The Kathmandu valley cultural Trekking Trail is a moderate, no fuss trek that displays the best of Nepal’s rural culture and stunning Himalayan views.
The hat 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.
Most people associate trekking in Nepal with long arduous treks, high mountain passes and cases, this newly developed trekking route,
The main purpose for the development of this trekking trail was first to introduce this pristine wilderness area and open up the rich opportunities for cultural tourism for tourists; the convenient location and ease of access make it one of the best budget treks for those with limited time in Nepal. Secondly, the other reason is to bring tourism into “economically improvised” rural communities by helping them set up the tourism business and by encouraging tourists to come along and use the facilities. Our aim here is to help spread income generated from tourism across the board to all communities of Nepal. We strongly believe by encouraging this kind of environmentally responsible tourism to rural communities we can build a bright and prosperous future for tourism within Nepal’s rural communities and help to sustain a pristine environment at the same time.
Highlights of Kathmandu valley Culture HikingP
- 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
Day 1: Sundarijal-Chisapani(around 14 km)Time:- 5-6 hrs approx.
From the hotel, it's a short 30 minutes drive through the city, past Boudhanath stupa and out onto the countryside. Sundarijal is a small bus park and market square located at the entrance to Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park. The name Sundarijal means beautiful water and once you start your trek, you will see why. Head off on a stone staircase, the trail follows the beautiful cascading waterfall and stream for about an hour in the subtropical jungle until you reach the small settlement of Mulkarka, just before here we will pass an army check post where you need to purchase the Shivpuri entry ticket (250 Rupes). Mulkharka is the last place you can get refreshments and food before Chisopani, so perhaps an early lunch is in order and makes sure you take some snacks and plenty of drinking water. Here you have a long haul up the staircase, through farming villages, terraced paddy fields, and open grazing fields. Once you reach the top of the stairs, the trail steadies and we pass through the jungle on route to Chisopani (cold water). On arrival, given clear whether you will be greeted with your first tantalizing views of the Himalaya. Today’s trail is easy to follow.
Day 2: Chisapani-Nagarkot (around 20km) Time 6-7 hrs approx
From Chisapani you trek through the lush forests and through the “Dhapa”( wetlands ) and out into the rural hillside farming land, given clear whether you should get fantastic views through most of the day featuring Gauri Shankar, Shishapangma, and Mardi Himal. The trail is a scarcely used army jeep track, Though future plans could see this developed into the main road for entrance to Gosikunda, the holy pilgrimage lake. After about 7 km of walking, divert from the main frail and follow a narrow track through a short dense section of jungle, as you have to skirt around an army camp, there is a little bit of slipping and sliding involved on the steep track. The track is signposted to while, it’s easy to find, on a bend at the top of a short incline, the trail will be on your right. Below the Army Camp, there are a couple of simple tea shops where you can rest, get refreshments and some hot food, this place is out recommended lunch spot. Again proceed downhill on a narrow trail that passes through several farmyards before joining a simple road (currently under construction) through the terraced rice fields and then onto a largish village of Sano Kaule(Chauni Bhanjyang). Turn right onto the road once you have passed the school and follow this road for around 3km until you come to another village, Josh in poruwa, where3 you may encounter some traffic. Follow the road to the left and traverse around the rim of a spectacular valley to your left. This section of road is fairly flat and passes through pockets of pine forests and small villages. After about 3.5km, join another main jeep track at Kartikki Bhanyjayg. Head to the cluster of houses and shops in front of you as you join the main jeep track. This is another good place for refreshments. At the end of the village, follow the main road, not the left folk, uphill for the final 3 \km climbs to ask the way to “Nagarkot”. As you near the top of this road you will start to see a few hotels, from here to reach the main town and the budget hotels you must follow the road for another 20 minutes until you reach a tarred road and a cluster of cheaper hotels. This bustling hill station is one of the main tourist attractions for foreigners and locals alike as a viewing station for the Himalaya. You are spoilt for choice of hotels and lodges, with one to suit every budget.
Day 3: Nagarkot-Dhulikhel (around 16km) Time: 5-6 hrs approx.
In Nagarkot to Dhulikhel walk, there are very few options for food and water, so we recommend that you carry enough of both with you for the trek.
Leave your hotel and head towards Club Himalaya. Below this hotel, you will find a small walking trail which cuts across the hillside and takes you towards Rhonnie Bhangyang. The views of the Panchal Valley to your left are very good and given clear whether you should again get memorable views of the mid-Himalaya, included Everest.F allow the rugged, little-used jeep track until you come to a flat spot of land and a couple of farmhouses. This is Rhonnie Bhangyang. Follow the road straight, do not take the left or right turnings. Climb up a short sharp hill and arrive at an intersection with another jeep track. Take the left turn and follow this road along the ridge. After about a kilometer, a small trail on the right takes you down into the next valley. Don’t follow the main jeep track back down into the valley below Nagarkot, you want to keep Nagarkot over your left shoulder. Follow the track steeply downhill through the hillside which is dotted with villages. You are aiming for a vague ridge between two valleys. You will pass through the villages of Kanker and Tanchok. If you are unsure of the way just ask some locals for directions. From Tanchok, you will meet another main jeep track that you need to follow to your right and uphill for around a Kilometer to Tusal. Here you need to head again right to the largish town of Opi where you cross the main jeep track and head directly to Dhulikhel. The trail meets the Arniko Highway 1Km from the main town of Dhulikhel, at Himalayan Horizons Hotel. To get into town you need to turn right and head uphill.
