Duration: 3 nights / 4 days.
Sundarijal is the foot point of Shivpuri hill on the northern ridge of Kathmandu valley. This is the watershed area and also the national park since 2002 AD. It covers the Nagarjun hill and its forest to the highest Shivapuri peak 2,732 meter high. This national park is the home of the many wild animals and birds. This is the home to the spiny babbler and red panda the protected species. This hiking will give you the experience of the mountains forest and the hills villages in its buffer zone. The view of the mountains during the walk from Chisapani till Dhulikhel is alluring. This hiking has the entire attraction of forest, nature and village experience.
After having breakfast a bit early in the morning, we drive to Sundarijal. It is a busy picnic spot of the valley-dwellers on public holidays. Lush green forest, sources of water and serene environment greet us as soon as we reach there. From here, our hike to Chisapani starts. Walking through a few settlements and a lot of forest with variety of birds and chances of sighting animals, we arrive at Chisapani. There is an added fun of having packed lunch on the way. The total duration of the hike is nearly five hours. Chisapani is a Sherpa village, offering grand views of the mountains. Relieve yourself in the evening by watching a picturesque sunset from the village, and retire to a teahouse to spend the night.
We get up in the morning, have our breakfast and head towards Nagarkot from Chisapani. This is a relatively demanding day that requires you to walk for about 7-8 hours. But the trail passes mostly through dense forest of the national park, making you forget the tiredness. We pause our hike for a while in Chauki Bhanjyang or Jhule to have lunch and take a short rest. Then we continue along the idyllic countryside to Nagarkot, a hilltop to the east of Kathmandu offers unmatched scenery of innumerable peaks along a large section of the Himalayas. Surely the setting sun fires your spirit and inspires your imagination with the shades of colour it leaves on the Himalayas. In the evening, stay in a good hotel at Nagarkot.
After breakfast we can start towards dhulikhel. Nagarkot is the small hill located on to the north east of kathmandu valley. Located on a very accessible point Nagarkot is very popular for offering the extensive view of mountains on the north. On a very clear day one can see kanchanjungha peak on east to the Dhaulagiri peak on the west. Through the green forest of Nagarkot and the view of mountains makes you feel as if you are walking with the mountains. Dhulikhel is as popular as nagarkot for the panoramic view of mountains. We chek into one of the hotel at dhhulikhel.
After breakfast we start our drive back to kathmandu or to the departure schedule.