Kathmandu Valley Trek treats you on fabulous sightseeing in Nepal’s capital, and a short scenic trek around Kathmandu Valley. After 2 days exploring the historical attractions of Kathmandu. We start hiking to Sundarijal Hill, which reveals views to the rugged mountain wall of the Himalaya which are hardly visible from Kathmandu. The coming days we head to the hill stations of Chisapani (2 100 m) and Nagarkot (2 175 m) from where you can observe the Himalaya from your hotel balcony. In Nagarkot you enjoy a panoramic view over the Himalaya including Mount Everest (little more than a dot on the horizon), Kanchenjunga in the east, Ganesh Himal (7 406 m), Langtang Lirung (7 246 m), Shisha Pangma (8 012 m), Dorje Lakpa (6 975 m) and Gauri Shankar (7 146 m).
During the trek, we not only indulge ourselves in beautiful mountains sights and local village life, we also discover Hindu and Buddhist sacred places including Dhulikhel, Panauti and Namo Buddha. At the border of Kavre district and Bhaktapur, we climb to the world’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva (44 m high), we explore exquisite carved Hindu shrines in Panauti and attend a meditation session with the monks in the Buddhist monastery of Namo Buddha. According to the Buddhist legend, Namo Buddha is the place where one of the past Buddha’s offered his body to a starving tigress so she could feed her cubs. His reliquary stupa remained underground for centuries. Namo Buddha is a sacred place for Buddhists and many pilgrims come to both the stupa and the monastery. Before returning to Kathmandu we explore the untouched medieval city and world heritage site of Bhaktapur which is blessed with historical palaces and temples, craft works and rich local customs. Kathmandu where you can make a cycling tour or enjoy more sightseeing, shopping or relaxing in the Garden of Dreams. The close up mountain views to Himalaya, bathing in clear winter skies and the rich cultures and traditions of Nepal will not be forgotten soon!
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1 350 m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1 340 m)
Day 03: Trek to Chisapani (2 100 m)
Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot (2 175 m)
Day 05: Rest Day in Nagarkot (2 175 m)
Day 06: Trek to Dhulikhel (1550 m)
Day 07: Trek to Namo Buddha (1 475 m)
Day 08: Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Day 09: Kathmandu (New Year Eve)
Day 10: More sightseeing and shopping
Day 11: Fly Back home
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We bring you to our office and Thamel – the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries and outdoor shops. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner.
Today we discover the highlights of Katmandu and the valley. We adapt the programm to your interests and desires and what you have seen before. Usually, we go to Pasupatinath on the bank of the Bagmati River, where the most important Hindu temples and burning ghats of Nepal are situated. In Bouddhanath we circumambulate together with Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist pilgrims the whitewashed stupa. Our sightseeing usually ends in Patan, the city of Beauty, an astonishing center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.
After breakfast we drive 15 km east from central Kathmandu. We walk 5 hours today. The trek starts with climbing up steep steps which lead to the viewpoint of Sundarijal and Shivapuri National Park. After 3 h ascending we take lunch at Mulkharka village. From there we head to the beautiful hill of Chisapani from where you have a fantastic panorama over the Himalaya Range. The sunrise and sunset view from here is tremendous. The weather will be cold after 5 pm so do not forget to bring warm clothes. Overnight in Shisapani.
We wake up the early birds in our company and invite them for a small sunrise hike outside the hotel which will be warmed up with tea, coffee and biscuits. After breakfast we start hiking through a lush green, panoramic valley. On our 6 h gentle walk today, we pass many Tamang villages. We take a break and have lunch after 4 h hiking in one of these villages. It will be a long walk to Nagarkot, but Nagarkot is without doubt one of the best place to enjoy Himalayan landscapes. From Nagarkot we observe Mount Everest (little more than a dot on the horizon), Kanchenjunga, Ganesh Himal (7 406 m), Langtang Lirung, (7 246 m), Shisha Pangma (8 012 m), Dorje Lakpa (6 975 m) and Gauri Shankar (7 146 m). Overnight in hotel.
Rest day – We take a rest day and explore the hillstation of Nagarkot and the surrounding Tamang villages. We visit the Kalika Temple and go for drinks to Himalayan Club Hotel. Overnight in hotel.
We descend down to Dhulikhel through the colorful Tamang villages and reach Dhulikhel Bazar after approx. 5 h walking. Dhulikhel is one of the oldest commercial trading centres linking routes Nepal and Tibet. Since time immemorial people of Nepal made journeys to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. Today Dhulikhel is the headquarter of Kavrepalanchok district inhabited by Newari people. We experience the old Newari lifestyle and culture, including carved wooden traditional windows, beautiful temples and craftsmanship. We feel once more the bliss of the surrounding hills and snowcapped Himalayas.
After breakfast we start to climb the Dhulikhel hill and the jungle where we encounter a Budhha statue. After reaching the hilltop we walk a mountain flat part and cross the BP High way few times before we enter the Namo Buddha area. After 4 h walking up and down we reach the main monastery of Namo Buddha. Here we participate in a meditation session with the monks and we visit the Namo Buddha Stupa where Buddha was offering his body to the tigers! The Stupa is dedicated to the young prince who sacrificed himself to a starving tiger and her cubs. The stupa is sacred and thousands of pilgrims visit the stupa during full moon days.
After our breakfast we walk down to Panauti and drive further to The City of Devotees Bhaktapur. The city was the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom. This World Heritage site is rich in culture, temples, wood, metal and stone artwork. It is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and weaving industries, excellent temples, beautiful ponds, rich local customs, culture, religion, festival, musical mystic and so on. Bhaktapur is still an untouched as well as preserved ancient city, which in fact, a world itself to explore for the tourist.
After more explorations in Bhaktapur and a short drive we reach Kathmandu.
Today you can indulge in a cycling tour, do more sightseeing, enjoy shopping or relaxing in the Garden of Dreams.
We bring you to Tribuvan International Airport and hope you did your stay in Nepal!
If you like to stay longer in Nepal: Traveltimes Treks can offer you plenty of suggestions, we can arrange rafting and safari trips, helicopter flights, mountain biking, multi day tours to old historical city of Bhaktapur, the mountain stations Nagarkot & Dhulikhel or retreats in the serene monasteries of Namobuddha and Kopan.
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