended that you take a professional tour guide along with you who will be assisting you on different situations. It is very important to be informed about what you can and cannot do in Nepal, and a guide is perfect for the exact purpose.
During the trek around Kathmandu Valley, expect some spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges and Kathmandu valley from Chisapani and Nagarkot, verdant forest with the sound of birds and wild animals alongside, amazing scenic views of the mountain ranges and visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).
For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the trek around Kathmandu valley.
To book the Trek around Kathmandu Valley, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:
- Online booking,
- Wire transfer OR,
- Cash on arrival
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Here are some links to useful information to help you plan your trip better:
- Travel Insurance
- Trek Packing List
- Responsible Tourism
- Free Travel Guide (New)
CoreTreks is always striving for customer satisfaction and quality services. At the same time, we do not compromise on our responsibilities. We discourage any activities that harm the surroundings as well as the people. Nepal is a country of respect, hence we encourage travelers to greet people and show respect to the culture and traditions.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness may start once you reach 1500-2000 meters and upwards. If you gain altitude rapidly without letting your body adapt to the thin oxygen at higher altitudes, you are most likely to suffer from Altitude Sickness. But if you plan for acclimatization days to your itinerary, you are good to go.
The itinerary includes acclimatization days to avoid Altitude Sickness. The sickness is common at high altitudes. Please note that sickness is a topic to be taken very seriously. Here are some few extra preventions:
- Avoid climbing rapidly, give your body some time to adjust
- Drink more water, not less than 5 liters a day
- Eat more, eat often, and eat healthily
- Listen to your body, do not ignore symptoms
- Do not skip acclimatization days
- Be prepared in case of an emergency
Safety and Security
A comprehensive Travel Insurance is mandatory while trekking with CoreTreks. However, there are a few measures that you can implement to ensure safety:
- Secure your belongings
- Do not flash cash or jewelry
- Have an emergency plan
- Do not trek alone
- Only choose authorized trekking agencies
CoreTreks will provide you with the essentials such as a Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bags, a duffle bag, a t-shirt, a trekking map, a self-sufficient medical first aid kit, and more. These are to be returned after completion of the trek.
Personal mountaineering gears are not included but we will provide you with a list of equipment necessary for your trek.
On average, walking time per day is 5-6 hours below 3,000m. For altitudes higher than 3,000m the average walking time is 3-5 hours per day. The walking hours may vary according to conditions but do not exceeds 6 hours mark per day.
Hiring a Porter/Guide
An experienced guide will be provided for a group of 1-5. A group consisting of 6-12 individuals will be provided with 2 professional guides. The package also includes a porter for every 2 individuals.
All our guides are licensed and well-experienced. They have been guiding with CoreTreks for almost a decade. Guides come in handy whenever you need some quick information, and to enhance overall trekking experience.