Nepal is a land of yaks and the mythical yetis. Stupas, temples, and some of the best trekking of the planet are the traits of this nation. Even though the country doesn't occupy a large area in the world map, this picturesque land nestled in the arms of the majestic Himalayas has been a paradise for the nature lovers. From scenic views to adventure sports to spiritual trek, the tiny nation has something marvelous to offer to everyone. The capital city, Kathmandu, is adorned with innumerable temples and Stupas and is synonymous to the religious city, which is also the major attraction for tourist. It also is the gateway to the many interesting trekking and hiking options such as Shivapuri National Park to Panauti passing through Chisapani – Nagarkot - Dhulikhel and Namobuddha. Give yourself sometime to take an easy walk in this beautiful Kathmandu valley rim along with capital's amazing cultural and artistic heritage in week vacation with Getaway ! Himalayan Treks and Expedition Pvt – Ltd.
You might feel that you are short of time for a time demanding trek or might be in a long tour in neighboring countries but are still keen to experience Kathmandu and its surrounding hills in a day or so. No worries, a short trek around Kathmandu valley can be a worthwhile experience for you to make your trip truly rewarding. As mentioned above, there are various points to kick-off and conclude the hiking. The trek starting from Kathmandu – Shivapuri National Park, Chisapani Village, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel – Nomobuddha and Panauti via Balathali Village (5 days) is considered to be one of the most fabulous trekking / hiking routes among the rest. ShivapuriNagarjun National Park is the ninth national park in Nepal and was declared a protected area in 2002. It is located in the country's mid-hills in the northern fringe of the valley and was named after Shivapuri Peak of 2,732 m (8,963 ft) altitude. It covers an area of 159 km2 (61 sq mi) in the district of Kathmandu, Nuwakot and Sindhupalchowk, adjoining 23 Village Development Committees (VDC). The glory of Himalayan ranges to the north of Chisapani still is so vibrant and pristine as it was in the days of ancient saints. The chirp of birds in Shivapuri conservation area sounds as melodious as your favorite musical composition. The trek leads to Chisapani where the air is still is so fresh that it can re-energize your mind and body. The lush green hills are so persuading that you can't resist but take a moment to halt and admire the beauty You would almost want to imagine your dream house to be there.
You can reach Chisapani from several entry points such as Nagarkot, Sundarijal, Kapan, Muhanpokhari. Among these routes, from Shivapuri to Chisapani is more suitable for hikers and adventure mountain bikers. However, cycling in this route is physically demanding and you ought to have real strength to do so; an average cyclist should not attempt cycling in this route. Chisapani is at a height of 2200m (approx) and the climatic condition is not vastly different from Kathmandu valley except a little bit more chills experienced there. As this route covers a jungle trail, you are strongly recommended to avoid trekking alone and remain safe throughout your jungle safari.
Since, Nepal's geographical diversity is extremely favorable to wide species of butterfly as well. More than 500 species of butterflies are found in Nepal alone – 11 families out of 15 in the world. The best seasons for butterfly watching are late March/April, mid May/ mid June, and late August/September. During winter, the most of their species are relatively inactive except for some very common Oriental Species. Outside the valley in the areas of the national parks, scattered throughout the country, the butterflies are in abundance, mostly in the undisturbed areas, away from settlements are the best places the butterflies can be found. Since 2002, several surveys were carried out to determine the faunal diversity of this protected area. In a field study carried out from July 2003 to July 2004 Indian leopard, Jungle cat, Large Indian civet, Golden jackal, Himalayan black bear, Yellow-throated marten, Small Asian mongoose, Himalayan goral, Barking deer, Wild boar, Rhesus monkey, Hanuman langur, Chinese pangolin, Indian Crested porcupine, Himalayan pika, Black-naped hare, Himalayan squirrel, Fawn-colored mouse, Brown-toothed shrew and Black rat were identified. Signs of Clouded leopard and Leopard cat, thought to be present, were not observed. In 2008, Intermediate Horseshoe, Greater Horseshoe and Big-eared Horseshoe bats were mist netted at the entrance of Nagarjuna cave inside the park. Ornithologists recorded 318 species of birds including Eurasian eagle-owl, Slender-billed Scimitar-babbler, White-gorgeted flycatcher, Barred cuckoo-dove and Golden-throated barbet.
