Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is a short 3 days trek from Kathmandu. It is one of the most beautiful hikes to witness the waterfalls, mountains as well as the rural village life near Kathmandu. It is ideal for those travelers having less time and still want to taste the authentic Nepali culture. During your trek, you will go through the Chisapani Nagarkot hiking route and mesmerize some of the high mountains such as Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu, Gaurishankar etc from the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. This short hike can also be extended by Chisapani, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel trek. Although being near Kathmandu valley the hotels in Chisapani Nagarkot trek are few in number and provide some of the basic facilities. Popular by its short distance and less altitude this trek can be done by most of the travelers without any previous hiking experience.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek from Kathmandu is one of the best ways to enjoy nature around the Kathmandu Valley in a short period of time. Starting from Sundarijal the trek passes through the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park to reach the Chisapani village for the overnight stay. Although situated near the capital city of Nepal you can experience the local taste and the authentic Nepali culture and the rural life of the people. There are no proper hotels in Chisapani and you will spend the night in the homestay. Meanwhile, local tea houses and lodges are also available to spend the night during the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek.
It is one of the moderate difficulty levels of the trek and is also considered as one of the easiest treks of Nepal. Similarly, because of its ease, most of the beginners choose this trek which can be done in under a week. Trekkers traveling for a long trek also choose this trek for the warm-up of the long trek. There is no age limit for Chisapani Nagarkot trek. Meanwhile, you will need to pay for the Permit before entering the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.
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- Various waterfalls and amazing scenarios.
- Sunrise and Sunset view from the Nagarkot hill.
- Exploring the heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley.
- Marvelous views of the snow-capped mountain ranges.
- Short trek near Kathmandu valley.
- A few days away from the crowded city.
- Witnessing local village life and tasting local cuisines.
You will start your Chisapani Nagarkot trek from Kathmandu. You will take a drive to Sundarijal about 15 km away from Kathmandu and then you will start your trek. During your day you will see some of the high waterfalls and pass through rhododendron and oak forest. Throughout the trip, you will also get to witness some of the amazing mountain ranges during clear weather. Sunrise and Sunset view from the top of Nagarkot hill is also one of the main attractions of this trek. Meanwhile, you can also stop over at Changunarayan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square after you reach Bhaktapur. Similarly, Dhulikhel and Namobuddha Day Tour also can be added from Nagarkot if you are interested.
Best Time for Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
February to June is the best time for Chisapani Nagarkot Trek. Similarly, another favorable season for this trek is September to November. During these months of the year, the sky is clear and you can have amazing views of the mountain ranges. You can also have an amazing view of the Kathmandu Valley. December and January are very cold in Nepal and the trail also may be covered in snow. July and August are the rainy seasons in Nepal so it is better to avoid these months. However, with the proper arrangement, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek can be done throughout the year.
Summary of Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek starts from Sundarijal after driving 45 minutes from Kathmandu. It is an easy and short trek near Kathmandu valley. The initial hike follows the forested route from Sundarijal towards Chisapani. During the trek in the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, you can witness some of the amazing views of the mountain ranges too. The trek starts after the sightseeing of the UNESCO World heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley. Among the 7 World Heritage sites Kathmandu Valley you will be exploring the 4 heritage sites.
Sundarijal is about 15 km away from Kathmandu and it will take about an hour to reach. After arriving at Sundarijal you will start your trek towards Chisapani. It will take about 5 hours of a walk but before that, you will pass through Mulkharka village and the forest of oaks and rhododendron before reaching Chisapani. You will pass through several villages like Jhule, Chauki Bhanjyang etc. In clear weather, you can have an amazing view of the mountains such as Mt. Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu, Gaurishankar etc. It will take about 6 hours to reach Nagarkot situated at an elevation of 2,175 meters above sea level.
Marvelous views of the mountain ranges can be seen from the top of the Nagarkot hilltop during the morning time. You will move toward Changu Narayan Temple for exploration. Changu Narayan Temple is also one of the UNESCO Heritage sites inside Kathmandu valley. It is a vintage temple with lots of history and architecture beneath it. You can also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square if you are interested. You will drive to Kathmandu and check-in the hotel.
Situated about 2,215 meters above sea level, Chisapani is one of the favorite hiking places near Kathmandu. It is one of the nearest places from Kathmandu that can offer amazing mountain ranges and high waterfalls. Chisapani means “Cold Water” in English and lies in Shivapuri National Park. The oak and rhododendron forest are also the main highlights of the trek. Mainly Brahmin, Gurungs and Sherpas live in Chispani. Starting the hike from Sundarijal is the most popular and the easiest way to reach Chisapani.
Nagarkot is one of the popular tourist spots near Kathmandu valley. Most of the tourists visit Nagarkot sunrise and sunset view. With an altitude of 2,175 meters above sea level, Nagarkot is the best place to witness some of the beautiful mountain ranges. Some of the mountain ranges include Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Jugal etc. October to April is the best time to visit Nagarkot Nepal to have an amazing view of such mountain ranges.
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Drive to Sundarijal, Trek to Chisapani
At 08:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel and you will start to drive towards Sundarijal. From here you will begin your trek. Sundarijal is about 15 km away from Kathmandu and it will take about an hour to reach. After arriving at Sundarijal you will start your trek towards Chisapani. It will take about 5 hours of a walk but before that, you will pass through Mulkharka village and forest of oaks and rhododendron before reaching Chisapani.
Trek to Nagarkot
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your trek towards hilltop settlement Nagarkot. You will pass through several villages like Jhule, Chauki Bhanjyang etc. In clear weather, you can have an amazing view of the mountains such as At. Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu, Gaurishankar etc. It will take about 6 hours to reach Nagarkot.
Hike to Changunarayan, Drive to Kathmandu
At 07:00 AM: Wake up early if you don’t want to miss the awesome sunrise which can be seen from the top of Nagarkot. After breakfast at the hotel, you will start your trek towards Changunarayan. Listed in world heritage sites it is a vintage temple with lots of history and architecture beneath it. You can also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square if you are interested. You will drive to Kathmandu and check-in the hotel. You will get free time and we will have a farewell Nepali dinner together.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How difficult is Chisapani Nagarkot hike?
It's an easy hike near Kathmandu, suitable for people who have 2/3 days of holiday or looking for a short escape nearby.
- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Private transfer to (Kathmandu/Sundarijal/Bhaktapur/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary..
- All necessary paperwork. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English speaking licensed trek guide.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide's salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Services that aren't mentioned above.