Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas on the horizon during this short and easy trek, where you will have the chance to view the Himalaya's highest peaks on a clear day with Mount Everest in the distance. Depart from Kathmandu on Day 1 and travel to Sundarijal to begin your trek, ending the day in the hill-top village of Chisapani. Trek past incredible Himalayan views on Day 2 before reaching the village of Nagarkot at 2150m. Rise early to watch the iconic sunrise over the Himalayas on Day 3 before descending to through forests and villages to Dhulikhel, from where you will drive back to Kathmandu.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Kathmandu - Sundarijal (1350m) - Chisapani (2150m) / approx. 5.5 hours
Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (approx. 45 minutes) and then begin a steep climb to reach Chisapani. Chisapani, meaning cold water, always has a cool climate where you can enjoy nature and friendly local villagers far from the noise and crowds of busy city life. Walking through village, greeting friendly locals and listening to the birds chirp in Chisapani makes it a pleasurable experience.
Day 2: Chisapani - Nagarkot (2163m) / approx. 7 hours
An interesting trail takes us to the hill retreat of Nagarkot, perched on a ridge 32 km east of Kathmandu with sweeping views of five of the world's ten highest peaks; Everest, Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and Manaslu. Nagarkot is a popular spot to watch the sunrise and sunset over the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas.
Day 3: Nagarkot - Dhulikhel (1531m) - Kathmandu / approx. 5 hours
Follow the trail climbing up to the tower of Nagarkot for excellent views of the mountains (including Mt. Everest) and the Kathmandu Valley. Then the trail descends through forests and villages until Dhulikhel, where you will take a 1-hour drive back to Kathmandu, arriving around 15:00.
Suggested Packing List: Backpack (10 - 15 liters), sleeping bag (if desired-- sheets & blankets are provided), hiking poles, rain pants, plastic rain poncho, trekking boots, sandals/flip flops, thermals (socks, t-shirts, sweater), windbreaker, hiking trousers, shorts, wool hat/beanie, gloves, sun hat, sun block, sunglasses, flashlight/torch, camera (with extra batteries & memory card), personal medications, reusable water bottle, water purification tablets, toiletries (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toilet paper, towel).
Food Budget: Please expect to spend at least 20 USD per day on food and beverages. Please note that food costs will vary depending on the number of portions consumed, location and availability.