Trip Overview

Around Kathmandu Trek is an excellent short trek nearby the Kathmandu valley. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the cultural and natural aspects of the mid-hills. Moreover, you will have a stunning view of the mountains, explore rural villages, and learn more about the local lifestyles. This trek is suitable for those travelers who wish to do short hiking or have limited time for longer trekking. Hence, this trek is ideal for all age groups as it does not need previous trekking experience.

Shivapuri hill is famous for its watershed and wildlife reserve and popular for bird watching. At the same time, it is one of the second-highest hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Moreover, this trek introduces the Nepalese rural culture and lifestyle of the local people surrounding the Kathmandu valley. You will have a memorable experience of the majestic view of the snowcapped mountains and this region’s diverse flora and fauna. If you have a short time we also offer a day hike to Shivapuri hill.

Around Kathmandu trek begins with a short drive to Budanilkantha. The hike starts near Budanilkantha and goes along the rugged road through pine forests to Shivapuri. From Shivapuri, the trail traverses through the Shivapuri National Park past Chisapani and Dhap and arrives at Nagarkot. Nagarkot offers the best views of the Himalayas with the sunrise and sunset view. Enjoy the sunrise view from Nagarkot and then hike to Dhulikhel. From Dhulikhel, we further continue to the ancient city of Panauti where we end our trek and drive to Kathmandu.

Around Kathmandu Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the villages around the Kathmandu valley.
  • You will have the amazing mountain views of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Gauri Shanker along the route.
  • Beautiful sunset and sunrise view from Nagarkot.
  • Walk along the dense forest, lush landscape, and terraced farmland.
  • Meet locals along the way and learn more about their culture and tradition.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-185
  • TRIP NAME: Around Kathmandu Trek
  • DURATION: 7 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 2523m(Shivapuri)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels and resorts in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel and in lodges/guests while trekking.
  • WALKING HOUR 4-5 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Shivapuri-Dhap-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Panauti-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Hike to Shivapuri(2523m/4-5hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall drive to Budhanilakantha (11km/30min). Budhanilakantha lies at the base of Shivapuri Hill. There is an immense statue of Lord Vishnu resting on a bed of snakes and floating in the water. It is one of the masterpieces of stone sculpture of the Lichchhavi period of the 5th century. It is also a famous pilgrimage place for Hindus. After a brief stop at Budhanilakantha, start hiking to Shivapuri, which will take about 4-5hrs. Overnight in Shivapuri Hill.

  • Day 3: Shivapuri to Dhap

    Trek from Shivapuri Hill to Dhap through Chisapani takes about 5 hours. Here you will have great insight into diverse flora and fauna, natural beauty, culture, heritage, and living style of local people. Overnight at a lodge in Dhap

  • Day 4: Dhap-Nagarkot(2175m/5hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall start trekking to Nagarkot. Nagarkot is the best tourist destination due to its amazing views of the Himalayan Mountains and sunrise and sunset views. Overnight in Nagarkot.

  • Day 5: Nagarkot-Dhulikhel(1550m/5-6hrs)

    After breakfast, we begin our trek towards Dhulikhel. The trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel is mostly downhill past forests and small villages. Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1550m, and is about 30 km southeast of Kathmandu and 74 km southwest of Kodari. Enjoy the beautiful sunset in the evening. Overnight in Dhulikhel.

  • Day 6: Dhulikhel-Panauti(3hrs)-Drive to Kathmandu

    In the morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast with the beautiful sunrise view. Then start hiking towards Panauti, which will take about 3 hrs. Visit the ancient monuments and temples in Panuati and then drive to Kathmandu (35km/1.5hr) via the Araniko highway. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 7: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. 

What's Included
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels and resorts in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel and in lodges/tea house in other locations.
  • All transfer by private vehicle as per itinerary.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary.
  • English speaking local tour guide during the tour/trek.
  • All permit and National Park entrance fees.
  • Only breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals while on the trek.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • International flights to and from Kathmandu.
  • Any other meals other than the listed above.
  • Expenses of personal nature like portage charge, tips, telephone, laundry, bar, beverages, etc.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other expenses not listed in the included section.


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