• Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Duration: 4 days (approx.)
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Explore the Kathmandu Valley with an expert local guide on a rugged 4-day tour that includes three days of trekking. Hike through Shivapuri National Park to the medieval village of Bhaktapur where you have free time to explore. Get an intimate experience of Nepali life while staying at basic yet comfortable teahouses with welcoming hosts. Visit small towns and ancient temples, watch magnificent sunrises, and marvel at the majestic Himalayas. This small-group hiking tour operates with a maximum of 12 people, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • 4-day tour from Kathmandu, including three days of hiking in Kathmandu Valley
  • Enjoy sunrise views of the magnificent Himalayas
  • Explore the villages of Chisapani, Nagarkot and Bhaktapur
  • Visit Changu Narayan, Nepal’s oldest temple
  • Immerse yourself in local Nepali culture at local teahouses
  • Accommodations plus round-trip transport by minivan included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personal attention from your expert guide

What You Can Expect

4-Day Kathmandu Valley Trekking Tour Including Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur Town Local

Experience the heart of Nepal when trekking through the wilderness of Kathmandu Valley and staying overnight in small villages. Expect to stay in budget accommodations such as local teahouses, gaining insight into local culture along the way. Your expert guide can offer advice and help uncover the region's hidden gems. You'll have free time for optional activities, plus an array of food choices available in each town. Meals are not included, so you decide where and what to eat, with the flexibility to choose meals that suit your palate and budget.

Day 1: Kathmandu – Chisapani
Meet your guide at the tour office in the morning, and then take a 1-hour drive to Sundarijal.

After your vehicle arrives at your first destination, hike to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. Take in the scenic beauty of your surroundings, where pine and oak forests mix with rhododendrons and a variety of orchids.

As you continue your trek along the staircase and past the water reservoir, learn about the unique wildlife that is protected in the park, including sloth bears, leopards, wild boars, and Indian porcupine.

When your group reaches the village of Mulkharka, your guide will assist you to find a simple lunch in one of the wayside shops (all meals at own expense). 

After approximately five hours on your first day’s trek, emerge from the wilderness and head into the village of Chisapani. In the evening, experience Nepali culture at an authentic teahouse, where you can purchase dinner and interact with the locals.

Overnight: hotel or teahouse lodge in Chisapani

Day 2: Chisapani – Nagarkot
After breakfast, prepare to hit the trail for a 7-hour hike.

Take in the magnificent panoramic views of the dramatic and steep Himalayas en route to Nagarkot. When you arrive in the town after a full day of hiking, take the weight off and relax for a leisurely evening. 

Overnight: hotel or teahouse lodge in Nagarkot

Day 3: Nagarkot – Bhaktapur
After breakfast at the teahouse, hike down toward the medieval town of Bhaktapur.

Stop en route at Nepal’s oldest temple, Changu Narayan. 

Then, follow a scenic route through terraced rice fields, small villages, and pine forests, switching back and forth between the wilderness trail and a countryside road for approximately five and a half hours.

Arriving in Bhaktapur, take a leisurely stroll around town on your own, experiencing its charm and character.

Overnight: hotel or teahouse lodge in Nagarkot

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Customer Reviews

Jackson G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour includes 4 days, 3 nights. You start off meeting in Thamel, then driving about 45 mins to the hike start point. This morning is pretty much all uphill. Lunch was daal baat at a local restaurant. Overnight in Chisapani, which has beautiful views on both sides of the ridge. For Chisapani, we stayed at a basic guesthouse. Be sure to bring a towel, toilet paper, soap, and a sleeping bag liner or sleeping bag. They provide a modest blanket and pillow. Dinner was daal baat. The next morning you hike on the side of mountain to Nargokot. The morning is a long hike, a few hours, followed by another few hours. Lunch was at a guesthouse daal baat. Overnight in Nargokot at Hotel Country Villa, which overlooks a huge valley. It was super nice. Recommend purchasing the buffet dinner and breakfast. The next day is an easy hike out of Nargokot, where you will pass through several villages. Feel free to ask to stop and meet the villagers, buy some of their tea, or learn about locally brewed millet wine. I skipped the temple hike, which adds a few hours. We arrived in Bhaktapur around lunchtime. I was free to get lunch on my own. Bhaktapur is very in tune with the tourist industry. Thus, there are several Western style eateries usually at hotels. That afternoon, my guide showed me basic things in Bhaktapur, which reminded me of an ancient Italian bricked city. My guide then let me explore on my own. Be sure to venture off the tourist trail to see how life is really lived. Don't be afraid to get lost. Overnight was at a Bhaktapur hotel which overlooked Taumadhi Square. Bhaktapur is very touristy, so be sure to bargain for gifts. If you want a good gift for everyone back home, buy them an incense holder in the clay square, these run about 20 NR for one small one. The next day, I was free to explore on my own, then I met up for lunch with my guide and I was taken to the airport.

Other items: there is a porter until Bhaktapur, be sure to tip him.

Oliver S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Brilliant trip and incredible value for money--strongly recommended!

Shuang Yuan K Singapore

4 star rating: Recommended November 2013

Good for trekking enthusiasts. Around 6 hours daily of serious trekking through a good mix of national park, rural villages, farm land and mountaineous terrain. Average pace allowed adequate water/rest breaks and lunch to recharge. Stayed overnight in one teahouse and two hotels. Hotels were comfortable and more than expected. Teahouse was basic with attached bathroom but has no air-con and hot water, hence be prepared. Food was satisfactory. Guide and porter were knowledgable and helpful. Last day at Buktapur allowed tour of historical town and shopping. Overall a well planned itinerary.

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