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Hiking Ridges around Kathmandu Valley

A short trek around Kathmandu valley

6

Days

TREK

Trip highlights

• Explore the villages around Kathmandu valley.
• Spectacular views of Manaslu range, Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, Gauri Shankar range, etc along the way.
• Stunning Mountain View and sunrise view from Nagarkot.
• Walk along the dense forest, lush landscape, and terraced farmland.
• Meet locals along the way and learn more about their culture.
• Explore the Buddhist monastery and the ancient temples of Namobuddha & Panauti.

Hiking ridges around Kathmandu valley provides scenic mountain views along with an insight into typical Nepali culture and lifestyle. This hike is suitable for those who have a 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 is easy and suitable for all age groups as it does not involve a difficult level of hiking. The journey passes through the hills with magnificent mountain views, particularly from Nagarkot. Nagarkot is the best viewpoint on this route where you will enjoy panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himal, Rolwaling Himal, and Mt. Everest at a far distance.

Hiking ridges begins with a short drive to Sundarijal, then a moderate uphill hike to Chisapani that takes about 5 hours. The trail from Sundarijal to Chisapani goes through the Shivapuri-Nagarjun National park. After spending a night in Chisapani, we head towards Nagarkot, the hike goes through small villages and settlements and is the best way to observe the Nepali villages along the trail. You can have great mountain views from Nagarkot, Nagarkot offers a 180-degree panoramic view of the Himalayas. From Nagarkot, we continue to Dhulikhel-Namobuddha-Balthali and Panauti. We end our hike in Panauti and drive back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary


Day 1. Kathmandu – Sundarijal – Chisopani (2075m/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(1550m/5-6hrs)
Wake up early morning for a sunrise view and after breakfast starts 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 of Namobuddha. Namobuddha is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, 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 viewpoint 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 a glimpse of the snowy peaks in 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 been 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).

  • Group Size2-8

  • 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.

  • RouteKathmandu-Sundarijal-Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Namobuddha-Balthali-Panauti-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking
    Village Tour

  • 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

Cost Information coming soon !!

Included

• Pick up and drop from your hotel.
• Accommodation in resorts/lodges during the hike including all meals.
• Experienced English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for two-members).
• National Park fee and trekking permit.
• All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

• Hotel accommodation and any meal in Kathmandu.
• Nepal entry visa.
• Flights to and from Kathmandu.
• Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, internet, etc.
• Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like an early return from the trek.
• All other personal expenses not listed in the included section
• Personal Travel Medical Insurance.

Accommodations

Accommodation in resorts/village lodges/tea house during the trek