• Explore the villages around Kathmandu valley.
• Stunning Mountain View and sunrise view from Nagarkot.
• Walk through the lush forests.
• Meet locals along the way and learn more of their culture.
• Explore the Buddhist monastery and the ancient temples of Namobuddha & Panauti.
Hiking ridges around Kathmandu valley is a gentle, low altitude hike covering the villages and small towns around the valley. This hike is suitable for those who have short time and love to experience the rural Nepali culture and village life along with the stunning view of the Himalayas in a minimum number of days.
Hiking ridges around Kathmandu valley is easy and suitable for all age group as it does not involve difficult level of hiking. The hike follows the route to the outskirts of Kathmandu from Sundarijal-Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Namobuddha-Balthali-Panauti and back to Kathmandu.
Day 1. Kathmandu – Sundarijal – Chisopani (2195m/4-5hrs)
Pick up from your hotel in Kathmandu city vicinity and drive for about an hour to Sundarijal, from where we begin our hike. It is an uphill hike until the entrance of the Shivapuri National Park. From here we hike through the forest of Shivapuri National Park and arrive at Mulkharka, our first village encountered on this hike. Mulkharka is a small village mostly inhabited by the Tamang people. From here we proceed along the ridge through forests of rhododendron and oak to Chisopani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.
Day 2. Chisopani to Nagarkot(2175m/6-7hrs)
The hike today is mostly a flat and downhill walk. The trail passes across dense forests inside the Shivapuri National Park and villages with great views of the countryside and the mountains and arrive at Nagarkot. Nagarkot situated on a hilltop, provides a breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3. Nagarkot-Dhulikhel(1440m/5-6hrs)
Wake up early morning for sunrise view and after breakfast start our hike to Dhulikhel, the hike goes through forests and villages. Dhulikhel is a small town, mostly inhabited by Newari people with age long history, culture and tradition. Overnight in a resort.
Day 4. Dhulikhel to Namobuddha(1750m/4-5hrs)
The hike begins with a short uphill climb and then a gradual walk along a ridge across villages with amazing views to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is an important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, legend has that this is the place where the Buddha, in his previous life fed a starving tigress with his body parts. Explore around and visit the Namobuddha view point and the monastery or take a short half hour ridge walk with the view of the valley below. Overnight in a resort.
Day 5. Namobuddha to Balthali(1730m/4-5hrs)
The walk from Namobuddha to Balthali is a gentle one; the walk goes across villages with terraced rice fields, surrounded by lush green hills with glimpse of the snowy peaks at the distance. Overnight in a resort.
Day 6. Balthali to Panauti-Drive to Kathmandu (4-5hrs)
Hike down to Panauti, a Newari village of rich culture with monuments believed to have built in the late 13th century. After exploring the ancient heritage of this small town, transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu (anywhere within city limits).
MealsAll meals along with some tea, coffee.
Trip AccommodationAccommodation in hotels/resorts in Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Namobuddha and in trekker's lodge/tea house in other locations.
Trip Type Trekking
Trip SeasonsAll the year round except during the monsoon season.
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Prices & Dates
• Hotel pick up and drop in a private vehicle.
• Accommodation during the hike including all meals.
• Experienced English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two pax) during the trek.
• Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
• All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/NP fee)
• Free hire of sleeping bag(if required with minimal cleaning charges)
• All Government taxes and service charges.
• Personal Travel Medical Insurance (Covering rescue and evacuation) recommended.
• Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
• Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
• All other personal expenses not listed in the included section
Accommodation in resorts/village lodges/tea house during the trek