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Trip Highlights

  • A short getaway around Kathmandu Valley.
  • Panoramic view of mountains.
  • Mesmerizing sunrise view from Nagarkot view tower.
  • Hike the oak and pine forests of the Shivapuri National Park
  • Admire panoramic views of Everest from Nagarkot.
  • Sunrise and sunset from Nagarkot second to none.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode :
    On Lodge / Teahouse
  • Trekking Grade :
  • Trekking Duration :
    2 nights and 3 days
  • Highest Elevation :
    2300m at Chisapani
  • Seasons :
    All year long

Trip Overview

The Chisapani Nagarkot Hike lets you experience some of the most brilliant views of the Northern mountains of the Himalayas and trails through natural forest of pike and oak, where you can see some of the oldest temples and towns in the valley. Visiting a Tamang village and spending time learning about their way of life will prove to be an eye-opener for every visitor.

Chisapani is a peaceful hilltop location on the North-Eastern outskirts of the Kathmandu valley. A popular hiking route, and weekend gate away for locals, Chisapani is around a day hike away from Sundarijal. Heading downwards from the Shivapuri National park, the route to Chisapani is a trekking trail, and sights of birds and smiling faces and local cattle are ever present. The route from Chisapani moves to Nagarkot following the ridges of the hill. Being a popular hill station, Nagarkot has numerous lodges and hotels ranging from budget to high ranges. 

Why Chisapani Nagarkot Hike?

Chisapani to Nagarkot trek is a short, yet a culturally and naturally diverse route near the Kathmandu valley. The trek offers a breathtaking panoramic view of mountains. The trek moves through Shivapuri National park north of Kathmandu valley. Offering first-hand views of the Tamang heritage and culture, the trek moves through various indigenous villages. 

What to expect from the Chisapani Nagarkot Hike:

The Chisapani to Nagarkot trek offers spectacular mountain scenery and a chance to observe the lifestyle and culture in the outskirts of the valley. The hiking is one of the best trips for people staying in Kathmandu for short durations, but it is sure to be an amazing experience for people seeking to witness the true beauty of nature. The early morning sunrise at Nagarkot is something you just cannot miss, which showcases all of nature’s glory and it will prove to be a heavenly experience.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation on full board during hiking on local lodges
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Guide
  • National Park Fee

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01
Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani

Early morning drive on a private vehicle from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. This hour-long drive will take us from the bustling city of Kathmandu to scenic villages and serene landscape. Upon arriving at Sundarijal, we start our walk on steep stone steps alongside the Bagmati river. We then pass through densely forested areas to Shivapuri National Park where we get to enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The trail follows downhill on the ridge into the forest of rhododendron and oak to Chisapani.

Day 02
Hike to Nagarkot

After an early morning breakfast, we trek to Chauki Bhyanganj which is our lunch point for a day. After the lunch, we walk for another 3-hour downhill to reach Nagarkot, where on a clear day you can see the Himalayas stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east.

Day 03
Hike to Changu Narayan and drive to Kathmandu

The day starts off with the glories sunrise along with the excellent views of the snow-capped peaks. After the breakfast, we continue our journey towards Changu Narayan which takes approximately 3 hours. One amazing thing is to see how the local villages along the trail still exhibit the countryside lifestyle even though they're so close to the city. The Himalayas appear undisturbed. From here, most of the trail leads to a gradual downhill. After about 3 hours of gradual walk, we arrive at Changu Nayaran, Nepal's oldest pagoda style temple. After exploring this UNESCO world heritage site, we drive back to Kathmandu to end our a day hiking tour.


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