Around Kathmandu Trek – 6 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3251
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 6 Days
- Trip Level: ModeratePaths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,800m.
- Max Altitude: 2,175 m/7,136 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu - Shivapuri - Chisapani - Nagarkot - Dhulikhel - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January to June and September to December
- Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
- Get acquainted with local cultures, especially Newari culture.
- Impressive views of the Himalayan range from Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.
- Sunrise/Sunset from Nagarkot.
- Peaceful trekking trails.
This trip consists of visit to some important heritage sites of Kathmandu and easy treks to some hiking areas near Kathmandu valley. To sum up, we can say that it is a complete package of physically less challenging trips around Kathmandu valley.
You’ll get to do sightseeing around some of the most popular and significant cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu. Then, you’ll trek to the naturally blessed areas like Shivapuri, Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. What is even more interesting about this easy trek is that you’ll get an opportunity to observe the mountainous range from those places, even without actually getting near to any mountains.
All of them are around Kathmandu valley and don’t require much physical guts. So, even kids and old people can enjoy this tour without any sort of difficulty.
- Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 03 – Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani (2,050 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
- Day 04 – Trek to Nagarkot (2,175 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 05 – Trek to Dhulikhel (1,440 m) and Drive to Kathmandu – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.
- Day 06 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.
Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Note: Either on this day or the next day, there will be a pre-trip meeting. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.
Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 03 - Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani (2,050 m) - 7 hours
After breakfast, we take around an hour drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. For anyone wishing to truly get away from the distractions of urban life, it is the perfect retreat. We start our trek towards Chisapani with an opportunity to view the mountains, the villages and the lush green forests with different kinds of birds and animals. Walking for 6 hours, we will reach Chisapani.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 - Trek to Nagarkot (2,175 m) - 7 hours
In the morning, the northern mountain views attract us. We will start trek to Chauki Bhanjyang. We will stop here for an hour for lunch. We will continue the charming trails leading towards Nagarkot. Nagarkot (2,175 m) is by far the most popular hill station in Kathmandu valley. In the clear weather, the Himalayan range emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe-inspiring majesty and beauty.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 - Trek to Dhulikhel (1,440 m) and Drive to Kathmandu - 7 hours
We will start the trek around 8 am. The trials are moderate which take around 6 hours to reach Dhulikhel. This Newari town at altitude of 1,440 m offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views. From here we take a private tourist vehicle back to Kathmandu. After returning to Kathmandu, you have afternoon and evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinner included.
Day 06 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
- We do not have fixed departure date for Around Kathmadnu Trek. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 25 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
See Group Booking Discount
No. of people Price per person 1-1 USD 625 2-2 USD 425 3-6 USD 400 7-12 USD 355 13-18 USD 330 19-24 USD 320 25-30 USD 310
- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private tourist vehicle
Standard twin-share/double accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (3 nights only)
Guesthouse accommodation in Chisapani (1 night only) and standard twin-share/double accommodation in a three-star hotel in Nagarkot (1 night only)
All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English-speaking trekking guide
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
Private tourist vehicle transfer from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)
Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu
Shivapuri National Park entrance fee
Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
Price Does not Include
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)
International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks
Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section
The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.
This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (This is only needed for Chisapani stay during winter; we can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag which is yours to keep.)
- Down jacket (For winter; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat.)
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Normal sunglasses
- Neck warmer (For winter)
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves (For winter)
- Thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
Lower Body – Legs
- Thermal bottoms
- Trekking pants and shorts
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks (For winter)
- Waterproof hiking/trekking shoes
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Even though this is low altitude trek it involves long hours for walking through the stairs up and down.
Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.
YES, you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 30 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 50 and 125 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 photos (passport size) with you for your trip to Nepal.
We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu and Nagarkot with breakfast included.
For the one night accommodation in Chisapani, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment.
The lodges in Chisapani usually provide single and double rooms or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In teahouses, food will be prepared in the kitchen, which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in teahouses provides essential and basic facilities and is always outside the room.
The hotels in Kathmandu and Nagarkot are air-conditioned but during the stay in Chisapani the room would be very basic with no any heating or cooling facilities.
