Kathmandu Day Hike

Kathmandu Day Hike

Kathmandu Day Hike is a great opportunity to view fantastic mountain views and discover the countryside without having to lose the comfort of the city and without doing the tiring weeks long trekking. So, If you don’t have the time or energy to go further, you can still experience hiking around the hills and small settlements of Kathmandu for one or more days. The sub-alpine woods and quiet landscape create the hustle and bustle of town life a wonderful brief break.

Kathmandu Day Hike is a perfect choice for those who are looking for the taste of trekking in Nepal in a day trip though, combining two things City and Nature and easy access to and from nearby Kathmandu. The hike is well suited for hikers of all ages.

1. Chisapani Hike

Chisapani hike

Trip Overview

  • Max. Altitude : 2,215m
  • Top Highlights: Views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal and Gaurishankar ranges. Hiking through Shivapuri National Park sub-tropical forest.
  • Hike Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Chisapani is a small settlement with fantastic views and good walking around Tamang, Brahmin, and Chetri people. The hike starts at Sundarijal about an hour from central Kathmandu, passes Kathmandu’s main water source and continues through Shivapuri National Park until you reach the village of Chisapani.

How to reach Chisapani?

Take a bus from Jamal to Chabhil (Jamal is about 10 minutes by foot from Thamel) and then change to Sundarijal at Chabhil for a bus. Or you can use a taxi to reach Sundarijal. Start your hiking!

2. Champadevi Hiking 

Champadevi Hike

Trip Overview

Max. Altitude: 2,249
Top Highlights: Smell of the pine forests! Stupas and monasteries.
Hike Duration:  2 to 3 hours.

Champadevi is in Kathmandu Valley’s southeastern corner and is in Makwanpur District. There are several routes to reach the summit, but one that takes you along the Dollu Valley through pine forests and the grassy ridge top is the most popular and easiest accessible route. This route starts at Hattiban Resort and the trail is easy to follow and well trodden. The trip from the resort will take approximately three hours, back and forth. At the bottom of the steep gravel road to the resort (for larger vehicles or if you want extra walking time) or at the resort itself parking is available.

As mentioned, there are several routes and some others start from the north side of the Pharping Valley (starting from the village of Pharping) and take you north to the Champadevi Summit. These routes are more difficult to identify. Bring a map and do your homework before you start!

How to reach Champadevi?

Busses leave the Old Bus Park every day (15 minutes walk from Thamel). Just go along to Dakshinkali and ask for a bus. Getting off at the Haatiban Resort road is more difficult because the driver may not know the name of the resort. If you go to Pharping or Dakshinkali, just listen to him shouting the name of the stop.

3. Nagarkot Trek

Nagarkot hike

Trip Overview

Max. Altitude: 2,195m
Top Highlights: Nagarkot and its surrounding hills/valley you can see several Himalayan mountain ranges Ganesh Himal, Langtang and Everest range. Sunrise and sunset from Nagarkot.
Hike Duration: 3 – 5 hours

Nagarkot itself is 32 km east of Kathmandu and can be visited for a day, but to appreciate the beauty of the area and the views of the mountains, it is a good idea to walk around the area and stay overnight if possible.

To begin your walk, ride about an hour to Sakhu, an old Newari city on Kathmandu Valley’s southwest edge. The walk through pine woodlands requires about four hours. You can look around the town when you reach Nagarkot and watch the sunset spectacularly across the Himalayas. Then bring a cab back to Kathmandu (pre-booked) or remain overnight and walk down or catch a local bus the next day. And do not miss the dawn that is even more impressive!

How to reach Nagarkot?

Buses leave every 30 minutes from the Old Bus Park (15 minutes walk from Thamel). Take a bus from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur and from Bhaktapur bus stop take a bus to Sakhu.

4. Chisapani and Nagarkot Trek (2 Nights 3 Days)

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

To continue to go to Nagarkot the next day is a good way to expand your trek to Chisapani. Trek Sundarijal to Chisapani as described above, overnight at Chisapani then hike about 6 hours through mostly dense forest and local Tamang village to Nagarkot, where you can drive back to Kathmandu overnight.

Another alternative is to keep walking (that day or the next) from Nagarkot to Changunarayan and then drive back to Kathmandu.

The trail from Nagarkot to Changunarayan goes down through terraced fields, through a village of Tamang, and along a ridge of deciduous forest.

It takes about 3,5 hours from Nagarkot to the Changunarayan temple. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site resorted to in the 2015 earthquakes after being damaged. In the Temple there is also a very interesting museum that has been cared for in love over the years.

You can walk or drive back down to Bhaktapur (8 km) from Changunarayan and discover this medieval city with its rich cultural history.