Please note that this section of the trek can be confusing with the roads being developed and ever-changing. Note the main villages mentioned in this itinerary and be sure to repeatedly ask for directions. Don’t forget to take plenty of food and water, and perhaps per book your hotel in Dhulikhel so they know you are coming. Tell them your estimated arrival time as well and that you are trekking this route from Nagarkot.
Day 04: Dhulikhel-Balthali via Namobuddha Time: 6-7 hrs, Around 18 km
If you have the time this leg of the trek is highly rewarding and much worthwhile. If you want to shorten your day it’s also possible to catch a lift to either Nomouddha or Karve Bhangyang in a macro, local bus or Taxi.
We recommend that you do this.
On leaving Dhulikhel you need to pass through the main bazaar and head towards the picnic ground, it’s easy to find and everyone knows this place, so don’t be afraid to ask. From here you will see an entrance gate on your left. Here you can climb the 1000 stairs to the top or take the long road to the left of the stairs. Both routes go to the same place. Once at the top you will emerge from the jungle to a rather barren looking army camp. Look behind you, the stairs to straight across the jeep track, you will see on your left a gate and narrow path heading up into the army camp, feel free to go upwards for another five minutes to visit the Kali Temple and see the encompassing views of Panchkula Valley, Dhulikhel, and the Himalaya. On returning to the top of the main staircase, head down the steep narrow gully and rejoin the main jeep track following Iit to the left. Keep on a leftward course along a short ridge and head down through the villages to Kavre Bhangyang. You will be able to see the main highway below you if you get confused, just head of that. At the Bhangyang, stock up on water and snacks for the nest 7.5km of walking. Head directly across the road and through the gate onto a dirt road. This road will take you steadily upwards to another largish village and Bhangyang. From here it’s about 2 km, keeping to the road to Namobuddha, once you top a crest you will be able to see the impressive Monastery in front of you. Here you can find some places to take lunch. If you are tired it’s also possible to find simple lodgings here either, up at the main Monastery or in the simple guest house at the Stupa, further back up the road you came down is Namobuddha Resort.
From Namobuddha there are several ways to get to Balthali Village, you should allow around three hours to cover the nest 10 Km. The easiest way is to follow the road down to the small stupa and keep going downhill on this road (take the fork about 100 meters before the stupa). About 2.5km of downhill and another 3 km of uphill and flat walking brings you to Sanchu Village, at the bottom of a downhill section, you need to take the small track to the left-hand side. Following this trail through the beautiful orange farming villages, you will come across a newly constructed road, should it fork off, take the most direct forward route, staying on the side of the hill and don’t go you or down. Eventually, this road will end and you will see a river and suspension bridge far below you. You must proceed carefully down the foot trail to the bridge and climb steeply up the other side for about 20 min. At the top you will come to the gap in a hedge, go through the gap and turn left onto the trail. Follow this to the village. Once in the village, you need to head to Balthali Resort, the only accommodation in the area. Follow the road straight for about ten minutes then take a left turn and walk steadily uphill. You should be able to see the resort on the hilltop in front of you. Ask the friendly local villages for help if you get lost. The last 10 minutes climb steeply upwards on an earthen staircase that brings you to the Resort and your well-earned rest for the night.
Day 05: Balthali-Panauti via Khopasi Approximately 3hrs, Around 10km.
This section of the walk eases you out of rural Nepal and back into the hustle and bustle of urbanized life. It is possible to take transport, but the road is rough and bumpy and it’s far better to walk at least until Khopasi. You should be able to make Panutie by lunchtime, so just carry some snacks and water.
Leaving the resort, head back down the way you came until the intersection with the main road at the bottom of a gentle hill, yesterday you came up this road from the fight, today you must proceed to your left. The road heads downhill slightly, skirting a small vale cultivated with terraced rice fields, climb steeply yo the other side of this vale and follow the right fork in the road through another village. The road undulates here and then heads steeply downhill through a pocket of forest to a bridge which crosses the fiver. Climb up the other side and sticking to the main road follow it too and the intersection where you need to take the right-hand downward fork. The road makes one last climb on a rough cobbled section before entering the village of Khopasi. When you meet the main tarred road, turn right and follow this road all the way to Panties. Along the route, Keep a look out for the spire of the temple on your right you should be able to make your way through the rice fields to the river where you can find the bridge to cross to the temple, if not just follow the road, cross the bridge and turn right onto a small side street which will take you to the temple complex (straight on takes you to the main town, restaurants, Pantie Hotel, and the Bus Park).
In the center of town is a big bus park, you should be able to find a bus going to Kathmandu, make sure you ask that it goes director you may have to change buses in Banepa. There is also one simple hotel here, should you wish to stay overnight. Buses also depart from the bus park to Dhulikhel, Bhaktapur, and Banepa. The Journey to Kathmandu takes about an hour and a half depending on traffic. The bus will terminate at the bus park, from where you can take a rickshaw or taxi to your Hotel.
Doing 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.
Note regarding itineraries.
- 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.