Looking for a short and affordable trek? Chisapani Hiking is one of your best options!
Chisapani Hiking can be a perfect weekend adventure to experience the beauty of nature within time boundaries.
The Chisapani hike will shower you with glorious views of the shining mountains and warm countryside. Let us not forget about the other major attraction of this trip, which is the heart-melting sight of a warm sunrise and sunset. The hiking trip will surely give you one of the best experiences outside the bustling city. You will make a lot of fun memories before returning to your daily hustle life.
The hike will take you to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. You will encounter a strong insight into the lifestyle, culture, and tradition followed by the local people living there.
The hike takes you to two gorgeous places. We will hike through Chisapani, located at the height of 2,210 meters to Nagarkot at the height of 2,500 meters. Chisapani and Nagarkot are the best places that showcase the overwhelming scenery of the sunrise and sunset over the top of the Himalayan range. You get to view some famous peaks including Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Langtang (7234m), Mt. Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Ganesh Himal (7130m), and Mt. Gaurishanker (7134m).
The hiking trail takes you to one of the most popular ridges in Nepal, Nagarkot. The place is very popular among tourists as well as local people. It is a preferred destination to spend the weekends if you are seeking a reviving break from your hectic schedules. Further, the Kathmandu to Chispani Hiking can be done throughout the year.
It is quite understandable how hard it has become to manage some spare time for traveling because of our busy lives. But, is it fair for us to stop exploring the beauty of nature because of these time limits? Not at all! This trip will give you an overall opportunity to explore the reviving beauty of nature considering your time limits. This hike will not fail to amaze you with the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas. You will also get to experience the lifestyle and culture of the local people which will be an interesting part of the hike.
Itinerary of Chisapani Hiking :
Day 1: Sundarijal to Chisapani
Chisapani hiking takes off from a short drive to Sundarijal from Kathmandu. The hike to Chisapani starts from Sundarijal. The trail will take you to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. You will get a strong insight into the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of local people living there. You can stay overnight in one of the many hotels or lodges. You could also camp and enjoy the reviving surrounding in your way.
Day 2: Chisapani to Nagarkot, back to Kathmandu
You need to start your hiking from Chisapani to Nagarkot. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the glistening mountains from the Nagarkot viewpoint. Finally, you can drive back to Kathmandu.
Trip Facts of Chisapani Hiking:
Trip duration: 2 days
Maximum altitude: 2,175m at Nagarkot
Seasons: All year long
Accommodation: Hotels, lodges
Experience a heart-melting outlook of the warm sunrise over the beautiful mountains.
A scenic glimpse of the dazzling White Mountain peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Gourisanker, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Ganesh Himal.
Scenic walk to Chisapani and Nagarkot through lush forests and local villages. Enjoy walking through the trails that pass through verdant woodland of pines trees and rhododendrons.
Explore local villages and interact with the lively villagers who are very welcoming.
Explore numerous Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples holding ancient values along the way.
Key information of Chisapani Hiking
Chisapani hiking is suitable all around the year.
Carry a raincoat with you if you are hiking during the monsoon season.
Wear sunglass and cap to protect yourself from the heat if you are hiking in the summer season.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Carry a liter of water with you. It is recommended that you carry your own water bottle. It will be economical as well as eco-friendly.
Avoid littering during the hike. You will be hiking through the Shivapuri National Park which is home to a number of flora and fauna. Keep in mind to keep the area where you stop for snack clean.
Keep your belongings safe with you. We will not be responsible in case you lose any of your personal belongings. If you lose something, immediately inform your guide about it and he/she will help you find it.
If you wish to extend the hike, you should inform your guide about it beforehand.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take to reach Chisapani from Sundarijal?
Sundarijal is located almost 15 kilometers away from the capital city, Kathmandu. If you take a bus from Old Bus park, you can easily reach Sundarijal. You should take stairs and head towards Shivapuri National Park. The hike from Sundarijal to Chisapani depends on the hiker’s capability to hike. It normally takes about 4 to 5 hours.
Is it safe for kids?
The Chisapani hiking route is graded easy. Also, there is no age restriction for this 2-day hike. The route is easy and can be completed by children as well. However, parents are advised to take care of their young children. The guide will do his/her best to make the hike as safe as possible.
What should I carry for this hike?
It is recommended to carry a backpack with a water bottle, first-aid kit, sunblock, and some extra clothes. Also, carry other necessary items like personal toiletries and snacks as per your wish. If you need trekking poles to make the hike easier, you can buy/rent it in areas around Thamel.
What should I wear?
You are recommended to wear comfortable clothes with long sleeves. You can carry a windcheater in case the weather gets chilly. Also, wear comfortable sports shoes or running shoes. Wear a sunglasses and cap to protect yourself from the sunlight. If you’re traveling in monsoon, you should take an an umbrella and waterproof jacket or apparel.