The Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek is the short 4 days hiking trail that has gained popularity among the tourists to experience the fun of trekking. This route is especially suitable for the domestic and foreign tourists who cannot hike in the alpine mountains or are one a short visit to Nepal. This route starts from Sundarijal and ends at Panauti in Kavre district. This 4-day hike is around 75 Kilometer and it involves about 25 to 30 hours walk in four days. The main attraction of Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek is the clean and untouched natural environment, view of picturesque villages, traditional culture of various native communities and the view of the Jugal range. The maximum altitude is 2500 meters above the sea level thus tourists of any age can join this route. Moreover, this route is highly praised by nature-lovers, is suitable for even the elderly and offers an opportunity to witness the rural lifestyles and mountain views.
On the other hand, this trek is more economic and safe compared to other routes. One can enjoy the natural beauty and biodiversity from day one of the treks until the end. Despite being very close to Kathmandu Valley, the route of Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek is rich in tourism activity and thus favorite among the foreign tourists. It is also proven by the number of tourists that come across the route and their experiences.
Day 01: Trek from Sundarijal to Chisapani
Day 02: Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot
Day 03: Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel
Day 04: Trek from Dhulikhel to Panauti via Namobuddha
Note: This itinerary does not include services in Kathmandu except hotel-airport transfers. If you are looking for the entire services including accommodation in Kathmandu and sightseeing at historical places, we shall amend the itinerary accordingly.
The fabulous trekking route starts at Kathmandu’s Sundarijal. Sundarijal is the main entrance to trek to Chisapani. Thus one must first reach Sundarijal from any part of Kathmandu. Sundarijal is located at the foothills of the Shivapuri National Park, about 15 KM northeast of Kathmandu airport. You will have a walk up and down for about 16KM from Sundarijal to reach Chisapani and it takes about 5 to 6 hours. However, it is understandable that the first day’s trek is generally difficult. The route extends along the Shivapuri National Park, Kolthupa, Mulkharka, and Deurali reaches an altitude of 2500 meters along Borlang Bhanjyang and descends downhill. The song of Chirping birds is simply an enchanting experience. There are hotels and restaurants at Mulkharka that cater to the trekkers. One can enjoy the bird’s eye views of Kathmandu valley from this place. Mulkharka is located little above the Shivapuri National Park and the only settlement ahead of Chisapani. It is therefore advisable to take the necessary food and water at Mulkharka. Chisapani located in Nuwakot district near the border with Sindhupalchowk District is the place that carries the huge potential for tourism. There are about dozens of hotels and lodges in Chisapani. The enchanting tourists’ spot, at an altitude of 2194 meters above sea level is fast developing into a favorite destination among both international and domestic tourists. Chisapani is also famous for the view of Jugal Range, Sunrise and Sunset. People can also observe the Cheese factory located at Chisapani.
The second day’s trek is from Chisapnai to Nagarkot. It is better to start the trip right after breakfast in the morning. Nagarkot is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Kathmandu and is famous around the world. It is situated 2000 meters above sea level. Nagarkot can be reached at the end of 6 to 7 hours trek from Chisapani at the distance of 20Km. This trek does not involve many ups and downs. The main feature of this trek is the walk along with the lush greenery, viewing the mystic mountains. The row of snow-capped mountains observed during the trip refreshes the body, mind, and spirit. A trek along wide paths cutting across the green wilderness has the power to generate unimaginable pleasure in one’s mind and creates unforgettable memories. Moreover, this route is highly praised by nature-lovers, is suitable for even elderly people. This trek starts from Chisapani and passing through the Shivapuri National Park, Jhule, Chauki Bhanjyang, Jarshing Pauwa, and ends at Nagarkot. Stay overnight at Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is famous for a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges and the view of the sunrise. It is, therefore, better to embark on the trip to Dhulikhel after experiencing the views, followed by breakfast in the morning. The 20Km distance from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel will take about 6 to 7 hours. The path involves moderate uphill and downhill climbs and traverses through forests. One can choose any one of the various ways to Nagarkot Bus Park or view tower and reach the Rohini Bhanjyang pass. From Rohini Bhanjyang, it takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Dhulikhel along the Kashi Bhanjyang and Ravi Bhanjyang. This trek also offers an opportunity to witness the rural lifestyles and mountain views.
Dhulikhel is a historically important and naturally beautiful town. It is not only the major tourist destination of Kavre District but also the administrative center. The hill fort surrounding with Lush greenery is famous for walking around along the pristine natural environment. The panorama of silver-white mountains seen from Dhulikhel is incomparable to any other place. Likewise, the number of mountain ranges seen from Dhulikhel is more than most other tourist places. The 20 Km trek to Panauti from Dhulikhel takes almost 6 to 7 hours, the route also suitable for observing rural lifestyles, passes through Devisthan, Kavre Bhanjyang, and Namobuddha. The important religious facts and anecdotes relating to Buddhism and the interesting sculpture depicting the sacrifice of one’s own body for the sake of a tigress are the main attraction. Likewise, in the historic Panauti town, various historic temples, monasteries and most importantly the ancient town center itself can be observed. From Panauti, one can either embark a 15 Km trek to the beautiful Lakuri Bhanjyang along Kushadevi or drive to Kathmandu.
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