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1 Group Size
2 Travel Dates
3 Trip Details
4 Contact Details
Day 1
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing and gear check.

Today is free for sightseeing in Kathmandu. You may wish to visit Durbar Square in the heart of the old city where the old Royal Palace, with its intricate woodcarving is located. The whole area is a maze of temples and images. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ Swayambhunath and Buddhists shrine Buddhanath which is one of the largest Stupas in the world.

There will also be a full trip briefing today with gear check. In case you need to hire or buy equipment locally there will be time to do this today. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2300 meters) 4.30 hours.

Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal takes approximately one hour and trek from Sunjdarijal to Chisapani takes about four and half hours. The trail will enter through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka with Tamang habitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisapani (2300 meters) Overnight at hotel.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot (2175 meters) 6 hours.

Todays’ trek leads through the forest and along the ridge; with spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal The walk towards Nagarkot has outstanding views of the Himalayas, the trail leads through interesting rural farm villages. Along the ridge between the Chisapani and Nagarkot offers excellent panoramic scenery of the surrounding verdant landscapes and the snow capped mountain range. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Changunarayan (3 hours), and drive back to Kathmandu.

After the wonderful morning with grand panoramic view of the high snow capped mountain range and with the beautiful sunrise, walk leads to a descend most of the way passing through rural farm villages and friendly locals, trekking on the terraces with fabulous views of the surrounding landscapes and as far to the Bhaktapur city. After a good walk of 3 hours reaching at our destination at Changhunarayan, Changunarayan an ancient temple, listed in the world heritage site, from here we take an hour drive back to Kathmandu, after a glorious time up in the hills. Overnight at hotel in kathmandu. If you are interested in continuing on to Himalaya trekking, Chitwan jungle safari, rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, scenic Everest flight, Tibet tour, Bhutan tour.

Day 6
Day 06: Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Today is rest and relax throughout the day. If you get interested to take some gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives, visit to some nearby shops or go out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guide or you can do it yourself too. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 7
Day 07: Fly to home.

The trip concludes, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers pickup and drop-off.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the hike.
  • Hot drinks (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
  • All necessary paper works, Trekking information management system (Tims) permit.
  • From KTM – Sundarijal – KTM by local bus.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Accommodation / salary / food / drinks / insurance / equipment/medicine and transport for all staff.
  • All government taxes and office expenses
  • English speaking Sherpa trek guide.
  • Himalaya Discovery duffel bag.
  • Hiking pole for the trek, if needed.
  • Trek map.

Price Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal entry visa.
  • Tips for guide / porters (Tips is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the 'Price Includes' section.

Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

  •  For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.
  • The Poon hill  trek  in the Annapurna region takes place throughout the entire year.
  • Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?

A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).

Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).

Q. Where can I change money?

A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?

A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?

A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?

A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!
  • Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!

Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?

A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.

Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?

A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:

  • 15 days (several entries possible)  $ 30 (approx. EUR 27.00)
  • 30 days (several entries possible)  $ 50 (approx. EUR 45.00)
  • 90 days (several entries possible)  $ 125 (approx. EUR 115.00)

An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.

Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?

A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, info@ciwec-clinic.com.

Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?

A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.

Q. What happens in bad weather periods?

A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.

When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making  allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.

Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?

A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?

A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?

A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.

On an adventure trek of this type, weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Trek Leader and Crew

Here at Himalaya Discovery, we firmly believe that the way to get the most out of your staff is to treat them well; a happy staff is a hard-working staff. And this belief manifests itself in every way we deal with our staff.

We employ only local leaders and staff to help sustain the local communities we work with. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  •  Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  •  Trekking Guide Training
  •  Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  •  English Language
  •  Conservation & Biodiversity
  •  Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

So, we can guarantee you your trip will be led by the best, most professional and experienced guides there are. All of our guides good English-speakers, All our guides are carefully selected for their experience, leadership skills and personal ability. We have learnt that effective leadership is a vital for a trip to be safe, enjoyable and successful.

In fact, not only are all our guides experienced working in these regions, but most of them actually grew up in these mountainous regions of Nepal. Its home for them, it’s in their blood. They’re not only ‘familiar’ with local communities and culture; they’re a part of them and they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travellers.

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Trip Facts

  • 1-3 Day
  • Easy
  • Min.1 to Max. 12 People
  • 2,249m.
  • Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • All Year Round
  • 1-3 Days
  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Kathmandu

MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”


MD & Trip Planner

Chhiring Sherpa
Personalized trips
“I was born and raised mountainous village in Ramechhap nearby Everest region and I have been a native Sherpa Mountain guide over a decade. Following my passion, I decided to start helping travelers with their travel plans! I think life is a journey, a trip where you collect experiences when you share with other people and with nature.”

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