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Chisapani-Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hiking

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  • A great way to escape from the bustling city within serene environment.
  • Enjoy the country walks around the high scenic ridges of Kathmandu valley.
  • Stunning sunrise and sunsets views from Chisapani and Nagarkot hill top.
  • Spectacular panorama of west, central to eastern Himalayan range of peaks.
  • Enchanting woodland lined with rhododendron, firs, pines, and magnolia trees


Chisapani, Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hiking is a refreshing short trek covering most of the scenic hills of Kathmandu valley rim. A perfect way to enjoy fresh cool mountain air in the harmony with the massive Himalayan series of snow-capped peaks.

Most suitable and perfect for all types of travelers and age groups, from a family with kids to school/college students. Including corporate executives, as this walk will be the best introduction to experience the country’s landscapes and local cultures. This wonderful hike will be good exercise for people before joining major trekking expeditions

Not too far from Kathmandu city and the valley rim, where a hike leads to high ridges, covered in lovely woods. Walking into a tranquil forest of tall rhododendron, pine, firs, and magnolia tree lines, through lovely farm villages.  

During the hike of three days, facing constant views of Himalayan snow peaks from Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, and Jugal Himal. The view stretches as far as the Everest range on the far eastern horizon, walking from Chisapani, Nagarkot to Dhulikhel town.

This wonderful hike begins with a short drive reaching the small town of Sundarijal, situated on the eastern valley rim. The climb leads to the beautiful waterways of Sundarijal, enjoy the lovely waterfalls, and clear calm streams. The walk continues uphill to smaller farm villages inhabited by the Tamang hill tribes to enter the dense forest, reaching Chisapani. Chisapani is a great spot for excellent views of stunning sunsets and sunrise over a chain of Himalayan peaks.

The adventure follows the high ridgeline amidst lovely woods to high scenic hills at Nagarkot. A famous hill station and a town for spectacular sunrise and a panorama of Himalayan peaks. Nagarkot is a popular weekend escape for Kathmandu city folks for a few days to be in the cool fresh air. Enjoy the marvelous scenery of rolling hills with snow-clad peaks in the comfort of a nice lodge/resort.

From Nagarkot, the walk leads up and downhill encountering many lively traditional farm villages, ending the hike at Dhulikhel.
Dhulikhel of more than 500 year’s old town, and the main inhabitants are the famous Newar people. The main tribes of Kathmandu valley, an exciting town adorned with nice pleasant streets lined with shops and stores.

Dhulikhel is a famous viewpoint for sunrise and Himalayan panorama after Chisapani and Nagarkot. At Dhulikhel, our wonderful scenic hiking concludes by taking a drive back to Kathmandu with a short visit to Namobuddha.
One of the holy Buddhist sites for all Buddhism followers and devotees, a beautiful site with magnificent monasteries and monuments.

Important Note

Trip Summary:
Mode of Hike: Best available lodge / guest house on hikes.
Hiking Grade: Moderate with Ups & Downhill.
Hiking Region: Around the northern hills of Kathmandu valley.
Start and End of hike: Sundarijal to Dhulikhel Town with drives both ways.
Highest elevation: At Chisapani 2,200 m and Nagarkot 2,175 m high.
Trek duration: 03 Nights and 04 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. 
Total Trip: 06 Nights and 07 Days, from arrival to departures.

Best Seasons:
The best season for this short hiking of three days is on spring time from March to May. Including autumn/fall begins from September to November, interested people can visit all year round, except for the summer/monsoon time of mid-June to August. 

Springtime is bright and beautiful, most days are clear with sunny days, can be cloudy afternoons. Bringing cold chill in the late afternoon, and night till morning this is the time when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom. 

The next best season is autumn/fall, where days are clear with sunny days for views and walks. But shorter days due to limited sunlight hours, cold morning and night times. Winter from December to February is also best for this short few days hiking, with clear late sunshine hours. But cold mornings, late afternoons, and night times. But enjoyable for pleasant walks with clear views of beautiful scenery of snow clad peaks

Culture & Religion: 
The higher hills of Kathmandu valley, mostly populated by the Tamang people, the indigenous tribes of Central Himalayas. As well of the Kathmandu valley rim hills. The Taming’s interwoven with the teaching of Buddhism, follows an impressive heritage and culture. Most houses are adorned with prayer flags, and prayer monuments. At Dhulikhel town inhabitants are Newari people, the main tribes of Kathmandu Valley, follows both Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Where every town and villages are festooned with shrines and temples with Buddhist Chaitiya or Stupa’s. The houses are carved with intricate designs on doors and windows with pagoda roof tops. 

Trip Itinerary

On reaching departure air terminal on landing at Kathmandu / international airport. Our staff and guide receives you for short transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking into your rooms, getting refreshed join with other members for group briefing. Provided by our guide or staff the briefing includes all important subjects related to hiking, includes information of Kathmandu and hotels. Evening a group welcome dinner in an authentic Nepalese restaurants, an introduction to Nepali meals and cultures.

Morning after breakfast, the city / cultural guide will meet you at the hotel for tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. As well visiting interesting places of steeped with history and culture. After the tour back at the hotel, preparation for Nagarkot Dhlikhel Hiking. 

