kathmandu valley trek

Kathmandu Valley Trek

Short trekking around Kathmandu Valley

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 15
  • Duration:7 Days
  • Max Altitude:2,195m/7,202ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse / Hotel
  • Activity:Trekking in Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Easy
Package difficulty Easy  

Trip Overview


  • An ideal trek for beginners
  • Exploration of beautiful sub urban areas
  • Fully lodge based trek around Kathmandu valley
  • Panoramic views of Langtang and Gaurishankar mountain range

Trip Overview

Kathmandu Valley Trek which is also known as Kathmandu Rim Trek is the exploration of beautiful sub-urban area near Kathmandu. Nepal is blessed by such opulence of natural wealth that one does not always have to go to far-fetched mountains to feel nature in its full glory.

Kathmandu Valley Trekking allows perfect introduction to nature and culture of countryside Kathmandu. Extended to 7-days itinerary, the trip leads you to the hills nearby Kathmandu Valley that offers scenic views of majestic mountains including Everest, Langtang, Gaurishankar. Explore the religiously significant sites. Visit the amiable local communities. You will realize that the lifestyle in these rural areas is much simple.

This is the Short Trekking Around Kathmandu valley for which the trekking route progresses through the wilderness of blooming rhododendrons and oak forest. Throughout the trip, we will experience the diversity in floras and faunas. Kathmandu Valley Trekking is the escape from the hectic life that you had been looking for. The trek starts and ends at low altitude. You will progress through the dirt trail and be far from the chaos of modern lifestyle but you will never be far than few hours of drive from the capital city of Kathmandu. Get the in-depth insight into rustic lifestyle, time-forgotten culture and glorious history of Nepal.

The trekking around Kathmandu valley begins from Sundarijal, half an hour of drive far from Kathmandu and ends in the Newari town of Dhulikhel. Contact us for the trek of your lifetime at reasonable cost.

Trip Profile

– Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking
– Comprehensive first aid kit
– Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff
– Medical trained staff with English language proficiency
– All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek
– Reasonable price with no hidden cost
– High staff to client ratio on all trips
– Higher success ratio

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrive Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 02 - Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Today we explore Kathmandu on an organized sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be given your trek departure orientation in the afternoon by our senior guide.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 03 - Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani [2,140m/7,021ft]

    Sundarijal is a suburban area that is located 15 km far from Kathmandu. It takes 35-40 minutes to reach Sundarijal from Kathmandu. Watershed in Sundarijal supplies water to Kathmandu citizens. Moving through the stone steps, we will reach the entry point for Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. We will walk through the pristine forest area of rhododendron, pine and spruce to the Tamang village of Mulkharka. Moving further deep into the forest, we will reach Borlang Bhanjyang. Lowering down from the Bhanjyang, we will reach Chisapani. Enjoy the views of Langtang and Gaurishankar mountain range.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 04 - Trek to Nagarkot [2,195m/7,202ft]

    Leave Chisapani early in the morning and follow the lowering path that progresses through rhododendron and oak forest. We will pass through few dispersed settlements to Nagarkot. The path is scenic that allows great opportunity to experience rustic life. We will traverse the forest area to reach Nagarkot View Tower. The view tower allows panoramic views of Mountain Range that stretches from Annapurna in west to Everest in the east including Langtang Mountain, Gaurishankar Mountain, Manaslu Mountain and many more. We will lower down to the hotel in Nagarkot for overnight stay.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 6 - 7
  • Day 05 - Trek to Dhulikhel [1,460m/4,791ft]

    We will wake up at dawn and climb up to the view tower in Nagarkot and there we will experience the famous sunrise view from Nagarkot. We will return to the hotel for breakfast before beginning the trek to Dhulikhel. Nagarkot to Dhulikhel trek follows pleasant countryside route. We will face the moderate challenges of three passes of Rohini Bhanjang, Kashi Bhanjang and Rabi Bhanjang. The path meanders upward and downward till we reach Dhulikhel where we will stay in a resort.

    • Meal: B, L, D
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 5 - 6
  • Day 06 - Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Dhulikhel is the medieval Newari town. Chandeswori Temple and Dhaneswor Temple are two major religious sites in Dhulikhel. We will visit the old Dhulikhel town in the morning. After lunch, we will return back to Kathmandu. Free afternoon and you are on your own
    At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the ‘Kathmandu Valley Trek.’ While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles
    Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 0
  • Day 07 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time.  We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon.  Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: None

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Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee.
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Hotel Country Villa in Nagarkot
  • Twin sharing accommodation at 3 star hotel in Dhulikhel
  • All required permits for trek
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Duffel bag, Sleeping bag and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff


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