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Kathmandu Valley Eco Trek

Number of Days: 8 Days
Highest Point: 2175 meters (Nagarkot)
Trek Difficulty: Easy
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge
Walking Time: Approx 6-7 hrs per day
Trek Region: Kathmandu
Starting Point: Kathmandu
Ending Point: Kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent ridge walk around Kathmandu Valley
  • Relaxing walk in the beautiful countryside
  • Excellent mountain views from Nagarkot and Dhulikhel
  • Spiritual ambience in Namo Buddha
  • Experience village life in Balthali
  • Off-the-beaten trail with few trekkers


Kathmandu Valley Eco Trek is an idyllic walk that takes you through lush forests and lively villages on the ridges of the Kathmandu Valley. The walk begins from Sundarijal and climbs to Chisapani through the woods rich in water resources. Then it traverses the beautiful countryside to Nagarkot -- a popular hill station in the Kathmandu Valley. The walk offers you a magnificent view of several snow capped mountains. The trail drops to Dhulikhel only to climb again to reach Namobuddha -- a spiritual destination for Buddhist followers. It then passes through the beautiful countryside to the village of Balthali. Unlike other teks of the country, this is an easy walk but provides you one for the memorable life experiences.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1370m)

Welcome to Nepal. Upon arrival in Kathmandu airport, meet our representative and get transferred to your hotel. Freshen up and take some rest. In the evening, we will meet in your hotel lobby for a trip briefing.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Sightseeing of Kathmandu

Today, our tour guide will take you for full-day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. We begin the day with a visit to Swoyambhunath Stupa -- a landmark Buddhist temple in Kathmandu and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Popular among tourists as Monkey Temple, the main attraction is a white-washed dome and a glittering golden spire. Then we move on to Kathmandu Durbar Square -- another UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you can see temples and monuments dating back to the 17th century. It used to be the seat of Malla rulers and the now deposed Shah kings. After lunch, we move to Bouddhanath Stupa -- the biggest stupa complex in South Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also a white-washed dome capped by a glittering golden spire. The ambience here is quite amazing as you can see incense sticks burning and pilgrims circumambulating the stupa chanting sacred mantras. It is believed to have been built in the 5th century. Then we move on to our hotel.

O/N: Hotel
Day 3
Drive to Sundarijal; trek to Chisapani (2175m) -- Approx 1 hr drive, 5 hrs trek

After breakfast at your hotel, we will drive you to the trek starting point at Sundarjial on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. Sundarijal is one of the entry points of Nagarjun-Shivapuri National Park. The area is rich in water resources thanks to abundant greenery. We walk on the well-maintained stone trail often criss-crossed by jeep tracks. The trail is completely in wilderness beyond Mulkharka village. Chisapani is a beautiful village situated on a ridge top. The village is a meeting point of three districts Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk and offers superb mountain views.

Day 4
Trek to Nagarkot (2175m) -- Approx 6 hrs

We resume our walk after breakfast. Chisapani offers you views of green hills and snow-capped mountains far in the horizon. The trail passes through the beautiful countryside offering you an insight into the daily life of local people. Meet farmers toiling in the field, children going to school and elderies taking siesta. The trail is easy initially, but requires an uphill climb in the latter half of the day. Upon arrival in Nagarkot, check into your hotel. Nagarkot is a popular hill station in the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley. Enjoy the view of the setting sun.

O/N: Hotel
Day 5
Trek to Dhulikhel (1550m) -- Approx 6 hrs

Today’s walk is mostly downhill as we descend to the culturally rich Newari town of Dhulikhel. The walk offers breathtaking mountain views. Enjoy nature as you descend to Dhulikhel. Despite being so close to Kathmandu Valley, villages seem so traditional. It will be a new experience for you to watch people using ancient farming techniques even though farm mechanization is a normal thing in western world. The walk takes around six hours. Upon arrival in Dhulikhel, check into your hotel.

O/N: Hotel
Day 6
Trek to Balthali (1580m) -- Approx 7 hrs

After breakfast, resume your hike to Namobuddha. It’s an uphill climb initially, but a downhill walk till Kavrebhanjyang from where the trail steadily rises to Namobuddha hilltop. Namobuddha is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage. According to Buddhist scripts, a former incarnation of Buddha was born here. You can see Buddhist prayer flags fluttering all around. From Namobuddha, you can enjoy beautiful views of mountains to the north and lush valley below you. After spending some time here, hike through the beautiful countryside toward Balthali. The trail passes through terraced fields and beautiful villages. During autumn, you can taste organic oranges grown by local farmers. After dropping down the forested ridge to the Roshi Khola river, make a brief climb to the plateau of Balthali. Balthali is a bustling village offering you an insight into day to day life of local people.

O/N: Hotel
Day 7
Explore Balthali, hike to Khopasi and drive back to Kathmandu -- Approx 2 hrs hike, 1 hr drive

Today, you will explore the beautiful Balthali village. We will enjoy a nice village walk in the morning. As the main occupation of people here is farming, you can get insight into primitive farming methods of the local people. You can also hike to the confluence of Lodki and Roshi rivers and take a cool bath. After lunch, we will hike to Panauti which takes around an hour. Upon arrival in Panauti, board a waiting car and drive back to Kathmandu and check into your hotel. IN the evening, we will organize a farewell dinner for you in a typical Nepali restaurant.

O/N: Hotel
Day 8

Your final day in Nepal. If your flight is late in the afternoon, you can take a stroll in your hotel neighborhood to buy souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Our representative will drive you to the airport three hours before your flight time. Returning home, you will have plenty of time to reflect on the amazing that you had in Nepal and plan your next trip.

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