The Kathmandu valley cultural Hiking is a moderate, no fuss trek that displays the best of Nepal’s culture, tradition, local lifestyle and stunning Himalayan views.
The hiking can be enjoyed with; simple preparation and minimal equipment, don’t think of it as a trek, it’ more like an extended walk that has a lot to offer, culturally, visually and physically.
Kathmandu (1350 m) is a teeming metropolis caught up in the throes of modernization. The city takes its name from a centuries-old structure, Kasthamandap, which humbly translates to ‘wooden pavilion’. Kasthamandap is a temple that sits majestically in the busy World Heritage Site Durbar Square among several other regal structures. Legend has it that the large, three-story-high structure was made from the timber of a single Sal tree and was originally built as a trade crossroads in the twelfth century CE. It would be difficult to visit Nepal without passing through Kathmandu at some point. Colloquially speaking, all roads lead to this capital city. For getting around Kathmandu, there is a public transport network of buses, mini-vans, and smaller tempos or three-wheeled public transportation vehicles that travel throughout the valley on specific routes. This is an inexpensive way to get around and allows insight into the lifestyle of city dwellers, but public vehicles are usually packed with people.
KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE:
The Kathmandu Durbar square is the ancient place of Malla Rulers of Kathmandu Valley. The palace is the combination of many temples and monuments reflecting archaeological importance and cultural richness prevalent during the days of Malla rulers. Some of the attractions of the Kathmandu Durbar Square are the nine-storied place, Kastamandap Temple, Kumari Ghar, Kal Bhairabh and the museum inside the palace.
Pashupatinath temple is located in Kathmandu is the biggest temple complex in South Asia. The temple is the ultimate pilgrimage site for Hindus throughout the world. As a result, the area is always swarmed in by Hindus from a different part of the country as well as from India. located at the banks of holy Bagmati River, the two-storied pagoda temple of Pashupatinath, house the five-faced statue of Lord Shiva. Apart from the main shrine, there stands the great golden bull of Nandi - Shiva's vehicle and numerous temples dedicated to different gods and goddesses in and around the Pashupatinath temple area.
Historians believe that the history of Swoyambhunath Stupa is as old as the history of the Kathmandu Valley. It is said Swayambhunath was immersed below water when the whole Kathmandu Valley was a big lake. According to Swayambhu Purana, a stupa was built around the lotus that emitted brilliant light after Manjushree cut a gorge and drained the water of the lake. There are numerous monasteries in and around the Swoyambhunath Stupa area. The area as a landmark in Kathmandu Valley as it provides an excellent view of the Kathmandu Valley.
The great stupa of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in entire South Asia. Situated in Bouddha, a short drive from the city center, the white mound looms 36 meters overhead. It is believed that Boudhanath was constructed in the 5th century, many monasteries around the stupa are to be found as the area has been inhabited by people having faith in Buddhism. Usually, Buddhist monks on maroon robes are seen circumambulating the stupa with prayer wheels on their hands. Numerous small stupas are located at the base.
The most enigmatic statue of Hindu God Bishnu, Budhanilkantha statue is located at a distance of 10 km from the center of Kathmandu. It is located at the base of the Shivapuri Hill and is the largest and most beautiful stone carving in all of Nepal. It is also the most enigmatic. Carves from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the statue of Budhanilkantha is 5 meters in length and it lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water also representing the cosmic sea which is 13 meters in length.
Also referred as the Sleeping Bishnu, or Jalakshayan Narayan, the statue, depicts the deity reclining on the twisting coils of the cosmic serpent Shrestha, the eternal, multi-headed king of the serpent deities known as Nagas, and also is the servant of the Lord Bishnu. With crossed legs and eleven heads of Shesh cradling his head, the statue of Bishnu’s four hands hold objects symbolizing his divine qualities: a chakra representing the mind, a conch-shell; the four elements, a lotus flower; the moving universe and the club; primeval knowledge. Budhanilkantha receives large numbers of pilgrims during Haribondhini Ekadashi, which takes place during the 11th day of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November). It is the major festivals for the year in celebration of the awakening of the lord Bishnu from his long sleep.
Highlights of Kathmandu valley Culture Hiking
- Private Hike from Sundarijal to Namobuddha via Nagarkot.
- Get experience from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.
- Amazing, views of snow-capped Himalayas.
- Explore Buddhist monasteries at Namobuddha
- All ground transportation by private vehicle as per programs
- One night accommodation with full board meals at best available guesthouse in Chisapani
- One night accommodation with full board meals at a 3-star category hotel in Nagarkot
- An English speaking trekking guide and a porter to carry your luggage including their meal, accommodation, and salary
- Trekking permits, government taxes, and office service charges
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa
- Tips for tour guide, trekking guide, porter and driver
- 1-2 long sleeve T-shirts
- 4-5pairs of Socks
- A down Jacket
- A wind and waterproof thin layer jacket.
- 2 windproof/waterproof trousers
- A Thermal wears (especially a trouser)
- A pair of a good trekking boot
- Pair of sandal
- Winter hat
- A pair of half gloves for walking stick (if you prefer)
- Sunscreen (35 to 60spf)
- Sleeping bag
- Water bottle and water purifying pills
- And medicines which are necessary for you.
Good to KnowDoing treks in Himalayas of Nepal is the distinct culture and environment. Trekkers need to consider on following do’s and don’ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people by saying “Namaste” and “Tashidelek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see your front and behind fellow.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask a question to the guide for the next day trekking necessity, so that you could pack in your small backpack because rest baggage will carry by a porter and will get only in the evening.
- Do give the donation to the monastery in the trekking area where they don’t collect tickets from the visitors but there is a donation box.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitude.
- Don’t underestimate the local culture and belief even if you find uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take a picture of the people without their permission during the trek because some individual doesn’t like that.
- Don’t be strange if local people stare at you because they are surprised to see you, not with a bad intention.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas, most places provide you only the basic facilities.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global responsibility to save the environment.
- Don’t give money to the children and the beggars; it encourages them to beg from the visitors.
Although we generally adhere to the schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions, suitable campsite availability, and the group's general fitness level. It is important to understand that our trek is logistically complex and it is not unusual that adjustments be made. Our guide will orient you each evening to the following day's plan; their good judgment is the key to the long history of successful treks that Sherpa expedition & trekking Pvt. Ltd. Walkers have led till now. Please remember that our ability to make adjustments as needed helps to ensure that your trek is successful.