Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking is one a scenic and shortest trek from Kathmandu Valley which combines culture, nature and views of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Everest. Package costs USD 300/Pax including all necessary services such as guide, porter, accommodation, meals, transportation permits etc.
Chisapani begins from the beautiful Sundarijal, the source of water for the denizens of Kathmandu Valley. Sundarijal Chispania Nagarkot trek passes through Shivapuri National Park which comes alive with colorful birds and many wildlife. The best feature of this Chispani hiking is probably the hike up to Nagarkot, which at 2175m is a very good spot to witness a panorama of Himalayan peaks from Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Everest to Kanchenjunga.
This short trek from Kathmandu will eventually head down to Bhaktapur, the medieval kingdom of the Mallas, where you will be amazed and mesmerized Newari culture and arts still alive in the many temples, pagoda and palaces that have stood the test of time.
There are some different routes to make this Nagarkot trek. But, route starting from Kathmandu to Sundarijal then uphill trek to Chisapni from Kathmandu is probably the best one.
Chisapani Nagarkot trek is the best destination for refreshing self in all kinds of natural beauty of mountains, landscape, flowers, animals, birds and others. Here are the some highlights of this trek:
Package cost USD 250/pax including all necessary services such as transportation, permit, necessary documentation, staff insurance, accommodation, food and taxes. There is no hidden or unseen cost. If you are travelling in a group of more than 2 person, do write to us, cost per person will be much lower.
There are several routes to make this Annapurna base camp trek. Please find the most scenic route map below.
We will pick you up at 8am from Thamel. It is recommended you have your breakfast before 8am. We will drive to Sundarijal, which is 17km northeast of Kathmandu and takes about 45 minutes. Sundarijal is the gateway of Shivapuri National Park and starting point of our trek. Sundarijal is a famous picnic spot for Kathmandu residents.
We start our uphill Sundarijal Chisapani nagarkot trek from Sundarijal towards Chisapani. Around 5 hrs of trekking is required to reach Chisapani. Sundarijal to Chisapani trekking route falls within Shivapuri National Park so this is a good opportunity to see wild animals such as wild boars, barking deer and leopard along with hundreds of colorful birds. The trail is very quiet with no proper place for lunch until Chisapani.
Chisapani offers good mountain views and traditional village lifestyle. Lunch and dinner will be served in hotel.
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After sunrise views and breakfast, we start our trek to Nagarkot. This (Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking) is quite a long day passing through Jarsipauwa. This route is also quite and scenic with constant view of Himalayan peaks. We will reach Nagarkot after almost 7 hrs of walking. Lunch will be taken en route. Once in Nagarkot, if you still have energy, you can continue your walk to Nagarkot view tower to watch sunset view. Dinner will be in the hotel.
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Observe early morning sunrise view over breakfast. At around 9am, we drive or trek to Bhaktapur. We will have plenty of time to take a tour of the medieval city of Bhaktapur A world heritage site, Bhaktapur hosts some of the finest specimens of Newar art and architecture such as 55 windows palace, Datatraya Square, Nyatapole Temple and Pottery Square. From Bhaktapur we will continue our drive back to Kathmandu.
Trip note: Juju Dhau sold in Bhaktapur is regarded as the king of yoghurt in Nepal. Tasting Juju Dhau is a must for all tourists visiting Bhaktapur.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is one of the best easy and high selling Nepal trekking package. We always suggest our guest to know some must know things about this trip. Here are some important information about this trip.
Chisapani Nagarkot trek start from Sundarijal to Chisapani following a scenic route, along the unstoppable stone stairs that continues up to Chisapani. It is a pleasant walk through the woods of rhododendron. Chisapani to Nagarkot hike trail is quite physically demanding because it takes about 7 hours to arrive at the hill station of Nagarkot. Most part of the trail until Nagarkot is through the forest of the Shivapuri National Park.
Your first day destination is Chisapani where you will reach about walking 4-5 hours from Sundarijal. The weather of Chisapani is always cold where you will enjoy the nature being far away from noise of Kathmandu. Next day you will walk 3 hours and have your lunch and after that you will walk 3 to 3.5 hour, with views of the Himalayas. It includes the Nagarkot Nature Trail, the Tamang Village Walk and Panoramic Hiking Trail with 180 degree views of the stunning landscapes with lush greenery and arrive to Nagarkot.
The hill-top town of Nagarkot is a popular destination from Kathmandu. This 3 days treks is approx. 60 km and involves a total 20 to 24 hours walk in 3 days from Chisapani to Nagarkot.
Sankhu to Nagarkot trek begins with a drive to Sankhu from Kathmandu and walking through Lapsiphedi, Jaharing Pouwa, Kattike Bhanjyang. It is 14 kms that takes 5 hours. Sankhu is ancient Newari village, it has temples, Nagarkot is famous hill station from where clearly have glimpses of180 degree of Himalayan ranges. Sankhu to Nagarkot day hike gives the hikers a good picture of the Nepalese village lifestyle along with an occasional glimpse of distant Himalayas on a clear day.
The timing of sunrise varies according to seasons. In summers, the sun rises between 5:00 AM to 5:40 AM while during winters; it delays to around 6:30 AM to 7:00 AM. Since the hill station is away from the city, there are lower amounts of dust and pollution in the air.
Yes, absolutely. This is a very well-marked and safe route with many human settlements in the way. Trekking to Nagarkot solo is a really fun idea.
Nagarkot, at an altitude of 2,175 meter above the sea level, is the most popular touristic destination out of the Kathmandu Valley. It is the favorite weekend gateway among those seeking mountain view in comfort and quiet.
In order to see a clear view of Nepal’s mountains and colorful festivals, we suggest you to travel in October and November. It’s a month for festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Loshar.
From September to April, the mountains are clear in the morning. The winter in Kathmandu is not really bad, and you can easily trek in January/ December. Spring is even more beautified with the blooms of wild-flowers as Rhododendron.
The June and July trek can sometimes be risky due to heavy rainfall; you must check the weather before leaving on Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot trek.
It’s an easy hike near Kathmandu, suitable for people who have less days of holiday or looking for a short escape nearby.
The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov).
No, you do not required any previous experience to do the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek.
I recently did Sundarijal-Nagarkot trek through Eyes on Nepal tours. The trip turned out to be amazing. Though it was a short trek from Kathmandu, I enjoyed walking through pristine and wild jungle and watching sunrise and mountain views from Nagarkot. I am thankful to my guide Janak, who was funny and always helpful. The trip ended with a visit to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, learning about history and Newari art and tasting Juju dhau or yoghurt. I highly recommend Eyes on Nepal for Nepal trip.
Memorable encounter that lasts for a lifetime
My encounter in Kathmandu with Angie and Siddharta was a fate of blessing. I was a solo female traveller, guided only by travelling tips from the internet. One of the main references that I used was Angie’s blog (Eyes on Nepal). They are very informative and down to earth. By pure luck, I met Siddharta in my hotel lobby and when I mentioned how I use Eyes on Nepal web as travelling guide, he invited me to have lunch with Angie! What a happy coincidence! It’s like meeting your favorite writer! 🙂
If this short yet memorable encounter was enough to fill me with joy and pleasure, I imagine taking a tour with Eyes on Nepal would be an amazing experience. Angie already gave me great advice and tips for my next visit. She knows the right moderate hiking trails most suitable for a clumsy city girl like me. I love the way she could easily sense my personal inclination. Thanks, Angie 🙂 Your sensibility will bring wonders to many. My great wishes for Eyes on Nepal. Can’t wait for my return to Kathmandu!
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