Around Kathmandu Valley – Hiking

Arrival City


Departure City


Lodging level

Accommodation : Hotel Lodge ( Tea House)


3 Course Meals

Trip Grade

Easy Hiking

Maximun Altitude



Sundarijal (1460m), Chisapani (2340m)

Chisapani & Nagarkot (2175m)

Balthali & Namobuddha


Hiking and Sightseeing


An incredible way to experience majestic Himalayan vistas, charming hill villages and artistic cultural sites of Kathmandu Valley!!

The hills surrounding Kathmandu valley offers an excellent opportunity for easy hiking to observe village life and superb mountain views. You will be seeing the stunning mountains views without climbing big hills, without taking long adventures and without having to go too far or climb too high. Beautiful verdant hills and traditional Newari villages encircle the valley of Kathmandu. Despite the city’s urban life is just a drive away, the villages remain comparatively less touched by modernity and have retained their old charm. We hike around hills and villages covered by terraced farms, verdant forests, and shrines dedicated to Hindu & Buddhist deities. This trip includes the places like Nagarkot, Chisapani, Sundarijal, Dhulikhel, Balthali, Namobuddha, Panauti, Khopasi and Bhaktapur. It’s for every age group and for all seasons.


It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the Monkey Temple or Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square.

After breakfast at the hotel, you take drive to Sundarijal, a small town 15 kms north- east from Kathmandu. En route you stop by Budhanilkantha or the temple of the ‘Reclining Vishnu’ that lies at the bottom of the Shivpuri Hill. The temple has a fifth century stone sculpture of Lord Vishnu, reclining amidst coiled serpents in the middle of a pond. Nepalese royalty were barred from entering the temple because of an oracle of 17th century Malla king , Pratap Malla. According to the oracle any member of the royal clan would die if he/she gazed on the face of the reclining Vishnu. After a brief visit, you continue driving uphill through a dense forest of oak, pine and rhododendron till you reach Sundarijal. You get down at Sundarijal and trek to the village of Chisopani or cold water. During the trek you get panoramic views of the surrounding hills and undulating Himalayan ranges like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Dorje Lhakpa and Annapurna. You stay overnight at a lodge.

After a hearty breakfast, we continue with our trekking adventure. From Chisapani we trek downhill to Nagarkot. Nagarkot, at 2100m is a hill resort located thirty kilometers away from Kathmandu. From here we get breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Manaslu and Gauri Shankar. We stay overnight at a resort.

After witnessing a magical sun rise from Nagarkot , we have our breakfast and get ready for the day’s trek. Today we hike to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a small Newari village which has become quite popular as a resort town. The mountain views from the village are breath taking. The streets lined with bare-brick houses, sloping tiled roofs, sacred statues, pagoda temples and carved wooden windows are the feature of the Dhulikel. Overnight at lodge.

After hiking for about 3 hours passing through forests, farms and terraced fields we arrive at the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha, where Lord Buddha in his previous birth is believed to have saved a tigress and her cub from starvation by offering his own flesh. There are wonderful views from the hilltop shrine. From here another 3 hours of easy hike will take you to Balthali village (2400m). Balthali is a sleepy Newari village which rests on a plateau at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola River. If the weather is clear, you can enjoy panoramic mountain views of the Himalayan range: Manaslu, Mt. Everest, Ganesh Himal, & Jugal Himal & the Mahabharat range. Overnight at a local resort.

From Balthali we continue trekking though Khopasi village to the Newari town of Panauti. Panauti is home to one of the oldest temples in Nepal, the Indreshwar Mahahdev temple which dates back to the 13th century. After exploring the bazaar and the ancient streets, we have our lunch and drive back to Kathmandu.

Our support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for other tours & treks, game drive at National parks, rafting etc. - ask us).

General Information

TRIP GRADE: Soft Adventure (Easy)

Day hikes along mid-hill ridge of Kathmandu Valley that doesn’t include extreme switchbacks! So, it’s not physically tiring but involves approx. 5-7 hours of easy walking. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercises and enjoy walking in hilly terrain.



