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Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek

Kathmandu Cultural Trek

Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek 

The name 'Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trek' says it all. In 4 or 6 days you will travel through different (small) villages, each with their own charms and specific characteristics. It is an accessible trek for everyone, including the entire family, for those with time restrictions or simply because you do not want to miss the best viewpoints of Kathmandu. The hilltops of Nagarkot, Chisapani and Dhulikel are known as a beautiful panoramic view and you get a view of (possibly) a snow-covered Himalayan mountains, with the sunrise / sun over the Himalayas, the rural villages and take a look at the lifestyle of the villagers.

Trip Summary

  • Trekking Duration: 4 / 6 days
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trekking Season: All year round
  • Accommodation Type: Lodge / Tea Houses
  • Maximum Elevation: 2170m

Highlights

  • Travel from the capital Kathmandu to 3/5 different places to stay with different charms
  • Walk inside the forest from Sundarijal
  • Observe the daily lifestyle local people in the outskirt of Kathmandu valley
  • Get a stunning view of the Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Dorje lakpa. Rolwaling, Gaurishankar range in Chisapani
  • Visit the biggest artificial lake to clean the  Bagmati river 
  • Visit the famous hillstation Nagarkot
  • Enjoy the sunrise and sunsent from Nagarkot and Dhulikhel
  • Walk through the vegatables farm between Nagarkot and Dhulikhel
  • Enjoy terrace farming and village life of those living at the outskirts of Kathmandu
  • (Step into the temple in Balthali and practice yoga with the villagers in the early morning)

Itinerary

Day 01 - Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2200m)

On the first day, we take a 1.5 hour drive from the capital Kathmandu to Sundarijal where we will start walking. The first part of the trek involves passing through waterfalls, Sundarijal dam, and various rice terraces overlooking the Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. We take a moderate ascent through paved staircases and dried grasslands in the middle of the forest while passing through various villages until we reach Chisapani. Over night will be at a guest house in Chisapani where spectacular views of the Langtang range abound during daytime.

Day 02 - Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2175m)

From Chisapani, we start trek through small villages in semi-paved dirt road. Mountain views may be scarce during the earlier parts, but beautiful scenery overlooking the valley will be present later on at the northern side of the trail. We continue trekking for 7 hours until we reach Nagarkot, a busy village with clusters of hotels and restaurants with magnificent views.

Day 03 - Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1550m)

We start the day by trekking for an hour from Nagarkot until we reach the Nagarkot view tower which boasts of spectacular view of the entire Himalayas during fair days. From the tower, we will walk through the forest for another hour until we reach various terrace farmland and villages. We will reach Dhulikhel shortly after.

Day 04 -  Drive from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu (1350m) OR Dhulikel to Namobuddha
Namo Buddha is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites south of the Himalayas and is also one of the holiest Buddhist places in the world. Known by Tibetans as Takmo Lu Jin, meaning "Tigress Body Generosity", the Namo Buddha stupa marks the location where a young prince (in some versions, the Buddha himself) encountered a tigress who almost came close to starvation was able to feed her own cubs. Overwhelmed by compassion, the prince allowed the tigress to consume him and thereby feed her cubs. A small sanctuary a few minutes' walk from the stupa contains images of the prince together with the tigress and her cubs. On the other side of the hill is the monastery of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse, built in 1976. Many pilgrims visit Namo Buddha.

Day 05 - Trek from Namobuddha to Balthali
Balthali is located 1750 meters from the sea level in an environment full of tranquility and landscape.  It is a small village where you see the women working hard on the land to harvest the crops. From the early hours they walk with their basket on their back to provide their family with a small income.

You stay in a homestay with a loving family that you like to take with you in their daily lives. With a lot of patience and passion they tell about their religion, way of life, the way of life in Nepal, the spirituality and what this means for the village. All vegetables, tea, rice and other snacks are made fresh from our own garden.
The spirituality is very important in this village. You are free to take a yoga class in the temple in the morning.

Day 06- Trek from Balthali to Khopasi and we drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast we slowly head back to Kathmandu. We walk over a suspension bridge, meters above the water that you hear flow to the village of Khopasi. From Khopasi we drive back to Kathmandu.

Price and Cost Details

$395/- per person - based on 4 days trek 
Minimum 2 person in the group

Cost Inclusions:

  • One night 2 start hotel in Nagarkot with attached toilet  
  • Conservation/ National park fees and all government taxes
  • All required trekking permits
  • Kathmandu to Sundarijal by private car
  • All accommodations during the trek (twin sharing basis with common toilet)
  • Government-licensed and experienced English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage on 1:2 ratio (max. of 20 kg)
  • Salary of staff (guide and porter)
  • Insurance for staff during trekking period (porter and guide)
  • Dhulikhel to Kathmandu transport by private car

Cost Exclusions:

  • International airfare and travel taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee (tourist visas are issued upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Fee is 40 USD for 30 days stay)
  • Medical/personal travel insurance (must cover emergency evacuation cost)
  • Medical first aid kit
  • Personal trekking gear
  • All meals and beverages in Kathmandu
  • Dessert, snacks and dry food during trek
  • Personal donations for schools, monasteries, churches, etc.
  • Entrance fees for private museums, monasteries, sideshows etc.
  • All beverages during trek (mineral water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc.)
  • Personal expenses such as hot shower, telephone calls, laundry, wifi and battery charging
  • Tips for guide and porter (expected by staff)

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