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Kathmandu Valley Skyline Trek

Short Trek at low altitude - Extensive Himalayan Views - Medieval Bhaktapur - Colourful Kathmandu

All meals on trek included

Duration

4 Days

Grade

Easy / Moderate

Max Altitude

2500m

Walking Days

2 Days

Accommodation

2 Nts Hotels - 1 Nt Family Guest House

Trip Overview

A very short Nepal trek and ideal if you've only time for a short Nepal break.

This on foot journey heads along the ridge line of the hills that form the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Handy if you're pushed for time, but still want to see the Himalayas from a distance. It's a relatively easy Himalayan hike and a low altitude trek too, although it's best if you're a strong walker. Then again, this mini-trek could readily form the basis of a longer holiday elsewhere in Nepal. There are extensive views of the Himalayan chain, particularly from the renowned vantage point of Nagarkot as well as whilst walking to Nagarkot too. There's rural villages to explore as well as time in the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Nepal in microcosm.

A very short Nepal trek and ideal if you've only time for a short Nepal break.

  • This on foot journey heads along the ridge line of the hills that form the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Handy if you're pushed for time, but still want to see the Himalayas from a distance. It's a relatively easy Himalayan hike and a low altitude trek too, although it's best if you're a strong walker. Then again, this mini-trek could readily form the basis of a longer holiday elsewhere in Nepal. There are extensive views of the Himalayan chain, particularly from the renowned vantage point of Nagarkot as well as whilst walking to Nagarkot too. There's rural villages to explore as well as time in the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Nepal in microcosm.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Transfer to Chisapani by 4WD & Trek to Nagarkot
    • Day 3
      Trek to Bhaktapur
    • Day 4
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Transfer to Chisapani by 4WD & Trek to Nagarkot

    After an early breakfast we'll take you by 4WD vehicle up to Chispani (2200m). It's around a 2hr drive, but saves the big ascent up to the Kathmandu Valley rim. You can of course hike this bit up to Chisapani if you prefer (adding an extra day) and overnight at a simple hotel in Chisapani. Your short Kathmandu Valley skyline trek begins with some moderate ascent & descent for the first couple of hours to Chauki Banjang. There are great Himalayan views pretty much most of the way and should there be clouds, then it's entirely likely you're walking above cloud base, so it can be rather ethereal walking with a sea of frothing clouds beneath you. Finally you begin your descent into Nagarkot (2100m), a hill top resort and favourite escape place for the Kathmandu elite. Walking time approx. 5-6 hours with around 650m ascent and descent. Nagarkot exists primarily because of the stupendous views it affords. If it is exceptionally clear then you can sometimes see as far west as Dhaulagiri and as far east as Kangchenjunga. That's around 180 miles of Himalayan peaks on show. Although a mere pin prick on the very far horizon, if you have good eyesight (or binoculars!) you may just be able to pick out the summit of Everest.

    Accommodation: Country Villa Hotel - Nagarkot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 2

    Transfer to Chisapani by 4WD & Trek to Nagarkot

    After an early breakfast we'll take you by 4WD vehicle up to Chispani (2200m). It's around a 2hr drive, but saves the big ascent up to the Kathmandu Valley rim. You can of course hike this bit up to Chisapani if you prefer (adding an extra day) and overnight at a simple hotel in Chisapani. Your short Kathmandu Valley skyline trek begins with some moderate ascent & descent for the first couple of hours to Chauki Banjang. There are great Himalayan views pretty much most of the way and should there be clouds, then it's entirely likely you're walking above cloud base, so it can be rather ethereal walking with a sea of frothing clouds beneath you. Finally you begin your descent into Nagarkot (2100m), a hill top resort and favourite escape place for the Kathmandu elite. Walking time approx. 5-6 hours with around 650m ascent and descent. Nagarkot exists primarily because of the stupendous views it affords. If it is exceptionally clear then you can sometimes see as far west as Dhaulagiri and as far east as Kangchenjunga. That's around 180 miles of Himalayan peaks on show. Although a mere pin prick on the very far horizon, if you have good eyesight (or binoculars!) you may just be able to pick out the summit of Everest.

    Accommodation: Country Villa Hotel - Nagarkot
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Bhaktapur

    Clearly you've got to get up early for a classic, panoramic Himalayan sunrise. It's now primarily descent as you initially follow the ridge line and then down to the Changu Narayan temple, from where there are impressive views down to your destination of Bhaktapur. It's a scenic walk all the way dropping down through terraced paddy fields, pine forests and passing through small settlements on a mix of village trails and country roads. Reaching Bhaktapur your cosy, family run guest house is in the heart of this wondrous medieval city. By late afternoon/early evening the day trippers have all legged it back to Kathmandu, thus abling you to soak up the charm of Bhaktapur as the locals go about their business. Walking time approx. 5hrs with around 850m descent.

    Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House - Bhaktapur
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Bhaktapur

    Clearly you've got to get up early for a classic, panoramic Himalayan sunrise. It's now primarily descent as you initially follow the ridge line and then down to the Changu Narayan temple, from where there are impressive views down to your destination of Bhaktapur. It's a scenic walk all the way dropping down through terraced paddy fields, pine forests and passing through small settlements on a mix of village trails and country roads. Reaching Bhaktapur your cosy, family run guest house is in the heart of this wondrous medieval city. By late afternoon/early evening the day trippers have all legged it back to Kathmandu, thus abling you to soak up the charm of Bhaktapur as the locals go about their business. Walking time approx. 5hrs with around 850m descent.

    Accommodation: Bhadgaon Guest House - Bhaktapur
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 4

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 346
  • $ US 450
  • € EUR 397

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What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, (all meals on trek), main baggage transfers on trek, permits, National Park fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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