Trekking in Nepal is categorized in three different types based on their way of organization (Camping Trek, Tea House Trek and GAP Trek). Around Kathmandu Valley Hiking is organized in two ways (Tea House Trek and GAP Trek) due to the abundance of accommodation facilities available in the region.

  1. Tea House Trek: This trek includes services like guide, food, accommodation in local Tea Houses and porters.
  2. GAP Trek: This trek includes services like Guide (G), Accommodation (A) in the Tea Houses, and Porters (P). Food bills are to be paid directly by the client.



Places in Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel offer a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you the high-quality services. In other places, accommodation is modest but comfortable enough to meet your requirements. Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation. For more information, you can ask us for details.



LODGE TREK: Meals are included in our price and are taken in lodges available along the trail. You can find a considerable variety of Nepali (rice, curry & lentil, momo, noodles, chapatis etc.) and Western food (pizza, pasta, sandwich, chips, porridge, toast, pancake, soup etc. ) as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer). The Guide suggests you the best option as per the availability.

GAP Trek: You will have to make your own eating arrangements in the lodges available along the trail. Expect to spend around $25-$30 a day for food. Guide, accommodation and porters are covered in the price.



On GAP trek and Lodge trek, you will be provided filtered water about 3-4 liters per person per day. The good thing about such water is it doesn’t smell chlorine. We normally use Sawyer Filters. However, you can also buy bottled water in tea houses. You can also bring water purification pills in case you want to drink water from local taps.



Money requirement depends largely on type of trek style, duration and trekking region.
For a two-week trek, you can take about $200-$300, more if you intend to get more table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas), souvenirs, battery charge, internet, hot shower (available in some places) etc. If you are on ‘GAP’ trek style you need to pay for all your meals. Approximately $25-$30 a day should be enough to cover your meals. We pay for your accommodation at mountain hut (teahouse) along the trail and bear all the expenses of staffs assigned by us, plus extra bar bills, snacks, hot shower, battery charge, internet etc.



You can change money at a bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. These days, there is availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu.



Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.



If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 2 people and the maximum is 15 people.

For a Private Booking, any number size from 1 pax to 20 pax is acceptable and can be comfortably organized. We go for special planning for handling group size bigger than 20 pax.



We provide different options concerning leadership in order to match your requirements:

1) Western leader

2) Trained Nepali Trek leader (experienced and knowledgeable)

3) Sherpa Guide (handles the logistics and guides you and your team on the trek)

The Sherpa guide (commonly called Sirdar) will be accompanied by a crew of porters. We provide 1 porter for 2 members.



For using internet, Wifi service is available in all stopovers. You can also use Ncell and NTC network (both for internet and mobile network), both of them work properly throughout the trek.



The starting point of the trek is Sundarijal and ending point is Panauti. Both points are easily accessible by road transfers. All transfers including airport pick up and drop transfers as per the itinerary are arranges by us.



During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgsfor flight safety and porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a daypack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel’s safekeeping.



Lodge/ Tea House Trek, GAP Trek

A typical day while trekking in Nepal consists of about 7-8 hours of activity. Each morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.



You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.



Clothing requirement varies with the type of tour and season. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu. From November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.



There are numerous suppliers of trekking gears in Kathmandu supplying genuine branded items or imitations depending on your choice and price. You can get anything from down jackets and sleeping bags to socks or thermal wears that you need for your trek. They might not be the best but good enough for the trek considering the price.



Security of our clients is our foremost priority. All our guides are licensed by Nepal Government. Our guides and support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They will ensure your safety and security throughout your trip.

During your trek, you will be sleeping in local teahouses. You have to take precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.



 You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. You just pass the customs desk and come out of the terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you with a garland.



We ensure liability as indicated in itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay for hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.



