Kathmandu Valley Rim
Nepal

Namo Buddha monastery
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Moderate
  • TRIP STYLE: Hotel
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 03 Oct 2020

Details

Kathmandu Valley Rim includes a five day trek around the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley visiting places with superb panoramic views of the Himalaya mountains.

Many visitors to Nepal leave for the mountains far too quickly and never get the opportunity to enjoy what is closer at hand in the Kathmandu valley.

The vistas stretches from Manaslu and Annapurnas in the west to the distant pyramid of Mt. Everest, Numbur and Karyolung in the east. The views are different from each point on the trek each providing a unique angle and perspective on the Himalayan mountain range in Nepal.

You will also visit the most important religious and cultural sites and walk to less visited rural areas with ochre coloured farmhouses through rice terraces, orange orchards and forests. Your wonderful six day trek finishes off in the old capital city of Bhaktapur in Kathmandu valley.

For every night of the trek you stay at the high quality hotels and resorts, we will transport your luggage to the next hotel by private car. You can also use our vehicle if you prefer to drive sections of the trail rather than walk the whole way each day.

  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Our approach to organising trips in the Himalayas has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • The Mountain Company will receive bespoke weather forecasts for the Kathmandu region from EverestWeather.com and from our in house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Nepal. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • We provide all porters with windproof jacket & trousers, crampons and shelter as per International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. 
  • Pre trip support will be given by our Operations team with first hand knowledge of Kathmandu Valley trek. During high season we have a TMC representative from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu

No meals

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel.  Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer.  A full briefing will be given in the afternoon.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

This is a day to explore Kathmandu where we organise guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath - the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.

In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You should get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek.

Drive to Changu Narayan (1 1/2 hours)

Walking 6 hours

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Club Himalaya in Nagarkot

The trek starts at the World Heritage site of Changu Narayan just north of Bhaktapur. Change Narayan is the name of a temple dedicated to Vishu and is the oldest in Kathmandu valley with a stone slab discovered in the vicinity of the temple dating back to the 5th century.

After a visit to the temple we start the walk along a forested ridge with views of terraced fields of rice down in the floor of the valley. After Tilkot Forest Reserve the trail joins the road to Nagarkot on which you walk a while before turning off onto a trail that ascends to Nagarkot town and short distance beyond to Club Himalaya.

Walking 7 hours

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Dhulikhel Lodge Resort

From Club Himalaya we walk along the tranquil jungle trail then follow the ridge on edge of Bageshwari Forest Reserve past the Nagarkot View Tower. Continue to the junction at Rohini Bhanjang keep going straight along the ridge (do not descend here) and then further ½ hour along the trail descend passing terraced fields and farmyards towards Tanchok village. Before Tanchok you take left turn on road to ascend a ridge with Buddhist stupa on the summit, there is a superb 360 degree view from here to the Himalaya peaks and down to Kathmandu valley.

From the stupa follow the ridge down passing through Opi Village and onto the View Tower then descend to Dhulikhel town. Dwarikas Shangri La is a walk beyond Dhulikhel so it is best to get picked up by the support vehicle and in fact as this is a longer day you could also take the car earlier in the day if you prefer. Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1550m above sea level

Dhulikhel is located at the Eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley, south of the Himalayas at 1,550m above sea level. The panorama from Dhulikhel is majestic undisturbed view of the Himalayan ranges stretching from Mount Annapurna in the far west to Mount Karolung in the Far East. More than twenty Himalayan peaks including Mt. Annapurna (8091 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Mt. Langtang (7234 m), Mt. Phuribichyachu (6637 m), Mt. Gaurishanker (7134 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m) and many others can be seen in their full glory from the different vantage points in Dhulikhel.

Walking 5 to 6 hours

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Namo Buddha Resort

In the morning worth taking vehicle back to Dhulikhel and taking some time to look around the old town. The oldest area of the town, the southern end, is an assembly of fine old Newari houses, often occupied by twenty or more members of the local extended families. Their most valuable assets are the beautifully carved windows and doors, fine examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship.

From Dhulikhel follow the steps up to the Kali Temple overlooking the town and then descend through the traditional village of Kabrechhap. Further along you cross the road to start the walk up to Namo Buddha, the trail is lovely as passes through farmhouses and terraced fields. You get to Namo Buddha Resort before the monastery and once you have checked into your private cottage in the afternoon take a walk to visit the monastery.

From the Buddhist point of view, Namo Buddha is one of the most important religious sites in Nepal. There are three major Buddhist pilgrimage sites: Boudha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Namo Buddha.

Walking 3 to 5 hours

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Baltali Resort

From Namo Buddha Resort walk towards the monastery and you have the choice of a long or short trail to Baltali village. The shorter trail starts from the lower stupa whereas the longer one starts from upper stupa.

If you have the energy it is well worth taking the longer trail as this is one the best walking days passing through traditional villages with ochre coloured farmhouses surround by orange trees. The area of Balthali has various flora, colourful rhododendron forest and magnolia & Sal trees. Baltali village is located at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola River and stands on a plateau.

