Kathmandu Valley Rim Trekking
- Itinerary Day by Day
- Cost Info
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Kathmandu valley rim trek is an excellent short and leisurely trek with the amazing sight of historical monuments, traditional art and architectures, and lifestyles. Kathmandu valley rim trekking is suitable for those who are looking a taste of trekking in Nepal. As this trek is exciting and interesting, entertainment is available around the city. Kathmandu Valley Rim trek is a rich cultural experience along with the excellent mountain panoramic views as Kathmandu valley is always surrounded by high Himalaya Mountain such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shankar, Everest mountain range and Dorje Lakpa. This trek provides you stunning picturesque views of the countryside, snow covered mountains and Katmandu city. Most of the world heritages enlisted by UNESCO falls under Kathmandu Valley such as Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Buddhist shrine and Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square are few spots among many. It takes you along the rims of the Kathmandu Valley offering fantastic views of snowy mountains extending far off into the distance.
The Kathmandu valley rim hike offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture, and religion together with the picturesque daily toil in the fields of its inhabitant. The temples in the valley Pashupatinath and Swyambhunath was known as Monkey Temple stands as the pride of country. There are also other cities and many area temples, all within easy walking distance of downtown Durbar Square at the center of Kathmandu. This valley rim trek offers 180 -degree panoramic mountain views stretching from far west Annapurna range to Mt. Everest in the east of Nepal. The Kathmandu valley trekking trail enters through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. Many varieties birds can be seen around its calm nature from early autumn to late spring. Likewise, the hilltop of Phulchowki with Godawari to its base and Kirtipur to Champadevi are some of its highlights to trek in this Kathmandu valley. When you will arrive at Nagarkot which offers spectacular Mountain View as well as a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley. Your visit in the valley of Dhulikhel and Changu Narayan is an ideal place for visitors to enjoy the natural environment. Above the Himalaya Trekking has designed special hiking trip around Kathmandu valley route especially include a leisurely walk in beautiful vicinity with enough opportunity to understand the local people, their villages, culture, and lifestyle.
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) and trek to Chisopani (2140m)
Day 03: Chisopani trek to Nagarkot (2170m)
Day 04: Nagarkot trek to Dhulikhel (1700m)
Day 05: Dhulikhel tour to Bhaktapur/Patan and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 06: Depart Kathmandu
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the requirements for the trekking and we will process for the trekking. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: Kathmandu Drive to Sundarijal (1350m) trekking to Chisopani (2140m)
Drive about 1 hour from Kathmandu takes you to trek start point Sundarijal. From Sundarijal the trail climb up besides the water pipes which supplies Kathmandu drinking water. The trail will enter through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve which offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion of its inhabitants. From the top of Shivapuri, one can have a panoramic view of the western mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh Himal Range, Mt. Langtang Range, Mt. DorjeLhakpa Mt. Shisapangma, Mt. GauriShankar and many more.
The trail continues up hill through the forest to meet the Mulkharka Village (1894m) with the inhabitants of Tamang people. The trail continues with climbing on the forest of rhododendron and oaks after pass the Borlang Bhanjyang trail goes downhill to Chisopani (2140m). The mountain of Manaslu to Everest offers wonderful photography and panoramic views. Spend your night at lodge.
Day 3: Chisopani trekking to Nagarkot (2170m)
After having our breakfast, we continue our trekking through mostly flat downhill trail to Nagarkot. Trekking goes between the village and forest with the great views of country site and mountain. Nagarkot offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains, quality accommodation, and high standards of service. Nagarkot is much more away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Well known as a place to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets and also Mount Everest can be seen on a clear day including other 12 peaks. From here we get breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Manaslu and Gauri Shankar, DorjeLhakpa and other mountains. Stay in hotel overnight.
Day 4: Nagarkot trekking to Dhulikhel (1700m)
We wake up early to catch the sun rising over the snowy Himalayan peaks. The first rays of the sun firing the peaks a lightest red slowly lighting up the Himalayas from Kanchenjunga and Everest in Far East of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the West. After breakfast we will trek down to old Newari town of Dhulikhel. It is an old Newari trade station en route to the Tibetan plateau. It is an ideal place for visitors to enjoy natural environment, the local lifestyle, old Newari culture and spectacular views. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 5: Dhulikhel tour to Bhaktapur/Patan and drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast take a drive to Bhaktapur. We explore Bhaktapur city’s Durbar Square. Attractions include the Palace of 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate, Nyatapolo Temple and several ancient temples and monuments. Bhaktapur is also famous for its pottery. Taste the famous Curd known as "Juju Dhau"(meaning King's Crud) of Bhaktapur.