The best seasons to trek in NepalareAutumn (from mid-September till November end), and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). During this time of the year, the weather is dry with clear skies. However, trekking around Kathmandu Valley can be done any time of the year. Climate is Kathmandu is milder compared to other parts of the country with average annual temperature of 18°C (January, the coldest month – average 9°C; June, the hottest month – average 23°C). Monsoon (rainy) season falls between June to August. Though monsoon in Kathmandu is not very severe, it makes the trail muddy and visibility less. So, the appropriate time will be anytime from September to May. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.



The itinerary for this trek is a standard itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situationwhile on trek, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.



As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during the trek is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate.

If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.



We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.



All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. You can also get “On Arrival Visa” at entry points. For doing Annapurna Trek, you can come with a 30 day visa which costs US $ 50. You should have a passport size photo to get it at airport upon arrival. Some countries’ nationals need to get visa prior their arrival. Please check for detailed information.



Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip, please check our ‘Fixed Departures’ link for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people (minimum 1 & maximum 20 at a time).

If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor your trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to meet your needs.




We take your safety and security very seriously, and make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.



Before joining this short trek, we recommend you take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.



We are among the few companies in Nepal to receive Travelife Certificate Award for our long-term efforts in sustainable practices.


1.Care for porters and staffs

We ensure that all the porters and other staffs going into high altitude conditions during treks are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. All our porters carry less than 30 kg and underage porters are strictly prohibited in our operations. We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG –


2.Environmental Responsibility

Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible.

As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use LPG gas or kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We don’t use plastic bottles. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. Our staff carry garbage bag with them all the time and collect our garbage and other litters they find on trail, and dispose them on the designated area. We also volunteer to bring garbage down to Lukla while returning back. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.


3.Social Responsibility

Explore Himalaya works with the motto ‘Development through Tourism’. Keeping in line with this motto, Explore Himalaya Community Service Project (EHCSP) has been conceived to empower underprivileged, marginalized, poor and minority segments of Nepal.

Since its inception, EHCSP has been incessantly facilitating and advocating for school education, health, community development, forest conservation, agro practices and culture preservation. A certain amount of your trip money goes to these projects. For more details on our CSR initiatives, please visit

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • Lodge trek with guide, accommodation & porters only (Standard rooms on twin sharing)
    • All meals during trek only (except for GAP trek package)
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters (2 members= 1 porter: 15 kg only per member)
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System fees (TIMS) 
    • Airport transfers and tour/trek transfers in private vehicle
    • 3 nights hotel accommodations in Kathmandu (3*) on twin sharing with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to sightseeing monuments
    • Insurance for all staff & porters
    • Equipment & clothing for all staff & porters
    • First aid kit bag (carried by guide)

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • International flight and airport taxes
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal expenses (like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, extra meals, snacks while walking etc.)
    • Personal gears & clothing
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers, local staff etc.
    • Personal insurance and medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

Pay Now


Your booking of this trek will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.


If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost


In addition to this trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan etc. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you.


It is fundamental to acknowledge that trekking is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.


Kathmandu Valley comprises the capital city of Nepal. It lays in a hilly region near the sangam of two rivers Bagmati and Vishnumati, at an elevation of 4,344 feet (1,324 m) above sea level. Kathmandu vall is also known as the heart of Nepal, because it offers a marvelous place for hiking, cultural and traditional tour. While travelling to the valley you can witness the local lifestyle, culture and tradition of different program. It is most developed city if Nepal. Kathmandu valley is popular because of its unique architecture, and rich culture that includes the highest number of jatras.


Since Kathmandu valley is fully surrounded by the hills so there are no mountains in here but there are some amazing places from where you can see the mountains range. Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar mountains ranges are seen from Chandragiri, Shivapuri National Park. Dorjelakpa, Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu, Annapurna, Rahuchuli are seen from kakani. Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Jugal range, Rolwaling range, Everest range and Numbur range are seen from Nagarkot and Namoboudha. These are the range of mountains from different viewpoints.



