Kathmandu, the capital and largest municipality of Nepal, is surrounded by four major mountains; Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun and Chandragiri, with rich historical and natural backgrounds. The diversified culture of Kathmandu; the Hindu and Buddhist cultures; makes it a major hiking destination for those who wish to explore and enjoy the historical, natural and cultural diversity. The Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking package through ‘Breakfree Adventures’ creates an opportunity for those who wish to explore the multiple beauties of Kathmandu firsthand by hiking through and around the city.
The Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking seven days package provide you an exotic tour through visiting Swoyambhunath, the main temple of Hindus and Buddhists; Pashupatinath, the man temple for Hindus; Boudhanath Stupa; Patan Durbar Square and many more other World Heritage Sites. This package also gives you the prospect of hiking near and beyond Kathmandu such as Chisapani, Jhule, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and Balthali, where you can enjoy a sunrise view of panoramic scenery with your friends or family. You can also visit Lakuri Bhyanjhyang, Shivapur, Kakani, Champa Devi, Hattiban area and Phulchoki with an exploratory walk with plenty of opportunities to discover and meet the local people, and learn about their villages, culture and lifestyle.
Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath and many more)
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Sundarijal and hike to Chisapani (5-6 Hours)
Day 04 : Chisapani to Nagarkot Hike (6-7 hours)
Day 05 : Hike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (4-5 hours)
Day 06 : Drive back to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel; Cultural Show in the evening and farewell dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant
Day 07 : Transfer to Airport for departure to your own destination
- Explore historical, natural and cultural diversification of Kathmandu
- Enjoy visiting World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
- Experience and understand local people, villages, culture and lifestyle
- Explore the cultural reciprocity between Hindus and Buddhists
- Enjoy sunrise view with panoramic scenery
- Visit surrounded mountains near Kathmandu
- Explore the dignified nature and culture within and beyond Kathmandu
After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative of our company at the arrival gate and you will be taken to your designated hotels. If the time allows, you can either roam around the city near your hotel or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The tour will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Basantapur Durbar Square, one of the World Heritage Sites, where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey Temple among tourists) where you will get a chance to explore the religious connection between Hindus and Buddhists. After Swoyambhunath, you will be taken to Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and will have your lunch nearby. After lunch, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva, which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. Then you will visit Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The day begins after breakfast; you will drive toward Sundarijal, 15 km (9 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, from where the trekking to Chisapani starts. You will be able to enjoy a moment of viewing the Himalayan ranges: Manaslu, Ganesh and Everest; viewing native villages, peoples, view of mid-hills mountains, and Helambu Valley, while hiking toward Chisapani. You will enter through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve and come across with Tamang habitants in Mulkharka village. After 5-6 hours of hike, you will rest and stay overnight at a hotel in Chisapani.
After breakfast, the hike begins toward Nagarkot, a place located 32 km east of Kathmandu and a scenic spot for a sunrise view as well as a splendid view of the mountains. The hike takes 6-7 hours of walk through Shivapuri and Chouki Bhanjyang, with a view of villages, forests, and mountain peaks, and ends having a glimpse of the sunset in Nagarkot. Stay overnight at hotel in Nagarkot.
You need to wake up early to catch a glimpse of the magnificent view of the sunrise along with mountains such as the Mount. Everest range in the east, and Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the west. After breakfast in Nagarkot, you will hike toward Dhulikhel, situated 30 km southeast of Kathmandu; which has a diversified culture with traditional practices, as inhabitants include Newars, Brahmans, Chettris, Tamangs and Dalits. The hike takes approximately 4-5 hours of walking. After arriving in Dhulikhel, you can explore the beauty of traditional Newari craftsmanship, and some Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas. You can also see more than twenty mountains peaks including Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Phuribichyachu, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Lhotse and many others, with a great view from your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Dhulikhel.
After breakfast and visiting around Dhulikhel for some time, you will be driven back to Kathmandu. After arriving at respective hotel, freshen up and visit the places near the hotel to explore on your own. In the Evening, you will have a chance to watch a cultural show and have a farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant to enjoy Nepali food and culture before your departure. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
The day has come to say good- bye with a warm and thankful gratitude from Breakfree Adventures. As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures from your hotel in Kathmandu to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your scheduled flight. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other majestic destinations of Nepal in the near future. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would love to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home. Thank you very much for providing this opportunity to serve you. Namaste!!!
What is Included
- Airport transfers by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
- Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
- Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
- Transportations from Kathmandu – Sundarijal and Dhulikhel - Kathmandu by private vehicle.
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government licensed guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek.
- First aid medical kit.
- Shivapuri National Park Entry fee.
- TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- Breakfree Adventures T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
- Government taxes & service charge.
What is Not Included
- Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance.
- International airfare.
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Personal trekking equipments.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
- Nepal entry visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house (lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 07 days Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking is moderate to strenuous trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-7 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 07 days Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
The Trekking Group:
For the Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than sixteen people together, we can arrange this too.
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Kathmandu Hiking and Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid – KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training – Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language – KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.