Chisapani-Nagarkot is a short and sweet trekking destination that is one of the most popular in Kathmandu valley. This short and easy trek takes you inside the premises of Shivapuri National Park and eventually takes you to Changunarayan, an embodiment of the wonderful traditional architecture of Nepal. Along the trek, you will be greeted with some gorgeous views of villages along the way. Wonderful panorama of mountains ranging from Kanchenjunga to Everest is bound to delight every trekker.
Chisapani Nagarkot trek starts from Sundarijal. This town is a haven for water supply in the Kathmandu valley. From here, you will walk uphill for a bit of time and get to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. The trek then runs through some of the beautiful forests of this national park and takes you to the picturesque settlement of Chisapani. The lodges in this area offer you good facilities for food and accommodation. Your next stop from Chisapani is Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for the outstanding views of mountains one can get from there. It looks especially amazing during sunrise and sunsets.
Due to the relatively low altitude of the Chisapani Nagarkot trek, this trek can be completed even in the winter. Due to its short and easy trekking route, this trek is also a perfect trek to embark on with your family. There is perhaps no other destination in Nepal that offers you breathtaking sites of so many mountain ranges within a short span of trekking time.
CHISAPANI NAGARKOT TREK HIGHLIGHTS
- Explore the various UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath
- Trek inside the green premises of Shivapuri National Park
- Mesmerizing sunrise and sunset at Nagarkot are bound to leave you speechless
- Get to see 8 out of the 13 Himalayan Ranges of Nepal from Nagarkot
- Visit the oldest temple in Nepal- Changu Narayan
- Experience trekking in Nepal in an easy way not straying far from your comfort zone
- Perfect for any age group, possible to travel with your family
What to Expect:
1. Food and Accommodation
While you are at Kathmandu, you will stay at a 3-star hotel providing breakfast. For lunch and dinner, you can try different amazing restaurants there. Leaving Kathmandu, you will stay at a guest house providing clean and minimalistic accommodation. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2. Cultural and religious sites
Sightseeing in Kathmandu gives you the amazing opportunity to explore various ancient religious and cultural sites like Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple. Most of these also hold enormous historical significance and showcase brilliant architecture. You also get to go to the Changunarayan Temple, the oldest temple in Nepal which lies in Bhaktapur.
3. Shivapuri National Park
You will enter Shivapuri National Park for this trek with a permit. This park consists of pine, alder, oak and rhododendron forests with several species of birds and animals, though most of these animals live in the protected area of Shivapuri National park. Few settlements and cultivated lands can also be seen inside this area. This park is also an important source of water for the daily use. This park lies north from Sundarijal and Bagmati river originates in a place called Baghdwar which lies in this park.
4. Chisapani & Nagarkot
Chisapani is a picturesque village which lets you explore the beauty of Nepal not so far from the busy Kathmandu city. The surrounding hills of Chisapani and the gorgeous weather here make it a beautiful place to rest in. This village is a famous trekking destination for people wanting short and easy trek. You will find people busy in their household works, farming and animal rearing. There are few guest houses you can stay at enjoying local food.
Nagarkot, a gorgeous settlement is considered to be the most scenic place inside Kathmandu valley. 8 out of the 13 Himalayan ranges in Nepal can be seen from here. The location of panoramic views of such mountains makes spending your morning and evening for sunrise and sunset here compelling.
5. View of Mountains and Landscapes
Most of the landscape during this trek is covered with green forests, cultivation, settlements with beautiful mountains in the backdrop. The Himalayan ranges that can be seen from Nagarkot include Everest range, Manaslu range, Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal range amongst others.