Shivapuri-Nagarkot to Changunarayan Temple 4 days

Trip Highlights:

  •          •   Visit to Namabuddha, a beautiful Monastery on Hilltop
  •          •   Visit to the oldest Temple of Changunarayan 
  •          •   4 days trekking for 3-6 hours a day through peacefull local villages
  •          •   Trek through Nagarkot, a sunrise viewpoint with beautiful mountain views

 

Trip Cost Includes:

  •           •   All ground transportation in private vehicles.
  •           •   Best available lodges and guesthouses during the trekking days (3 Nights)
  •           •   Lodges and Guesthouses accommodation during the trek will be twin sharing and occasionally dormitory rooms
  •           •   All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  •           •   An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
  •           •   Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  •           •   Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
  •           •   Farewell Dinner

Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha & trek to Shivapuri
Drive from Kathmandu to Budhanilkantha Temple, Narayanthan where a sleeping statue of Vishnu is located in a pond.Budhanilkantha is a remarkable, colossal, statue of the Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of the snake King "Seshang". This fifth century statue is in the middle of small pond seems to float on water. It is a famous place of pilgrimage, though the reigning King of Nepal cannot visit this spot. From here trail ascents into the Shivpuri hills. Shivapuri situated at an elevation of 2563m north of Kathmandu is the second highest hill around Kathmandu valley. Bagdwar, source of holy river Bagmati, is located near Shivapuri. After breakfast at hotel, you trek to MuhanPani - 10 km north of Kathmandu for about 30 minutes drive. After checking the formalities at the Shivapuri entrance gate, you enter Shivapuri watershed and wildlife area. You commence your hike from the southern boundary of the area where the army check-post is located. The trail goes along the rugged motor-able road through pine and cherry forest up to NagiGompa within one and half hours, where a nunnery monastery is located. Beyond the monastery, the trail goes steep uphill through the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest for another 03 hours. From the top one can enjoy the sight of snowy mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang - Lirung and DorjeLakpa.

Overnight: Lodge in Shivapuri

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 02 :Trek from Shivapuri Lekh to Dhap
Trek from Shivapuri Lekh to Dhap via Chisapani which takes about five hours. Today you will have to prepare early morning because today trail is little long. You start your trek on plain trail about 1 hour, the mountains greetings from you northern side (left side) and hike slowly to gain the height. On the top of hill the fascinating sight welcome and you will have your lunch here. From here the forest and 3 hours flat trail lead to you Chisapani trek. The route you follow is quite smooth and you can enjoy the numerous green and villages at some distance. Moreover, you head along the path through forests where you can enjoy the chirping of birds.

Overnight: Lodge in Dhap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 03 :Trek from Dhap to Nagarkot
Trek from Dhap to Nagarkot and it takes approximately five and half hours. Morning the northern mountain views attract you. You trek start to Chauki Bhanjag, which takes about 2 and half hours, you will stop here for an hour for your lunch. You continue the charming trails lead 3 hours toward Nagarkot. (Walking 5/6 hrs) Nagarkot, (2175m) is by far the most popular. In the clear weather the Himalaya range, stretching from Dhaulagiri in the west all the way past Everest to Kanchenjunga in the east, emerges from the darkness to greet the happy visitor with its awe inspiring majesty and beauty. An interesting trail takes you to the hill retreat of Nagarkot, perched on a ridge 32 km east of Kathmandu. It commands sweeping views of the Himalayas. Five of the world's ten highest peaks, Everest, Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and Manaslu are visible from here. Nagarkot is also a popular spot to watch sunrise and sunset. The snow peaks look especially gorgeous during sunset and sunrise. Nagarkot, surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farm houses, the hilltop resort is the epitome of an idyllic escape - with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves to disturb you. Bird watching is a joy in the forests here.

Overnight: Lodge in Nagarkot

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 04 :Trek from Nagarkot to Changunarayan & drive to Kathmandu
Trek from Nagarkot to Changunarayan which takes approximately three and half hours and drive from Changunarayan to Kathmandu and it takes about one and half hours. The most popular walk leads down from Nagarkot along a ridge to the temple of Changu Narayan-with views of Sankhu village to the right and Bhaktapur to the left. Changunarayan is situated at the end of a long ridge which runs well into the valley, it is said to have been built in 323 AD by King HariDattaVarma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. It is said to be the oldest temple in the valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

This trip can be organized all round the year. So please email us your desired dates.

Best Months for this hiking
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months.

 

Maximum Altitude:

 

Nepal Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.

 

Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for couple of hours daily can opt for this trekking.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.

 

Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project).

 

Accommodation

We use standard rooms at star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses and lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

Meals

Meals are provided at Guesthouses and lodges on the way and in a star hotel in Kathmandu. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

During tented camps our professional cook will provide you the best vegetarian food.

 

Means of Transportation

Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs

 

Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform to us

 

Communication while trekking

There are telephones in villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you Any international calls made you can pay to the guide

 

Insurance Coverage

A travel insurance policy that covers medical expenses, evacuation, theft and loss is recommended. Your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582