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.
|01||Drive to Sundarijal, trek to Chisapani (17 Kilometers)||2,215m/7,267ft||Trek: 4-5 hours|
|02||Trek Chisapani to Nagarkot (24 Kilometers)||2,195m/7,201ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|03||Trek to Changu Narayan, drive back to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,430ft||Trek: 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