Nestled in the beautiful hills of Nepal, the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek offers a scenic journey that takes you through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. This short trek is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty of Nepal in a limited time frame. Hereby, we will explore the highlights of the Nagarkot Chisapani Dhulikhel Trek, the itinerary, and everything you need to know for this unforgettable adventure.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek Details
The Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is a relatively short trek that can be completed in just two to three days. It is an ideal choice for travelers who are short on time but still want to experience the beauty of Nepal's mountains and countryside. The trek starts with a 45-minute drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal, the starting point of the trek. From there, you will trek through the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, passing through lush forests, charming villages, and terraced fields.
The first destination on the trek is Chisapani, a peaceful hill station located at an altitude of 2,215 meters, which is way to Helambu Trek. Chisapani offers stunning views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Gaurishankar mountain ranges. After spending a night in Chisapani, you will continue your journey to Nagarkot, another popular hill station known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. Nagarkot is particularly famous for its sunrise and sunset views, offering a mesmerizing sight of the snow-capped peaks, including Mount Everest on a clear day.
Shivapuri Chisapani Nagarkot Trek not only provides an opportunity to soak in the natural beauty of Nepal but also offers a glimpse into the local culture and way of life. Along the way, you will have the chance to interact with friendly villagers, visit ancient temples, and immerse yourself in the rich traditions of the region. Chisapani Nagarkot Trek distance can range from 22-25 kilometers depending upon the route you choose. It is of utmost essence that you have a professional guide alongside you during the traverse. Shivapuri national park is one of the densest forest located nearby Kathmandu and there are several trails navigating within this forest.
Highlights of the Trek
Breathtaking Mountain Views:
From Chisapani and Nagarkot, you will be treated to panoramic views of the Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and even Mount Everest on a clear day. The sight of these majestic peaks against the backdrop of the Himalayan range is truly awe-inspiring.
Sunrise and Sunset Views:
Nagarkot and Chisapani are famous for its stunning sunrise and sunset views. Wake up early to witness the sunrise over the mountains, and in the evening, marvel at the changing colors of the sky as the sun sets behind the Himalayas.
Scenic Walks through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park(SNP):
The trek takes you through beautiful forests of oak and rhododendron, offering a chance to immerse yourself in SNP's tranquility. The trail is dotted with colorful wildflowers and offers glimpses of local wildlife.
Escape from the City:
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek provides a welcome escape from the bustling city life of Kathmandu. You will find yourself in the peaceful surroundings, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and rejuvenate your mind and body in the lap of nature.
Best Time to Visit
The best time for Chisapani Nagarkot Trek in Kathmandu is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant weather, clear skies, and excellent visibility of the mountains. The spring season brings colorful blooming rhododendron forests, while autumn offers mild temperatures and stable weather conditions.
However, the trek can also be done during the winter months (December to February) if you are prepared for colder temperatures and the possibility of snowfall. Trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is not recommended due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.
Difficulty Level and Trekking Permits
The Chisapani Nagarkot Trek difficulty is considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers alike. The trek involves daily walks of approximately 4-7 hours on well-defined trails with some uphill and downhill sections. It is important to have a reasonable level of fitness and be prepared for the physical demands of trekking in the mountains.
To undertake the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, you will need to obtain the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park entry permit, which can be obtained at the entrance of the park. The first stretch of the trek Sundarijal to Chisapani Hike will pierce deep through the dense evergreen forest of this national park. From Chisapani you will make a turnaround and head eastward to Nagarkot. Additionally, if you plan to extend your trek to Namo Buddha or Dhulikhel.
Accommodation and Meals
During the trek, you will stay in local lodges and hotels in Chisapani that offer comfortable accommodations. The lodges provide clean rooms with twin beds, blankets, and private bathroom facilities. Hot showers and wifi are available in most hotels.
Meals are typically provided at the hotels along the trekking route. You can expect a variety of dishes, including Nepali, Tibetan, and Western cuisine. Dal Bhat (a traditional Nepali meal consisting of rice, lentils, vegetables, and pickles) is a popular choice among trekkers due to its energy-boosting properties. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.
Your Hotel-Sundarijal- Mulkharka - Chisapani
2215m, Chisapani 1 hour drive, 10km or 4-5 hours walk L+D Lodge
Our hiking guide and private vehicle will come to pick you up at your Hotel in the morning after Breakfast and an hour's drive to Sundarijal. From Sundarijal, we hike to Mulkharka for Lunch. From Mulkharka, jungle walk to Chisapani 2215m . It is a 4-5 hour walk to get there and then overnight at Lodge.
Chisapani- Jarsing Pauwa or Nagarkot and Kathmandu
2175m, Nagarkot 18km or 4-5 hours walk to Jarsing Pauwa or 26km or 7-8 hours walk to Nagarkot B+L own Hotel
You will wake up early morning to see the sunrise and Himalayas view. After Breakfast, hike from Chisapani to Jarsing Pauwa (4-5 hours walk ) or Nagarkot (2175m, 7 hours walk). During the hike, you will have beautiful Himalayas views. You have the option to end this trek at Jarsing Pauwa or Nagarkot and From Jarsing Pauwa to Nagarkot drive back to Kathmandu.
- All the meals (breakfast,lunch,dinner) tea/coffee.
- 1 night Lodge accommodation in Chisapani.
- One government certificate holder hiking guide.
- Kathmandu- Sundarijal and Jarsing Pauwa or Nagarkot- Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus depend on group size.
- Hiking guide: Salary, Foods, Insurance, transportation, Accommodation etc.
- Shivapuri Nagarjun National park fee.
- 13% Government VAT and official service charge.
Whats not Included?
- All the drinks such as coke, beer, mineral water etc.
- Tips for hiking guide.
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This is the short and easy trek around Kathmandu. You do not need any special gears.
I recommend you, Hiking shoes, Trousers, Socks, light jacket, T-shirts or long-sleeved shirt, Sunscreen (SPF 20+), Backpack around 35 liters, Toilet Paper, Quick- drying towel, sun hat, water bottle etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
The first leg of the journey to Chisapani from Kathmandu includes a drive to Sundarijal which measures 13 kilometers. From Sundarijal, you will cover a distance of 14 kilometers to reach Chisapani. The duration of this trek is about 4-5 hours at normal pace.
Nagarkot has been highly regarded by tourists for its amusing mountain vista. From this hill station you will get to observe several mountain ranges including: Langtang, Jugal, Ganesh, Gaurishankar and even Everest on a clear day.
Nagarkot is definitely a worthwhile place to visit if you want to witness the majesty of Himalayan mountains in a short time frame while visiting Nepal.
Yes, Mt.Everest can be clearly seen from Nagarkot on a clear day to the east.
Nagarkot is located at an altitude of 2175 meters. Despite being near to the mountains, it doesnt receive snowfall periodically. However, during peak winters, Nagarkot receives snowfall once in a while.
The altitude of Nagarkot is 2175 meters and when compared to Kathmandu at 1390 meters, it is higher. However, its not high enough to get you Acute Mountain sickness.
Available of the trip
We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.
The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have. If you are doing short and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.
Last Minute booking
Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months. Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.
Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.
When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour / Climbing guide and experience porters.
Extra personal expenses
For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.
Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.
Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer
We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.
Group joing and Fixed departure
Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request.
You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.
- Ask permission to photograph people.
- Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
- Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
- Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.
Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.
For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App and 20% deposit.
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- Tailor made itinerary
- Seasonal package
- 200 plus trekkers take service every year
- 30-40% repeated customer