Nagarkot to Dhulikhel Hiking
•Approximately 4 to 6 hours.
Nagarkot provides excellent mountain panorama in a clear day. The hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is mostly downhill and during the Nagarkot to Dhulikhel walk, there are very few options for food and water, so we recommend that you carry enough of both with you for the trek.
You can drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot in the morning and head towards Club Himalaya. Below this hotel, you will find a small walking trail which cuts across the hillside and takes you towards Rhonnie Bhangyang. The views of the Panchkhal valley to your left are very good and given the clear weather you should get views of the mid Himalayas including Mt.Everest.
Follow the rugged track until you come to a flat spot of land and couple of farm houses and this will be Rhonnie Bhangyang.
Follow the road straight, do not take the left or right turnings. Climb up a short sharp hill and arrive at an intersection with another jeep track. Take the left turn and follow this road along the ridge. After about a kilometer, a small trail on the right takes you down into the next valley. Follow the main jeep track back down into the valley below Nagarkot and you want to keep Nagarkot over your left shoulder. Follow the track steely downhill through the hillside with dotted villages. You are aiming for a vague ridge between two valleys and you will pass through the villages of Kankre and Tanchok.
From Tanchok, you will meet another main jeep track that you need to follow to your right and uphill for around a kilometer to Tusal. Here you need to head right to the Larsish town of Opi where you cross the main jeep track and head directly to Dhulikhel. The trail meets the Arniko Highway (1) one kilometers from the main town of Dhulikhel, at Himalayan Horizons Hotel. To get into town you need to turn right and head uphill.
After having lunch you can come back to Kathmandu.
You can also end the Nagarkot hike at Nala or Banepa to make it (1) one hour shorter. The trail follows to Ghimire Geoun and it is a wonderful spot to witness the landscapes.
We will eventually get back to Kathmandu.
After early breakfast we will start our walk today to Nagi Gompa which is about an hour ascend. We visit the Gompa located in a serene surrounding. Tulku Urgen Rinpoche, a renowned Buddhist teacher is the head Lama of this monastery. Then descend through forests and stops on the way for picnic lunch. After lunch we walk through the forests and arrive at Gokarna, from where we drive to Bhaktapur and stay in this medieval city. Explore Bhaktapur on your own later afternoon if time permits.
5 hours of moderate walking
Today’s walk begins with an hour’s ascent to Nagi Gompa. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a renowned Buddhist Teacher is the head Lama of this monastery. We ascend further to a ridge that meanders through pine forest. From here we can see the mountain of Nagarjun, paddy fields, the Bagmati River, Sankhu village and Nagarkot.
We walk along the ridge through Sundarijal village to meet our vehicle. From here we drive to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, where we explore this afternoon.
(1Km/7.5miles, Approx.6hrs walking)
Bhaktapur the third major city in the Kathmandu Valley, and we will visit its Durbar Square, which, although larger than Kathmandu, has fewer temples due to an Earthquake in 1934. We also visit the Nyatapole Temple, which a 98ft.height is not only the highest temple in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional Nepali architecture. A major German funded project brought pavements and sewers, but Bhaktapur is still the most distinctly medieval of the three cities. The main occupations are weaving, pottery and fanning, and the houses are traditionally of brick with intricate wood carving for decoration. We will spend the better part of the morning exploring this well preserved medieval city on foot. After lunch in Bhaktapur we will drive for an hour to Nagarkot (7265ft.)
2 to 4 hours of easy walking (Approx. 3 miles/5 km: 213m/700ft of ascent).
After breakfast in Nagarkot, start your walk to Changunarayan. The trail from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan descends to Telkot Village passing through villages and fields. From Telkot, the trail enters to forests. Stop at forests for picnic lunch, then a short level walk will take to Changunarayan. The entire walk offers superb views of villages and mountains and filled with cultural experiences. Changunarayan is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Barma and it is the oldest temple of Nepal. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings. After spending some time in the area we will drive back to Nagarkot.
5 hours of easy to moderate walking (Approx. 8 ½ miles/13 ½ Km: 900ft/170m of ascent).
Sunrise from Nagarkot over the Himalayas is a must. After the breakfast in Nagarkot, we start today’s hike towards Nala. With the smell of the fresh morning air at a height of 1985m, we will drive for about 20 minutes and start our hike before the Nagarkot tower from here, the trail may prove to be a real fun as we climb down to a small Tamang Village at a distance of about ½ and hours walk, in the next few hours we will be able to witness the rich gift of nature Nepal is blessed with as we move through the jungle filled with diverse flora and fauna. Most of our walk this morning is levelled with gradual downhill. After reaching Nala we will rest for a while and have picnic lunch there.
After lunch we drive for about 30-35 minutes to Khopasi. From Khopasi we continue walking and climbing for the last 45 minutes to the resort.
4-5 hours of moderate hill walking.
The Balthali Village Resort is situated on the top of hill at an elevation of 1600m, an outstanding place of isolation and relaxation. The area surrounding the resort is thickly forested with luxuriant floras.
Colourful rhododendron, magnolia, sal trees cover the hill that undulates and opens out to the terraced fields. Bird watchers will find their stay in the resort very rewarding too. The views of the Himalayas, the sun rise and sun sets here will leave a lasting memory of this area.