The remaining part of the trek that is Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha and Balthali Village are also equally exciting in terms of views, villages, terrace etc. Undoubtedly, you can pleasurably trek with your family, elders, child, students or big groups since there is no risk of high altitude sickness as the hike has only pleasant ascends and descends throughout the trip. The incredible views of the enormous Himalayan ranges on the left and Kathmandu valley on the right accompany you to make your journey a worth visit.
Day 01: Kathmandu – Chisapani
Drive to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani (2150 m), 05 hrs. Overnight at the Teahouse.
Day 02: Chisapani – Nagarkot.
Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2099 m), 06 hrs. Overnight at the Teahouse.
Day 03: Nagarkot – Dhulikhel.
Trek from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1700 m), 6.5 hrs. Overnight at the tented camp.
Day 04: Dhulikhel – Kathmandu
Drive from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu. Transfer to the hotel.
Starting From: $999
- Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
- Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
- A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
- Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
- 02 nights 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
- Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary to/from Trekking starting point.
- One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by an experienced guide.
- 3 course of meals (tea/coffee, B/F, lunch & dinner) during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
- Hotel Accomodation during the trek.
- First aid kit box for entire trekking.
- Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
- Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show) including to/from transfers.
- Dep. txf from the hotel to KTM international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
- All Govt. taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)
Cost does not include:
- Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees. US$ 25 / 40 for a month stay
- Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
- Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
- Personal equipments and clothing.
- Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
- Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
- Extra porters if asked by the group.
- Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
- Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it!
Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.
The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life. A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon.
For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world.
Is trekking for everyone?
Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like. One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.
We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section.
Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.
Types of Trekking
- Tea House ( Lodge ) Trekking
- Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
- Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.
Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.
Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers. Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.
Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.
Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.
Autumn: September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.
Winter: December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.
Spring: March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.
Summer: June to August Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.
Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries
We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.
Why choose Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd.as a Trekking Agency?
Before embarking on trekking trips, keep one thing in mind that you are on a new land and you have still have limited information about it.
Trekking routes in Nepal are mostly at high altitudes and with it comes risk of high altitude sickness and other altitude-borne diseases. Having our guide will help to monitor and advice you on acclimatization and general prevention.
Another advantage of travelling through our agency is that you will be benefitted from our years of experience. Our guides and trekking personnel will show you places of interest provide you with detailed information about the places that you are visiting and ask local people about trail conditions and help you learn a bit of Nepali language as well. This could make your trip more memorable.
Many trekkers still travel on group treks organized abroad, but it is also possible to arrange an organized trek directly with our company by email, fax or telephone or once you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
By taking the service of trekking agency like Getaway Treks and Expedition you will employ local people. Your contribution may seem small, but it makes big impact on the lives of people in rural areas.
- We travel in a small group basis keeping in mind that to lower the entire cost of the whole trip and not be hassled each other due to different physical conditions.
- We have our own fleet of vehicles and permanently working experienced guides since our establishment which makes us reliable.
- We have no hidden cost nor we include hotel accommodation in any cities beside trekking routes but we keep our door open about the information of all accommodations that our trekkers may need before or after the trip.
- We have our own complete equipments store with us in Kathmandu, Lukla and Pokhara, to minimize the cost as well as to create worry free arrangements for any types of trips in Himalaya.
- We have our own small counter office established at Lukla and Pokhara in order to run trekking and mountaineering smoothly as soon as you land at respective zone without making you wait for hours, since we have long term basis c
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