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Chisapani Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Max -altitude: 7218 Ft./2200m
  • Fitness level: Easy
  • Group - Size: 2-15px
Trip Overview

Chisapani Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trekking is one of the nearest and famous treks around the Kathmandu Valley. This trek is intended to provide you with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the diverse wonders of nature, rural Nepal, and the awe-inspiring majesty and beauty of spectacular mountain ranges. 

The starting point of this trek is Sundarijal which is one hour away from Kathmandu through driving. Sundarijal is the most important place as it is a source of drinking water for much of the dwellers of Kathmandu valley. The trekking trail passes through the forested hills and streams of Sundarijal to reach Chisapani, the first destination of this trek. In Chisapani, you will be enjoying the true beauty of nature while being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and your interactions with the residents will enhance the experience. After an overnight stay at Chisapani, we will continue our trek to Nagarkot (2195 m). This place is famous among the domestic and international tourists for its stunning sunrise views and Himalayan panorama. On a clear sunny day, we will have an opportunity to see the Himalayan ranges of Everest, Langtang, Gaurishankar and Ganesh Himal. On the next day, we will descend toward Dhulikhel, the final destination of our trip. Strolling across Dhulikhel's uncharted pathways may be an exhilarating and interesting experience. Climbing 1000 steps to the summit of Kali temple is one of the most memorable experiences with breathtaking views of the valley and peaks. The stupa and shrines at Namobudhha as well as the temples in Dhulikhel are worth visiting since it instills a sense of holiness and immense tranquility in you. 

Chisapani Nagarkot Dhulikhel trek is an easy trek appropriate for all ages and is possible in all seasons throughout the year. 

 

Itenerary

We will drive to Sundarijal after breakfast, which will take about an hour, and we will begin our hiking from Sundarijal. The trail gradually ascends through pine and oak forest, and this Shivapuri National Park is a fantastic site for bird watching, as well as seeing some other wild animals. A panoramic view of the Himalaya and the valley will be seen from Chisapani. Overnight local lodge.
It takes 6-7 hours to reach Nagarkot from Chisapani. After having a delicious breakfast, we will start our hike through Chauki Bhangyang, and continue the charming trails that lead us to Nagarkot. It is a popular destination for sunrise and views of Himalayas. The Himalayan range, which stretches from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness on a clear day to greet the fortunate visitor with its awe-inspiring majesty and splendor. Overnight local lodge.
After breakfast, we will begin our long day walk to Dhulikhel. You will be able to appreciate the natural beauty as you walk through the countryside of Nepal's rural communities. After you reach Dhulikhel, you'll see a plethora of ethnic differences, traditional traditions, lush foliages and abundant bird life. Dhulikhel is a small town where ethnic Newar community resides, who have a lengthy history. The Newar people's artistic ability and urban attitude have created a charming and a beautiful area. The streets of Dhulikhel are lined with bare-brick buildings, carved wooden windows, slanting roofs, pagodas, and religious statues. The Narayan and Harisiddhi temples, which are covered in intricate wood carvings, are the most important places of devotion here. A tranquil and scenic place is the Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, which is a 30-minute walk east of town. The Bhagawati temple which dominates the skyline of Dhulikhel is located at a high altitude in the western section of the city. A nice view of the town and nearby surroundings can be seen from here. Overnight local lodge.
The trail ascends from Dhulikhel to the Kali Mandir, a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. From here, the trail descends to Kavre village, passing through a row of stores and tea houses. After that, it goes through pine forest through Phulbari and up and down a few more hills before arriving at Namobuddha Hill. Namobuddha is a very important Buddhist pilgrimage location in Kavre district, some 38 kilimeters east of Kathmandu at an elevation of 1,750 meters. The stupa and shrines that have been built on this picturesque little hill commemorate an ancient holy spot where a legendary prince named Mahasattva sacrificed himself to a famished Tigress with several underfed cubs. The legendary event is memorialized on a stone slab close to a holy stupa. We return to Kathmandu via Namobuddha in a private car. Overnight at hotel.

What is Included?

    • Airport pick up and drop.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with hot drinks, three times a day.
    • All transportation
    • Trekking permit
    • All temples and mountains entry permit
    • All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, insurance, medical, equipments, transport etc. for Nepalese staff.
    • All taxes and service charges

What is Excluded?

    • Nepal Visa fee
    • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water), cigarettes, client's personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Tips for the serving staffs
    • Travel insurance
    • Other expenses and services which are not mentioned above in inclusion

Equipment Checklist

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
  2. returned after the trek)
  3. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
  4. but is to be returned after the trek)
  5. Daypack
  6. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

 

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is placed. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
  3. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  4. Glacier glasses-
  5. Headlamp
  6. Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  7.  A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).


 

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

 

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  7. Long shirts (2)

 

Lower Body – Legs

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - Capilene or other synthetic.
  4. 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  5. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  6. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  7. 1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  8. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

 

Feet

  1. 2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  2. 2-3 pairs heavyweight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  3. 1 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  4. 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn than before to get used to it (otherwise, you will get lots of blisters).
  5. 1 pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  6. 1 pair sandals (Optional).

 

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well).

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude-related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhoea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  5. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as moleskin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. 2 bandanas.

 

Optional

  1. 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,  ankles, etc. especially when going downhill
  2. Favorite snack foods
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items lightweight
  4. Binoculars
  5. 1 lightweight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
  6. Hydration bladder with a drinking tube and tube insulator
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for a woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
  8. 1 small stainless steel thermos

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