If you feeling melancholic and longing for a mood twist to energise the spirits, don’t look far, just pack in a few things into your duffel bag and head down to Nepal for a tranquil hike in the woods of the Himalaya; these are woods that wont’ only bring cheer to your state of being, it may also change your life for the better.
spend a week all tucked up in the laps of sublime nature in the company of merry chirping birds at a very short walking distance from the comforts of your hotel and get revitalized by the beauty and pure environment on your trip to Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel; this trek will take you through woods that even Henzel & Gretel would have envied and is your perfect outing to get your emotions on overdrive and take you down memory lane. Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel is the kind of trip that puts no pressure or strain on the body as you stroll through well marked trails in the company of welcoming birds that will take you to the famous hill stations of Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.
Your hike in the woods begins from Chisapani, a region of immaculate wildlife and natural peacefulness. The hypnotising views of sunrise and sunset and the awesome panorama of Himalayas await you in Nagarkot. From there our trail advances towards Dhulikhel, an ancient hill settlement full of beautiful shrines, temples and stupas that are complimented with chocolate box mountain views.
Tour Code: IH/HP/04
Trip Duration : 6 Nights/7 Days
Activity: Tour and easy going hike
Trip Grade: Easy going
Accomodations: Tea House (Lodge) / or Camping as an option
Meals: Healthy meals provided on the trail
Transportation: Land Transportation
Max Altitude: 2300m
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Cultural tour of Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal – trek to Chisapani
Day 4 : Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot
Day 5 : Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel
Day 6 : Trek from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha-Panauti. From Panauti drive to Kathmandu
Day 7 : Departure for home
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Our office representative will be at the airport awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to your designated hotel. After refreshing yourself, our tour executive will give you an orientation on your program. After this you are free to get familiar with your surroundings, this will help you to localize. Have supper and then get set for your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most on earth.
Day 2 Cultural tour of ancient Kathmandu
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing tour with a short drive to Boudhanath - the largest stupa in Nepal and a centrepoint of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed in the shape of a giant mandala (assumed to be a representation of the Buddhist cosmos). Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. Pashupatinath temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most revered shrine for Hindus in Nepal. Hereabouts, you can witness cremation rituals of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. Our next stop is Bhaktapur. Spread over an area of 6.88 sq km, 12 km south-east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur Durbar Square or Bhadgaon showcases the ancient grandiose of the Golden Age of Nepali art and architecture. Built by King Anand Dev Malla in the 9th century, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It has remained a model for heritage conservation since then. At the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, you will find many fine examples of sculpture, woodcarving and pagodas dedicated to different gods and goddesses – the Nyatapol & Dattaraya Temples, the Golden Gate, Palace of 55 windows that also has marks of bullet penetrations, a tragic tale of this once-upon-a-time independent kingdom. At dusk, we return to our hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani
After breakfast at hotel, proceed toward to Sundarijal this would take approximately one hour and then trek from Sundarijal to Chisapani which takes another four and half hours. The trail will enter through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement we will come across is Mulkharka inhabited by the Tamang community. The route heads down a ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m). We haul up for the night in a lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot
Breakfast at lodge and we head to our next destination, we reckon this should take about six and half hours. Our trail leads to Chauki Bhanjyang, which takes about 2 and half hours. We continue along a pleasant trail which leads us to Nagarkot. Nagarkot, at (2175m) is by far one of the most well known destinations for those looking for that unique serenity. In clear weather the Himalaya range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness in early dawn to greet happy visitors with its unforgettable inspiring majesty and beauty. We crash out at our hotel in this bewitching town well placed on a convenient hillock.
Day 5: Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel
Breakfast at hotel and we head to next destination. This should take about six hours. As we approach Dhulikhel, an abundance of cultural diversities, interesting traditional practices, lush vegetation and rich birdlife unfolds before us. Dhulikhel, at (1440m) is a small little town with a long history. According to records, this town has been on historical records for more than 500 years. The artistic skill and urban culture of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of medieval charm and beauty.
The Streets are lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping tiled roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues throughout the town. The prime places of worship here are the Narayan and Harisiddhi temples which are adorned with prolific wood carvings. The Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, a 30 minute walk to the eastern part of town, is a peaceful and scenic spot. The Bhagawati temple is situated high-up in the western part of Dhulikhel and dominates the skyline. From hereabouts, we get striking vistas of the town and surrounding areas. Overnight at our lodge in Dhulikhel
Day 6: Trek from Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha-Panauti – drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, there will be approximately four and half hours trek and from Panauti to Kathmandu will take about one and half hours. From Dhulikhel, the trail climbs up to the Kali Mandir, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. From there the trail then plunges down to the village of Kavre past a line of shops and tea houses. It then climbs again through pine woods past Phulbari and up and down several hillocks before we reach the hill of NamoBuddha. Namobouddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m and is a very important Buddhist Pilgrimage site located in Kavre District. The Stupa and shrines built on this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site where the myth goes that a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving Tigress with several underfed cubs. This legendary episode is depicted in a stone slab and placed right next to a holy Stupa. Late noon, we cruise back to Kathmandu and the rest of our day is free to do our own things. Maybe some shopping for the loved ones at home would be the ideal thing to do. Overnight at your hotel
Day 7: Departure for home sweet home
We have breakfast at our hotel and your time is free till transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure 3 hours prior to your flight time. Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know. We have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets.
Please note: this Itinerary can be adapted according to your requirements and the number of days can be designed to match your time frame, anyway you want it.
Note: This program is subject to change due to unpredictable weather or any unforeseen circumstances.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. In Nagarkot, the hotel choices are just great and choices will suit any budget for a cool stay in this serene location. You will just love it. Dhap, Kakani and Shivapuri also provides a range of local village lodges that will suit your taste and budgets. Accommodations are never a problem in Nepal…the choices are exclusively yours.
The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. The hotels in Nagarkot offer a wide range of cuisines; you can find meals of Italian, Indian, Chinese and continental with classy preparations that the stomach will love. Dhulikhel also offers food of different international varieties with matching flavors, the choices are up for grabs…Bon appetit!
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.