Walking 2 hours

Drive to Bhaktapur via Panauti (1 1/2 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hotel Planet Bhaktapur

Today there is a short walk to Khopasi village crossing two suspension bridges along the way, then you drive by our support vehicle to Panauti. This is an old Newari town with narrow streets and ancient structures and located near the auspicious position of confluence of two rivers called Roshi khola & Punyamata Khola.

Panauti has many temples dating back to the 15th Century or earlier. The Indreswor temple is one of the largest and tallest pagoda style temples in Nepal, it was originally built over a lingam in 1294 making it the oldest surviving temple of Nepal. The roof struts embellishing the two lower stories of the temple are distinct Nepalese wood-carving and architecture. The upper section of the temple is hung with pots and pans, offerings from young married couples hoping for a happy and prosperous family life.

After lunch in Panauti you drive to Bhaktapur, this is an an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley and is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. The main places to see are:

Layaku (Durbar Square):  Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around the 55-window palace of brick and wood.

Nyatapola Temple: This five-storeyed pagoda was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 A.D. It stands on five terraces, on each of which squat a pair of figures: two famous wrestlers, two elephants, two lions, two griffins, and Baghini and Singhini — the tiger and the lion goddesses.

Bhairab Nath Temple: This is another pagoda temple of lord Bhairab, the dreadful aspect of Shiva.

Dattatraya Temple: Consecrated by King Yakshya Malla in 1427 A.D., this temple, according to popular belief, was built out of the trunk of a single tree.

Drive to Kathmandu (1 hour)

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Fly home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.  End of trip.

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What's Included

  • All transfers including airport collections.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu, Club Himalaya in Nagarkot, Dhulikhel Lodge Resort in Dhulikhel, Namo Buddha Resort near Namo Buddha monastery, Baltali Resort in Baltali and Hotel Planet Bhaktapur in Bhaktapur.
  • Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included for other places on itinerary.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees and Sherpa guide.
  • Four wheel drive vehicle throughout trek (for baggage and support)
  • Kathmandu Valley trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 15 days.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is located in Lazimpat next to the Radisson and is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our previous clients enjoy staying at this property due to its good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor and the roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Dhulikhel Lodge Resort in Dhulikhel

Dhulikhel Lodge Resort is located a short walk from the centre of Dhulikhel and this hotel has wonderful mountain views on a clear day.

The property has 24 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom with shower and all rooms have wifi, TV and tea & coffee making facilities.


Namo Buddha Resort in Kathmandu Valley

Namo Buddha Resort is a lovely place to stay and relax, it is certainly one of our favourites in the Kathmandu Valley.

There are small houses beautifully built in traditional Nepali style by carpenters and masons from Kirtipur. All of the houses have private toilet, stone roof and traditional small doors and windows. The resort is surrounded by an organic farm where milk is collected milk from their cows and at the moment most of the food is grown on the property. This property is located at the top of a hill where there is a superb view of the Himalaya.


Hotel Club Himalaya in Nagarkot

Club Himalaya has a superb location on top of a hill in Nagarkot with 360 degree views encompassing the mountains, Kathmandu valley and forested hills. The panorama view of the Himalayas stretches from Mt. Annapurna in the North West to Mt. Everest in the North-East.

This hotel has 68 rooms both in Standard and Deluxe category. All of the rooms have private balconies where one can enjoy the view especially at sunrise and sunset. This property has an indoor pool, spa and a shopping arcade. Restaurant Kantipur serves a selection of Nepali, Continental, Chinese and Indian cuisines, while drinks can be enjoyed at Bar Indrawati.


Baltali Resort in Kathmandu Valley

Baltali Resort sits on top of a hill overlooking Baltali Village and has views of the green terrace fields dotted with ochre painted houses and the green forest of Mahabharata range to the South.

Practical Information

Clothing and Equipment List for Kathmandu Valley

For the safety of everyone in the group and to help ensure a successful trek, you are required to have the following items in our clothing and equipment list tailored for Kathmandu Valley trek.

Footwear:

  • Walking boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.
  • Wool and liner socks.
  • Casual shoes. Can be used in the hotels in the evenings.

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (goretex or similar).
  • Trekking trousers. Minimum two pairs of trousers.
  • Long sleeve shirts (not cotton). Minimum two shirts.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece.
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).

Handwear:

  • Fleece gloves.

Headwear:

  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf. (eg. Buff Headwear check out http://www.buffwear.com)
  • Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:

  • Recommended size is 30 litres or larger as you need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing such as down jacket etc. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Hand sanitizer (optional).

Travelling:

  • Suitcase or duffle bag for your personal gear on the trek [this will be transported on trek by our support vehicle from hotel to hotel]. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag include toothbrush, etc.

Personal first aid kit:

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring any personal medications.

Threat and risk assessment for Kathmandu Valley

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our Kathmandu Valley Rim trek. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on Kathmandu Valley Rim we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for Kathmandu Valley Rim is available on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion or heat stroke).
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic accident.
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

Weather and climate for Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley trek will have a range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 2,000m the nights will be cool, normally around 5˚C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25˚C.

The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognised 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.

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