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Hiking around Kathmandu Valley

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08 DAYS

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This tranquil valley ridge hiking on the rims of the ancient capital of Nepal takes you through quiet forests and bustling villages in the Shivapuri Valley and then up to Shivapuri Hill at (2729m), the highest point on this trek. And then at the peak of the Shivapuri hillock, it’s a mountainous galore of over 60 soaring mountain peaks, which include Manaslu, Boudha himal, Ganesh himal, Langtang range, Dorje lakpa, Shisapangma and Gaurishankar, your heart skips a beat with what you see from here. We then gently hike up to the quiet little hill resort of Nagarkot, a key scenic location considered to be one of the best on the ridges of the ancient Kathmandu Valley with superior views of the great Himalayan peaks.

Most tourists making a beeline to Nepal head into the mountains seemingly, with blinkers on, and don’t seem to realize that a trip above 3000m could actually start right from the rims of the kathmandu valley where there’s so much to enjoy besides preparing for the larger trip; the hiking around kathmandu valley ridge would be ideal to start with the family or friends and then a second visit could be done for the higher altitudes. This sojourn makes up a 5 day sublime hike encompassing the hills of Kathmandu valley and grandstand spots with box office views of the Himalaya Mountains. The landscapes travel as far as the eyes can see with Manaslu and Annapurnas in the west to horizons of the pyramid of Mt. Everest, Numbur and Karyolung in the east. The views are wonderfully dissimilar from each destination on the trek from Nagarkot to Lakuri Bhanjyang where each spot gives us distinct angles and perceptions on the Himalayas within Nepal. It’s a great experience…

Our vacation also includes visiting religious and heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley and walking into less frequented rural areas that have ochre colored farmhouses, our hiking and trekking takes us through rice terraces, orange orchards and shady forests that engulf us with greenery. Our brilliant gentle trek wraps up with a downhill trail to the aged town of Bhaktapur not far from Kathmandu valley. Your nights on the trail are spent in real comfortable hotels/ resorts and your luggage to the next hotel will be with you in a private car. We also offer options to use our vehicle if you prefer to drive sections of the trail rather than hiking it down each day; we do this especially for those with kids and pretty small to hike for several hours each day.Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions is a seasoned operator who thinks of most things suitable for a vacation more than others do, your comforts and safety are of vital importance to us


At a Glance

  • A combo of Cultural & Natural heritage visits with a fantastic excursion in the gentle wild
  • Panoramic views of high Himalayas including Annapurna and Everest
  • Village walks to experience rural Nepal – Tamang, Newar, Chhetri & Bahun villages

What's Included?

  • Healthy meals during whole trek
  • lodge Accommodation whole trek
  • All airport transfers by Private vehicle
  • Expert Local Sherpa guide[ Certified by Gov.]
  • Necessary Porters [ 1Porter for 2 Person basis]
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • MST kit bag,Map,t-shirt and Group medical kit
  • Private vehicle for ground transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Guides and porters pay, meals and insurance
  • Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu on day 02

What's Not Included?

  • International Airfare and Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel & Health Insurance
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Water and deserts in Trek
  • Tips for Guide & Porter, driver

Itinerary

If it’s a clear day when you are flying into Kathmandu, then your tour begins right from the skies itself. The sights from the windows of our jet shows us glimmering snow-capped mountain peaks spread out down below us, giving us the first thrills of our just begun vacation, sparking off a whole reaction of unforgettable experiences that stay with us for some time to come. As soon as your plane hits the tarmac of Tribhuwan International Airport, Mountain Sherpa Trekking and expeditions office representative and driver will be on standby to meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rep will help you check into your designated hotel, and after going to our rooms and refreshing ourselves we will be briefed about our daily activities. The rest of your time is free to move around the neighborhood and get familiar with your surroundings. Your first overnight in the ancient city of temples, probably the most in the world. Welcome dinner

After a good night’s sleep and enjoying a hearty b/fast, we proceed for our tour of Basantapur Durbar Square. Recorded by UNESCO as a cultural World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a bunch of medieval temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. within this square we will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself; from here we head for a tour of the famous Boudhanath Stupa {said to be the largest in the world) and a major centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu. The stupa is designed to be like a giant mandala (a representation of the Buddhist cosmos).

We next drive down to Swayambhunath {popularly known as Monkey Temple} “Swayambhu” means “self-created” and refers to the myth that the hill sprung up suddenly from a great lake that once covered Kathmandu Valley. Our next destination is Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be the most holy Hindu shrine in Nepal. Hereabouts we see a cremation ritual of Hindus at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. This cremation site is used for the once royal family of Nepal and also for the simple Nepalese people who live within the country. We then wrap up our Heritage tour with a trip to Patan which is one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu and a destination for connoisseurs of great arts. We take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and art that  displays scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, this includes the Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and the nearby Hindu and Buddhist temples. We return back to our hotel, refresh, do some shopping, have an early supper and retire to bed, most probably. Breakfast

 

We have our b/fast and move out of Kathmandu for a 29 kilometres lovely drive northwest to Kakani, a fascinating scenic village with beautiful views of the Himalayas stretching from the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges to Ganesh Himal. The landscapes hereabouts are verdant, with rhododendron and oak forests on the southern slopes leading down to Balaju. We Camp out overnight at High Hill under starry moonlit skies.

We coolly hike along green hilltops which bring us to Shivapuri, famous for its rich wildlife and wide variety of colorful birds. This national park is a watershed that provides most of the drinking water for Kathmandu far below. This is the closest wildlife range to the medieval valley of Kathmandu. We spend our nights in tented camps.

After a king size b/fast amidst the sweet chirping of birds, we walk farther along the hills to Chisopani, a Tamang village whose name means ‘cold water’. We bunk out for our overnight here, while enjoying beautiful views of the mountains which is mystifying to watch on moonlit nights.

It’s a charming hike today as we head down to the sleepy little hill resort of Nagarkot, a famous mountain hideaway town reputed for its jaw dropping views of Ganesh Himal and many other world renowned Himalayan peaks. The sunset views are simply breathtaking to the core. Surrounded by terraced hillsides and chocolate box farms, this is a relaxing area to calm the mind and body while relishing the master views of the environment down here. We spend the night in our hotel.

After some yawning, we wake up, wash ourselves, enjoy a hearty b/fast and set out for a gentle walk across the hills past terraced farmlands and lushly green landscapes to the quiet little historical town of Dhulikhel, an ancient town which is more than 500 years old. Its Newar community is known for their artistry, and most of the real old houses hereabouts feature carved window frames throughout the town. There are many temples and sacred statues that speak of the religious feelings of the people in this hamlet. We spend the night at a resort in quiet Dhulikhel

After our b/fast, it’s a scenic cruise from Dhulikhel back to Kathmandu. On the return we pass the old medieval town of Banepa. On touching Kathmandu, our day is free to do our own things. Should you like to opt for other programs, there’s so much on hand at Mountain Sherpa Trekking, we can organize some thrilling treks for you above 3000m, or you can enjoy extreme activities like rafting, bungy jumping, mountain flights, mountain biking or a trip into jungles of eastern Nepal for an exotic jungle safari, you can also opt for a trip across the borders into Tibet or Bhutan. Let us know your thoughts, don’t worry about your budgets because our prices are truly pocket friendly.

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