Balthali-Day hike to pada Gaun
Today you will visit a typical Tamang village, Pada Gaun (Gaun means village in Nepalese) where a Buddhist Community lives. The Tamangs originally came from Tibet several hundred years ago. The village is very traditional and secluded form the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. A gradual ascend to Pada Gaun(2110m) from where you have a wonderful view of the major part of the Nepalese Himalayan range to north and beautiful green forest of Mahabharata range. We will picnic lunch here and descend to Karthali Gaun and follow the banks of the Ladku river back to the resort.
6 hours of moderate walking (5 ½ miles/9Km: 2000ft/600m of ascent).
Balthali-Day hike to Neupane Gaun
After breakfast, you will descent to the junction of two rivers Roshi and Ladku Khola (Khola Means River in Nepalese). A small rest to grasp a beautiful natural setting nearby. We will visit the Holy shrine of Lord Shiva and traditional maize-mill here. After that, ascent to the typical Tamang village Neupane Gaun, where you can experience the life style of Nepalese people in the hilly regions. Then return to the resort crossing the Ladku Khola via long suspension bridge for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to rest and relax or explore the area on your own.
3 hours of moderate walking
Note: If any of the participants want to do half a day hikes in any of the days then it can be arranged. Please talk to your leader about the choices.
Today, we will walk down to Khopasi for about 30 minutes and through the fields to Panauti where we meet our bus and drive for 90 minutes to Patan. After checking in the hotel, have lunch at the hotel then explore the mystical city of Patan this afternoon.
Patan: also known, as Lalitpur is the second largest major city of the Kathmandu Valley. This medieval city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, Guardian deities and wonderful carving. It is also known as the city of arts. The major attractions of Patan are Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir, and Kumbheshwor and the Patan Museum.
2 hours of easy walking
From Patan we will drive to the ancient Newar Village of Bungamati and Khokana. Bungamati dates from the
16th century and sits on a spur overlooking the Bagmati River, shaded by large trees and stands of Bamboo. From Bungamati, we will walk for about 20-25 minutes to another village called Khokana. It is a Newar Village on the Southern Flanks of Kathmandu Valley established in 7th century AD by the mighty Licchhavi rulers of Nepal. It is unique village in the whole of Kathmandu Valley because of its aloofness from modern civilization.
We start a short hike from the end of Khokana village down to the river Bagmati, walking through the rice fields for about an hour. The route is mostly gradual downhill. After crossing the river w again start hiking up for 45 minutes to a locality called Taudaha. From where we will be picked up by our coach to drive to Hattiban Resort.
3 hours of easy walking
Hattiban Resort- Day hike to Champadevi
After breakfast at Hattiban Resort, we gear ourselves for today’s walk, which is ideal for the majestic views of the Himalayas and the Kathmandu Valley. We start our walk through a walking trail, which starts gradually, progressing to a stiffer slope and a little drop before making the final climb to the summit. The true summit of Champadevi is marked by a small white stupa with commanding views of the Valley. We can also catch glimpses of Pharping and Dakshinkali from here. It’s about 1.5-2 hours of nature walk one way through the lush green hills and forests to the top of the hill-Champadevi (2278m). The walk back to the hotel will take about an hour. Lunch and dinner will be at Hattiban Resort.
1 ½ -2 hours walking to the peak at 2,278m/17474ft. Distance:6Km/ 4 miles Ascent: 500m/1,550ft.).
Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Australian Camp (2050m)-2 Nights
After an early breakfast in Hattiban we will drive down to the road head to our coach and drive to the airport for a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara. Drive from Pokhara to Kande (1646m) for about 1 hour. The drive is mostly through mountain highway passing through several villages and small towns revealing Nepali way of life. There will be a lunch stop before the hike starts, at Kande. From Kande, climb through pine and rhododendron forests to Australian camp, a beautiful site. Australian Camp is ridge top from where we can see superb scenery of Annapurna ranges and several highest peaks in the north and beautiful valleys in the south including Pokhara valley.
2 hours of moderate hill walking
Australian Camp-Day Hike
After an early breakfast we will hike to Deurali. The entire hike is through the forests of pine, fir and rhododendron. On the way we pass a beautiful small village of Pothana where there few tea houses. Deurali is a pass from where spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna are seen. After spending some time at Deurali, return to Australian camp.
3 hours of moderate walking
After an early breakfast we will hike down to Kande and drive to Pokhara. We will arrive in Pokhara for lunch.
We will drive to our hotel and later in the afternoon we will have a boat ride in the Phewa Lake. The day is free for rest and relaxation at the legendary second largest lake of Nepal.
Fishtail Lodge belonged to the late princess Helen Shah who was one of the victims in the ‘Royal Massacre’ of May 2001. After her death the princess trust was formed and Fishtail Lodge became part of it. Princess Trust funds open heart surgeries for the poor and needy.
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast we will start to explore the city of Pokhara. We will visit the famous Davies Fall. It is the most famous water fall in Pokhara, which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground. The water flowing in this fall comes from Fewa Lake and the fall is worth visiting during the rainy seasons as it possesses its maximum velocity.
Afterwards, we will be visiting the Tashi Palkhel Tibetan Refugee Camp which was established in 1962 in cooperation with the Swiss development Corporation and the government of Nepal. The camp in Pokhara looks like a small Tibet. The Tibetan people living here keep themselves busy by producing and trading in woollen carpets and other handicraft items. They also run souvenir shop around lakeside Some of them work like hawkers selling souvenir at bargaining prices.
After lunch we drive to the airport for a 30 minutes flight to Kathmandu. We drive to our hotel located in the city centre close by the Thamel tourist district. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore Thamel. Farewell dinner at the Wunjala Maskova Restaurant with Nepali cultural show.
3hours of moderate walking