Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek - 4 Days

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek is a tiring yet fun walk around the Kathmandu Valley. Hike along the aged villages to explore the lovely scene of Nepal.

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek is more of a cultural trek option rather than a hard physical climb. With views of the ancient temples, this trek also shows you the traditional way of life of the people living on the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley.

Trip Highlights

  • Chisapani, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel villages
  • Ancient Newari arts and crafts alongside traditional temples
  • Shivapuri National Park
  • Excellent views of the Gauri Shanker, Ganesh, Manaslu, Everest and other peaks

Trip Overview

Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek is one of the shortest trekking trips of the Kathmandu Valley. With the tour taking you to some of the most scenic places in the valley, this trip gets you closer to the high hills of the unexplored Kathmandu Valley.

Generally, the trek starts early in the morning. We pick you up from your hotel premises and then start our drive through the crowded city to the village of Sundarijal some 15 km away. From there, we will begin our trekking through the villages of Chisapani and Chauri Bhanjhyang to arrive at the village of Nagarkot. Our trip ends after we trek to the ancient Nepal village of Dhulikhel. Along the way, we will come across the Shivapuri National Park, some wildlife, and the views of 5 of the top 10 highest peaks of the world.

Join us in this 4 days hiking expedition to explore the untamed hills of the Kathmandu Valley. Explore the temples, ancient artifacts, flora, fauna, and the lifestyle of the people living in unreached hills.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive to Sundarijal. Trek to Chisapani

Day 02: Chisapani to Nagarkot

Day 03: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel

Day 04: Dhulikhel to Kathmandu

Day 1
Drive to Sundarijal. Trek to Chisapani

We will pick you up at the hotel premises and then drive all the way to the village of Sundarijal. The village is located somewhat 15 kilometers from the capital city. The village offers views of the Bagmati River, Shyalmati and the Nagmati Rivers flowing through the hills of the Shivapuri National Park and also contains a temple dedicated to Sundarimai. Keep your eyes wide open as we hike to the village of Chisapani. Along the way, we will have glimpses of the birds and animals residing inside the park. Hike uphill through the thick forest to pass the reservoir and dams along the way. Climb up the Shivapuri ridge to get to a Tamang settlement. Hike through the forest of pine, rhododendron, and oak to get to the village of Chisapani.

Day 2
Chisapani to Nagarkot

After breakfast, we will trek uphill through a rough green hill to get to the village of Chauri Bhanjhyang. After there, we will hike to Nagarkot in an easy flat path. Hike through the narrow trails through the green hills and bumpy dirt roads to get to the village of Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a hill station situated at 2175 meters with great panoramic views of the Himalayas. The tower at the hills of Nagarkot offers great views of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Cho Oyu (8201m) and Manaslu (8163m). Nagarkot is a famous destination for the sunrise and sunset views.

Day 3
Nagarkot to Dhulikhel

Get up early in the morning and hike to the hill to look at the greatest sunrise you have ever seen. Enjoy the sunrise over the high peaks and then get back to the hotel for delicious breakfast. After the meal, we will hike to the village of Dhulikhel. Get past the villages of Rhonnie Bhanjhyang, Kankre, and Tanchok to arrive at the village of Dhulikhel. During the trek, get great views of the Gauri Shanker and Dorje Lakpa peaks. Explore the village as you will get to see the Swet Bhairav Temple, Gorakhanath Temple, and the ancient Newari architecture.

Day 4
Dhulikhel to Kathmandu

The last day of our trek! After filling our bellies with delicious fodder, we will get on our vehicle and leave for the capital city. Drive along the Araniko Highway and the Bhagawati Marg to arrive at Kathmandu. We will guide you to the hotel premises and then let the trip come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-13
  • Sundarijal
  • Dhulikhel
  • 2,175m/7,135ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December