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Valley Ridge Trek (6 days)

The Valley Ridge trek includes the enjoying of the distant views of snowy mountains and culturally rich region at the closest vicinity of Kathmandu valley offers the taste of nature walk. Explore with

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Trip Info

Trip Duration: 6 days

Trip Grade: 3

Max Altitude: 2,300m

Accommodation: Teahouse

Transportation: Private vehicle & flight

Communication: Yes

Group Size: Any

The Valley Ridge trek includes the enjoying of the distant views of snowy mountains and culturally rich region at the closest vicinity of Kathmandu valley offers the taste of nature walk. Explore with us nature, culture, and Himalayan sceneries at a time The trip is even suitable to children, families, students and those travelers in Nepal who do not have enough time to embark on the longer treks into the high mountains. Initially, the trek passes through the trails of Langtang valley route and then passes on to Nagarkot from where you will enjoy the panoramic vistas of Mt. Everest, Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, and Rolwaling Himalayan range. It will be the fantastic opportunity to capture sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas.

  • Exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Walking though off-the-beaten paths near Kathmandu Valley
  • Encountering with local ethnic cultures passing through nature trails
  • Reaching at hilltop stations to capture splendid views of Himalayas
  • Enjoying sunrise views  
  • Discovering Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing - Trek Preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu - Sundarijal Drive & Sundarijal - Chisapani Trek (2,300m): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 04: Chisapani - Nagarkot (2,156m): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 05: Nagarkot - Nala Banepa (1,440m) - Bhaktapur sightseeing - Kathmandu: 4 -5 hrs

Day 06: Departure from Nepal

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by our airport representative. After the completion of immigration formalities, you will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your choice, you can either take leisure rest of the day or visit our office site where you can meet your tour guide or stroll around the streets of Thamel - a tourist hub in Kathmandu. In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner in the company of typical cultural show. Overnight in Kathmandu.  (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing - Trek Preparation

Prepare for a guided city tour that covers several historical and spiritual landmarks of Kathmandu. The top attractions of city tour will be Basnatapur Durbar-the historic Durbar Square of Nepal, Pashupatinath- the sacred Hindu temple, Swoyambhunath- the famous 'Monkey Temple' and Bouddhanath-one of the largest Stupas in the world. These historical palaces and spiritual shrines reflect the superb architecture of ancient Nepal. After the city tour, you will engage on upcoming trek preparation with your team members. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B)

Day 03: Kathmandu - Sundarijal Drive & Sundarijal - Chisapani Trek (2,300m): 5 - 6 hrs

In the morning we prepare for an hour’s drive to reach at Sundarijal (1,350m) from where your fantastic trek begins. At the trek starting point, we stroll around a small hydroelectric plant and then your trail following through the pipeline which supplies drinking water for the valley enters into the Shivapuri National Park. While further trekking ahead you will reach at Mulkharka - a small settlement of the Tamang community. Then your trek passes through a forest of oaks and rhododendrons to get you into Chisopani. Chisopani is popular for offering clam environment and stunning mountain views. Overnight at Chisapani. (BLD)

Day 04: Chisapani - Nagarkot (2,156m): 5 - 6 hrs

today, the slightly descending nature trail brings at Nagarkot - one of the top hill stations in Nepal popular for capturing unrivaled sunrise view. Hence, it will be better to commence the trek as early as possible in the morning so that you can enjoy the perfect taste of sunrise view from the top of Nagarkot. Besides offering sunrise view, the hilltop station is also popular among urban people of Kathmandu to spend weekends enjoying panoramic views of many Himalayan ranges including the top of the world - Mt. Everest. Overnight at Nagarkot. (BLD)

Day 05: Nagarkot - Nala Banepa (1,440m) - Bhaktapur sightseeing - Kathmandu: 4 -5 hrs

It will be another busiest day for you. As much as possible, you will again wake up early in the morning to capture the sunrise views of over the Himalayas. After enjoying the views, you will follow a descending trail to arrive at Banepa – an emerging tourist destination near Kathmandu valley. Then passing through pine forest and many farmlands you will reach at Nala – a small village famous for some important shrines. The next section of trip retrace back to Banepa where you will engage on exploring some cultural aspect of the small township. After scaling Banepa, the trip heads towards Bhaktapur – the glorious city of several pagoda style ancient temples, historical palace square, and rich cultural heritage. After enjoying the sightseeing trip of Bhaktapur, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu. (BLD)

Day 06: Departure from Nepal

The short trip of Kathmandu Valley ridge formally ends today. Hence, before 3 hours of scheduled flight our representatives will take you to the airport. On your way to home, we hope, you will have plenty of time to plan your next trip in the Himalayas. Or you can extend your Nepal stay for few more days. (B)

What Is Included

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Three nights 4-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation during trek in hotel/guesthouse
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Actual adventure’s Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters (But not mandatory).

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

Trip Note

You are travelling in the remote Himalayan region where you may face unintended hindrances. The unintended hindrances like adverse weather or poor health condition of a trip member or unexpected natural disasters in the mountains may cause disturbances in the trip. In such situation our company is extremely concern about your safety, that is, safety matters than the completion of the trip. The adverse situations may result into amendments in the itinerary or even cancelation of any part of the itinerary. In such situation, your trek leader has the authority to handle the situation in his best. Even if our every effort aims to accomplish the itinerary we cannot guarantee the unpredictable high mountain environment. Hence, it is our kind request to adjust the unpredictable situations in the high mountain trails.

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