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Top 3 short hiking near Kathmandu.

23 Aug 2019 Santosh Gauli

Top 3 short hiking near Kathmandu

Short Overview:

The Chandragiri hilltop, Nagarkot hiking, and Chisapani Nagarkot are the popular Top 3 short hiking near Kathmandu for those people, who are short on time and budget.

Short hiking trails near Kathmandu is for those visitors, who are short on time and don’t have lots of experiences in the mountain. This type of day hike is suitable for all ages people, students, inexperienced tourists,s and family holidays.

It is short hiking that takes you from low land at 1300 m up to over 2000 m high throughout the sub-Alpine forest and cultural villages. This trip is a perfect short break for few days from crazy busy city life and also for first-time hikers. If you are simple to fit and wish to admire the White Mountains then short hiking near Kathmandu will be your best hiking holiday in Nepal.

Table of Content:

  1. Nagarkot day hiking,
  2. Chisapani Nagarkot hiking,
  3. Chandragiri hill day hike

1. Nagarkot day hiking:

Trip highlights:

  • Scenic drive to Nagarkot,
  • View of Langtang and Ganesh mountain range,
  • Visit Nagarkot view tower and area,
  • Enjoy the magnificent valley view of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur,
  • Visit Tamang village while descending to Telkot.

Facts of the trip:

  • The highest point- Nagarkot- 2175 m,
  • Duration of hike: 5 hrs,
  • Best months: Sep to Nov & March to May,
  • Minimum pax: 1,
  • Maximum pax: 30,
  • Trip Highlights- Sub tropical forest, walking experience through the local village, magnificent view of Langtang mountain panorama, valley view of Kathmandu and wonderful rice terrace field,

Nagarkot is a popular hiking destination near Kathmandu and is suitable for all types of hikers. It is located in the northeast of Kathmandu. It is a short drive from Kathmandu to Nagarkot about 32 km, then we explore Nagarkot, see the mighty Himalaya panorama then ascending to the Telkot on the same day, and drive back to Kathmandu.

It is suitable for short-time visitors to witness the high White Mountain, cultural experience, and thrilling valley view.

You are short on time don’t miss this hike which will provide you great opportunities to enjoy the mesmerizing views regarding some cultural Tamang villages.

How to get Nagarkot?

Take a bus or taxi from Kathmandu to Bhaktapur and catch a bus to Nagarkot. It is a local bus, or you may get a Taxi too. The next option is drive. Drive to Telkot then follow the trails that will lead you to the hill station of Nagarkot.

The final option probably more fun than drives on a bike to Nagarkot is truly fun and more scenic. It is a 32 km drive from Kathmandu.

Nagarkot hiking
Nagarkot hiking

Trip highlights:

  • Visit Sundarijal, Mulkharka & Chisapani,
  • Enjoy the sunrise & sunset view over langtang mountains from Chisapani,
  • Walking experience through the forest and local villages,
  • Spent your great moment at Nagarkot on day 2,
  • See sunrise view from Nagarkot view tower,
  • Magical 180 degree valley view with uncountable rolling green hills

Trip facts:

Duration of hiking: 2 Night 3 days trip,

Maximum altitude: Nagarkot- 2175 m,

Destination: Nagarkot,

Best months: Sep to Nov & March to May,

Maximum group size: 25 people.

The Chisapani Nagarkot hiking is the best and short hiking spot near Kathmandu and is located in the northeast of Kathmandu. This trip begins after an hour’s drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal then hike up to Chisapani passes Mulkharka Tamang village and verdant forest.

If you are weak in health and don’t have time with you to go far from Kathmandu (city) then Chisapani Nagarkot hiking will be the best option for you. It is a short hike but you get to see more or less almost all countryside culture and nature within this time limit.

The most attractions on this trip are Chisapani and Nagarkot. They are situated on the top slope of the Massif Mountains where there is a stunning surrounding view of the White Mountains and many green rolling hills.

 Hot to reach Chisapani and Nagarkot?

Take a bus from Ratnapark to Sundari Jal or taxi to Sundarijal then hike up to Chisapani, spent a night, the next to Nagarkot, spent a night (there) then drive to Kathmandu. However, the entrance point of this hike is Sundarijal.

Accommodation: The Chisapani Nagarkot hiking is the nearest hiking destination from Kathmandu thus, there are luxurious accommodations on choice. If you are budget hikers you can have Tea House accommodation cost 10 USD per night but if you want luxury accommodation then it cost 100 USD per night or more than that on the standard of Hotel.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal than the hike to Chisapani (2150 m); 1 hrs drive & 4 hrs hike,

Day 2: Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2175 m): 7 hrs walk.

Day 3: See the sunrise and drive to Kathmandu.

3. Chandragiri day hike:

   Trip Highlights:

  • Enjoy the short cable car drive to Chadragiri hill top,
  • Visit historical and cultural Bhaleshor Temple,
  • Enjoy 360 degree view of Annapurna, Manaslu and Langtang mountain range,
  • Walking though the dense forest back to Kathmandu.

Trip facts:

Activity: Cable car drive and 3 hrs walk,

Duration of hiking: 1-day trip,

Maximum altitude: Chandragiri hill- 2505 m,

Best months: Sep to Nov & March to May,

Maximum group size: 30 people,

Ticket price: 350 for locals and 13 USD for foreigners (it is a one-way fee for a cable car).

Chandragiri day hike is a newly opened nearest hike from Kathmandu to the southwest of Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, it is only a 30-minute drive to the cable car station. If you are hiking on a clear day, you have already a stunning Mountain View from the cable car station at the bottom of Chandragiri hill.

The short cable car drive takes you to the hilltop of Chandragiri, which is the highest hill around Kathmandu thus, no doubt if it is a clear day you can enjoy the range of mountains, green hills, and the entire valley of Kathmandu.

There are mainly two different types of visitors, one is for fun and the 2nd visits for the purpose of religion, however, the view from the top of Chandragiri hill is just indescribable and beautifully made Bhaleshor  Mahadev Hindu Temple. Furthermore, we descend steeply down to the base of Chandragiri hill through the forest with the valley view and mountains.

How to get to Chandragiri hill?

It is very close to the center of Kathmandu. You are staying around the center of Kathmandu then it takes about a 30-minute drive to reach Chandragiri cable car station. We arrive there are places to buy cable car tickets then cable car takes us to the Chandragiri hilltop. It is a truly stunning spot to admire the White Mountains and hills. After visiting the hilltop there are two options either you hike down to the base of the hill or take the cable car back to the same place as the drive to Kathmandu.

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