Trek through forests and hills, walk in the countryside, and visit ancient temples and monuments in this short but comprehensive trip around Kathmandu.
After walking in a Himalayan subtropical forest on the first day of the trip, we move towards the highest point in our travel on the second day to see the view from up top. Then we walk downhill passing through towns, villages, farmlands and ancient monuments back to Kathmandu. You will see why Kathmandu is such a popular tourist destination after getting a taste of the valley in this comprehensive trip.
We will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport as you land into Kathmandu (4,600 feet) and take you to your hotel.
A private vehicle will take you to Sundarijal which is approximately nine miles northeast from Kathmandu. Sundarijal, with its waterfalls and rivers, is a holy site for Hindus. It lies in the bottom of Shivapuri National Park and this is where we begin our trek. After entering through the gate of the national park, we will hike uphill through the forest. There are villages and shops at regular intervals where we could rest or drink tea.Plenty of rivulets cross our path on our way up and if you are lucky you could see a wild animal or bird like monkeys, squirrels, deer and leopards. We reach Chisapani in five hours. You will be treated with magnificent views of the Himalayas from Chisapani.
With the Himalayas in the backdrop, we embark for Nagarkot after breakfast. The trail passes through forests like the previous day but the landscape in different as you will be trekking on top of hills not toward the top. After about three hours, we will stop for lunch at either Jhule or Chauki Bhanjyang. Then we leave for Nagarkot which takes about four hours more. We walk past several villages on our way till we finally reach Nagarkot. This hill station is one of the most popular destinations around Kathmandu and is renowned for beautiful scenes of sunrise and sunset.
You might want to wake up early to view the sunrise. We will do six hours of trekking today so we begin after breakfast. With the Himalayas in the backdrop, we walk in the countryside for hours till we reach Dhulikhel in the evening. At Dhulikhel, you can visit temples or local markets to spend your evening.
We begin our day with an uphill climb to the Kali Temple and then downhill towards the village of Kavre. We walk in the hills for some more till we reach Phulbari. Further ahead on the top of a hill is the Buddhist monastery of Namobuddha. The entire hike takes about six hours.
It takes not more than three hours to reach Panauti from Namobuddha. We begin by walking down to the old agricultural village of Sankhu. We walk through the fields in the relatively flat land till Panauti. This ancient town located at the confluence of the Roshi River and the Punyamati River is rich in culture and you can visit the ancient temples and building here.We will drive you back to Kathmandu in the evening in a private vehicle. It takes less than two hours to reach your hotel.
We will drop you to the airport and bid you goodbye.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 50.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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