We trek through some of Nepal’s beautiful forests and hike along ridges with panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Easily accessible from Kathmandu this is an introductory level tea-house (ie lodging is provided) trek through villages and forests with great views of the not so distant Himalayas. The temperate climate of the area means that this trek can be done year round, except during the monsoon months from June to September, though May can start to be a bit hot. The views are best from October to December, though late February to April is best for fauna or flora. You could bring the children on this trip.
|Day 1||Kathmandu to Chisopani (2,140m) Your trekking guide will come to your hotel and, after breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to the Sundarijal on the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley and hike up to Mulkharka, a sprawling Tamang settlement. From here the trek continues on a gentle hike up through beautiful forests before we trek down to Chisopani, from where you can see countless snow peaks. We stay overnight here and the sunrise over the Himalayas, from Annapurna to Everest, is particularly outstanding. (1 hour drive and 4 hour trek).
Through the Forest
Chisopani Guest House
|Day 2||Chisopani to Nagarkot (2,195m) A gentle trek through beautiful flora, fauna and villages to the viewpoint village of Nagarkot, a lovely hill-station 32 kms east of Kathmandu and a year round holiday resort surrounded by pine forests. A great panorama of the major peaks belonging to the eastern Himalayas including Mt Sagarmatha (Everest) can be viewed from here. The views are best at sunrise and sunset. (6 hour trek).
Goats at Play
|Day 3||Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1,550m) A hike through beautiful forests and villages to the viewpoint village of Dhulikhel, an ancient hill town 30 kms east of Kathmandu. From here we have a complete panoramic view of the snowy flanks. (4 hour trek)
|Day 4||Dhulikhel via Namo Buddha to Panauti Situated on a hill just above the Panauti Valley Namo Buddha is an authentic Buddhist shrine which the indigenous Newars call ‘Namra Bhagwan’. Buddha is commemorated here by a mysterious ancient stone slab and a stupa with the angular eyes of the Enlightened One. Nearby laid-back and temple filled Panauti is an ancient cultural town and is considered one of the region’s most important medieval sites. The river junction here is used for the Hindu practice of cremating the dead. (4 hour trek).
What a View
Sorting Out the Chaff
|Day 5||Panauti to Bhote Chaur, Lakuri Bhanjyang, Lubu, Patan and then to Kathmandu This splendid, gentle and gradual up-hill hike passes through different villages and small towns giving picturesque views of Nepali life. The magnificent valley and panoramic mountain views from Lakuri Bhanjyang are unforgettable. (6 hour trek + 1 hour drive).
Vale of Clouds
Children at Play
Retail in the Shade
We hope you’ve had a great trek, had some adventures, tightened your belt a few notches we and look forward to trekking with you again on your return to Nepal.
|Ball-park price, US$ 400 plus accommodation in Kathmandu|
|Price includes airport pick-up/drop-offs. All inclusive trek costs; transportation to/from start/end points, accommodation in twin shared rooms, breakfast, lunch, dinner, park permit fees, guide and necessary porters and all their costs such as transportation, accommodation, food, equipment, insurance etc.|
|Price excludes food and accommodation in Kathmandu, alcoholic beverages, tips, your insurance and personal expenses.
Neat introduction to trekking in Nepal. 4 of us did this before setting off on the Annapurna Circuit and the views, the people and the villages were all pretty awesome. Plus saw lots of wildlife, birds, eagles, deer and monkeys. We’re all definitely into doing more outdoor walking in Nepal.