Sundarijal Nagarkot Trek

3 Days

Sundarijal Nagarkot trek is the shortest trail available closer to Kathmandu located at 12km north from the downtown. This trek also refers to as Shivapuri trekking being situated in the newly declared Shivapuri National Park of Nepal. Sundarijal serves as the main entrance/exit of trekking routes to Gosainkunda, Helambu 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. Other highlights include peaks of Shivapuri, Manichud, Tarkeswor and the source of the Bagmati and Bishnumati Rivers. The Sundarijal Nagarkot trek offers breathtaking spectacular views of Kathmandu Valley from the top of Shivapuri ridge.

Brief Itinerary:

01Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani (17 Kilometers)2,215m/7,267ftTrek: 4-5 hours
02Trek Chisapani to Nagarkot (24 Kilometers)2,195m/7,201ftTrek: 5-6 hours
03Trek to Changu Narayan, drive back to Kathmandu1,350m/4,430ftTrek: 2-3 hours

The park lies 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 now under threat and the wildlife such as sloth bear, jungle cat, leopard and monkeys are available in the park.

The last leg of the trek takes us to Nagarkot, an ideal place for short hiking trips around Kathmandu. Nagarkot is a popular hill station and favourite destination for many visitors to Nepal. Finally, the trek finishes at Changunarayan, a fifth century made Temple located over a hillock 15km east of Kathmandu. Travellers have an option to stop in Bhaktapur for a short touring of this historic town.

Best Time for Sundarijal Nagarkot Trek

Hiking around Kathmandu is available throughout the year. There are two major seasons for trekking in Nepal. However, Sundarijal Nagarkot trek is possible during any season of the year. The numbers of trekkers depend on the season though.

High Season: Among the four seasons, spring and autumn are the high seasons. Spring remains from March to May and it is autumn September until November.

Low Season: Winter and summer are the low seasons. The trails are quieter and less crowded in summer and winter. It can be an ideal time for solo travellers also.


  • The closest trek available from Kathmandu
  • Mixed culture of Newar, Kshetri and Brahmin Societies
  • Bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley
  • The panoramic views of Langtang Himalayan range
  • The great countryside, terrace farming and beautiful landscapes
  • The diversity of flora and fauna including some rare bird species
  • The Best sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot


We drive about 12km from Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Sundarijal is situated at the elevation of 1350 meters (4,430ft) 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.

Cost Includes:

  • A City Hotel in Kathmandu for two nights
  • Ground transfers between International Airport and Hotel
  • All kind of trekking permits
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking from teahouse/lodge
  • Accommodations at teahouse/lodge in the mountains
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide
  • A porter shared between two trekkers
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Kathmandu-Sundarijal and Changunarayan-Kathmandu overland transfers by private car/taxi
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bhaktapur City Tour
  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes
  • Kathmandu City Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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Sundarijal Nagarkot Trek
From $295
/ Adult
  • Drive in KTM-Sundarijal, Drive out Changunarayan-KTM
  • 2,215 meters
  • Easy

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