Kathmandu-Nagarkot Hike – 3 Days

Kathmandu-Nagarkot Hike – 3 Days

This short trip takes you to amazing landscape that’s within easy reach from Kathmandu; it also offers the views of the Himalayas from the villages and towns you pass.
Go on 3 day trip for
US $150 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH8388
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 3 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: 2,175 m/7,136 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Best Season: 
January to June and September to December

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at the mystical and magical Kathmandu valley
  • Nature walks in Shivapuri National Park
  • Spectacular views of the Himalayas
  • Experience ethnic cultures and lifestyles
  • Amazing views from the hill station Nagarkot

Trip Information

When you have less time in Nepal, want to trek in its mountains and catch the views of the Himalayas you have been hearing, this short hike is one for you. After arriving in the capital Kathmandu, check into the hotel we have booked for you and then go exploring Thamel. The legendary place is full of bars and cafes, souvenir shops, trekking equipment shops, bookstores and all sort of things a travelers’ hub usually has. If you have time, you can visit Garden of Dreams, a neo classical garden.

We will host a pre-hike meeting in our office or at the hotel and introduce you to your hiking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your hike. We will also supply you with our duffel bag and 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.

On Day 2, your hiking guide will come to your hotel lobby. Be ready at around 8 am. Then, he will take you to Sundarijal on a private tourist vehicle. The drive from Thamel to this place where you will start the hike normally takes 1 hour. Once there, start moving up. About after half an hour of walking, you will reach the gate of Shivapuri National Park. Enter the park and let it amaze you. And as you make progress in your hike, on a clear day, you will catch the glimpses of the magnificent Himalayas. Overnight will be at a guesthouse in Chisapani.

On Day 3, a seven-hour trek takes you to Nagarkot. From this hill station, the views are more spectacular. The scenic town is popular among both domestic and international tourists. And from Nagarkot, a private tourist vehicle will bring you back to Kathmandu. It takes about 1 hour.

Trip Price:
USD 270 per person – One person booking
USD 200 per person – Two people booking
USD 180 per person – Three to six people booking
USD 150 per people – Seven plus booking

Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02 Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani (2,050 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
  • Day 03 Trek to Nagarkot (2,175 m) and Drive Back to Kathmandu – 8 hours.

Price Includes

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

  • Standard twin-share/double accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (1 night only)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation in Chisapani (1 night only)

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • All the required ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary

  • 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

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • Shivapuri National Park entrance fee

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses

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.

General

  • 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.)
  • Daypack
  • 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)

Hand

  • Liner gloves
  • Heavier shell gloves (For winter)

Core Body

  • T-shirts
  • 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

Feet

  • 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
  • Band-aids
  • 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.)

Optional

  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
  • Binoculars
  • 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 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 for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency and for multiple Entry of 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

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. You would need photos for permits.

We use standard rooms at three star hotels in Kathmandu 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 teahouse, 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 hotel in Kathmandu is 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 common toilet facility in the guesthouse.

During the trek, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.

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, USD 45 Per Room Per Night would be added as a single supplement fee. The single supplements are always guaranteed in Kathmandu 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 cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, and 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 at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Bottled water is easily available at the lodges or teahouse you would stay in Chisapani, which 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 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, 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.

One of the most unpredictable elements of the Mountains is the weather. If you’re not properly prepared for the twists, turns and volatility of the conditions that can occur in this breathtaking region, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable and unpleasant situation. Here are some weather basics to help ensure that you come to the Himalayas as well equipped and prepared to face anything.

Generally speaking, the nights are much cooler than the daytime hours in the Everest region. Many first-time trekkers are surprised to learn about the incredible range that may occur in a given day. During the day, the thermometer could reach temps as high as 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), only to dip down as low as -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F) in less than 24 hours. While there’s no way to know exactly what each day in the mountains will bring, the weather and temperature ranges tend to be somewhat predictable based on the month and season.

Spring – March / April / May / June
Spring happens to be one of the best times of the year to visit the Everest region, although because of this, it can become somewhat crowded. One can meet many other Everest climbers during this season and base camp is full of tents. The beautiful clear blue sky can be seen and the many different species of flower are visible in the lower altitude.

During springtime, the average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), with a maximum of 25 degrees C (77 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

July / August Through Mid-September is Monsoon Season
This season is not really recommended to travel as it rains in the lower altitudes, below 3500 meters. In areas above 4000 meters, it rains sometimes and although it is also sometimes dry, very few people travel during this season. There are positive sides of trekking during the monsoon months as the excess rainfall can provide ample chance to see spectacular views of the waterfall and it’s also the best season to avoid the crowds.

During Monsoon, the average temperature is 22 degrees C (71.6 Degrees F), with a maximum of 30 degrees C (86 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -5 degrees C (23 Degrees F), in the morning and at night for areas above 4000 meters.

Autumn – End of September / October / November
Similar to springtime, autumn in the Everest region is also a crowded season, but it’s one of the best times to trek. While it lacks the beauty of flowers, the clear blue sky can be seen, affording incredible views from just about every angle.

The average temperature during the fall is 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 20 degrees C (68 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -15 degrees C (5 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

Winter- December/ January/ February
Winter start from mid December till mid February. People still like to trek in this month due to fewer crowds. View is still good but foggy so having extra days is highly recommended during this period.

The average temperature during the winter is 10 degrees C (50 Degrees F), with a maximum temp of 17 degrees C (62.6 Degrees F), during sunny days and a minimum of -20 degrees C (-4 Degrees F), in the morning and at night, for areas above 4000 meters altitude.

The above temperature is based on outside of the guesthouse temperature. No need worry about the cold temperature as we provide the sleeping bag plus the extra blanket to make sure our clients are warm enough during the time of need.

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. They are trained to use first aid kit and have knowledge to use Oxy meter in order to track your oxygen level just to make sure you are fit enough to continue your high altitude walk.

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 from horse to mules or helicopters in the must needed cases especially when client is seriously sick in the mountain and needed 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.

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    Note: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, which 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