Discover the Himalayan beauty of Nepal on a trip from Kathmandu

Travel to Nepal and enjoy a four-day adventure through some of the spectacular countryside surrounding Kathmandu. Trek from Shivapuri to Bhaktapur and meet with monks, watch a spectacular sunrise and explore medieval towns - always in view of the vast Himalayas. Along the way, stay in simple yet comfortable teahouses, and get an up close look at Nepalese life.


Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Destination
Nepal
Style
Basix
Theme
Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Code
HNAK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Excellent taste of trekking in Nepal without long commitment required or an extensive packing list

  • Diverse styles of accommodation and the ability to see all the different aspects of life in Nepal

  • Exploring beautiful Kathmandu valley and visit Changu Narayan, oldest temple in Nepal

  • See the many historic and holy sites of Nepal and discover the cultural roots of the Nepalese people

  • Gain wonderful insight into what local life is like in the rural areas of Nepal outside of Kathmandu

  • Short Break style means small group - you will be with others if others book on same date, otherwise may have trek to yourself

  • Low altitude trek, great for first time trekker

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a join-in trip rather than a scheduled group trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities but you may also be lucky enough to have the trek to yourself.

  • While no where near as challenging as a multi-day trek at altitude such as Everest Base Camp, you will still need excellent fitness for this trek as you will be trekking 5-7 hours a day on Days 1-3.

  • Take note of the time of year you are trekking to know what to expect weather wise. While June-August is monsoon, weather conditions can be unpredictable at any time of the year including rain and fog which can make views cloudy and the ground muddy.

  • A duffel bag is provided on this trip, along with a porter. Your porter can carry up to 8kg per traveller. Other luggage can be left in Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.

If you arrive on Day 1 of the tour you will need to be at Himalayan Encounters office (listed in your trip notes) at 08:30 a.m. ready to leave for the hike

If you have arrived at any time before departure day please make your way to the Himalayan Encounters office by 17:00 the evening prior to Day 1 so that we can register that you have arrived and answer any questions you have about the trip.

We will drive to the outskirts of Kathmandu to Sundarijal (aprrox 1 hour). Our walk starts with a long flight of steps - bound to get the heart rate up quickly and you will need good fitness to complete it comfortably! At the end of the steps we follow the water pipeline to the entrance of the Shivapuri National Park. Passing the water reservoir, continue on more stairs to the strung-out village of Mulkharka. After a simple lunch at one of the wayside shops, we go past an abandoned school and into the woods. The shade will bring some welcome relief as will the easing of the gradient! Soon, with weather Gods on your side, we'll get our first glimpse of the mountains. Emerging out of the woods, we find ourselves in the village of Chisapani.

Total trekking time is approximately 5 hours, depending on weather conditions and fitness.

Experience typical "teahouse" culture, spending the night in one of the basic guesthouses in Chisapani.
Accommodation
  • Teahouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sundarijal to Chisapani trek
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
You will need to leave your large luggage in Kathmandu and just take the essentials that you need for the 3 days away. A porter is available to carry your bag, but please pack as light as you can. (10kg absolute max)
Hike through sporadic settlements, lush vegetation, dirt tracks and uphill and downhills to the favourite escapade of Kathmandu denizens, Nagarkot (7 hrs approx). Enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Its a long walking day today through beautiful countryside including Shivapuri National Park. The park is home to over 300 species of birds as well as rarely sighted bears, leopards and several species of deer.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shivapuri National Park
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Relish the sunrise view over the distant Himalayas for which Nagarkot has built up its reputation. After breakfast we hike down hill to visit the oldest temple in Nepal, Changu Narayan. Legend suggests a temple has been on this spot since 325AD. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is revered by Hindu's all over Nepal.

Continue along the scenic route through terraced paddy fields, villages and pine forests (5.5 hrs approx) to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. Its another big walking day, but there is time this afternoon to wander the cobble stone streets of this 'city of devotees'. Try a delicious bowl of home made yoghurt, a local specialty before relaxing and watching the comings and goings in ancient Durbar Square. A great place to end the day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Changu Narayan Temple
  • Bhaktapur - Guided walk
  • Bhaktapur - Durbar Square
  • Nagarkot to Bhaktapur trek
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You have a free morning for further exploration of Bhaktapur before returning to Kathmandu (approx. 45mins). Your Inside-Out Kathmandu adventure ends in Kathmandu at approximately 1:00 pm. No accommodation is included tonight.

Be sure to check out an Urban Adventure in Kathmandu if you have time at the end of your trip.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Guesthouse (1 nightt), Hotel (1 night), Teahouse (1 night)

Included activities

  • Sundarijal to Chisapani trek
  • Shivapuri National Park
  • Changu Narayan Temple
  • Bhaktapur - Guided walk
  • Bhaktapur - Durbar Square
  • Nagarkot to Bhaktapur trek

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Kathmandu on day 1 at approx 8.30am and finishes in Kathmandu on day 4 at approx 1.00pm. Please meet at our Kathmandu office the day prior to the tour start at 5.00pm for a pre-departure meeting.
2. This is a join-in trip rather than a scheduled group trip, so if other travellers have booked on the same date you will share included activities.
3. If you have booked on this trip by yourself and without other travel companions, then you will be assigned a single room on this trip on Days 2 & 3. Other nights will be in shared accommodation.

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