Duration: 5 Days
Group Size: 2+
Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek takes you to the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley is not only known for its exquisite cultural heritages but also its picturesque and naturally astonishing sites. Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek encompasses the easily accessible trekking route around the hills of Kathmandu Valley. The trekking route is comparatively shorter and ideal for those who have time limitations in Nepal. Moreover, Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek is also suitable for those travelers who do not want to extend the journey in the remote factions of the country. Since the trek is done in the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek can be done during any time of the year.
During the Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek, we will walk through local market places, ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples and architecturally prosperous medieval towns of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu. We too will visit Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel which is situated in the rim of Kathmandu valley and offers the self-enriching view of Himalayas. Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek is a five day trek which can be done by the people of any age group
The hills surrounding Kathmandu gives an admirable chance for easy and short hiking which introduces us to the village life along with outstanding mountain panorama. A part from the urban lifestyle of Kathmandu, the villages surrounding it are still far from modernity and have managed to maintain its vintage allure.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive to Sundarijal Trek to Chisapani.
Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot from Chisapani
Day 05: Trek to Dhulikhel and Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 06: Final Departure.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel. In the evening there will be briefing about the trek.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath Stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swayambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Drive to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisapani.
We will have our breakfast at Kathmandu and prepare for an hour’s drive to Sundarijal (1,350m). The Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek begins from here. 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. Further trekking ahead you will reach at Mulkharka village which is a small settlement of the Tamang community. After that the trek passes through a forest of oaks and rhododendrons to get you into Chisapani. Chisapani is a popular trekking destination near Kathmandu. From there you can see spectacular views of the mountains like, Langtang, Ganesh, Annapurna and Manaslu. Overnight at Chisapani.
Day 04: Trek to Nagarkot from Chisapani
Today on the fourth day of Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek we will trek to Nagarkot from Chisapani. We will have our breakfast at chisapani enjoying the wonderful views of the mountains and the landscapes. Overnight at Chisapani.
Day 5: Drive back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we will drive back to Kathmandu and board a flight for our onward journey.
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$ 30 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 50 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 125 or equivalent convertible currency
Gratis (Free) Visa
For first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the visa can be extended from the department of immigration with respective fares.
Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals
As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:
Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.
If you have not brought any of these equipment then you can also buy this in Kathmandu as well. If you need help our guides will help you to buy the trekking gears in Kathmandu. You can find the wide range of varieties while buying the trekking gears in Kathmandu. The qualities of the trekking gears are similar to that you get in your countries. You can also find medium quality gears at cheaper rates as well. You can find all types of trekking gears in Thamel which is the main street for backpackers and trekkers in Nepal.
Acclimatization is very important when you are trekking to an altitude of more than 3500m. Proper acclimatization helps to reduce the chances of Altitude Sickness. The itinerary is designed with proper acclimatization that will help your body to adopt the lower oxygen content in the air. Once you reached an altitude of 5000m the oxygen content in the air is less than 50% than that of the sea level. One of the main causes of altitude sickness is staying too long at high altitude without proper acclimatization. If in case you suffer from altitude sickness, the guides will notice the symptoms and then drop you to the lower altitude immediately. You have to inform to your guide if you notice any discomfort or symptoms of AMS. Major altitude sickness might need emergency helicopter rescue so make sure your travel insurance covers all the risk including helicopter rescue.
The numbers of Solo travelers are increasing rapidly in recent few years in Nepal. Nepal, being a beautiful and peace loving country is also one of the safest countries for solo travelers. However, the cost for solo traveler might be expensive since single supplement is very difficult to find and are expensive as well in the mountain regions.
For some trekking can be a short break from social medias and internet whereas for some internet and communication is a means to stay connected with near and dear ones during trekking. While travelling in the remotest areas you may not have facilities of telephone and internet. However, in recent days the Internet and Communication facilities during your trek to Nepal is improving rapidly. The region now has 3G and 4G coverage as well.
If you want to have the best networks throughout your trek to AnnapurnaBase Camp you can use satellite phone throughout the trial. You can rent the sat phones or bring your own.
Most of the tea houses and lodges now provide Wi-Fi service. You can get free Wi-Fi in some of the lodges. But most of the lodges take extra charge for Wi-Fi. They charge you normally $5 for unlimited Wi-Fi coverage. However, the speed of the internet may not be faster like that of the cities.
Mobile Data can be the cheaper way to get in touch with your family and friends in the Annapurna Region. You can buy a local sim card from a private company in Nepal and activate your data. The cost od data pack varies per MB. A telecommunication company in Nepal, NCELL has launched 3G connectivity since 2010. So you can have a better internet experience in the Annapurna Region through mobile data as well.