Chisapani, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel Hiking

7 Days

Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel hiking is a popular trekking route located in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. This trek offers a delightful combination of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and panoramic mountain views. It’s a relatively short and accessible trek that is perfect for travelers looking for a taste of Nepal’s trekking experience without the commitment of longer, high-altitude treks.

Key Highlights:

  1. Chisapani: The journey often begins in Chisapani, a tranquil village situated at an elevation of around 2,165 meters (7,100 feet) above sea level. Here, you can enjoy the serene ambiance and take in the initial views of the Himalayas.
  2. Scenic Trails: The hiking trail takes you through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming villages. Along the way, you’ll encounter rhododendron forests, which are especially vibrant during the spring season.
  3. Mountain Views: As you ascend higher, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range, including iconic peaks like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and even glimpses of the Everest and Annapurna ranges on clear days.
  4. Nagarkot: Nagarkot is a popular hill station and the trek’s midpoint, renowned for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas. The town offers various accommodation options, allowing you to enjoy these magnificent vistas from your hotel or a nearby viewpoint.
  5. Dhulikhel: The trek typically concludes in Dhulikhel, a picturesque town known for its ancient temples, pagodas, and preserved Newari architecture. You can explore the town’s rich culture and history while taking in more mountain views.
  6. Cultural Experiences: Throughout the trek, you’ll have opportunities to interact with local communities, visit monasteries, and experience the unique culture of the region.


You will be picked up at the airport by one of the Real Journey Nepal staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, be given your own room and be provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal. With easy bus routes into town and the surrounding countryside, this quiet and safe suburb is the perfect base for your time in Nepal. Meals: Bed and Breakfast

The Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Day Tour is a journey into the spiritual heart of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital city. This cultural and religious adventure takes you to two of the most sacred and revered sites in Nepal, offering a profound and enriching experience.

Boudhanath: The Stupa of Compassion

Your day begins with a visit to Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach the stupa, you'll be captivated by its massive dome and the watchful eyes of the all-seeing Buddha painted on its pinnacle. The stupa is a center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and a hub of spiritual activity.


1. Circumambulation: Join the devout pilgrims as they perform the kora (circumambulation) around the stupa. Walk clockwise, turning prayer wheels, and spin prayer flags to offer your prayers and good wishes.

2. Boudhanath Monasteries: Explore the monasteries surrounding the stupa, where you can witness Buddhist monks and nuns in their daily rituals. Some monasteries may allow you to participate in meditation sessions.

3. Shopping: The area around Boudhanath is renowned for Tibetan handicrafts, thangka paintings, prayer beads, and other Buddhist artifacts. Take some time to shop for souvenirs and support local artisans.

4. Tea Houses: Enjoy a traditional Nepali or Tibetan meal at one of the cozy tea houses with rooftop views of the stupa. It's a great place to relax and soak in the atmosphere.

Pashupatinath: The Abode of Lord Shiva

In the afternoon, your tour takes you to the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world. The temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims every day.


1. Pashupatinath Temple: Explore the main temple area and its intricate pagoda-style architecture. While non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main temple, you can observe the rituals and ceremonies from outside.

2. Aryaghat: Witness the sacred cremation ghats along the Bagmati River, where Hindus perform the last rites of their loved ones. The ritualistic ceremonies provide insight into Hindu funeral traditions.

3. Sadhus (Holy Men): Encounter and engage in conversations with the colorful and ascetic Sadhus, who are devoted to Lord Shiva. They often welcome visitors and may share stories about their spiritual journey.

4. Surrounding Temples and Monuments: Explore the various temples, shrines, and ancient sculptures within the Pashupatinath complex, each with its own historical and religious significance.

Note: Please be respectful of the religious customs and traditions at both Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Dress modestly, remove your shoes when required, and ask for permission before taking photographs, especially of people.


The Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Day Tour provides a deeply immersive experience into Nepal's rich spiritual and cultural heritage. These two iconic sites offer a glimpse into the profound devotion and rituals of both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Whether you seek spiritual enlightenment or simply wish to explore the vibrant tapestry of Nepali culture, this day tour is a captivating and meaningful excursion that will leave a lasting impression.

Morning: Depart from Kathmandu and drive to Sundarijal (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).
Trek Start: Begin your trek from Sundarijal. The trail gradually ascends through Shivapuri National Park.
Lunch: Stop for a packed lunch along the trail or at a local teahouse.
Afternoon: Continue the trek through lush forests and small villages.
Arrival in Chisapani: Reach Chisapani, a charming village at an altitude of approximately 2,165 meters (7,100 feet).
Evening: Enjoy dinner and relax in a guesthouse with basic amenities. Take in the peaceful surroundings.

