Kathmandu Valley Trek

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Trip Duration 02 Days
Group Size 2-10 people
Maximum Altitude Nagarkot (2,170m)
Difficulty Grade Easy
Start & End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Seasons Feb-Mid Jun, Sept-Nov

Kathmandu valley trek Highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Explore the more authentic and rural side of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Stunning views of the snow-capped mountain and green hills.
  • You will find incredible views of the high mountains like Mount Langtang, Mount Gugal, Mount Ganesh, and Mount Gaurishankar.
  • Visit the ancient medieval city of Bhaktapur.

Overview of Kathmandu Valley Trek

Kathmandu Valley Trek is one of the easy treks near Kathmandu Valley. It is a popular route for travelers who have less time in Nepal. Who are willing to experience natural beauty. We will get stunning views of the countryside and mountains along the streets. Chisapani Nagarkot goes via “Sundarijal,” and hiking up to Mulkharka.

Kathmandu Valley trek follows the route from Sundarijal. We will trek the steps on the water pipes supplying water to Kathmandu Valley. On the way, We walked in a Shivapuri watershed and Wildlife reserve.

This reserve offers rich insight into the culture. Get into the lifestyle and traditions of the locals living there. Also, Get the best view of mountains like Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges. You will also see Mt Dorje Lhakpa in the Langtang range and Mt Gaurishanker. And also, more will be overwhelming from the top of Shivapuri.

The Kathmandu Valley trek continues to Nagarkot from Chisapani. We will go to Nagarkot, a favorite hill station in Nepal. After getting the view from Nagarkot, We will return to Bhaktapur (16.3 km: about half an hour’s drive). This is a famous Newar village full of cultural and archaeological monuments. We do the sightseeing tour here, and after your lunch, we will drive you back to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley Trek is the nearest route to Kathmandu.

The closest trekking away from Kathmandu is the Kathmandu Valley trek. We will walk in the Shivapuri National Park. It also offers a stunning view of the snow-capped mountain and green hills. This is the best and nearest place to Kathmandu to see the sunrise and sunset in the Langtang Himalayan range. Nagarkot is t is about is

Daa 5 to 6-hour uphill hiking. Afterward, we pick you up at your hotel and drive around 45 minutes to Sundarijal. The trek starts here, and we will walk from the town center to a beautiful village called Mulkharka. Chisapani is one of the nearest and best Kathmandu Valley Trek.

Kathmandu Valley Trek provides a unique opportunity to see rural life. We can explore the myriad wonders of the natural beauty of areas. We will enjoy rural Nepal’s lovely terrace views. It gets you the awe-inspiring majesty and beauty of dramatic mountain views.

Kathmandu Valley trek from Chisapani.

Chisapani is one of the most visited short treks from Kathmandu Valley. Chisapani meals come from the two Nepali words’ Chisa,’ which means clod, and ‘pani,’ which means water. Chisapani is also a small place about an hour from Kathmandu through Sundarijal. It lies at an altitude of 2,215m from sea level.

The Kathmandu Valley trek route goes through the beautiful Shivpuri National Park. It has a dense sub-tropical forest. It takes 4-5 hours to hike Chisapani. You will find incredible views of the high mountains. We will see Mount Langtang, Mount Gugal, Mount Ganesh, and Mount Gaurishankar.

It is one of the most enjoyable Kathmandu Valley Trek. You will enjoy the view of the unique Himalayan ranges. Chisapani is one of the quietest and most peaceful places. You can listen to the birds chirping throughout the way. It is also the gateway to the Langtang Gosainkunda trek.

Itinerary of Kathmandu Valley Trek

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01

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal hiking to Chisapani.

We will meet you at your hotel after breakfast. To start the Kathmandu Valley trek, we must drive to Sundarijal in a private car for about 1 hour.

We start our Kathmandu Valley trek from here. |Enjoy the first part of the treks tart with climbing hills. We will walk with the water pipe, which supplies Kathmandu with drinking water. Today’s trail is in the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve.