However as it gets colder above 2,000m especially if you are trekking in winter season (Dec to Feb), they do have facility of hitting the dining area by providing kerosene or metal heater.
During the trek, Chisapani does have both attached western style flushing toilet and the squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground. The squat toilets are always outside of the room.
During the trek, Chisapani does have common toilet facility in the guesthouse.
The guest house in Chisapani sells the toilet paper so you can buy it there itself. Hand sanitizer and a towel you must bring your own.
During the trek we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing and dormitory styled room instead of a single room. The lodges in Chisapani will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.
In Kathmandu and Nagarkot, USD 45 Per Room Per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu and Nagarkot but not in Chisapani especially during the peak time.
The guesthouse in Chisapani cooks a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while for the lunch you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guide will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
All the restaurants that we dine at in Kathmandu and Nagarkot, cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.
YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.
No problem at all because mostly, the lodges serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals during the trek is not really safe for the stomach.
Bottled water is easily available at the lodges or teahouse you would stay in Chisapani and in the hotel at Nagarkot, you can buy at the cost of USD 1 to USD 2 per liter.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek, purifying water with any sort of purification tablets or drop is must. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it in Kathmandu.
In the hotels at Kathmandu and Nagarkot you will get attached bathroom facility and during the trek to Chisapani you will get common shower facility.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Nagarkot, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 Per Person for a lunch and a dinner. Similarly USD 8 to USD 10 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking days.
In Kathmandu and Nagarkot, yes – to some extent but in Chisapani this facility is not available. So please change the currencies in local Nepali Rupees before you start your trek.
We provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans, tourist bus to and from Kathmandu. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are traveling in cooler areas.
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.
The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and 30% deposit payment. You can pay the rest of the balance when you arrive in Kathmandu by USD Cash, Credit cards (Master, Visa and American Express) any card payment requires 4% bank fee while doing the transaction, which is taken by bank itself. (Ace doesn’t own any of those 4% amount)
You can clear the remainder of the money upon your arrival in Kathmandu or even before you arrive in Kathmandu. You can use USD cash, American Express, Master or Visa cards for the payment options. There will be 4% bank levy when paying by credit cards.
Cancellation notice is required, minimum of 20 days prior to trip departure. If the reason is valid the Trip shall then be termed as cancelled and the cancellation charge of 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid.
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Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.
This trek can be done in winter season as well.
During the spring (March/April/May/June), the temperature can go as high as 35 degrees C (95 degrees Fahrenheit) whereas during the winter season (December/January/February), the temperature may go as low as 5 degrees C (41 degrees Fahrenheit). Both the seasons are good for the trek to Chisapani.
During the monsoon (July/August through mid September), it is not really recommended to travel as it rains heavily and the trek may not be as expected.
The Autumn (end of September/October/November) is the best time to travel and trek. During this season, the average temperature is 15-25 degrees C (59 degree Fahrenheit-77 degree Fahrenheit).
The temperature rating of the sleeping bags we provide are about -10 deg C (14 Deg Fahrenheit), our guide can provide liner or extra blanket from the lodge in the mountain if the sleeping bag is not warm enough for you.
Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.
Our guides are 24 hours available for the services during the trek and are trained to use first aid kit.
Guides also carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and Ncell in order to update whereabouts and situation of our every client. During the time of emergency our guides are alert and keeps updated to head office in Kathmandu that is available 24 /7 to arranging necessary help in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick and needs to be hospitalized.
Our Company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
You don’t need to submit any immunization documents to enter Nepal however if you have been immunized with diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus then that is a plus point but it’s not mandatory.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc.
The hotel in Kathmandu does provide the free storage services. So you can leave all your items that are not required for the trekking at your hotel.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food. Please consult with your guide and he will update our office in Kathmandu and we can make the arrangements accordingly.
If you are in private or solo trip it would be possible as your itinerary is very flexible where as if you were in-group then this option would be limited so please make sure you discuss with your group and guide and your guide will update us accordingly.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
YES all our trips are guaranteed to run. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants; we can arrange the trip for one person as well as a private trip at very minimum additional cost. Please inquire about this during the time of booking.