We will explore Patan City (city of fine arts), full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples. The attraction includes fine bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carved temples like Krishna Mandir. You can also visit Patan Durbar Museum. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is also known as the city of artists. The ancient kind of houses and local narrow paths might make you amazed. At evening join Nepali cultural dinner show here.
Day 6: Depart Kathmandu
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home. Our staff will oversee your safe and timely arrival at the Tribhuvan International Terminal and help you arrange your last minute departure details. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again!
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Government license holder experienced, trekking/hiking guide and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Twin sharing Accommodation during the trek.
- Full board meals including breakfast lunch and Dinner during the trek.
- Necessary Trekking permits if applicable.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- All transport from Kathmandu to trek start point and finish point to Kathmandu.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers.
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- All International Airfare
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
Chisopani Nagarkto Dhulikhel trekking
From arrived in Nepal to departure, we were completely taken care of. Puru had everything organized not one minute did I feel any concern about on travel plans.I came with two other people and we were originally supposed to do the Helambu trek, but one of the people in our group had to turn back, so the guide were quick to arrange transport back to Kathmandu, and we were ale to change our trip to make up for the lost time.
Our porter, Baldhan and guide Sitaram were the best part of the trip. They were knowledgeable about the routes and very friendly and accommodating. The views were worth it. While we only trekked through the local villages and foothills of the Himalayas, it was fantastic experience, I highly recommend this agency and especially our porter and guide.
Kathmandu Valley Rim Trekking
Many of our friends experienced Nepal thanks to Above the Himalaya and were very happy about it, so we did not even think of contacting another company.
And we have not been disapointed! From the organization by email with Puru, to the choice of the hotels (even if it was a busy period), and our lovely guides. We had a great time in Nepal and still get some time to rest despite a quite busy schedule!
Great Time! Thank you and we hope to be able to come back!
Kathmandu Valley Trek
The Trip was very good! It was very good organized the first day was little difficult walking but our guide was really great and take special for us many rust stops. The food and the two hotels were good, the second Hotel food was better! The view was wonderful on the way and we have seen a lot, special the mountain villages were super!!
Thank you for everything. And see you for our next trip
Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek (27-29 Dec 08)
We had a great trek. Sam the guide was really good and very patient with us all, especially my parents who are older and were a lot slower. There were about a million stairs on the first day (it seems) but we all got there finally. We had fantastic mountain views from Chisapani in the morning. The food was amazing and really delicious at the lodgings. Basu and Hem were our porters and they were fantastic as well. They were always very helpful and very friendly. We would recommend both Sam, our excellent guide and both our porters to anyone else
We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend the trek to anyone. As my parents say (who are 61 and 65yrs old), if they can do it, anyone can. Our young children also managed extremely well on the trek. Thank you very much for providing such a wonderful experience for us all. We really enjoyed our time.
We recommend the Above the Himalayan Trekking company to anyone who would like to use them. Mr Puru was excellent to deal with and prompt with his replies and information. Thank you Mr Puru and your team.
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Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 6 days
Highest Altitude: 2300 m
Lowest Altitude: 1350 m
Trek Grade: Easy
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Best time: March-April, September - November are the best seasons.
Guide: Government certified hiking & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room. On request can provide single room also for single travelers depends on room availability in season time in busy trekking routes.
Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine - vegetarian option usually available)
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 1 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants, 2 half pants/trousers
05: T-shirts - 2
06. Fleece jacket/Jumper
08. Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket.
09. Thermal Inners. Recommended for winter time.
10. Socks, Cotton 2 pairs, Woolen 2 pairs
11. 1 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
Other necessary equipments
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-10 to -20 degree Celsius)
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries.
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.
For more ideas what should bring please visit the Equipment list Or get back to us on firstname.lastname@example.org