What to Expect

  • Luxury trek into National park around the capital, Kathmandu.
  • Close view of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range.
  • Beautiful places like Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel with great view of Mountain.
  • Sun Rise and Sunset from Nagarkot.
  • Famous Temple Namobuddha and historical village Panauti.

About Kathmandu Valley Trek

The Kathmandu Valley Trek is an easy and enjoyable way to escape from the hustle and bustle of Nepal’s capital city. The journey provides the opportunity to hike through lush, jungle hills surrounding the valley and to be compensated for your efforts with a spectacular panorama of the snowy Himalaya.

The Kathmandu Valley Trek is ideal for travelers with extra days in Kathmandu and more permanent residents or anyone in search of an opportunity for a quick adventure. The route is short and moderate, and amazingly, visitors can get close to the hill culture of Nepal and its beautiful scenery, even with the country’s biggest city nearby.

Join us as we trek in the hills to the north of the valley with the wondrous scenery. Lodging facilities are available along the route, with camping available, too, depending on your preference for a tea-house style trek or camping trek.

The Kathmandu Valley Trek starts with a short drive to the northeast end of the valley. The hiking then begins and the trail goes through Shivapuri National Park and thick forests. We then ascend with views back of the wide Kathmandu valley and eventually we cross a final ridge revealing the mountain scenery to the north. The atmosphere is more peaceful here than the chaotic city life from which we emerged. It is easy to leave one’s concerns behind as the landscape opens up and offers a broad perspective of the surrounding natural beauty.

Actually, the first section out of the valley is the hardest section of the journey before we cross the ridge to the village of Chisapani where we overnight, enjoying marvelous sunset and sunrise views of the Himalaya. The trail onward from Chisapani follows along a ridge, through remote landscape before reaching more traditional villages. Scenic views can be enjoyed all the way to the popular hill station of Nagarkot. Again, we will have sensational sunset and sunrise as the mountains light up in beauty.

We leisurely trail continues to Dhulikhel, a well-known resort town with lush surroundings and Himalayan scenery. We then make our way to Namo Buddha a sacred site for Buddhists and the trail continues on through beautiful landscape to the terraced fields of Balthali where the scenic homes amidst the fields will be unforgettable. Our last stretch is through more fields on an easy trail to the ancient village of Panauti with grand temples along a flowing stream. Panauti is where our hiking ends and we have a short ride back to Kathmandu.

Please Note: Our Kathmandu Valley Trek has set departures and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. 

Please inquire with High Camp Adventure for many other hiking options in the hills of Kathmandu Valley including Nagarjuna, Shivapuri, Nagarkot, Phulchowki, Champadevi and more!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Full day Kathmandu Valley sightseeing by private car/van. Overnight at hotel .
  • Day 3One hour drive to Sundarijal by private car/van and trek to Chisapani (2,194 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
  • Day 4Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,195 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 5Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1,550 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 6Dhulikhel to Panauti (1,504 mt.) via Namo Buddha (1,750 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 7One hour drive from Panauti to Kathmandu by private car/van. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 8Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
  • Transportation to and from trek starting point.
  • Tea-house/hotel lodging during the journey.
  • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
  • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport,insurance, and essential gear.)
  • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
  • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Map.
  • Medical kit.
  • Government taxes.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Price Excludes:

  • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
  • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
  • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks and snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
  • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.
Departure note

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this Kathmandu Valley trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Useful Information

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst fare well dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a tea house trek, generally one porter is provided for every two clients who carries between 15 to 20 kg. However in a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipments such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipments, fuel and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you dont' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Kathmandu Valley Trek is an easy trek which is fit for those who has ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and down hill in a day carrying personal day pack. This scenic trek is in low altitude which demands less physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Doing some physical exercise few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Kathmandu Valley Trek. Where normally days are sunny, temperature is perfect, sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view.  You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with cold temperature.

Ground Transportation

All the ground transportation will be arranged by private vehicle.