Around Kathmandu Trek – 6 Days

Around Kathmandu Trek – 6 Days

This trip consists of visit to some important heritage sites of Kathmandu and easy treks to some hiking areas near or around Kathmandu valley. To sum up, we can say that it is a complete
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  • Trip Code: ATH3251
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Paths 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 3,000m.
  • Max Altitude: 2,175m
  • 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

Trip Highlights

  • Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Swoyambhu, Patan, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
  • Old Newari Culture, experience local lifestyle.
  • Beautiful scene of Himalayan range like from Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel.
  • Sunrise/Sunset from Nagarkot.
  • Old Palaces, Museums, Temples, Stupas.

Trip Information

This trip consists of visit to some important heritage sites of Kathmandu and easy treks to some hiking areas near or around 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 climbing any mountain.
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.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 02– Pre-trip meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 03 – Drive Kathmandu – Sundarijal to start our trek for Chisapani (2,050 m), 1-hour drive and 6 hours trek. Overnight at Guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175 m)-7 hrs. Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot.
  • Day 05 – Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1,440 m, 6hrs) and same day drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Day 06– Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport (1,345 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.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast, around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your 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. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.  The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)

This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)

Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swoyambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.

Patan City

It is an old Newar city. See the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabir (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curios shops and Bazaars.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)

Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple.

Boudhanath

Later visit Boudhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 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.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast Included

Day 3 – Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal to start our trek to Chisapani (2,050 m)- 1 hr drive & 6 hrs Trek.

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 Shivapuri with an opportunity to view the mountains, the village, down the bottom and lush green forest with different kind of birds during your trek. Walking 6 hours you will reach Chisapani. 

Overnight at guest house. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4 – Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175m)- 7 hrs.

In the morning, the northern mountain views attract you. You will start trek to Chauki Bhanjyang, which takes about 2 and half hours. You will stop here for an hour for your lunch. You continue the charming trails leading in 3 hours towards Nagarkot. (Walking 5/6 hrs), Nagarkot (2,175 m) is by far the most popular hill station in Kathmandu valley. In the clear weather, the Himalayan range stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe-inspiring majesty and beauty.

Overnight at Hotel in Nagarkot. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5 - Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1,440 m)- 6 hrs and same day drive to Kathmandu.

You will start your trek around 8 am, the trials is moderate which takes around 6 hours to Dhulikhel. This is a Newari town at altitude of 1,440 m offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views. Lunch will be served here and after lunch drive back to Kathmandu on private A/C vehicle. After returning to Kathmandu, you have the afternoon and the evening to stroll along the streets of Kathmandu for some last-minute shopping. There is a farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 06- Transfer to airport for your final departure

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast Included

  • 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 10 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:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 Pax $680 Single room provided in Kathmandu
    2 Pax to 4 Pax $550
    5 Pax to 7 Pax $500
    8 Pax to 10 Pax $440
    10 Pax + $400 Complementary trip for one person
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Two/three star hotel accommodation in Nagarkot on full baord.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.

  • Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek in Chisapani (Trekking Guesthouse in twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking 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.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fee for all the visiting places.

  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst 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 a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.(Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep)
  • Daypack

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears ( only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February, November and December).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are traveling in rainy season from June to September.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal 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.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

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 equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please 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. 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 sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes ( Shivapuri and 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 trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

For accommodation in Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, we use two/three star hotel including all your meals and hot drinks.

Most guesthouses cook 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. In many larger villages, you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours, transfer and pickups.

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.

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 30 deg C to 0 deg C low.

No problem at all because the lodges mostly 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 at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

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.

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.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. 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.

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, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower.

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information page to insurance details.

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.

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 only.

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.

YES, US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to traveling.
· 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.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org