kathmandu valley trek

Kathmandu Valley Trek

Short trekking around Kathmandu Valley

7 Days 2,195m/7,202ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 7 Days Trip Grading Easy
Max Altitude 2,195m/7,202ft Best TimeSept-May
Trip ModeTeahouse / Hotel Group SizeMin 1 Max 15
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Exploration of Kathmandu and trek preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 03 : Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani [2,140m/7,021ft]
  • Day 04 : Trek to Nagarkot [2,195m/7,202ft]
  • Day 05 : Trek to Dhulikhel [1,460m/4,791ft]
  • Day 06 : Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 07 : International departure

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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Map & 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
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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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

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons to trek in the Kathmandu Valley trek are Autumn (from mid-September till November end) and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). As it is a soft adventure trek, you can take on this trek anytime of the year, except during the monsoons (June to September).

TRIP GRADE – Easy

The duration of the treks on this grade take about a week to 10 days.   The trails generally do not go above 4000 meter.  You can expect to walk approximately for   4 – 5 hours daily.   This is a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. The activity level is fairly easy but do expect some ups and downs as there will be some big hills to climb as well and the well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek. You will be given a small basin of hot water to wash up.  After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk.  Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

Meals are included in our package and are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).

Accommodation

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Kathmandu: In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.

Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.

Nagarkot: Hotel Country Villa is strategically placed on the top of Nagarkot hill, thus offering the best view of the spectacular show upfront. It encapsulates all the elements that set Nagarkot apart. It showcases nature at her best, and thereby catapults its dwellers to the romantic self and promises of a splendid stay.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 15 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 15 people.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.  A suggestion of an allocation of USD4.00-5.00 per day per person for teahouse/lodge treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Kathmandu region is a plenty. Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications. But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

Personal Expenses

Since Meals and Accommodation are all included on trek, you need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips and souvenirs.

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours. If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighboring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

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