The reserve offers a rich insight into its inhabitants’ lives. It tells you the history, culture, and religion. The trail continues up a hill through the forest. We will arrive at Mulkharka Village (1894m) with the inhabitants of the Tamang people.

We are walking on the rhododendron and oaks forest. We are descending finally from the Borlang Bhanjyang to the Chisopani (2140m).

This village offers you a panoramic view of the western mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh Himal Range, Mt. Langtang Range, Mt. DorjeLhakpa, Mt. Shisapangma, Mt. Gauri Shankar, and many more.

Sleep at a basic local guest house in Chisopani.

Multiple 1 hr drive, 5-6 hrs trek
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Chisapani (2,140m)
DAY
02

Day 02: Chisopani trekking to Nagarkot (2170m)

After breakfast and morning, we had a great view of the Mountains.
We will start our journey on the flat downhill trail to Nagarkot. Today, the Kathmandu Valley trek follows the village and the lovely forest. It offers you great views of the countryside and the Langtang Himalayas ranges.

We can have lunch along the way and continue an easy, flat walk to Nagarkot. You will meet many trekkers waiting to see the best Himalayan vistas here.

This place is near Kathmandu and has many hotel and resort facilities. It is the best place to watch Beautiful sunrises and sunsets in our Kathmandu Valley trek.

We can also see Mount Everest on a clear day, including the other 12 peaks. We get breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Manaslu, and Gauri Shankar from here.

Also, get the best view of DorjeLhakpa and other mountains. You can enjoy the sunset view here with a cup of coffee, and we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Multiple 6-7 hrs hike, 2 hrs drive
Accommodation Hotel
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Nagarkot (2,170m)
DAY
03

Day 03: Nagarkot trekking to ChanguNarayan via Telkot, drive to Kathmandu

We wake up early to catch the sun rising over the snowy Himalayan peaks. The first rays of the sun fired the mountains a lightest red. It is lighting up the Himalayas from Kanchenjunga and Everest.

In the west, we will see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After breakfast, we will trek down to the old town of Changu Narayan. Our Kathmandu Valley trek takes you to this oldest temple in Kathmandu,

It is ideal for visitors to enjoy the natural environment with the local lifestyle. We will visit the old Newari culture and spectacular views. From here, drive to Bhaktapur. We explore Bhaktapur city’s Durbar Square.

We will visit the Palace of 55 Windows Palace. See the Golden Gate, Nyatapolo Temple, and several ancient temples and monuments. Bhaktapur is also famous for its pottery. Taste the famous Curd known as “Juju Dhau”(meaning King’s Crud) of Bhaktapur.

We will explore Patan City (city of fine arts), which is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples. The attraction includes fine bronze gateways and guardian deities.

The temples here have the best wood carving work. You can also visit the Patan Durbar Museum. This place is famous for its artisans and metal workers. Patan is the city of fine arts. The ancient kind of houses and local narrow paths might make you amazed. Here is the end of the Kathmandu Valley trek itinerary.

Car 1 amd half hour drive
Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Trek Duration 3 hours

Fixed Departure Dates

Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.

Includes/Excludes

What's Included?
  • Government license holder trekking/hiking guide with accommodation, meals, and insurance.
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodge Accommodation during the Hiking
  • Necessary trekking permits
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to the hiking start and finish point to Kathmandu by private car.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information.
  • All necessary paperwork, office service charges, and all government taxes.
What's Excluded?
  • All Meals
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses include laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages, and bar bills.
  • tips and gratitude

Kathmandu valley trek more info

Most of the short treks start from Kathmandu Valley.

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, which has high, snowy Peak Mountains. But Kathmandu is one of the most modern cities in Nepal. The culture and tradition of the Kathmandu Valley still need to be urbanization. Many historical sites, including Pashupatinath, are here. The holy and sacred Hindu temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square are here.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Changunarayan Temples are unique. The Swyambunath, “The Monkey Temple,” etc., are best to visit. Many sites in Kathmandu Valley are world heritage sites by UNESCO. Kathmandu is a beautiful valley bounded by green hills on all sides. You can also observe the local life of the people in the village. Our Kathmandu Valley trek also starts from Kathmandu.