Nepal is a beautiful country full of various flora and fauna. Due to the geographical and climatic variations in the country, Nepal has got a diverse species of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles. The climate of Kathmandu valley is mild because it lies in the middle of Mountain and Terai region. The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including pine, oak, rhododendron etc, depending on altitude. Wildlife in the park includes mammalian species such as Himalayan Black bear, leopard, jungle cat, and rhesus monkey. Kalij Pheasant, Indian Peafowl, Black Francolin, Common Quail, Hill Pigeon, Common Cuckoo, etc are some of birds found will travel to Kathmandu.



Kapan Monastery
Kapan monastery is Located at Kapan. It is a sacred Buddhist site which was founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe. You can hike or take a ride upto Kapan Monastery. For a hike you will have a pleasant walk from Boudhnath and Gokarna Mahadev Temple.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
Kathmandu Durbar square is listed in world heritage sites by UNESCEO. Kathmandu Durbar Square is located Basantapur. On this area there is Hanuman Dhoka temple, home of living goddess Kumari, Jagannath Temple, Sano Pashupatinath, Kasthamandap. Kathmandu durbar square was the royal places of Mall King and Shah Dynasty.

White Monastery
White Monastery is also known as Setogumba, it is a prestigious place for Buddhist culture. It is surrounded by lush green valley on the hilltop with amazing view at the time of sunrise and sunset. The main highlights of this monastery are its white color which means serenity and calmness. The monastery has several murals, statues and paintings that can provide in-depth information about Buddhism. It is only open on Saturday.

Chandragiri Temple
Chandragriri temple is located at Chandragiri hills. The temple is also known as Bhaleshwor Mahadev temple. People believe that it was the same place where Satidev forehead fell from her dead body while Mahadev carried her. The hills give panoramic views of Mount Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and Gaurishankar mountains.

Shivapuri National Park
It is the perfect place for short hiking near Kathmandu. It was established in 2002. It is an exciting place for bird watching and seeing a mesmerizing range of mountains. We can find over 300 species on Shivapuri National Park. Rare orchids, rhododendron, leopard, jungle cat, hanuman langur deer are some of the flora and fauna found there.



Kathmandu is diverse city. There are people from every ethnically groups. Newari ethnic group have a largest population around Kathmandu valley. Newars are known for their contributions to culture, art and literature, trade, agriculture and cuisine. Newars have continued their traditions, religion, culture and civilization of Nepal.

Beside Newari ethnic group, there are other many ethnic groups who have settled here like; Brahmins, Chetttris, Rai, Limbu, Tamang, Gurung etc. people have migrated here because it is a capital city of Nepal and it have better facilities.


Jatras refers to the Newa Festivals involving street festival or carnival. Different people, Different place celebrates different types of jatras. Janmadya jatra, Indra jatra are specially celebrated in Kathmandu valley. Rato Macchindranath Jatra, Bhoto Jatra are specially celebrated in lalitpur Valley. Bisket jatra and Shikalijatra are specially celebrated in Bhaktapur valley and Gai Jatra is celebrated in all three valleys. People make chariot and keep their god and goddess there.

Holi is a festival of color which is celebrated in Fagupurnima which is at the time of February march every year. People put colors and water to each other and enjoy it. Lots of people also prefer to drink bhang lassi during this festival.

Vijaya Dashami/ Dashain
It is the main and biggest festival of every Nepali people. It is celebrated for 10 days. People belief goddess Durga purified the world from the evil by killing them in those ten days. The festival falls during the month of September or October, starting from the shukla paksha (bright lunar night) of the month of Ashwin and ending on Purnima (the full moon).

Tihar is the festival of light. People share sweets and do puja of goddess Laxmi on this day. It is celebrated 4 days in the month of October and November. The festival begins with Kaag Tihar of Kartik Krishna Paksha (the 13th day of the waning moon) and ends with Bhai Tika on Dwitiya of Kartik Sukla Paksha every year.



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