Around Kathmandu Valley

This trip passes through the intermediate region between the low hills and high mountain regions in the vicinity of Kathmandu Valley. Therefore an unusual diversity of flora and fauna as well as deeply rural life of Nepalese hills lies on the way. At the same time, the whole expanse of Himalayan region from the Annapurna Range in the west to Mt Everest in the east makes a stunningly scenic backdrop all along the trip, revealing the steep slopes, gigantic gorges, glaciers, and awesome spires of sky rising peaks from different angles. It is simply one of Nepal’s unbeatable trekking trails, being so easily accessible, so undemanding, and yet so varied and scenic.

Situated in the central region, Kathmandu Valley is perhaps the most strategically located, one of the most beautiful and unique land forms in Nepal. Its surrounding rises from around 1000 meters to about 3000 meters, thus harboring a pleasant climate devoid of extremes. As a very fertile region of the nation, the slopes and hills around the valley bear lush forests. Most of these areas fall into the protected region of the Shivapuri National Park. As you walk, you will be moving through this deep wilderness which bursts into multicolored bloom in the spring thanks to rhododendron and many other species of wildflowers in the spring. The Himalayan mountains and rural life in the hills and mountains of course form the inescapable, unforgettable experience of the trek.


Day 1: Arrive and stay in your hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive to Kakani (2066 m) and enjoy hikes and sightseeing around

Day 3: Kakani to Shivapuri (2729 m)

Day 4: Shivapuri to Mulkharka (1894 m)

Day 5: Day of sightseeing in Mulkharka (overnight in teahouse)

Day 6: Mulkharka to Chisopani (2194 m)

Day 7: Chisopani to Nagarkot (2175 m)

Day 8: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440 m)

Day 9: Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) and then to Balthali (1730 m)

Day 10: Day of sightseeing in Balthali

Day 11: Balthali to Lakuri Bhanjyang (2000 m)

Day 12: Lakuri Bhanjyang to Lubhu village (1281 m - 1609 m)

Day 13: Lubhu Village to Kathmandu

Day 14: Farewell and international departure


Day 1: Arrive and stay in your hotel in Kathmandu
We will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Drive to Kakani (2066 m) and enjoy hikes and sightseeing around
Kakani has long been a favorite weekend destination of valley dwellers, who go there for picnics, hiking, and sightseeing. From the northwestern edge of Kathmandu valley, Kakani overlooks a big expanse of the Himalayas of the central and western Nepal including Langtang and Dhaulagiri Ranges. The hilltop also commands lush green foothills and farmlands around the area.

Day 3: Kakani to Shivapuri (2729 m)
Kakani Shivapuri hike takes you through lush forests of northern hills surrounding Kathmandu valley. Breathe deep in the breeze of coniferous forest that has therapeutic effects. The hike trail also gives you close and fine sceneries of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, and Jugal mountains. The camp in Shivapuri hilltop at night will be a marvelous experience.

Day 4: Shivapuri to Mulkharka (1894 m)
Get up early in the morning or else you will miss the marvelous sunrise that paints crimson color on the towering peaks and steep slopes of the Himalayan Mountains. Then have your breakfast at 7 am and walk towards Mulkharka. This is a scenic village with white mountains gleaming to the north in the horizon.

Day 5: Day of sightseeing in Mulkharka (overnight in teahouse)
A day’s stay in this village is worth both naturally and culturally. While you can meet and interact with locals here to build up an authentic experience of Nepalese rural life, you should also visit the nearby reservoir in Bagmati River for watching a variety of birds. The surrounding of Kathmandu valley provides habitat for a large number of birds.

Day 6: Mulkharka to Chisopani (2194 m)
It takes about five hours to reach Chisopani from Mulkharka. Chisopani is another village generously rewarded by Mother Nature with her beauties. Watch out for captivating sunrise and sunsets and the color they paint on the vast expanse of the Himalayas that appear so close to the village.

Day 7: Chisopani to Nagarkot (2175 m)
Nagargkot is perhaps the most famous holiday destination for the inhabitants of Kathmandu valley. It is the only place near Kathmandu that provides closer and marvelous Himalayan views that any other place in the vicinity of Kathmandu. As a result the hilltop in the north-east of Kathmandu has seen a number of luxury hotels and lodges built on its soil.

Day 8: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440 m)
Dhulikhel is located in a small valley to the east of Kathmandu, where a beautiful town has grown up. It is the place where you can find traditional Newari culture and lifestyle. The place also offers views of cascading green hills and lush valleys with snowy peaks building the horizon in the north.

Day 9: Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha (1982m) and then to Balthali (1730 m)
Walking through beautiful villages with the views of Langtang Lirung, Mt Gaurishankar, and Rolwaling ranges, we reach a beautiful hillock commanding vast mountain vistas and equally expansive views of the villages in its surroundings. Atop this hill is built a magnificent monastery in honor of Lord Budhha. At this site you shall also see the tree under which Gautam the Budhha had fed a hungry tigress to save herself and her cubs from starvation in his earlier incarnation, according to legends. As a result it is now a legendary pilgrimage site for the Buddhists. Then trek to a typical Nepali village Balthali. From the design of the houses to the occupations and lifestyle of people, everything reflects the simple, rural Nepal.

Day 10: Day of sightseeing in Balthali
Balthali is about two hours drive from Kathmandu. But it has been untouched by urban culture and lifestyle. Perhaps this contrast between the urban centers of Nepal and this village stubbornly living its own way in such a close proximity shall strike you the most as you stay here. It is still a pastoral idyll where people’s main occupation is farming, and animal husbandry. If you want to get a picture of larger Nepal that lives in villages, you need not go any farther than Balthali! Also go to Danda Gaun, a typical Tamang village.

Day 11: Balthali to Lakuri Bhanjyang (2000 m)
Walking through farmlands and villages, you will reach Lakuri Bhanjyang. The hilltop offers extremely beautiful village of snow-covered mountain peaks, plus unbeatable views of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur cities. This Bhanjyang also provides good sceneries of sunrise and sunset.

Day 12: Lakuri Bhanjyang to Lubhu village (1281 m - 1609 m)
This is inside Kathmandu valley, but has surprisingly preserved much of its ancient roots. As it lies in the southwestern corner of the valley near Godawari, there are lush green fields and forest areas around and the air is quite fresh here.

Day 13: Lubhu Village to Kathmandu
Drive from Lubhu village to Kathmandu after the exploration of the areas around Kathmandu valley is over. You will remember it as an easy but very rewarding journey.

Day 14: Farewell and international departure
We say goodbye to you after taking you to the airport.


Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. Physical examination before starting the trek is desirable.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be desirable.

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance



Country: Nepal
Duration: 14 days
Grade: Moderate
Highest Alt: 2729m
Group Size: 5
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