Sundarijal Nagarkot is the shortest trekking available closer to Kathmandu located at 12km north from the downtown. This trek is also known as Shivapuri trekking as it is situated in the Shivapuri National Park, the newly declared national park in Nepal. Sundarijal serves as the main entrance of trekking routes to Gosainkunda, Helambu, Nagarkot and the Langtang National Park. The park is the famous watershed area and the biggest resources of Kathmandu's drinking water supply. The park is spiritually significant with several religious and cultural heritage sites for the Hindus as well as Buddhists including peaks of Shivapuri, Manichud, Tarkeswor and the source of the Bagmati and Bishnumati rivers. The Shivapuri trek offers breathtaking spectacular views of Kathmandu Valley from the top of Shivapuri ridge. The Park is situated between the subtropical and temperate climate zones, rich in flora and fauna with sub tropical hardwood, oak, rhododendron and pine along with many species of mushrooms and a variety of orchids. A large variety of butterflies and bird species, nine of which are considered under threat and the wildlife such as sloth bear, jungle cat, leopard and monkeys are found in the park. The last leg of the trek takes us to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a popular hill station and favourite destination for many visitors to Nepal. The trek finishes at Changunarayan, a fifth century made Temple located over a hillock 15km east of Kathmandu.
Best time for this trek:
Trekking around Kathmandu valley is possible throughout the year however the best times considered for this trek are from the beginning of March to mid of May and from the beginning of September to mid of November. The days are sunny and warm here and the nights are not the freezing. The Sundarijal Nagarkot is a popular trail even for winters and summers. It is not very cold in winter on this trail but the summers are wet. April and early May is a good time to see the trees bursting into bloom, with Rhododendrons, adding a spectacular splash of color to the landscape. The views are simply great after the summer monsoons have cleared the atmosphere of dust. This trail is more popular as all season trails.
We have categorized Sundarijal Nagarkot trekking as easy trek and are suitable for passionate trekkers who are looking for short trekking holidays and prefer to walk at least 4-5 hours each day. Regular exercising and jogging for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. If you have any previous hiking experience, that would be an asset. It is important that you consult with your doctor before making decision for this trek if you have any medical problems in the history. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs or any other serious disease should inform Trekking Encounters before booking the trek.
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We drive about 12km from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Sundarijal is situated at the elevation of 1350 meters (4,429ft) where we start our trek. Beyond Sundarijal, the trail climbs continuously through forest to a medieval looking reservoir, the dam and waterworks. The trail leaves the water supply system and climbs steeply to a road to 1550 meters. Then cross the road and continue climb to the top of the Shivapuri ridge, the first village on the trail with the sprawling Tamang settlement of Milkshake at 1895 meters. There are few small tea shops where you can stop for a cup of tea and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Beyond Mulkharka, the trail continues to climb steadily. After passing through the army camp, the trail enters into Shivapuri National Park. Most of the Shivapuri ridge has dense forest of pine and oak. Climb continues down the ridge through a forest of oak and rhododendron to Chisapani. Stay overnight in Chisapani or Chisopani (Cold water) at a teahouse. Trekking time 4-5 hours.
After breakfast, we precede our trek on the flat trails for about 3 hours. The trail descends almost two hours then we will reach a small village called Chowki Bhanjyang where we will have our lunch. Beyond Chowki Bhanjyang, the trail is flat for almost one and half hours then 30 minutes ascend to arrive at the popular hill station called Nagarkot. Nagarkot provides great panoramic views of the Himalayas. We can see five of the fourteen tallest mountains in the world, including part of Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft) from here. Other mountains are Lhotse (8,516m/27,941ft), Cho Oyu (8,201m/26,907ft), Makalu (8,463m/27,767ft), Manaslu (8,163m/26,782ft) and many other lesser summits. The view of the peaks looks gorgeous during Sunrise and Sunset. Stay overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
After breakfast, we take an easy walk down to Changunarayan Temple, listed as the world heritage site. This is a fifth century made Temple located over a hillock 15 kms east of Kathmandu and is full of artistic works on metal and wood. Inscription dating back to 464 AD found here are the first epigraphic evidences of Nepalese history.
After a visit to this Temple, we have a chance to stop in Bhaktapur city too, a great collection of ancient arts and culture. There are many monuments of historical significances including the five storey Temple known as Nyatapola, 55 Windows Palace, Golden Gate and Lion Gate, etc.
We continue our drive back to Kathmandu and relax in the hotel. Trekking time 2-3 hours.
Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.
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Kathmandu City Tour
Activity: Cultural tour to the World Heritage Sites.
Major sites: Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu/Patan/Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan Temple.
Duration: Full/Half day.
Frequency: Tour can be organized in any day and at your suitable time.
Cost: US$ 50 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle as per group size (Car/Van/Bus).
Guide: English Speaking City Tour Guide included. Additional language Guides are also available on demand.
Meals: Not included.
Entrance fee: Applicable and not included. Ask more details
Mt. Everest Flight
Activity: Mount Everest sightseeing flight.
Duration: One hour.
Frequency: Everyday in the morning between 6am to 9am.
Cost: US$ 224 per person. Group discounts available.
Ground transfer: Included by a private vehicle. Two persons minimum needed.
Airport tax: Included.
Airline: Buddha Air, Simrik Airlines and Yeti Airlines. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, canoe ride, jeep drive, experience of Tharu culture.
Accommodation: Resorts, Hotels and Lodges.
Transportation: Private Car included (Kathmandu/Pokhara-Kathmandu).
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 225 per person. Ask more details
Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park
Activities: Jungle safari on elephant-back, jungle walk, boat ride, jeep drive.
Accommodation: Jungle lodges.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 475 per person. Ask more details
Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Activities: Bird watching, boat ride and wildlife viewing on jeep drive.
Accommodation: Resorts, Tented camps.
Transportation: Not included.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights.
Cost: Starts from US$ 480 per person. Ask more details
Rafting in Nepal
Trishuli River: 2/3 Class –1 Day – 17 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 30 per person.
Seti River: 3 Class – 2 Days – 32 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 80 per person.
KaliGandaki River: 4 Class – 3 Days – 56 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 140 per person.
BhoteKoshi River: 4/5 Class – 2 Days – 18 Kilometers – Cost starts from US$ 85 per person.
- Cost includes: Top quality Rafting equipment, Highly trained Crew, Well organized camping, Hygienic food.
- Transportation: Bus transportation included and depends. Ask more details
Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
We can check and deliver information and cost as per your interest received for Bungy Jumping, Canyoning, Paragliding and Ultralight Flight. Bungy and Canyoning can also be customized together. Ask more details
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