You can have a fantastic experience if you opt for the Kathmandu Valley  Trek. Despite being near the Kathmandu Valley, the village is not affected. The terrace farming in the town near Kathmandu Valley looks fantastic. Farmers still use the traditional style of farming. You can see them working in the field. Many places are accessible from Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley  Trek is always the best option for a limited period.

We are extending the trip after the Kathmandu Valley Trek.

If you have more time and want to extend the trip, we can visit Dhulikhel and the famous temple of Namo Buddha. Furthermore, it’s a sacred Buddhist place. There is a fantastic legend related to the Buddha. Lord Buddha saved the life of a tiger dying from hunger by giving him his flesh.

Here, you can see such a peaceful and incredible Buddha statue. It is an ancient stone slab with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Visit the Gompa. We had an easy and pleasant trek of about 3 hours to Balthali Village. Different societies live in the town here. An amicable environment and understanding of living make this place unique.

We can visit a typical Newari village of Panauti on the way back. This town is a traditional Newar settlement with rural characteristics. It is rich in culture with many fascinating temples. The city is also famous for various farm products offered for sale.

We can explore the Panauti village and can visit the temple there. You can have an opportunity to see an impressive wooden temple. They belong to the fourteenth century. We will drive back to Kathmandu from here. We will return you to your hotel By the evening and finish your Kathmandu Valley trek.

Easy hiking routes.

While we are hiking from Chisapani to Nagarkot, enjoy the best scenery. Easy hiking trail that families and children prefer. It’s an easy route with stunning views of the Himalayas at Nagarkot. We can also take an alternate route via Newari village of Sankhu. You will walk through the friendly farming sites with rice and vegetable fields.

You can watch the local people working in the fields. Hikers can explore local food culture before you head out to Nagarkot. But Kathmandu Valley trek from  Shivapuri National Park, with fantastic views. If you are lucky enough, you may spot some animals as well. We will further walk to the Chisapani settlement and stay overnight there.

Things to see during the trek: During the hiking

We can explore the cultural sites near Sundarijal. After the drive, you will get the fresh air of the mountain and the constant sound of water flowing. There are high waterfalls and small streams along the trail. We hike through the national park so that you will meet the dense forest. We will enjoy the sound of birds chirping at others in the dense forest.

The Kathmandu Valley trek from  Sundarijal to Chisapani takes about 4-5 hours, and we will make our overnight stop here. It is perfect. You can also enjoy a beautiful sunrise from there the next day. Many small lodges and hotels will welcome you to Chispani overnight. Also, you can camp and enjoy it in your own way.

Chisapani is also the gateway to the Helambu and Langtang treks. It is also the Gosaikunda trek, which can start from here. In our itinerary, we are hiking to Nagarkot more.

What to pack for the Kathmandu Valley trek.

Kathmandu Valley trek is an easy 3-day hike so you can pack your belongings in your day pack. Below is the idea of what to take.

Trekking boot

Socks

walking stick

Shorts

trekking trousers

T-shirt

Wind stopper, warm Jacket

Hat (sun/cold)

Rucksack/backpack with cover Weatherproof pack cover

Head torch

Water bottles

Sunglasses

Sunblock

Raincoat or Umbrella (if trekking in Monsoon)

Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)

Small first aid kit, e.g., plasters, paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, etc

Some snicker, chocolate, candy

Health & Fitness

Kathmandu Valley Trek is two days of trekking, so that anybody can go for it. It is best for families with children and first-time trekkers with limited time. During the hike, we must walk at a medium altitude (1400 m-2500 m). But have regular health conditions and average physical fitness. The alternate way there is transport facilities. It is also so if you have any problem you can drive back to Kathmandu. We can hike throughout the year, Although the Monsoon is not good. You can’t get proper mountain views during the Monsoon, and the trail can be muddy.

Extend the trip to 3 days.