A short morning drive to the east Kathmandu city and valley rim, reaching a small town at Sundarijal. From here a short climb to a beautiful cool forest reaching the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. Located amidst waterfronts of clean fresh running streams and waterfalls, the walk leads up to a nice farm village.

Having short rest, walk continues into a dense forest and then climb to the high ridge of Chisapani. A small settlement within a beautiful scenic surroundings of rolling hills, lovely forest with views of Himalayan peaks. Overnight in a nice mountain lodge, with time to enjoy stunning sunset’s views over an array of snow peaks. 

A long day walk of about six hours to Nagarkot hill town, early morning catch the striking sunrise that reflects on chain of white Himalayan peaks. Walk follows on the ridges covered in dense woods of tall rhododendron, pines and firs.

On leaving the forest reaching an open farm land of Chowki Bhanjyang, the route leads to Jarsing Pawa village. As walk continues having lunch break then short climb to Nagarkot Hill, and transfer to a nice lodge or resorts.

Enjoy the sweeping panorama of Himalayan peaks with time to browse around the hill town of Nagarkot. As well enjoying the sunset’s views, and have a pleasant evening in the comfort of a nice lodge balcony.

Waking early for the glorious sunrise views with range of Himalayan peaks from Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang Himal. Includes grand look of Mt. Gaurishankar and Melung Tse peaks, as far towards Mt. Everest in the Far East direction.

Enjoying marvelous morning scenery, having breakfast with backdrop of Himalayan peaks. Last day hiking as well the longest hour’s walks, leaving Nagarkot as the views of snow-peaks follows throughout the hike.

Heading further east with slow steep climb and descending from one lovely village to another farm areas. Walk continues through cool shade of forest and terraced farm fields and ending the hike reaching Dhulikhel for overnight stop.

Enjoy the lovely comfort of a nice hotels, with time to browse the 500 years old Newari town enriched with beautiful arts and crafts. Once can observe on the old house doors and windows, as well around the town squares. Dhulikhel is famous for panoramic views of Himalayan chain of peaks, facing Langtang and Jugal Himal range.

Morning another opportunity for views of sunrise over series of snow-capped peaks, having breakfast a short drive to holy Namobuddha. A beautiful tranquil environment, the sacred spot where Gautama Buddha renamed this village which is henceforth the name Namo Buddha. Which means Homage to Buddha.

The legendary story, is in early days when Matriya Buddha (Future Buddha) once came across a hungry feeble tigress with young cubs, the tigress was weak to hunt and feed her young ones. Where Buddha offered his own flesh to feed the frail tigress and her cubs. After an exciting tour of the monasteries and shrines of great religious and cultural interest. The drive leads to nice old farm town of Panauti, and then back to Kathmandu. After a wonderful mesmerizing moments on Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel Hiking.

After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing adventure in Nepal and around the valley rim Hills. Hiking Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. As time for departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for flight homeward bound or to next port of call.

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  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • All Ground transportation.
  • 3 Night hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • All accommodation in simple T-house 
  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during Trekking
  • Experience and government licensed guide and porter 
  • First aid kit carry by Sherpa leader 
  • Food salary insurance for Guide and Porter 
  • National park entrance fee 
  • All government charges and taxes 
  • 1 porter for 2 trekkers 
  • Farewell dinner last night in Kathmandu. 

Doesn't Include

  • Extra night's hotel stay in Kathmandu if extended stay is required 
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Laundry service / battery charge 
  • Rescue / emergency and Travel insurance 
  • Personal equipment’s and personal expenses 
  • Tips for guide and porter

Frequently Asked Questions

Age is no bar for this short moderate trek for a week duration, family with young kids and elderly people can join. But all needs to be physically fit and in sound health to cope with ups and downhill walks. Rest of the walks is normal spending overnights in a nice lodge with comprehensive food menu to enjoy.

For young infants, can hire extra porter to carry the kids if required, especially on ups and downhill.

Nearly all villages and lodges have electricity from Hydro or Solar power, where one can charge their electronic items. As for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to weather and location wise.

From Chisapani onwards to Dhulikhel, enjoy the comfort of nice lodges and guest house. As well with warm traditional hospitality in every overnight stops, people can choose from budget, standard to luxury lodges.

The foods are well served in a large cozy dining hall, can choose various items of foods from the menu with wide range of meals and snacks to choose from. Serves Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali foods, as well Mexican, Italian, Korean or Japanese in some lodge restaurants. Includes fresh bakery products also.

On the average is 5-6 hours covering 10 to 12 km, but from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is about 16 k.m. / 10 miles. But the walk is enjoyable with much to see as the snow mountain range follows throughout the hikes.

Dhulikhel and Nagarkot are the major tourist spots of Nepal, located eastern rim of Kathmandu valley. Famous and popular destinations for domestic as well for foreign visitors. One of scenic and picturesque hill station, provides all types of modern facilities to enjoy along with grand vista of Himalayan peaks.

Nagarkot and Dhulikhel is an excellent introduction to experience local cultures with spectacular Himalayan backdrops. It is worth visiting either Nagarkot or Dhulikhel as well both exciting places to enjoy few days vacations. 

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