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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 (1,800 m)

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.

Trekking Period
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.

Transportation Services
Drive in:
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.
Drive out:
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 telephones.

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