Morning: Wake up early to witness a stunning sunrise over the Himalayas.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast in Chisapani before starting your trek.
Trek Start: Begin your hike towards Nagarkot. The trail offers panoramic mountain views.
Lunch: Stop for lunch at a teahouse or a scenic spot along the way.
Afternoon: Continue the trek, passing through forests and terraced fields.
Arrival in Nagarkot: Reach Nagarkot, a popular hill station known for its sunset and sunrise views of the Himalayas.
Evening: Check into your chosen accommodation in Nagarkot. Spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the mountain vistas.

Sunrise: Wake up early to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayan range.
Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast with stunning mountain views.
Trek Start: Begin your trek towards Dhulikhel, descending through forests and picturesque villages.
Lunch: Stop for lunch at a teahouse along the trail.
Afternoon: Continue your hike, passing by ancient temples and cultural sites.
Arrival in Dhulikhel: Reach Dhulikhel, a charming town known for its Newari culture and architecture.
Evening: Check into your chosen accommodation in Dhulikhel. Explore the town, visit temples, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Morning: Explore Dhulikhel further, visiting temples and enjoying the town's ambiance.
Lunch: Have lunch in Dhulikhel.
Afternoon: Drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying scenic views along the way (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours).
Evening: Arrive in Kathmandu, marking the end of your Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel hiking adventure.

Depending on your travel plans, you may be catching a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to your next destination, embarking on another adventure within Nepal, or continuing your journey in the region.

Cost Includes

  • Transportation: The cost of transportation from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek (usually Sundarijal) and the return trip from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu is typically included in the package.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation may be included for the nights spent in Chisapani, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel. This could range from guesthouses or teahouses with basic facilities to more comfortable lodges or hotels.
  • Meals: Most packages include meals during the hiking portion of the trip. This typically covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals provided are often traditional Nepali cuisine.
  • Local Guides: Local guides and hiking support staff are generally included to lead you on the trek, provide information about the area, and ensure your safety.
  • Permits and Entrance Fees: The cost of necessary permits and entrance fees for hiking areas, such as Shivapuri National Park and other conservation areas, may be included.

Cost Excludes

  • International and Domestic Flights: The cost of your international flights to Nepal and any domestic flights within Nepal is usually not included in the package.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance, including health and evacuation coverage, is typically not included. It's highly recommended to purchase travel insurance separately.
  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional snacks, drinks, phone calls, and tips for guides and staff are not usually included.
  • Optional Activities: Any optional activities or side trips not specified in the package, as well as their associated costs, are typically excluded.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages are generally not included in the package. You'll need to pay separately for any alcoholic drinks you consume.
  • Additional Meals: Meals outside the hiking portion of the trip, such as meals in Kathmandu before or after the trek, are usually not included.
  • Equipment Rental: If you need to rent hiking equipment such as sleeping bags, trekking poles, or jackets, this is often an additional cost.
  • Emergency Evacuation: In the event of an emergency evacuation, the cost of rescue operations and medical expenses is typically not included and should be covered by your travel insurance.
  • Tips and Gratuities: It's customary to tip your guides and support staff for their services. This is not included in the package cost and should be budgeted separately.
What is the Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel hiking route?

The Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel hiking route is a scenic trekking journey in Nepal that connects the villages of Chisapani, Nagarkot, and Dhulikhel, offering stunning mountain views and cultural experiences.

How long does the hiking trip typically last?

The duration of the Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel trek varies, but it often spans 3 to 4 days, allowing hikers to explore the region at a comfortable pace.

What is the level of difficulty for this hiking route?

This trek is generally considered to be of moderate difficulty, suitable for hikers with a moderate level of fitness and some trekking experience. The trails include ascents and descents.

When is the best time for this trek?

The best times for the Chisapani-Nagarkot-Dhulikhel hike are during the post-monsoon season from September to November and the pre-monsoon season from March to May when the weather is typically clear, and the views are stunning.

What should I pack for the hiking trip?

Be sure to pack essentials like comfortable hiking attire, sturdy hiking boots, a backpack, rain gear, a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and any personal medications.

Do I need a guide for this trek?

While it’s possible to trek independently, hiring a local guide is recommended. Guides can enhance your experience by providing insights into the culture and helping with navigation.

Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

The maximum altitude reached on this trek is relatively low, so altitude sickness is not typically a concern. However, it’s essential to stay hydrated and be aware of your body’s reactions to altitude changes.

Can I combine this hike with other activities or destinations in Nepal?

Yes, you can easily combine this trek with visits to other attractions in Nepal, such as exploring Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, or other trekking regions like the Annapurna or Langtang areas.

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