Mountain view from Nagarkot

Kathmandu Valley Rim Hiking

  • Trip Duration6 Days
  • Trip GradeEasy
  • Max. Altitude2,175 m
  • Cost Starting FromUS$ 289
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Local Mountain Lodge
  • Max. Altitude: 2,175 m
  • Min. Group Size: 02 Minimum - 10 Maximum

Highlights

  • This eight day trip combines a relaxing and easy trek down little known trails with excursions to the country’s temples and monastries
  • Admire some of the country's best views of the Himalayas
  • Visit the Buddhist pilgrimage Namoboudha

Kathmandu valley rim hiking offers you to explore some of the best view points of near Kathmandu and allow you to visit one of the best bird sanctuary of Nepal. The entire hiking trail follows Sundarijal to Namobuddha and we end our hiking at Panauti are belongs to Shivapuri wildlife Reserve Park so may you have chance to encounter many wildlife and rare wild flowers in nature. Nagarkot and Chisapani hill tops are also renowned as magnificent panorama view point. There is many chances to see splendid mountain peaks- Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Shisa Pangma and Gauri Shankar.

Kathmandu valley rim hiking also known as short hiking around Kathmandu valley, is a truly beautiful hiking area and those who have limited time can be visited without any risk of natural calamities along the journey. Hiking trail is ideal for every age group and those who are looking for short and normal elevation level hiking. we experience the typical culture of local people and enjoy different authentic hospitalities along the route. Mount Trails always focus to design every package as much possible to meet better attractions of the region and our guests have pleasurable holiday in fun filled environment. We also can add few more day for Kathmandu valley tours as per your time and interest. 

Itinerary

Day 1Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal and hike to Chisapani

After having breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu and drive to Sundarijal by private transportation, which takes about an hour and start our hike, the trail gradually up with pine and oak forest, the Shivapuripuri National park is a good spot for bird watching and some other wild animal can be seen during the hiking, from Chisapani, we will see panoramic view of Himalayas and beautiful landscapes. Overnight at mountain lodge.
Accommodation: local mountain lodge, Meals: Lunch and Dinner, Escorted by Guide

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our hike to Nagarkot which will takes about 7hours; we will stop at ChaukiBhanjyang for lunch which takes about 3 hours and continue the charming trails for another 3 hours to Nagarkot. Upon we arrive in Nagarkot, we check in at Hotel. We will see the beautiful Himalaya range. Evening enjoy a great sunset view from Nagarkot and overnight at hotel.
Accommodation: Peaceful cottage, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner, Escorted by Guide

After having sunrise view from Nagarkot, we will have hot breakfast at hotel then we regulate our journey to Dhulikhel which will takes about 6 hrs. A glut of cultural diversities, traditional practices and lush vegetation, the Dhulikhel is a small town of Newar with a long history, according to the records it has been around for more than 500 years and the artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and we will have sunrise view and overnight at lodge.
Accomodation: Hotel TashiDelek, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner,Escorted by Guide

We start our hike after having sunrise view from Dhulikhel and breakfast at lodge; the trail climbs up to the Kali Mandir, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and the trail drops down to the village of Kavre and past a line of shops and tea houses, then climbs again through pine woods past Phulbari and up and down a couple of more hills before we reach the hill of Namobuddha. Namobuddha is very important Buddhist Pilgrimage located in Kavre District about 38 km east of Kathmandu and the Stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered to a starving Tigress with several underfed cubs, the legendary episode is depicted in a stone slab and placed right next to a holy Stupa, after visiting the Namobuddha we drive to Kathmandu and overnight at hotel.
Accomodation: Monastery, Meals: Breakfast, &dinner at monastery and Lunch on the way.Escorted by Guide

We hike from Namo Buddha to Panauti after breakfast to typical Newari village of Panauti . This traditional Newar settlement has a particularly rural character and a variety of farm products are offered for sale throughout the town. Panauti boasts a large number of fascinating temples. This village is connected to our religion. According to a historical myth it is believed that the entire valley of panauti rests in a single stone underneath. There are also several years old temples.
Accomodation: Hotel PanautiMeals: Breakfast,Lunch and dinnerEscorted by Guide

