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Kathmandu valley trek - 8 Days

Do you like to walk, but would you rather stay at lower altitudes? Then this 7-day trekking around the Kathmandu valley is definitely a must. Weather permitting you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas while hiking. You will hike through forests, along fields and small farming villages and get acquainted with the locals of the Kathmandu valley.

In Chisapani you will enjoy a beautiful sunrise before walking through Shivapuri National Park to Nagarkot. In the morning you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Himalayas in Nagarkot when the weather is clear. You will continue to the Newari town of Dulikhel, where you will meet the Newari people of the Kathmandu valley. Then you will walk along small paths between the fields to Namobuddha, where you will visit the beautiful Buddhist monastery. Afterwards you walk under the prayer flags to Balthali, a small village where you have a beautiful view on the terrace fields. You end the Kathmandu Valley trekking in Panauti, where you also have time to explore the small village and visit the temples.

In short, a very varied and also culturally fascinating trekking on the hills around the Kathmandu Valley.

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  • Walking through the jungle of Shivapuri National Park
  • Sunrise with view of the Himalayas in Nagarkot
  • Meet the monks of the monastery in Namobuddha and spend the night in an ecolodge nearby
  • Gorgeous authentic farming village of Balthali
  • Visiting the Newari village of Panauti with its beautiful pagoda temples
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2
Drive to Sundarijal - Trek to Chisapani (2140m) - ca. 4 hours

After breakfast, the guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you by private transport to the starting point of the trekking: Sundarijal. This is where the trekking starts: today we ascend almost all the time. First we climb through Shivapuri National Park to Mulkharka, a typical Tamang village. The path leads us further through forests of rhododendrons and oaks. Along the way we have beautiful panoramic views of the mountains of the Himalayas.

Spend the night in a teahouse in Chisapani

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Day 3
Trek to Nagarkot (2195m) - ca. 5 to 6 hours

In Chisapani you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the mountains of the Helambu region. Today you will walk through the jungle of the Shivapuri National Park.

In addition to the beautiful views of the Himalayas along the way, Nagarkot has five of the ten highest peaks in the world in clear weather: Everest, Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and Manaslu. Did you know that Nagarkot is the best place around Kathmandu to have a beautiful view of the Himalayas and to enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset?

Spend the night in a standard hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 4
Trek to Dhulikhel (1625m) - ca. 6 hours

The path first climbs up to the watchtower of Nagarkot. From this tower you have – in clear weather – a fantastic view of the Himalayas and the whole Kathmandu Valley. This is really enjoyable!

Afterwards the path leads you through picturesque villages and green forests. In clear weather, today you can admire the eastern side of the Himalayas.

Stay in a standard boutique hotel in Dhulikhel

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Day 5
Trek to Namobuddha (1982m) - ca. 4 hours

We continue on to Namobuddha, a beautiful and quiet village, where a famous Buddhist monastery is located. The monastery is beautifully situated, surrounded by nature. Here you can meet monks, talk to them and be present at their prayer rituals.

Spend the night in a small cottage of an eco-resort

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Day 6
Trek to Balthali (1730m) - ca. 4 hours

Today we continue our way to Balthali. We walk between terraced fields and orchards full of oranges. We pass several villages, where we get to know the daily life of the people again. In Balthali itself you can visit some temples and you have a fantastic view on the surrounding hills. When the weather is clear, you can also see some of the highest mountains of the Himalayas from here.

Spend the night in a standard hotel in Balthali

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Day 7
Trek to Panauti (1500m) - ca. 4 hours and drive to Kathmandu (1,5 hours)

You descend and walk through the fields on a flat stretch to Panauti, a typical Newari village. In Panauti you can visit the Indreshwor Mahadev Temple, a temple in honour of the God Shiva, and some other Hindu temples. Panauti is known for its Newari culture and traditions.

After visiting Panauti we will drive back to Kathmandu by private car.

Night in standard hotel in Kathmandu

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Day 8
Departure day

The end of your journey has come. Depending on your flight time, you may still have time to score some souvenirs or discover some nice spots.

At least 3 hours before the departure time of your flight, you will be picked up at the reception desk of your accommodation. The driver will take you to the airport.

We hope you’ll bring home some great memories!

What's included?

  • Welcoming at the airport & transfer by private car to your hotel. Someone will go with you to help you with the check-in at your hotel.
  • Meet & greet with Chuda and/or Maaike & trekking briefing
  • 2 nights in standard hotel in Kathmandu, with breakfast
  • Ride from Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private car with driver
  • 1 night in teahouse in Chisapani, with breakfast
  • 1 night in standard hotel in Nagarkot, with breakfast
  • 1 night in standard boutique hotel in Dhulikhel, with breakfast
  • 1 night in an eco resort in Namobuddha (small cottage), with breakfast
  • 1 night in standard hotel in Balthali, with breakfast
  • English speaking guide during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and accommodation)
  • Porter for your luggage during the trekking (his wages, meals, insurance and overnight stay)
  • Ride from Panauti to Kathmandu by private car with driver
  • The necessary trekking documents
  • Airport transfer for departure flight

What's not included?

  • Visa fee of approx. 30 USD per person for 15 days: this is available upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu or in advance via the Nepalese consulate or the Nepalese embassy
  • Fees when visiting monasteries or places of interest: during your hike you may visit a monastery, it is customary to make a small donation.
  • International flight tickets Nepal: We deliberately do not include this in our price. It is easier and cheaper to book this yourself.
  • Tips for drivers, guide, porter etc.: In Nepal it is customary to give a tip. For this trip it is about € 45 per person.
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Kathmandu valley trek

Trip Facts

  • September - May; possible the entire year
  • 7
  • Nagarkot - 2195 meter
  • Easy
  • Sundarijal / Panauti
  • Mix of standard hotels, eco-lodges, guesthouses
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