Hikes & Treks
The walks are on trails that suit every level of fitness,
with gradual undulations. Three to four days duration with
full day trekking every day. One can walk in small groups
with a mix of age, nationality, and interests, or as
individuals. The trekking trail starts from Sundarijal
(1,460 m), passes through Borlang Bhanjyang (2,420 m) the
highest point via Chisapani, Nagarkot and ends in Dhulikhel
Accommodation & Food
En route accommodation choices are available from small to
international standard hotels, lodges and resorts. There is
a variety of cuisine served at different places, a few
hotels offer international food options. However the
traditional Nepali cuisine such as Dal Bhat Tarkari, which
consists of boiled rice, spicy vegetable curry and lentil
soup is locally available everywhere; this can also be
served with meat.
The best time for trekking is from September to May. October
to April is a good time for viewing (high visibility)
snow-capped mountain ranges rimming the horizons. Winter
sets in by November and stays until February. During these
periods, the minimum temperature can reach as low as 1 to 2
degrees Celsius. However during the summer, from May to
September, chances to view snow capped mountains is limited.
Summer temperatures reaches over 25 degrees Celsius. Monsoon
rains occur during mid to late summers from June through to
September. At this time trekking has a different kind of
attraction as you can see most of the landscape, terraces,
and forests turn a lush, deep green. The formation of the
fluffy clouds in the mountains and floating low almost
touching you is a wonderful experience.
Health & Medical
It is preferable to carry a personal first aid kit with some
stomach medication, aspirin, topical antiseptic for cuts and
bruises. For skin protection carry a suitable sun block
lotion. A good dental condition before the trek is good, as
en route there are no dental clinics.
Clothing & Equipment
You should bring comfortable lightweight, waterproof hiking
boots, hat, walking stick, water bottle. Please be sure
shoes are well flexed before the holiday. It is best to have
clothing which you can layer for changing temperatures.
Preferably T-shirts, synthetics for windproof, and fleece
pullovers for morning/evening chills.
One can catch a local bus from the old bus park in Kathmandu
and drive to Sundarijal which takes approximately one hour
to reach. It costs about NRs 75/- per person. Taxis are also
available up to Sundarijal but you need to pay an extra
amount as the vehicle may need to come back empty. It can
cost you about NRs 1,500/- per car.
From Dhulikhel, one can catch a bus to get back to Kathmandu
which costs about NRs 75/- per person. You may find some
taxis, but the best is to consult with the lodge owners a
day in advance to arrange a private vehicle for you. This
can cost you about NRs 1,500/- to 2,000/-.
Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fee
An entrance fee of NRs 250/- (Foreigners) and NRs 10/-
(Nepalese) has to be paid at the Park entrance gate. No
trekking permit is needed to trek in this region.
Language & Communication
Nepali is the official language of the country, although
English is the common language among visitor and host
exchange. En route if you wish to ask any questions, a good
way can be to ask school going children as they can speak
better English. There are long distance telephone call,
internet facilities available in all stopover places.
However, in Chisapani, you can get only long distance