Chisapani Nagarkot Hike

Chisapani Nagarkot Hike

Chisapani Nagarkot Hike is one of the popular, short, blissful and easy hiking tours around the Kathmandu Valley that does not require extra physical strength or health conditions. The Chisapani Nagarkot Hike is almost suitable for those hikers seeking real hiking adventures in Nepal with limited time and without any trekking experience. The Chisapani Nagarkot Hiking is also popular as Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek or Nagarkot Chisapani Trek. It is the best hiking tour for the Kathmandu city dwellers as a weekend getaway. The Chisapani Nagarkot Hiking Tour is a short and enjoyable trail that gives the travelers a taste of trekking in Nepal. It provides the best view of snowcapped mountains like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Gaurishankar Himal and even Mount Everest in the distance as well as beautiful scenery of the countryside. It could be the best add-on trip for those travelers who are purely on the Kathmandu valley tour and want to experience the natural beauty of Nepal away from the crowds of the city.

Chisapani Nagrkot Hiking Route

This hike starts at Sundarijal, which is about an hour's drive away from Kathmandu, either by private vehicle or public vehicle. Then hike up to Chisapani for about 5–6 hours. The trail is gently uphill in the beginning and then flat on the top, passing through a big watershed that provides 40 percent of the drinking water to Kathmandu Valley in the Shivapuri National Park and then a traditional Tamang village, Mulkharka, at an altitude of 1800m. The trail is peaceful, with birds chirping as it passes through lush forests of oak and rhododendron, traditional Nepali villages, and stunning views of the Himalayas.

Chisapani, a small hill station, is one of the best viewing points to observe the panoramic view of the Langtang Himalayas range. After spending the night at Chisapani, the next day you can continue your journey to Nagarkot. The trail from Chisapani to Nagarkot is approximately 12 km long and takes about 4–5 hours to complete, depending on your fitness level and pace. The trail is well-marked and relatively easy to follow, with some moderate uphill sections passing through dense forests and terraced fields before reaching Nagarkot. Nagarkot is a popular hill station and scenic spot known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal, including Mount Everest, beautiful landscapes, and sunrise and sunset as well.

The early sunrise view from Nagarkot is extremely fascinating and mesmerizing. Nagarkot is one of the best places for sightseeing and hiking. This hiking tour provides the real boon of nature being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. So, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek offers spectacular mountain scenery stretching from Everest region in the east to Annapurna region in the west, along with charming villages and the culture and lifestyle of local people around the Kathmandu valley. Interaction with the local people adds another dimension to experiencing their lifestyle, tradition, and culture.

Then, hike down to Changu Narayan Temple. The trail is gently downhill and takes about 2 hours to get there, passing through a traditional village. Chnagu Narayan Temple is a famous Hindu temple devoted to the Hindu god Bishnu. It is also a UNESCO cultural heritage site and a must-visit place on this hiking route. Thenafter, hike down to Danchhi for half an hour to wrap up the hiking trip by transferring to the hotel by 1 hour's drive.

Chisapani Nagarkot Hike Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport. Transfer to the hotel, briefing on the trip. Check into the hotel and rest for refreshments. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and head towards Kathmandu sightseeing tour, especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites, which include Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square, for the experience of a beautiful fusion of religion, culture, and history. These heritage monuments reflect the centuries-old culture, arts, and architecture of Nepal, which are unique in the world. After the tour, drop off at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and drive to Sundarijal by private vehicle, which is 15 km long and takes about an hour. Then hike up to Chisapani for about 5–6 hours. The trail ascends up, passing through Shivapuri Watershed and Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve, and reaches Mulkharka, the first settlement of Tamang habitats with unique settlements. It then ascends further up to a ridge and then descends down to Chisapani through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Overnight at the hotel in Chisapani.

Early in the morning, observe the beautiful sunrise and panoramic view of the Himalayas in Langtang Region. After breakfast, hike to Nagarkot, which takes about 5–6 hours. The trail is mostly flat and passes through forests and villages, which is really pleasant and offers picturesque countryside landscapes and mountain views. After reaching Nagarkot, enjoy the beautiful sunset view and Kathmandu valley from Nagarkot. Overnight at the hotel, Nagarkot.

In the sharp morning, observe the beautiful sunrise, amazing landscapes of the countryside, and panoramic views of mountains, including Mt.Everest. After breakfast, hike down to Changunarayan, one of the oldest medieval Hindu temples in Nepal, which takes about 3-4 hours. This is a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit Changunarayan temple to explore its artistic and religious values, and further hike down to Danchhi for about an hour. Then, transfer to the hotel, which is about an hour's drive away. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around Thel (the tourism hub city). Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Leisure until departure. Transfer to the International airport to board the flight.

Chisapani Nagarkot Hike Cost

Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop-off service from the airport and hotel in a private vehicle.
  • Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic).
  • All accommodation in 3-star category hotels is on a bed and breakfast (BB Plan) basis in Kathmandu and Nagarkot, while Comfort Lodge accommodation is in Chisapani on a full board basis (AP Plan).
  • A guided sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Sundarijal and Danchhi-Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle.
  • All the necessary permit charges for hiking, official expenses, and government and local taxes.
  • Highly experienced, friendly, government license holder guide with salary, accommodation, food, and transportation.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • All heritage monument entrance fees.
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned above.
  • All personal expenses.

Chisapani Nagarkot Hike Equipment

  • Bagpack.
  • Trekking poles (single or 1 pair per person).
  • Hiking boots, hiking socks (woolen for winter, cotton for summer),
  • an insulated down jacket (winter), a water-windproof jacket, hiking pants and shorts, T-shirt (summer), 
  • Woolen hat (winter), woolen gloves (winter), sun hat (summer), sun glasses.
  • Thermal light weight underwear (winter).
  • first-aid kit box.


Chisapani Nagarkot Hike Trip Map
Trip Map

Useful Information Chisapani Nagarkot Hike
Useful Information

  • Short hiking in the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley suits those hiking enthusiasts who have limited time and would love to explore the nature and culture away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park holds the Sundarijal watershed, which was the main source of drinking water supply for Kathmandu city dwellers.
  • Shivapuri Dhap Dam is currently built water reservoir to allow the good flow of water in the Bagmati River (a Hindu holy river).
  • Chisapani and Nagarkot are the two ideal locations to see the amazing landscapes of the countryside and the stunning sunrise and sunset views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal,and many other mountains.
  • Exploration of Changunarayan Temple ( UNESCO World Heritage Site), a Hindu temple devoted to the god Bishnu.


Chisapani Nagarkot Hike

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