On arrival in Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport via various international airlines, our guide and staff received a short transfer to the heart of Kathmandu city. Your hotel is located after checking into your rooms and then meeting other members of the trip at the hotel lobby for briefing.
The briefing includes important information regarding Kathmandu Valley Rim Hill Hiking, to make your holiday in Nepal more enjoyable. The evening group welcomes dinner in a lovely Nepalese Restaurant with an introduction to the culture of Nepal with folk dance and music.
An early morning start after breakfast for a short drive of less than an hour to reach a farm town in Sundarijal. Which is a 15 k.m distance from Kathmandu city. Where drive leads through the famous Bouddhanath Stupa area, and then reaches the outskirt of Kathmandu to reach Sundarijal. From this nice rural town start our hike with a climb into a nice cool forest with waterfalls to enter Shivapuri National Park.
After a brief stop, hike uphill past nice farm villages and into a dense forest of rhododendron, pines, and oaks then reach our overnight destination at Chisapani a small village with a few nice lodges to stay. Chisapani stands high north of Kathmandu valley at 2, 215 meters overlooking grand views of snow-capped peaks of Annapurna-Manaslu-Ganesh Himal and Lang tang Himal, extending towards Jugal Himal with views of Kathmandu valley.
Wake up early to enjoy stunning sunrise reflecting over an array of Himalayan peaks after breakfast starts hiking to Nagarkot. On walks, magnificent views of majestic Himalayas follow you, as the hike leads to a high ridge with a few ups and downhill covered with dense tree lines, and then walk downhill to a nice farm village of Chowki-Bhanjyang and JarsingPawa. From here on the scenic winding trail with thin pine forest with last hour climb to famous Nagarkot hill town for an overnight stop.
Nagarkot stands from 2,100 to 2,190 meters high a famous spot for glorious sunrise and sunset views that reflects on high snow mountains as far as Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang-Jugal Himal, and Mt. Gaurishankar, extending towards Everest in the far-east horizon. Enjoy a pleasant overnight in nice lodges, hotels, and resorts where rooms and terraces face excellent views of rolling green hills and snow-clad peaks.
Another grand opportunity to catch striking sunrise from the hotel terrace is to get the best view of a short walk to the high observation tower. After an impressive morning view of sunrise over a Himalayan mountain range, having a hearty breakfast, start the last day hike within the lovely forest and into farmlands of vast terraces facing scenic landscapes and of snow-capped peaks.
A walk takes you ups and downhill then finally ending the day at Dhulikhel town where you can have a pleasant stay in one of its nice hotels or resorts, offering a panorama of the great Himalayan Mountain range. Enjoy the late afternoon by taking a short walk around Dhulikhel town, with 500 years old history of this heritage Newar town, where you can witness the local traditional culture and impressive customs.
A great morning to enjoy another gorgeous sunrise view over Himalayan peaks, after a nice breakfast, a short drive to holy Namobuddha an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist followers, situated near south Dhulikhel surrounded by a tranquil environment.
This sacred place with interesting past legend and history where supreme future Buddha sacrificed his body to feed the hungry tigress and her cubs. The visit takes you around its important site of monuments and stupas, and visit the Gompa/monastery. After a great wonderful morning tour then drives back to Kathmandu, where our wonderful experience on Kathmandu Valley Rim Hill Hiking concludes.
Certainly, the best way to enjoy this short trek and hiking of just three days long, where one can take occasional stops and continue the hike, but good to know in all Himalayan hills involves ups and downhill, but taking your own time and leisure paces can cover this whole hike, with enjoyable time within fresh cool mountain air, that revives all from young children, family to elderly person. In case if one cannot continue can take a ride back to Kathmandu or in Dhulikhel and wait for others to reach and join with the group.
You must be fairly fit and in sound good health, as Nepal is full of ups and down where some people might be frustrated. But the views and surrounding beautiful environment will make the walk more enjoyable, taking slow and steady.
We use tourist vehicles, cars, minibusses, vans, 4WD, SUVs, Sutlej depending upon the size of the group which will be air-conditioned with spacious seating, which will be a short drive of an hour only on this trip.
Nepal for all seasons, however February, March, April, May, September to November are the best moths, while July-August is wet monsoon periods one can travel also in December month; March to May best time to enjoy when wild-flower will be in full blooms on the hills covered with lovely forest. September to November is another best time for views and walks. As this is short hiking does not involve much altitude can do the hike in December to February, although short sun-light hours can be cold in the morning and nighttime.
During spring and autumn, the nights are cold in the mountains, but the bright sun makes the days pleasant, and the temperatures from 20° C, fall to 5° C at night, at above 2,100 meters. At higher altitudes temperatures range from 20° C to a minimum of 0° C. Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night to reveal spectacular starry skies. During the winter it is much colder. Early December usually has a cold climate, but this is a good time for short hiking also including February cold months.