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu by private transportation
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch; Escorted by Guide

Trip Cost Details

Cost Include

  • Private transportation to Sundarjali Jal and Pick up from Panauti
  • Accommodation during the trek ( local Mountain guest house ) on twin sharing basis
  • Hotel in Nagarkot , Hotel in Dhulikhel , Hotel Panauti and Namobuddha Monastery on Bed and breakfast basis 
  • Three meals ( B,L,D)  a day followed with a cup of tea/coffee, fresh fruits and one bottle of water per person per day 
  • Trekking Permits ( shivapuri national park ) 
  • English speaking trekking guide and all his expenses( insurance, all meals, wages and accommodation )
     

 

Cost Exclude

  • All personal expenses (Bar bills, alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir etc.)
  • All meals while you are in city 
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transportation outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance ( insurance should cover emergency evacuation ) 
  • All the expenses which are not mention on cost includes section. 
  • Tipping ( Tipping  is expected ) 
     

Trip Map

Useful Info

What Makes This Trip Different? 

Mount Trails believe in the quality services with great vlaue to our guests.  Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained and licensed local guides who knows the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced in costs and consumption.

Mount Trails works for social causes with some non-profit organization http://letsgocool.org concerned with environmental conservation and preservation includes Orphan children who need better education and the better life. We are supporting for the cause with some of our profits to a certain organization so that we can make their life better and bring happiness in thier life. We believe that education and healthy children make more stable and better future of Nepal. For donation, Sponsorship or any kind of Voluntourism, please contact to our orginization  gocooltonepal@gmail.com  

Experience Required

This trek is suitable for fit walkers or those with previous trekking experience. If you have completed the EBC, or climbed Kilimanjaro or are a happy-go-lucky weekend hill walker, you could consider kathmandu valley rim hiking. This is one of those treks that could test your physical & mental abilitie. it’s not impossible, it’s simply a trek that you’d like to do, come and experience the himalaya trek with Local Experts. 

Trip Note

The Trekking Group
For this trek, there will be one leader, 1 assistant leader (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying luggage  (2 trekkers:1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our experience has led us to believe that a maximum of 10people is an optimum number to fully enjoy a trip. However, if a traveler is interested in larger groups then that can be arranged too.

Accommodations
We will be deluxe accommodated in Kathmandu and Mountain Local Lodge during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 150. Mount Trails will arrange rooms with attached washrooms if possible in mountain however, teahouses in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities during the trek. 

Meals
During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). Breakfast and dinner will be served from the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination. All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.

Leader(S) & Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes this trek, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful leader(s) and the crew members with the ability of operating our days on the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. Mount Trails leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Mount Trails only employs local staff who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local region(s). The trek and expedition leaders have undergone the following trainings:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
  • Care about our field crews. 

Mount Trails is firmly committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated and well paid. Further, Mount Trails provides the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. We have previously used helicopters at company's expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 20 KG. 

Environmental Concerns
Short kathmandu valley hiking is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as much as we do.  Therefore, we believe that the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Mount Trails employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Bharal Adventure, therefore, enforces a number of do's and don'ts. Please talk to your trek leader to avoid environmental impacts.

Travel Insurance
It is a condition upon joining any of Mount Trails trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this should includes helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance but we are happy to assist you if incase of emergency. 

Acclimatization
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to result in death. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. For example, at an altitude above of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen than at sea level. Therefore, our body needs many days to adapt to an environment with less oxygen. During this trip, we take rest in Namche Bazaar which will help us acclimatize to the high altitude.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Kathmandu valley rim hiking is an easy trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk for around 4-5 hours a day with a light day-pack. Exercising and jogging regularly for a few weeks prior to the trip is good idea to enhance strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Mount Trails before the trip start. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip.

Best Time To Travel
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.