We can extend the Kathmandu Valley trek for extra days with an overnight stay at the Nagarkot Hotel. There is a budget for 5-star accommodation in Nagarkot. The benefit of staying there is you will get the best mountain view.

You can have stunning views of the Himalayas with the best sunrise over the Himalayas. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime sunrise view. You will get fresh morning rays to reach your eyes. You will get the mountain and countryside views.

After enjoying your breakfast with the best scenery, It is time to trek. We will walk on the ridge of Kathmandu Valley toward the Changunarayan Temple. This place is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We take the route via Telkot; En route lies pleasant views of farm terraces and Kathmandu Valley.

If you feel lazy from hiking earlier, you can drive straight to Kathmandu from Nagarkot. En route, we can take you to Bhaktapur Durbarsqure, and you can also go to Changu Narayan. Finally, in the end, we drop back at your hotel.

Enjoy the best view from Nagarkot.

Nagarkot is a small hill station famous for its fascinating mountain view. Kathmandu city is a natural and historical town. This renowned hill lies north of Kathmandu Valley. It is the best valley for the stunning Himalayas panorama and a superb sunrise and sunset view. The sunrise view from Nagarkot is in the full range of the Himalayas. The idea is from Dhaulagiri in the west and Mt. Everest in the east.

It is also the best place near Kathmandu for some refreshing environments. It is free from hectic, busy schedules. Kathmandu Valley trek provides scenic beauty. You will get divine peace far from heat, dust, smoke, and the city’s hustle-bustle. We can also make this place acclimatize for high-altitude adventures. The site is only 7200 ft above sea level.

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Mary Lee
Utrecht, Holland
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The Kathmandu Valley trek was excellent! It was very well organized. The Valley’s first day was a little tricky walking. Our guide was excellent and took particular for us many rust stops.

The food and the two hotels were good, the second Hotel’s food was better! The view was beautiful on the way, and we saw a lot, in particular, the mountain villages were super!!

My parents are older and were a lot slower. There were about a million stairs on the first day (it seems), but we all finally got there. We had fantastic mountain views from Chisapani in the morning.

The food was excellent and delicious at the lodgings. Basu and Hem were our porters, and they were fantastic as well. They were always accommodating and very friendly.

Thank you for everything on our Kathmandu Valley trek. And see you on our next trip.

Mary Lee
Utrecht, Holland

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Dean Keetly
New Zealand
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We had a great trek. Sam, the guide, was excellent and very patient with us all, especially my older parents, who were much slower.

There were about a million stairs on the first day (it seems), but we all finally got there. We had fantastic mountain views from Chisapani in the morning.

The food was excellent and delicious at the lodgings. Basu and Hem were our porters, and they were fantastic as well. They were always accommodating and very friendly. We would recommend Sam, our excellent guide, and our porters to anyone else.

We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend the trek to anyone. As my parents say (61 and 65 years old), if they can do it, anyone can. Our young children also managed exceptionally well on the trek.

Thank you very much for providing such a wonderful experience for us all. We enjoyed our time.

We recommend the Above the Himalayan Trekking company to anyone who wants to use them.

Mr. Puru was excellent to deal with and prompt with his replies and information. Thank you, Mr. Puru, and your team.

Dean and Keryn Keelty.

New Zealand.

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Shannon Brodbeck
USA
Chisopani Nagarkto Dhulikhel trekking
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From arrival in Nepal to departure, we were completely taken care of. Puru had everything organized for me. I don’t feel any problem with the whole Kathmandu Valley trek.

I came with two other people, and we were supposed to do the Helambu trek. But one of the people in our group had to turn back, so the guide quickly arranged transport back to Kathmandu. I agreed, and we were able to change our trip to make up for the lost time.

Our porter, Baldhan, and guide, Sitaram, were the best part of the trip. They were knowledgeable about the routes and very friendly and accommodating.

The views were worth it. While we only trekked through the local villages and foothills of the Himalayas. It was a fantastic experience. I recommend this agency and especially our porter and guide.

Thank you for the great Kathmandu Valley trek.

Shannon Brodbeck
USA

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